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Archives for June 2013

Do You Still Wax Your Car?

car waxWith automated car washes, applying wax (manually) to your vehicle has become a thing of the past for most people. However, for those who still enjoy an afternoon outside and don’t mind the elbow grease it requires, it’s hard to beat a good old fashion wash and wax.

Washing and waxing your vehicle on a regular basis helps to maintain the paint job and keep things looking new. Never use dish soap or household cleaners on the paint of your car. Only use specifically designed soap to wash your car, and be sure to give it plenty of time to dry before beginning the waxing process. Find a spot out of the sun before working on waxing, and find a cold beverage to enjoy too!

Wondering what brands and choices you have? Here’s a review on some of the car wax brands.

Do you have a favorite brand of wax, or application technique?

Prolong the Life of Your Tires

Prolong the Life of Your TiresWhen you invest in a new set of tires, you want them to last as long as possible.

Here is a list of some things you can do to prolong the life of your tires:

  1. Keep them properly inflated. Over or under inflating will cause them to wear unevenly and prematurely.
  2. Protect them from the elements when possible. Store your vehicle in dry conditions out of the sun.
  3. Take care with storing spare and winter tires when they are not in use.
  4. Avoid potholes; although not entirely realistic at times, the more you can avoid potholes the better. Potholes do damage inside the tire, where you often don’t see it.
  5. Avoid sliding into curbs or running into curbs or items at odd angles; you can damage both the rims and tires, not to mention the alignment.
  6. Have your vehicle alignment checked regularly.
  7. Rotate your tires on a a regular basis.
  8. Avoid excessive breaking.
  9. Take care when driving through recent construction areas, parks, or grassy areas when you can’t see what you’ll drive over.
  10. Fix or replace a bad tire immediately, so the other tires don’t have unnecessary/uneven wear.
  11. Pay attention to noises and “whines” that aren’t “normal”.

Do you have a tip you’d add to this list? Please share it below.

Learner Permits: A Rite of Passage

Learner PermitsIf it’s been a while since you took your Minnesota driver’s test, you may not be aware of the requirements for today’s teens. While the feelings of anxiety, mixed with excitement may not be too hard to conjure up, parents may be surprised to find out that a few things have changed.

According to the MN DMV website, students must be at least 15 years old and have completed 30 hours of driver education classroom instruction in order to qualify for an instruction permit. Once they have their learners permit, some additional rules now apply. Cell phone use while driving is not allowed, although I think we can all agree this isn’t a good scenario anyway. There are also restrictions about nighttime driving, passengers, and more.

In addition to teaching laws and regulations, we want to encourage you to teach your teen about proper vehicle maintenance and how to pay attention when something isn’t quite right. Keeping the oil changed, how to check oil level, checking tire pressure and tread, rotating tires, and regular tune-ups are all important.