There is nothing that stresses me out more than car problems, nothing!
Without a doubt the quickest way to ruin my day is to see one of those nasty little alarm lights turn on, on my dashboard. Can I get an amen?
Being on my own in college and then moving out to Denver I wasn't home where my Dad could look at my car and I've never had a garage even if I did have someone who could work on it.
While we definitely don't have the slightest clue on how to fix a car, there are a couple things these Resource Girls have learned that can help you be prepared this winter when it comes to having a safe vehicle.
We realize this topic isn't glamorous or the most exciting however, if we can save you some stress we've done our job!
Get a crate or some kind of box to throw in your trunk. This box should contain windshield wiper fluid, an ice scraper, and jumper cables.
You can find these items at Walmart or Target. Don't go to an auto parts store, you will pay a lot more!
A blanket and an old pair of tennis shoes wouldn't be a bad idea either.
If you're in flats or heels and get stuck tennis shoes could come in handy and a blanket just in case you're stranded in the cold.
Do you know what to do when that annoying "Check Tire Pressure" light comes on?
Change in temperature can cause this light to falsely alarm but low tire pressure can too.
Cold temperatures can cause tire pressure to decrease, triggering the "Check Air Pressure" light to turn on. When you start driving the tire pressure heats up and builds pressure back up, causing the light to turn off. This is also an indicator the tire pressure is low.
To be safe most gas stations have an air pump with a built in gauge you can check, and fill your tires with if necessary. Or you can buy a simple gauge to keep in your crate of car essentials.
Check this little sticker on your driver's side door which tells you what the pressure should be in each tire. PSI stands for "Pounds per Square Inch."
The gauge to check the pressure is attached to the hose you use to fill the tire with air.
Like I said this part is free. You don't have to put coins in the machine just to check the pressure.
You only have to pay if you want air.
As soon as you connect the hose to the tire this little gauge will pop out showing what the tire pressure is. You then reference the handy sticker inside your door to see if your tires have the correct amount of air. Don't forget to check your spare tire as well. You wouldn't want to get a flat only to replace it with another flat tire!
If you absolutely don't want to check your own tire pressure Discount Tire will check your pressure for free (with no appointment). You can also get your tires rotated for free, just ask!
WINDSHIELD WIPER FLUID
We've all been there - the first snow comes you're running late to work and you don't have wiper fluid. You can barely see but you somehow make it in one piece.
Don't let this happen to you.
Pop your hood like a boss and drop some washer fluid under this little blue cap. They made it easy on us and added a little picture so we know right where to put the washer fluid.
No excuses, jumper cables are a must have.
Even if you don't know how to use them you may need a jump and there's no guarantee even if someone stops to help you that they'll have cables. Don't worry this has NEVER happened to me.
Ok, there may have been one time when I left my lights on, my battery died and I needed a jump. Someone was kind enough to offer assistance and neither of us had jumper cables. Yep, true story.
Giving your car a jump is a lot easier than it may seem. They've made it easy for us and you simply have to match colors. Red goes with red and black goes with black. Start by connecting the jumper cables to the dead battery first. Flip up the little red cap and clamp the red jumper cable to the metal. That's it, you just need metal touching metal post. The black cable goes on the other metal post - the negative which usually has the minus (-) symbol next to it.
The bottom line, unfortunately car repairs and mishaps are inevitable.
However, by being a little prepared you can hopefully decrease stress and prevent a hitch hiking incident. Not to mention you will feel like a true boss lady when you can put air in your own tires!
Get it girl.