After I bought my first car, I have to admit that I never knew the importance of tire rotation. I learned my lesson the hard way when the tread of my front tires wore down very quickly, while my back tires were still in great shape. I thought that the traction of the back two would make up for the front two. I learned I was very wrong one day when I slammed on my breaks while driving in the rain. I rear-ended the vehicle in front of me. Thankfully, no one was injured. However, I learned that if I had rotated my tires regularly, I could have avoided that accident. I know there are many new car owners who don't know much about cars, which have since became a passion of mine, so I decided to create a blog to share all my tips to help others!
Winter is here! It's at this time of the year that windshields can become high-maintenance and difficult to keep clear. Knowing a few easy steps to keep your windshield clear can help you avoid accidents and may prevent you from spending hours outside scraping off snow.
Use a Windshield Cover
Many people consider cleaning off their windshield to be an unavoidable part of driving in winter, but you can avoid this task by protecting your windshield with a cover. Windshield covers are available for sale in automotive supply stores. These easy-to-install and easy-to-remove covers will help keep your windshield free of ice and snow. When you start your car in the morning, simply remove the cover, shake it off, and put it in your garage or trunk.
If you want to save money, you can also make your own windshield cover. To do this, cut out a large piece of cardboard or a plastic bag, then place the cardboard or plastic bag over the windshield. Leave the cardboard or plastic bag in place until you're ready to start your car in morning. The downside of this DIY method is that these covers can be harder to remove if you have a heavy snowfall.
De-fog Your Windshield with an Eraser
Many people de-fog the inside of their windshield by wiping the glass with a tissue or a rag or even with their hands. Unfortunately, this can cause streaking and smearing, which can make it more difficult than ever to see out of the windshield while driving. Luckily, there is a way to clean the glass and avoid the streaks: use a chalkboard eraser. Keep a chalkboard eraser either in the glove box or on the top of the dashboard. Remember to get a fresh eraser--not one that's been used with a chalkboard or with a dry-erase board.
Fix A Cracked Windshield Before the Temperatures Drop
A tiny crack in your windshield may not sound like a very big deal, but it can be a problem when the cold weather arrives. Cold weather causes glass to expand and contract, just like it causes ice to expand and contract. If your windshield has a tiny crack in the glass before winter arrives, there's a good chance that the size of the crack will grow as the windshield goes through the various freeze-thaw cycles during the winter. The best way to prevent the crack from growing larger is to get the auto glass replacement taken care of before it becomes a big problem. Talk with a windshield replacement company, like Glass Pro Inc., before the winter weather gets any colder. If you can't get to a shop right away, use some clear nail polish to seal the crack to prevent it from spreading.Share
19 December 2015