How to Save on Gas this Summer

How to Save on Gas this Summer Summer is almost here, the kids are almost out of school and you’re planning your summer road trip! The one downside to the summer is that gas prices have been skyrocketing! We know that you still want to watch your pocket book while you’re on summer vacation so we’ve compiled some tips to help you save money on gas this summer! Get a Tune-Up Ensuring that all the components of your vehicle are in proper working order will help keep your engine running efficiently and save you on gas. Check Your Tires Ensuring that your tires are at the manufacturer’s recommended pressure will help you decrease rolling resistance and increase your fuel efficiency. Lighten Your Load Pack only the essential items in your vehicle to help decrease your vehicle’s weight. The less your vehicle weighs, the more you’ll save on gas. Use Your Cruise Control Use your cruise control to maintain a constant speed on the highway. Maintaining a constant speed could help you decrease your fuel consumption. Close Your Windows Closing your windows decreases wind resistance. Excess wind makes your engine work harder so decreasing that resistance will be easier on your engine and your wallet. Use the Correct Oil Using the manufacturer’s recommended oil on all of your oil changes will be easier on your engine and help you on your fuel economy. Avoid Idling Your Vehicle It may be hot this summer so you might be tempted to let your vehicle run to cool it off but by doing this you’re wasting gas. Try parking your vehicle in the shade or use a windshield sun shade... read more

What to Do if You Encounter an Animal on the Road

What to Do if You Encounter an Animal on the Road The summer season is nearing and soon the kids will be out of school and you’ll all be hitting the road for a family road trip. The summer season not only means that more people will be on the roads but it means that more animals will be on the road as well. We want to make sure that you and your family stay safe this summer so we’ve compiled some tips on what to do if you encounter an animal on the road: Stay alert While you’re driving watch for animal crossing signs. If you’re entering an animal crossing area, stay more alert, especially at night. It’s a good idea to have a passenger watch the ditch for animals and at night, keep watch for glowing eyes. Remember that a moose’s eyes will not glow so be cautious of any movement you might see. Don’t panic If you do come across an animal, don’t panic. Stay in your lane and remain calm. The animal may see you and stay in the ditch or go back into the woods. Slow down If the animal is crossing the road, slow down immediately. Quickly check your rearview mirror and if no one is behind you, you can brake harder. Be careful not to brake too quickly or you could skid your tires or flip your vehicle. Check your surroundings before you swerve If you’re able to brake, stay in your lane and don’t swerve. If you do need to swerve, move towards the edge of the road where the animal came from, making the animal instinctively move across the road faster.... read more

How to Keep Your Pet Safe in the Car

How to Keep Your Pet Safe in the Car Now that spring is here, we all want to get outside and enjoy the weather and we especially want to enjoy the weather with our pets. The spring and summer seasons mean more trips to the lake, to the relative’s house, and to the park – all places that we want to bring our pets. But do you ever think about the danger that your pet could be in when traveling in your vehicle? We’ve compiled some pet safety tips to help keep your pet safe whenever they are in the vehicle with you: Make sure that your pet does its business before you enter the vehicle. The last thing you want is to have to get your vehicle detailed because of an “accident.” Invest in a car seat or vehicle harness for our pet. Letting your pet move freely inside of the vehicle is as dangerous as you not wearing a seatbelt so make sure that your pet is buckled in whenever it enters the vehicle. Letting your pet ride in the cab of your truck or letting it stick its head of the window or sun roof can also be dangerous so ensure that your pet is safely secured in the back seat of your vehicle. Ensure that you always have fresh water and food for your pet. A pet’s internal temperature is much higher than a human’s so they can dehydrate much quicker. Pack a portable water and food dish for your pet so they can stay hydrated throughout the entire trip. Set the child safety locks on your doors and windows when you are travelling... read more

Tips for Navigating Pothole Season

Tips for Navigating Pothole Season All Canadians know what spring means – pothole season, when the pesky fluctuations in temperature in the spring cause the cement to break apart and develop craters in the road. Potholes can cause serious damage to your vehicle by puncturing your tire or misaligning your wheels. We want to ensure that no potholes harm your vehicle this spring, so here are some tips to help you navigate the pothole season: Avoid Potholes, If You Can – Keeping your eyes on the road and being aware of an upcoming pothole is your best defense. Safely change lanes to avoid a pothole or avoid roads that are commonly known for being plagued with them. Slow Down – If you’re unable to avoid the pothole, slow down as much as you can before you drive over it. The faster you drive over the pothole, the more likely it is to cause damage to your vehicle. It is also important to brake before the pothole and not while you’re driving over it because this could cause more damage to your vehicle. Drive with Proper Tire Inflation – Keeping your tires inflated to the recommended PSI will help you to drive over potholes and avoid excessive damage to your vehicle. You can find your vehicle’s recommended tire PSI by checking your owner’s manual or the sticker on your side door. Steer Firmly – If you are a person who likes to steer with only one hand, you may want to try using both hands during pothole season. Getting a good grip on the steering wheel will help you quickly navigate around potholes or keep... read more

The Importance of Vehicle Inspections

The Importance of Vehicle Inspections Spring is here and the change of seasons is a great reminder to get your vehicle back into shape. The winter weather can be harsh on vehicles – corroding your brakes with salt, misaligning your wiper blades from ice, and draining your battery from the cold. With the wear and tear that winter has on your vehicle, spring is the perfect time to bring your vehicle in for an inspection. Here are some of the things that we can check during your vehicle inspection: Oil Life We can check your oil levels and advise whether you should have your oil changed. We can also inspect for any leaks in your oil lines or reservoir. Tire Wear We can measure your tread depth to determine the longevity of your tires. We can also inspect for any crakes, bulges, or debris in your tires. We can also make sure that your wheels are balanced and aligned. Wiper Blades We can check your wiper blades to ensure that they are in proper working condition. We can also check your windshield to check for cracks or chips. Fluid Levels We can check all your fluid levels to ensure that they are at the proper levels, including your brake fluid, anti-freeze, and windshield washer fluid. Brakes We can inspect your brake system including your brake lines and brake pads to determine their remaining life and advise if any repairs or replacements need to be made on them. Battery We can test your battery to ensure that it has a strong charge and advise if it should be replaced. Timing Belt We can inspect your... read more