Simple Things You Can Do Today to Keep Your Car Safe for Your Family
April is National Car Care Month. But between rushing from work to get to soccer practice and ballet (with errands in between) moms don’t often take the time to think about their vehicles until there’s a problem. According to a new survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Toyo Tires, nearly half (45%) of the mothers surveyed say it is difficult to keep up with the recommended maintenance of their vehicle because they don’t have enough time in the day.
Working mom and auto expert Courtney Hansen joined EverydayFamily’s Shiloh Johnson to share a few tips even the busiest moms can find the time to perform. See the full interview (and watch some demonstrations) here:
Hansen started with how to check your tire pressure and your tire tread. Tires are so important. And no one wants to be stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire and kids.
You want to make sure you know the right PSI (pressure number) for your vehicle. To find that, open the driver’s door and look at the sticker there. Once you know the PSI, use a tire pressure gauge to check your tire pressure. If the number is low you can fill up with air at any gas station. Don’t forget to check your spare tire, too!
There’s an easy and fun trick to check your tire treads – even your little ones can help with this! Take a penny, and stick it into the tread on your tire, with Lincoln’s head upside down. If you can see his whole head sticking out of the tread, it’s too worn and you need new tires.
Next, Hansen covered wiper blades. Wiper blades should be in good shape because they are a big part of your driving visibility. To clean them, dampen a cloth and run it along the wiper blades. And if you need to replace a wiper blade, it’s really easy and they only cost a few dollars. You can even buy new wiper blades at a gas station!
Headlights are also important for good visibility. Over time they get yellow and cloudy, which means they need to be cleaned. A headlight restoration kit is great to clean your headlights and it usually only takes about 30 minutes to restore them. But, in a pinch, if you don’t have a restoration kit, you can use insect repellent or vinegar to clean your headlights!
We all know that baby wipes are a huge part of most moms’ daily lives. Now they can be a part of your car care! “Baby wipes are saviors for everything in your car,” Hansen explains. They can clean the center console, seats, windshield, and windows … really anything that could use a good wipe down.
Hansen’s last big tip was this: Make sure you have an emergency kit! Every car needs one. Having one will keep you prepared for unexpected emergencies. And if you are pregnant or have kids, maybe throw in a few snacks, just to make sure no one goes hungry while you are waiting for assistance.
Hopefully, these car care tips will keep your vehicle running smoothly, keep your family safe, and help save money. For more information on Car Care, check out toyotires.com.
Stay safe out there, families!