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Seeing Clearly May Save Your Life

September 24, 2012

I recently attended a Ladies Car Care Clinic hosted by Kelly Williams, a former race car driver. The clinic was very informative and made me a lot more “Car Care Aware”! It brought me to the decision to share some excerpts from an article written by Ian Palmer and published in Canadian Car Owner magazine.

Seeing Clearly

It goes without saying that good visibility is critical to safe motoring.

Ensuring good visiblity, as it turns out, means making sure that your windshield, wipers, heaters, defrosters, and lights are all in good repair. After all, obstructions can put you, other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians at risk of serious injury… or even worse.

Consider the 90-90-90 principle. If you’re traveling as a speed of 90 km per hour, you’ll cover about 90 feet each second…and 90% of all driving decisions are based entirely on vision.

So if your windshield is dirty, wipers are worn and tattered, and heaters and defrosters aren’t working properly, you’ll be driving blind, so to speak.

Canada’s got some really interesting weather. With the rain, sleet, hail, and snow, your vehicle’s windshield takes a beating. And dirty glass deflects not only sunlight, but also glare from the headlights of other vehicles.

Having the right wipers is one thing. (I did not know that there are all-season wiper blades, performance blades and winter blades to choose from!) Knowing when to replace them is another.

In general, you can’t go wrong with changing your wipers twice a year. However, you should change them more often if, between regular change intervals, you notice that the blades smear, streak, squeak, or do anything else that indicates less then optimal performance.

You also want to be mindful about your lights, for obvious reasons. Have your vehicle technician ensure that your headlights are aimed straight ahead rather than up at the sky.

Bulbs should be replaced in pairs. When one goes, you can be sure the ohter’s not far behind.

When on the roadway or highway, you want to see other drivers… and you want them to see you as well. Keeping on top of visibility related maintenance is critical in this regard. After all, ensuring good visibility is your responsibility as a motorist.

Why don’t you try to answer the following questions.

  • How often should you change your oil?
  • Brake fluid?
  • Transmission fluid?
  • Air Filter?
  • Serpentine Belt?
  • Wiper Blades?

Answers: 3 months or 5,000 km; 50,000 km; 70,000 km; 20-24,000 km; 70,000 km; every 6 months

So, how did you make out with those questions?! Websites to visit:

When it comes to your vehicle maintenance, make sure to deal with a qualified automotive repair technician.

When it comes to peace of mind for you and your loved ones, call me!

If you don’t have a security system or don’t have it monitored, call me for a free, no-obligation consultation.  You will be glad you did!

Ulli Robson, Security Specialist , (780) 288-2986

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  1. Leonard permalink

    So very true people think by just making small changes to their vehicle will not effect them or the vehicle. Everything you do to your vehicle will change the dynamics of the vehicle. From the way it handles to gas mileage. Hanging ‘things’ from your rear view mirror WILL interfere with your vision (period),
    It is just as important to be seen as it is to see. Covering tail and head lights WILL effect your vision n the what other drivers see of you.
    When you are in a vehicle collision, weather you are at fault or not, your vehicle is still damaged and you may be injuried. That is weather it was your fault or not, the results of a collision is always the same.
    So pay attention to the road, slow down (I am not talking about speeding) share the road and we all can arrive at our destination safely

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