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Warm Weather Driving Tips

May 27th, 2015

It certainly feels like summer has come early this year to Alberta, hooray! An unfortunate side effect of the cold weather in our past is the toll the harsh conditions take on your vehicle. All Canadians have a heavy reliance on our vehicles to get though our busy days, and almost nothing is more inconvenient than waking up to find something seriously wrong with your vehicle. Especially if the issue was preventable in the first place. 

Since the team here at Tirecraft knows just how important it is to take the extra steps to ensure your vehicle is running as efficiently as possible; we have put together a list of helpful tips to help both you and your vehicle transition from the harsh winter weather to the heat of the summer!

Tip #1: Potholes

Need we say more? Alberta winters are a terror on our roads and infrastructure. Each year, a new record breaking amount of potholes emerge beneath the ice and snow. 

Keep a good amount of distance between you and the vehicle in front and keep focused on your driving to avoid the craters this past winter has created. These types of driving adjustments can give you more time to see those wheel-bending potholes and will also reduce your chances of getting hit by kicked up rocks. 

Keep your vision high, and only take quick glances at the road surface. Looking ahead is a critical component of a safe driving practice, becoming fixated on the road surface can cause you not to notice something happening further ahead. Find a comfortable balance. If you travel a route often, you will eventually memorize where the major rough spots are, and will be able to plan a lane change or adjust your speed accordingly. 

Tip #2: Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

Ok, so maybe there aren’t any lions or tigers roaming around in Canada, but there are definitely bears around in certain areas; plus a wide variety of other wildlife both large and small. Warmer temperatures mean that animals will be making their way out of hibernation and will be out on the prowl, especially in rural areas. This can be dangerous at anytime of day, but most specifically at night. 

Expect to see animals on the road if you are traveling in rural areas and make sure your headlights are clean, bright, and that both are working. Dirty headlights don't project near as bright nor as far, same if you only have a single light working. Remember; if you are not sure of your skill level, it is better to hit smaller animals than to risk your safety or the safety of others by attempting evasive maneuvers. 

Tip #3: Give Your Car Some Well Deserved TLC!

Many vehicles are sadly neglected during the unforgiving winter months, and could use a little extra care by the time the snow melts. Your car has been getting you from point “A” to point “B” all winter and spring, working over-time in less than pleasant conditions.

Taking a little bit of time to care for your vehicle can save you headaches and money in the long run. Bring your vehicle to our mechanic for a routine check up. We will make sure everything is running efficiently and smoothly and is still in good condition.  

Make sure you keep an eye on the little things. Are your windshield wipers cleaning properly? Do your brakes squeal or squeak at all? Proper maintenance means a happy and long lasting vehicle. 

 

All of us are looking forward to a turning of the season, however, with the warmer temperatures comes a whole new set of elements and hazards. No matter the weather its important to practice safe driving and keep our vehicles properly maintained. 

Thankfully the team here at Tirecraft is ready and able to provide you and your vehicle with a multitude of maintenance services ranging from oil changes, to wheel alignment, to steering and everything in-between.

Book an appointment, or contact us today about our service offerings. 

Tirecraft offers quick and easy tips for safe driving in warm weather.

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