Love Your Car This Valentine’s Day
January 29, 2014 – Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and the last place you want to be is stuck at the side of the road. To avoid a roadside meltdown, the Automotive Industries Association of Canada, through its Be Car Care Aware program, recommends the following tips:
It’s easy enough to forget about your car, but just as it’s important to spend time with your sweetheart to keep the flame burning,
Check your tire pressure and the depth of your treads
In the winter you should check your tire pressure once a week! And remember that bald tires are especially dangerous in the winter when road conditions can be slick.
Can your vehicle survive the deep freeze?
To avoid engine trouble, check your owner’s manual for the recommended type of cold weather oil and switch to a more viscous formulation.
January 14, 2013 - With much of Canada experiencing record-breaking cold temperatures this winter, many Canadians are opting to stay indoors as much as possible. But when you do need to venture out into the icy air, how can you be sure that your vehicle will be up to getting you to where you need to go?
Are we there yet?
You know that you must heed the request, so you start rooting around in your emergency kit for the granola bars that you packed. This kit is sure proving to be useful!
It’s Christmas Day and you’re off to Grandma and Grandpa’s house for Christmas dinner with your family. You have your iPod filling the car with Christmas carols to try to drown out the repeated question from the kids in the back seat - “Are we there yet?” The more they ask, the more you look forward to saying yes, but you won’t so lucky. You see, that engine belt that you put off changing finally broke in the cold weather, and you’re stranded. What now?!?
Last Minute Holiday Gifts for the Drivers on your List
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but if you haven’t finished your shopping yet, you may be starting to stress a little.
An emergency kit will prepare your loved ones for unexpected incidents such as a breakdown that may leave them stranded on the roadside for an extended period of time.
Fortunately, the Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada has some great gift ideas to help keep all the drivers on your list safe this holiday season.
Deal or no deal - Understanding your financing agreement
Depending on your financial circumstances, a longer payment term may be a good option for you; however, always be sure to factor in all of the costs associated with your vehicle.
Buying a new vehicle is exciting, whether it is your first new vehicle or your tenth, but it can also be confusing. With the 0% financing offers, cash back bonuses, price adjustments, incentives, and $0 down-payment offers that dealers throw our way; it can be hard to decipher just how much a new vehicle really costs. So how do you know if you’ve walked away with a good deal?
Are you ready for winter?
Top up your fuel tank more often. The air volume in your tank contains moisture that can freeze your fuel lines in cold temperatures.
November, 2013 - There’s no sense in denying it, winter is almost here. By now, you’ve probably shoved your summer attire to the back of the closet, taken out your winter boots and coats, and broken out your cozy winter sweaters. In other words, you’ve gotten yourself ready to face the cold, but have you done the same for your vehicle?
Taking the worry out of winter driving
It’s time to turn the table on the season, and get prepared. As Canadians, we need to be proactive in our own safety, and take the guesswork out of winter driving.
Winter is just around the corner, bringing with it icy roads, snowstorms and slippery conditions. Not only do our Canadian winters have harsh reputations, they also cause Canadian drivers to think twice before hitting the road. In fact, according to the 2012 TD Insurance Winter Driving Poll, one quarter of all Canadians are hesitant to drive during the winter months.
Five Easy Steps to Getting Your Car Ready for Winter
Spark plugs wear out over time, and as they get older, they lose their ability to spark properly. This affects your engine's performance and results in a loss of power.
October 2013, Ottawa – October is Car Safety Month - a time to ensure that your vehicle is ready to safely take on winter’s nasty weather conditions. That’s why the Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada’s Be Car Care Aware program and the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) have teamed up to help Canadians prepare for winter by supplying them with easy preventative maintenance tips that will keep their vehicles running safely and efficiently.
Take the Fright out of Driving this Hallowe’en
October 2013 –While Hallowe’en is one of the most festive nights of the year for children it also ranks among the most dangerous for young pedestrians. To help promote safety on this spooky and fun filled evening, there are steps that motorists should take to prevent unwanted scares on the road.
Top Underperformed Vehicle Maintenance Tasks
“Following the vehicle maintenance schedule outlined in your vehicle owner’s manual is key to preventing costlier repairs, or breakdowns, in the future.”
- Marc Brazeau, President and CEO, AIA Canada
September 2013, Canada – When it comes to the dependability of your vehicle, it is important to keep in mind that a vehicle is only as reliable as the sum of its parts – neglecting to perform routine maintenance on one part of your vehicle, sacrifices the reliability of your vehicle as a whole.