Entertaining Your Kids on A Road Trip

Entertaining Your Kids on A Road Trip

Thank you to our Grand 9 student, Claire Beauchesne, who spent the day with us for Take Your Kid to Work Day. She helped us out by writing this blog post: Entertaining your kids on a road trip is a difficult thing but I have a few ideas that will help! As a fourteen-year-old girl, I am not interested in playing I-spy or bingo, but I really enjoy listening to audio books and music or doing a digital colour by number. You might think most young kids would not like audio books, and I felt the same way, until my phone died on the way to Saskatchewan, and my mom let me listen to her audio book. At first, I thought it was weird, but then I was hooked on the book. It was like watching a movie for your ears! You can buy or download audio books to your phone that allows you to listen without Wi-Fi.  My favorite app is Libby, and if you have a library card, you can enter it and have access to a variety of free audio books and regular books. The next best thing to do on a road trip is playing a game. One I enjoy is Plates – Family Travel Game. For this app, each player’s phone tracks their score, so you don’t need a Wi-Fi connection. Another fun family road trip game is PSYCH! It will give you trivia questions with multiple choice answers – some that are totally ridiculous. These will help the time fly! My final favourite thing is using colour by number apps, where you can...
Summer Car Problems

Summer Car Problems

Driving in the summer may seem like a breeze compared to winter driving but there are still problems that can arise. We’ve compiled a list of items to be aware of and how to fix them: Windshield chips – Rocks can fly at your windshield all summer long so be sure to check your windshield regularly for chips – especially check the lower areas of your windshield that are more conspicuous. Fluctuations in temperature can cause the little chip to turn into a huge crack so you want to get chips filled as soon as possible. Air conditioning failure – Air conditioners can wear and its blower motor could go. It could also develop a leak. If you notice that your air conditioning isn’t blowing very hard or very cold, then you should have it inspected. Oil change overdue – Your oil should be changed once every 5,000 – 10,000km. If you’re due for one, the summer months are the perfect time to bring your vehicle in to your local Integra Tire Auto Centre. Driving with winter tires – Winter tires are produced to be used when the temperature is below 7° If you use winter tires in the hot summer months, your winter tires will wear down much more quickly and reduce your fuel economy from the friction they create with the hot road. We recommend having one set of all-season tires that you use when it’s above 7°C and a set of winter tires to use when it’s below 7°C. Weak battery – Extreme heat can cause corrosion on your battery. Test it once a season to...
How to Keep Your Family Safe this Season

How to Keep Your Family Safe this Season

Keeping your family safe whenever you’re in your vehicle is the most important aspect of a vehicle. Whether you are driving the kids to work or taking a cross-country road trip, you want to ensure that your vehicle is always safe. Here are some tips on how to keep your children safe this spring: Properly installed car seats: Children should be on a booster seat or car seat until they are more than 80 lbs and are over 4’9” tall. Car seats should be installed in the back seats. Car seats also have expiry dates so be sure to check that yours is still valid. Have the latest driving technology: Upgrade your vehicle to have the latest security features, such as stability control, anti-lock brakes, lane departure warnings, adaptive cruise control, back-up cameras, and blind-spot monitoring, can help reduce the chances of an accident. Remember to never rely only on these technologies and always be sure to check your surroundings constantly while driving. Avoid distractions: Remove any distractions from arm’s reach, such as your cell phone. Also avoid distractions from your children by ensuring all the child protection locks are on the doors and windows. Remove unsecured items: Anything that is not secured in your vehicle can become a projectile if you get into an accident. Avoid placing unsecured objects on your dashboard or back window and place bags and personal items in the trunk. Stay on top of preventative maintenance: Be sure to have your oil changed once every 5,000 – 10,000 km, regularly check your car battery strength, get belts and hoses inspected, and inspect your tires...
How to Decrease Your Carbon Footprint

How to Decrease Your Carbon Footprint

April 22 is Earth Day. At Integra Tire we do our best to reduce our carbon footprint. Here are some ways that you can reduce yours: Adjust your driving style. Try to accelerate and decelerate slowly. This will help you to use less gas and decrease the C02 emissions from your vehicle. Check your tires. Driving with under-inflated or over-inflated tires can reduce the fuel efficiency of your vehicle. Check your owner’s manual to determine the correct PSI of your tires and add or remove air as needed. The best time to check your tires is in the morning before you have driven your car because the temperature can fluctuate the reading. Get regular oil changes. Oil changes should be done every 5,000 – 10,000 km. Check your oil regularly and if it is getting low or murky, visit your local Integra Tire Auto Centre for an oil change. Get a tune-up. Ensuring that all of your vehicle’s parts are working effectively can help to increase your fuel efficiency. Remove the cargo rack from your vehicle when you aren’t using it. Adding extra weight to your vehicle will increase the amount of gas you use and the amount of C02 you’re putting in the atmosphere. Purchase an electric or hybrid vehicle. Reduce the amount that you drive. Now that the weather is warmer, try to walk or ride your bike. You can also start a carpool to get work or get your kids to school or their after-school activities. Check your traffic apps. Check traffic apps before you leave the house to make sure that you’re using less gas...
New Year’s Resolutions for Bad Driving Habits

New Year’s Resolutions for Bad Driving Habits

Have you started thinking about your New Year’s Resolution yet? Some of you may be wanting to exercise more, eat healthier, or quit smoking but have you ever thought that your driving habits may need to be resolved this year? We’ve compiled some of the most common bad driving habits and are giving some tips on how you can change them for 2019: Not Using Your Signal Light You may think that using your signal light is optional but it’s one of the most important habits to have. You should use your signal light whenever you are merging into traffic, pulling in or out of a parking spot, changing lanes, turning left or right, coming out of a traffic circle, and pulling to the side of the road. Tailgating There’s nothing worse than a driver who rides your bumper on your entire commute. You should always give yourself three seconds of distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. You can judge the safe following distance by looking at a stagnant object on the side of the road. When the car in front of you passes it, start counting until you pass it. As long as you’ve counted more than three seconds, then you are giving yourself a safe following distance. Keep in mind that your following distance should be increased when the roads are slick. Texting and Driving Texting and driving is something that people know they shouldn’t do but do anyways. If you are someone who is tempted to answer your phone without a hand-free system while you are driving, then you should always keep...
Tips for Winter Driving

Tips for Winter Driving

You may not be ready for the snow but it’s either already in your region or it’s on its way. We want to make sure that you’re getting to all your destinations safely, so we’ve compiled some tips for safe winter driving: Install Your Winter Tires Winter tires should be installed when the temperature begins to reach below 7°C. The rubber that winter tires are made with stays pliable in the cold temperatures, giving you better grip on the road. Increase Your Stopping Distance Ice will build up in spots where people are continually stopping so intersections are the most likely culprits for ice. Begin your stop about twice as far from the intersection as you would when the roads are dry; this will help to ensure that you come to a safe stop. Increase Your Following Distance When the roads are dry you should follow the 3-second rule for following distances. In the winter you should increase your following distance to 6 seconds. You can follow this rule by watching as the car in front of you passes a stationary object. Once the car passes that object, start counting and see what number you get to when you pass the object; you should get to at least 6 and this will ensure that you’re keeping a safe following distance. Clear Your Car of All Snow Even though it might seem like a pain, it’s important to remove all the snow from your entire vehicle because this will ensure that no snow will blow at the drivers behind you and block their line of sight. Keep Your Gas Tank...