Warmer spring weather in Paducah means it’s a great time to break out your bucket and shammy and polish up your ride. These tips for washing your car this spring will make sure that you’re sparkling when all is sud and done.
It’s a good idea to use products made specifically for washing cars when you get down to it. Cleaning products made for your kitchen or bathroom can damage your car’s paint or protective wax coating. Use a natural sponge or a mitt made of lamb’s wool to protect the surface.
Getting the Gunk Off
While you want to use a gentle cleaner on your car overall, you will need something stronger to remove the deposits you’ve picked up over the winter. A bug and tar remover will get rid of grease, rubber marks, and road tar easily. Use a soft cloth to protect your sponge.
Wheels and Tires
You should also use a different sponge or cloth to clean the wheels and tires. They pick up all kinds of debris from the road, such as small bits of gravel, which can scratch paint. You can use a product formulated for cleaning your type of wheels, but a mild soap will work, too. Check the label on the product or in your car’s owner’s manual for information.
Rinse the car thoroughly before you begin to wash it and again when you are finished. Rinse the soap off from top to bottom, and then dry the vehicle with a chamois or some old, soft towels.
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We’ve all been there: a mysterious, pungent odor is in your car and refusing to leave. Nothing ruins an otherwise great driving experience more than a bad smell, especially if you’re headed out of Paducah on a long road trip. If you want to ensure that your car is always as fresh and clean as possible, follow these simple and helpful tips on how to remove common car smells.
The first thing you should do when you smell a bad odor is to find the source. Look under seats, in pockets, and even in the glove compartment for anything that could be stinking up your vehicle. Once you find the cause, you’ll have a better idea of how to address it. If it’s food that’s been left behind, for example, you may only need to roll the windows down and air out the cabin for a while.
Smells from under the hood
It’s important to remember that bad smells can be an indicator of larger problems with a vehicle. If you smell oil or the sweet, almost syrup-like smell of antifreeze, it could mean that you have a leak that needs to be addressed immediately. Any smells that seem to emanate from beneath the hood should demand your immediate attention and the diagnosis of a professional.
How to Clean
In a lot of cases, vacuuming is the surest way to defeat unwanted odors. Take the occasion of a warm day to vacuum your upholstery and carpet thoroughly and you’ll likely find yourself dealing with less of a stink. If you have a more pronounced smell that comes from something like vomit, you can use a solution that’s one part water and one part vinegar. Soak the solution into the affected areas and then get it out with a wet-dry vac.
If all else fails, you can also consider leaving a bag of charcoal or cat litter under your seat or on the floorboards. These substances soak up odors with ease.
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The only things touching the road every time you drive are your tires, so proper and proactive tire maintenance should be near the top of any car owner’s list. Checking your tires on a frequent and consistent basis will help keep them as healthy as possible, and following these tire maintenance tips will help better safeguard you from unwanted flats and blowouts.
The surest way to keep your tires lasting longer is to make sure they’re properly inflated. Take your tire gauge out once every couple of weeks or so and make sure your tires are all at the manufacturer’s recommended PSI levels. When the temperature fluctuates during winter and summer, you’ll want to check more regularly as these conditions can lead to sudden leaps and losses.
Keep an eye on the rubber
In many cases, just looking at your tires can tell you the story of how well they’re doing. When you do your occasional vehicle walkaround, take a gander at all four tires for signs of wear like bumps and cracking. You’ll also want to keep an eye on tread depth and, if the tread appears lower, perform the penny test to see if you’re in need of a replacement.
Regularly rotating your tires will ensure that all tires wear equally, helping extend their lives as long as possible. You’ll want to rotate your tires in the intervals recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual, but as a general rule, you should have a rotation done every six months or 6,000-8,000 miles.
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As you’re making up your list of resolutions for 2020, consider adding one — or all — of these tips for being a better driver in the New Year. The following goals can help you be a better, safer driver and help ensure miles and miles of confident, safe driving in the year (and years) ahead.
Speed limits are not chosen arbitrarily. These numbers are based on things like curves, hills, construction, and potential pedestrians. By honoring the speed limits in the new year, you’ll reduce your chances of losing control of your vehicle or getting into a collision.
Use a Turn Signal
Turn signals exist so that you can give other drivers an idea of your next maneuver, allowing them to anticipate your action and react accordingly. If you don’t use your turn signal, your fellow drivers will not be able to guess your moves, which could lead to a miscalculation on their part, and potentially an accident. Resolve to always use your turn signal in 2020 and the years that follow.
Don’t Text and Drive
One of the most important resolutions all drivers can make this year is to put the phone down. Too many people think that they are different, that they can multitask safely. But texting and driving is always dangerous, no matter the person and no matter the situation. Keep your phone put away in the trunk, if you must, and do whatever it takes to end any habit of texting and driving in the new year.
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During the holiday season, many of us spend time gathering with friends and family for delicious holiday feasts. If you’ve been invited to bring a side dish or two to an upcoming dinner or get-together, be sure to use these tips for traveling with food to keep your food fresh and safe.
The unfriendly microorganisms that are responsible for food poisoning are just as possible at temperatures as low as 40 F as they are during warm summer days. Protect your cold dishes from this possibility by packing them into coolers or other insulated containers with plenty of ice packs.
Perhaps the surest way to travel with a dish meant to be served hot is to travel with it cold. Prepare your casseroles, your sweet potatoes, and your other warm side dishes the day before. If they require a long baking time, go ahead and bake them ahead of time as well, then let them cool completely. Pack these dishes in tightly with ice packs and bake or reheat them at your destination so that you can serve them warm and delicious.
If your drive is a bit shorter, or if you’re worried about oven space, you can also go ahead and bake your hot dish right before you leave, then pack it in an insulated carrier.
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As winter approaches and the days get shorter, it’s more important than any other time of year to have clean headlights that shine a bright, clear beam. If your headlights are duller than usual, try out these tips for how to clean foggy headlights.
The easiest DIY headlight cleaning method is toothpaste. Toothpaste is gritty and contains cleaning agents, so it easily wipes off the grime that’s developed on your headlight cover. Wipe the light down with soap and water first, then apply a small amount of toothpaste and wipe with a cloth.
You can also use glass cleaner and car polish. Tape off the area around your headlight to avoid damaging the paint job, then spray the headlight with glass cleaner and wipe it down. Then use another cloth to apply automotive polish, which buffs the surface of the headlight to remove oxidization.
Headlight restoration kit
If you’d prefer to use something designed for cleaning headlights to get the best finish possible, you can buy a headlight restoration kit. This will usually include sandpaper, polish, and a protective coating, so it may keep your headlights from oxidizing again longer than the other methods. Just make sure you follow the instructions on the kit to the letter, or it can do more harm than good.
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For many people, one of the best things about fall is football season. Nothing can beat the excitement of cheering on your favorite teams and players while enjoying some delicious food. If you plan to do any tailgating in Kentucky, here are a few tips to help.
An important part of a good tailgate party is having a good parking spot. Pack early, like the night before, and leave early, so you can get a prime spot.
Keep Things Cold
To make the ice in your cooler last longer, put beverages in the refrigerator to get them cold first. You can also freeze water bottles. They work the same as loose ice and then melt to become a refreshing drink at the end of the day.
Check for Tickets
Before you leave the house, make sure you have your tickets. Check again before you start walking to the stadium.
Make a List
If you tailgate frequently, or would like to, keep a list of items you need to bring. Update it as you get more experienced.
Stay Powered Up
Make sure you have a charging cable for your phone. Consider brining a portable battery pack to charge your phone so you don’t drain your car’s battery. Also make sure you have jumper cables in the trunk.
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With the promise of warm weather in spring and summer come the inevitable rain showers. Driving in wet road conditions can be dangerous with nearly 1.2 million crashes every year attributed to slick roads. With the right tips in mind for driving safely in the rain, you can help ensure you don’t become part of that statistic.
Before You Drive
Make sure your windshield wipers are properly functioning. If they leave streaks or don’t clear the windshield in one swipe, it’s time to replace the blades.
Your tire tread is a huge part of keeping your car on the road. Check the tread on all your tires to make sure they can displace the water on the road. If they have worn down, start shopping for new.
No matter your destination, in the rain it’s best to take your time getting there. Wet roads reduce the tires’ grip, and harsh storms reduce visibility. Keep your distance from the vehicle in front of you and slow down.
During the rain, a driver needs to pay full attention to the road. Avoid using cruise control during storms as it can increase the chance of an accident. Not using the cruise control allows you to concentrate on driving and allow faster reaction time to loss of traction.
If you do begin to hydroplane, don’t panic. Continue to steer, gently, in the direction you want the car to go. Avoid sudden turns or hard braking as you will lose even more control.
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There’s a lot of maintenance on your car that would be better off left to a professional. But there are plenty of areas that you can work yourself with relative ease. Changing out the windshield wipers is a quick DIY that provides a better driving experience.
But when it comes time to buy new wipers, have you noticed that you have to buy two different sizes? To maximize the surface area covered by the windshield wipers, automakers designed the blades to sit in an off-center position on the hood.
Older cars had centralized wipers that left a lot of the bottom and edges of the windshield untouched. With the newer design, when the driver’s side wiper swipes across, it stops at a 90 degree angle. More of the surface area gets cleared with this setup than if both blades sat centrally. But with these angles, one blade needs to be shorter to be able to fit the off-center position.
Depending on the vehicle you drive, the driver’s side could be longer than the passenger’s and vice versa. To figure out which blades to get when buying new, consult the owner’s manual. If the manual is not available, getting assistance from a car parts store or local dealership will help you find the correct size.
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Aggressive driving is an all too common behavior behind the wheel, but it is also very dangerous, as it can easily lead to accidents on the road. In fact, according to the AAA Foundation, more than half of crashes from 2003 to 2007 involved an aggressive driver.
So how can you avoid aggressive driving? Remain calm behind the wheel. Try not to let other drivers’ actions upset you. Focus on your breathing, play music that relaxes you, and remember that actions like speeding maybe shave seconds off your arrival time, but not much more.
Aggressive driving usually rears its ugly head in the form of tailgating drivers ahead of you, cutting off drivers during quick lane changes, weaving in and out of highway traffic, and failing to use signals. Aggressive driving turns to road rage when you use hand gestures to signal your dislike of another driver’s actions or when you attempt to speed past drivers, brake check them, or run them off the road in anger.
To ensure that you don’t become an aggressive driver, always remember to use turn signals, give space for others to merge, keep a safe following distance from traffic ahead of you, and obey traffic laws, especially speed limits. If you witness aggressive driving from other drivers or feel threatened due to someone’s road rage, call 911.
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