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4 tips for driving in the sun

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Cruising the open road on a summer day can be great. However, if the sun is low, it’s likely to create a blinding glare that makes it hard to see the road in front of you. Follow these tips to avoid getting into an accident.

1. Slow down
If the sun’s glare is affecting your ability to see, the best thing to do is reduce your speed. This way, you’ll have more time to react if the car in front of you suddenly bra¬kes or if an animal unexpectedly appears on the road.

2. Turn on your low beams
If you’re blinded by the sun, chances are so is everyone else. To make sure you’re seen, turn on your low beams, even if it’s light outside.

3. Keep your windows clean
Bright light can reveal dirt, dust, smears, and fingerprints on your windows, which can obscure your view of the road. This is why it’s important to regularly clean the inside and outside your windshield and rear window. Additionally, make sure your wiper blades are working, and your washer fluid is topped up.


4. Wear sunglasses
Depending on the position of the sun, the visors in your car can be either very effective or completely useless. To ensure you’re prepared for intense glare, always keep a pair of sunglasses on hand.

Happy driving!

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Why winter car care matters

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Winter can wreak havoc on your car. Here’s why a professional tune-up is important for your vehicle at this time of year.

Climatic conditions
When temperatures drop below freezing, your car can be affected. Among other potential issues, vehicle fluids can freeze and damage the engine. Plus, if the gas tank is almost empty, condensation can form inside it and affect your car’s performance. Furthermore, the cold obstructs the battery’s capacity to provide power.

De-icing chemicals
On top of the difficulties caused by frosty temperatures, exposing your car to de-icers can be problematic. Road salts, in particular, are corrosive and can damage your vehicle’s exterior components.

Treacherous roadways
If your vehicle isn’t mechanically sound enough to face winter road conditions, you’re more likely to get into a car accident. Operational brakes are a must, and tires with sufficient tread are just as critical.


Your headlights and taillights should also be in good working order. After all, the ability to see and be seen on the road, especially in blustery conditions, will help keep you safe. Likewise, functional windshield wipers will ensure you can see sufficiently during winter storms.

To stay safe on the road this season, make sure your vehicle is professionally inspected and maintained.

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How to prevent car doors and locks from freezing

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If the temperature suddenly plunges, it can cause the doors and locks on your vehicle to freeze. Here are some tips to help prevent this from happening to your car.

Doors
Are the rubber seals around your doors cracked and worn? If so, replace them. You should also apply a rubber seal protectant to keep the material pliable. In addition, it’s best to avoid washing your vehicle in cold weather and always dry it well. In extreme cold, cover your car with a tarp or close the door on a garbage bag to separate it from the chassis.

Locks
Grease your locks with a liquid lubricant or glycerin. Avoid using WD-40, however, as it can clog your locks. It’s also a good idea to keep a bottle of de-icer in your purse or coat pocket.

To avoid getting locked out of your vehicle in winter, make sure to prepare it for ice, snow, and freezing temperatures.


De-icing doors and locks
If you need to de-ice a car door, you’ll need to apply pressure to the door or use a scraper to remove the ice. Next, use warm water, a commercial de-icer, an alcohol-based windshield washer fluid, or a very small amount of isopropyl alcohol on the seals.

To de-ice door locks, warm up your key and leave it in the lock for a few moments to melt the ice before turning it. You can also use a liquid lubricant or hairdryer.

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Five criteria for selecting a snow brush

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If your current snow brush has seen better days, or you’re buying your first one for a new car, keep these five criteria in mind when shopping for this must-have accessory.

1. Size
If you’re short or your vehicle is particularly wide or tall, choose a telescopic snow brush to easily clean hard-to-reach places.

2. Scraper
Instead of purchasing a separate ice scraper and brush, look for a model with a brush and ice scraper on opposite ends.

3. Brush
Although effective, bristle bru¬shes can damage your vehicle’s paint. Instead, look for a brush with flexible foam strips or a soft squeegee.


4. Handling
If you choose a telescopic snow brush or one with a rotating end, test it first to ensure the mechanisms won’t jam.

5. Sturdiness
Winter can be hard on snowbrushes, especially in icy conditions. Select a quality model that will last a few winters so you don’t have to replace it prematurely.

To find your new snow brush, visit your local automotive store.

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Road reflex quiz

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Are you an experienced driver? Here are a few questions to put your know-how to the test.

1. When driving, what should you do if you pass a vehicle on a dimly lit road at night?
A. Turn on your high beams
B. Turn on your low beams
C. Turn on your headlights

2. How can you prevent your car from skidding when driving over icy patches of the road?
A. Brake firmly
B. Pump the brakes
C. Gradually release the gas pedal

3. What should you do if your passengers are arguing or distracting you?
A. Honk the horn to get their attention
B. Turn up the radio so you can’t hear them
C. Pull over to the side of the road
when it’s safe to do so


4. When can you drive in the left lane on a highway?
A. At any time
B. When passing another vehicle
C. Only if you’re alone on the road

5. What should you never do when another vehicle passes you?
A. Slow down
B. Maintain your speed
C. Accelerate

6. What should you do if your passenger laughs at you for driving slowly?
A. Laugh it off and maintain your speed
B. Call them a fool
C. Drive faster, so they stop laughing

7. How can you avoid being blinded by the headlights of an oncoming vehicle at night?
A. Look at the curb on the right side of the road
B. Close your eyes momentarily
C. Quickly blink several times

 

 

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Answers
1-B, 2-C, 3-C, 4-B, 5-C, 6-A, 7-A
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Four tips for safely driving through a tunnel

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If you need to drive through a tunnel, it’s best to exercise caution. To make sure you arrive at your destination safely, follow these tips.

1. Use the correct lane
You’re not allowed to change lanes while driving in a tunnel. Therefore, make sure you’re in the correct one before entering.

2. Turn on your low beams
Your headlights will help you see inside the dark tunnel and ensure you’re visible to other motorists.

3. Reduce your speed
It can take a second for your eyes to adjust to the low light when entering the tunnel and the glaring sun when exiting. Make sure you take it slow and always respect the speed limit.


4. Know the dimensions of your vehicle
Tunnels have different levels of clearance. Consequently, you should know the height of your vehicle, especially if you’re driving a motorhome or moving truck. Don’t forget to include the height of ac¬cessories like roof boxes and bike racks.

Finally, remember never to stop inside a tunnel unless there’s an emergency.

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7 winter car care tips

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On top of investing in a pre-winter vehicle inspection, it’s important to make time for cold-season car care. To prolong your vehicle’s lifespan and ensure safe driving, make sure you perform the following tasks.

1. Wash your vehicle regularly
To remove calcium, prevent corrosion and avoid premature wear and tear, clean your car often.

2. Use the defrost function
If you remove ice from windshield wiper blades with an ice scraper, it can damage the rubber. Also, you should never pour hot water on your wipers because it may crack your windshield. Instead, use your car defrost function to melt ice gradually.

3. Allow the engine to warm up
Warm up the oil and other lubricants before driving to prevent wear and tear on your engine’s moving parts in winter.


4. Check the tire pressure
Cold temperatures can cause tire pressure to drop, and driving on underinflated tires is a safety hazard. To prevent accidents, keep your tires inflated.

5. Top up your fuel tank
To prevent condensation from forming on the inside of your gas tank when it’s cold out, you should keep it relatively full. If moisture makes its way into the fuel lines, you may have trouble starting your car.

6. Check the washer fluid
Using your windshield wipers without washer fluid can wear out the rubber or scratch your windshield. Always keep washer fluid levels high, and keep a spare jug of it in your trunk.

7. Keep your wipers down
Lifting your wiper blades off your windshield when your car is parked has more drawbacks than benefits. Over time, it can damage the springs in the wiper arms and make them less effective.

If you’re concerned about the condition of your vehicle, make an appointment with your local mechanic.

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