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  • Few things in life can compare with buying your first vehicle; however, for your beloved ride to be everything you want and need it to be it is vital that you do your homework first. The following guide will help ensure that your first ride is memorable for all the right reasons. Establish a realistic budget Before you do anything else, take a good honest look at your finances to determine exactly how much you can afford to spend. Don’t forget that the cost of any vehicle will always be far more than just the sale price itself, as you ...

  • Whether you are a handy type looking to save a few bucks or just want to get to know your vehicle better, a great way to start is by taking care of a few of those simpler auto repairs yourself. The following vehicle maintenance tasks are all fast, cheap and perfectly suited for a DIY approach, even if you have no experience whatsoever. Changing the air filter Your vehicle’s air filter helps to maximise engine performance by keeping dirt and debris out; however, for it to do so effectively it must be replaced every 12 months or 20,000km. Simply use ...

  • Want to tread a little lighter on the environment this year? If so, take a closer look at your driving, because even just a few simple steps can make a dramatic difference to how cleanly and efficiently your ride is running. The following savvy tips provide a great place to start. Keep the tank full It is common for crud and gunk to accumulate at the bottom of your fuel tank as a bi-product of combustion and if you let your fuel levels get too low these impurities can get sucked up into your engine, undermining efficiency and potentially even ...

  • It can be hard to know when is the right time to make a big decision, especially when it comes to replacing a vehicle that you have grown to know and love. However, there will often be clear signs that it is time to make your move and if any of the following signs sound familiar to you, consider this your cue. It is unreliable If you can no longer count on your vehicle to get you from A to B problem-free replace it with something that can; otherwise, it is only a matter of time before your work and ...

  • Got big plans for a road trip this summer? Want to make it memorable for all the right reasons? If so, nothing matters more than taking the time to prepare for it properly. For best results, keep the following important elements in mind. Book early Whether are heading to Banff, Drumheller or Waterton Lakes National Park, you can be sure that plenty of others have similar ideas, so if you will need accommodation, gear rentals or guided tours while you are away, book it ASAP. This is particularly important if you have very specific needs, such as if you have ...

  • There are plenty of great ways to get to know your vehicle better, such as by reading industry blogs and magazines, watching YouTube videos, or even taking additional driver training; however, one of the fastest and easiest approaches is to simply read your vehicle owner’s manual. Here we will look at a few of the many important pieces of information you will find inside. Driver set up information To be safe and comfortable in your vehicle it needs to be set up to suit your body, which means having everything from the seat and steering wheel to the head-rest and ...

  • One of the biggest decisions you face when shopping for a vehicle is whether to buy new or used and while the right choice will be different for everybody, buying used will often be the smartest way to go. Here we will look at some of the many reasons why buying your next vehicle second-hand is a wise move. Save money Buying used can save you a huge amount of money, as not only will the sale price often be significantly less than when buying new but you will save a small fortune on the cost of insuring the vehicle ...

  • Whether you’ve left the lights on accidentally and it’s drained your battery or it has gone flat due to heat, cold or some other reason, knowing how to jump start your vehicle is vital as it can be the difference between a minor inconvenience versus being stranded somewhere for hours. If you don’t know how to jump start a vehicle yet, read on, because this is one of the most useful driving related skills you could ever learn. Invest in a set of booster cables For starters, you should always have a set of booster cables on board with you, ...

  • With summer just around the corner now is the time to start planning your next road trip and you don’t need to go far to find something special as Alberta is packed full of highlights. Consider the following three destinations to be an absolute must. Waterton Lakes National Park If you haven’t been to Waterton Lakes National Park yet do yourself a favour and break the drought this year. This Alberta gem is located 5 ½ hours south from Edmonton and has clear lakes, enchanting forests, stunning waterfalls and an abundance of local wildlife, not to mention fishing, birdwatching, golfing, ...

  • Getting your family from A to B is a whole lot easier when you have a quality vehicle to work with, particularly if it has all of the right features and functions to accommodate the wants and needs of everyone on board. If your gang is in the market for an upgraded ride this year, keep the following family friendly elements in mind when making your decision. Space The average family vehicle needs a whole lot of space, not just for all of those adults and kids but also for the many items they will want and need to bring ...

  • When your car is running smoothly and everything is going well it is hard to imagine ever needing to worry about an emergency situation arising; however, if car troubles strike or you come across another motorist in need it is vital that you are prepared. Having even just a few key tools and supplies can make a world of difference, so make sure that your emergency road kit has at least the following important elements covered. Light Car troubles are a whole lot easier to deal with when you can see what you are doing, so be sure to always ...

  • If you are anything like most Canadians you are likely pretty excited at the prospect of winter finally being over for another year; however, the end of all that cold weather also means it is time to prepare your ride for spring. For best results, make sure that the following elements are on your spring vehicle maintenance list this year. Switch back to summer treads As great as winter tires may be for dealing with cold, wet, and icy conditions, once the temperatures are consistently warmer than 7°C you are better off with summer/all-season treads. Not only are summer tires ...

  • Encounters with wildlife on Canadian roads are a relatively common occurrence, particularly if you do any driving outside of the major city centres; however, knowing how to stay safe during these often split-second encounters can be a life and death matter. For best results keep the following simple tips in mind. Avoid peak times Many of Canada’s largest and most dangerous mammals are most active around dawn and dusk; therefore, if you’d like to avoid an encounter while you are on the road avoid these peak times whenever possible. Take warnings seriously If you see signs posted warning of wildlife ...

  • Getting a large load from A to B is no easy feat; however, with the right approach you can ensure that you, your vehicle, and your precious cargo all make it there in one piece. The following simple towing tips will have you on the right track. Know your capacity Before you even think about hooking up a trailer find out exactly how much your vehicle was designed to handle – you can do this by either consulting your Vehicle Owner’s Manual or simply by looking it up online. To ensure that you stick within these vital limits weigh each ...

  • If you are one of the many Canadians who have been considering making the switch to a hybrid vehicle, there has never been a better time to make your move. Here we will look at some of the many reasons why you should make 2017 the year that you finally invest in a hybrid. Reduce your carbon footprint Driving can have a seriously negative impact on the environment, that is, unless you are driving a hybrid or electric vehicle. By employing sophisticated aerodynamics, high tech regenerative braking systems, and of course, a powerful electric battery, hybrid vehicles can cut your ...

  • There is no better way to kick off your golden years in style than by treating yourself to a quality vehicle; however, for that dream ride to be everything you want and need it to be you must keep a few fundamental factors in mind. Here we will look at some of the most important elements to consider when vehicle shopping for retirement. Accessibility The older you get the less mobile your body will become, so make sure that any vehicle you are considering is designed to be easy to get in and out of. For example, vehicles with larger ...

  • You can improve your chances of staying safe on the roads this winter just by taking a common sense approach. For best results keep the following winter driving tips in mind. Clear off your ENTIRE vehicle Before you even consider heading out spend whatever time is necessary to clear accumulated ice and snow from your entire vehicle. Not only will this ensure that you have a clear view of the road, but it will prevent chunks of ice or blowing snowing from impacting other drivers around you. Driving a vehicle that hasn’t been properly cleared is not only dangerous, it ...

  • Knowing what to do if you get involved in a car accident can make an already stressful situation a whole lot less traumatic, not to mention save you time, hassle and even money. For best results, keep the following tips in mind. Focus of safety Before you do anything else, check on everyone who has been caught up in the collision to ensure that no one is hurt; if anyone is injured call 911 immediately. Put on your hazard lights to warn other drivers, put out traffic cones if you have them and if your vehicle is in a vulnerable ...

  • It is never too late to boost your skills behind the wheel and regardless of how great a driver you may think you are already, there is always room for improvement. Here we will look at a few of the many simple things you can do to become a better driver this year. Go pro Investing in professional driver training will boost your skills in a hurry, as apart from being a fantastic chance to correct bad habits, it is also the perfect opportunity to create a few new good ones. Regardless of whether you take a course in defensive ...

  • Whether you are gearing up for a road trip this fall or are doing some advance planning for a winter adventure, preparing your vehicle is vital. The following tips will ensure that your next road trip is memorable for all the right reasons. Invest in a tune up You won’t want your vehicle breaking down on your adventure, so have your mechanic give your ride a comprehensive tune up before you head off. Be sure to ask exactly what will be included in that tune up as well, because these types of inspections can vary widely and you will want ...

  • If your ride has got you through another summer in style, reward it with some much earned TLC this fall. You will want and need your vehicle to be at its best for those often tricky conditions ahead and dealing with even small issues before they get worse will safeguard the value of your vehicle long term. Keep the following tips in mind and your ride will be ready to thrive through the fall, winter and beyond. Change the air filter Driving around with your windows down means breathing fresh, clean air on every drive; however, when the temperatures drop ...

  • Getting the longest life possible out of your vehicle comes down to more than just good luck; rather, you need to play a proactive role in its care and maintenance. Here we will look at some of the easiest ways to extend the life of any car, truck or SUV. Never skip an oil change No element plays a more important role in the long-term performance of your vehicle than the engine oil inside of it. Apart from dispersing heat and reducing friction in your engine, your motor oil traps gunk, crud and other impurities before they can cause damage; ...