Blind spots may be a good thing when it comes to a spouse's annoying habits, but when driving an automobile in Burlington, they are definitely to be avoided. So, while it's not good marital advice, it's good auto advice to minimize your own blind spots and stay out of other Burlington drivers' blind spots, especially when it comes to large, heavy vehicles like trucks and buses.
First, minimize your own blind spots. Do this before you pull out of the driveway or parking space. Adjust your rearview mirror so that you see as much of the area behind you as possible. And, no, this doesn't include the passengers in the back seat. The rearview mirror isn't designed to be a baby monitor.
Next, lean to the side until your head almost touches the driver's side window. Now adjust the driver's side mirror so that it just catches the side of the vehicle. Then, lean to the middle of the car and adjust the passenger's side mirror in the same way. These adjustments will ensure you the widest possible view behind your vehicle.
Of course, you can't eliminate blind spots entirely. There is always an area behind any vehicle where the driver just can't see what's there. The bigger the vehicle, the bigger the blind spot. Toddlers are just the right size to hide in a pickup's or SUV's blind spot. The blind spot on an RV or tractor-trailer can actually hide your crossover! You should always check behind any vehicle before getting in and backing up. And if you sit in the vehicle for a few minutes before backing up, it is best to get out and check again, especially if you are pulling out of a neighborhood driveway in Burlington. No precaution is too extreme if it saves the life of a child.
Trucks may cause about 60% of the accidents involving a truck and a car, but 78% of fatalities in such accidents are with the smaller vehicle. The number of fatalities in Ontario, as well as the number of crashes, could be cut significantly if Burlington drivers learned to properly share Ontario roads with trucks.
While learning to share Ontario roads and freeways with trucks and other large vehicles may not seem like preventive auto maintenance, it does, in fact, go hand-in-hand with good car care. Keeping your vehicle out of the body shop can save you big bucks and prevent the stress of a major accident, along with the injuries that could come with it.
The team at Discovery Ford in Burlington urges you to stay safe, and stay on the road!
850 Brant St
Burlington, Ontario L7R 2J5
When your vehicle has a problem or just needs some routine service, you might get a little nervous. Your vehicle's so important to your life in Burlington, you need to get back on the road as soon as possible – with the problem fixed right the first time.
If you've ever checked into some of the technician training Discovery Ford professionals receive, you may be surprised at how much specialized knowledge and skill goes into diagnosing and repairing a modern car. For example: Today there are four cylinder engines that generate more power than the 1980s-era V-8's. I mean a new V-6 Toyota Camry could beat Sonny Crocket's Ferrari in a race to 60 mph/100 kph.
Our engines are more and more powerful and at the same time their fuel economy keeps inching up – even with steep Burlington gas prices. They are also amazingly reliable: Kudos to the automotive engineers. But the advances come at the price of simplicity. The modern vehicles driven around Ontario are so much more complex from a mechanical standpoint that it makes your head spin – not to mention the electronics.
Some vehicles have several networked computers controlling most of the engine functions and many other vehicle operations as well. Burlington motorists take all of this sophistication for granted, but somebody has to fix it when it breaks. It's a real challenge for Discovery Ford in Burlington technicians to keep up, but we work hard to stay ahead of the technology. It requires a high level of commitment on the part of the technicians and the Burlington service centers as well.
Discovery Ford technicians receive training through a combination of formal classroom training, training provided at Discovery Ford by parts and equipment manufacturers, online courses and home study courses.
In addition to the expensive training, there's the financial commitment for Discovery Ford to purchase the diagnostic and repair tools.
There are many independent certifications held by the pros at Discovery Ford. The ability to repair your vehicle requires a strong combination of training and resources. No one can know everything, so Burlington auto service centers subscribe to data services, technical libraries and even online communities that can help them when they run into a difficult problem.
It's like those medical diagnosis shows on TV. Here are the symptoms – what's the diagnosis and treatment? Diagnosis is every bit as much an art as a science. At Discovery Ford, we want everything to be simple, straightforward and inexpensive – but sometimes it just isn't.
The next time you bring us your vehicle, don't worry. You're in good hands at Discovery Ford.
850 Brant St
Burlington, Ontario L7R 2J5