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Trusted Regina partner shares a guideline for checking your headlights, taillights, running lights and signal lights.

Great Canadian Oil Change on Quance and North Albert Street in Regina provide oil changes in 10 minutes. No appointment needed! At Great Canadian Oil Change they will always do their best to keep you traveling safely, in a cleaner environment.

They are your Trusted Regina Oil Change experts in the Regina Automotive General category.

Have you checked your lights lately?  Great Canadian Oil Change shares a guideline for checking your vehicles lights.


WHY CHECK YOUR LIGHTS REGULARLY

For your safety and the safety of others, it is important that all lights on your vehicle are working properly.  Bright and functioning headlights and taillights are necessary to be visible to other drivers and pedestrians at night.  Well-maintained headlights also help you to see obstacles in the road in front of you.

PREVENT ACCIDENTS AND REDUCE ROAD RAGE

Working lights also help to prevent accidents and reduce road rage.  You know how annoying it can be when the car ahead of you slows down unexpectedly and turns without having a working brake light or signal light.  Or when the driver in front of you slows down without apparently any advance notice because their brake lights were not functioning properly and therefore you did not have time to adjust your speed.  How about waiting behind someone who apparently wants to make a left turn but did not have a working signal light that might have given you the opportunity to choose another lane earlier?  And we all can do without getting a ticket for having a burned out headlight or taillight.  All if these situations could lead to accidents or unnecessary stress.  Don’t be part of the problem!  Take the initiative and responsibility for checking that your own lights are working.



DO I HAVE TO TURN THE CAR ON TO CHECK THE LIGHTS?

It is easy to check SOME of your lights when the car is not running, however most vehicles these days require that the ignition be on (and some vehicles must actually be in gear) to do a thorough check of ALL of the lights.

HOW EASY IS IT TO CHECK THE LIGHTS MYSELF?

It is possible to check the lights by yourself, although not the quickest.  You will need to have a method to have something to hold the brake down (creative use of a long handled windshield scraper or even an anti-theft device might do), and you may have to get in and out of the car a few times.  If you can park the car beside something reflective (such as a window) or plain (a wall), you may be able to see some of the lights without getting our of your vehicle.  It is definitely possible to check the lights yourself, however the job will take less time if you have the assistance of another person.

HOW CAN I CHECK MY LIGHTS EASILY IN THE DAY TIME?

In the day time it is more difficult to see some of the lights on your car.  One option would be to use a dark piece of clothing, like a jacket, when going up close to each light to see how bight it shines on that surface to see if it is working.  Other options include parking beside a reflective surface like a window.  Or even shining your lights onto a building with a plain wall could work.  Waiting until it is close to evening or checking your lights indoors in dim lighting is suggested.



Follow this general plan to check the headlights, taillights, brake lights, running lights and signal lights on most cars.
Every vehicle is different.  Check the owner’s manual for vehicle-specific instructions.  For example, not all vehicles have running lights and some vehicles need to actually be in gear for some of the lights to be checked.
If you have two people and it is dark enough to see the lights easily, this can be a quick and easy job.
Turn on the engine.  Have a buddy on the outside of the car as you go through the list of lights to check.

FRONT – Have your buddy go to the front of the car.
Are the running lights working?  Are they even in brightness on both sides?
Turn on the headlights. Are they both lit up sufficiently?  Is one brighter or dimmer than the other?
Try the high beams. Are they both lit up sufficiently?  Is one brighter or dimmer than the other?
Try the right signal light.  Is it working? Is it easily visible?
Now the left signal light. Is it working? Is it easily visible?
 
REAR – Have your buddy go to the back of the car.
Are the running lights working?  Are they even in brightness on both sides?
Test the right signal light. Is it working? Is it easily visible?
Then the left signal. Is it working? Is it easily visible?
Press on the brakes to check the brake lights.  Are they working?  Are all lights easily visible?  Are they even on both sides? (Two or three bulbs on each side may come on)
 
That’s it!
If you find that some bulbs are dim or not working, make arrangements to have the bulbs replaced.  In some cases it may be the wiring or fuses that are the problem.
HOW CAN GREAT CANADIAN OIL CHANGE HELP?
At Great Canadian Oil Change we do a complimentary check of all of your lights when you come in for any service.  We also can replace the bulbs if you choose.
Great Canadian Oil Change  – helping you to drive safe and to maintain your vehicle in tip top 


Trusted Regina shares information on graffiti removal.

As spring approaches you will start to find more graffiti damage. 


Most cities have a property maintenance bylaw that requires you the property owner to deal with graffiti within an allotted time frame, generally 31 days. Regina bylaw is No. 2002-105, Saskatoon's is the Property Maintenance and Nuisance Abatement Bylaw. 

What is the first thing you should do when you find graffiti on your property?

Record: Take a photo of the graffiti vandalism as soon as you see it. The photo is critical to successful investigations by the Regina Police Service.

Report: Report all incidents of graffiti damage to your property by calling the Regina Police Service at 306-777-6500. You will be given instructions on how to submit information and a copy of the photo. You can also go online at reginapolice.ca, click on "REPORT A CRIME", and choose Mischief/Graffiti. 

Remove: Remove graffiti from your property as quickly as possible. A quick response has been shown to prevent it from reoccurring.


How do yo remove the graffiti?

There are a few options available to you;

1. Paint over it
2. Try using a store bought graffiti product.
3. Hire a professional company like Medius that deals with graffiti removal. We can remove tags off of a painted surface, metal, glass, concrete, plastic, etc. generally with no damage to the surface behind it. 


Dusyk & Barlow Insurance a Trusted Regina Insurance Expert share a tip on Ice Damming prevention and Insurance coverage


Dusyk & Barlow is a 100% locally owned Regina Insurance Brokerage providing honest, reliable, and personalized service to all their clients. Their long standing reputation in the community remains strong through maintaining high standards of excellence and ensuring that their clients insurance needs are met.

They are you Trusted Regina insurance experts !

Dusyk & Barlow is reminding homeowners to protect their homes against damage caused by ice dams.


“Ice dams can cause considerable property damage. If an ice dam forms and water enters the attic, it can damage the roof, ceilings, walls and contents of your home,” said Andrew Cartmell, President and CEO of SGI CANADA. “That's why it's so important to take steps to prevent an ice dam from forming in the first place.”

Preventative measures to protect your home from damage caused by ice dams include:

  • Keep the amount of snow on your roof to a minimum. Use a roof rake or hire a professional to clear the snow away - for safety reasons, don't go up on the roof yourself.
  • Keep gutters and downspouts free of snow, ice buildup and icicles so there's a ready path for melting snow and ice to drain.
  • Ensure your attic is properly insulated and ventilated to prevent heat from inside your home from leaking into the attic and causing snow on the roof to melt. A roofing contractor can provide assistance if needed.
  • In the fall, clean leaves and debris from your home's gutters and downspouts to allow melting snow to flow as intended.

If you have an ice dam causing damage to your home, contact Dusyk and Barlow right away.


There are 2 Dusyk & Barlow locations to best serve you  4615 Albert Street South and  302 University Park Drive or find them online here . Read the words of their happy clients on their listing On the Regina Directory they are your TRUSTED REGINA INSURANCE EXPERTS   




Rapid Lawn Landscape Solutions your Trusted Regina Turf and Lawn Experts share a tip on 9 steps to a lush lawn

Rapid Lawn Landscaping Solutions Regina is a family owned business that has helped their customers achieve sod quality lawns at less than half the price.They also do conventional seeding and are suppliers of all types of turf grass seed, native grass seed and low maintenance grass seed products...and REGINA' BEST  SNOW REMOVAL SERVICES!  

Rapid Lawn - The EASY and ECONOMICAL way to GROW GRASS

Rapid Lawn Landscape Solutions are your Trusted Regina Turf and Lawn Experts!

Here they share a tip on 9 steps to a lush lawn:

 

Blades of Glory

American homes are host to more than 30 million acres of lawns, which will play host to countless barbecues, picnics, and Frisbee games in the coming months. With proper care, your lawn will look great despite endless hours of barefoot traffic and blazing sun. This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook tells us what we should do to keep the grass greener.

1. Test Your Soil

A soil test takes the guesswork out of lawn care, giving you precise measurements of pH as well as the quantity and availability of nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus (home kits are usually reliable for pH only). Contact a cooperative extension service to conduct the test; they cost around $20.

2. Fertilize

There's no one-size-fits-all formula for springtime—it all depends on the soil and the type of grass you have. Your soil test will offer tips on what amendments to add, or take the results to a gardening center and get their advice. Opt for a slow-release, organic fertilizer, and apply it to the outer edges of your lawn, then cover the middle, overlapping each pass by a few inches. You may have to mow more frequently afterward, since you're adding nutrients at a time of rapid growth.

3. Watch Your Calcium Intake

Up to 90 percent of common lawn weeds are linked to a lack of calcium in soil. Ideally, you should have a calcium-to-magnesium ratio of 7 to 1. If yours falls short of that target, spread high-calcium lime over your lawn, which will boost its ability to absorb nitrogen and synthesize proteins, robbing weeds of food.

4. Add Organic Matter

Early-season grass benefits from added compost, whether you make it yourself or get it from your home center or town. Apply a ½-inch layer over your lawn and rake it into the surface. Finished compost should smell earthy and slightly sweet; avoid using compost that's still steaming, which indicates it's not fully decomposed yet. One yard (or 27 cubic feet) will cover 600 square feet.

5. Stop Crabgrass In Its Tracks

Crabgrass germinates when the soil temperature reaches about 56 degrees F, which happens in mid-April in many regions. Wait until your soil reaches this mark for a few consecutive days, then apply a pre-emergent herbicide (or use corn gluten if you prefer a natural product, available at Bradfield Organics. Crabgrass doesn't grow well in the shade, so you don't need to add chemicals in well-shaded parts of your yard.

6. Pull Up Weeds

Ever notice that weeds pop up right after a spring rain? That's your cue to pull them—if they're small and the soil's moist, they should come out by hand.

7. Get Your Mower in Shipshape

Dull mower blades tear off grass rather than cutting it clean, leaving ragged tips that invite disease to set in. Holding the blade in a vise, sharpen it with long, smooth strokes using a Dremel blade sharpener or a 10-inch bastard mill file, following the manufacturer's instructions for the proper angle. During the growing season, sharpen the blade after you've used your mower for about 8 to 12 hours.

8. Let the Grass Grow...a Little

Your grass might be as short as a putting green, but don't keep it that way. Let it grow to a length of about 3 to 3½ inches, and maintain that height all season. This lets the grass blades shade out weed seeds, and in the summer it shades the soil, reducing evaporation. Come fall, you can go back to cutting it short—weed seeds aren't as abundant then, and evaporation is less of a concern. Two exceptions are Bermuda and seashore paspalum grasses, found in the South, which can be kept at a height of 3/4 to 1 inch.

9. Get Your Sod On

If you're starting a lawn from scratch, April is the month to lay down sod, when it's cooler and there's time for the grass to take root. Ask your seller for grass that suits your yard's conditions, whether sun, shade, or a combo. Sod should be fresh when you lay it; beware the rolls that have been sitting outside for a while. Prepare to water, water, water when it's installed. Your garden center can recommend an appropriate schedule. 

 

Rapid Lawn Landscape Solutions has several tips to help you with your landscaping.

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