Get These 9 Things Done Now To Prepare For Winter

Winter is well and truly on the way, and preparing for it is a must if you want to remain comfortable throughout the season. Preparation is key for success in any walk of life, but you want to make sure that you are ready for the colder months. No one wants to feel as if they can’t get warm again, and there is only so much that you can do to get yourself ready for the colder weather but we have every suggestion you need below!

It’s going to take some time but luckily, you are in good hands at the right time of the year! We’re on the brink of it and in the midst of all the pandemic panic, you can get yourself prepared. You have the time right now, and so let’s take a look at what you can do to make yourself comfortable.

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  1. Get Your Home Ready Slowly

It takes time to get a house warm for the winter months. You may want to crank up the heating and sit in the warmth, but it’s not the way to get your home ready for those temperatures outside the house. You need to consider the pipes and the outdoor faucets, as they can crack if they’re not adequately prepared. The house has to be ready for the cold and that means keeping your thermostat gradually warmer each day until it’s in the right bracket for the colder winds. Allowing your body to adjust is as important as allowing the house to do so, too. You can also seal up the windows properly and prevent any winds streaming through.

  1. Update Your Tow Numbers

If you are used to calling in tow companies for the snow, consider checking all of the numbers that you have so that you have a company that can take on any car, truck or even semis in the road! You want to make sure that you don’t get stuck in the snow, so your car needs to be loaded with these phone numbers of the right people to help if you do get caught!

  1. Sort Your Pest Control

During the summer, mice, rats and other pests can take refuge in your attic and basement. In the winter, you want to get rid of these pests once and for all. It’s so tempting for creepy crawlies to get into the house and get comfortable, but you can use the time now to get your pest control sorted out. From rodent traps to the sprays and powders for ants and other bugs. Prevention is better than cure and you need to take preventative measures as early in the season as possible.

  1. Upgrade Your Hardware

Outdoor hardware needs to be upgraded for your house for the winter. You wouldn’t have the right essentials indoors: milk and bread, blankets and torches, matches and more – without the outdoor hardware. You need to make sure that you have sidewalk salt, snowblowers, rakes and shovels for snow, de-icing equipment and more. You want to be able to tackle the frost and ice properly and you can do that with the right outdoor equipment!

  1. Call In The Chimney Sweeps

Do you have an old-fashioned chimney in your home? You need to call in the experts to clean the flue and get rid of any obstructions. When you do this, you can avoid any carbon monoxide poisoning risks. While you’re there, you should check the fire alarms and carbon monoxide alarms, too. These will alert you to any issues that may occur and keep you and your family as safe as possible.

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  1. Don’t Freeze The Pipes

You read earlier that you should prepare the pipes for the winter months, and you absolutely should. Burst pipes that are explosive due to frozen water through them and the last thing you need is to have to pay for a plumber to fix it all when they bust. Instead, prevention is another step to take here and your pipes will be better if you call in a plumber before the season begins. You should also check your sprinkler systems and your hoses to know if there is any risk of them bursting, too.

  1. Get The Car Ready

You’re going to be on the road in the winter, too, and that means that you need to get the car as ready as you would your house. Top off the tank, check the fluid lines, deice the windows and pretreat the locks so that they don’t get stuck. It could be the difference between life and death if you don’t get your car winter ready, so make sure that you fulfil everything that you can do for your car in the winter, including winterizing the tyres and making sure that they have the right tread and depth. While you wait for a tow out of the snow, you can enjoy your emergency bag you kept in the trunk of the car, which should include snacks!

  1. Prepare Your Mind

SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder – is a very real thing and you want to prepare your mind for a bout of depression and hope to keep it at bay. Winter is notorious for sickness and illness, and if you have the flu shot, you can help your body to feel well. Winter requires prevention and your body is as much in need of it as anything in the house. You can limit your time spent indoors and try to get into the sun as much as possible. You have to plan and prepare yourself for the colder months, and that involves you, too!

  1. Batten Down The Hatches

Get the screen doors and window screens updated where possible so that you are going to be protected from the strong winds and rain. You want to ensure that your house is a castle for the winter weather to bypass, not destroy! These nine things will get you ready for winter – what else can you do to make life easy?

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20+ Car Mods To Pimp Your Car With!

Everyone wants to have the best car around, and yet the modifications that you make to a car costs money. The more impressive the mod, the more expensive it can be. However, it doesn’t mean that you can’t indulge, right? If there is anything you want to spend your money on, it should be the car that you spend a lot of your time in. You deserve to feel happy and secure in the car that you drive, and we’ve put together a list of more than twenty car modifications to pimp out your car and make it look fantastic!

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Interior Car Modification Choices

There are so many ways that you can change up the interior of your car, and we’ve got a list that will help you to enhance the interior of your vehicle. You don’t have to choose the ones that cost a lot of money, so choose from the list below and see what works for you to improve the overall look of your car interior.

  • Start with the floormats. It’s always easy to modify when you work from the bottom up! The floor mats may not feel like a luxury mod for your car, but it’s going to instantly give your car an interior makeover. The floor mats can be changed for a new color if you want to give the whole thing a new look!
  • Next, you can add vinyl to the interior of the car and add something sweet in its style. Upgrading the vinyl also upgrades the color, and you can get creative with swirly styles and patterns, too. Vinyls are a good modification as it’s so easy to remove, which means that you can upgrade it as much as you like! 
  • Some people prefer to be comfortable when they are handling the steering wheel of their car as it makes for much easier driving. A steering wheel cover is a clever and not too expensive upgrade that is very easy to do yourself. You can go for a classy leather upgrade, or you can go for something warm and fluffy. Either way, you can really show off your personality when you choose a new steering wheel cover!
  • Switching out your pedals from your car to racing pedals is a great way to add a little sportiness. Racing pedals are often slimmer and longer than regular pedals, and this can be a good place to start if you want to lean toward a sports look for your vehicle.
  • You might not use the interior lights much, but you can upgrade your lights to LED dome lighting instead of the current lighting fittings that you have. It’s a nice way to upgrade cheaply and it will look good, too.
  • Seat covers may not be something you considered replacing before now, but if you want to upgrade the look of the car, the seats are a good place to start. You can go for a leather look, but if you have children, try something that isn’t too expensive so that you aren’t going to spend too much on an upgrade.
  • Install a phone holder to the car. You may already have a built-in satnav system, but your phone doesn’t need to rattle around in the arm of the car door. A magnetic phone holder is an essential if you want to use your phone for music or navigation. 
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Exterior Car Modification Choices

As well as the interior choices that we’ve listed above, you can check out a list of exterior car modifications, too. You can make your car look fun and unique and it doesn’t have to take much to do it. Exterior car modifications would be a good addition to the car if you want to make it look sleek on the road!

  • If you’re going for exterior mods, think about those classic racing stripes that you could have slicked onto the vehicle. This can stretch over the roof and the hood of the car, and it can make your car look completely unique to the rest of the cars on the road. You can pay someone else to install these for you, or you can do it and be as precise and careful as possible.
  • Shiny rims are a must if you want to pimp your ride. You can have gold plated rims or black ones if you want to be different with the rims of your car. Your wheels are going to shine in the sun and they’re a great way to improve the aesthetics of the vehicle!
  • Have you ever considered a roof wrap? A car wrap can add a nice accent to the car and even just wrapping the roof is a great way to improve the way that your car looks.
  • Did you know that adding wind deflectors to your car is a cheap mod that you can to improve the performance of the vehicle in general. Your car will be more aerodynamic and cut through the wind far better than ever before. When you shop around, you can get a more affordable and quality wind-deflector and it can securely fit onto the vehicle to look good.
  • Tire covers are a fun way to upgrade the wheels of your vehicle if rims aren’t your thing. A tyre cover is fun and simple and you can add some fun designs to add a little personality to the car. You can even buy personalised tyre covers for the spare vehicle on the back of the car.
  • Number plates that are personalized are always a fun addition to the car. You can get some vanity plates without spending too much money and it shows your vehicle off. You can have a unique exterior modification this way!
  • Truck bed caps are one of the coolest car mods if you want to improve the look of your truck. The truck bed can be protected from scratches and scrapes this way, and it’s going to look good on your truck at the same time. There are some mods that are going to improve the protection of your vehicle, and this is the way to go!
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Even More Mods!

As well as these interior and exterior modifications, you can do these simple tips, too. Take the time to add these mods and you will have a car that stands out on the road!

  • You can show off your car with a luxury car door light. Every time you open the door, the logo of your brand will be projected onto the ground as you get in and out. It’s not hard to install it yourself, but it’s going to show off your car and make it look great. It’s a good talking point, too!
  • Cleaning your headlights is a very simple modification that you can make for your car and it will keep the car looking great and standing out the way that it should. Cleaning your headlights properly is important, and you can ensure that you do this cheap car modification yourself, too! Polycarbonate headlight covers often scratch and become blurry, but with a good clean you can make sure that it looks great! 
  • Upgrading your windshield wipers is a fun way to change things up. You cadd a new color, if you’re bored with black wiper blades and it’s a ast and cheap way to modify without making it permanent. You can always change them again if they don’t happen to be to your taste.
  • Car decals may not have crossed your mind before, but they can be a fun addition to the exterior of the car and even the back windows. Stick figure decals can detail your family and you can even add some fantastic logos and fun stickers to make the car stand out. You can be so creative here and this will help you to upgrade your vehicle very cheaply.
  • Headlight covers are a nice way to add to your car, but you may not choose to use eyelashes – they’re a little bit old school! A headlight cover can make a big difference and oftentimes, colored headlight covers can offer a cool smoky look to the car that you cannot get elsewhere!
  • Check the law before you do this one, but did you know that you may be able to get rid of the front license plate of the car? All you need is a screwdriver for this modification, and you can take it off without help, too. It makes the front of the car look far more sleek. 
  • Lastly, window tints could be the coolest addition that you have for your car. If you’re lying in a hotter country, then window tints will help the UV light to be filtered out and you can reduce the heat inside the car, too. There are plenty of kits that enable you to do this yourself, but you should get the professionals to do it for you. You can get the information as to whether you can have dark tints or not from your local government rules.

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How to Make Money with Your Car

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 With the current economic crash, most people are looking for ways to make extra cash. Fortunately, you don’t have to look far for viable income-generating ideas since they’re all over.

 For example, some apps pay shoppers to purchase through affiliate websites. Health care organizations compensate donors willing to part with eggs, sperms, and plasma. However, you need to prepare for the risk that comes with some forms of medical donations.

 If you’re a car owner, you’re probably looking for opportunities to make money with your car. Monetizing your vehicle isn’t a far-fetched idea. Here are vehicular side hustles to put your vehicle into good use instead of letting stay idle, which compromises its quality

Sign up With a Ridesharing App

Becoming a ridesharing driver is a convenient and serious way to make money with your car. It entails driving people from one point to another and getting paid for it through an app. Although you share the proceeds with the app, you get a bigger part of the share.

 Ridesharing isn’t without challenges. It requires you to pass criminal background checks and a driving record. You also must meet the minimum vehicle quality and age standards. Remember, you also must be able to initially meet expenses like gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance. Some app options to consider include Uber, Lyft, and Wings. 

Food Delivery

Food delivery is a lucrative business that you can do part-time. Partner with local restaurants as their delivery driver. Alternatively, in this era of technology, you can use apps like DoorDash, Uber Eats, Postmates, Bite Squad, or Grubhub.

 Being a food delivery driver is equivalent to being a rideshare driver, minus the passengers. The peaks hours vary from app to app, but most deliveries are during lunchtime and dinnertime. The latter option is best for you if you have a 9-5 job. Sign up with multiple apps for the highest number of orders. 

Renting Out Your Car

If you don’t use your car every day and can’t use it for the two business ideas above, rent it out. You can avail for short-term use by locals who don’t own cars. You can also avail it for hire by travelers who don’t want to use traditional rentals when visiting your locality. Think of it as “Airbnb for cars.”

 Alternatively, you can rent your car for corporate car services. These are on-demand transportation services without signing up with apps like Lyft or Uber. You can start your own service and work with corporate clients that need client pickup service or transportation to events.

 You can potentially earn several hundred dollars in side income per month. This can go towards subsidizing your insurance premiums or loan installments.

Final Thoughts

You can use your car to earn extra money, whether you use it full time or part-time. However, remember that it involves some risks and trade-offs you must be prepared to face.

 Nonetheless, if your car is in good condition and you’re in the allowed age bracket for these services, you’re good to go. If you don’t want direct involvement, you could give your car to car rental companies and wait for the money.

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10 Ways To Ensure Your Car Lasts a Long Time

Buying a car is a massive investment, so it makes perfect sense to want to ensure that it manages to last a long time. Unfortunately, most people either drop their good maintenance habits after a few weeks or they just don’t really understand how to take good care of their vehicle. So in this post, we’ll be taking a look at 10 ways to ensure that your car manages to last for a long time.

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1. Learn to drive defensively

Driving defensively saves both lives and your car. It’s all about watching out for reckless drivers and being more aware of your surroundings when you’re out on the road.

2. Take good care of your car’s tires

Your car’s tires are one of the most important components to look after. If the tires have too much or too little air then it can cause your vehicle to behave in strange ways. It’s the only point of contact between your vehicle and the road, so it’s a good idea to maintain it and ensure that it’s not damaged. You also need to consider using the right tires for the right road conditions so that you don’t damage them.

3. Cover it when it’s not in use

Covering your vehicle ensures that it protects the coat of paint and keeps it looking and feeling fresh. It also protects it from any bird droppings, theft or adverse weather conditions that could damage your car. Make sure you keep your car in a garage if possible so that it’s protected from any potential threats.

4. Clear your car on a regular basis

It’s important to clean your car every few weeks to keep it looking fantastic and to scrub off any dirt or stains. Polishing your vehicle can help it maintain a nice sheen as well.

5. Don’t overload your vehicle with stuff

An overloaded vehicle is a heavy vehicle. This puts more pressure on the tires and suspension which can hasten the wear and tear. The vehicle might also behave a little differently which can be dangerous when steering or braking since your response will be much slower. Mechanical failures can be expensive, so it’s best not to put extra stress on your vehicle if you can avoid it.

6. Use your car on a regular basis

Much like any mechanical machine, it’s important to use it on a regular basis so that it doesn’t seize up and require repairs before you use it again. Make sure you take your car out for a drive every week if you’re not using it. Even if you’re just going around a few local roads, it’s important to ensure that your car continues functioning correctly.

7. Take your car to a mechanic now and then

You should visit a local mechanic every now and then to get your vehicle checked. In most cases, checking your vehicle every 6 months will help to sort out any potential issues before they become a problem. However, you should also phone your mechanic any time you notice something strange about your car, such as weird noises or handling issues. You might also want to contact specialist mechanics such as a Subaru Outback repair service to ensure you’re getting the best service possible for your make or brand of vehicle. While most mechanics specialise in all vehicles and models, working with a specialist is never a bad idea.

8. Keep the battery maintained

Keep the battery charged and make sure you maintain it like any other part in your vehicle. Ideally, you should change the car battery every four to five years to ensure it’s holding its charge. The last thing you want is a dead battery mid-journey. You can clean the battery to ensure that no dirt and debris get into the cells and you can also top up the electrolyte levels with distilled water.

9. Don’t run low on fuel

Sediment collects at the bottom of your fuel tank. This occurs naturally and isn’t something you can really change. However, if you’re constantly low on fuel, this sediment could end up clogging your vehicle. Make sure you’re always topped up on fuel and try not to run too low.

10. Pay more attention when buying your car
There are lots of things to pay attention to when buying a car, especially if it’s second-hand. You could learn about pre-existing issues that you should pay attention to, and you should learn more about your vehicle by reading the manual. This will help you learn more about maintenance tips and troubleshooting specific problems.

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Car vs Motorbike: 8 Considerations to Make the Best Choice

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Of course, if the budget would allow it, we would all invest in both. However, often, our savings allow us to choose only one of the two options. While this does not have to be negative necessarily, it is crucial to make the right choice for your lifestyle and personal preferences. 

Naturally, what experience you wish to have when you are on the road is a crucial aspect to consider. Yet, lifestyle, daily needs, and personal experience are just as important. If still unsure about the best vehicle choice for you and your family, consider the aspects below. 

Consider Your Morning Commute

We would all love to think about long road trips through stunning landscapes. But, the reality is that, more often, you will be driving through a busy city centre, trying to reach your office in time. Of course, you will have your weekend experience to enjoy every now and then, but it is also worth considering how you will primarily use your vehicle. 

If your commute is long or you need to get to the office and back at unusual times, a motorbike might not be your best choice. Indeed, a car might be a more comfortable option and offer you some shelter from the cold and wind, especially during the winter months. 

However, if your commute is only a short ride through tranquil streets, a bike can help you get to work in comfort and style throughout the year. 

How Big Is Your Household?

If your household includes several people, or you are planning on welcoming a new addition in your family, a bike might not be the most convenient option. Indeed, you will need to haul groceries, kids, and pets, and on a bike, this can be inconvenient or impossible altogether. 

Understanding what your daily needs are and having a clear prospect of what you will be using your bike for is crucial before committing to such an important purchase. Of course, if you are the only member of your household and you are not planning on expanding your family soon, you might consider the great experience that riding a bike instead of a car might offer you. 

Where Do You Live?

If you live in a busy city, buying a car might not be the best option for your needs. Larger cities make it difficult to navigate through heavy traffic with anything bigger than a motorbike. So, you might decide to opt for a two-wheeler, skip the traffic, and enjoy a much smoother ride to work. 

Riding a motorbike also allows you to find parking anywhere and without much struggle. This is a significant plus to consider if you love to live the city life and drive around. Having a bike instead of a car can help you cut down on transport time and enjoy more time around the city. 

At the same time, if you live in the countryside or away from facilities and shops, you might consider opting for buying a car. Indeed, on a bike, you will only have limited space to haul your groceries. 

In turn, this can translate into frequent, time-consuming trips to the nearest supermarket to keep your fridge full! If living just off the town centre, a larger car with more luggage space allows you to streamline your errands and daily responsibilities.

What Is Your Ideal Holiday?

Do you prefer to get away and enjoy a solo camping trip every second weekend? Or would you rather enjoy time with your family in an all-inclusive resort? Holidays might come around only once or twice each year, but they are one of the aspects on which we tend to spend the most. 

And, if you have the wrong type of vehicle for them, you can end up paying twice as much as you would have wanted to. Indeed, you might end up settling for an expensive rental car or even have to use public transportation services, which can add to the cost of the holiday. 

What Is Your Budget?

Cars are more expensive than motorbikes. Depending on the type of car you would settle for, you might also be facing substantial costs when it comes down to paying insurance, repairs, and maintainance. 

Oppositely, motorbikes are much cheaper to buy and run. Even with limited funds, you will be able to secure a high-quality bike, take care of the insurance, and keep up with all the maintenance tasks you need to ensure the bike is safe to drive. 

What Is the Climate in Your Area?

Considering the climate in your area is also essential. Indeed, if you live in an area where rainy, snowy, or harsh winters are common and long, a bike might not represent a smart investment. Indeed, you might not be able to ride your bike for several months a year, which means that you will also need to buy or rent a car as well.  

What Is Your Experience on the Road?

Riding a motorbike can be more challenging than driving a car. There are several more aspects to consider, and the level of safety while on your two-wheeler is not as high as the one that a car can offer. So, before committing to one of the two options, you should evaluate how confident you are on the road, and how extensive your experience is

Know Your Vehicle

Lastly, ensure you understand your vehicle. If you have never opted for a bike before, ensure you can always consult a specialist. In any case, you should start your biking experience on a bike with a smaller engine, and then move to more powerful bikes. Ultimately, when modifying or repairing your bike, ensure you are buying components and parts only from certified sellers that you can trust, such as CTA Powersports parts online.

Bottom Line

Deciding between buying a bike and car can be an extremely tough choice to make. Even if you have always loved to buy one of the two, considering your current lifestyle and future goals is crucial to make the most out of it. Indeed, purchasing a vehicle might be a long-term investment that might shape your lifestyle from now on. Take the time you need to make a wiser choice!

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How to Improve Your Driving Experience

Ah, the open road. You’re behind the wheel, you’re cruising along, you haven’t got a care in the world. This is the image we have in our minds when we invest in a vehicle. Yet, alas, this isn’t always the experience that we have. Sometimes it can feel as if driving and car-ownership is a double-edged sword. We’re happy that we have a vehicle in our life, but it’s not without its problems. The important thing to remember is that you can always improve your driving experience and car in general. In this blog, we’ll take a look at a few ways for you to do just that.

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Service Your Car

Your car might be an excellent vehicle; it’s just that it needs a little bit of TLC if it’s going to reveal that side of itself. If it’s been some time since your car has been serviced, then look at booking it in with professionals. When we say ‘service your vehicle,’ we mean two things. One is to make sure that everything’s working under the hood as it was intended. The other is to give your vehicle a deep clean. You might just be amazed at how much more fun it is to drive your car when it’s completely clean and refreshed!

Invest In New Parts

It doesn’t matter whether you put your car used or new. At some point, you’ll have to invest in new parts. Cars, after all, are not intended to last forever! To know which parts you’ll need, it’s best to take a look at your vehicle and see what might not be as high-quality as it could be. If you know the different parts of a wheel, then you’ll be able to check that everything’s in full working condition. If it’s not then, then upgrade — you’ll feel the improvement straight away. If you suspect that you might have some issue under the hood, then you’ll need to take it to a professional, who will be able to recommend part upgrades. 

Keep the Costs Down

You might generally like driving your vehicle, but if the costs aren’t manageable, then at some point you’ll begin to feel a little worn down by driving. So why not look at keeping the costs down? There are plenty of ways to do this. The best way is to reduce the amount of money that you spend on gas. A lot of people overspend in this area, all because they don’t know how to drive properly. If you’re accelerating quickly and braking harshly, then you’ll be burning more gas than you should — and you’ll be visiting the gas station more frequently. Work on improving your MPG rate, and you’ll have money in your bank account.

When to Upgrade

Finally, it’s important to know when you should upgrade your vehicle. There’ll come a point when your current car just doesn’t become viable. For instance, you might find that you’re spending too much on repairs, or you’re just not enjoying driving. At that time, it’ll be time to look for another vehicle! 

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Tips For Measuring A Driveshaft

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Your car’s driveshaft is a very important part of the car’s driveability. Essentially, it transmits the torque from your car’s transmission to the wheel axles. Precisely where that power is distributed depends on the type of car you have. If you have a front-wheel drive, power from your transmission will be sent to the two front wheels. Meanwhile, if you have a car that has a rear-wheel drive, power will be sent to the back wheel axles. On occasion, you may come across two driveshafts if you have a four-wheel-drive car or truck.

Located in places that may be difficult to navigate to on your own, a driveshaft has to be measured. You may need to replace it or any other part of your vehicle. In order to do this, it needs to be measured correctly. Here are some tips that will show you how to measure a driveshaft.

What You Will Need

There are a few materials you will need to gather in order to do this properly. Those items include a flashlight, hydraulic floor jack, jack stands, paper and pen, steel tape measure and wheel chocks. In order for this process to be simple and easy, you have to jack your car up high enough so that you have enough room to work underneath it. Raise the back end of your car using the floor jack and make sure you place your jack stands near the rear axel.

Step 1

The first step is to make sure your car is secure. Park your car somewhere on unyielding, level ground. Be sure that you put on the emergency brake. To ensure your car does not slide, put your wheel chocks against a front tire in a way that ensures it will not move. Putting your wheel chocks against the front tire will prevent the car from rolling since the emergency brake on most cars holds the rear wheels.

Step 2

Use your hydraulic floor jack to lift your vehicle. Make sure that you know the right lifting point located under the rear of your car. You want to make sure that you are placing the jack in the right place so you do not accidentally damage your car. Finding the right lifting point is also crucial if you do not want your car to slide off the jack while it is being lifted. Having trouble trying to locate this? Turn to your owner’s manual.

Keep in mind that while you are lifting a vehicle with a jack, make sure that it stands below the car to support it before you start working. Doing anything else can be extremely dangerous. Now it is time for your jack stands to shine. Place them securely under the rear axle. While you are measuring your driveshaft length, remember to keep the weight of your car on the rear suspension as this could impact the distance between your transmission and the pinion flange.

Step 3

How you measure the driveshaft of one car is going to be different than the way you measure the driveshaft of another car. Measure the space between the two flanges if your car has a flange mounted on the back of your transmission as well as a flange on the differential. On the other hand, measure the distance between the end of the transmission shaft to the center of the rear u-joint if you have a car that has a driveshaft that slides onto the transmission output shaft.

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Four Mistakes That Can Put You In Danger While Driving

Driving is something that can give you the freedom to go anywhere you want, whenever you want. However, as much as it can be a luxury, it also has it’s dangers. You want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep you and anyone else on the road safe at all times. Here are four mistakes that can put you in danger while driving.

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Getting Distracted

The last thing you want when on the road is getting distracted. That is a common mistake that can be made and one you definitely don’t want to be making. Distractions are all around us in life, and they’re certainly present when you’re in the car. To avoid having to deal with traffic attorneys, make sure you get rid of any distractions. It could be receiving notifications on your phone that distracts you from looking at the road in front of you or maybe it’s noisy passengers in the back that are making you spend too much of your time looking behind you. Distractions are dangerous, so where you can, try to reduce them where possible in order to ensure your focus is always on your driving and nothing else.

Not Using Your Turn Signals

Turn signals are there to indicate to others that you need to go into another lane or turn off at a point in the road. It can be dangerous not to use the indicators when driving because you can’t expect anyone driving behind you or to the side of you, to anticipate when you’re going to turn. If you find yourself forgetting to turn your indicators on and off, you might need to train yourself to start doing it more and being aware of when you’re doing it. It might be that you have things distracting you, and that also you might be rushing.

Driving Whilst Tired

Driving whilst tired is just like driving whilst intoxicated. You’re not fully focused on the road in front of you and what’s going on around you. It only takes a second or two of falling asleep to cause an accident, and in some cases, it can be fatal for you or the person you’ve driven into. Make sure that you’re fully awake before driving and that if you feel tired, pull over to somewhere safe and take a break. It’s not worth shaving time off your arrival to your destination if you’re half awake and needing a rest.

Taking Your Hands Off The Wheel

Taking your hands off the wheel is something you certainly don’t want to do. It’s important that you’re in control of the vehicle and taking your hands off the wheel at any point can result in you losing control of the car. Even with one hand off the wheel, you’re risking your reaction time. Make sure that you’ve always got both hands on the wheel and practice keeping them on if you’re someone who has a habit of taking them off.

No one wants to put themselves in danger, so use these tips to protect yourself while driving.

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7 Maintenance Tips for an Inexperienced Car Owner

Poor car maintenance can lead to significant issues with your vehicle. These problems can be very expensive to fix, and you can be left without a car for several days. Or worse, an undiagnosed fault could contribute to an accident while you are driving. While it’s not beneficial to be thinking about worse case scenarios, you should be conscious about car maintenance.

As an inexperienced car owner, you may not have an interest or knowledge of how cars work. The very thought of lifting the hood can be overwhelming; nevermind actually working on the car. While this is normal, you should prioritize getting up to speed on basic car maintenance. 

If you have any concerns over the welfare of your vehicle, you should take it to a mechanic. However, there are actions you can take to do your part in looking after your vehicle.

Here are seven basic tips for maintaining your car, even if you’re inexperienced.

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  1. Read the owner’s manual

An astonishing number of owners don’t read the manufacturing manual for their car. The owner’s manual contains important information that relates specifically to your vehicle. While some of the information revolves around mechanics, there is also a guide for maintenance. You should consult this manual should your car need any replacements.

  1. Maintain tire condition

One of the first signs of a poorly maintained vehicle is defective tires. Driving with unworthy road tires is very dangerous. You are at high risk of a blowout or a skid.

Follow the guidelines on tread depth and air pressure. Regularly check for cracks, punctures, or any damage to your tire. 

  1. Monitor fluid levels

Your car stores various types of fluids in the engine for different purposes. They act as coolants and lubricants and are essential for maintaining a healthy engine. Consult your owner’s manual and check whether these fluids need topping up. 

The main fluids to look after are oil, transmission, steering, brake, and washer fluid.

  1. Battery health

Some batteries can be very problematic. Weather impacts its condition, and it can easily lose function. 

Low maintenance options such as ACDelco batteries are ideal for all car owners. They are high performing, and you have peace of mind because of the lack of maintenance. 

  1. Cover your windshield in winter

Ice and snow can cause damage to your windshield. They can also impair your vision, making winter road conditions even more dangerous. 

A great way to counteract this issue is to invest in a windshield cover. Using this nightly will help protect your windshield from cold conditions.

  1. Service your car regularly

Regularly servicing helps keep your car in good condition and running smoothly. This will maximize the value of your vehicle and lower the risk of having car troubles. 

  1. Keep your car clean

A dirty car provides a health hazard for you and other drivers. A grime-covered windshield is difficult to see out of, meaning you are at risk of driving while visually impaired. Heavy layers of dirt covering your car lights can make them far more difficult for other drivers to see. 

A build-up of dirt inside or outside of your car can cause permanent damage, devaluing your vehicle.

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Tips To Help Make You A Safer Driver

Being a safer driver is important because when it comes to road safety if everyone took a safe attitude to the way they drive, the roads would be a better place. With that in mind, you may have been driving for a while now or only driven for a short period of time, but here are some tips to help make you a safer driver.

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Watch Your Speed

First things first, you want to try and keep an eye on all the time is your speed. There can be areas that you are familiar with when it comes to speed limits, but not every place you drive to is going to be familiar with. You might want to keep an eye on the speed you’re doing regardless of where you are because you can always end up edging up a few miles per hour without realizing it. That can actually be the difference between braking safely or crashing into the car in front of you. It’s important that you understand the speed at which you’re going at and to try to remember to take your time instead of pushing down on the pedal. It’s important to always be watching your speed as this can end up being dangerous.

Keep Both Hands On The Wheel

When you’re driving, you are taught to keep both hands on the wheel, and it should stay like that. It can be very easy to relax when you’re driving, and therefore, many people can end up taking their hand or both hands off the wheel when driving in their car. This often comes with years of driving but it’s important to keep them both on in order to ensure you’re safety is met. If you have a habit of taking your hand off the wheel, try to remind yourself when you do find it happening, and hopefully, you will get used to driving with both hands on the wheel again.

Have A Safety Kit

A safety kit is worth having when you’re driving, and it’s mentioned on about the personal safety items that are worth having. When it comes to a safety kit, you always want to try and have the ability to jump-start your car, change a tire but also to help you in a situation where you might be hurt. A medical kit can be a good thing to have in your car, should you need it.

Fix Any Problems With Your Car

Unfortunately, your cars aren’t invincible and often enough, you might run into problems along the way. However, some people will tend to leave these problems until their next annual service, and as a rule of thumb, you should be fixing any problems that happen or become apparent immediately. If you don’t, then you run the risk of making your car vulnerable, which in turn makes you and your passengers vulnerable.

To be a safer driver on the road, use these tips as a guide, and help protect yourself and others.

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