Keep your Car Wipers Working in the Rain!

Since the monsoons are on the brink of arrival, it becomes even more important for you to ensure that your vehicle is in good shape to overcome all possible hindrances that may arise like slippery roads, visibility issues, dirty interiors etc. One part that seems to play second fiddle always in terms of importance is your pair of car wipers which play a huge role in giving you good sight during rains. You definitely do not want to be blind in the middle of a busy road with a torrential downpour!

Ideally, your wiper blades must be replaced at least once in every six months or as soon as you happen to notice a difference in your driving visibility. If your wiper blades no longer make proper contact with your windshield surface, they may begin to squeak, chatter or streak thereby also reducing your driving visibility, which could be precarious in rains. So what do you check for or how do you know there is a problem with your wipers?

Car Wiper Maintenance Tips
Car Wiper Maintenance Tips

THINGS TO INSPECT ON WIPERS:

  • Any Metal Corrosion especially at all joints and claws

  • Any visible cracks, tears, and missing pieces in your rubber squeegee’s edge

  • Check for a broken frame or detachment of frame arms at the joints or the connection points

  • Check that the squeegee is secure in your wiper frame

  • Check the squeegee wiping edge for any rounded edges which can prevent the wiper blade from making firm contact with the windshield and reducing the wiping quality

  • Flex the rubber squeegee back and forth to see if it is still flexible enough. Aged squeegee parts will have some difficulty conforming to the shape of your windshield and therefore create streaks

  • You could tug the wipers lightly to ensure that the wiper blade has been securely installed on your wiper arm.

Having learnt this, we present to you some of the most common issues your wipers face:

MOST COMMON CAR WIPERS PROBLEMS

Wearing: This occurs with an extensive use and when your rubber edges are rounded instead of being squared.

Splitting: This is caused when the sun’s UV rays penetrate the rubber squeegee. This causes it to breakdown and then separates from the frame.

Streaking: This occurs when the rubber squeegee dries, then harden and cracks. This could also be caused by some tree sap, road tar and other possible foreign substances collected on either the glass or the blade.

Skipping:  This occurs when your blade develops a curvature due to lack of use. For example, if your car is left in the parked position for an extended length of time.

And now, we would like to present to our guide which contains the best tips to maintain your wipers from all issues:

SIMPLE TIPS TO KEEPING CAR WIPERS MAINTAINED

  1. The first tip is to clean your windshield every time you go to fill your gas tank

  2. You could gently wipe the rubber squeegee of your wiper with a piece of damp paper towel to remove any loose dirt or grease

  3. Remember to never use your windshield wipers to try to de-ice your windshield. You could instead either use an ice scraper or probably use your defroster to melt the frost

  4. Check the wiper area for any leaks in the washer fluid tank and tubes

  5. Check for any clogged spray nozzles

  6. Regularly replace your wiper blades

  7. It would be wise to treat your windshield with some water repellent

  8. Check your washer fluid pump for any issues. 

Bottom line is that visibility is an undeniable fundamental to safe driving. Even though most drivers depend on their vehicles’ wiper blades to clear away the rain and sleet, many drivers wait to replace them until they need them the most. But you can’t afford to slip up. So remember to maintain your car wiper blades regularly. This can maximise your visibility, efficiency and reliability and also remember to insert your wiper blades into your weekly maintenance program!

We hope this write-up helped in assisting you. We wish you happy journeys!

Car Theft | How to Protect your Car from Theft

Sick of getting afraid each time you leave the car? Want to make your ride less attractive to car thieves? Remember that the quicker a car thief steals your vehicle, the more attractive it has proved to be. Anything you can do to slow down professional car thieves or joy-riders or make them consider twice before acting will make your vehicle a less appealing target. Thus, we present to you certain very simple tips that will definitely help you protect from car theft

Car Theft | How to Protect your Car from Theft
Car Theft | How to Protect your Car from Theft

TIPS TO PROTECT CAR THEFT:

[1] When you park somewhere, never leave your keys in the car as that is like handing out an invitation to car thieves. Also remember to close all the windows and the sunroof, if any firmly

[2] It is the most foolish thing to leave your car running and unattended under any circumstances. Always try to avoid that

[3] Avoid leaving any valuables inside your vehicle where passersby can see them and tempt

[4] Keep your vehicle locked at all times, even from the inside while driving

[5] Never leave your vehicle title in your car. It often happens that a car thief is pulled over and gets away with the crime from the police because he or she can produce the auto registration papers. If multiple drivers should use the vehicle, our best suggestion would be to hide the registration papers in a secret location in the car that only the owner would know

[6] It is a universal fact that thieves prefer to work in the dark. So be particularly cautious at night about where you head and where you park your car. If possible, park it in a well-lit area

[7] Always be aware of your surroundings, especially in all garages, parking lots and gas stations as these are key target areas for pickers

[8] It is best to know where you’re headed. Avoid any known high crime areas even if the alternate route were to take longer

[9] We advise installing an anti-theft action system in your vehicle if it doesn’t have one as thieves are reluctant to steal any vehicle if they know the car can be recovered quickly

[10] A tactical move would be to have your car’s vehicle identification number (VIN) etched on each of your windows. All car thieves want to get off the heist cheap without wanting to go to the expense of replacing all the glass

[11] When on an incline, leave your car in gear with the wheels turned toward the kerb or another obstruction as this makes it harder for thieves to tow away your vehicleFinally for our best tip, if confronted by a carjacker, please do not resist. This is because cars can be replaced but you can’t. Always remember that.

[12] Finally for our best tip, if confronted by a carjacker, please do not resist. This is because cars can be replaced but you can’t. Always remember that

While you may be enlightened on what to do to avoid theft, you must also be aware of who these thieves are and how they operate:

ABOUT THE CAR PICKERS

  • Mostly, professional pickers commit the majority of auto thefts as they have the know-how

  • These professionals always prefer high-performance cars and the lesser exotic ones that are usually more popular models and whose parts are inevitably interchangeable

  • These pickers then usually turn the cars they steal over to some contacted split shops which then dismantle the cars and sell the parts to bidders

  • These pickers also steal cars for exporting to other countries, often fulfilling certain steal for order requests for most types of vehicles.

Post this guide, we would like to take you through some of the systems that you can install to keep away pickers:

KINDS OF ANTI-THEFT SYSTEMS

[1] A theft mechanism that locks onto your steering wheel can be a visible sign that you’ve taken steps to protect your vehicle

[2] You could use an ignition cut-off system that would prevent your car from being started in certain circumstances

[3] Some modern cars also come with passive alarms that get activated automatically when the key is removed from the ignition slot

[4] Another sophisticated system emits a warning signal that can be tracked by the police of your city

To finish off, we also want to alert you that most carjackers bump your car from the rear with their cars and then pick yours up when you get out for checking the damage. That is why we advise that when you stop at any road light; always leave some room to manoeuvre around the vehicle in front if you need to. Should another car bump into yours and you feel threatened, just drive to a populated area or call the police for assistance. With this, we sign off hoping we have all learnt how to avert car theft & any black markers for our cars. We wish you a happy week!

Good Driving Habits To Save Fuel

Spending all your hundreds in fuel every week? That can be exasperating, especially with today’s cost of living! But don’t worry, we know how it feels. We also know however that these fuel problems of yours occur only because you may not be taking care of some basic driving habits that will ensure you do not need to spend too much and save fuel. This is where we can help you in our little way to cut down your fuel expenses by giving you those habits and some simple tips that can be followed easily:

Good Driving Habits To Save Fuel
Good Driving Habits To Save Fuel

11 TIPS TO SAVE FUEL

  1. Sensible driving is suggested

Aggressive driving always wastes gas. It can most of the times lower your gas mileage by almost 30% at highway speeds and by around 5% around town. Moreover, sensible driving is also going to prove safer for you and your passengers, so you may save more than just your fuel money!

Certain driver feedback devices could also help you drive more efficiently. Some recent studies suggest that they could help an average driver improve their fuel economy and that those using them to save fuel can improve gas mileage by good margins.

  1. Avoid speeding at all

Speeding is another major factor for fuel usage. While each car reaches its optimal fuel economy at different speeds or range of speeds, gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds of above 50 mph.

So each increased speed range above can cause extra cost per unit or speed number, thereby doubling your expenses. Needless to say, maintaining the speed limit is also safer for everybody.

  1. Avoid Cargo on your car ceiling

Hauling any cargo on your roof increases the aerodynamic drag or wind resistance of your car and significantly lowers the fuel economy.

A large, blunt roof-top cargo box, for example, can reduce fuel economy by around 10% in city driving. Also, rear-mount cargo boxes or trays can reduce fuel economy by much lesser- around only 2% in city driving but which is also low in fuel save.

If you ever need to use an external cargo container, removing it when it’s not going to be in use will definitely save fuel and money.

  1. Remove all excess weight

It is recommended to avoid keeping any unnecessary items in your vehicle, especially the heavy ones. An extra few kilos in your vehicle could reduce your efficiency by about 1%. The reduction is based on the percentage of extra weight which is relative to the vehicle’s weight and that affects smaller vehicles more than the larger ones.

  1. No Excessive Idling

Idling could use a quarter to a half gallon of fuel ever hour, depending on your engine size and your air conditioner (AC) use. So it is better to turn off your engine when your vehicle is parked or at long signals. Remember that it only takes about 10 seconds worth of your fuel to restart your vehicle.

  1. Make use of cruise control

A very useful feature, cruise control can be used on the highway to help you maintain a constant speed and angle. This will in turn tremendously avoid any deviations and thereby save gas, reducing your expenses.

  1. Hard Pedaling to be avoided

Don’t be a stamp driver. Putting the “pedal to the metal force” will waste gas immensely because the harder you will accelerate, the more fuel will get wasted. So, press the accelerator pedal gently. A good rule for optimal fuel-efficient driving is to take five seconds to accelerate your vehicle up to say 15 miles per hour from the stop point. For a manual transmission, you better use a moderate throttle position and shift it between 2000 and 2500 rpm.

  1. Keep your car steady.

Dips in your speed combined with spurts and jerks of acceleration could increase your fuel use by up to 20 percent easily. So keep your ride at an even angle and in constant and stable manoeuvres.

  1. Always be alert

Keep your vehicle’s momentum stable by planning all your manoeuvres ahead of time. Always pay attention to the road ahead and anticipate the movements of the pedestrians and other drivers, while keeping a safe distance from the car in front of yours. This will definitely save you gas and keep you safe as well on the road.

  1. Brake gently and smoothly

Avoid sudden slamming on the brakes. Sometimes, it may be that to avoid an accident, you have no choice. But in any regular driving situations, coasting towards a stop sign or red light would help you conserve fuel and save money. It does not prove only to be a fuel-efficient driving habit but is also easier on your tires and brakes, which helps you save money on even maintenance and repair costs.

  1. Take care of your tires

Aside from exercising all these above-given fuel efficient driving techniques, another major contributor to fuel saving is keeping your tires properly inflated and cared for. Following your vehicle’s maintenance schedule and routine will also help you save money on gas.

Thus, these are some of the habits that you could train yourself to follow to ensure you cut down on your fuel budget big time! You do not want to be able to reach a restaurant and then not be able to pay for your food! So, with the hope that you found this article useful, we sign off with wishing you the best of rides and a happy saving week!

Car Battery Health Tips for Monsoon or Rainy Season

With the rainy season just on the cards, each of us would be particular to keep our vehicles in proper shape and form. And what is more important than the batteries that actually spur your car on? A proper planned maintenance of your batteries can really save you a lot of inconveniences. So join us in learning about some common question and some car battery health tips to keep your batteries up and running!

Car Battery Health Tips for Monsoon or Rainy Season
How to Maintain Car Battery Health in Rainy Season

The commonest of queries in a driver’s head during rains is this- Can I jump start my car during rains? And this is what we have to say about that:

Though jump starting your car in the rain would not be dangerous, jump starting a visibly frozen battery might lead to a potential explosion. Therefore, to ensure that the battery is not frozen, first remove the caps to inspect if there is any ice in the cells as jump starting a cracked or a leaking battery may also cause an explosion. Also, it is very dangerous to attach jumper cables to non-applicable or incompatible vehicles. Remember that connecting vehicles with a set of 6-volt and 12-volt batteries together may cause damage to your electrical systems.

As long as you ensure that the cables are properly insulated, there is no immediate danger, but exposing your battery to rain or any other forms of moisture could cause corrosion and will reduce the life of your battery. If you observe any bluish-white substance accumulating around the terminals of the battery following exposure to any moisture, it is very important to clean them thoroughly in order to avoid faulty connections.

5 QUICK STEPS TO JUMP START AND LIVEN UP YOUR BATTERY CHARGE:

  1. Attach the red jumper cables to the positive sides of your compatible batteries

  2. Attach one of the black cables to the negative terminal of your good battery and the other of the black cables to some unpainted metal in your car with the potentially dead battery

  3. Connect all the cables before starting your car with the good battery

  4. When jump starting all cars or doing any other work involving car batteries, it is very important to wear proper gloves and safety goggles in order to avoid injury from any possible explosions or any battery acid burns

  5. Remember, when batteries are frozen, cracked or even leaking, they must not be jump started but must be replaced. As much as possible, avoid touching any charge sensitive areas of the battery as that may be severely painful due to the moisture of the rains. Otherwise, you could use these steps to jump start perfectly!

The next question that we keep reiterating is how do I change my car battery should the rains force me to?

It’s a clear process, even in rains except that you may want to finish this part in your comfy dry garage, rather than on wet roads with a downpour! To change your car battery, you just have to loosen the nuts that secure the cables that go to the terminals, and then lift your battery out of your car to exchange it for a brand new one. Remember to wear gloves and safety glasses to protect from acid leaks.

Having learnt this, we also want to show you how to properly clean the batteries and its operating areas. During the rainy season, it may be an irony to notice that the downpour does the exterior washing part for you. But you are not so lucky with the interior parts that actually run the show. This you must do on your own, without the help of any rains, so as to not let any dust accumulate particularly in the batteries to ensure its smooth functioning:

15 STEPS TO CLEANING YOUR BATTERY:

[1] First, you have to mix a cleaning solution as a combination that is one part baking soda and other part water

[2] Then, use a hammer to hit on the terminal posts and cables to take off some of the sulphate deposits

[3] Thereafter, you must dip a paintbrush in the prepared cleaning solution, and brush it on the respective terminals to remove the rest of the remaining deposits

[4] Now, use a rag to wipe the terminals neat and clean

[5] Having done that, you can use some duct tape to seal any visible cracks in the battery where you see that acid might leak

[6] Now, use a wrench to loosen the particular nut that secures the terminal cable to the negative post, and firmly hold the head in place with a pair of pliers

[7] Then, disconnect the clamp once the nut is loose in order to remove the cable

[8] Thereafter, repeat the procedure to remove the positive terminal cable

[9] After removal, loosen the nut that secures the plate over your battery

[10] Now, grab hold of the handle or the sides of the battery and lift the battery out of the car and place onto the ground

[11] Use the paintbrush to remove any stray sulphate deposits from the cable clamps and your battery compartment

[12] Spray the ends of the terminal cables with adequate corrosion protection

[13] You can now place the brand new looking battery in your battery compartment and secure it firmly

[14] After this, clean the terminal posts and spray them with adequate corrosion protection, as done before

[15] Finally, connect the positive cable to the negative cable and then firmly secure the nuts. There and you are done with a full battery safety procedure!

Post this useful guide on how to clean your batteries, we have some very simple tips for you to follow for keeping your batteries safe from any harm so that the monsoon doesn’t catch them off guard! Here you go:

6 SIMPLE TIPS TO KEEP YOUR BATTERY SAFE:

[1] SECURE YOUR BATTERY

If your battery keeps jiggling around, it could tip over easily. A loose battery banging against other parts of your engine is bad. Any battery acid spilling all over your motor would also be bad so keep the battery tray clean and make sure your battery sits correctly in place

[2] PARK IN AN INSULATED GARAGE

A thoroughly insulated garage would keep your battery warm in even the winter and monsoon. So, try and skip all heated garages. They will definitely rust your car

[3] CLEAN YOUR BATTERY

Using our guide above, remove all the clamps and clean away any grease, dirt and oxidation to protect from any accumulation. Remember that a filthy battery connection will mostly weaken the charge

[4] INSULATE YOUR CAR BATTERY

Even if you don’t have an insulated garage, you could always insulate your battery. This is a cheap and convenient way to protect your battery

[5] USE DISTILLED WATER

If you’re going to be stretching the life of your conventional battery, you will have to add some distilled water to it, to compensate the same

[6] RECHARGE YOUR BATTERY WITH SOLAR

This is the age of the solar! You can easily purchase an inexpensive solar charger for your car battery. This charger would refill your battery’s charge with renewed solar energy. You could combine this device with a display monitor so you don’t end up overcharging your battery.

We sure hope this whole guide helps you in the best of ways to ensure you can get your batteries up and running in shape for your monsoon rides and otherwise too!

We wish you happy, safe riding! Remember to drive slow and cautiously on very rainy days and watch extra carefully for signals and crossings! With properly maintained batteries, you can safely drive around anywhere this happy week, which we wish for you! Good day!

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