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Signs Your Vehicle Needs Repair

January 25th, 2018|Comments Off on Signs Your Vehicle Needs Repair

If you’ve recently passed your driving test, congratulations! The most nerve-wracking part is over. Now that you can drive on your own, there are a few responsibilities you should be aware of—proper vehicle maintenance being one of the most important. As a new driver, it’s important for you to recognize the signs that your vehicle needs repair. To keep you and other drivers on the road safe, here are a few things to watch for that might suggest your vehicle needs a tune-up: Flashing “Check Engine” Light. An illuminated “check engine” light is no need for immediate concern. If the [...]

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Common Car Accidents in Winter

January 18th, 2018|Comments Off on Common Car Accidents in Winter

Across Canada, winter brings cold temperatures, snow, sleet, rain, and hail. Slippery roads, snowbank-covered sidewalks, and poor visibility make winter months the most dangerous time of year for drivers—especially new ones. In fact, almost 30% of all car accidents in Canada happen on icy or snowy roads. To help you stay safe, here is a list of some of the most common car accidents during winter: Rear-End Collisions Rear-end collisions are a common accident, year-round. With added ice and snow on roads, this accident happens much more often. Icy roads reduce traction and make it difficult for drivers to stop. [...]

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An Important Checklist Before Your Road Trip

January 11th, 2018|Comments Off on An Important Checklist Before Your Road Trip

Hitting the road with a group of friends and a stellar playlist is one of the most exhilarating things to do as a new driver. You are completely free, with an open road in any direction. Before setting off, it’s important to go through a checklist to ensure your car is safe for the long trip ahead. Here are a few suggestions from the driving instructors at Ambitious Drivers: •Check Your Fluids. This is a must before setting off an any road trip, whether it be a two-hour venture or a three-day haul. You should ensure your windshield wiper fluid, [...]

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8 Causes of Distracted Driving

November 1st, 2017|Comments Off on 8 Causes of Distracted Driving

From flashy billboards to waving hitchhikers, roadside distractions are everywhere. For young drivers, these distractions can be deadly. According to CAA, distracted drivers are three times more likely to be involved in a crash. To help educate you on the dangers of distracted driving, here are 8 common reasons why drivers lose focus behind the wheel: 1)Cell phones. There are laws preventing it, but texting remains one of the biggest distractions to date. When your eyes leave the road, even for a second, you risk missing what’s going on around your car, like a sudden stop or a pedestrian crossing [...]

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Bad Driving Habits to Avoid

October 30th, 2017|Comments Off on Bad Driving Habits to Avoid

  Bad Driving Habits to Avoid For new drivers, driving can be totally liberating. For the first time, new and young drivers have the ability to travel long distances on their own, completely undisturbed. It is important at this stage to avoid picking up bad driving habits, and ensure safe driving practices. As driving experts, we’ve seen it all. Here are some common bad habits you should avoid while driving: 1.Distracted Driving Every time you get behind the wheel, you should be completely focused on the road. Eating, texting , reading, or checking yourself out in the mirror while driving [...]

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Safety Tips for Driving on Wet Roads

October 26th, 2017|Comments Off on Safety Tips for Driving on Wet Roads

With winter on its way, young drivers can expect an onslaught of unpredictable weather during the next few months. In other words: rain. It’s too warm to snow, but too cold to be sunny, resulting in a dreary, rainy few months before winter hits. For new drivers, wet roads can be challenging. To help you stay safe this fall, here are a few tips for driving on wet roads: Adjust Your Settings There are some precautions you can take to stay safe on wet roads, even before you start driving. Rain causes your window to fog up almost immediately. Visibility [...]

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The Dos and Don’ts of Driving Tests

October 2nd, 2017|Comments Off on The Dos and Don’ts of Driving Tests

One of the most significant moments for many young teens today is the passing of the infamous driving test. For some, it’s a cake walk, for others, more nerve-racking than a final exam. If you’re thinking of taking the test, here is a list of dos and don’ts to help you get ready: Do Remember Your Seatbelt. You might find this silly, but it’s easy to forget doing up your seatbelt when you’re nervous. Take Your Time. This point is crucial, especially during the parallel parking portion of the test. Nerves cause many young drivers to rush, often resulting in [...]

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Safe Driving for the School Year

September 15th, 2017|Comments Off on Safe Driving for the School Year

Whether you have just gotten back from school supply shopping yourself (with an extra notebook just for your driving lessons) or this is simply your first time on the roads as a driver at this time of year, driving during the school year requires some extra thought and skill. There are many more pedestrians, most of which are young children, walking around at peak commute hours. The laws surrounding driving near school buses also need to be taken into account. At Ambitious Drivers, we value the safety of our drivers and of the entire community. So, we have compiled a [...]

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How to Prepare for Your Driving Test

August 28th, 2017|Comments Off on How to Prepare for Your Driving Test

Whether you signed up for driving classes as soon as you were eligible or have taken a more relaxed route towards becoming a driver, most people have a lot of experience taking tests in general by the time they get into a car with a driving instructor. All that time in school will definitely come in handy, as the driving test is quite similar to other forms of exams you may have taken in the past. However, there are some key differences—and thus different approaches to passing—between a math exam and a practical driving test. At Ambitious Drivers, we want [...]

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What To Do If You Fail Your Driving Test

August 16th, 2017|Comments Off on What To Do If You Fail Your Driving Test

Passing your driving test is no easy feat, and even the most prepared students can wind up chocking on the big day. Of course, the more prepared you are beforehand, the more likely you are to pass, but several drivers only pass their test on the second or third time around. Here are some tips and tricks for what to do if you fail your driving test from the professional driving instructors at Ambitious Drivers. Don’t Give Up You know the old expression—if it first you don’t succeed, try again. Failing your driving test may make you feel like you [...]