From monthly payments to maintenance and repairs, motor vehicles probably take up more of your personal budget than you’d prefer. Most of us don’t have an alternative mode of transportation; however, we can all reduce the chances of paying for unnecessary repairs by taking a few preventive steps.
Check Your Head Lights
As you think of ways to “winterize” your home and outdoor space, don’t forget your vehicles! One thing which it’s good to check as the days grow shorter would be the lamps throughout your car. Make sure to check them all, including headlights, tail lights, running lights, brake lights, turn signals, and dash board lights. Make sure they’re all in working order — but don’t stop there!
You should also re-evaluate your headlight use. If your vehicle doesn’t have daytime running lights that automatically turn on, you need to be extremely intentional about this. Remember that they’re not just for your own visibility; they’re also there to make your vehicle more visible to others. If it’s a little overcast or just starting to hit dusk, always make the more cautious choice and turn them on.
Squirrel-Proof Your Vehicle
As the temperatures drop, small varmints like squirrels often end up looking for a safe, warm place to nestle in — and your car’s engine appears to be just that! Because squirrels’ teeth require constant chewing, these animals can wreak some major havoc under your hood. They often chew through wires, causing costly damage. Brakes, hoses, and various wires can cost up to thousands of dollars for repairs.
In order to avoid squirrel damage to your vehicle, some wildlife experts recommend leaving the hood of your car open during daytime hours. Even if that’s not possible, you can use bitter apple spray found at veterinary clinics to deter them. (Be careful not to spray directly on any part of your vehicle without consulting a mechanic first.) If you are able to park your vehicle in a garage, make sure any hole 2 inches or larger is plugged with aluminum flashing, sheet metal, or stainless steel mesh.
Keep Windows Clear
In another post, we’ll be looking at how to avoid foggy windows, but for now, let’s look at how you can make sure that your car’s windows are clean. Why? Clean windows allow for clearly seeing the road, other vehicles, and any obstacles around you. For that reason, cleaning your windows is a simple safety precaution.
Start by making this simple window cleaning fluid concoction:
• 2 Tablespoons of Cornstarch
• 1/2 Cup of Ammonia
• 1/2 Cup of White Vinegar
• 3-4 Liters of Warm Water
After mixing those ingredients, pour the mixture into a simple spray bottle and spray it onto your car’s windows. Next, wipe the windows down with warm water to rinse away the solution. Then rub the surface dry with a lint-free cloth or paper towel. Make sure to clean one window at a time in order to avoid having the cornstarch solution dry on the surface of the window.
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