- 12 April 2022
5 tips for safe driving
Warmer days are on the horizon, and many of you are no doubt itching to hit the province’s trails, roads and highways! While waiting for that perfect day for a first ride, here are a few checks you can do to prepare your motorcycle, three-wheeler or moped for the upcoming season.
Do a visual inspection. Before moving your vehicle from its storage spot, check underneath it for any signs of fluid leaks. Next, check the level of all fluids, make sure the battery is fully charged, and verify that your headlights, brake lights and turn indicators are functional. Make sure that all of your commands (brakes, shifter, gas/accelerator pedal) are working well and free of any obstructions. Put air in your tires if needed (check the recommended pressure for your specific vehicle) and do a visual check for any wear or damage.
And no need to panic if you don’t have a mechanic’s touch; most garages offer seasonal inspection and maintenance services.
- Look after your vehicle. Most manufacturers recommend that vehicles undergo yearly maintenance, at a minimum. Not only will a good mechanic adequately prepare your vehicle for the upcoming season, but he can also detect emergent or hidden problems.
- Take your vehicle for a test drive. No one wants to have their vehicle break down during their outing, which is why we recommend you do a test run around your neighbourhood to make sure everything is working as it should. Listen for any unusual sounds or vibrations. This is also the perfect opportunity to reacquaint yourself with hopping on your motorcycle, three-wheeler or moped.
- Make sure your papers are in order. Before heading on the road or highway, make sure your registration and insurance certificates are up-to-date. If your vehicle was in storage (unlicensed for use during a specific period) over the winter, you must take the necessary steps with the SAAQ and your insurance company to prepare your vehicle for use.
- Now, enjoy! Why not plan a short ride for your first outing, if only because the weather can sometimes be iffy in the spring? And besides, who wants to have to ride for hours in cold, rainy conditions (think mid-April)?
Be doubly vigilant, for not only are roads sometimes in a pitiful condition (residue from melting snow and ice, winter salt, etc.), but other drivers have been numerous months without seeing motorcycles on the road! And above all, enjoy every second!
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