Tips For a Safe and Happy Summer on The Road

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Summer is just around the corner and it’s a great time to talk about helpful tips for safe summer driving. Are you planning a family road trip this year? The following list put together by Hyundai’s technician Ted has all the info you need for a safe season on the road. Ted has been working on Hyundai vehicles for 30 years and has a wealth of knowledge on automotive safety to share:

 1)       Say hello to sunshine: Now that winter is over, it’s time to transition your vehicle into summer mode.  To do this safely, be sure to:

  • Change from winter to summer tires. Winter tires lose their grip and longevity as the temperature rises.
  • Change your wiper blades if they are streaking and damaged from freezing in the winter.
  • Brush-up on your owner’s manual! A “check engine” light can come on for hundreds of reasons, so it’s important to know what to do if it lights up.
  • Check your fluid levels. Today’s engine compartment design makes it easy to check the minimum and maximum levels for most of your fluids.
  • When washing, remember to spray underneath your vehicle to clean the corrosive salt from all the nooks and crannies.

2)       Take time for your tires: Did you know that half of all breakdowns happen due to low tire pressure? The easiest thing to do is a circle check around your vehicle every time you go to drive your car.  The front tires will naturally look softer than the rears, as they carry the most weight.  Here are some helpful hints:

  • Check your tire pressure once a month. Use the ideal tire pressure found on a label on the driver’s door jam and not the number on the tire itself. The one on the tire is its maximum rating, which could cause a harsh ride and uneven tire wear.
  • Avoid overfilling your tires. Use a quality air pressure gauge to be certain.
  • Under and over inflated tires increase fuel consumption, so keep them properly inflated for your wallet and your safety!

3)       Do you know where your spare tire is? Surprisingly, many Canadians do not! Know where it is and how to access it. Other important safety tips include:

  • You may need to use a custom wrench to release it from its mounting.  Each vehicle is different so be sure to find out what type you need and how to use it.
  • Spare tires lose air over time, so ensure your spare is properly inflated before embarking on any road trip. The ideal pressure is also on the driver’s door jam.

4)       Adopt your very own vehicle safety checklist: Quality time on the road means mastering your vehicle safety checklist.  Here is what should be on yours:

  • Do a circle check before every trip and look at the tires. Apply tips above if needed.
  • Make sure your lights are working.  Be sure to check your headlights and tail lights.
  • Get a full service vehicle check-up once a season.
  • Ensure you know where your spare tire is and know how to change the tire yourself.

5)       Pack smart for your road trip: In your vehicle you should always have:

  • Air pressure gauge
  • Booster cables
  • Gloves for changing tires
  • Safety cones
  • Portable air compressor
  • Blankets
  • Tire wrench

Ted

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  • Foam and FLC Lined Gloves
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  • Rain-X Summer Washer Fluid
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Disclosure:  I am part of the Hyundai Drive Squad program, a program that offers the chance to test drive Hyundai vehicles, and provide vehicle tips and tricks for the road, as well as the inside scoop to some of Hyundai’s amazing initiatives.  From cleaning, to safety, to fun activities, and giving back to the community.@HyundaiCanada #HyundaiDriveSquad

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120 responses to “Tips For a Safe and Happy Summer on The Road”

  1. Meghan — May 18, 2014 @ 7:16 pm (#)

    We are planning a road trip from Ontario to new Brunswick

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  2. MelissaN. — May 18, 2014 @ 7:32 pm (#)

    We are! Going to a cabin in BC 🙂

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  3. Darlene W — May 18, 2014 @ 7:34 pm (#)

    We will jump in the car and head out. Where we venture I do not know. North, South, East or West?

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  4. Anne Taylor — May 18, 2014 @ 7:56 pm (#)

    We aren’t planning any huge road trips, but we are taking a few short ones up island

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  5. MrDisco — May 18, 2014 @ 9:11 pm (#)

    not yet!

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  6. diana — May 18, 2014 @ 9:13 pm (#)

    nothing planned yet

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  7. Swee L — May 18, 2014 @ 9:59 pm (#)

    No plans this year, maybe next year?

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  8. Amy C — May 18, 2014 @ 10:13 pm (#)

    No, we have not planned anything yet but hopefully we will go on a road trip.

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  9. Angela Mitchell — May 18, 2014 @ 10:44 pm (#)

    We are planning on going on a road trip to the Oregon Coast this summer.

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  10. Jeannie — May 18, 2014 @ 10:59 pm (#)

    We are planning a road trip to Seattle and Oregon this summer.

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  11. Beth — May 19, 2014 @ 4:25 am (#)

    Camping!

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  12. lorna — May 19, 2014 @ 5:35 am (#)

    ottawa!

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  13. ducky — May 19, 2014 @ 6:52 am (#)

    We’ll be doing short road trips throughout Alberta. It’s beautiful in the summer.

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  14. Linda Hall — May 19, 2014 @ 7:11 am (#)

    We haven’t been on a road trip in years but I would love to go on one this summer!

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  15. Jennifer I — May 19, 2014 @ 8:37 am (#)

    We will be flying to the east coast and then road tripping around there. A first for us|!

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  16. Andrea Amy — May 19, 2014 @ 9:40 am (#)

    No, not this year. No vacation time 🙂

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  17. Leanne Cobbledick — May 19, 2014 @ 10:07 am (#)

    I am planning a few road trips this summer – to visit friends and family!

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  18. Sandi Tymchuk — May 19, 2014 @ 10:39 am (#)

    We’re planning a few days visiting the Drumheller passion play this July.

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  19. Erika B — May 19, 2014 @ 11:50 am (#)

    Yes!! We will be driving from Alberta to Ontario then Quebec and back to Alberta!!

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  20. Doreen Lamoureux — May 19, 2014 @ 12:34 pm (#)

    Yes. Our first trip is to Wawa, Ontario. First of many.

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  21. Anne Derkat — May 19, 2014 @ 12:55 pm (#)

    We plan to drive 200 miles north to visit my son and his family.

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  22. Kristen — May 19, 2014 @ 1:12 pm (#)

    yes – to visit family

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  23. ivy pluchinsky — May 19, 2014 @ 1:15 pm (#)

    no road trips planned yet but we are going on a train trip next weekend to Alberta

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  24. Jenness M — May 19, 2014 @ 1:22 pm (#)

    Going to Wisconsin Dells

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  25. Florence C — May 19, 2014 @ 1:31 pm (#)

    Yes I will be driving to visit family in my province.

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  26. Lori Bazan — May 19, 2014 @ 1:52 pm (#)

    We are planning a Road Trip to Nashville

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  27. Steve Bobula — May 19, 2014 @ 2:23 pm (#)

    Driving from Vancouver too Edmonton

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  28. ToCo — May 19, 2014 @ 2:24 pm (#)

    To the East Coast…finally!

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  29. Holly Wright — May 19, 2014 @ 2:55 pm (#)

    Yes, we are traveling from Ontario to New Brunswick this summer for a wedding!

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  30. Jenn E — May 19, 2014 @ 3:08 pm (#)

    Yes! Down to the states to do some shopping!

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  31. Nena Sinclair — May 19, 2014 @ 3:08 pm (#)

    My family and I are going to Riding Mountain in July!

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  32. May — May 19, 2014 @ 3:27 pm (#)

    No road trips in mind yet.

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  33. Sandra H — May 19, 2014 @ 3:32 pm (#)

    Yes! Camping in Osoyoos, Kelowna & on the Shuswap Lake. Also going on a roadtrip to Vancouver

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  34. Lisa Marshall — May 19, 2014 @ 3:34 pm (#)

    Planning a trip to the in-laws in Hudson Bay, SK.

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  35. Erika E — May 19, 2014 @ 4:29 pm (#)

    Yes, we will go on a couple of roads trips to go camping this summer.

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  36. Lynda Cook — May 19, 2014 @ 4:43 pm (#)

    No long road trips planned yet, but we will probably have a few short ones

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  37. Shawn H — May 19, 2014 @ 4:56 pm (#)

    Probably going to drive up to Northern Ontario

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  38. melanie borhi — May 19, 2014 @ 5:21 pm (#)

    Not at the moment but the possibility is there

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  39. Julie bolduc — May 19, 2014 @ 5:54 pm (#)

    Not to sure yet

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  40. Marianne — May 19, 2014 @ 6:49 pm (#)

    We are going to Niagara at the end of June and to the Bruce Peninsula in August.

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  41. Robyn B. — May 19, 2014 @ 7:22 pm (#)

    Yes, we always go to visit my mother in law up in the Kawarthas.

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  42. jessica wall — May 19, 2014 @ 8:16 pm (#)

    Planning on going from Niagara Falls to Quebec! Gonna be a looong drive.

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  43. Maegan Morin — May 19, 2014 @ 8:43 pm (#)

    I dont see any official road trips but I do know that we will be doing a lot of camping!

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  44. Anne Perry — May 19, 2014 @ 8:44 pm (#)

    planning on driving to Taos and going camping.

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  45. roger simmons — May 19, 2014 @ 10:17 pm (#)

    Yes I will be picking up my daughter from Calgary and bringing her back to Vancouver for a 2 week visit at the end of August

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  46. Carol Denny — May 20, 2014 @ 5:03 am (#)

    Visiting the family cottage

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  47. Veronica V — May 20, 2014 @ 6:34 am (#)

    No road trips planned just yet.

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  48. angela m — May 20, 2014 @ 7:13 am (#)

    Yes we are planning to go to Maine and PEI
    thanks

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  49. Jonnie — May 20, 2014 @ 7:23 am (#)

    Yes, we are planning to head to both Jasper and Calgary this summer

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  50. Melinda L. — May 20, 2014 @ 7:28 am (#)

    Yep! possible to Vancouver, BC or Pennsylvania

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  51. nicolthepickle — May 20, 2014 @ 8:54 am (#)

    Probably a small one to visit my parents.

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  52. Amanda Murray — May 20, 2014 @ 9:22 am (#)

    Hopefully!! Fingers crossed!

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  53. Karla Sceviour — May 20, 2014 @ 10:06 am (#)

    yes we are planning a road trip,but not sure wheer too yet!

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  54. Nancy T — May 20, 2014 @ 1:19 pm (#)

    Yes but not too far – probably a maximum of 3 hours one way. 🙂

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  55. Kayla Gilbert — May 20, 2014 @ 1:53 pm (#)

    Yes, I am going to visit my family up North and spend some time at the cottage (7 hours away).

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  56. Jeanette Jackson — May 20, 2014 @ 3:20 pm (#)

    Not going anywhere far this year. Hubby is working out west 2 weeks there and 1 week back home so just some short trips to visit family.

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  57. Missy Avey — May 20, 2014 @ 3:23 pm (#)

    yes a few to Muskoka this summer!

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  58. Sarah N. — May 20, 2014 @ 3:59 pm (#)

    We’re driving all around Ontario this summer. Lots of little trips.

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  59. Gillian Morgan — May 20, 2014 @ 4:38 pm (#)

    Yes, I will be traveling to sites in my home province.

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  60. Sylvia — May 20, 2014 @ 4:51 pm (#)

    I am hoping to go to Newfoundland.

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  61. Deanna Barkley — May 20, 2014 @ 5:05 pm (#)

    A road trip across Ontario is planned/

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  62. michelle — May 20, 2014 @ 7:33 pm (#)

    We are planning mini road trips nothing over 4 hours away but its always good to be prepared

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  63. lori b — May 20, 2014 @ 8:31 pm (#)

    hopefully a trip across the US

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  64. Brenda Penton — May 21, 2014 @ 6:07 am (#)

    I will be heading across the province a few times over the summer. Hubby and the kids are going an a boys only trip.

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  65. Debbie Browne — May 21, 2014 @ 8:53 am (#)

    We are planning a road trip to the Olympic Peninsula.

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  66. Angela Y — May 21, 2014 @ 9:25 am (#)

    We are planning on taking a road trip to Halifax, Canada!

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  67. tanyab79 — May 21, 2014 @ 11:56 am (#)

    Yes, we usually go to Ottawa for a week every year to visit family and friends.

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  68. Jennifer P. — May 21, 2014 @ 1:04 pm (#)

    Yes! A drive down the Oregon coast (from Vancouver). 🙂

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  69. Sarah forrester — May 21, 2014 @ 6:57 pm (#)

    We’re going camping in Quebec.

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  70. Eric R — May 22, 2014 @ 1:14 am (#)

    to vancover

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  71. Lucy — May 22, 2014 @ 10:29 am (#)

    not sure yet

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  72. Sean — May 22, 2014 @ 2:51 pm (#)

    Road trip to Camping!

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  73. Joy L — May 22, 2014 @ 6:32 pm (#)

    No huge road trips. Maybe a trip to the island and the Okanagan.

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  74. Cheryl B. — May 23, 2014 @ 1:01 pm (#)

    Yes, We are heading to Mt. Rushmore this year.

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  75. Shepherd Winfield — May 23, 2014 @ 7:11 pm (#)

    What a great giveaway to give to a loved one. Planning a few trips this summer to spend with family.

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  76. Alison K — May 25, 2014 @ 9:48 am (#)

    Not planning any summer road trips but maybe now I will.

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  77. Sharon — May 27, 2014 @ 11:24 am (#)

    Planning a trip to BC

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  78. Brandee H — May 27, 2014 @ 6:07 pm (#)

    Yes. We go away about once a month. A great tine to travel and visit friends and family. And explore as well!

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  79. Michelle B — May 28, 2014 @ 2:13 am (#)

    we’re making plans to go to Ontario or Quebec!

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  80. Erin W — May 28, 2014 @ 8:06 am (#)

    We have a few camping trips planned!

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  81. Tina L. — May 28, 2014 @ 7:07 pm (#)

    No plans yet

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  82. Viv Sluys — May 29, 2014 @ 12:59 pm (#)

    We’re headed to the area my husband grew up in as soon as school is done for the year. (3 more weeks!!) It’s a place on Vancouver Island so we get to do a ferry ride too.

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  83. Tanis — May 30, 2014 @ 9:40 am (#)

    We are planning on driving from BC to ON!

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  84. Patrick Siu — May 30, 2014 @ 9:58 am (#)

    yes we are going camping

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  85. elaine — May 30, 2014 @ 9:29 pm (#)

    yes, to l.a.

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  86. Rebecca Marno — May 30, 2014 @ 10:30 pm (#)

    not sure yet but we are hoping to do something with our boys this summer

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  87. Eldon — May 31, 2014 @ 12:22 am (#)

    Yes to Niagara Falls.

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  88. Betty S — May 31, 2014 @ 2:30 am (#)

    planning a trip north to visit a friends cottage

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  89. Yuen Ch — May 31, 2014 @ 8:55 pm (#)

    Not at this moment

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  90. Anu Chopra — June 1, 2014 @ 8:48 am (#)

    Yes, we are planning a summer road trip to either Sauble Beach or the Muskoka region!

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  91. Fran Schwitek — June 1, 2014 @ 7:17 pm (#)

    We will be taking a road trip to Kingston, Ontario in July.

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  92. Marilyn Legault — June 2, 2014 @ 7:19 am (#)

    Our summer road trips are 3 hour drives through cottage country to visit family.

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  93. Narinder Chana — June 2, 2014 @ 7:45 am (#)

    Rain X is a must – especially on a rainy highway.

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  94. Sandra — June 2, 2014 @ 2:58 pm (#)

    Just we will be travelling this summer. Family visits and also a wedding

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  95. maria — June 2, 2014 @ 4:00 pm (#)

    It is still in the works but possibly!

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  96. l p — June 2, 2014 @ 7:18 pm (#)

    Foam and FLC Lined Gloves. thanks

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  97. caroline m. — June 2, 2014 @ 11:26 pm (#)

    a short weekend trip to Seattle later on in the summer

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  98. Brandi Powell — June 3, 2014 @ 5:26 am (#)

    We are driving out to Nova Scotia for a wedding, and then driving to Vermont for a week long vacation with the family! I can’t wait!

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  99. Doris H. — June 3, 2014 @ 9:48 am (#)

    Yes, we are planning a road trip this summer.

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  100. tennille — June 4, 2014 @ 9:49 pm (#)

    Oliver for Fathers Day and maybe Seattle and Vancouver

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  101. Juliee Fitze — June 6, 2014 @ 6:04 am (#)

    Just small trips all within a hr or 2 from home.

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  102. Silvia D — June 7, 2014 @ 11:06 pm (#)

    we will just do daytrips and camping this year.

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  103. Belinda McNabb — June 8, 2014 @ 10:49 am (#)

    We are planning a road trip to montreal in august

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  104. cheryl — June 8, 2014 @ 6:50 pm (#)

    nothing yet

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  105. Jason E Woods — June 8, 2014 @ 11:03 pm (#)

    No plans for a road trip..yet!

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  106. darci — June 9, 2014 @ 10:53 pm (#)

    Yes road trip with my son, taking him camping!

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  107. elaine bolduc — June 10, 2014 @ 3:09 am (#)

    yes we are planning a road trip, but not a long one, due to kids that can’t sit still lol

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  108. Angie Andrews — June 11, 2014 @ 9:09 am (#)

    No major roadtrips planned for this summer, we are busy preparing for baby #4 we will however be doing many trips in and around the GTA

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  109. Veronica S. — June 11, 2014 @ 10:37 am (#)

    My husband is heading to the States to climb Mt. Washington. We’ll also be visiting family in Toronto and camping at Charleston Lake.

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  110. Megan F. — June 11, 2014 @ 4:25 pm (#)

    We are planning on going to see my parents. Not totally sure yet.

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  111. Marisa — June 11, 2014 @ 9:04 pm (#)

    With 2 young children, roadtrips would be most economical and flexible. We are hoping to do some camping in Montana/Waterton

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  112. Stephanie LaPlante — June 13, 2014 @ 12:25 pm (#)

    Yes. Niagara Falls & Crystal Beach to see family.

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  113. amber y — June 15, 2014 @ 12:01 pm (#)

    I’m planning a summer road trip at the end of the summer with a bunch of friends. We’re heading up north for some camping. It should a lot of fun!

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  114. Chris Stockford — June 15, 2014 @ 6:39 pm (#)

    ummm NewFoundland!

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  115. Cori Westphal — June 16, 2014 @ 3:25 pm (#)

    We are taking the kids for a 10 day trip to Yellowstone in August!

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  116. Rachel Williams — June 17, 2014 @ 8:56 am (#)

    We are wanting to take a few trips around Ontario this summer.

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  117. Aimee — June 17, 2014 @ 10:39 am (#)

    Touring northern sask

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  118. shanna — June 18, 2014 @ 8:36 am (#)

    We are planning to go to Seattle for a weekend soon!

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  119. nicky — June 18, 2014 @ 9:51 am (#)

    going to Calgary!

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