The importance of rust protection

There is one four letter work that upsets Canadian drivers more than any other: RUST! Our Canadian climate is the main contributor to this unsightly issue. Ice, snow, salt, major weather changes and the all-too-common gravel road wreak havoc on your car’s paint job and can eventually cause more serious problems. That’s why it is highly recommended that car owners invest in some type of rust protection. Constant driving, particularly on … [Read more...]

Driving Lessons: Driver’s School or Home Taught; Which is Best?

Without a doubt, the best answer to that question is that attending a driver’s school is best, due to the many advantages for the new driver who graduates from a reputable, licensed driver training program. True, there is an initial cost involved, but it’s worth the investment, especially when you consider the potential for future savings that will offset the initial outlay. For example, many insurance companies offer a premium discount to … [Read more...]

Back-to-school-fall driving, 101

Fall is more than just a change of weather; it’s the season to begin changing our driving habits. When children return to school it’s also time for a little driver re-education. Accordingly, here’s today's lesson, “Back-to-school-safe driving.” With school now in session, drivers must remember to be extra careful and vigilant. Intersections near schools which were quiet in summer are now teeming with children up to four times a day; even a … [Read more...]

Drive Safe – Things to remember

Driving the open road on a sunny day can be truly joyful. On the other hand, driving in the GTA in rush hour in the rain – not so much joy there! As well, today’s complex cars, gridlock and sometimes a lack of driver courtesy all result in increasingly high accident rates. As the line from an old TV police show says, “Be careful out there.” With that in mind, here is a “Top Ten List of Safe-Driving Tips to help you and your vehicle arrive … [Read more...]

General car care tips

A vehicle purchase is not only expensive but time consuming and most people want their cars to last for as long as possible. Properly maintaining the vehicle is one way to ensure this happens. To help our customers maintain their vehicle, we'd like to offer some helpful tips. Here are some of our favourites: Rinse your car before washing it. Make sure you get any harsh grime and dirt off the car before you start washing it. If you just … [Read more...]

Ontario Reporting Centres

The ability to self-report collisions is the main function of the province’s Collision Reporting Centres. Drivers involved in collisions causing property damage are required to report the incident to the Reporting Centre within twenty-four hours. Here, a police officer will inspect the vehicle for damage and complete a report. During this visit, the driver will also complete a simplified government collision report form, which is also checked … [Read more...]

Motorists’ rights

When a driver is involved in a collision, many people feel that what happens afterwards is out of their control. Drivers should not feel this way because they do have a number of rights that must be maintained following an accident. As the owner of a vehicle involved in an accident it’s up to you to decide where you want your car towed and repaired. Don't let anyone from the reporting centre, tow truck company or another person involved in the … [Read more...]

The run-down on rentals

Whenever you are involved in an accident it’s likely you will have to get a rental car either while your vehicle is repaired, or if it is determined that your vehicle is unsafe to drive. The use of a rental car is an optional coverage on your insurance; however in accidents where you are deemed to be 100 per cent not-at-fault, you should have a rental car at your disposal. With that said, it is important to confirm with your insurance company … [Read more...]

Prepare your vehicle for the hot summer sun

The first thing you should do is replace your air filter. Full of dirt and debris, a dirty air filter will blow dirty air at you whenever you use the air conditioning. Don’t contaminate your car and your lungs with that, and make sure you have a new, clean air filter at the beginning of every summer. You should also check your coolant and all fluids. When it’s very hot outside the engine will run at a higher temperature, too. If your coolant … [Read more...]

Windshields: to repair or replace

It used to be that a cracked or chipped windshield instantly meant it had to be replaced. But times have changed and many minor damages can now be repaired instead. Before you can decide between repairing and replacing, however, the damage must be appraised by a professional to determine if it has caused any structural issues to the windshield. If you’ve ever had a small crack before, then you’ll know it can quickly turn into a large … [Read more...]