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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 September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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