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COVID-19 has changed Canadians day-to-day lives. Many non-essential businesses have closed and many are practicing social distancing to help flatten the curve and stop the spread of Corona virus.  

With a global pandemic surging, there has never been a better time to prepare your vehicle for an emergency situation. Ensuring its properly serviced and loaded with essential gear is the first step.

If a health emergency strikes, you want to be prepared. That’s why we put together a list of essential things you can do to make sure your car is ready in case you need to leave at a moment’s notice. 

Test Your Lights

Walk around the exterior of your vehicle and check your lights for any cracks. Then flip your hazards, brake and reverse lights to ensure all bulbs are in working order. 

Check Your Tires

Check each of your tires for tread level. Watch for any bulges or tears. Finally, check your tire pressure and make sure it is aligned with your owners’ manual. 

Test Your Brakes

Take your vehicle out for a quick rip around the block. Listen intently for any odd sounds. How quick are your brakes to respond? Is there any lagging? If there is a noise, is it squeaky or does it sound like scraping? If you detect any noise at all, we recommend bringing your vehicle in immediately.  

Pack the Essentials

This is very important in times like these. Most people assume an emergency roadside kit is just for winter scenarios. But during a global health crisis, having a kit of essential items in your vehicle at all times is a great idea, and could end up saving a life. 

While we do recommend keeping the basic emergency kit items in your trunk — flashlight, first aid supplies, antifreeze, etc. — there are some new things you can add just in case. 

A few examples include a sweater and basic toiletry kit with things like toothpaste, contact lenses, toothbrush, medications, etc. Pack a water bottle and some snacks. It’s also a good idea to have all your medical information, Alberta health card and license together. 

Get a Routine Service

If you’ve been avoiding an essential service or haven’t taken your car in for regular maintenance for a while, now is the time. Should an emergency strike, you want to know with confidence your vehicle is safe and ready to-go in a moment’s notice. 

Read: 3 Essential Car Services You Shouldn’t Skip

The three most essential services we recommend having done are oil changes, tire rotations and replacing your air filter. However, it’s also a good idea to have all your major fluids checked as well: 

  • Antifreeze coolant,
  • Radiator coolant,
  • Brake fluid
  • Windshield washer fluid
  • Power steering fluid

We’re Here To Help

Does your Toyota need a service? Make an appointment online today! Take advantage of our Express Pickup and Drop Off. We sanitize and clean all our stations every 30 minutes to ensure our guests safety.

We care about you and your vehicle! Our service team is here to help ensure your Toyota is running at its most optimal. We are proud to serve customers across Alberta including Edmonton, Spruce Grove, St. Albert and beyond.