If you are an expecting parent or have recently become a parent, then you may have made quite a number of purchases to make your baby comfortable and safe. Safety is very important at home, in the car, and every time you travel or get outside the home.
A lot of parents tend to buy bigger cars, SUVs, or minivans. This helps them haul all the things that a baby needs. When the baby grows, bigger vehicles will also help them carry around other items that a young child needs–sports equipment, luggage for traveling, and other stuff.
But what if you just prefer to have a smaller car? Because they are more fuel-efficient, which in turn makes owning them less expensive over the long run.
The biggest consideration is really the size of the car seat you put into your car. A minivan may have as much room as 63 inches. But smaller compact cars like the Nissan Versa or Honda fit has less than 50 inches. The width of most infant or convertible car seats are between 18-23 inches. Making it fit would be a challenge, especially if you need to install it rear-facing!
Thankfully, there are several convertible car seats available in the market to fulfill your needs. These are car seats that you can position rear-facing–for when you have an infant–or forward-facing, when the infant becomes a toddler. Why buy one car seat for your infant, and another when they grow older? Not only do you save money, these convertible car seats are convenient, can fit into a smaller car, and can be used from infancy to toddler years.
Car smartphone mounts are definitely a must for drivers today. While traffic laws prohibit calling or texting while driving, most map and navigation apps are on smartphones. We don’t even need separate GPS devices now. Texting and calling isn’t much of a problem these days, too, if you have a voice assistant like Siri or Google Assistant in your phone.
But it is a pain if you just hold on to your phone while driving. Worse, if you set it down, you may be distracted from driving if you look down just to see the directions you need to follow.
This is why you should have a smartphone mount in your car. I’m actually surprised that most cars don’t have a nook or a niche for a smartphone in the dashboard yet. It should be included in their dashboard design now.
I have had my share of smartphone mounts over the years, most of them are the suction type. But they tend to last for only a short time. You have probably experienced the same problem, too. Which is why I am on the lookout for the best car smartphone mounts.
It is never too late to learn driving. In fact it is the most independent and convenient way to get around with ease. However, learning how to drive isn’t as easy and straightforward as one might think. Taking driving lessons and getting that much awaited license is the just the beginning of your life behind the wheel. You are sure to have been taught the basics by your instructor regarding your car and driving it. Well, sitting at the wheel and steering it by your self is a totally different ball game.
The foremost thing to follow while on road is safety – yours as well as others. Unfortunately though, according to statistics new and inexperienced drivers pose a very high risk of crashes and serious accidents. This is not to scare or discourage you from driving, just to make you aware of the perils you may face or pose while you are behind the wheel of your car. Now that you can legally drive it is imperative to follow a few pointers that will help you master the art of maneuvering your vehicle safely and confidently.
The best way to prevent car transmission problems is to take good care of your transmission. Manual transmissions are pretty rare in the USA these days. Most cars are now sold equipped with automatic transmission. Either way, you need to take good care of your transmission to ensure that your ride lasts for a long time. You don’t want to be stuck somewhere because your transmission conked out on you.
A transmission uses the power generated by your car’s engines to rotate the wheels and make the car move efficiently. Through its different gears, you can climb a hill or speed through the highway. Without a good transmission, your car won’t move at all!
Watch the video below to understand how automatic transmission works.
Here’s how to maintain your car’s transmission
Check your owner’s manual for the maintenance schedule for your transmission.
Don’t rely on what your dealership or mechanic tells you. You need to be active in ensuring that the transmission fluid is at the right level. Most car manufacturers recommend transmission fluids to be changed every 30,000 to 60,000 miles. It is easy to neglect this. But if you consult your manual, you should be able to schedule this type of maintenance without a glitch.
You also need to make sure that you are using the correct transmission fluid for your car. Consult your owner’s manual to check the right fluid. If you want to do things the DIY way, don’t let your transmission fluid go beyond the line that indicates the maximum amount of fluid.
Your car’s transmission fluid’s color should be bright red. If your car has a dipstick for your transmission fluid, check it out and wipe the dipstick on a light-colored or white piece of cloth. It should also smell a little bit sweet. If you are not the DIY-type, please consult a professional if you want to drain and replace your transmission fluid.