Advertising
Advertising

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.

Advertising

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.

Advertising

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.

Advertising

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.

Advertising

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.

More by this author

8 Ideas to Modernize Your Living Room 5 Myths about Saving on Energy Costs 6 Tips to Keep Pests From Harming Your Health 5 Ways Healthcare Professionals Prep For The Holiday Season DIY Decorating Ideas for Each Season

Trending in Home

1 30 Awesome DIY Projects that You’ve Never Heard of 2 5 Reasons Why Tidying Your Room Can Change Your Life 3 25 Really Cool Cat Furniture Design Ideas Every Cat Owner Needs 4 Scientists Discover Why You Should Take Off Your Shoes Before Entering Your Home 5 5 Ways to Deal with Snow Runoff in the Garage

Read Next

Advertising
Advertising

Last Updated on November 20, 2018

10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).

Note: Since losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).

1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.

Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).

If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.

Advertising

2. You put the cart before the horse.

“Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.

3. You don’t believe in yourself.

A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).

4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.

The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

5. You’re in too much of a hurry.

If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.

Advertising

6. You don’t enjoy the process.

Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.

The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.

7. You’re trying too hard.

Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.

8. You don’t track your progress.

Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this” attitude. All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.

Advertising

9. You have no social support.

It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone: far from it. Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.

10. You know your what but not your why.

The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail: you know what you want but you not why you want it.

Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:

Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?

Advertising

Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?

Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?

Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey, I’m not here to judge) is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.

  • The more specific you can make your goal,
  • The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
  • The more encouraged you’ll be,
  • The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CAN do this!).

I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you. What do you hope to accomplish next year?

Read Next