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Being stranded during a thunderstorm on the side of the road is a pain for any driver, but add in some bored, crying kids to the mix, and you’ve got a nightmare brewing. Jumping a battery in dry weather is easy enough, provided you have the equipment, but is it safe to jump the battery in the pouring rain? It’s a reasonable question, after all, water and electricity don’t mix well. In general, you can…

I distinctly remembered the first time I turned the light on in my mom’s car. The light flicked on, and she activated the “mom voice.” “Turn that light off, NOW!” I did, flicking off the offending light immediately, hands shaking, and mom explained, “It’s illegal to have the light on in the car when driving.” It turns out mom was wrong (but don’t tell her I said that.) In fact, it is not illegal to…

Let’s face it; mom life comes with some…shall we say, questionable smells while driving the kids around. From a two-week-old juice box buried underneath the driver’s seat to diaper accidents, the car gets a little stinky every once in a while. But one smell a parent never wants to have floating around the car is that of gasoline. The smell of gas sends every parent into an understandable state of panic, and for a good…

Taking a road trip with your three-year-old is no easy task. You’re trying to concentrate on the road while also entertaining your children so they don’t get bored and cranky.  As a parent, you may feel overwhelmed or even a little anxious thinking about taking a long car ride with your toddlers. How are you going to keep them busy while you’re driving in the front seat?  Fortunately, there are some awesome car activities that…

Using tobacco products is the most common avoidable cause of diseases in the United States. Over 480,000 people die from smoking every year just in the US. Smoking causes many systemic disorders. These disorders not only affect the lungs but also cause other systemic complications. Additional diseases include coronary heart disease, cancers, and eye diseases. The worst part of tobacco use is that smokers are not the only people at risk. People around smokers are…

The sticky composition of gum makes it hard to get off a car seat completely. Sometimes you are lucky enough to clean part of it, but you still have to deal with left-over residue. Your best bet to clean gum entirely from a car seat is to freeze the affected part of the seat with an ice pack. The ice will stiffen the stuck gum residue making it easier to remove. Using a spatula and…

Having problems with the law is not fun, especially when you have to pay for expensive seat belt tickets. Seat belt tickets can even require you to appear in front of a judge in traffic court. But the good news is that you can get those tickets dismissed. To get that seat belt ticket dismissed, you need valid reasons for not wearing a seat belt while driving. Your reason could be you had a faulty…

Navigating the various laws related to second-hand smoke can be precarious in today’s world. Once a widely-accepted habit, smoking is now strictly verboten in most settings in which another person is exposed to smoke. For Iowa parents, this leads to the question of whether they are legally permitted to smoke in the car with their children or any other child.  In Iowa, there is no law that prohibits a person from smoking in a car…

Has your car survived a hailstorm looking worse for wear? You aren’t the only one. Every year, over a million hail damage insurance claims are filed in the United States alone. Hail damage is expensive to repair, but unrepaired damage can cost car owners more money in the long run.  The average devaluing of a car due to hail damage runs at $250 per dent, with moderate damage lowering the value of a car $3,000…

Few things feel as luxurious as hopping in the driver’s seat and simply pressing a button to start your engine. Remote start is a simple pleasure in life that everyone should get to experience, at least once. So, how can you tell if your car has a remote start? Keep reading to find out if your car has a remote start and how to tell if it can be added on or not. You may…