Why do I need to learn about cars I hear you ask? We have roadside assistance and we get it serviced – what else do we need to do? There are plenty of things to be aware of when driving a car, especially when you have the added stress of driving kids around to sport, friends and school, so strap yourself in for some fantastic facts. In true 17 Bright Ideas style Sue and Vicki have researched cars for mums and here are theirtop 17 Bright Ideas On What Every Mum Should Know About Her Car:
How to properly fit a child restraint or the phone number of someone who does – Every year there are numerous deaths and injuries as a result of children not wearing the appropriate child restraint. There are registered fitters of car seats who can supply you with a statement saying the seat has been installed correctly. Then all you need to do is have the child done up properly. Take the time to read the manual. Child restraints don’t have to be expensive, and there are plenty of great second hand options. Just make sure they meet Australian Standards and will fit in your car.
How to sell it for the best price and upgrade – You are doing the school run in your nice but starting to get slightly old sedan, that has a back seat full of sultanas and an odd smell that you can’t quite put your finger on. You notice the shiny black SUV of the mum down the road and you get that feeling….. I NEED a new car. Problem is the school and child care fees just came in and you are the washing machine is making a horrible clanging noise – cash is tight. You need to sell your car for the best price possible and upgrade to a better model without paying that new car price. Gumtrees used car section offers a great way to connect with buyers and sellers IN YOUR AREA and it’s so easy to use.
What the optimal tyre pressure is for your wheels – You can find this info in your manual and it can be different for the front and back wheels. You can use the tyre pressure gauge at a petrol station to check or pick up your own tyre pressure gauge for as little as $6.93.
Fuel treatments in between services help boost your cars performance – What lady doesn’t love a treatment! Well so does your car. A fuel treatment is simply added to your car where you would add petrol. Pour in a bottle and you should instantly feel your car running better.
Portable DVD player for long trips save your sanity – Vicki: “I was amazed at the options for portable DVDs. I spent hours looking for them before our last holiday to the Gold Coast. I should have just checked Gumtree. DVD players are the only way we could have driven from Sydney to The Gold Coast in one day with our 4 kids – totally worth the money.”
That you too can ‘Pimp Your Ride’ – Why should the boys have all the fun. Mums can Pimp their Ride with window tinting (dark so you look mysterious and if you dropping the kids to school while still in your pj’s), subwoofers (so you can feel like a teenager again) and roof racks (so you can take loads of clothes on holidays so you don’t need to wash).
What tools you have in the car – A Jack – to lift the car up in order to change a tyre, a screwdriver to unscrew stuff, a wrench to undo the bolts on the wheel when you change a tyre, a bottle of water in case your radiator overheats, jumper leads in case the battery dies, spare spark plugs and a medical kit. Don’t forget a pen and paper in case you have a prang.
What to do if you have an accident – LawAssist NSW has some excellent information about what to do in case of an accident. The following are the details you need to collect: the driver’s name, address and licence number, the driver’s phone number,the name, address and phone number of the person in whose name the car is registered (if not the driver),the car’s registration number, the make, model and colour of the car, the other car’s insurance policy details. You should not admit to the other driver that the accident was your fault as this may affect your claim or your insurance. If the other driver will not exchange their details with you, you should report the accident to the police within 24 hours. It is an offence to not exchange details. You must tell the police about an accident if -a person is killed or injured, the other driver doesn’t stop and/or give you their details, a vehicle involved has to be towed away. Also, take lots of photos, if you can. Where you are going – Make sure you have a sat nav that suits your needs. Do you like a 3D view or a 2D view, do you want extra features like live traffic updates and which has the best and clearest instructions for you. There are some great websites out there that have reviewed the latest and greatest.
How to clean a car seat – Sue: “My first tip – don’t let a 3 year old eat a whole bag of popcorn, washed down with a big bottle of water then put him in the car. My second tip – if you don’t follow tip one, warn his brother and sister sitting next to him that they may get vomited on. True story.” You can normally remove the padded part of the car seat and put in the washing machine. For the straps and buckle etc you need to wash very carefully as you don’t want to damage them. Avoid harsh chemicals. Spot cleaning with soap and water is best. Fabrese, Tea Tree Oil or Eucalyptus oil are great for removing the smell.
Where to get the kids good driving lessons – If you are a competent driver and have the patience of a saint teach them yourself. If not find a great instructor. Some care insurance include driving lessons for your kids as part of their policy so check that out.
How to do monthly maintenance – Simple monthly maintenance can save you big bucks and it’s not that hard. Check the fluid levels (oil, brake fluid, coolant, wiper fluid), check the tyres are inflated properly and condition of the tread and check that all lights are working.
Vehicle safety kits exist and are inexpensive – This is a very important thing to have if you break down. It can include a reflective safety vest and ropes and gloves. We found a great kit on Gumtree that comes from Officeworks for just $49.
That glass cleaner has more than one use – Often, plain water just won’t cut it on your windscreen so add a splash of glass cleaner to the water and your windows will be a lot cleaner. If you don’t like to add it to your car, keep a small diluted bottle in your car and spray it on when you need it.
Dashboard lights are telling you something – Don’t ignore them. If a light shows up on your dashboard, it means your car is trying to tell you something. If you don’t know what the symbol means, look it up in your manual and act accordingly. If you drive for days with a light on, you could be causing lots of damage.
Decide on the music before you start your trip – Vicki: “My kids love to chose the music these days and I get 101 different demands to change the song just on a trip to the supermarket.” The problem that this causes is that you can take your eyes off the road to change the song. Why not get the kids to put together their own playlist for the car that just runs through, that way you can focus on driving and they are happy.
Plastic bags are priceless – It’s always a great idea to keep some plastic bags handy in your car for all sorts of emergencies. Plastic bags can be used to collect rubbish from the kids back seats, putting in wet clothes after an impromptu beach trip and they are very handy when your youngest tells you, as you are entering the freeway that they ‘feel sick’. They will help you to maintain your cars cleanliness. When I was pregnant I kept sandwich bags in the glove box!
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