Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Cool Car Hacks

I love hacks that make life so much easier. I still look at some of them and think woah, why didn’t I think of that? Some of them are so obvious. I thought I would share some more fun car hacks with you.

Use a mason jar with wax melts in it for a car air freshener. Make sure you carefully poke holes in the lid. 

Use a cereal container lined with a plastic grocery bag as a trash can. This way you won’t have to worry about your trash spilling out when you turn or go around a roundabout. As someone who lives in a county filled with roundabouts, I highly appreciate this one. 

Clean your windshield wipers with a washcloth soaked in window cleaner to  keep the blades cleaner for longer. 

I recently just learned that you can buy seat warmers for your car. If you don’t have them built in, you can buy them separately. A great way to have toasty buns on a cold morning. 

Make your own car mats with cheap carpet from the bargain bin. This way you can protect your interior and when the car mats get too dirty, you can throw them out. 

Use pipe insulation in the areas between the seats so you stop losing things between your car seats. Do you even know how hard it is to retrieve anything from there? That would also eliminate those French fries that always seem to fall. 

Purchase a windshield cover to save time from scraping in the morning. Parking in the garage is not always an option for everyone. 

Use silicone cupcake holders in your cup holders to organize better or to keep spills contained. 

Use a small plastic tote and insert a muffin try inside it for an instant cup holder for multiple drinks. 

Buy kitty litter for retraction when it’s slippery. You can also use a sock full of litter to prevent the windshield from fogging up. 

Winter Driving Tips

Since it’s winter, I thought it would be a great idea to talk about winter car safety. You don’t want to be stranded in your car in the winter. A couple years ago, there was really bad weather here. There were 500 accidents in one day. People were stranded in their cars for hours and hours. The fire department had to rescue people on overpasses with ladders because they couldn’t walk on the overpasses.  It all happened when my mom was en route to visit. She ended up arriving safely. It can happen any time in the winter where you end up stuck somewhere. It’s so important to have a winter safety kit and know how to prevent yourself from getting frostbite. Here  are some things you need to have in case of an emergency:

A prepaid phone or cell phone 
Non perishable food
Extra chargers
Extra clothes in case yours get wet 
Gloves hats and scarves 
First aid kit 
Road maps
Tool kit 
Windshield scraper 
Jumper box 
Jumper cables 
A cloth to tie on your car antenna
Strike proof matches 
Tire chains
Paper towels 

Here’s what you do if you are stranded in your car:
Step one: Don’t panic and remain calm and collected. Do not get out of your vehicle. Don’t look for help. Call someone for help either the police or a loved one. Remember the police can get you out quicker. 

Step two: collect your emergency items from your trunk and make sure they are easily accessible.

Step three: tie the brightly colored cloth on your antenna so you are noticed. 

Step four: put on layers of clothes and blankets to stay warm. Make sure you cover your head because most of your body heat escapes from your head. Have hats or extra hats and hoods to stay warm. 

Step 5: try and assess the problem with your car and if you can easily fix it. 

Step 6: Run your car heater in 10 minute intervals. Make sure your exhaust pipe isn’t blocked or covered. Slightly open a window to let fresh air in. 

Step 7 all huddle up together for body heat. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Car Seat Safety

Now that we are firmly in winter, it’s important to talk about car seat safety for babies and kids. Some people may be new parents and not aware of what you should and shouldn’t do in the winter with car seats.  I know when I was a new mom, I didn’t know everything about it. Car seat safety is always important to know. 

Keep your child refacing as long as possible. Most car seats now will accommodate being rear facing. When Noah was a baby, you were supposed to turn your child around when they turned one. Now, it’s two or as long as your child is comfortable. 

Never place a child in a coat in their car seat. The coat will prevent the straps from fitting properly. Have blankets to keep the child warm in the car. Make sure to bring a coat to keep them warm when they are outside of the car. 

Always replace the car seat when it expires. Yes they do expire. Never buy a used car seat. It’s illegal to purchase a used seat in a thrift store. The reason for this is that you never know if the car seat has been in an accident. Not everyone is honest. 

If you are in an accident, regardless of physical damage to a car seat replace it. Better to be safe than sorry. 

Don’t leave baby car seats out in the really cold temperatures. If it’s easy to remove and reinstall bring it inside. 

Make sure you have the proper car seat for your child. There are certain weight limits for car seats. Trust me I know it’s a pain as a mom who had to buy three car seats for Noah before he was one years old. To be fair, one of them I just didn’t like. The third one was because he was a big baby and exceeded the weight limit around six months old. 

When throwing out an old car seat cut the straps so it doesn’t get used by anyone else. You can save expired or old seats and use them for trade in programs that some retailers have. You end up getting a discount on a new seat.