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3 entries from December 2015

Monthly Poll: What are your driving pet “likes”?

Thank you wave

It’s almost the end of the year! Not sure how that happened. To close out 2015 on PumpTalk, I thought that we should do a poll that’s in the generous spirit of the season. Instead of asking you about your pet peeves about other drivers, this poll is about your pet “likes”.

What driving behaviours makes you smile on the road? What do other drivers do that fill you with delight and help you believe that peace on earth is possible? Take the poll below!

Don’t see your favourite driving behaviours on the list? Let us know in the comments. We here at PumpTalk wish all of our readers a safe, fun and festive holiday season – we’ll see you in 2016!

- Rose R.

Stocking Stuffers for Car Enthusiasts

Car christmas ornament

Car lovers can be a challenge to buy for - especially if you're not into cars yourself. So we polled the PumpTalk team and asked what everyone's ideal stocking stuffer would be - you know, in case we make someone's "Nice" list.

Motor Club Membership I'm a safety girl and like knowing that if I get in trouble, there is someone I can call. A membership to a motor club, like our partner the CAA, is a great stocking stuffer!  

Gear shift cufflinks Maybe your gear head is also a bit of a clothes horse. He can show off both his passions with these cool gear shift cufflinks.  

Something from their favourite car manufacturer OK, the BEST gift would be something new and shiny with 4-wheel drive from the dealership. But since it's tricky to stuff a new, full-size BMW in my stocking, maybe just a keyring that sports the BMW logo. Or a pen. Or a paperweight.

High-end ice scraper It just got frosty in Vancouver and the only ice scraper I could find was in the bottom of my car "go" bag which was this cheap yellow mini scraper that I got as a promo item from a magazine subscription 20 years ago. Time to upgrade. The good folks at The Wire Cutter review a LOT of scrapers and provide some direction on which types work best, including the best one for small cars and large vehicles. 

Car First Aid Kit Ooo .. more safety! Seriously, though - you should definitely have a first aid kit in your car! This one from the Canadian Red Cross is a good basic kit

A great travel mug - insulated, with a spill-proof lid There is nothing like an awesome travel mug that won't spill all over their prized leather seats. I recently upgraded from my old mug to one that is seriously thermal. My coffee stays hot a couple hours longer which makes me a happy camper. Plus, it's better for the environment than those single use cups.

Event tickets Have a hard time keeping your car lover away from the track? Surprise them with tickets to a racing event in your area - or better yet, an event that requires a road trip!

Petro-Canada Gift Card How could we resist? A Petro-Canada Gift Card is the most perfect stocking stuffer of all! They can use it for gas, motor oil or convenience store items.  

Well, we hope we've given you some ideas about what to get your gear head this holiday season! We'd love to hear your about your favourite gift ideas - tell us about them in the comments!

- Rose R.

Watch out for Furry Friends in Colder Weather

stray cat

I don’t mean to brag, but we have a LOT of outdoor cats in our neighbourhood. I see them everywhere – hiding in the azalea as I walk by with the dog, darting under parked cars and hanging around our bird feeder in the hopes they may catch lunch. In fact, this fall, the lovely fellow in the photo on the left spent several mornings loitering in our tiny front yard, waiting by the front door, hoping to be let in. I caved and fed him some tuna – and then never saw him again. FICKLE.

Last year we wrote about rodents invading your engine in colder weather – when you park, your car engine and wheel wells are a warm and inviting place for furry friends to get cozy. And it’s the same with cats.

As with rodents, starting your car with a cat in your engine is never a good way to begin your drive. With so many furry friends on the loose and no garage in which to park our car, it’s become our habit to give the car a good thump before we start it up, in case any felines or rodentia are hanging out in the engine, under the car or up in the wheel wells.

This video from the BC SPCA is a great reminder to “think and thump” to disturb any furry friends before you drive off this winter.

Do you regularly check your car for neighbourhood fauna? Any other tips to share with fellow outdoor parkers? Let us know in the comments.

- Rose R.