- First and foremost it is super important that you double check the weather reports before you venture out. Listen to warnings from your local TV and radio stations and use your best judgement.
- I’m sure you’ve heard the rule-of-thumb that you should keep at least 3 seconds distance between you and the car in front of you. When driving in snow and heavy rain, it is important to keep at least 9 seconds of distance between you and the driver ahead of you. You never know if you or the car in front of you will hit black ice and begin spinning out of control. Keeping a safe amount of distance will lessen your chance of getting into an accident.
- When driving in inclement weather there’s a huge possibility that you will run into black ice. Take precaution especially when driving on bridges and overpasses because ice and black ice form faster there. Drive extra slow, brake lightly, and hold onto your steering wheel tight while paying attention to your surroundings at all times.
- If the conditions get too bad and you know you wouldn’t be able to drive through them, make the wise decision to pull over until the roads are clear again. It is better to sit and wait out a storm than end up in serious danger by trying to drive through it. Keep your trunk full of things in case of an emergency situation such as this. That way, should you be stuck on the side of the road, you’ll have everything you need. Not sure what emergency equipment you need? Check out a list of essential items here.
- This is one of the most important tips on this list. With each season comes different responsibilities with your car. During the winter time your car needs extra care and attention to ensure your safety while on the road. If you take care of your car, your car will take care of you. You can find out how to best prepare your car for winter here!
- Use your best judgment. Will your car actually fit in that spot? If you have to question it too much, then it probably doesn’t. But it doesn’t hurt to try, as long as you’re careful. Just take it slow and steady!
- Drive your vehicle up alongside the car in front of the space you are aiming for. Try to get even with it and align your rear axle with that car’s bumper.
- Pause and steer your wheel all the way towards the curb at full lock. Make sure your car is not moving yet, you’d hate to be prepping for your parking spot and turn straight into the neighboring car.
- Look over your shoulder and make sure you’re aiming the right direction. Begin backing your car into the spot. With your steering wheel still fully turned, your car should simply ease into place.
- Back up in this position until the right-front corner of the car behind you looks like it is in the middle of your rear windshield. Once you’ve successfully parallel parked a couple of times, you should just get the feel of it and this will become more natural.
- Now, straighten your wheel and continue to reverse.
- When your car just barely clears the car in front of you, stop and turn your wheel the opposite way and straighten up your parking.
- Now just use your judgment to straighten up your car accordingly.
- If all went according to plan, you should be placed in the correct spot and successfully parallel parked!
- Was it easy to get in and out of? You’d hate to bump your head entering your car every day.
- How is the leg room? Are the seats adjustable to your liking?
- How does the steering wheel feel in your hands? Can you adjust the height?
- How are the technological features? Actually plug in your music and see how it sounds.
- Check out the cup holders, storage options, windows, wipers, and lights. You don’t want to overlook something that seems so simple, but could become a nuisance later on.
- What safety features is the car equipped with? How many airbags does it have?
- Safety laws are more strict. If you head to South Africa any time soon, you better be ready to completely surrender your phone while on the road! Hand-held phones are not allowed under any circumstances while driving. Blood alcohol levels are also more strict: in the U.S. the maximum level is 0.8 percent, but in South Africa it’s 0.5 percent.
- Be on the defense. Perhaps the laws are more strict because the roads can be pretty crazy! In South Africa, there is a high rate of traffic accidents, so drivers are always on the defense. Taxi and bus drivers can also cause more chaos on the road (similar to NYC!) and in rural areas, chickens, horses or cows might pop up on the road!
- The roads are full of “robots.” One funny thing that could get lost in translation is the word “robot.” In South Africa, they call traffic lights “robots,” so don’t be alarmed if someone tells you to look out for “the next robot.”
- Another hazard: Antelope. Here’s one thing we don’t have to worry about in the United States: antelope crossings! Antelope are quite common in South Africa, so you may find “antelope crossing” signs in certain areas. When you see those signs, take extra precautions!
- Road tripping. South Africa has advanced, well developed road infrastructure, so you can easily travel long distances between cities and towns. However, South Africa is a very large country, so plan your trips wisely and make sure to stop for rest!
- Thieves can be tricky. When driving in South Africa, always keep your windows rolled up and don’t stop to talk to strangers…thieves there have been known to come up with all kinds of excuses to get you to stop so they can rob you! It’s a sad situation, but you’ll have to be very cautious about talking to strangers. One common ploy for thieves is to put large rocks in the road to try to get you to stop!
- A different kind of garage. If you hear South Africans talking about garages, you might get confused. They actually call fuel stations “garages,” and unlike most American stations, they are not self-help! So sit tight and wait for an attendant to come to your car to fill up!
- Keep it Euro-style. As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, driving in South Africa has similarities to Europe. People drive on the right hand side of the car and remain in the left lane, then pass in the right lane. Distances and speed limits are measured in kilometers, so you may need to take a minute to translate while on the road!
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It’s a cool brisk Saturday morning and you’re excited to go shopping for yourself. You deserve it after a brutal week at work. Walking towards your car, you’re already thinking about all the stores you want to hit up.“Maybe I’ll buy those cute strappy sandals from that boutique,” you think as you open the car door.
Hopping into the drivers seat you place the key into the ignition and… nothing! Thinking there might have been a fluke, you try it again. Dread washes over you when you realize that, yes, your car won’t start.
“I have to get those cute strappy sandals,” you yell out loud.
No worries, I’m here to help solve the mystery of why your car won’t start.
#1. Dead Battery- My first thought would be check to see if you left any lights on in your car. Even the smallest light can drain your battery if left on for too long. If you have a battery tester then that is great! If you do believe that your battery is dead then try jump starting your car. If your car starts right away, most likely the problem was just a dead battery. You can always get it replaced or have someone clean the connections. Over time battery connections can become dirty or corroded. Bad connections can make it difficult to start your car as well.
#2. Faulty Fuses- Hope that it is just a faulty fuse. It’s easy to get them replaced! You can tell when a fuse is blown, because the fine wires in the casing will be broken and there will be discoloring. (Few cars have faulty fuses related to starting systems, but your car might be one of them)
#3. Ignition Switch Problems- Your ignition switch could be the problem if it wasn’t your fuse or your battery. One sure sign that it could be the ignition switch is if you turn your key and the red warning lights on your dash don’t ever light up.
#4. Bad Starter- If you’re getting current to the starter but it just keeps spinning, it most likely needs to be replaced. I would recommend having someone help you test this, seeing as it could be slightly dangerous to do own your own.
There are some other reasons why your car won’t start, but hopefully this will help eliminate possibilities! So you can get back on the road and buy those cute strappy sandals!