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Ok, so you haven’t washed your car since disco was king. But you get your oil changed, replace old parts, and keep it running like new. So what’s the big deal? It’s just dirt right?

 

Well, a filthy car can be more than just smelly. It might actually be damaging your ride…and your wallet!

Dirt Can Hurt

 

One way or the other, your car’s going to get dirty. So what happens if you don’t wash it off (besides kids writing “Wash Me” on it)?

 

Dirt build up can act like sandpaper, wearing down and weakening the paint.

Dirt can mix with rain and other pollutants, etching paint right off.

Other things, like sap and bird droppings will ruin your paint even faster.

 

Why is Paint so Important?

 

The color of your car is a big deal. It might define your personality (lime green? Must be a

More… https://www.farmers.com/inner-circle/car-safety/consequences-of-not-cleaning-your-car/

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For the majority of travelers, heading home for the holidays involves hitting the road. That translates to crowded highways. Winter storms, too, can make holiday driving challenging as can fellow drivers who may have overindulged in the spiked egg nog at the season office party.

 

So if you’re planning on taking a road trip for the upcoming holidays, follow these smart tips from experts.

 

Coddle your car

“Every few months, and especially before a long trip, it is necessary to check your car’s fluid levels,” says Chip Wade, a safety expert for Liberty Mutual Insurance. “Coolant, brake, automatic transmission, oil, power steering, and windshield washer fluids are the biggies. Even if it’s not quite time to refill, it’s better to be safe than sorry.”

 

More… http://www.frommers.com/trip-ideas/road-trip/holiday-road-trips-101-staying-safe-on-the-highways-and-byways

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-Avoid driving while you’re fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks.

-Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.

-Make certain your tires are properly inflated.

-Never mix radial tires with other tire types.

-Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.

-If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather.

-Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand).

-Always look and steer where you want to go.

 

More… http://exchange.aaa.com/safety/driving-advice/winter-driving-tips/

 

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Winter is just around the corner. For many drivers, that also means the challenges of winter car ownership are just around the corner, too, like salted streets, icy roads, freezing temperatures and heavy snow. How can you make sure your car is well cared for during the difficult winter months? We’ve listed eight simple car care tips that can go a long way toward making sure your car stays in great shape all winter long.

Lighting

One major hazard with winter driving is that the sun sets earlier in the day, which means there’s less daylight, especially on your commute home. As a result, you’ll want to do everything you possibly can to make sure all of your vehicle’s lights are in excellent shape, providing the brightest possible illumination they can. If a bulb is out, fix it before winter starts, and if there’s snow covering any exterior light, make sure you remove it before setting off to drive anywhere. If your headlights are foggy or yellow, consider replacing them or look into an easy restoration kit.

Battery

It’s often more difficult for a battery to operate in cold weather than it is for a battery to operate in warm weather.
More…https://www.autotrader.com/car-shopping/8-simple-winter-car-care-tips-246739