Your car needs to be taken care of in the winter. That way when you need to get to work it is primed and ready to go. Don’t expect your car to function properly without some attention to it’s winter needs, too.
Top 6 Ways To Get Your Car Ready For Winter
1. Change your oil and oil filter.
2. Have your batteries checked and charged.
3. Check your tires and consider winter tires. Also if you need chains make sure they are
on before the first snow fall. Don’t forget to check the air.
4. Inspect all the lights and change bulbs if you need. Also check those back interior
5. Always carry an emergency kit. You never know when you may break down.
6. Replace dirty air filters
We are shopping for a car for my 16 year old daughter. We went to a dealership the other day to test out a car she was very interested in. It was very overwhelming. The dealership was bright, promotional signs everywhere, and employees following everyone around. If you have anxiety like I do it can get bad very quick. You are already nervous and sometimes the overstimulation can make you even more jumpy. Thankfully we had my Dad with us and he not only worked for a major car factory but he has bought several cars in his lifetime. He handled the test drive like a pro and even shared some tips. We wanted to pass them onto you so the next time you want to test drive you can like a pro and save yourself some anxiety.
Call and tell them what make and model you are interested in. Let them know that you are planning on test driving and ask how much time you can have with the car. Make an appointment if necessary. My Dad was good friends with the owner of the dealership, so we were able to take any car we wanted but it normally doesn’t work like that. It is best to know ahead of time.
Plan your day around test driving. Pick 2 or 3 cars you are interested in checking out and then spend a good amount of time testing them out. Planning your drives ahead of time also will give you confidence in your mission. You’ll be more mentally prepared for the task because you’ll know what you need to do. Never, ever plan to test drive on a day that you have other appointments or important activities. You do not want to feel rushed.
Nowadays when buying a family car safety and plenty of room are two of the top requested features.
But what should you look for in a family car? You will spend a good chunk of your time in your car and you need it to be comfortable. Keep reading for some great tips on choosing a family car.
High Safety Rating and Plentiful Features
It is essential to choose a vehicle that has many accident preventative measures built into it. The first thing you should check is the crash test rating of the car. If it receives top marks for all crash angles, the car is considered to be very safe. Acceptable safety ratings are the minimum that you should consider for a family car. Other safety options include rear-view cameras, blind spot detection alarms, front and side airbags, and more.
Good Handling and Drive-Ability
A good family car should make both Mom, Dad, Grandma Anne, Uncle Joe, and the legal age children all feel comfortable at the wheel. The controls should be wellplaced and intuitive. A family car should be easy to maneuver and offer a smooth ride. Cars with very stiff suspensions are not suited for families unless every member is a street racer. Kids, especially infants, are very sensitive to noise and roughness.
Organizing your car is not an expensive task. You don’t have to buy high dollar containers or
organizers. In fact a lot of stuff can be found at your local Walmart or Dollar Store.
Below are some great ways to organize your car this winter!
Buy a cheap makeup bag to keep art supplies in.
You could use a bag or even a plastic case but makeup bags can be pretty good for all art
supplies. They are a little bigger, zip up nicely and most of the time have two zippered
pockets. The best part? They have plastic lining to protect against melted crayons and other
art disasters. You may not be able to save the bag but you saved your car floors and seats.
Plus they can be cheap. Most dollar stores sell them for around $2.00. You can stock it with
pencils, crayons (or colored pencils) a small notepad, and eraser. Plenty of room and it stays
Hang a small shoe organizer over the back of the seat.
It may not be the most fashionable thing but you can get a children sized shoe organizer at
the dollar store and organize small items. It is great for wipes, a sippy cup, lotion, extra
diapers, dvd’s, etc.
December is upon us and so is the cold weather. It is still dark when I got to work and is freezing. By the time I get the car warm I feel like an icicle. I do my best to keep my car in tip top condition in the winter. I do not want to get stuck somewhere in freezing weather. Unfortunately, we can’t prepare for everything.
They sell emergency car kits for winter just about everywhere but you can stay better prepared for cheaper by following this simple checklist:
What To Pack:
● Battery Powered Radio and extra batteries. Keep an eye on the batteries because sometimes cold weather can drain them.
● Flashlight with extra batteries. Do not put the batteries in right way. Wait until you need them.
● Blankets. The thicker the better.
● Booster Cables