Make Safety a Priority on Your Road Trip This Summer

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School’s out for summer, which makes it the perfect time to gather the kids into your Hyundai and hit the open road. To ensure your road trip is a safe one, we’ve put together some summer road trip safety tips you should keep in mind.

Prepare for bad weather. Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean there won’t be inclement weather. Understand how you should drive when a summer rain storm hits, lengthening the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you to ensure plenty of room to brake.

Watch out for wildlife. Animals tend to be more active during the summer. Because of this, you should keep an eye out, especially at dawn and dusk. Look on either sides of the road as you’re driving and pay attention to the road reflectors — if they’re flickering in the dark, that typically means an animal is walking in front of them.

Stay alert no matter the terrain. Canada is known for offering a wide range of terrain, from mountains to prairies. Take steps to stay alert no matter where you’re driving. Prepare to stave off boredom with podcasts, audio books, great tunes, or some fun games you can play with your passengers. Also, make sure you take frequent breaks to fight fatigue.

Toronto Summer Festivals You Should Attend

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Summer in Toronto is a wonderful time of the year — and not just because the weather is warm. Throughout the city, there are plenty of events to enjoy. At Downtown Hyundai, we collected a few of the Toronto summer festivals you should consider attending this year.

NXNE: North by Northeast

Get to chance to find emerging musicians and discover the newest technologies at the North by Northeast (NXNE) festival. This 10-day festival spans June 7-16 and includes a major three-day music festival in the heart of the city. NXNE looks to bridge the gap between technology and the arts, incorporating music, gaming, comedy, interactive technologies, and more. The venues vary depending on the event you want to attend, so check out the festival’s official website to learn more.

Toronto’s Festival of Beer

If you’re looking for a day away from the kids or need a night out on the town, consider attending Toronto’s Festival of Beer. This festival, which takes place July 26-28, celebrates the country’s brewing history, highlighting more than 120 beer brands around the world, including Ontario craft brewers. It’s considered Canada’s largest beer festival, with over 30,000 people attending each year.

Fan Expo Canada

Get in touch with your nerdy side at Fan Expo Canada. This four-day-long event will be held Aug. 22-25, giving you the chance to meet celebrity guests, enjoy family-friendly events, and learn more about your favorite sci-fi, fantasy, comic books, and anime. The event takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, and this year will feature stars like Jeff Goldblum, Zachary Levi, Jason Momoa, and David Harbour.

Prepare Your Car with Spring Car Maintenance Tips

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Winter weather in Toronto is no joke. With snow and ice and sleet and rain, the harsh conditions can really do a number on your car. That’s why servicing your car in the spring is so important. To make sure your vehicle is still running in tiptop shape as warmer weather arrives, here are some spring car maintenance tips you can follow.

Give your car a thorough cleaning. Many people focus on deep cleaning their houses in the spring, so why not do the same for your vehicle? Inside, make sure you get rid of any clutter that might have accumulated over the winter months and give your upholstery a good wipedown and vacuum. Wash the outside of your vehicle, too — and don’t forget the undercarriage. It has seen a lot of grit throughout the winter!

Don’t forget about routine maintenance. Routine car maintenance is important no matter the season. Make sure you bring your vehicle in to Downtown Hyundai for its regular oil change, tire rotation, and check-up. This will help catch any issues that might have cropped up during the winter.

Take care of your tires. If you have had winter tires on to deal with the colder weather conditions, now is the time to change them out for your warm-weather tires. When you do so, make sure you check your tires’ pressure and tread to ensure they’re able to overcome the rain that spring brings.