8 Car Care Tips for Smart Women

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Car Care Tips for Smart Women
How much do women really know about what’s under the hood of their car—and, the care needed? Here are a few ideas to keep your car running safely and smoothly for years to come:

  1. Create a preventive maintenance checklist
    Topping off fluid levels, inspecting belts, hoses and tire pressure, changing engine oil and making sure all the lights work should be done regularly by a car care professional.
  2. Check your engine air filter
    The engine air filter is the car’s lung. Check your owner’s manual to see when it should be changed to make sure your car is breathing clearly.
  3. Check your engine oil and filter
    Engine oil is the car’s lifeblood. Check your oil level often. Also check the owner’s manual for when to replace the oil and which grade to use.
  4. Know how to check tire pressure and change a tire
    A flat tire is never entertaining. Learning how to change it yourself can save lots of time. Ask your car care professional to show you how. Make sure your tires have the correct tire pressure. You can find it in the vehicle owner’s manual or on a decal in the door jamb or glove compartment. While you’re at it, inspect and fill the spare tire.
  5. Control gas consumption
    Obeying the speed limit, making sure your tires are properly inflated, removing extra weight from the back seat and trunk all improve your gas mileage.
  6. Check, clean and replace worn wiper blades
    Wiper blades should be changed about every six months. Check for cracks regularly and use a wet paper towel to clean the blades.
  7. In case of emergency
    Make sure you have a vehicle emergency kit. Bottled water, a flashlight, flares, duct tape, an extra cell phone and charger, energy bars, a blanket, phone number for roadside assistance and a can of Fix-a-Flat would be smart options.
  8. Three resources to keep you smart:
    1. Download the Car Care Guide from carcare.org
    2. Get tips from Women Auto Know right here on wordpress.
    3. Save money and get cashback on your auto parts purchases.

Take Five

Drive Happy

Drive Happy

Five minutes to happier drives! Before driving to any destination I take a few minutes to prepare for the drive.  I’ve learned that taking the following steps really help me to focus and deal with driving situations that become apparent during my trips.

  1. Check the weather – at my location and where I’m going – It may only take a few seconds if you’re staying in your neighborhood; however, if your journey extends more than ten miles, you’ll benefit from knowing.
  2. Check the traffic/road conditions – If you listen to radio or view TV this task can be achieved while you’re getting dressed.  Using my LIVE traffic app reveals results in seconds.
  3. Take a minute to walk around the car to eyeball the tires, lights and any damage from the last parking lot I used.  If I’m not sure of my gas level I check that too.
  4. As I check my mirrors and put on my seat belt, I adjust my attitude to the temperament needed for the place and time I’ll be driving; that way I can keep my blood pressure in check.
  5. I choose my distractions. It’s true, driving is a full-time and attention task. I choose devices and activities accordingly.  I automatically turn on my speakerphone “for incoming emergencies only” if I’m not using my GPS.  My phone is in the bag ensuring that if I need it I’ll have to pull over. I adjust the music level and take a deep breath before pulling off.

Most of the time I can get all this done in less than five minutes, giving me additional time to get to my intended location (stuff happens).  It took me a while to form this routine. I realized that when I didn’t perform these one minute tasks my driving experience suffered.  Since driving is usually the first and last part of most daily activities I encounter outside my home I prefer safe and pleasant journeys.  Maybe you get ready to drive in less time, that’s great! This five-minute routine is what helps me keep my eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and drastically reduce the times when I feel the desire to participate in road rage.  What do you do before you drive? Share a pre-driving task with us, after all sharing is caring!

Safe Travels 🙂

“At Last”

My love has come along..

My love has come along..

My love has come along
My lonely days are over
And life is like a song
At last

The skies above are blue
My heart was wrapped up in clover
The night I looked at you

I found a dream, that I could speak to
A dream that I can call my own
I found a thrill to press my cheek to
A thrill that I have never known

You smiled,
Oh and then the spell was cast
And here we are in heaven
for you are mine…

At Last

Only in my dreams

Only in my dreams

“At Last” is one of my favorite Etta James songs, It popped into my head when I saw this Rolls Royce at a recent car show. Every time I hear the song I think about how beautiful this car is and start singing. Last night the car and song was in my dream so I decided to shared it with you.  Maybe now I can concentrate on getting my Toyota ready for winter. 🙂

Safe Travels