4 Pitfalls of Relying Only on Google for your Car Repair Help

By mdhoffman posted on 1/30/18

Are you searching for information about how to fix a specific problem with your car? Here are some reasons you may not want to rely only on internet searches for your information and why DIY repairs still need an knowledgeable expert to help guide you.

I know, I know…you’re probably wondering why I’m down on Google.

But I’m not and I’ll tell you why in just a second…but first let’s talk about how we use Google. I mean it’s my first stop for literally finding out anything I need to know.

It’s a really important part of my process. Especially when I’m trying to get a handle on the problem in general and find out a rough idea of what the options might be.

And there I hit on a HUGE point. In GENERAL Google’s responses are very general because it can’t know me and my situation.

It doesn’t know that my car has always had this weird thing with the steering or whatever nuance your car has.

It’s a starting spot and sometimes you’ll get lucky and be able to do the repair or find out the exact info that you need to know to fix your car with little time, energy, and lots of confidence.

But other times you need to go farther.

Here are 4 of the pitfalls of relying only on Google

Lots of Information

Woah, have you looked at the internet recently?

Anybody and everybody seems to have a blog and you can post and do whatever.

And that leads to a ton of information to sift through. There are articles upon articles covering every topic and it can be hard to sort through all that info to find what you need.

Time Consuming

Having lots of info to sort through means it can be incredibly time consuming. The problem that you are having with your car may seem like something everyone has dealt with but….

when you get into those forums and realize they aren’t talking about your problem specifically it can lead to a lot of reading to find the answers you are looking for.

Even more so when you are doing it yourself because you want to make sure that you’ve got the right information and there isn’t an easier alternative than what is described.

Many Sources are not Quality

You always have to spend at least a little time determining if this information is quality and isn’t going to end up costing you more money in the end.

I’ve got an example of this although it’s not repair specific it illustrates the point exactly.

My friend was telling me about this comedian he was watching, this was a deadpan comedian. And he was describing to the viewer how to drive a stick shift. But his instructions were not how you drive it but how you tear up your clutch.

He delivered it as an authority and seemed like he knew what he was talking about. And if you didn’t know better you could immediately be on the search for a new clutch for your manual if you didn’t know he was joking.

This is true of car repair help you come across. People may not be experts just because they put the information on.

Sometimes your car has the same problem as described but more than likely its different or your car is different

Every year they come out with new models of each car which means there are small differences between the years and coming up with information online of your exactly make, model, trim of car is going to be even more difficult.

Think about this for a second.

We had a car one time with a sun roof. Well one day it wouldn’t work anymore.

We searched for WEEKS looking for information on what might be wrong. We kept coming up short because our controls were not even close to the controls that the forums were talking about. This made it incredibly difficult to figure out what was wrong from just the internet alone.

Come to find out our sunroof was aftermarket. Which made it different than any other car of it’s kind.

So you may find info but it may not be the “right” info for your situation.

So what can you do?

Well being aware of the the problems you will face when you start searching for car repair help is a great first step.

But you also need to make sure you take it further and consult with an expert on the info you find. Have you ever cooked a recipe and felt like there was an instruction missing? That if you didn’t understand the basics of cooking that the recipe would turn out differently?

That’s what it feels like when you are armed with only the basic information from Google. You may be missing a crucial step in the process and potentially not even find out about it until later when you need to get an even bigger repair.

Gather up your info and talk to an expert before taking on any DIY repair. You’ll be glad you did!


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How to care for your car’s AC, yes even in the winter!

By Dane posted on 1/2/18

car care | winter care | car maintenance | ac | air conditioning | healthy family | air quality It’s cold outside… so why would you want to run your AC in the winter??

We will get to that in just a second but first I want to talk to you about your AC in a more general way.

Running your AC is good for keeping your system moving.

It’s got parts and fluid that are meant to move not just sit still for 6 months of the year. So giving your AC a good 10 minutes to move the fluid and parts around each week is a good way to keep everything operating all year long.

It keeps it from getting yucky

…want to know what I mean? Read on!

Another thing that you may not think about is that while that fluid is sitting there bacteria can start to form. Have you ever turned your AC on and smelled an odd odor? Yup, that’s the bacteria your now blowing around.

Gross… and not good for you or your kids when you do kick it on when the weather gets hot.

It doesn’t take long to run the system and you can keep the setting on the hot side.

These are some great reasons to run your car’s AC all year long.

But why worry about it in the winter time even though it is freezing outside?

For one, it helps reduce moisture from the air in your car. Think about your windows in the winter. They get foggy from all that extra moisture and the difference in temperature between outside and inside the car.

Running the AC helps remove that from the air.

And remember that bacteria we talked about a bit ago?

Bacteria LOVE moisture so running the AC helps keep everything dry and an inhospitable environment for bacteria to grow.

Use it or lose it

Using your car’s AC all year long will help you keep it running for longer. This next story I’m going to share with you isn’t about a car but it illustrates the point perfectly.

In college, I had this bike. I rode it off and on but then I didn’t end up needing it for a while and when I went back to it I started my ride only to have my tires be immediately flat…

Well, that was weird so I pumped them up only to find out both were no longer holding air. Because they sat in one position for a while the pressure of the bike on the inner tube of the tire started breaking the material down. And when I went for the first bike ride the pressure made it pop.

This is why keeping moving parts going is a good thing. You may think that by not using something it will last longer but sometimes that constant pressure in the same spot can cause more damage than using it and keeping it going.

Lesson learned now if I don’t ride my bike for a bit I rotate the bike tires weekly so they aren’t sitting in the same spot for an extended period of time.

Now it’s your turn!

Were you surprised to find out that you should be running your car’s AC in the winter? Let me know what you think in the comments!

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5 Awesome Car Infographics Every Driver Needs to See

By mdhoffman posted on 12/26/17

When it comes to driving…there are a lot of things going on.

There are also a lot of things that can go wrong. That you need to be aware of. And things that you can repair yourself.

This week we are bringing to you 5 Car Infographics that you need to see these cover a range of topics like seasonal car care, DIY car repairs, and tire safety.

While there are a ton of great articles and car related cheatsheets out there we wanted to bring you a few really great ones in this round up.

So let’s dive in…

For the DIYers of the community here are some places that you can get stared!

infographic via carcluster.com

 

That smell that makes you think you are crazy could mean your car needs repairs!

infographic via rawhide.org

Tire care for a safe family


infographic via fix.com

Next time you go to buy a car review this cheatsheet to make sure you aren’t stuck with a lemon

infographic via thelemonlawattnrneys.com

Car care isn’t just to be done right before road trips…here are some great tips to take care of your car all year long!

infographic via kandmautoservice.com

And a bonus car cheatsheet!

Even if you are a busy working or stay at home mom here are some quick car care tips for you from us at Car Savvy Society

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Here at the Car Savvy Society we believe getting to know your car is the first step in empowering your life around your car, getting the best service at each repair, and keep your car running as long as possible! 

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4 Ways to Care for Your Tires This Winter

By Dane posted on 12/19/17

Did you know there were things you could do to actively care for your car? This is especially important during winter when icy slick roads make additional safety hazards for getting your family around town. Check out these 4 ways you can take care your car and it's tires this winter.

Tired of talking about your tires?

WE AREN’T!

And we want to share with you some ways in which you can care for your tires this winter and make sure that you get the most life and the best safety out of them all season long.

I’m betting there are a few of these thing you never even realized you could do to care for your tires.

You probably thought tire care mostly revolved around having your husband take your car in and have the tires replaced when they were flat or bald. But there are quite a few different things you can do all year long to care for your tires.

Although in this article we are going to go over 4 things you can do during winter.

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Slow down

You think I’m joking here?

I’m not. Slowing down can help you not only avoid getting into accidents when the weather is dicey but it can also help your tires out.

If you slow down a bit while you are driving you can have time to avoid the pesky pot holes that pop up and become monsters during the winter time. Sometimes cars are going so fast that they don’t see it in time to avoid it.

Hitting deep and sharply edged pot holes can cause bubbles to form in between the layers of rubber around your tire. They may not go flat today but you’ve most likely started forming a bubble which could burst at any time or even damaged the actual wheel.

Having damaged wheels can cause vibration and instability while you are driving.

This gets exponentially worse during the winter with ice and snow building up on the road.

Check the pressure

It’s always a good idea to keep an eye on your tire pressure pretty much all year long. But what is so special about winter?

Well here is a little physics lesson for you, colder air doesn’t take up as much space in your tires as warmer air does. This can cause your tires to be under inflated from the get go and they have the potential to loose up to 1psi a month on top of that.

These under inflated tires get more pressure in the wrong places and can wear out more quickly.

Always consult the tire and your manual for proper inflation levels and keep a Tire Pressure Gauge handy so that you can quickly check the tires even when it is cold out.

Inspect the tread wear pattern

You may have already checked the tire tread depth but did you also know you need to look at how the tread is wearing?

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I think this is a topic that isn’t necessary talk about to women with how their car handles but it is very important.

Your tread can wear in a number of ways that indicate other problems and can potentially save you $$ when you keep your eye on it.

If you notice anything outside of even wear across the tire, it’s time to take it in and have it looked at. Or snap a picture and share it with our experts in the Car Savvy Society app. They can help give you advice on your tire wear and what options you are looking at for each issue.

Here are a couple things to look for when it comes to tire wear patterns.

  • Are both sides of the tire wearing evenly?
    Are there patches of smooth worn tire?
    Is the tread worn only down the center?
    Or is it worn only down the outsides?

These all indicate different tire problems and possibly suspension problems.

Read the manual

I feel like a broken record. But it’s true.

The best place to start getting to know your car is the manual.

Read through it’s specification on your tires and tire car. Follow it’s advice on maintenance regarding rotation and alignment to properly care for your car’s tires and suspension.

And lastly

Before you take your car for any long road trip this holiday season be sure to visually inspect your tires. Getting to where you are going and finding a flat or getting stuck between here and there are going to make for stressful holiday travel. Make a little time before heading out to care for your tires this winter.

I promise it will be worth it!

Now it’s your turn!

What tire care questions do you have? Drop them in the comments and we will be happy to help!

 

Did you know there were things you could do to actively care for your car? This is especially important during winter when icy slick roads make additional safety hazards for getting your family around town. Check out these 4 ways you can take care your car and it's tires this winter.
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Holiday Road trip with kids? Read this first!

By Dane posted on 12/12/17

With the holidays looming it's time to start thinking about how to improve your holiday road trip with kids. You want to make sure that not just them but you also have a great experience. Read our list of things that you can do to prepare for and have the best road trip with your kids! It’s that time of the year!!

Holiday road trips are coming!!!

And if you have kids you may not be as excited to spend HOURS in the car trying to get to different holiday events especially if you are traveling a long distance to spend time with family.

You love your family dearly, but sometimes the little ones make the process of getting there a little crazy. You can’t just avoid the holiday road trip with kids no matter how much you would like to. Sometimes you just have to do it.

So what can you do to make it better road trip with kids for both you and the kids?

Recently I spoke to my friend Janneke of Leaf and Parlor to see what she was doing to prepare for her 8 hour Christmas road trip with her toddler.

And here is what she has to say…

Your biggest concern?

Saftey and comfort.

Car seat safety is a huge factor. I want to make sure she still fits and it is still going to be functional for this trip.

I also try to have my car looked at by a professional before the trip. Especially if it has been a while since it’s been in and inspected.

Comfort wise, I just try to make the trip as nice as possible for her. I get special snacks, I increase the number of breaks we take, make it a calming environment.

They are stuck in a car seat for a long time and they’re not always the most comfy for long trips.

Are you driving straight through or planning to break it up?

We do it all at once – rip the bandaid off so to speak but if you can make a longer lunch or dinner break where everyone can run around and get some energy out that’s also really good.

What was the number one lesson you learned during your first road trip?

Plan to have all your plans fall apart.

What was the number one lesson you learned during your first road trip? Plan to have all your plans fall apart. Click To Tweet

But seriously.

You can have the best planned trip and kids will always be kids. Sometimes you get lucky and they’ll sleep the entire time or play with all the toys and be happy and then other times they are fed up, cranky and will cry for 8 hours. Flexibility is key.

How are you preparing for this upcoming road trip?

I’m going to the dollar store and getting some new toys. Things like actual toys or crayons to put into a busy bag that keeps them as active as possible while sitting.

I personally like sensory type stuff like ribbons, etc. these are helpful with distraction.

Oh and plan on bringing lots of snacks. Plus drive through the night if your kid sleeps in the car.

What is your #1 tip for new parents in keeping their sanity on the trip?

if you end up shoving the iPad and Netflix in their face for 8 hours because that’s the only thing that keeps them from turning into a hellion then so be it.

Chances are they don’t usually watch tv all that often so for your sanity, just give in and let them that one time. It won’t kill anyone.

Traveling with kids is HARD. Unpredictable and an emotional rollercoaster.

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And because of that we know that you also have to take care of yourself…

What do you do as parents to destress during and after the trip?

After we get there we to go to bed early to catch up on sleep or watch some tv and just relax. We also try to make sure we leave the house as tidy as possible so even if the trip is a complete mess, we at least come home to a clean home.

That helps a TON.

During, we just try to remain calm. We also diffuse some relaxing and calming oils on the trip to help us all.

 Now it’s your turn!

What is your #1 tip for traveling will little ones during the holiday season?

With the holidays looming it's time to start thinking about how to improve your holiday road trip with kids. You want to make sure that not just them but you also have a great experience. Read our list of things that you can do to prepare for and have the best road trip with your kids!
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Get To Know Your Car: Where to Find Information

By mdhoffman posted on 12/5/17

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Ladies!! Getting to know about your car isn’t just a man thing.

Women can understand the inner workings of their car…and I’d like to think that they should know about it as well.

It helps in all sorts of situations from being able to complete minor DIY repairs and maintenance to knowing when there is a serious problem and needs an expert to help.

It also helps women when they go into the shop understand the repairs and keep on top of the mechanics by knowing the basics of what they are saying.

One thing you can do to empower yourself is to start educating yourself but where can you learn about your car?

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Local

There are a lot of places locally you can get information to learn about your car. Let’s look at some of those options.

Library

Your local library probably has a lot of car manuals and how to books detailing the basic concepts to advanced resources for getting to know the inner workings of your car.

They also have access to online databases with even more information.

And may even hold educational programs surrounding car education.

Auto Shop

It may seem like an odd place to get information about your car but you can ask questions at the auto shop.

You can make a special trip over to ask questions or your can ask follow up questions when you go in for maintenance or repairs and keep asking clarifying questions.

Dealer

The dealer is also another place to get great information.

They know your car make and model in great detail. They will also be able to direct you to more resources to learn more about your car.

Workshops

I’ve been noticing a change online.

I’ve seen several women in the automotive industry promoting workshops with the explicit goal of teaching women about their cars.

I find this wonderful and I can’t wait till one comes to this area.

Online

As always the online world has A LOT of information and you have to be careful about the legitimacy of the resource but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t some great info out there.

Blogs

Do a Google search for your make and model and start reading the articles that talk about your car. Review more general blogs too like How Stuff Works and look for engineering.

There are a lot of great resources out there that can get you started on understanding how your car works.

Youtube

Do you like learning from videos? There are quite a few Youtube channels out there that are ready to show and guide you through the process of learning about your car.

The Car Savvy Society Experts

And don’t forget the experts at the Car Savvy Society! We are here to help you learn about your car and guide you to making the best decisions when it comes to repairs & maintenance at the shop.

Not only do we help you get to know your make and model we personalize our advice to you and your car. Even though makes and models are the same there are a lot of little differences that pop up over the course of time driving it and using it.

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Pros of Starting a Long-term Relationship with Your Mechanic

By mdhoffman posted on 11/28/17

Get the most from your car and develop a long-term relationship with your mechanic. Over the long run this loyalty with save you time, money and headache during auto repairs.

We all want a friend to be at our side especially when dealing with auto repairs.

How would it feel if that trusted friend was your mechanic?

Pretty great right?

That is exactly what building a long-term relationship with your mechanic means.

Having a trusted friend who also happens to be an expert help guide you through the process of maintaining and repairing your particular vehicle.

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Pros of building a long-term relationship with your auto technician

They know your car and its history

One of the big things, at least for me, is that when I go to the same mechanic again and again not only do they get to know me they also know the history of my car.

They know what it has been through. They know my driving patterns. And this allows them to recommend personalized services, repairs, or maintenance that keep my car running as great as it can for as long as it can.

And it’s a bonus that I don’t have to remember or recite my car’s history every time I take it in.

Better communication

This is kind of how it is for every relationship right?

The more you get to know someone the better communication gets as you get to understand each other better. This opens the door for a deeper understanding of your repairs because you are more comfortable asking the questions on your mind.

It can be really intimidating going into a new shop to get a car repair and having a burning question but feeling like you just can’t ask or it will make you look gullible. I get that.

That’s why having a good communication and history with a mechanic is important it takes that intimidation away.

Deep level of trust

After going to a specific mechanic over time you get to know each other and know that they are providing you with the best advice they can based on your particular situation.

I don’t know if it feels like this for you but I know to me it seems like cars are as unique as people. Each one has it’s own personality quirks and issues.

And when you’ve got your mechanic who knows your car inside and out you can trust that they are going to give you solid advice and respect your relationship.

Greater confidence in the service

And through all the pros this one is one of the coolest.

By gaining insight, opening communication & developing trust you with your mechanic you are able to feel a greater confidence in the service you are receiving.

You know that they are going to take good care of you and not try to pull a fast one.

You know that when you drive off the lot they have given your car the care and attention it deserves.

And that they stand by their service.

Another key feature of building a long-term relationship?

They become referable

Getting to know your service repair shop helps you also have confidence when recommending them to your friends and family.

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Don’t forget that they are people to they just happen to run a business. And the best complement you can give them is to refer them. This becomes easier after you’ve had some experience with the shop and technician and feel confident that you are recommending your friend or family member to receive the excellent service you receive from the shop.

Now it’s your turn!

What is your number 1 question about building a long-term relationship with your mechanic? Let us know your questions in the comments!


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Fall Car Care for Busy Women [ Checklist ]

By Dane posted on 11/21/17

Think you need a lot of time to care for you car?

Think again!

Just because you don’t have a lot of time to spend on car care, it doesn’t mean there aren’t things that you can to take care of your car this fall in just a few minutes.

Fall car care is just as important as winter and summer car care. And just a little auto care can go a long way to helping your car run well all the way to spring.

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So what can you do to care for your car in about 5 minutes for each task?

Fall Car Care for Busy Women

Wash the inside of your cars windows

Winter is coming and that means you’ll probably have to really start adjusting the temperature in the car.

You may think about washing the outside of your windows because of all the junk and rain that gets splashed on it during normal driving. But you probably haven’t considered how much gunk has built up over the course of a year.

It happens and it could leave a film that you don’t notice until your windshield starts getting frosty. Then you see it and the gunk showing up.

Take a few and clean up the inside of the windows.

Check the tire tread depth

This is a good time to evaluate the safety of your tires.

Spend a few minutes inspecting the depth of the tread and determining if they are able to make it through the winter or if you need to plan for replacing them before the snow gets here.

Now is a good time to do it.

Check you battery

Is it 3 years old? Cold weather can do a number on your battery and cause it to loose charge over time. The older it is the more likely you’ll wake up to find a dead batter on the first really cold day.

So take it in and have the battery checked. Spending 5 minutes stopping by a local auto parts store and getting it checked out now could save you plenty of cold weather time waiting for a jump.

Check the hoses

Your heater and defroster are going to be pretty important for your safety very soon.

Not only are they important for comfort but also important for safety.

So you want to take a look at the hoses and make sure they aren’t cracked or bulging. Get any replaced that look less than their best to make sure that they function well all winter.

Pin this Fall Car Care Infographic!

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It’s time to plan your fall foliage drive

By mdhoffman posted on 11/14/17

fall driving | fall foliage drive | car | car trip | road trip | fall road trip | road trip activities | have fun in the fallIt’s fall!

The most gorgeous time of year for a drive.

With all the fall colors who could think of a better way to spend a day or two or just an afternoon?

With all the fall colors who could think of a better way to spend a day or two or just an afternoon? Click To Tweet

If you want to hit the road to enjoy the colors now is the time to plan your foliage drive before the weather gets too nasty and all the leaves are done and gone.

Our goal is gorgeous colors not sad leafless trees right?

Anyway here are some things you can do to plan an amazing fall foliage drive and enjoy the fall colors before they are gone!

Consider time

Do you have enough time to plan a weekend getaway or do you just have an afternoon?

Once you know how much time you have you’ll be able to plan out your route and if you can participate in any activities during the trip.

Pay attention to road hazards

We often think about road hazards as it relates to winter driving, with ice & snow being the main culprits.

But the fall has them too.

Consider all those leaves you are going to look at. When they fall they may end up on the road covering up a pot hole.

Keep your eyes open for people enjoying the relatively warm weather and walking along side the road or kids playing near the road.

Don’t forget your camera

If you are using your phone camera this probably isn’t a big deal but in case don’t forget to take a camera and plan out some pictures.

Just be careful of where you stop your car and get out.

Always be safe.

Search pinterest for road trip ideas near and far

Depending on how much time you have to spend on your fall foliage road trip you may want to look for route ideas that are either near or far to you.

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Hit up Pinterest and search for fall foliage road trips. They have great ideas for every state and even longer trips that take you through multiple states.

Activities

Plan out your activities especially for the kids who may not be as patient driving around in a car looking for leaves.

You can do leaf rubbings, plan a nature hike at a state park, pack a picnic lunch, make fall appropriate snacks together before the trip.

Think about starting conversations on conservation and the preservation of our natural habitats. Talk about what animals need to do to prepare for winter.

You can even listen to a podcast like the Stuff You Missed in History Class on the National Parks like the Yosemite Episode, Teddy Roosevelt Episode, or James Hutchings.

Now it’s Your Turn!

Let us know if you are planning on going on a fall foliage drive and what activities you are going to do along the way!

 

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5 Unexpected Parking Tips You Need to Know

By Dane posted on 11/7/17

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You are probably thinking…

This person is crazy. I’ve been “parking” my car for the exact same amount of time I’ve been driving.

How on earth are there parking tips that I wouldn’t expect… but you’d be wrong.

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I bet you there is at least one thing on this list that you didn’t think about!

Go ahead take a look!

5 unexpected parking tips

1. Don’t put your car in park then engage the parking brake.

Why?

Because when you do it in this order your car put extra stress on the transmission holding it in place rather than your parking break.

When you set the parking break first you’re allowing your car to come to rest against the parking brake cable rather than against the transmission.

I know it’s habit but it will help your transmission last longer.

2. Give yourself some space to avoid dings from other car doors while your car is parked.

You probably think about this one. But maybe you don’t enforce it all the time.

You are in a hurry or the parking lot is already crowded.

But if you want to avoid dings make sure that you spread out a little or at the very least try to find a spot with people who are not riding the lines.

Although you can’t do anything about the people that come after those so it’s better to be safe and park a little ways away from everyone.

This also helps when you are trying to wrangle your children. If you are a little bit away from other cars you also don’t have to worry about them slamming the door into the next car over.

3. Try to avoid parking under a tree…

I know it sounds nice especially when the sun is beating down but some bird droppings are acidic enough to permanently damage your paint.

Now, also try to avoid parking in direct sunlight. The sun is powerful and it can also damage your paint.

The best plan if possible is to find some open shade.

I’m asking a lot I know. But these things are important to caring for your car I promise.

4. Pin your parking location on Google Maps or Apple Maps.

This is especially important if you are on of those chronic sufferers of “I forgot where my car is.”

This way you never have to remember where you parked your car or in either the local grocery story parking lot or when you are wondering around a downtown area.

Yes I’ve seen it happen. A group of girls stopped on the corner of our downtown desperately trying to remember what was “near” their car when they parked.

They had been walking around on the bike path for hours and could have ended up on the other side of the city from their car easily.

Just pin it and save yourself some headaches.

5. Since we are going into winter park facing east whenever you can.

I know you think I’m crazy for sure.

But…

Since the sun rises in the morning this will help defrost your car so you limit the amount of time you are scraping ice.

Sounds nice right? Especially if you don’t have a remote starter or can’t leave your car running where you park it.

This will be your saving grace when you’ve got the kids bundled up and they are ready to go but your window is covered in ice. If only you had parked facing East, by the time you made it to your car either most or all of the ice would be gone.

Now it’s your turn!

Do you have a parking tip to share with us? Something that makes your crazy hectic mom life easier? Share with us in the comments!

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