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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