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Tips for New Drivers

July 8th, 2015|Comments Off on Tips for New Drivers

Once you get your driver’s license, there is still a lot that you need to learn to be a competent and confident driver on the road. Although you have your driving school knowledge that helped you pass your tests, the following guidelines can help you enhance your driving skills in no time. Know Your Car After driving school, many new drivers are rewarded with their first cars. Since this is a new vehicle that you may not have driven before, you need to know and understand it. Just sit in it for a few minutes then turn it on and [...]

Driving Etiquette 101

April 6th, 2015|Comments Off on Driving Etiquette 101

Courtesy is a quality every individual needs to have in every single thing one does in life, and driving is no exception. The majority of drivers think that driving is just getting from point A to point B, but the truth is not that simple. The road is composed of cars that range in sizes and drivers who have different behavioral qualities and thinking capabilities. To ensure that you are able to move from point A to point B and arrive safely as well, you need to exercise care and politeness while on the road. Below are some basic driving [...]

The Importance of Defensive Driving

March 18th, 2015|Comments Off on The Importance of Defensive Driving

People often don't do what you expect them to. This is particularly true when driving. Driving speeds are greater than they ever were before, and unfortunately drivers have to deal with more distractions, safety hazards, and basic driving errors than ever before. Defensive driving teaches the person behind the wheel how to anticipate and react correctly to possible problems on the road. It poses the “what if” question to drivers. For example: what if a child runs across the road in front of you; what if a driver around you is zigzagging in and out of lanes; what if the [...]

What to Do If You Have a Cracked Windshield

March 3rd, 2015|Comments Off on What to Do If You Have a Cracked Windshield

Driving in a car with a dirty or damaged windshield poses serious dangers, especially if the driver is trying to navigate through fog, heavy rain or snow. Despite the risks, many drivers are reluctant to replace a damaged windshield. The rationale adopted by many car owners, especially the younger ones might be: "Why spend the money on a replacement when the current windshield is working perfectly well?” Here are a few reasons why you should immediately fix a damaged or cracked windshield: - Dirty or damaged windshields can impair motorists' ability to judge distances and the movement of other vehicles. [...]

Helpful Car Cleaning Tips for the Winter Season

February 17th, 2015|Comments Off on Helpful Car Cleaning Tips for the Winter Season

During the winter, our cars have to struggle through the snow, slush and snow. They deserve to be cleaned every now and then. You could take your car to a professional car wash but if you have some free time and like to care for your car on your own, then you can do so by following the tips below: - Start with the interior and a good airing out. After removing the floor mats, vacuum the seats and floors to remove sand and salt. Check the carpeting for wetness and keep the floor mats out until they are dry. [...]

What to Do When a Tire Bursts

February 3rd, 2015|Comments Off on What to Do When a Tire Bursts

Unless you hear the tire burst, the first sign of a blowout will be that your car suddenly pulls hard to one side. Your instinct will be to slam on the brakes, but don't. Sudden braking is the single worst thing that you can do if a tire blows out. Breaking will only exacerbate the problem, and it could cause a total loss of control. Repeat this thought to yourself over and over so that you are programmed to act if the worst happens. Instead, slowly lift your foot from the gas while steering with both hands to stay in [...]

The Dangers of Road Rage

January 20th, 2015|Comments Off on The Dangers of Road Rage

  The term road rage refers to an extreme form of aggressive driving that has been identified as a risk factor for motor vehicle accidents. Road rage behaviours include repeated horn honking, red-light running, tailgating, headlight flashing, excessive breaking, verbal abuse, lewd gestures directed at another motorist, purposefully cutting off another driver and even exiting a vehicle and getting into a physical confrontation. Follow these tips to avoid being a victim of road rage: Obey speed limits and traffic laws. Keep to the right if you are a slower driver. Call 911 if you see an individual driving recklessly. Do [...]

How to Check a Car’s Engine Oil Level

January 5th, 2015|0 Comments

  Check your engine oil regularly, as driving with very low oil level can cause engine problems. Remember - taking the time to do some basic maintenance tests on your vehicle will reduce your driving costs in the long run. Here are a few handy tips on how to change a car’s engine oil: Park your vehicle on a level ground and apply the parking brake. Stop the engine and open the hood. Wait for a minute or two to let the engine oil drain into the oil pan, otherwise known as the sump. Locate and pull out the engine oil dipstick. [...]

Parents’ Driving Behaviors are Mirrored by Their Kids

December 12th, 2014|0 Comments

A study published last year surveyed thousands of Canadian high school and middle school students who overwhelmingly said their parents are or will be the biggest influence on how they drive. It is critically important that parents set the example they wish their children to follow. If teenagers see their parents talk on a cell phone while driving, speeding or not wearing a safety belt, what kind of impression are parents making on them? Parents should not be afraid to establish expectations for their young drivers, discuss those expectations frequently, and ensure they are being met. Research repeatedly shows that [...]

Prepare for the Rigors of Winter Driving

November 28th, 2014|0 Comments

Regardless of the type of vehicle you drive, late fall is the perfect time to get your car tuned up for the winter months. Ambitious Drivers recommends that motorists - or their mechanics - thoroughly inspect and update the following vehicle components in preparation for winter. Following these tips will help prepare you and your vehicle to deal with the most frightful of weather: - A functional and well-maintained battery is vital in very cold weather. Make sure your battery's terminals and cables are securely attached and free from corrosion. Replace the battery at the end of the manufacturer's warranty [...]