Secure Drive This Winter

At A-Protect Warranty, we want you to keep your vehicle secured throughout the year. Few seasons put as many demands on our vehicles as winter can.

Winter Puts Our Cars Through a Lot

The worst part is that it’s a combination of things. Extreme temperatures, bad weather, and other elements can put a considerable amount of damage on your car throughout the season. Worse yet, the season also forces a certain additional strain on our cars. For example, did you ever consider just how much your battery goes through between December and perhaps February?

While our cars certainly take a beating during this time of the year, there are thankfully a number of things you can do. These items are certain to keep your drive secure through the winter.

Tips to Protect Your Car During Winter

It seems reasonable to say that after your house, your car is your most valuable investment. For many people, particularly those who rent, the car represents your biggest investment. To that end, you want to do everything possible to protect your vehicle. This can include investing some time and money in the present, but these things are quite minor, compared to how much you could spend for a dead battery in the winter.

Such problems are sometimes inevitable, but there are still numerous things you can do to protect this crucial investment:

•  Checking the battery: We just touched on this, and it might just be the most important thing you can do for your car or truck during the winter. Remember that if the temperature drops to thirty-two degrees, you’ve lost as much as thirty-five percent of your battery’s power. If your battery wasn’t at 100% to start with, you can see how this might be a problem. Get your battery checked out in the late fall.

•  Wash your carWash the car: On particularly cold days, a vehicle with a filthy exterior can be difficult to open. Handles and other parts can freeze, which can certainly create some headaches. The best thing to do is to have your car washed on a semi-regular basis. Ideally, as far as winter is concerned, you should try to get the car washed on days in which the temperature is above freezing. Furthermore, you don’t have to spend a ton of money on this. You can accomplish a lot with the basic wash at any local carwash.

•  Winter tires? This can be tricky to answer. The truth is that not all vehicles need winter tires. Deciding this is ultimately going to come down to what a typical winter brings to your area. Do you have a lot of snow and ice? If the answer is yes, then it is almost a certainty that winter tires are going to be ideal. Yes, these can run you as much as a thousand dollars, depending on what you need, but the investment is ultimately worth it.

•  Get the wipers replaced: To begin with, you should have your wipers replaced every six months to a year or so. Try to time your next replacement to late fall. You will also want to be on the lookout for any squeaking from your wipers, or if they are causing smears while they work. In either circumstance, you are going to need new windshield wipers.

Wipers replacing•  Know where to go for repairs: One of the smartest things you can do to protect your car during the winter is to know where the best mechanic can be found. Let’s be honest, and understand that things can happen during the winter. In such circumstances, it can be invaluable to know where to go for the help you need. You want someone who is reliable, and you certainly want someone who is going to charge reasonable rates. It may be helpful to do some research on the best auto mechanics in your area. You certainly don’t want to wait until you are dealing with an actual emergency.

In terms of how to care for your car during the winter, it also helps to have your warranty on hand. Make sure you can bring this information out, in the event of an accident, or some other serious event involving your vehicle.

Finally, consider joining AAA. While this is another measure that is going to cost some money, the value is going to be pretty apparent from the start. Membership can be extremely useful during the rougher months of the year. If you live in an area that deals with a lot of snow, high winds, freezing temperatures, and other hassles, the odds of running into problems can increase to a significant degree.

This isn’t something you should be particularly worried about. While we can’t plan for absolutely everything, there are always going to be things we can do to make sure we’re ready for the worst.

Car Safety Features You Need

One of the main concerns every time you drive is road safety. Not only do you need to consider possible risks that you may encounter out on the road, but you also need to make sure that your car is safe. Vehicle safety features help keep you, your travel companions, and fellow road users safe. The good news is that vehicle safety has come a long way over the years and regular improvements mean improved safety. It should go without saying that you should look for a vehicle with sufficient airbags and you should always buckle up even if you’re driving short distances. Here are some other features to look for.

Adaptive cruise control

adaptive-cruise-controlMost new cars have this feature. With the help of sensors and radar technology, this feature helps ensure that you keep a safe distance from any vehicles ahead. The throttle is automatically applied when needed and brakes when there is traffic ahead. This is a great feature for long distance drivers but it’s not something you would use in a busy city. This system will trigger sharp braking and tighten the seatbelts when used in high traffic situations.

Automatic Emergency Braking

While we like to believe that we have cat-like reflexes when behind the wheel, this is not necessarily always the case. When you are tired, you might not be able to react as quickly as you should. AEB technology senses a potential collision and, if you do not react in time, it will start braking for you. These crucial seconds can make all the difference. These systems tend to vary between different vehicle manufacturers and some claim to be superior while others have been reported to be a bit oversensitive.

Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep

These are two separate systems but they share a common purpose – to keep you in your lane. If you are crossing the lines and leaving your lane, the lane departure system will sound a buzzing noise. Lane Keep, on the other hand, helps steer you back into your lane if you have drifted out. The system can be turned off if the lines on the road are faint. This can save the lives of tired drivers and those who suffer from something called driver’s hypnosis.

Blind Spot Detection

Far too many accidents occur when drivers neglect to check their blind spots or even when they fail to do so correctly. With this Blind Spot Detection tool, you will be warned by small yellow or orange lights shining in your door mirrors. They let you know that there is a vehicle coming up behind you in one of the other lanes and it might not be safe for you to make a lane change at this stage.

Rear-view Camera

This is a fantastic tool to check what’s coming up behind you when reversing. It’s especially good for protecting animals and children from being accidentally run over. The wide-angle lenses of these cameras give you a full 180-degree view which makes reversing safer than ever.

Upcoming technologies

These features are all great but why stop there? Why not make our cars even safer by creating new technologies and improving the older ones? Well, this is the great thing about technology – it’s always evolving and we always have new things to look forward to. rear-view-cameraA feature known as Safety Exit Assist has already been installed on some vehicles but it could become the new standard for all cars. It temporarily prevents children from opening back doors when bicycles and cars are approaching from behind. It works in a similar way as the blind spot monitor and this feature is sure to become a must for parents. Facial Recognition Software can also be used in many ways including monitoring the alertness of the driver. For now, this kind of software is designed to alert the driver with some kind of buzzing noise but, in the future, we could see it take more of a proactive approach. Then there are also advancements like night vision to help warn drivers of pedestrians and bicycles on the road at night and smart headlights that automatically switch from hi- to low-beam when cars approach.

Remember, no matter how many safety features you have installed on your vehicle, it’s always important to make sure that you are as alert and responsible as possible. Never drive when tired, sick, on medication that can impair your ability to react, or if you have been drinking. At the end of the day, your decisions have the greatest impact. The same can be said for your vehicle coverage and insurance. To best protect your vehicle, make sure that you invest in the right used vehicle warranty plan. Call A-Protect Warranty at 1-866-660-6444 for personal assistance choosing the perfect plan for you.

What To Do When Your Car Needs To Be Towed

If you are stuck on the side of the road, it can be quite distressing. The first thing that comes to mind is the fact that you will need to get your car towed. Before you do anything, be sure to remember the following important steps:

Pull Over to a Safe Spot

Is your car blocking the flow of traffic? If you are in the middle of the road, you will need to pull over so that you don’t cause an accident. If the engine is not running, you will need to push your car off the road. You should have a triangle in your car and you should put it out to warn motorists. If possible, turn your hazard lights on. If not, you should tie something red to your car to increase visibility.

Call in the Claim

loading-broken-car-on-tow-truckIt might be tempting to call a towing service as soon as you encounter a problem but you should first contact your warranty provider. If your vehicle has an extended warranty, it’s important for you to submit your claim and request instructions. They might allow you to choose any towing company or you may have to contact somebody on their approved list. In some cases, they could even contact a tow truck on your behalf. Make sure that you understand your obligations as well as what to expect on their part. You should also ask for a time estimate on the arrival of the towing service.

Call the Authorities

If you were involved in an accident, you will also need to contact the relevant authorities to report the incident. This is not only the case if you were involved in an accident with another motorist, but also when property is involved. Failing to report an accident can have serious legal implications. In addition, you will need a case number in order to claim from your accident insurance. Even if the other person is at fault, their insurance company will need the claim number.

Remove Your Valuables

While you wait, you should take the time to remove any important or valuable items from your vehicle. This goes for items of sentimental value too. Not only is this for your own peace of mind, but it’s also to ensure that you have all of your belongings and you don’t need to make a trip to the location your vehicle is being stored while awaiting repairs. Towing companies and repairers are not responsible for the loss or damage of personal items you leave behind in your car.

Stay Calm, Wait, and Do Not Dehydrate

Now, all you can do is wait and stay calm. Try not to wear the battery down on your phone. You never know when you might need to make another phone call and a low battery is not something you want. Don’t forget to stay hydrated and snack occasionally to keep your strength up. A tow truck might arrive within minutes if you are close to the city. If you are further away, it can take an hour, or perhaps even longer.

Where Will Your Car Be Taken?

broken-carWhen the tow truck arrives, make sure that you know where your car will be taken. The driver might be willing to drop you off somewhere along the way, or you can travel along with the car to wherever it will go. It is best to have the car towed to the place where it will most likely be repaired. If you have it towed to your home, you will have to pay to have it towed from your home to the repair shop. Make sure that the driver provides you with a collection slip that you can keep as proof that they towed your car. Your warranty provider will also need a receipt as proof of what you paid to have the car towed. You will then be reimbursed. Ask the driver for their name and feel free to take down the license plate number of the tow truck too. They should give you a business card or contact details of the tow truck company. You should also ask for the contact details of the repairer. If you decide to go along with your car to the repair shop, you could always ask them for a business card. Feel free to follow up with your warranty provider regarding the progress of your claim and, if necessary, inquire about a courtesy vehicle. Keep in mind, courtesy cars are usually only available for a certain amount of time. After this, if your car is still not fixed, you may have to rent a car while repairs are being completed.

For peace of mind, it’s important to ensure that your car is always covered by a suitable warranty. Contact A-Protect Warranty today at 1-866-660-6444 for professional assistance from our friendly team. Not only will we help you select the best extended warranty, but we will also keep your personal needs in your mind while we do so.

Essential summer maintenance tips for your vehicle

Car care is important throughout the year. Each season brings a fair bit of changes in terms of weather and driving conditions. It’s also important to make sure that your car is always in good driving shape. Here are some essential car maintenance tips for summer.

 

Tires

car-serviceYour tires are what keeps you on the road. It’s the only part of your car that is in contact with the road which is why it’s so important to choose the right tires and inspect them regularly. Your tires need to have enough tread, no bulges or cracks, and you should also check the pressure on a regular basis. Winter tires should only be used during the winter months and you need to fit summer tires as soon as the weather warms up and you get the green light from the local authorities.

 

Oil change

car-maintenance-tipsThe oil level and quality should be checked on a regular basis and oil changes should be done according to the vehicle manufacturer’s guidelines. When checking your oil, you need to do so when the engine is cold. This is best done in the morning before you start your car. Remove the dipstick, wipe it off, and insert it again before removing it to check the oil level. Inspect the color and viscosity of the oil. Regardless, oil needs to be changed after a set amount of time or mileage. The oil filter also needs to be changed regularly.

 

Hose and belt check

There are several hoses and belts that experience wear and tear every time you start the engine. Sometimes these parts break unexpectedly but, if a regular maintenance schedule is followed, you can replace worn belts and hoses before they let you down.

 

Air filter

Your air filter needs to be changed regularly since it is bound to get clogged no matter what. In the winter, salt takes its toll on your filters in particular. So, when the warmer weather arrives, this is something you want your mechanic to check.

 

Windscreen wipers

Spring and summer rain tends to come down by the bucket load which means that you need reliable wipers to keep your windscreen clear. Inspect your wipers for cracks and wear. Test them regularly to make sure that they aren’t missing any spots. Replace them regularly and always choose quality wipers for your car.

 

Brakes

Your brakes are an essential part of vehicle safety. Each time you change your brakes, you will be informed that they will need to be replaced after covering a certain amount of mileage. If you notice that your brake pedal is soft or extremely hard; perhaps it rests too high or low or you notice an indicator light on your dashboard. These are all warning signs and you may even notice a strange noise. If you don’t have your brakes changed before you notice these signs, you should definitely have them tended to as soon as even the slightest issue arises.

 

Coolant and radiator

Your radiator and the coolant in your engine are needed for keeping your engine from getting too hot. This is even more important in the summer because of rising temperatures. Make sure that you check your radiator for any possible signs of damage and top up or replace the coolant before it gets too hot.

 

Battery cleaning

Your battery often loses some of its charge during the colder weather. On top of this, the summer heat speeds up the chemical reaction inside the battery which also shortens its lifespan. By keeping the terminals of the battery clean, you will help extend its life.

 

Air conditioner

You should have your air conditioner inspected before summer begins. This means that you should check the hoses, connections, and determine whether a refill is necessary. By doing this before it gets too hot, you will avoid a lot of unnecessary discomfort. Take note of any bad smells and make sure that you have your air conditioner checked if it starts to smell strange.

 

Emergency supplies

You might not need to keep a snow shovel in your car during the next few months but you will still need several emergency supplies. One of the most important ones is water. Now, when you leave a plastic bottle of water in your car, you need to take care not to consume it. This water is strictly for external use or to top up the water in your vehicle. If you want to keep drinking water in your car, you should take a fresh bottle each time you take a drive.

 

Having the right coverage for your vehicle is also essential for road safety and from a financial point of view. At A-Protect Warranty, we offer a wide variety of different warranty options to suit various needs and budgets. Call 1-866-660-6444 today for professional advice from our expert team.

Common early spring road hazards

Just as we think that the worst of the winter is over and we can finally enjoy safer driving conditions, we are faced with risks resulting from the changing weather. When you venture out in the spring, keep these common dangers in mind.

 

Potholes

The cold weather, snow, and salt on the roads can cause significant damage in just a few months. Small holes in the road can become quite large over the winter and, once everything has thawed out, it becomes even more evident just how dangerous they really are. Hitting a pothole can cause you to lose control. It can also cause serious damage to your vehicle. Pay close attention to the road and look out for such dangers.

 

Excess water on the roads

potholesNow that the snow and ice are melting, you can expect excess water on the roads. It will take time for the water to filter away and, no matter the temperatures, wet roads are always more dangerous than dry ones. Water can conceal potholes. if you happen to splash another driver, it can result in them losing control over the vehicle. Therefore, be careful and considerate of other road users too. Take a moment to inspect your tires as well. Make sure that they are in good condition. If they are excessively worn, they cause you to lose control when you encounter a large puddle. Reduce your speed and always keep a safe distance between yourself and the vehicle in front of you.

 

Slippery slush

It’s not only the water that can cause you to slip and slide along the road. Half melted snow is one of the things people dislike about winter. That slush is both frozen and wet. Not to mention extra slippery! If you spot slush in the middle of the road or even on the side of the road, proceed with caution. Slush can also accumulate on your windshield and, if your windshield wipers cannot clear it away completely, you should pull over to clear it off yourself before you continue driving.

 

Black ice

Yes, black ice is still a concern during this time of year. The main reason for this is that snow and ice tend to melt during the day, but overnight, when temperatures drop again, the water freezes. Since the roads are mostly all wet, it makes black ice even more difficult to see. If you are venturing out early in the morning, this is probably one of the more dangerous times for driving. During the day, the ice will melt again and in the evening there shouldn’t be much (if any) at all. The more traffic, the lesser the chances of black ice. If you are driving along a road with minimal traffic each day, black ice can form whenever it’s cold enough for water to freeze on the road. Bridges and lower lying areas are usually more prone to black ice but, all the same, it’s best to be cautious no matter where you are driving. Reduce your speed and keep some extra distance between yourself and other road users.

 

Poor vehicle maintenance

Just as the winter takes its toll on the roads, so too does it cause significant wear and tear on your vehicle. This is why it is so important to inspect your vehicle before winter arrives. Once the worst is over, it’s time to give your car a thorough check once again to make sure that everything is in order. Check all of your fluids, inspect your tires, suspension, and have a technician check your suspension and other important mechanical parts too. Remember, if you find that your car struggles to start, it might be time to replace your battery. During cold weather, your car battery loses its charge faster than during warmer weather. Have a technician check your battery and your alternator. If your alternator is faulty, your battery will not recharge while the motor is running and, even if you replace the battery, it won’t be long before the new battery fails you too.

As for your tires, you should make sure that you find out when and if you are permitted to switch from winter to summer tires. Remember to also use a bit of common sense here because, even if you can technically change your tires, you might not want to just yet. The slush and ice risks discussed above are reason enough to hang on to those winter tires just a little bit longer. Provided they aren’t damaged or severely worn, there is no need to change them in the very first few weeks of spring. Once you have addressed both mechanical and maintenance issues, don’t’ forget to give your car a good wash! It might sound trivial but all that snow, ice, and salt can really do a number on your paint job. So treat your car to some much-needed pampering to say thank you for getting you through the worst weather of the year!

 

By taking the right driving and vehicle maintenance steps, you will make every trip that much safer! Remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry. To avoid any unnecessary and high repair costs, make sure that your vehicle is covered by the right warranty. Call A-Protect Warranty at 1-866-660-6444 for coverage designed to suit your needs!

Improve winter driving visibility

Visibility is one of the greatest challenges when driving in winter. Not only is it essential for you to see where you are going, but it’s also important to make sure that other road users can see you. Improving driving visibility is essential for avoiding accidents – especially during this time of year. Here are some tips to help you do just that.

 

Clear away all snow from your vehicle

It should go without saying that you will need to clean the snow off your windows. However, most people do not take the time to clean the entire windscreen as well as the rear and side windows of their car. This is particularly dangerous since you are directly affecting your view of the road and your surroundings. Apart from cleaning your windows, it’s also important to clear the snow off the rest of your car. This is not necessarily only for your benefit but rather for the benefit of fellow road users. When you leave snow on your car, it will fall off as you drive. This can create an almost blizzard-like haze behind your vehicle and this makes it difficult for drivers behind you to see properly. If you need to brake suddenly, the driver behind you could be slow to react as a result of poor visibility. Take the time to get up a few minutes earlier and clean your car thoroughly before hitting the road.

 

Inspect your window wipers and defroster

Your windscreen wipers need to be in perfect shape throughout the year. This is especially true in the winter. You never know when snow might fall while driving and it’s important that you are able to effectively clean your windscreen at all times. During the colder months, your windows tend to fog up. This is why it is so important to test your window defoggers/defrosters – both front and rear. A foggy window makes the road extremely difficult to navigate.

 

Use your headlights

driving-in-winterDuring low light and other periods of poor visibility on the road, it’s best to turn your headlights on. This is not necessarily to help you see the road better but rather to make yourself more visible to others. Remember, it’s important to check your headlights regularly and, if they start to become dull or cloudy, they might need to restored or replaced. Clear plastic coverings on your headlights will ensure that they are as effective as can be.

Finally, don’t forget that visibility is just as important if you are stuck on the side of the road. Some important tips to remember include turning on your directional lights, setting out a road triangle, and perhaps attaching a bright-colored cloth to your vehicle. Always remain inside your vehicle and call for assistance promptly. Comprehensive vehicle coverage will ensure that you and your loved ones are taken care of and your vehicle will be moved to a safe location by experienced professionals. Contact A-Protect Warranty at 1-866-660-6444 for assistance choosing the right plan for you.

How to handle the greatest winter driving challenges

Winter is the perfect time to enjoy the indoors and snuggle up beside a fire or enjoy your favorite hot beverage. Unfortunately, we can’t spend the whole winter inside and, at some point, we need to venture out on the roads. These weather conditions can make driving more challenging than any other time of year but, with these tips, you will be able to safely navigate the ice and snow-covered roads.

 

Black Ice
Probably one of the worst things to encounter while driving is black ice. You can’t really see it but you sure can feel it once you hit it! It’s important to pay close attention to the road and look for patches of road that appear darker in color than usual. Low-lying areas are usually most affected as well as bridges and underpasses that don’t receive any sun. When temperatures drop below freezing, it’s time to look out for black ice. Even if things warm up in the day, black ice often forms overnight. Improve your chances of avoiding an accident by making sure that your tires are in perfect shape. Winter tires are necessary and will give you that extra traction. If your vehicle has four-wheel drive, you can use it as an added safety measure. This does not mean that you should increase your speed, however! You should still drive slower than the usual speed limit. Do not tailgate and allow other drivers to pass you if possible. You might not be able to stop them from speeding, but by allowing them to pass, you reduce your chances of an accident. Remember to only allow them to pass if it is safe to do so. If you hit black ice, take your foot off the accelerator. Do not brake immediately. Apply your foot to the brake pedal gently or you could lose control. If your vehicle has a manual transmission, you can gear down to slow down rather than using your brakes. Remember not to do so too quickly and mind your revs. You don’t want to shift down from fourth straight to second or you could run those revs far into the red. If your car does skid, turn your steering wheel in the direction you want to go. For vehicles with anti-lock brakes, do not pump the brakes and don’t remove your foot from the brake. The anti-lock system will work to prevent the breaks from locking up.

 

Poor visibility
Some conditions are not safe for driving and, in these cases, it’s best not to risk it. If you are planning on driving, make sure that you take the time to clear all of the snow and ice from your vehicle before you drive. Check your windscreen wipers and make sure that your windscreen washer fluid has antifreeze in it. Test your defrosters to make sure that they are working and always travel at a safe distance from other cars.

 

Blizzards
While you might not intentionally go out in a blizzard, you could get caught in one while driving. If this occurs, it’s important to get off the highway. If you cannot get off the highway, you should at least pull over as much as possible and keep your directional lights on to warn other motorists. Blizzards usually mean high winds which means that your little warning triangle might not do the trick. Instead, attach a colorful piece of cloth to your vehicle’s antenna, mirror, or somewhere that will help ensure you are noticed. Make sure to call for help and make sure that at least one person in the car is awake while anyone sleeps. Start your car from time to time and let the engine run to ensure that the car battery is not exhausted. Clear the snow from the exhaust pipe regularly.

 

Don’t forget to always pack a first aid kit in your vehicle. In winter, it’s also important to carry tools like a shovel just in case you need to dig your way out of some snow. Having the right coverage will also set your mind at ease. At A-Protect Warranty, our plans are designed to suit your needs and offer maximum protection in the event of a roadside emergency or vehicle maintenance. Contact us today at 1-866-660-6444.

Tips for smooth driving over the holidays

For families who no longer live in the same town or city, the holidays are the perfect time to get together and enjoy some quality family time. Other families make the most of the holiday season by getting out of town and making their way to a resort or other popular holiday spot. No matter your plans this year, it’s always important to pay close attention to the road and the state of your vehicle. Here are some important holiday driving tips.

Inspect your vehicle thoroughly
It’s often best to work according to a list so that you don’t skip a step or miss something. Start by checking your lights, tires, windshield wipers, and all the fluids in your vehicle. It’s also good to keep an extra bottle of wiper fluid in your vehicle just in case.

Fill up the tank
Fuel prices can increase over the holidays so, if you know that you are preparing to go away, you should fill up a few days or even a week in advance. If need be, you can top up on the day but at least you won’t need to overspend to fill an almost empty tank.

Stick to the speed limit
Given the road conditions, it’s even more important to stick to the speed limit or even travel slower than usual if conditions are particularly poor. During the festive season, there are usually extra police officers and speed traps on the roads so it pays to slow down.

Rest well before you drive
Driving when you are tired is never a good idea. Especially when you need to concentrate that much harder on the road and conditions. If you are tired, you will not be able to react as quickly to avoid danger and this can have disastrous results. If you have a long road ahead, plan your stops and give yourself time to stretch your legs. If possible, have your partner, spouse, or friend take over driving from time to time so that you can enjoy a break. Beware of driving “hypnosis” when on long trips. It’s easy to let the hum of the engine and the straight road lull you into a bit of a trance. If you are feeling particularly exhausted, it’s best to sleep it off at a hotel or motel rather than risk the drive.

Lock up
Whenever parking your vehicle, make sure that it’s properly secured. Even if you think that you’re in a small town where crime is virtually non-existent, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Do not leave babies or children in the car. If you don’t want to wake them, at least one adult should remain in the vehicle to ensure their safety and wellbeing.

Plan the route
It’s good to have a plan before you leave. Sure, you could rely on your GPS but, if for whatever reason your GPS lets you down, it’s also good to have a backup plan like an actual map. It might sound like an outdated idea but if technology fails, good old-fashioned paper will get you out of that pickle!

Check your emergency supplies
Your vehicle should always carry a first aid kit but, in winter, you might want to add such things as a shovel and other roadside emergency items. Reflective triangles and a reflective vest are all great for letting other drivers know where you are.

Charge all phones
In the event of an emergency, you will need to be able to call for assistance. There’s nothing worse than a dead phone battery when you need to make that call! Make sure that you have at least one or two fully charged phones before you leave. Alternatively, keep a fully charged power bank just in case. Sure, you can charge your phone in your car but, if your vehicle won’t start, this will mean that you cannot charge your phone either.

Avoid alcohol
Not only is drinking and driving dangerous, but it’s also illegal. Some people think that it’s OK to drink the night before and drive the next day. This is not advisable since you will most likely still have alcohol in your system and you will probably feel quite tired. Both of these factors will affect your driving capabilities and safety. So, instead of drinking the night before your trip, wait until you arrive at your destination and then take a moment to celebrate with some eggnog, rum, or whatever you fancy.

Early departure
Leaving early can help you beat the traffic and make for safer driving conditions too. Sometimes you can leave in the morning, sometimes you will need to plan to leave a full day early. Consider where you plan on going, the route you wish to take, and when the congestion usually begins. Similarly, when making your way back home, you might want to leave at least one day early to avoid all the traffic of people returning. Just one day can make all the difference!

Have fun
Remember, the holidays are about having a good time and the fun does not need to begin once you arrive at your destination. You can make the trip fun by choosing great music, playing travel games and simply talking. Make sure that any younger travelers have more than enough car friendly toys to keep them happy and don’t forget the snacks!

Remember, anytime you get into your car, make sure that you have your vehicle warranty details on hand. An emergency may occur at any time and these details are essential in such a time of need. To make sure that you are covered these holidays, call A-Protect Warranty at 1-866-660-6444 for more information.

Why is their fluid leaking from your car?

When you notice a wet patch under your car, it can be a sign of something serious or simple condensation. Your vehicle relies on a number of fluids to keep it running smoothly and, when you see a puddle, there could be a number of reasons. In some cases, your car might not be safe to drive which is why it’s so important that you understand how to tell the difference between these substances.

 

Black or light brown patches

This stain will have a medium consistency and it is usually the engine oil. There are several gaskets, plenty of heat, and your engine has one of the largest capacities for fluid in the entire vehicle. It might not be a major cause for concern but the source of the leak should be determined so that any worn or broken parts can be replaced. Remember, dripping oil on a hot engine is never a good idea!

 

Black, reddish, or light brown patches

These stains can have a thicker or thinner consistency. They often resemble patches made by dripping motor oil but they are somewhat thicker and located closer to the center of the vehicle. Vehicles with automatic transmissions have a fairly thin, reddish fluid which is the transmission fluid. Some other standard transmissions today also use this kind of fluid. This kind of leak can indicate a leak in a number of places or there could be a deteriorating seal somewhere along the line. Urgent inspection is important.

 

Light brown or reddish

This fluid has a thin consistency. It is your power steering fluid and it sometimes looks similar to your transmission fluid. If this fluid is dripping from the front of the car, then it’s the power steering. This is another important issue that needs to be resolved promptly or it could result in power steering failure.

 

Slightly brown or clear

This fluid is critical and used in the brake hydraulic system. It has a medium consistency and it will look like mineral oil and may have a slightly brown appearance. This is due to the build up of contaminants like rust and dust. Again, this is an important fluid and you should have this matter resolved immediately.

 

Differential fluid

This fluid is thick in consistency and it will drip from the rear of the car. Cars with front wheel drive, however, will experience leaks in the front. Finding the source of this leak may take some extra effort.

 

Green pink or yellow

This fluid is thin and slimy. It is your coolant and it is one of the easiest of all to identify. If you lose this fluid, it can result in overheating which is why it’s important to check your vehicle regularly. Older cars have hoses that allow the coolant to purge out onto the driveway or road. Newer cars, however, have special reservoirs designed to catch the coolant. So, if you have an old car, you might want to check if it has such a hose. If not, make sure that you check all the hoses, water pump, and never drive when your coolant is low.

 

Clear liquid

If you notice clear thin fluid under the front passenger side of the car, it might be due to condensation from your air conditioner. Just like home and office air conditioners release condensation, so too does your car.

Some fluid loss problems are fairly easy and inexpensive to fix. Others, on the other hand, can cost a small fortune. This is why it is so important that you have the right coverage. Call A-Protect Warranty today at 1-866-660-6444 to find out which package is best for you.

 

Important tips to remember when your car overheats

If your car runs out of coolant or water, it can have a devastating effect on your engine. Remember, your engine runs at a high temperature, and it needs some form of cooling to prevent overheating. Without water or coolant, the cooling system in your car will no longer be effective, and the engine temperature will rise, and this will cause serious and often expensive damage. Some cars have safety features built in that prevent the car from overheating. If your vehicle does not have this kind of feature, it should at least have a heat gauge that will tell you how hot your engine is. Keeping an eye on this heat gauge is important and, as soon as you notice that it is going up and not coming down, you might want to pull over.

First things first, you should never check the water level of your vehicle when the engine is hot. If there is water in the system, it will be very hot and can even result in burns. Allow the engine to cool down before you investigate. If your temperature gauge has gone into the red, you should call roadside assistance and possibly have your vehicle towed rather than waiting.

If your car has cooled down and you are able to check the radiator, feel free to do so. It’s always a good idea to keep a bottle of water in your car so, if you have some water, you can top it up, and hopefully, this will solve the problem. Make sure that you check for leaks too. If your car is leaking water, a simple top-up will not get you very far. Similarly, if you see any smoke, you should avoid turning that ignition key and call an expert instead.

Should you be able to top up the water and everything seems normal, it’s still a good idea to have your vehicle checked by a professional. They will be able to check all of the parts in the cooling system and determine if wear and tear or damage are present. If any part needs to be replaced, it is important to do so before driving your car any further.

Another good tip to remember is to check the fluid levels of your vehicle regularly. Just as you should monitor the oil levels on your car, so too should you check the water. By getting into the habit of checking your water and oil before each trip (even short drives), you can avoid serious engine damage and inconvenience. Remember, check the water before you start your car and always check your driveway whenever you pull out. Any leaking fluids will leave their mark in your driveway and are a good indicator should something be wrong.

Finally, don’t forget to only use authorized and trained mechanics to work on your vehicle. If your car is under any kind of warranty, it is important that you follow the claim procedure regarding towing and repairs or your warranty could become void. At A-Protect Warranty, our goal is to ensure that you have the very best coverage at the most affordable rates. Contact our team today at 1-866-660-6444 for professional warranty advice that caters to your needs.