Affording Auto Repair

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Affording Auto Repair

I wish that I knew how to do my own auto repairs, but I’m just not mechanically inclined. I’ve tried to learn to do basic things, but so far it just hasn’t worked out for me. Since I can’t save money by doing my auto repairs myself, I try to save money as best I can by shopping around for the best deals in auto repair in my town. I’ve also learned that even if I can’t fix my own car problems, I can educate myself about them. You’d be surprised how many repair shops will try to charge you for unnecessary repairs. I’ve learned enough that I understand how to spot those unnecessary charges and avoid them, and I stick with the shops that I know aren’t trying to cheat me.

Waiting For A Tow In The Snow? Here Are Three Things You've Got To Do

When your car breaks down in the snow, calling for a tow truck is a logical thing to do. However, you are likely to have to wait a little longer than usual while the truck makes its way to where you are. Here are some things you need to remember while you wait.

Don't Keep the Car Running

If your car engine is still working properly, you might want to start it up so you can remain warm as you wait. However, because there is no way to gauge how long you'll be sitting and waiting, it is a smart idea to be judicious about the use of the engine and the fuel in your car. Rather than keeping the car running and using up the fuel, turn on the engine every so often when the car's cabin begins to cool down. Try to conserve as much fuel as possible so that you don't run out of heat before the tow truck gets there.

Stay Near the Car

At some point, you might want to leave the car to see if you can find warmer accommodations or to see if you can track down someone who can provide some assistance. However, in the snow this might not be a good idea. For one thing, you might not realize when the tow truck driver arrives on the scene.

Not only that, but as you wander in the snow it is possible that you could lose your bearings and as a result put yourself in a more serious predicament. Depending on how cold it is, you might put yourself at risk of frostbite or hypothermia. Therefore, always make the decision to stay near your car.

Make Sure Your Tailpipe isn't Blocked

While you're running your car's engine and staying in your car, you might feel pretty safe as you wait for the towing company. However, you need to be aware of one more thing: the tailpipe. Depending on how fast the snow is coming down, where your car is situated and how long you are waiting, there is a possibility that snow might build up and block the tailpipe of your car. If that happens, you might be putting yourself at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Therefore, before you start up your engine to warm up the car, head out to the back of your car to take a look at the tailpipe and ensure that it is clear.

Use the above tips to keep you safe and in good shape until the tow truck arrives. Ask your towing company {like Peninsula Towing} for more suggestions.