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  • Dashcams 101: Pros, Cons, and Costs
    driving skills If you are a new driver or if you re sharing your vehicle with one watching dashcam footage can help drivers catch their problems and improve driving skills from three point turns to parallel parking techniques You may not be able to use your smart phone to take photos and videos while you re driving but you can certainly capture what might be happening around you with a dashcam For cottagers who may want to capture wildlife on the road or any other unexpected sights on your road trip a dashcam can document those memories Cons Dashcams shouldn t be used if they are a distraction According to CAA spokesperson Kristine D Arbelles If it s just sitting there and just recording you don t have to touch it then it s fine If all of a sudden you have to fiddle with it while you re driving and moving it around then that becomes an issue because that could become an added distraction behind the wheel and could actually cause an accident instead of actually trying to prevent one Some US states have laws against recording someone without their consent Be sure you know the laws of the state you re in before you use your dashcam in the States Older cameras may not have loop recording which means they automatically start writing over old data when memory is full and will suddenly stop recording when storage is full Cost Dashcams can range from 50 400 with higher cost models including extra features like GPS tracking and WiFi connectivity Most standard models fall around 150 00 and include automatic start and stop recording automatic looping and ability to record both front and rear of the vehicle Do your research to find a model that fits your needs

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  • Your Basic At-Home Tire Repair Kit
    gone flat due to a blowout signalled by a loud popping sound caused by air escaping the tire it s an indicator that your tire will need to be replaced Changing a flat Keep these tools on hand to help you in the event of a flat your vehicle s owner manual an inflated spare tire a jack a screwdriver a lug wrench bracing material like a brick and a flashlight in case you need to change a tire at night Here s a step by step guide to changing a flat tire Park your vehicle on a flat surface away from traffic Place a brick or wooden wedge to block the wheels at the opposite end of the car for security Pry off the wheel cover with the tip of a screw driver as if you were lifting the lid off a paint can Loosen the lug nuts with a lug wrench but don t remove them completely Get them loose enough to remove by hand after you jack up the vehicle Using your car manual to make sure that the jack is in the proper position jack up the vehicle about 6 inches off the ground Jack up the car enough so you are able to slip the tire off with ease Remove the lug nuts and keep them in a safe place Remove the tire pulling it directly toward you Roll it out of the way Place the spare tire onto the vehicle and push it into the wheel base until it ll go no further Place the lug nuts in the correct positions and tighten by hand Lower the vehicle tighten the lug nuts with a lug wrench and replace the hubcap Secure it by knocking it with the heel of your hand Basic maintenance tips Many instances of tire damage can be prevented with proper maintenance Here are some upkeep tips to bear in mind Air pressure It s recommended that drivers check their air pressure once every month Invest in a quality tire pressure gauge Insert the gauge into the valve stem on your tire at least 3 hours after you ve driven The gauge will show a number compare it to the number found in your owners manual If your tire s psi pounds per square inch is above the number let air out until it matches If below add air either with a manual pump or head to the nearest gas station until it reaches the proper number Rotate Experts recommends getting your tires rotated every 3 000 6 000 miles or so Rotating tires from one side to the other front to back helps avoid uneven tire wear which can lead to poor performance and increased gas mileage Alignment Indicators that your tires need to be aligned include uneven tire wear drifting as you drive or a vibrating steering wheel Refer to your owner s manual to check how often this service is recommended Alignment ensures your car drives straight and

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  • 6 Effective Ways to Practice for a Driver’s Test
    reduction in the 12 month minimum G1 licensing period Your driving school will teach you strategic driving techniques the skills to drive in adverse conditions and at night and more Your instructor will also be a valuable resource you can ask questions about your road test When choosing a school consider the number of years they ve been in business testimonials and look for a minimum of 20 hours classroom instruction 10 hours behind the wheel instruction and 10 hours flexible instruction Take highway trips The G1 exit test includes a component of expressway driving You must complete a Declaration of Driving Experience to ensure you have sufficient expressway driving experience The form will require you to indicate how many times in the past three months before the test you have driven on a highway with a speed limit of at least 80 km hr as well as the length of these trips To learn best practices for entering and exiting the highway refer to the official handbook Perfect your parallel park Even some advanced drivers don t feel confident in their parallel parking abilities Parallel parking may seem difficult but trying out this technique enough times will make the task come easily Before slowing down check your mirror for traffic behind you and your blind spot Turn on your signal and unless other vehicles are waiting to enter the road between you and your stopping point steadily reduce your speed Stop parallel to the parked vehicle real or imaginary in front of the empty parking space Leave 60 cm between your vehicle and the parked one If traffic is clear begin reversing into the space turning the steering wheel toward the curb When your vehicle is about halfway in steer to bring your vehicle in line with the curb Once you re in the space align your vehicle by moving forward or backward Put the gear selector into park and set the parking brake To exit the space turn on the engine release the parking brake signal and check your mirrors and blind spots Steer back onto the road gradually accelerating to blend in with the traffic around you Practice getting into driving position Before you drive get into the habit of taking a moment to adjust your mirrors buckle your seatbelt and making sure you are seated comfortably Adjust your seat so you can reach the pedals easily while sitting straight up To check your position try placing your feet flat on the floor under the brake pedal If you can do this easily you re seated properly Make these efforts a habit as your driving examiner will be mindful of your behavior before you even turn on the engine Make a habit of being observant During your test your examiner will be checking your observation skills including how often you use your mirrors check your blind spots and how you respond to traffic signs pavement markings and possible hazards Your examiner will expect to see your head

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  • Tips for Estate Planning in Ontario
    be tailored to your particular circumstances take the following into account when drawing up a will your current family situation your marital status your family s needs the value of your estate the type of assets in your estate what you have in mind for your estate Your family members will be grateful for your efforts to ensure no detail was neglected during the planning of your estate This downloadable chart is designed to help you take a personal inventory of your assets Choose the right trustee A trustee is the person who will be responsible for carrying out your wishes after your death It s important that you choose this person wisely Before making a final decision make sure your trustee is trustworthy has the skills and time required to accomplish the task you require will be able to treat family members fairly and objectively Know the importance of life insurance An essential estate planning tool life insurance can be useful as it enables your heirs to pay estate taxes Buy a life insurance policy where the proceeds are payable to the estate to cover the taxes on the deemed disposition of your assets Set up powers of attorney Accidents happen Illness or an accident may lead you to become incapacitated and unable to make important decisions A power of attorney is a document that gives someone else the power to act on your behalf Be sure to make two powers of attorney one for property and one for personal care Like your will your powers of attorney has to be made with care This will grant peace of mind to you and your family Planning your estate requires careful attention To ensure your plan is customized to suit your needs and the needs of your beneficiaries consider getting

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  • 6 Things to Know Before Purchasing A Central Air Conditioner
    will accumulate over it s lifetime Sound Newer energy efficient models tend to be quieter than those produced in years past but there is still a variety in sound levels of different products on the market today Sound rating of air conditioners is expressed in bels The lower the sound rating the lower the sound emitted by the outdoor unit Select a system with an outdoor sound rating of about 7 6 B or lower Warranty While the warranty on your equipment will vary according to the manufacturer many top rated models will be covered up to 10 years Look for a long warranty and be sure to read the fine print so you fully understand the terms of a warranty and what maintenance is required to be performed by a dealer Installation A reputable contractor is an important part of your investment As with any major service ask friends for referrals and get firm quotes from other contractors Your contractor should be able to calculate the cooling load for the house provide you with information on the unit and it s SEER rating answer any questions you have about the warranty and to offer a service contract on the installation Maintenance Tips To make sure you get the most out of your air conditioner system check and replace your filters monthly in summer months and clean or change them when dirty Clogged dirty filters block normal airflow and can reduce a system s efficiency Like dirty filters dirty indoor and outdoor coils reduce airflow through the system This reduction can decrease system efficiency and lead to compressor damage Outdoor coils should be vacuumed or brushed clean to keep it free of dirt and leaves Then it can be carefully cleaned with a garden hose Indoors be sure that vents

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  • Summer Water Safety Tips Every Family Should Know
    lack of life jackets present on board in each case Stock your boat with at least one life jacket per person at all times To ensure your child s life jacket fits properly try this trick have them make a touchdown signal by raising both arms straight up if the life jacket hits a child s chin or ears it may be too big or the straps may be too loose Keep your boat stocked with all the other essentials before setting out on a trip This might include Your owners manual A hand bailer such as a bucket or bilge pump A basic first aid kit Sunscreen A blanket A sharp knife in a protective case can be used to detangle anything from the propeller A whistle Flares or a flashlight with extra batteries Emergency rations and bottled water Waterproof matches A watercraft insurance policy can insure you against many of the risks associated your boat Our watercraft insurance is offered for boats canoes kayaks and more If you can t imagine driving your car without an insurance policy don t take the risk of operating your recreational vehicle without one On the Beach Swimming in the ocean or a lake requires different skills than a pool Make sure your children are able to swim confidently before getting your beach trip Only swim at lifeguard protected beaches within the designated swimming area Rip currents can form in any large open water areas such as low spots and breaks in sandbars of near piers Rip currents can be so strong that even competent swimmers can get caught in one Stay at least 100 feet from piers and jetties as permanent rip currents often exist near them If your child does get caught in a rip make sure he or she

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  • Your Essential Car Detailing Checklist
    repeat on all wheels Once you ve finished washing add an extra layer of protection by applying a coat of wheel wax Do this just as you wax your car Interior Polish the Dashboard and Console Using a damp microfiber cloth wipe the entire surface of the dashboard to clear the dust Use an interior cleaner or any standard glass cleaner on a chamois to remove built up grime Brush away dust in the vents and between radio buttons with a dash brush or paintbrush make sure there s no paint residue on the bristles first Polish the Steering wheel Start by wiping the steering wheel with an antibacterial cleaning solution Then spray your vinyl protectant on the applicator not directly on the dash or the steering wheel to prevent overspray on the glass or upholstery Wipe thoroughly Allow the protectant to soak in for 3 5 minutes then buff the dash and console dry with a microfiber cloth Clean Interior Glass and Mirrors As your car ages the glass may become less clear which can affect the look of your car from the outside and the view from the inside Using a high quality glass cleaner and staying on top of cleaning both interior and exterior of windows should be a priority Wash Replace Floor Mats Remove floor mats and vacuum under the seats dash and rear window area Wash mats in the washing machine or if you haven t replaced them since winter buy new ones De stain the Seats Car seats can absorb all kinds of stains Start by vacuuming up any debris To wash fabric seats simply use ordinary laundry detergent and a sponge and spot clean or combine a mixture of 2 Tbps dish soap 2 Tbps washing soda and 2 cups hot water Dish

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  • DIY Pest Control Tips For Summer
    mulch Another less noticeable option is to scatter human or dog hair into soil Squirrels will smell the human scent and keep away from the area Ask a local hairdresser To make your bird feeder inaccessible to squirrels place the feeder at least eight feet from away from the trunk limbs or structures from which squirrels might leap Or suspend from a tree branch on a length of clear fishing wire Ants What to look for Groups of ants can nest in walls and ceilings and feed on the wood leaving behind behind frass a sawdust like material which Overtime an ant problem could compromise the structural integrity of your home look for ants in areas with high moisture such as bathrooms and kitchens Solution Diatomaceous earth a fine powder derived from ground plankton fossil is an effective solution for dealing with ants Simply scatter it generously around problem areas and leave it to be walked on by ants The powder grains will puncture the insects exoskeleton leaving the ant to dehydrate and die Food grade diatomaceous earth is non toxic and can be safely consumed by animals Diatomaceous earth is effective for any bug with an exoskeleton cockroaches flea beetles bedbugs and even slugs Wasps What to look for From May to November wasps can cause problems for homeowners especially if there is a nest somewhere near the property Wasps can make outdoor living difficult and if you or someone in your home is allergic impossible Solution If a nest isn t located near your property or doesn t present a health hazard it s best to leave it until November or December Once abandoned you can remove it and dispose of it with little risk If a nest is removed it should be done in the evening when

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