For advanced training in emergency procedures, including controlling and anticipating a skid, contact us for information on our Advanced driver training package. This package includes one lesson at the SkidControl School.
Of the many forms of preventative maintenance for your vehicle, the easiest is ensuring your tires are both properly inflated and changing them when they become too worn. Worn tires or ones that are improperly inflated can be a cause hydroplaning in wet weather, skidding on dry pavement or snow and ice, and can affect your control of the vehicle through steering. In all cases, traction is reduced by too little tire on the ground, creating a great risk for you and your family. Always inflate your tires to the level indicated for your vehicle and check for wear and tear.
Along with tire maintenance are the oil check and change. Far from popular belief, the oil light does not only go on when your oil level is low, but also when you have lost oil pressure. This means that you can have a full reservoir, but the oil isn’t reaching the engine. This problem is easily avoidable by regular checks and changes, especially if done at a professional centre.
For general information on seatbelts and the law, see the MTO website. Seatbelts keep passengers in their seats, where airbags can do their job to eliminate the “human collision” within the car. http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/seatbelt.htm
It is important for parents to be aware of the law, requring that all children too big for infant or toddler car seat and too small to use the seatbelt properly (under 80 lbs, under 8 years old and under 4 feet 9 inches) will require a booster seat. This will ensure that the seatbelt crosses the child at the correct height, thereby reducing the risk of injury. Furthermore, all drivers transporting children, not only the principle drivers, will be required to use car seats and booster seats.