Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Wheel into Spring!
Is your car trying to tell you something...need a tune up? Does your home look like it could use a face lift? Call in the specialists.
Ontario seatbelt laws turn 35 HAWKESBURY – It’s been 35 years since seatbelt laws came into eﬀect in Ontario, in 976, and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are as committed as ever to seatbelt compliance with the launch of the 20 spring seatbelt campaign. The provincewide campaign will
run from Wednesday, April 3 to Saturday, April 23. During that time, the OPP will be stepping up enforcement to ensure that motorists and passengers buckle up. Using a seatbelt is the single most eﬀective way to reduce the chance of injury or death in a motor vehicle collision. Yet trag-
ically, countless fatalities and injuries relating to seatbelt use have continued to occur needlessly each year over the past 35 years. Last year on OPP patrolled roadways, 89 people lost their lives in collisions in which lack of seatbelt use was a causal factor and 4,200 people were
Tips on how to save money when you hit the road this summer Summertime is travel time. Even with gasoline prices at an all-time high, Canadians can’t resist the lure of sunny skies and the open road. Before hitting the road this summer, you can take several simple precautions to keep your family safe and save money at the pump. Extreme heat and long drives can be tough on cars. Cracked hoses, leaky radiators, underinﬂated tires and dirty ﬁlters can significantly lower your fuel eﬃciency, or worse, lead to a total breakdown. Oil is the lifeblood of your car. It keeps hardworking engine parts running clean, smooth and cool. Most owner’s manuals suggest that you change your oil and oil ﬁlter every 7,500 miles (2,070 kilometers). Oil change specialists suggest every 3,000 miles
(4,828 kilometers) or three months. The fact is, most of us do a lot of heavy driving during the summer when an engine is more likely to overheat. So at least check your oil before you head out on that road trip with the family. Your brakes are the single most important safety feature on your car. Don’t put yourself or your family at risk this summer by riding around on worn down or faulty brakes.
Wintertime is notorious for dead batteries and early morning jumpstarts. But the truth is that hot weather is even tougher on your battery. Summer heat can speed up the chemical reaction inside a battery, causing the battery to be overcharged. The best way to keep your battery running smoothly is to keep it clean. Regularly detach the battery cables and wipe oﬀ the terminals.
injured for the same reason. So far this year, seven people have died in collisions in which lack of seatbelt use was a causal factor and 855 have been seriously injured. Compared to this same time last year, 3 died and 93 were injured. The OPP will be focusing their eﬀorts on child restraints during this campaign to raise awareness about the need to properly restrain children in a vehicle. A properly-used child seat reduces a child’s risk of injury in a crash by as much as 75 per cent, yet many child car seats are in-
correctly used or improperly installed. When used correctly, a booster seat provides 60 per cent more protection than a seatbelt alone. In a collision, children using seatbelts instead of booster seats are three and a half times more likely to suﬀer signiﬁcant injury, and four times more likely to suﬀer head injury. OPP detachments regularly run child car-seat safety clinics and the OPP are encouraging everyone to contact their local OPP Detachment or their local police service for more information.