5 Things NOT to Do While Driving (Part 2)

In 5 Things NOT to Do While Driving (Part 2), I have started a list of NOT to do while you’re in your car. For this batch, I have including tips such as changing clothes, applying makeup, and many more. Read more about it below:

  1. No headsets, earphones, and anything to hinder your hearing.

  • You might think this is a no-brainer tip, but guess what? A lot of people drive with bluetooth-enabled earphones! Well, yeah, it is obvious, but many drivers multitask. Why not answer the phone using their earpiece while driving, right?
  • Some people may even argue that deaf people are fine even though they can’t hear anything. They aren’t distracted like you so they are safe! You could be liable for causing an accident because of your electronic devices. Besides, even though they are deaf, these people have a heightened sense of awareness.black samsung android smartphone turned on displaying facebook
  1. Don’t try to multitask.

  • Aside from technology, we put our safety at risk because of our aim to multitask. No, we don’t live in a fictional world where we can change our clothes, eat some snacks, and brush our teeth without causing an accident. All our actions have consequences, and we could endanger someone else’s life.
  • If you have an important meeting, then, wake up early. Set multiple alarms to ensure that you have the time to dress up and prepare for it. Do not do it while you are driving. Always keep your eyes on the road, and don’t let anything distract.
  1. Don’t drive with one hand or with your knees.

  • Full attention should be given to what is ahead of you. Both hands on the steering wheel, and focus on that. Don’t be lazy and improvise by using your knees. You are not allowed to do so unless you have a rare disability. If you are equipped with two hands, use them. Do not make up a lazy excuse because of this and that. Besides, if you accidentally broke you arm, you can install a steering wheel spinner knob to help you.
  1. Don’t try to apply makeup while you’re driving.

  • This is not the movies where the main lead can apply makeup and drive at the same time. Maybe you have tried this, and you applied mascara while your car is moving. Yes, you may be fine for now. How about the next? Will you still be lucky enough to avoid accidents?
  • Even when you say that there’s a traffic jam and the vehicles are not moving, this can still be grounds for distracted driving. Don’t risk your life over some beauty products. If you must doll up, stop by the nearest gas station and apply your essentials.
  1. Don’t drive when you’re sleepy.

  • At least 17% of road accidents are due to drowsy drivers. You might think that you just need large cup of coffee or a bottle of your favorite energy drink. Nope, these fixes won’t keep you awake. The moment the caffeine wears off, you will find yourself dozing off again. It’s better to rest and stay home. If you really need to travel, stop by a rest area and take a quick nap.

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5 Things NOT to Do While Driving (Part 1)

When you are learning how to drive, you are mostly told what to do. You are given just the driving basics and list of rules to follow. Fundamentally, you know what to do. However, no one tells you WHAT NOT TO DO! There are things that could end up reducing the lifespan of your car, and at the same time, endanger your life. So, let’s now discuss a list of NOT to do while you’re in your car.Crop carefree woman with legs sticking out of car window

  1. Feet off the dashboard please!

  • Do not put your feet on the dashboard because in case of any accident, this can block the airbags. Worse, your feet will slap your face once the airbags are triggered. This can seriously injure and give you broken bones so please don’t sit comfortably and rest your feet on the dashboard. Make sure that the dashboard is free of any clutter so that once the airbags are deployed, it can quickly protect you.
  1. No high heels necessary.

  • When driving, wearing high heels are not necessary. Plus, they are uncomfortable to wear when driving. If you wear one, you might not be able to exert enough force on the pedals. Also, your heels could get stuck on the floorboard.
  • In case of any emergency, it’s hard to quickly respond or easily shift pedals. It’s better to put your heels on the back seat of your car and just drive barefoot. Once you arrive at your destination, that’s when you change to your high heels.
  1. No driving with your pets.

  • As per the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study, 1/3 of the pet owners shared that their pet became a distraction while they were driving.
  • Moreover, if your pet is near you, this could bring about serious injuries during the airbag deployment. The airbag will send your pet out the window. Worse, both of you could get seriously injured.
  • If you really need to bring your pet, command your pet to stay on the back seat and put the seatbelt on.
  1. Don’t put your child on your lap while driving.

  • Please don’t do this because it will endanger both of your lives. Your child could steer your car to a different direction, and before you know it, you are on the opposite side and another car is about to trample you.
  • Another situation is that your child could poke your eye or cover your face. A slight distraction could keep your eyes off the road, and it could be the cause of a major accident.
  1. Don’t grab something on the backseat.

  • Keep your hands on the steering wheel. In case of any emergencies, you can steer your car away from any accident. If your hands are busy somewhere else, how can you avoid such accident? Perhaps, someone is crossing the road, and of course, you have to avoid hitting the person. How could you do it if you are busy grabbing for a snack?
  • If you really have to grab out of your reach, please ask the passenger with you to help you get some meds or some food. Do not move your hands away from the steering wheel even for just one second!

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5 Driving Emergencies and How to Handle Them

Accidents can happen any time, and no one can fully prepare for it. That’s why we all do our very best to be equipped with necessary knowledge in case we experience any driving emergencies on the road. Today, I will the different road emergencies and tips on how to handle them with ease.

1. Smashed Windshield

  • When traversing through poorly paved roads, stones and other debris can come flying your way. The good news is that the windshield can protect you, but the bad news is that it may crack. Worse, the windshield will shatter break into small pieces.
  • If something like this will happen to you, pull over. Get a blanket or any thick cloth to avoid tiny bits of shards falling your way. The goal is to push the windscreen out. You don’t want it reach your body especially your face. After you successfully pushed the windshield out, go to an auto repair shop immediately to get it fixed or replaced. If you have glasses, please wear them in case there are still leftover shards. In this kind of emergency, it is utmost important to protect your eyes.

2. Blown Tires

  • This can come as a shocking experience for many drivers because of a sudden loud noise. Out of nowhere, it may seem as if something exploded in front of you. It’s important for this situation for you to not panic. Be in control and steer your vehicle to safety ASAP!
  • Keep your hands on the steering wheel to carefully guide the car one side of the road. Once you have found a safe spot, then, you can replace the blasted tires with your spare. If you need roadside assistance, you may dial 911 for emergencies.

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3. Faulty Brake

  • Driving without brakes is extremely dangerous! That’s why it’s important to NOT ignore the indicator lights on your dashboard. It may seem that the brakes are okay, but the indicator lights could be telling you otherwise. Notice the light indicating a faulty brake, and attend to it immediately. Bring your car to the nearest auto shop.
  • In case your brakes stop working, use your headlights to warn other drivers. Start steering the car to a safe side and honk to let others know that this is an emergency. Do not swerve without warning unless it is necessary!

4. Defective Headlights

  • The headlights may weaken due to a powerless battery or faulty connection. Having defective headlights can be dangerous especially when you constantly drive at night. Other drivers may not see you, and this can endanger your life.
  • If you notice that the headlights are not working, drive with caution and switch on the hazard lights. To ask for help, call the roadside assistance hotline or ask other drivers if you see a car pass by.

5. Jammed Accelerator

  • If the accelerator is stuck and your car is moving at a quick speed, shift your car to neutral mode and use your brakes. Step on the brakes to safely control the speed, and bring your car to the side of the road. Remember, do not switch off your engine because this can cause the steering to lock. Once you are off the highway, that is when you turn off the ignition and call for immediate help.

Should I Repair Car Rust on My Own?

After talking about The Causes of Car Rust and The Common Car Rust Locations, you might ask yourself if it’s totally fine to do a rust and corrosion repair on your own. Today, I will discuss that concern plus I will share tips on preventing car rust.

Should I do a DIY rust repair?

Don’t immediately jump into the bandwagon, and handle the repair on your own. There are several factors to consider before you touch anything on your car. Here they are:

  • The coverage – Remember, when you decide to repair a surface rust, you will need at least 13 tools and materials. If you can’t handle dealing with 13 things (and possible more!), it is best to hand the task to a repair specialist.
  • Your budget – The repair fees vary depending on the extent of the damage. However, if you have the money, don’t have seconds thoughts, and bring it away to a reliable shop before the rust spreads.
  • Your skills – If you are not confident that you can do the job, it’s better to contact someone who can. Ask for help before you make any irreversible damage.
  • Time constraints – As mentioned in my previous post, you will need at least 13 tools. If you cannot immediately procure these items, you might as well ask help from an expert in doing rust and corrosion repairs.

Four tips to remember in order to prevent rust.

Well, if you are worried about car rust, there are things you can do to avoid such problems in the future.

  • Give it a quick rinse and dry it afterwards.
    • If it constantly rains in your area or you reside near the sea, always give your car a rinse. No special solution is needed, and using plain water is fine. This is just to make sure that no sand, salt, dirt, and other foreign elements are on the body. If these things stick to your car, it can eventually leading to rusting.
  • Apply some wax.
    • Adding an additional layer of wax above the paintwork can actually give your car that extra protection it needs. There’s even a wax injection gun to help you reach those stubborn areas.
  • Use a can of WD40.
    • Did you know that WD40 can help with rust and corrosion? For those who don’t know, WD actually means ‘water dispersant’. Applying this will aid in removing moisture moisture from the hinges.
  • Keep it dry at all times.
    • Parking your car indoors will shield it from dust and dirt. If you want to really keep it safe from rust, you better put a dehumidifier.

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Is this the end of my car?

Don’t panic because car rust won’t immediately spread. The first thing you need to do is to spot the early signs of corrosion.

Refer to The Common Car Rust Locations in order to know the common areas. Notice if you see any paint bubbles or surface rust so that you can repair it right away.

Should I buy a car with rust damage?

If you are buying a used car and you notice signs of rust, you should assess the following.

How bad is the damage?

Surface rust is something that’s easy to fix, but if it’s an obvious discoloring, you better think twice.

Can I get a discount?

After inspecting the damage, will you get a discount? Make sure you will NOT end up spending too much for the repair cost.

Am I okay with it?

At the end of the day, only you can answer this question. If it’s okay with you driving a visibly-damaged car, then, go ahead.

The Common Car Rust Locations

In my article on The Causes of Car Rust, I discussed the common types of rust, and the common causes of rust. For this blog post, I will share the common car rust locations and the usual indications of car rust.

Where do you usually find rust on your car?

Rust can appear anywhere on your car. However, the oxidization usually starts from an inside a panel. Then, corrosion will find its way outward. That’s why, it is essential for you to spot any sign of rust. You might want to constant check the body of your car, and more particular on these areas:

  • Exhaust pipe – The exhaust pipe on a vehicle is constantly exposed to moisture. Not only that, the exterior part is usually filled with dirt and mud, which makes it prone to rust.
  • Suspension – The suspension is also prone to rust because of its proximity to tires that can send specks of dust and dirt to the underside portion.
  • Frame rails – Don’t forget to check the portion underneath the car doors.
  • Wheel wells – The curves above the tires are also a common location, especially if you own an older car without any arch liners.

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Aside from the common places above, you should also inspect the following area:

  • Floor – Time to lift that carpet, and check the floor for any signs of rust.
  • Windshield –  Yes, glass won’t rust, but the any around it will!
  • Doors – Lastly, check the doors whether the inside or outside.

What should you look for?

  • Bubbles – The most common is when you see bubbles under the paint. This usually indicates that water and moisture have accumulated underneath the panel. The bubble is a sign that the paint has detached itself from the panel. Very soon you will notice rust will form!
  • Puddles – When you notice dampness on the carpet floor, this is also a clear indication that the metal under the mat has started to rust.
  • Body damage – If dents are left untreated, this can lead to to rust.
  • Bad paint job – This is why you shouldn’t do paint repairs yourself. If the paint is irregular and if they don’t match the original paint, rust will develop. So, having irregular and patchy areas will contribute to rust formation.

How to treat rust and corrosion?

The chances of repair totally depends on what type of rust has occured, and where this rust is located. Surface rust can be quickly repaired at an auto shop. Be sure to visit a reliable repair shop and don’t do it yourself. The repair costs will vary depending on the extent of the damage. If it cannot be repaired, you will end up paying for replacement parts.

Can I repair rust and corrosion myself?

If you see rust during an early stage, you can. However, be warned that you may need more materials than you think. There are a LOT of things you need. According to Haynes.com, you will need 13 tools and materials. Yes, 13 materials! That’s too many!

  • Angle grinder
  • Wire brush
  • Epoxy gel
  • Body filler
  • Sandpaper (80, 400, 600, 1000, 2000)
  • Sanding block
  • Primer paint
  • Base coat paint
  • 2k clear coat paint
  • Masking materials (paper and tape)
  • Rubbing compound
  • White spirit or solvent
  • Cleaning rag and tack cloth

If you don’t want to deal with these things, better bring your car to  trusted shop. DIY projects can get too complicated so don’t force yourself if you can’t. Let’s discuss Should I Repair Car Rust on My Own? next time!


The Causes of Car Rust

No matter how visually stunning your car is, rust will find its way to penetrate your car. So, how do you handle car rust? In this blog post, I will discuss the possible causes of rust on your car.

Here, we run through the car parts most prone to rusting, what rust could mean for your car and our tips for preventing the dreaded corrosion.

First, let’s discuss the moment when cars begin to rust.

To be honest, you can’t pinpoint exactly when rust starts to set in. No, you can’t really tell that at this specific age that your car will begin to rust.

However, as time passes, your car will undergo the normal wear and tear can of things. Eventually, the protective coating diminishes. The automotive refinish gets exposed to the moisture in the air.

Older car models were manufactured using materials made of rust-proofing components. At the end of the day, car rust depends on the following factors beyond your control.

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The causes car rust.

Before I begin, you should know that rust develops when iron is exposed to oxygen and water. When this happens, you will notice that a brownish coat will start to appear. Once it spreads, this mix of red and brown coat will gradually lead to corrosion.

Here are the common factors that will contribute to the rust on your car:

  • Age – The #1 factor to consider is the age of your car. Of course, the paint along with its protective film will eventually fade. If the bare metal is out in the open, oxygen and water can set in, and rust will start to develop.
  • Specific components – Know that older vehicles are made with less top-of-the-line materials. Today, with the advent of technology, the cars now have better materials that can prevent potential damage including rust and corrosion.
  • Weather conditions in your area – If you live in a place where there’s constant rain and snow, this will contribute to the eventual damage. You will have more chances to experience rust on your car. Salts are used to sand the icy roads so that it will be less slippery, but salts can hasten the corrosion process.
  • YOU – Whether you admit or not, your driving style can aid the development of rust. If you aren’t careful, you will increase the risk of corrosion. So, be careful when passing through puddles and other road bumps.

What are the types of rust?

Here are the common type of rust that you will see in most vehicles:

  • Surface rust – As the name suggests, this will only damage the top layer. You will notice this type of rust on the body panel. It is important to start treating the rust immediately. At this stage, you should work on it to prevent the spread.
  • Scale rust – When you ignore the surface rust long enough, it will eventually corrode. Moreover, the salts found on the road will speed up process.
  • Penetrating rust – Lastly, the rust with the most damage is the penetrating rust. If this happens to your car, you will need replace the entire part, and not just a tiny portion of the body panels.

Next? The Common Car Rust Locations

The Importance of Oil Change to Your Vehicle

Your car is subject to different routine maintenance checks, and one of the most important steps is to regularly change your car’s oil. Why is this? The car’s engine is composed of various parts, and in order for these parts to function well, it has to be proper lubricated.

Eventually, the engine oil gets contaminated with dirt, dust, and other foreign particles. That’s why it is imperative to constantly check if there are contaminants in the engine. Therefore, oil is essential to prevent damage on the engine.

When the Car Care Council conducted a study, they found out that 22% of the cars surveyed have dirty engine oil. If not, the cars have obviously low levels of oil. When this happens, the engine won’t work well, which is tantamount to your car deteriorating.Person in Black Shirt and Gray Pants Standing Beside Black Car

Regularly changing a car’s oil and filter can aid better engine performance. You get to maintain your car at its pristine condition, and at the same time, you will avoid expensive repairs along the way. Just look at it this way: an oil change can cost you from a hundred bucks to two hundred. However, when you repair an engine, it will cost around $5,000. Below, I will share the main reasons why oil and filter changes are necessary.

  • Engine lubrication.

    • Your vehicle is made up of tiny moving parts. Each valve, tube, and wire you can think of is all interconnected under the hood. The engine is comprised of intricacies. If these parts continue to run without proper lubrication, of course, it will overheat. If this happens, the engine  becomes drastically overused.
    • So, be sure to check the owner’s manual to ensure that you are replenishing the correct grade of oil and adding the recommended amount.
  • Cooling of components.

    • When car part are not properly lubricated, it heats up because of friction. If you provide sufficient amounts of oil, you get to prevent the unnecessary damage due to overheating.
  • Dirt, dust, and other foreign elements.

    • Aside from overheating, your car is also subject to outside elements. Because of constant travel, your car could come into contact with foreign particles. When dirt and dust get into the engine, it’s deadly. When you don’t change the filter, the dirt can eventually cause corrosion, which could permanently damage the engine.
    • Even if you are careful, the oil will breaks down its own. Eventually, it will turn to sludge. Whether your car is always on the road or not, a routine oil check is need to keep the sludge amd other particles away from the engine.
  • Gas mileage.

    • When the engine is not properly lubricated, the car exerts more effort. Thus, increasing its fuel consumption. So, make sure that the oil is not only clean, but the oil should be at its recommended level.
    • The U.S. Department of Energy shares that around 1-2% of gas is saved. It may not seem much, but that could mean a gallon of gas by the end of the year.
  • Long life.

    • If you take care of things, it will last longer than expected. Like in most things, if you take care of your car, you can expect a longer life.
    • When the engine and other internal parts work too hard, this strains your car. Eventually, after years of working too much, it will give on you. Don’t wait for it to happen, and start doing maintenance checks on a regular basis.


3 Vehicle Maintenance Tips to Teach Your Kids (Part 2)

In 3 Vehicle Maintenance Tips to Teach Your Kids (Part 2), I have shared vehicle preparations that you can teach your kids. The new year may bring us a mixed bag of emotions, but we should not let anxiety drag us down.

For us to have a peace of mind, we can always teach our child some important tips. Equipping them with right skills can help boost their confidence. If you teach them how to maintain your vehicle stay in pristine condition, they will be okay on the road.woman sitting inside car

These maintenance checks are a good start for you to train them early. Refer to the small tasks listed below:


  • Because the air filter seeps through dirt, it often gets dirty. In most cars, the air is located in a box near engine compartment. You will notice a duct that steers air into it. Car engines will need a good amount of clean air for it to perform well, so clean filters that are filled with dust and debris. For better performance, you can replace it.
  • Also, check the cabin air filter, which is typically behind the glovebox. You can replace it if you see noticeable debris. The cabin air filter is responsible for separating foreign particles and stopping them from entering the HVAC system, ensuring that the air in the interiors of your car is always fresh.


The bulbs, such as headlights, turn signal lights, and brake lights, make sure that you see what’s ahead of you. These are important for you to clearly see the road. Switch on all the lights and walk around the vehicle to check on which bubls died down.

Replacing the bulbs on your headlights or taillights shouldn’t be difficult. Provided that you have right bulb, it’s a pretty easy task.


  • The first thing is the car battery; you should check its power. Many repair shops offer a free battery test.
  • Next, examine if you see any leaks. What should you look for? The engine oil should give off a coffee-colored leak. Meanwhile, expect something magenta-colored from the transmission. However, the coolant can discharge a green-colored leak. If you notice a clear water, that’s just the condensation coming from your air conditioning system, which is totally fine.
  • Have a car emergency kit ready in case you have to deal with these emergencies. Having a heavy duty flashlight or any bright light can help you inspect what’s under the hood. Add some duct tape to the kit to temporary close any noticeable leaks!


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3 Vehicle Maintenance Tips to Teach Your Kids (Part 1)

It’s finally 2021! The new year brings new life lessons. If you decide on teaching kids about car maintenance, this is where you should start. Yes, I know cars can be complicated to maneuver literally and figuratively.

As parents, there will always be that anxiety within us. Instead these things weighing us down, it is important to teach your kids some valuable tips. These vehicle preparations tips will helpful for everyone not just kids actually! You will feel confident that your growing children learned something new.woman wearing black cap driving vehicle

For starters, you and your children can work on these small tasks together. Let’s begin!


The wiper blades, like any other feature in your car, have a normal wear and tear. The UV rays affect the wiper blades, and you will notice streaks if they are unfit to clear out dust and other foreign particles. So, at this point, you need to teach your kids that they should inspect the wiper blades regularly.

Notice if they are cracked or if they are losing the rubber strips. Once you notice these signs, it’s time to get a new set of wiper blades.


  • Next, we have the tires. For this part, it is important to first check on the air pressure of the tires. There should be an inflation guide on the sticker on the door or under the hood. Remember, the extra tire will have the pressure on the sidewall. Thus, the spare tire will have a higher inflation than the other 4 tires.
  • Aside from the inflation, you should also check on the tread depth of the tires. One cheap and easy way to do is through the penny test. All you need is a penny, and have the Lincoln coin head down on the center groove. If the top of Abraham Linclon’s head is clearly visible, this means that the tires are below the safety level. In other words, they are worn out and need to be replaced ASAP!
  • Once you replace the tires, you should also check the alignment. This is to avoid premature tire wear and tear. Of course, you would want to protect your new tires because they aren’t exactly cheap.
  • Lastly, learning how to replace a tire is a must. The location of the spare tire, jack, and jack point can different from one car model to another. Be sure to check your owner’s manual for specific details. Your child should know what to do if they need to install the spare tire. While you’re at teaching how to do this, you should also teach them to check on signs of cracking and tread separation. Over time, tires deteriorate so have them checked on a regular basis.


  • Examine the engine oil and replenish if necessary. The same goes for the windshield wiper fluid.
  • If your kids are up for a challenge, you can even teach them about the oil and filter change.

More will be discussed on 3 Vehicle Maintenance Tips to Teach Your Kids (Part 2)

3 Tips in Demisting Your Windshield

Demisting your windshield is important before starting your travel plans for the day. If you won’t, how will you see the road clearly?  This can hinder your view and distort your vision while driving.

What is the cause of the mist? Your car windshield is misting up because of the water vapor in the atmosphere. Your body heats the cold air inside the car, which increases the moisture it can hold. Thus, the cold air condenses, and forms a mist on your windshield.

In this blog, I will teach you ways to quickly demist your windshield without any other tools and equipments.

  1. Heat ’em up!

The heater should help you do the trick! First, you need to start off with having the cold settings on. Then, you slowly increase the temperature. As the temperature rises, you will start to notice ‘wet’ air building up.water droplets on glass panel

Be sure to also direct the heater at the windshield. The warm air will trigger evaporation, and the glass windows will heat up, which prevents the water vapors from condensing. Of course, you will need the heater too! To keep you warm, it may take time to fully clear the windshield. Just don’t drive while the glass windows are all clear. Remember, it is illegal to drive when your vision obstructed.

  1. Air conditioner plus the heater.

Be sure to switch on the air-con. The hot air will help demist, but once the temperature goes down, it will start to condense again. So, be sure to keep that balance in order to maintain a dry atmosphere inside your car. If the windows are all iced over, more heat is needed. Make sure to scrape the ice on the outside first!

  1. Use your windows

If your car doesn’t have an elaborate heating system, you can always resort to using your windows. Roll down your windows to clear the screen mist quickly. The air from the outside of your car will help reduce the water vapour inside, helping you avoid screen mists.

After this, you can start to warm up the car up to your preferred temperature. If your windows start to mist up again, keep your windows down during driving. This tip is helpful to those cars without air conditioners. If the mist is too much, you better pull over and wait for your windows to clear before you start your journey.

A list windshield hacks to follow:

  • Cleaning your windshield can help in preventing the mist to accumulate. So, keep all the windows clean at all times.
  • Don’t just clean; use shaving cream to clean those stubborn areas. How to do it?
    1. All you need is a clean towel and add a handful of shaving cream onto it.
    2. Then, wipe the towel to the windshield. Doing this will spread the shaving cream over the glass surface.
    3. After, you need to use another clean towel to remove all the shaving cream.
    4. A protective barrier is now in place to help avoid the windshield from misting up. Once you notice that it starts to wane, just repeat steps 1 to 3.