Equipment

Information on specific vehicle equipment.

Tire Inflation

Tire GuageWhen was the last time you checked the air in your vehicle's tires? Do you own a tire gauge? Do you know what the proper inflation pressure is for your tires? If you don't, where do you find this information?

White, Yellow & Red Only!

Colored LightsI've got a suggestion: colour of exterior lights and reflectors. Lots of kids replace amber bulbs with blue, red ones with clear, red lenses with clear, amber reflectors with green, bulbs with LEDs, etc. I get a lot of heartbreaking letters from parents, "My kid just got a ticket...are blue parking lights really illegal?!"

Those Blinding Blue Headlights

HID HeadlightsI would love an article in the paper on those purplish headlights that some vehicles are sporting. The colour and glare are horrendous to an oncoming driver. It is hazardous to be driving because they are blinding and one automatically wants to take their eyes off the road or look to the side to avoid them. Are they legal?

Preventative Maintenance

Car RepairWould you do a column on the importance of vehicle maintenance? Not only regarding upkeep of tires, fluids, brakes, or suspension, but also the importance of regularly checking to ensure all the lights on the vehicle are clean and in good working order.

Window Tinting

Tinted WindowsWindow tinting looks cool, keeps your vehicle interior cool, or hides your vehicle contents from potential thieves. The drawback with tinting certain windows is that it limits the driver's ability to see and be seen. It is also illegal and may result in enforcement action in the form of either a ticket or a repair order.

Lamp Aiming

Headlamp Aiming

Long winter nights mean we spend more time driving while using our headlamps. All headlamps are not created equal however, so some vehicles are safer to drive at night than others. The gas-fired lamps and vacuum bulbs used when automobiles were first introduced offered little in the way of illumination.

Use Your Headlights!

HeadlightsOne of my pet peeves is drivers who do not have lights on during the day .... particularly when it is foggy, raining very hard, or there is a very dark overcast. On our last trip we saw many vehicles with no tail lights on. It was very dark out because of low, thick clouds and rain and the lack of lights is a recipe for an accidental meeting.

Winter Tires

Winter Tire Symbol'Tis the season, to think about winter tires that is. Residents in the lower mainland and Vancouver Island might be able to get away with good all season tires if they stick close to home, but the rest of the province really should be equipped with true winter tires. After all, the signs requiring winter tires or the carrying of chains are already up in some parts of the province.

Your Teen's Vehicle

teens carWe are an affluent society. Teens today own vehicles in numbers only dreamed about when I was that age. Often their disposable income doesn't end there and many dollars are spent on vehicle modifications and improvements.

Check Your Lights

HID HeadlightsThe next time you get into your vehicle, start it up, set the parking brake, turn on all of the lights and the hazard flashers. Walk around your vehicle and check all the lights. Are they all lit as they should be, and are the lenses clean, intact and still the right colour? If so, you are good to go from the standpoint of lights at least.

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