Keep Our Roads Safe!

Distracted driving continues to be a serious issue across the world with more and more car accidents being caused by distracted drivers.

When you drive distracted, you are not only putting yourself in jeopardy but everyone else who’s on the road with you. No phone call, text or email is worth putting your life and the lives of others at risk.

Need to respond to a call or text? Pull over to answer.

Feeling hungry? Pull over to have a snack.

The main way to refrain from distracted driving is to hide all items that may distract you and to be prepared for your drive.

Will you be using your GPS? Program your route before you hit the road.

Keep our roads safe. Don’t drive distracted.

For a full breakdown of distracted driving laws in Canada and to read more about the specific law for your province, click here.

Driving With Pets!

Whether you’re going on a road trip or moving, travelling in a car with your pet requires some preparation.

1) Get Your Pet Ready

Chances are you have taken your pet to the veterinarian before, which means you already know how they behave in your vehicle. If you know your pet suffers from anxiety and/or motion sickness in the car, speak to your vet about appropriate medications. If your pet has never been in the car or if this road trip will be a lot longer than he or she has experienced, it’s a good idea to take some short trips with them beforehand.

Ensure all vaccinations are up to date and that your pet will be wearing its ID tags in case it manages to escape during the trip. Having a recent photo of your pet handy is also a good precaution in case your pet becomes lost.

2) Secure Your Pet

Your pet shouldn’t roam freely inside the vehicle as it will become a distraction for the driver and pose a safety concern if there is a sudden stop. Decide ahead of time whether you will be putting your pet in a carrier, crate or harness. Most cats and small dogs feel safer if they travel in a small carrier. Leave the carrier out around your house a week before your trip so that they become familiar with it. The same goes for a crate and harness for bigger dogs. If your pet has never been harnessed in, try it out on short trips first to hopefully ease some anxiety.

Have your pet sit in the backseat to keep it safe from airbags. Pets should not be exposed in any way to flying debris, which means they should be secured in a carrier, crate or harness with some mobility but not enough to stick their heads out the window or run around. Pets should never roam free in the bed of a truck either.

3) Create a Pet Travel Kit

Your pet travel kit should include: water/portable water bowl, food/treats, toys, blanket/pillow, leash, litter box with litter for cats, pooper scooper, pet’s health records, any medications, plastic bags and cleaning supplies.

4) Keep Your Pet Comfortable

Some pets may fall asleep during the ride but others may be very restless. Make sure you stop often to let your pet take a break to walk around, get fresh air, eat, relieve itself and burn off excess energy. It’s recommended to never feed a pet in a moving vehicle so give them food during breaks and allow them enough time to digest. Put your pet on a leash before you let them out of the vehicle as you never know what it might do when in an unfamiliar area. Never leave your pets alone inside a vehicle for long periods of time or for even a few minutes in hot or cold weather.


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DRIVING FORCE is growing and we are looking for outstanding people to add to our team.

Are you looking to pursue a career in the Canadian automotive industry? DRIVING FORCE could be your next employer!

With 22 locations throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Ontario, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and the Yukon, including Edmonton, Calgary, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Saskatoon, Guelph, Fort St. John, Vancouver (Langley), Terrace, Whitehorse, Iqaluit and Inuvik, DRIVING FORCE offers a fun and professional work environment in the vehicle rentals, sales and leasing industry.

One of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for eight consecutive years, we work together to uphold our DRIVING FORCE philosophy of exceeding customer expectations.

Some current employment opportunities are:

Account Manager – Calgary
Rental Consultant – Edmonton West
Lot Attendant – Langley
Rental Consultant – Saskatoon
Business Development Manager – Whitehorse

For a complete list of current DRIVING FORCE job postings, a video about our company, and how to apply, check out our Careers page.

How Often Do You Clean Your Steering Wheel?

You may be diligent in washing your hands on a regular basis. You may even be good at keeping your car looking shiny and new. But how often do you clean your vehicle’s steering wheel?

According to a study conducted in the UK in 2011, a steering wheel is said to be 9 times dirtier than a public toilet seat and 700 different kinds of bacteria inhabit a vehicle’s interior per square inch. Yuck!

The study also showed that the trunk has around 1,000 bacteria types per square inch. The most common form of bacteria was bacillus cereus, which can cause food poisoning.

Maybe you should give the interior of your car a good clean. I certainly will!


Vehicle Break-ins: What to Do!

1) File a Police Report

The first thing you should do when you discover that your car has been broken into is file a police report. Call a non-emergency phone number if possible. Only dial 911 if no one is answering the local police number. Make sure to have your license, registration, and insurance information available for the officer when making a report. You should report all of the damage done to your vehicle as well as any missing contents.

2) Call Your Insurance Company

If you have full comprehensive coverage, damage to your vehicle will likely be covered under your policy. It is also likely that you will be required to pay a deductible. It only makes sense to make a claim if the cost to repair the damage is more than the deductible.

However, it’s very unlikely that your insurance company will cover any of your contents. You should still mention any stolen items to your adjuster, but don’t count on receiving compensation as these items are typically covered by your home or renters insurance.

3) Secure Your Personal Information

If there is any chance that your personal information has been compromised, take the necessary actions to prevent identify theft and damage to your personal and credit history. For example, cancel stolen credit cards, replace important legal documents and contact your banks and lenders.

4) Report Stolen Items to Your Homeowners or Renters Insurance

The contents of your vehicle are typically insured under most home or renters insurance policies. If the items stolen from your vehicle are worth more than your homeowners or renters insurance deductible, you can file a claim for the value of the stolen items. The amount of your deductible will vary according to your policy and premiums.


How to Wash & Wax Your Vehicle!

1) Washing

- Use a concentrated car cleaner and add about two capfuls to a bucket of water.
- Use a sponge or washing mitt to clean instead of old rags as those often leave hairline scratches in your vehicle’s finish.
- Start from the top and work your way down so that dirty water won’t run off onto the panels you just cleaned.
- Clean one panel at a time and rinse it off so that soap doesn’t dry onto your vehicle. Use just enough water pressure to get the suds off.

Wheels and Tires

- Once your wheels and tires are cool to the touch, thoroughly rinse them.
- Spray one tire and wheel with a good quality cleaner and work it into the crevices with a soft bristled brush. Only clean one at a time to avoid the cleaner drying and thoroughly rinse the wheel.

Bugs and Tar

- Bugs and tar tend to build up on the lower body sides, the leading edge and the windshield. Apply a little bug and tar cleaner to your sponge and rub it onto these areas to remove the debris.

2) Drying

- Use a damp chamois or soft terry cloth towel and remove excess water from your entire vehicle. Start at the roof and work down to the lower panels.

3) Waxing

- Remove your vehicle from direct sunlight and wait for it to cool.
- Wet the wax applicator, apply the wax and proceed to wax one panel of your vehicle at a time.
- After a few minutes, the wax will dry to a dull haze and then you can use a clean terrycloth and wipe in one direction to remove the film of wax. Use a polishing cloth to buff in the opposite direction to a high shine.


Create a Summer Road Trip Emergency Kit!

Having a winter emergency kit for your vehicle is essential, but it’s also important to have a summer emergency kit to be prepared for your summer road trips.

Some useful items to have in your summer emergency kit are:

-  A gallon of water, plus one bottle per person.
– Extra phone charger.
– Plenty of nonperishable snacks that won’t melt in the heat. Ex: energy bars, nuts, dried fruit.
– Sunscreen and a wide-brim hat.
– Reflective emergency blanket as it can be used for shade.
– First aid kit.
– Flashlight or headlamp.
– Pocket knife/multi-tool.
– Flares or reflective hazard triangles.
– Jumper cables or portable battery charger.
– Tire pressure gauge.
– Tow strap.
– Fuses.
– Tool kit.
– Duct tape.
– Rag.
– Gloves.

A GPS is also a valuable item to have on a road trip, but it’s always a good idea to bring maps as a back-up in case the GPS fails and leaves you stranded.

Also, if you are road tripping with children, make sure you have more than enough sources of entertainment to keep them occupied.


How To Choose A Bike Rack!

Buying a bike rack is a big decision. Experts at your local bike store will help you determine which bike rack is best for your vehicle, but it doesn’t hurt to do a little research beforehand.

When buying a bike rack, the main factors you must consider are the type of your vehicle, the number of bikes, the type of bikes you will be transporting, and how often you plan to use it.

There are three types of bike racks: roof, hitch, and trunk/hatch mounted.

Roof Racks

A roof bike rack is typically best for a vehicle that’s lower to the ground. If you drive a truck, SUV, or van, you will have to lift your bike over your head to mount it on the rack. This may or may not pose an issue depending on your physique and your bike’s weight. On a tall vehicle, you probably will only be able to carry two bikes on the roof rack as the centre of the crossbars will be out of reach. Although many roof racks are easy to install, you won’t want to take them on and off on a daily basis.

Hitch Mount Racks

There are two main styles of hitch mounted racks: tray and arm support. The tray style racks support the weight of bikes in a tray and secure them by clamping the front wheels. Tray style hitches are easy to load, will carry virtually any type of bicycle and can be expanded to hold up to four bikes. If you own heavy bikes such as downhill or free ride style, these racks offer the lowest loading heights available, and can hold bikes weighing up to 60 pounds each. The arm support hitch mount still has a relatively low loading height, but uses the frame as the primary point of attachment and the support arms will usually not fit full-suspension mountain bikes or ones with unusual frame shapes.

Hitch mounted racks keep bicycles out of the wind, and to some extent prevent them from getting plastered with bugs, which can happen on a roof rack. The downsides are that they are heavy and can limit access to the rear of the vehicle. Some vehicles with insufficient rear suspension will struggle with the extra weight, but most trucks and SUVs will be fine.

Trunk/Hatch Mount Racks

Trunk/hatch mount bike racks typically involve the least amount of installation. They are generally fairly lightweight, and the same rack can be easily moved between compatible vehicles. Nylon straps or cables with hooks are used to secure them to your vehicle and you won’t be able to open your trunk or hatch while the rack is attached. Most of these racks rely on two horizontal supports designed to support a bicycle by holding the top tube with rubber or nylon straps. This design limits their ability to carry many types of bikes, primarily full suspension mountain bikes or ones that do not have straight horizontal top tubes. Weight capacity is generally limited to around 35 lbs per bike as well.


DRIVING FORCE is Now Open at the Fort McMurray Airport!

We are very excited to announce the opening of our 20th location at the new Fort McMurray International Airport terminal today!

DRIVING FORCE Vehicle Rentals, Sales and Leasing has had a location in Fort McMurray since 1979, and now we are pleased to offer quick and convenient service for our rental customers right at the airport too.

The Fort McMurray International Airport is the fastest growing airport in Canada and its $258 million new terminal will accommodate over 1.5 million passengers per year.

We are very proud to be part of this milestone and to have a stronger presence in the area to serve the needs of our customers.

Click here to contact our Fort McMurray International Airport location now.

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