Life Hacks for Your Automobile
- Clever keychain. Tired of breaking your nails trying to add a key to your keychain? Use a staple remover to hold the metal rings open while you easily add or remove a key!
- Hot pizza. When you pick up a pizza for dinner, turn on your passenger side seat warmer and set the pizza box on it. Your dinner will stay hot and ready until you get home.
- Garage door dings. Banging your car doors on your garage wall? Nail or mount half a pool noodle to the wall as a buffer.
- Cheap air freshener. An open box of dryer sheets can help keep your car smelling better longer. You can even clip a sheet to your A/C vent with a clothespin for extra help.
Spruce Your Car for Spring
Help your car get into the spring spirit and brighten your daily commute with these flower vases that clip right on to your vehicle’s air conditioning vent!
April is National Car Care Month
Winter can be tough on your vehicle, that’s why every April is National Car Care Month! It’s a time to remind drivers that their automobiles will benefit from some spring cleaning and maintenance, and it’s a perfect time to get them ready for your summer road trip plans. Here’s some of the most important things to get checked or repaired on your car this month:
- Check all fluids. Now is the time to check your engine oil, power steering, transmission fluid, windshield wiper fluid and antifreeze/coolant to make sure your car not only has enough, but that it’s also clean.
- Check hoses and belts. Examine all the hoses and belts on your vehicle. Many of these are exposed to the winter elements and could have been damaged or become brittle in harsh weather.
- Check the brake system. Have your trusted mechanic do a full brake system check to ensure your vehicle is safe to drive.
- Check the steering and suspension system. This should be done annually, and the check should include shock absorbers, struts and chassis parts such as ball joints, tie rod ends and other related components.
- Check the tires. This is something you can do yourself. Visually inspect the tire tread to make sure it will hold up through the summer. Make sure your tires are properly inflated as well, since changing temperatures directly affect tire pressure.