Keeping a clean car is tough when traveling with your canine companion. Taking your dog camping, hiking, to the beach, or on any outdoorsy adventure can lead to a very dirty dog – and car! By prepping your vehicle for these messy instances, you’ll be able to save time cleaning and spend more time with your pup. Follow the guidelines below and say goodbye to constant mud, fur, and slobber taking over your car. Continue reading
In an emergency, a winter survival kit could save your life!
We all hope to never be in this situation, but the fact is, IT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU! Being prepared is never a bad idea or a waste of time. With this quick DIY winter emergency kit you will have the peace of mind that you will stand a fighting chance against the brutality of Mother Nature’s winter temperatures in the event of the unthinkable. Also, you can store this kit and add to the trunk of your car next year! You have nothing to lose!
Here is what you need:
- a shovel
- windshield scraper (a credit card will work if you are in a pinch!)
- flashlight with extra batteries
- battery powered radio
- Cell phone adapter to plug into lighter
- snack food (power bars are a great idea)
- matches and small candles
- extra hats, socks and mittens
- First aid kit with pocket knife
- blankets or sleeping bag
- tow chain or rope
- road salt, sand, or cat litter for traction
- booster cables
- emergency flares and reflectors
- fluorescent flag to attract attention
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In this rough cold season, heaven forbid,you might need to call a tow truck if you find yourself stranded due to a flat tire, car accident or mechanical trouble. There are some important steps to follow after calling for a tow. Know how to wait for a tow truck to keep yourself and your car safe.
1 Move your car.
- Move your car as far away from moving traffic and as far onto the road’s shoulder as possible if you can safely drive the vehicle. This will keep passing motorists from hitting your disabled vehicle while waiting for a tow truck and will make it easier for the tow truck driver to situate his truck near enough to your car to hook up the tow.
2 Turn your hazard lights on.
- Turn the vehicle’s hazard lights on after you’ve moved the car safely off the road while you’re waiting to be towed. The button or switch for your vehicle’s hazard lights is usually on the steering column or the dashboard. The flashing lights will alert other motorists that your car is disabled and help them see it on the side of the road, especially at night.
3 Place reflective triangles around the vehicle.
- Use reflective triangles or cones from an emergency roadside kit to cordon off the area around your disabled vehicle. Be sure to place at least one at the front and one at the rear of the vehicle and a third along the side of the car facing the road. This will help make your vehicle visible to other motorists while you’re waiting for your vehicle to be towed.
4 Organize belongings.
- Get together anything inside the vehicle that you need to take with you after you’ve been towed. This should include any valuable items and any vehicle insurance information stored in your glove compartment. Organize everything so you can leave your car quickly with everything you need.
5 Stay in your vehicle.
- Remain in your vehicle after taking outside safety measures until the tow truck arrives. This is important, because it will keep you safe from the elements and passing vehicles.
6 Use caution if approached.
- Be careful if you’re approached by other motorists while waiting for a tow truck. Lock your doors, stay in the car and crack the window an inch to talk to them instead of rolling it all the way down. Do not leave the vehicle or accept a ride if the person approaching your vehicle is anyone other than the tow truck driver.
7 Get identification.
- Ask the tow truck dispatcher for the name of the driver being dispatched to you or the identification number or license plate number of the tow truck being sent. This will help you know if the vehicle that arrives is legitimate and the driver is who he says he or she is. Verify this information before exiting your vehicle.
ITEMS TO KEEP HANDY IN YOUR CAR
Schumacher Electric, Jump Starter, XP400
Voltek 24 LED Amber Light Bar with Clear Cover
Voltek 12V Red Plaid Heated Travel Blanket HB12VPLAID
Warning Triangle Kit 3 Triangles
Spring is finally right around the corner and to me nothing says Spring like getting your car taken care of after a long, brutal winter. Did you know that there are particles in your antifreeze that can lead to clogs in your cooling system? This clogging can lead to overheating which can ultimately damage your engine. It is recommended that you flush your system at least every few years and I cannot think of a better time than the beginning of Spring.
Prestone Anti-freeze Gallon SKU 6060044
Wedco 4 Gallon Oil Drain Pan W76 SKU 4560054
Part 1: Tee Attachment and Flush Preparation
- Check the engine to make sure it is no longer hot. Loosen the radiator cap to release any pressure still left, and then re-tighten.
- Place a pan or bucket under the radiator plug beneath the car to catch the old antifreeze. Elevating the car on ramps may help the process.
- Splice the “Flush Tee” to the heater inlet hose. The heater inlet hose usually runs between the firewall and the top of the radiator. This may be done using a clamp and a couple of screws.
Part 2: Attach the Coupler and Back Washing
- Remove the cap covering the tee as well as the radiator cap. Attach a coupler to the flushing tee to prevent backwash. The black part should attach to the tee and the yellow part should attach to a garden hose. On cars with no radiator cap (or reservoir cap), flush by disconnecting the upper radiator hose.
- Flush with tap water until it runs clear. A cleaning solution may have also been provided in the antifreeze flush kit.
Part 3: Refill
- Mix antifreeze according to what your climate needs, somewhere between a 50% and 70% mix.
- Pour the amount you measured into your radiator, reservoir or thermostat opening. Some leakage of water and diluted antifreeze will come out of the tee.
- Recap the tee and tighten the clamp by hand. Replace your radiator cap and run your car for 10 minutes after it reaches its running temperature.
- Allow your engine to cool again and check antifreeze levels. Add more as needed.