Tips to Keep Winter Colds at Bay

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Improve Indoor Air Quality For a Healthier Home

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Keep Pests From Crashing Your Holidays

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Tips for Cold Weather Driving

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – The experts at the non-profit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) remind motorists that getting their vehicles serviced for cold-weather driving should be high on their list of things to do during autumn’s milder weather. Breakdowns in winter storms can be deadly.

“Pay particular attention to engine performance problems such as hard starts, rough idling, stalling, or diminished power,” notes Martin Lawson, ASE’s editorial director. “Cold weather will make existing problems worse.” Other tips from ASE:

* Read your owner’s manual, and follow the manufacturer’s recommended service schedules.

* Replace dirty filters such as air, fuel and PCV. Change the oil and oil filter as specified in your manual.

* The cooling system should be flushed and refilled as recommended. The level, condition and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. (Never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled.) A certified auto technician should check the tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps and hoses.

* The only accurate way to detect a weak battery is with professional equipment, but backyarders can perform routine care such as scraping corrosion from posts and cable connections. (Wear eye protection and rubber gloves.)

* Worn tires will be of little use in winter weather. Examine tires for remaining tread life, uneven wearing and cupping; check the sidewalls for cuts and nicks. Check tire pressure once a month. Let the tires “cool down” before checking the pressure. Rotate as recommended. Don’t forget your spare, and be sure the jack is in good condition.

* Put a bottle of fuel de-icer in your tank once a month to help keep moisture from freezing in the fuel line.

ASE was founded in 1972 to improve the quality of automotive service and repair through the voluntary testing and certification of automotive professionals. ASE-certified technicians wear blue and white ASE shoulder insignia and carry credentials listing their exact area(s) of certification, while their employers display the blue and white ASE sign. They can be found at all types of repair facilities from dealerships to independent garages and franchises. Visit www.ase.com for more information.

Keep Your Loved Ones Safe Behind the Wheel

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Be Mine. Kiss Me. I’m Yours. Sometimes short and sweet is the best way to send a message to your loved ones. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, Firestone Complete Auto Care suggests sharing the following messages with friends and family:

– Be Proactive. It is important to be proactive when it comes to your vehicle’s maintenance and personal safety. Make sure to have your vehicle serviced and oil changed per the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule. Also, be prepared for winter weather by storing the following in your vehicle: a properly inflated spare tire, ice scraper, flashlight, blanket, bottled water, snacks, any necessary medication and a cell phone with a car charger.

– Tire Pressure. Check your tire pressure weekly. As the temperature outside drops, the air inside a tire contracts, dropping the tire’s air pressure. A tire’s PSI (pound per square inch) can drop one pound for every 10-degree drop in temperature.

– Fill Up. In cold weather, it is helpful to keep the gas tank at least half full at all times. The additional gasoline will prevent moisture from freezing your fuel line and will add more weight to the vehicle, which will help increase traction on the road.

– Slow Down. Be prepared – stopping on wet roads can take up to four times the normal braking distance. Slow down in wet weather to improve traction.

– Buckle up. The seatbelt is the only thing that is holding you back in the event of an accident. Make sure your loved ones are protected by reminding them to fasten their safety belts.

Nothing says “true love” like ensuring your loved ones’ safety behind the wheel.

Trisha Hessinger is a former racecar driver and nationally recognized automotive-education specialist for Firestone Complete Auto Care.

Safer Driving in a Winter Wonderland

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – When the weather outside is frightful, it’s important that drivers make sure their vehicles are prepared for wintery weather conditions. Snow and ice can turn a normally safe road into a slippery hazard. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, 70 percent of the fatalities related to ice and snow occur in automobiles. Firestone Complete Auto Care recommends these vehicle maintenance and safe driving tips to help families stay safer on the road this winter holiday season:

– Although it’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride together, winter weather often magnifies existing vehicle problems. It’s important that drivers visit their automotive service providers to make sure their vehicles’ engines, batteries and cooling and exhaust systems are in tip-top shape before the winter months.

– If outside the snow is falling, drivers should check their tire pressure and tread depth. A tire may lose one pound per square inch (psi) for every 10 degree Fahrenheit temperature drop. Drivers should check their tire pressure weekly. If a driver lives in a snowy area, he or she may want to consider buying a set of dedicated winter tires. Winter tires are designed to improve a vehicle’s stability and handling in adverse driving conditions.

– When in the lane, snow is glistening, drivers should slow down to improve vehicle traction and be prepared for longer stopping distances. Abrupt braking, accelerating and turning can cause the driver to lose control of his or her vehicle. If a car or truck begins to skid, a driver should avoid slamming on the brakes; instead, he or she should gently take his or her foot off the accelerator and try to regain traction.

– If over the river and through the woods, a vehicle gets stuck in the snow, kitty litter, sand, an asphalt shingle or gravel placed under the tires can help regain traction. Drivers should not spin their tires. This could make the tires overheat and cause damage to them.

Driving in a winter wonderland can be dangerous, but reviewing simple vehicle-maintenance and safe-driving tips can help enhance a merry holiday season.

Check the Tread Before Dashing Through the Snow

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Winter weather means hot cocoa and snow angels for some and slippery, dangerous commutes for many.

Owning tires with enough tread is paramount to better traction on winter roads. Drivers should check their tires now, before bad weather hits. If they feel some level of decreased performance, or their tires have 4/32 of an inch or less tread left, consumers should consider tire replacement. In winter storm-prone areas, motorists can opt for true winter tires to combat ice and snow. In more temperate zones, motorists can use good all-season tires.

“When making the decision between purpose-built winter tires versus more versatile all-season tires, consumers need to consider what level of winter they might face,” said Bob Toth, general manager of auto tires at The Goodyear

Tire and Rubber Company. “Based on past experiences, do they feel their winter weather is moderate enough to choose an all-season tire, which offers the convenience of no seasonal tire changeovers, or will they face severe winter weather, in which case, a true winter tire would be better?”

Goodyear produces both winter and all-season tires. Its all-purpose TripleTred tires can be used throughout the year and feature “traction zones” designed for dry, wet and icy roads.

Aside from having the right tires, Toth offers additional advice for motorists facing slippery conditions:

– Slow down. If you can’t see as far as usual, or the roads are slippery, slow down. Always consider the posted speed limits, but understand that those limits indicate the maximum speed in good weather conditions.

– Plan ahead. When approaching a curve or an icy area, use the brakes safely. Apply the brakes on a straight section of the road before the curve.

– Be alert to other vehicles. Maintain a four-seconds distance between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. If someone else drives too close to your vehicle, slow down to let them pass. Do not speed up.

– Remember to use your lights. You should always turn your lights on when your windshield wipers are operating.

– Set a comfortable temperature inside the vehicle. Keep the windows free of frost, ice and snow.

– Avoid sudden braking and steering responses. Always signal early when turning or stopping, to alert approaching or following drivers.

– Avoid overconfident driving. Do not overestimate the vehicle’s capability because it has anti-lock brakes, four-wheel drive, traction control, winter tires or other safety devices. Do not allow good judgment and smart driving to be overtaken by a false sense of security.

For more helpful tips and information, including a convenient tire selector to help find the right tire for you, visit www.goodyeartires.com.