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The Challenges of Driving During The Day or Night

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  • During the day, we might be blinded by the sun
  • During the night, we might not see very well even if our vehicle’s headlights are illuminating the path

The Challenges of Driving At Dusk

One time of day we don’t think about is dusk. Unfortunately, dusk is a very difficult time to drive. Here are five top tips to drive at dusk:

  1. Be aware of the quickly changing light conditions. One moment might be extremely sunny so we are forced to wear sunglasses, but within moments, the sun can darken and our sunglasses end up doing more harm than good. If we don’t have sunglasses, be aware that the rapidly changing light conditions can be very difficult on our eyes (which have a hard time adjusting to those fast-changing conditions). There isn’t a lot you can do about it but awareness helps.
  2. Be aware of the setting sun. Have you ever had momentary blindness after a camera has flashed? The same thing can happen if we look into the sun while. This can happen if we are driving west during sunset or if we are
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Are You Following Too Closely

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It Happens Every Day On Canadian Roads

One vehicle stops suddenly and the vehicle behind them locks up their brakes but can’t stop in time and – CRASH – two cars try to occupy the same space. In the eyes of the law, the second car that couldn’t stop in time is the one at fault in this completely avoidable collision scenario.

Drivers Are Not Keeping Safe Distance From Each Other

The reason is, drivers tend to follow each other too closely.

In some cases, it’s obvious: Tailgaters ride right up on the bumper of the vehicle in front of them, which something you should only see in a NASCAR race and not on the roads.

In some cases, it’s less obvious: Drivers might attempt to drive safely but still don’t leave sufficient room in front of the vehicles in front of them.

Driver Education used to teach that drivers who are following another vehicle should leave three vehicle lengths between then and the vehicle they are following. This advice, though, is difficult to follow when speeds change and a

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How to Care for your Freshly Painted Vehicle

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Tips To Take Care of Your Freshly Painted Vehicle

  1. Wash the vehicle by hand or a touchless car wash system, not a commercial brush or soft cloth system. Wash with cold water only in summer, in the shade, and with warm water in the winter. Do not use detergents or cleaners.
  2. Wipe off all waterspots with a soft clean cloth or chamois after a wash.
  3. Do not wax, polish, or apply any sealant products for at least 90 days.
  4. Keep the vehicle from unnecessary extremes of high and low temperatures.
  5. Do not park under trees or near industrial facilities with heavy fallout/smoke.
  6. Avoid driving over gravel roads.
  7. During winter months, have under fenders and hidden areas force pressure washed to remove road salts.
  8. Avoid scraping ice and snow from the painted surfaces, brush it off.
  9. Wipe off any antifreeze or windshield washer solution spills immediately.
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What s the Difference between Financing and Leasing a Vehicle and which one is Right for You

To Finance Or Lease?

If you are thinking about getting a new vehicle, one of the things you’ll need to consider is whether you want to finance your vehicle or lease it.

Financing

Financing your vehicle is where you borrow the money to buy it. You pay regular payments to the lending company. Leasing your vehicle is where you borrow the vehicle and pay regular payments to the company lending it to you.

With financing, you own the car. If you cannot make payments, the lending company will repossess the car to try and sell it and recoup what they couldn’t collect from you. With leasing, the dealership owns the car. If you cannot make payments, the dealership will repossess the car to try and recoup what they couldn’t collect from you.

The key difference between the two is who owns the car. This difference will have an impact on how you drive the car and what you do with the car at the end of the loan period.

Leasing

With financing, you own the vehicle. When the loan is over, you own the vehicle “free and clear” and can continue

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Several Ways to Preserve and Improve the Value of Your Vehicle

How Quicky Do Vehicles Lose Their Value?

It’s said that vehicles lose half their value the moment you drive them off of the lot. While that might be an anecdotal estimate at best, the truth is that cars devalue every time the odometer clicks past another number.

Managing Your Vehicle’s Depreciation To Minimize Loss Over Time

Just because your car will constantly depreciate doesn’t mean that you can’t manage its depreciation and help to minimize the loss of value over time. Here are some tips to do that effectively.

  • Keep the inside of your vehicle clean. You probably keep the cup holders wiped clean of coffee rings, but a key area where cars can deteriorate on the inside is completely unseen: Carpets in the foot-wells build up with dirt and debris. It’s often wet and it tends to get ground into the carpet, damaging the carpet fibres and the deteriorating the metal below. Rubber floor mats help but vacuuming out your interior regularly will significantly preserve the floor of your vehicle
  • Keep the engine tuned. This might seem like a “no brainer” but the cost of not doing it is even higher than
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Unsafe Driving Excuses and how to avoid making them

Excuses That Have Stood The Test of Time!

As a child, were you ever caught doing something you know you shouldn’t have been doing? In a desperate “last ditch effort” to get out of trouble, we fire up the same old lame excuses that have stood the test of time:

  • “I didn’t know it… it was my sister!”
  • “The dog ate my homework”
  • “I’ll do it tomorrow”
  • Etc.

Popular Excuses People Use When Driving Unsafely

Unfortunately, we never outgrow the need to rely on excuses, and sometimes we feel forced to rely on grown-up versions of those excuses when we drive unsafely.

  • “I didn’t wear my seat belt because it was just a quick trip down the street”. This can be easily avoided by always wearing your seat belt any time you get behind the wheel. It doesn’t matter how long your trip is, you should always buckle up.
  • “I didn’t realize how fast I was going”. Police hear this one all the time and they don’t believe it. People usually know how fast they were going. By using this excuse, you admit to not paying attention to one of the most important factors of driving!
  • “I didn’t
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Is It More Dangerous to Drive Today

Is It Safer To Drive A Vehicle Today?

With all the modern advancements in safety technology, it might seem like it should be safer for us to drive today than ever

When cars were first invented, they were such a novelty that only a few people had them and everyone approached them with caution. You couldn’t go very fast in them and they weren’t completely covered against the elements.

Today, vehicles are everywhere. Families have more than one vehicle. Vehicles go faster and are safer than ever before.

That Doesn’t Necessarily Make It Safer To Drive

  • We have more and more people using the same number of roads. Therefore, roads are more congested and that congestion can lead to collisions
  • Because of the congestion, roads are also deteriorating at a faster rate, which can lead to collisions as well
  • Modern “safer” vehicles give us a false sense of security. We no longer have the sense of speed or danger that might compel us to drive cautiously because we are comfortably ensconced in a very safe vehicle
  • Life is busier and more stressful than ever before. Everyone has a million places to be and a million things
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How to Organize a Local Car Show

Benefits of a Local Car Show

Local car shows are a great way to get people together who share a common appreciation for vehicles. Car shows are also good for business and they can help to raise money for charity. If you run a business or want to raise money for a good cause, here are some tips to help you organize a local car show.

Tips for Organzing Local Car Show

  • Decide on a theme. Do you want a classic car show? Do you want a motorcycle show instead? Do you want an antique car show? Or maybe just a general car show that auto enthusiasts of any type can participate in?
  • Gauge interest. Talk to potential participants to see if they are interested in taking part. Check a calendar of local events to make sure that there aren’t other car shows at the same time.
  • Choose a charity or local cause to raise money. You’ll also need to decide how to raise support — will you charge admission? Will you hold a raffle? Will you take donations? Remember, it doesn’t have to be financial support; your local food bank will probably welcome donations of canned
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Five Ideas for an End of Summer Road Trip

Preparing for the Change in Seasons

It won’t be long before the days get cooler, the leaves start changing colour, and the geese are seen flying to Orlando to spend the winter at Disney World.

As summer winds to a close in the next few weeks, there is still time for one last “hurrah”; a weekend to make memories with a friend or loved one that will keep you going through the cold, dark winter months.

Here are a few tips to enjoy one last end-of-summer weekend road trip

These iseas won’t break the bank or require that you burn up any more vacation time, but will put the finishing touches on a great summer.

  • The explorer. Get out the map and sit down with your travel partner and find a place that is a three to six hour drive away… but it must be a place that neither of you have ever been to. Call ahead to locate a place to stay. On Saturday morning, head out on your trip and discover an entirely new place! Return home Sunday morning but take a different route.
  • The scavenger hunt. This is a day-long in-town
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Preparing for Winter Driving

Driving in Canada Means That We Are Sometimes Driving In The Worst Conditions Imaginable… Especially In The Winter!

During the winter, Mother Nature throws a variety of collision-causing conditions at us — icy roads, piles of vision-impairing snow banks, and whiteouts. With winter on its way, it’s a good time to pause and remind ourselves how to drive in these conditions rather than wait for that first snowfall and crunch of a collision to jog our memory!

Be Prepared!

  • Pack the appropriate gear in your vehicle (like survival gear for longer trips and salt or sand plus a shovel for in the city). If you never need it, great. But the one time you do need it will make it worthwhile.
  • Winter driving requires extra time. Plan to leave an extra 15 or 20 minutes earlier whenever you drive. You’ll need a couple of minutes to brush the snow off the car and the roads will require a little extra care when navigating.
  • Be extra careful at intersections. Intersections are extremely dangerous in the winter! Leading up to the intersection, the roads become polished from constant braking so they can be extra slippery. As well, snow banks
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Top Reasons Why Your Vehicle Won t Start

There’s Nothing Like That Sinking Feeling When You Turn The Key In The Ignition and Nothing Happens

Since a vehicle is a big group of complicated systems — with each one connected to several other systems — it can be daunting to know where to start. Fortunately, there are a few common reasons and these are a good place to start.

Here Are A Few Of The Top Reasons Why Your Car Won’t Start

Immobilizer. Many vehicles are equipped with immobilizer devices and those devices are engaged and disengaged through computer chips embedded in the key or a key fob. Unfortunately, those chips aren’t always durable when they’re jammed into your pocket with your cellphone, chewing gum, and coins. Check to make sure the immobilizer light isn’t flashing.

Fuel. You have enough fuel in the vehicle, right? And it’s not in a big pool under the vehicle, right? That might seem like a silly question to ask but it’s a good first place to check. If you’ve tried starting the vehicle and you smell fuel — but there isn’t any under the vehicle — it’s possible that the engine has been flooded (by inadvertently pressing

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