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Tuesday, December 08 2020
Winter Gadgets You Need In Your Car In Case of Emergency

Having your car break down in the winter is both more inconvenient and more dangerous. If you aren’t prepared, you’ll at best shiver for a while. At worst, you could get frostbite or hypothermia.

Obviously, you should have nonperishable foods, bottled water, and spare sets of warm winter clothes. However, there are some specific gadgets you should have with you as well. Here are a few.

First Aid Kit

You should have a first aid kit in your car’s trunk no matter the season. It’ll come in handy if you ever get in an accident or hurt yourself working on your car on the side of the road.

Jumper Cables

Plenty of drivers have jumper cables with them, but you don’t want to take that chance. Keep a set of jumper cables stored in your car, and know where to attach them and how to jump your car should you ever need to.

Don’t worry: jumper cables aren’t too expensive. It’s better to buy them and be prepared than to have your car towed, anyway.

LED Flashlight and Extra Batteries

Any emergency kit should contain a flashlight and a few spare batteries. These are helpful in locating things in your car, seeing under your car or looking around under the hood, and they offer general visibility if it’s dark out.

The flashlight can even be used to signal to other vehicles that can help in case your phone dies or gets lost.

One flashlight is sufficient, but have two if you can to be extra safe.

Alternatively, you can use a hand crank flashlight if you don’t want to carry batteries.

Phone Charger

If your car breaks down or you get stuck, your phone is quite valuable, as it lets you call someone for help. 

But only if it has battery life left. 

When it gets cold out, the battery may not have as much capacity. Thus, it’s vital to have a spare phone charger or two in your car.

A Fix-A-Flat

If you ever get a flat tire on the road, you’ll want to have a fix-a-flat on hand to get yourself back up and driving. It’s much easier than changing a tire.

That said, fix-a-flats are temporary. They’re only meant to last several miles so you can reach a tire shop and get a new tire.

Keep in mind that fix-a-flats need to stay warm before use. Consider keeping it in your cabin, rather than in the trunk.

One gadget that’s helpful to have outside of emergencies is a remote starter on your vehicle. A remote starter lets you turn on your car ahead of time — allowing you to defrost your windshield and windows, warm up your engines, and get your cabin to a comfortable temperature.

If you’d like a remote started on your car so you can enjoy the luxury of starting your car without being in it, come down to Car Pretty. We’re happy to help!

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Tuesday, December 08 2020
How to Prepare Your Car For the Winter

Temperatures are dropping and the snow’s coming down. You might be bundling up accordingly, but is your car prepared for winter as well? Failing to prepare your car for the winter season can make driving dangerous.

Make sure you follow these steps to winterize your car.

1. Check Your Tire Pressure and Tread

When the air gets cold, tire pressure drops. Insufficient tire pressure can be perilous on winter roads. Check your tire pressure and fill each one up to the proper amount stated in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.

Additionally, make sure you check your tire treads and rotate your tires regularly. To check your treads, stick a penny into the tread with Lincoln’s head facing you. If you can see Lincoln’s entire head, your tires need replacing.

2. Change Your Antifreeze and Oil

You should be checking and changing your oil regularly regardless of the season. Make sure to knock that out as soon as possible if you haven’t recently.

However, antifreeze becomes important in the winter as well. It prevents your engine from becoming too cold to do its job (and also prevents radiator water from boiling over in hot temperatures, fun fact).

Make sure you change out your antifreeze.

3. Check Your Battery

Automobile battery capacity decreases when temperatures drop. The last thing you want is for your battery to die while you’re out in the cold. Bring your vehicle to a professional and have them take a look at all your battery’s cables and fluids.

4. Pack an Emergency Kit

Bad things can happen no matter how prepared you are for the winter. If you end up stranded in the cold, it’s vital to have an emergency kit packed in your car. Make sure your kit has the following in it:

  • Winter gloves, mittens, hats, socks, and blankets
  • Hand warmers (optional, but recommended)
  • Ice scraper and snow brush
  • Flashlight (hand-cranked or battery-powered with spare batteries)
  • Bottled water
  • Warning triangles
  • Jumper cables
  • Bag of sand or kitty litter for traction (if you get stuck)

5. Get a Remote Starter

Few things feel worse than scraping your windshield in the freezing cold, then getting into a frigid car with an icy steering wheel. It’s uncomfortable, but it also means you have to be out the door a few minutes earlier to get to your destination on time.

Not with a remote starter. Just push the button 5-10 minutes before you leave, and your car will welcome you with a cozy interior and clear windshields.

It’s not just for your convenience, though, but for the health of your engine and transmission. Sure, modern cars may not need to idle for several minutes. However, you still need to take it easy on braking and accelerating for the first few minutes of driving. If you start your car ahead of time and let it warm up, you won’t need to wait as long.

Get yourself a remote starter from Car Pretty today to make frozen windshields and painfully-cold steering wheels a thing of the past.

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Tuesday, December 01 2020
The Benefits of Using Protective Covers/Film to Protect Your Headlights

Maintaining a vehicle is a lot of work, especially since there are so many moving parts.

One piece of particular importance is the headlights. These help you see ahead of your vehicle in less than ideal lighting conditions. Plus, you can use them to communicate information with other drivers — such as their brights are on.

Consequently, you want to protect these vital components of your vehicle — and that’s what headlight covers and protective films are for. Here are some benefits of using either one.

Safety

The most obvious benefit of putting covers or film on your headlights is safety. If your headlights are damaged, driving at night becomes much more dangerous. By putting covers on, you can reduce the chances of your headlights being damaged from any rocks or sticks your car kicks up.

Film can help defend against knicks and scratches, too — not to mention all the bugs that come out in the summer.

The sun also poses a threat to your safety on the road — at least when it comes to headlights. Over time, the sun’s rays can cause your headlights to become hazy and yellow, reducing your visibility on the road.

Both headlight covers and films keep these rays from causing this discoloration.

The one downside to films, however, is that you have to replace them once you take them off. Still, the safety benefits here outweigh the costs.

Aesthetic Improvement

Once again, that hazy, yellow color is not a very appealing look. Protecting your headlights with covers or film keeps your headlights looking sparkly clean and new.

Value Improvement

The less damage to your car, the more it’ll be worth if you ever decide to sell it or trade it in for another car. In this case, you could better preserve your car by placing headlight covers or protective film over the headlights.

Cost-Effective

Buying headlight covers is a wise investment. It can spare you a large repair bill should you need a replacement headlight in the future.

On top of that, headlight covers are much easier to install than a brand new headlight. Having headlight covers on hand at all times will save you both money and stress.

Maintenance

Maintaining both protective covers and film is easy. If you have covers, you’ll need to wipe them down occasionally with a damp microfiber cloth — and avoid soap or chemicals. These will leave behind residue.

It’s the same story with film. However, if you don’t drive much or you’re predominantly on city streets, then you’ll need to wipe the film down even less.

Come on into Car Pretty if you need headlight protection in Philadelphia. We offer protective films and covers in a variety of colors and styles to add some distinction to your vehicle while keeping your headlights safe. Contact us today if you’re interested!

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