Cold weather is notoriously harsh on vehicles, which is why it’s all the more important to give your car a little extra time and attention when the mercury dips. Fortunately, the Be Car Care Aware program has some tips to make sure that your car won’t cause you any trouble. [Read more…]
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but if you haven’t finished your shopping yet, you may be starting to stress a little. Fortunately, Be Car Care Aware has some great gift ideas to help keep all the drivers on your list safe on the road this holiday season. [Read more…]
When vehicles are not properly prepared for winter, driving can be more stressful and treacherous. Too many people take that chance every year.
By performing some simple winterizing tasks, not only will you have a safe and sound winter on the road, but you will save some money as well!
Check the following areas:
- Clean, flush and put new antifreeze in the cooling system.
- Make sure heaters, defrosters and wipers work properly.
- Have the battery and charging system checked.
- Check tire tread depth and tire pressure. During winter, tire pressure should be checked weekly.
- Change the oil and filter and also, have the technician check all other filters at the same time.
- If you’re due for a tune-up, have it done before winter sets in. Winter magnifies existing problems.
- Have the brakes checked. The braking system is a vehicle’s most important safety item.
- Check for carbon monoxide leaks, these can be especially dangerous during cold weather when windows are closed.
- Keep the gas tank at least half full and stock an emergency kit
October 8, 2015, Ottawa – October is Car Safety Month so why not take a little time to be car care aware and make sure your vehicle is ready for the harsh winter weather ahead. A small investment of time and money will ensure your peace of mind, and help avoid the larger cost and hassle of a breakdown when least expected.
Recent focus groups conducted on behalf of the Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada showed that a large number of Canadian vehicle owners believe that they conduct the basic maintenance their vehicle needs on a very regular basis. However, a 2013 study, Canadian Automotive Aftermarket Demand Study showed that the average Canadian is underspending on vehicle maintenance and repair by $623 a year. This would indicate that scheduled maintenance is not being completed which is worrisome as manufacturers build and design vehicles with scheduled maintenance requirements to maintain the integrity of the vehicle and subsequently keeping road users safe. [Read more…]
The average car owner may not realize about some of the preventative system maintenance things relating to systems. Protect yourself from breakdowns by having your serpentine, timing and cooling systems checked. [Read more…]
Getting your car ready for a road trip can take as little as 10 minutes. Here is a quick road trip checklist to help ensure your vehicle’s safety and reliability for your travel: [Read more…]
Vehicle maintenance can save you money!
A good way to help keep your vehicle operating efficiently is by following the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule. A well maintained vehicle – including regular oil changes and proper tire inflation – is going to use less fuel, which will save you money at the gas pump. [Read more…]
As global citizens, we have a responsibility to protect our planet for future generations, and one of the ways we can do so is by minimizing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
One of the largest contributors to GHG emissions in the developed world is the burning of gasoline to power our vehicles. In fact, the average light-duty vehicle produces roughly three times its weight in carbon dioxide (CO2) every year. And if poorly driven and maintained, it can generate even more CO2.
According to Environment Canada, passenger cars and light-duty trucks produce 13% of all CO2 emissions in Canada. Recognizing this, vehicle manufacturers are forever coming up with new ways to make our vehicles more efficient, but these technological advancements can only do so much. As car owners, we too must work to reduce our carbon footprint by properly maintaining our vehicles. [Read more…]
Winter has been hard on your car – among other things, the cold temperatures and icy conditions have taken a toll on your belts and hoses, brakes, and exhaust system. Though you may not notice these changes, they can put your car at risk of breaking down.
Small car problems have a tendency to become major ones at the most inopportune moments. Most Canadians report that they do not budget for repairs, so these surprise car troubles put them at risk of being stuck with a hefty garage bill they can’t afford. Avoid getting caught off guard – invest a little in a thorough inspection and basic maintenance now to avoid major damage, prepare financially for upcoming repairs, and ensure your safety. [Read more…]
After a long winter, you’re likely ready to give up your hibernating ways for some adventure and sunshine. For many Canadians this means family vacations, trips to the cottage, camping excursions, and weekend road trips. Whatever your style, chances are you are getting ready to hit the road, but are you confident that your car is in good enough shape to get you there safely and efficiently?
Winter’s cold temperatures and icy conditions have been hard on your car, so it is likely showing some signs of wear and tear. Spring is the perfect time to bring your car in for a full inspection to identify any minor problems, before they become major ones.
Here are some tips to keep your car running safely this spring and summer: [Read more…]