10 Automobile Tips for the Agent on the Go in the Winter.....

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Real Estate Agent with Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC RB14037276

10 Automobile Tips for the Agent on the Go in the Winter.......

In the Real Estate or related profession, you are always on the go.  In the Winter, your car responds differently than in warm weather. Besides warming up your car before driving, you should prepare for the winter Season with the following tips.

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1. ENGINE

Check your antifreeze to make sure your liquid in the radiator can handle the extreme cold temperatures.  Check belts and hoses for wear and replace if necessary.  They will become hard and brittle in cold weather.

2. BRAKES

Have your brakes checked before Winter and have the pads replaced if badly worn.

3. BATTERY

Batteries usually last from 3 to 5 years, but I have had to replace a battery after the first year, so have it checked and replaced if necessary.

4. GAS

Make sure, during the winter you keep your tank near full.  You never know when you will be sitting in a snow bank for several hours. If you do, be aware of carbon monoxide poisoning from the fumes, if they get into the drivers compartment. During the winter months, whenever you fill your tank, put in some gas line anti-freeze, or you may find yourself along side the road with a frozen gas line.

5. OIL

During the old weather, oil will become thicker than in the Summer. This will put a strain on your battery and make it harder to start. Make sure you change your oil and put in all weather oil or lighter weight oil.

6. TIRES

Have your tire pressure checked to make sure they are inflated to the recommended pressure. It is best to have the tires rotated so that the tires with the most tread is on the drive axle.  Your car will grip the snow better.

7. WIPERS

Change your wipers just before Winter.  The rubber becomes hard and will crack and split, therefore not performing properly. Make sure you have an anti-freeze windshield washer in the washer container and keep it full throughout the winter.

8. BLANKETS

In case you are stick without heat, a blanket comes in handy. If you are in an accident and have to stand outside your vehicle waiting for help, you can wrap it around you to stay warm.

9. FIRST AID KIT

You should have first aid kit all year around. You never know when you have to break and window and crawl out.

10. FLASHLIGHT

If you are a Real Estate Agent, you should already have a flashlight, but make sure you have a flashlight with extra batteries.

Now that you have prepared your car for the cold weather, make sure that when you are warming up your car, with the keys in it, that you are able to lock the doors to prevent theft of your vehicle.

So, when you get that call to show a home and the client is sitting in front of it waiting for you to show, you can jump in your car with the confidence that your vehicle make it.

Oh, Drive Safely and watch for Black Ice!

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If you know anyone that wants to buy or sell a home in the Elkhart County area,

have them call me:

Larry Johnston, 574-304-7577, Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC, Elkhart, Indiana, or email

larry@larry-johnston.com

 

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John McCormack, CRS
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Nov 25, 2013 11:27 PM #1
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Larry Johnston
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High John,  Thanks for the suggest

Nov 26, 2013 12:51 AM #2
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These are great suggestions, Larry.   Most of your "Winter Tips" apply here in Florida, too.

Nov 26, 2013 02:05 AM #3
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Larry Johnston
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Hi Fred,  Thanks for your comment.  I am sorry they apply there too. Keep warm and have a happy holiday.

Nov 26, 2013 03:08 AM #4
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Noah Seidenberg
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Larry I will take that 67 Camero. If I get it I would do all 10 winterizing tips too.

Have a good one my friend.

Nov 26, 2013 04:50 AM #5
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
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Hi Larry, great suggestions for everyone. I just bought new tires...now to get a blanket to keep in my car.  Suggested!

Nov 26, 2013 05:45 AM #6
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Larry Wonderful tips .I also just got new tires and an oil change ...

Nov 26, 2013 06:11 AM #7
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Larry Johnston
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Hi Rebecca, Thanks for the commend.  Sounds like you are just about ready to attack the season.

Nov 26, 2013 06:20 AM #8
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Larry Johnston
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Hi Hannah,   Good for you!  We hate to keep those buyers waiting.

Nov 26, 2013 06:21 AM #9
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Larry Johnston
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Hi Noah,  That 67 Camero is definately a classic.  I had a lot of fun painting it. Thanks for stopping by.

Nov 26, 2013 06:29 AM #10
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Evelyn Johnston
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Very practical, very good tips. I suggested too!  How about a snow shovel and ice chemicals for slippery places around your car?

Nov 26, 2013 08:38 AM #11
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Good tips Larry. I have the essentials in my car but thank goodness I live close to the office and there are several help stations in between. AAA is reassuring too.

Nov 26, 2013 09:41 AM #12
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Larry Johnston
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Hi Ev, Some reccommend kitty litter in case you get stuck or sad to weight down your car.  Thanks for the "suggest"

Nov 26, 2013 12:02 PM #13
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Larry Johnston
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Hi Debbie, Thanks for the comment. However or whatever it takes, it helps to have some kind of help available.

Nov 26, 2013 12:04 PM #14
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This is a great post, I'm really glad John re-blogged it so I didn't miss this.  A suggest from me too.

Dec 02, 2013 03:03 AM #15
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Larry Johnston
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Hi Liz,  Thank you for the nice comment.  Have a wonderful week.

Dec 02, 2013 04:16 AM #16
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Shanna Hall
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This is a great list- I have an appointment with my mechanic tomorrow- I am thankful that he checks all of this for me!

Dec 03, 2013 03:58 AM #17
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Larry Johnston
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Hi Shanna, Good Girl.  It's nice to have your own Personal Mechanic.  My wife and I have a mechanic that works on our cars.

Dec 03, 2013 09:30 AM #18
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