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How to Prepare Your Car for the Frost This Winter

How to Prepare Your Car for the Frost This Winter

Have you taken steps to prepare your car for the winter? Winter conditions such as ice, snow, or sleet make roads slippery and difficult to navigate. Planning for bad weather is critical for safe driving. Prepare for the frost by performing all routine maintenance on your vehicle, checking your tires, testing your battery, packing in case of emergency, and adjusting your driving in dangerous conditions.

Perform All Routine Maintenance on Your Vehicle

Bring your vehicle to a mechanic to make sure everything is working properly. If you’re at a mileage point where a tune-up is necessary, get the tune-up before the cold weather starts. Cold weather can make existing problems worse.

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Top off all fluids and install new filters as needed. Flush the coolant system and have a mechanic check the system for leaks or cracks. Mix antifreeze at a 50/50 ratio with water so that coolant doesn’t freeze in the pipes of the system. You can also install a block or engine heater to heat your engine’s coolant and help you start your car more easily.

Check Your Tires

Your tires are the best defense you have in dangerous driving conditions. Tires that are improperly inflated or worn increase your chances of accidents. If your tire tread is worn, replace them. Follow your manufacturer’s recommendations for proper air pressure in your tires.

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If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow, consider purchasing tires specifically designed for snow or add chains to your tires. The added grip from special tread or chains can help you maintain control of your vehicle in snowy conditions.

Test Your Car Battery

Car batteries are just as susceptible to cold as the rest of your vehicle. A mechanic can do a test on your car battery to ensure optimum performance. If the battery is older than five years, replace it. Waiting until bad winter weather is not the best time to realize that you cannot start your car. Store jumper cables in your vehicle in case the cold affects your battery’s ability to charge.

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Pack in Case of an Emergency

In the event that frost or an accident traps you in your vehicle, you want to make sure that you have supplies. Pack food and water as well as extra blankets, gloves, and socks. Traffic cones, flares, a shovel, and a cell phone charger are beneficial to keep stocked in your car.

Another way to prepare for an emergency is to make sure that if something does happen, you are still able to provide for your family. No one wants to consider loss of life or mobility in an accident, but knowing that your insurance policy will support your family should give you that peace of mind. Now is the time to check your policies and make any necessary changes.

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Adjust Your Driving in Dangerous Conditions

A well-maintained vehicle is not your only defense against colder weather. Adjust your driving habits when you’re in snowy or icy weather. Because of decreased traction, drive slower than usual. If you need to brake, apply brakes slowly if driving over snow or ice. Aggressive braking can lock up your brakes and cause skidding.

The same method applies to accelerating and steering – increase your speed and turn gently to avoid spinning your wheels. Leave plenty of room between you and the cars around you and pay attention to your surroundings.

While cold weather brings many threats to your car and driving, proper preparation can protect you. Following these guidelines will help you avoid potential dangers while on the road this winter.

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Last Updated on March 24, 2021

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

1. Smart Door Locks

A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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2. Smart Kitchen Tools

Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

5. Nest Thermostat

This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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6. Smart Lighting

Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

7. Google Chromecast Ultra

Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

8. Canary

This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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