Car Care Tips For Winter

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Now that the winter is in full swing, get ready to feel freezing cold mornings, dark and stormy nights and slippery roads. In the winter the weather can cause a lot of issues for drivers on the road and the conditions are much more dangerous than they are during the summer. This is why it is super important to keep the car up and running and make sure that you look after it throughout these harsh months. Here’s what you can do to keep your car healthy during the winter.

Fill up the antifreeze

As you will know, the weather is much colder during the winter and this can cause us to end up struggling against harsh conditions and low temperatures on the road. One of the risks which can be run is the inside of the car freezing and preventing it from starting, and this is why antifreeze is so important. Before setting off for any journeys during the winter, take the time to check up on your antifreeze levels. This will make a big difference to the car and will allow you to enjoy a smoother drive on the road.

Check your oil

The oil in your car is like the blood in our veins, it is an integral part of the car and it is something which we use every day to stop car parts from rubbing against each other and causing friction. Making sure that your oil level are ok is important for a safe drive and you can do this easily by checking the level on the dipstick. If the level is near to maximum, you’re good to go!

Replace windshield wipers

One of the parts of the car which a lot of people forget about is the windshield wipers. After a long while and some wear, windshield wipers can become cracked and damaged and this will of course have an impact on how well they are able to wipe away water and debris as you drive. This is even more important at this time of the year because of snow, hail, sleet and rain which can all make it hard for you to see while driving. You can pick up windshield wipers from Costco and these will make a great big difference to your safety on the road.

Check the tyres

Whenever you are looking to travel on a long journey or you are thinking about driving in wet conditions, you will want to make sure that the tyre pressure and tread are both in good order. This applies whether you are in a car, bike, or truck and it will stop you from having an accident on the road and having to contact a motorcycle accident lawyer for help. Tyre pressure can affect your control on the road, and tyre tread is important for maintaining grip on the road. This is why it is always super important to check the tyres, inflate them and replace them if they aren’t up to scratch.

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The Road To Greater Enjoyment Behind The Wheel – 5 Ways To Enhance The Fun

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Driving is one of the greatest skills that anybody can ever learn. However, after the initial excitement wears off, it can all start to get a little bit boring. Therefore, knowing how to inject an extra ingredient of fun should be on the agenda.

Here are five simple ways to drive your way to even greater enjoyment. Beep, beep!

1| Be Safer

Safety may not scream out as being the key component in your happiness behind the wheel. In reality, though, the confidence gained from being a safer driver will provide a huge source of smiles. Taking an advanced driving course, buying a safer car, and completing regular servicing will all help. Above all else, you must avoid distractions, tiredness and drunk driving. When you feel safe behind the wheel, every journey become less stressful, which will work wonders for your cause.

2| Personalize The Car

While the vehicle is ultimately a metal box that takes you from point A to point B, it is actually so much more. Your vehicle is an extension of yourself, which is why it should be tailored to suit your personal preferences. Simple additions like camo seat covers can establish a stronger relationship with the car. Alternatively, you can change the driving conditions. This can be done by dropping the suspension, changing the tires, or making other noticeable performance upgrades. Make it your car!

3| Keep The Kids Occupied

If you’re a parent, the “are we yet there?” questions are likely to test your sanity. Therefore, keeping the kids happy and quiet is essential. An in-car DVD player is a great solution for longer journeys and driving around the city alike. Meanwhile, investing in upholstery upgrades such as cup holders can be very useful. When the kids are entertained and well fed, it will allow you to focus on driving. This makes it good news for them, and even greater news for you. What more could you want?

4| Take A Road Trip

For many drivers, repetition is the main source of boredom. Therefore, finding ways to mix things up can be the best way to regain some happiness behind the wheel. Driving opens the door to a world of potential adventures, and a quality road trip is the perfect example. The magical memories made during your time away will help you rediscover the love of driving. Alternative options include track days and touring events. Those special moments will break up the monotony too   

5| Save Some Cash

Driving is expensive. Therefore, finding ways to make your money work harder without compromising on the quality of driving is sure to work wonders. Opting for car leasing rather than buying a vehicle can be very useful due to the high depreciation rates. Meanwhile, price comparisons on insurance and other related costs may generate significant savings. Best of all, it’ll enhance all the above factors. A cost-efficient driver is a happy driver. It is that simple.

These little tricks are sure to reignite the sense of fun behind the wheel. Enjoy it.

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Smart Ways To Get The Best Deal On Your New Car

You want a new car, and you want it to be amazing – but you also want to make sure you get the best possible deal on that car. Here, we’re going to give you a few smart ways in which you can get the best deal, so you can go shopping for your ideal motor stress-free. Take a look!

Do Your Research Before You Go

Make sure you make a list of things you want in a car, and then do your research so you can find the cars that match your criteria. You should at least have an idea of a few cars you’re interested in when you go looking in person so you can narrow down your search and avoid being swayed into buying a car that isn’t right for you.

Make sure you consider the engine size, how much space the car has, how enjoyable the drive is, comfort, safety features, and so on. All of these things will affect how you enjoy driving the car and the longevity of the car overall.

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Take Somebody With You When Visiting Dealers

How much do you know about cars? Even if you know a fair bit, it could be a good idea to take another knowledgeable person when your intention is to put some cash down on a car. This doesn’t leave salespeople a lot of room to try to trick you with something that sounds like a deal but isn’t really a great deal. When looking for new cars for sale at Don Wessel Honda you can have peace of mind, as the salespeople tend to be trustworthy – but not all places are created equal. It’s also a good idea to stay calm, so you don’t have an air of desperation about you when you’re thinking of striking up a deal. If you do, many salespeople will sense it and try to get you to spend more.

Don’t Play Games

As a general rule, you’re going to get a much better deal if you’re nice, polite, and avoid playing games. Many people will tell you not to give too much away when you’re looking for cars, but if you’re really interested in buying a car, make it clear. It’s probably not a good idea to give your max budget away, but playing too many games and trying to be too slick could definitely backfire.

Don’t Be Afraid To Walk Away

As much as you want to purchase your new car and you want to purchase it now, you can’t be afraid to walk away if you’re not being offered a deal that feels right to you. More often than not, a salesperson will call you in the next few days to renegotiate. If they don’t, it’s their loss!

Using these tips and taking your time is key when you want the best deal on your new car. Do your due diligence, know what you want, take backup, and avoid playing games. Leave your own tips below!

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4 Things You Should Avoid If You Want To Stay Safe On The Road

Assuming you want to stay as safe as possible on the road – and who doesn’t, right? There are a few things you really need to avoid. Letting your focus lapse for just a second or two can literally be cataclysmic, so you want to do everything you can to stop this from happening. Below you’ll find 4 things you should avoid if you want to stay safe on the road. Take a look:

  1. Getting Road Rage

You might think that you can’t help getting angry on the road, but road rage can actually be extremely dangerous. Staying calm at all times is a must if you want to improve the way that you drive. When you get angry on the road, you can lose focus, not look where you should be, and take your hands off the road. In the USA, road rage is the leading cause of accidents.

You should avoid driving if you’re already upset, and don’t leave journeys until the last minute so you end up stressed out. Don’t get out of the car to confront other drivers, either. Other drivers might get road rage, and you’ll likely be faced with a situation like this at some point. However, your main aim at this point should be to get out of their way. Don’t play games and irritate them further if they are honking while trying to get past you, for example.

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  1. Neglecting Your Vehicle

Car maintenance can be costly and time-consuming, but you’ll spend even more time and money fixing it up if you don’t get into the habit. The main things to check are:

– Oil

– Water

– Electrics

– Tires

Set yourself a schedule that you follow monthly so you know when you need to check what. Keeping your car in great condition is the best way to reduce your risk of having an accident and having to contact a car accident lawyer to help you sort things out.

  1. Driving In Extreme Weather Conditions

Driving in extreme weather conditions should be avoided, but if you have to drive, you’ll need to take extra precautions. Stopping distances increase significantly, your visibility is reduced, and you might not feel as confident on the road. Be very mindful when getting into the car during heavy rain, snow, or ice. Take extra car, drive at a slower pace, and increase the space between you and other cars on the road. Make sure you’re alert and vigilant at all times.

  1. Having Your Phone Somewhere You Can See It

Even if you’re not directly using your phone, having it somewhere you can see it can mean getting distracted by notifications and taking your attention off the road. Even talking on a hands-free device can be distracting while you should be focused on the road. Wait until you are safely parked before picking up your phone at all. If you use your phone as a sat nav, make sure it’s all set up properly before you set off so you don’t have to touch it. You can still get in big trouble for this if you’re caught, and it’s still dangerous.

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Taking Responsibility for Poor Decision Making on the Roads

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We all make mistakes from time to time. But making a small mistake on the roads can have drastic and even fatal consequences. So, it’s extremely important that you take responsibility for yourself and for others’ well being by always making the right decision before getting behind the wheel and by taking constant steps to improve upon yourself as a driver. Here are a few areas to focus on.

Poor Driving

There are various things that people can do which renders them a poor driver. Maybe you have been away from the wheel for a while. You might take to the road without glasses when you need a slight prescription. You may decide to drive when you are tired or have a weakened immune system. Each of these decisions can have potentially drastic negative effects for you and other road users. But there are steps that you can take to improve your driving. If you feel a little rusty, consider a few accompanied drives with a driving instructor. Always leave a pair of glasses in your car and never take to the wheel without them. Have a rest before long journeys. Take public transport if you feel unwell.

Driving Under the Influence

Driving under the influence is illegal for good reason. Drink and drugs are substances which significantly inhibit your behaviour and your decision-making abilities. By driving while under the influence you put yourselves and others at risk. If you are charged with DUI, you will need to seek legal help. A representative will survey your case and determine what is the best course of action for you to follow. If you face prison time, community service, or fines, you need to comply with these. Once time has been served or you have paid your fine, you can put the incident in the past and learn from it. You should also sincerely consider undertaking some sort of therapy or counseling that will help to prevent you from making this poor decision in the future.

Ignoring Issues With Your Vehicle

Many of us ignore seemingly minor issues with our vehicle. We will turn a blind eye to warning lights on our dash and convince ourselves that we will rectify problems later. But you need to tackle issues with your vehicle head on. Book in with a garage as soon as you notice a problem. Driving a vehicle that has problems can prove extremely dangerous, so you need to take on the responsibility of having it repaired as soon as possible!

These are just a few areas to focus on for now. What’s most important is that you always take responsibility for your own actions when taking to the roads!

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3 Mishaps To Avoid For A Happy Healthy Holiday

As we stifle a turkey and stuffing flavored burp and hit the treadmill to make up for our over-indulgence this Thanksgiving, and nurse the bumps and bruises we’ve picked up in the unfettered and lamentably violent rugby scrum that is the Black Friday sales, it’s only natural for our thoughts to turn to Christmas. While the festive time is the most wonderful time of the year for many, it still has its seasonal woes and a unique set of risks that we must all sidestep in order to be as happy and healthy as possible over the holidays. As any boy scout knows, the trick to a happy and uneventful holiday season is to be prepared. As such, here we’ll look at some commonly encountered seasonal mishaps and the measures you can put in place to avoid them…

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Don’t see in the new year with a DUI

Christmas is a time traditionally associated with festive indulgence. While for many of us this means throwing the diet books out of the window for a few weeks and enjoying the food that they love as often as they like, unfortunately many of us will be drinking too much this season. It goes without saying that a festive attitude to alcohol and driving home do not mix. Although the kind of criminal defense detailed in the Alpert Schreyer website can protect you from harsh sentencing, these experienced attorneys will be the first to agree that prevention is the best cure. Be sure to abstain if you know that you will be driving or participate in a designated driver scheme with your friends and colleagues.  

Over indulgence needn’t be unhealthy at Christmas

We have gotten into the habit of expecting a little weight gain over the holiday season. While we should absolutely enjoy the food we eat over Christmas this is not to say that we must resign ourselves to an unhealthy Christmas dinner. There are many ways in which we can cut the caloric cost of the food we love without compromising on flavor.

The traditional fare of a stuffed turkey and mountains of veggies is pretty healthy, while non-meat eaters can find a plethora of healthy vegan Christmas recipes. When we limit our intake of saturated fats, sugar and other refined carbohydrates as well as moderating our alcohol intake, we needn’t feel the guilt for our festive binge all the way through March!

Unsafe driving

Most of us will likely be spending a great deal of time on the road over the holidays and so we must ensure that both we and our vehicles are fit for purpose on the road. Take your vehicle into your local shop for a winter inspection and possibly some new winter tires. Make sure that you plan rest breaks when travelling; 15 minutes for every 2 hours at the wheel is recommended. Drink plenty of water to ensure that you’re alert and responsive and try to eschew coffee as it can cause your energy levels to spike and dip erratically throughout your journey.

Be smart and stay safe this holiday season, dear reader!

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The Road Trip Of A Lifetime

Do you ever just get that urge to jump in your car with a couple of things for the day, and just drive anywhere? No? Well, we get why. Sometimes driving is just a nightmare, but that’s usually because you associate driving with going to the worst places, such as work, or sitting in traffic to go and pick the kids up. The nightmare of driving just seems to grow and grow as the years pass. But, what happens if you inject a little fun in your reasoning to go for a drive? Well, you just can’t wait to hop in the car and go and do something. We think road trips are the best thing to do when you’re looking to fill the day with random fun. Because you don’t just need to head to somewhere where you know. You could literally just go on a few twists and turns, and before you know it you could end up somewhere completely magical. So, if you need some more convincing, here’s how we think you can have a road trip of a lifetime.

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Go With The Best People

There’s no point you going on a road trip and being bored out of your brains. You have to make sure you’re going with the right people if you want the right amount of fun. In our eyes, your friends are going to be the best people you can go with. They’ll allow you to let your hair down, create endless fun for the day, and you simply just might not do crazy things like this anymore. Sometimes it’s easy as friends to just meet up every so often to do the same thing, which is usually going to the pub. If you do something a little different like this, it truly will be the road trip of a lifetime, just because of the people you’re doing it with.

Never Let It Be A Fail

When you think of a road trip, you probably imagine songs blasting, laughs flowing, and the odd chime in of a satnav. Wrong. Sometimes you could have this big idea planned out in your head, but everything can go wrong. One thing we’ve noticed that happens a lot when you pile people in to a car, is that the car gets ruined. You should try and get things like all-weather floor mats, seat covers, and definitely have a no sloppy food rules. As soon as people start eating something that has a ton of sauce in it, it just seems to fly all over the car. Only dry foods, and keep drinking drinks without a top on to a minimum. You also need to make sure the car is ready for the road trip. Ensure the tire pressure is right, and there’s enough oil and coolant.

Have A Sense Of Adventure

Finally, you really do need to have a sense of adventure if you’re going to enjoy a road trip. You’ve got to not mind sitting in a car for a couple of hours, and going where the wind takes you. Or, in this case, the sat nav. If you hate going out to places you don’t know, then this definitely is not the idea for you.

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