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How try dry out after the flood.

By, Tia Cristy

How try dry out after the flood.

So hurricanes can leave many in the mud and sand. I got to storms and their brutal effects up close. After Hurricane Sandy, I spent my day helping people clean up after the devastation. We were able to put many good tips to use.

Seeing soggy pictures and documents of great importance to these lovely people was heart-breaking. So I knew, I had to use my knowledge to help where I could. I took my time removing water logged photos from saturated albums full of wet sand and mud. I then showed the people how to dry them out using cornstarch. We discarded the albums themselves, but were able to save all the photos, documents and books that were of the highest significance to these people.

This process can work for most paper materials. Find a dry area to do this work. Get a cookie sheet and fill the bottom with pure cornstarch. Place the photo on top and shake some additional cornstarch on top of the photo or paper. Smooth it over with your hand gently. If the paper is very wet it will put a solid coating over the paper. Lightly knock off the excess and place flat on a surface lined with wax paper. You can do this repeatedly for all your pics and documents. Be sure to lay each thing separately, don’t stack.  Let alone for several hours. When photo is dry you will be able to rub your finger over the paper and the cornstarch will flake off. if it doesn’t come off easy it still needs drying time. If needed, add more cornstarch. Once fully dry, you can sweep off the powder with a soft paint brush. It takes a little patience for the complete process, but it’s worth doing to remove the moisture, so your important documents don’t wrinkle and curl as much as the would if they were simply air drying. Bonus tip, cornstarch kills many nasty bugs and organisms, which is great for sanitizing those flood filled documents.

As for books, paper back and hardback text books, drying them will take longer. First, lay them in a dry place; in direct sunlight is ideal. After they air dry for a day, they maybe ready for step 2.

Step 2, may sound excessive pending on the amount of books you want to dry out. Place the books in a plastic moving container, then add bags and bags of dry rice. It’s the same method as drying out electronics. Leave the books submerged in the rice for a day or two, (may need time longer depending on thickness and how saturated the books are) After the books have dried mostly then, sprinkle them with cornstarch. Again, this will kill yucky stuff that may still be on the pages.

To reuse the rice, place rice in the sun for the day and let air dry to remove the moisture that it soaked up. Use new bags of rice if you plan on drying out electronics so it is able to absorb as much moisture as possible. Electronic dry-outs can take a lot longer to get results. Have patience.

If you’ve been challenged by Sandy, Tips from Tia wishes you well. And, let us know if you need any other tips to help you get one step back to normal.

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Senior Living: Why and How You Should Stay Fit

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Senior Living: Why and How You Should Stay Fit

 

 

Just because you’ve reached a mature age, that doesn’t mean you can’t stay fit. Granted, keeping fit as we grow older can present its own, unique set of challenges – we lose muscle mass, our mobility is lower, and our joints can become stiff. However, these problems can be overcome or worked around. Here are some of the best activities for seniors, and how they can help us be our best selves well into old age.

Why exercise matters

As we age, our bodies start facing new issues that just weren’t there when we were younger. Exercising can help address and alleviate these problems. Heart disease is one of the most prevalent illnesses that plague the modern man. There are many lifestyle aspects which can contribute to it, but our mostly sedentary lifestyle is one of the main culprits. Regular cardio training can help you avoid this serious health problem. Seniors often have to deal with poor balance and slow reaction times. This general lack of agility can be annoying in day to day life, and, in some situations, even downright dangerous. Exercising can also help us maintain healthy weight (or lose excess weight), build muscle mass (which is generally known to diminish with age), and improve our flexibility.

Take a dip

We Australians are blessed with so much coast that water sports are practically in our blood. Lucky for us that water sports are an amazing way to stay fit. They provide excellent cardio and build muscles. This is a low impact form of exercise that is ideal with people who have sensitive joints. If your joint issues are the result of arthritis, make sure you choose a pool with appropriate water temperature. Many senior communities in Australia, like the luxurious Mark Moran Vaucluse, have their own pool and offer activities such as swimming, aqua aerobics, or even water polo.

Relax with yoga

Yoga is an amazing choice because it supports both a healthy body and a healthy mind. It puts great focus on proper breathing, which can help your body with everything from stress relief to heart problems. Physically, yoga works on stretching and improving flexibility and balance. It’s ideal if you’re feeling stiff, or if you just don’t like very intense, sweaty work-outs. However, don’t be fooled. Yoga requires a lot of strength, focus, and skill. It’s best to start with a class for beginners and ease into the practice slowly. Before you start, explore what type of yoga is the right fit for you. Combining yoga with meditation and mindfulness practice, it can help you feel rejuvenated and fulfilled.

Improve your strength with weights

Lifting weights is not just for the young ones. Two weekly weight-lifting sessions can do wonders for your overall strength and muscle mass. It’s crucial, of course, to start slow, with lighter weights, and then gradually progress as your body adjusts. In time, you should reach the phase when you can do sets of up to fifteen repetitions. You can use classic weights, like dumbbells. But strength training is just as effective when using other methods, like resistance bands, or the machines at your gym. Remember to always get warmed up before you start, though! The last thing you want is to injure yourself.

When it comes to working out, it’s important to acknowledge the transformations our bodies are going through, and adapting our exercise regimen in a way that our changing bodies can handle. Staying active should be an essential part of the senior daily routine, since it adds to longevity and vitality. And always remember, even if you can only start small, it’s still a step in the right direction.

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Women and Cars: Here’s What You Need to Know about Four-Wheelers

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Women and Cars: Here’s What You Need to Know about Four-Wheelers

 

There’s an old stereotype that women know nothing about cars besides driving them from point A to point B. So, if you want to change the way women are perceived in traffic, make sure to learn a few useful things. Here’s what every woman needs to know about cars.

How to check the oil

One of the easiest and most important things is knowing how to check for oil. Not having enough oil can result in many car problems including causing your engine to fry, so make sure to keep your oil levels in check.

How to fix broken lights

The next common car repair (the one that can save you a lot of money in mechanic visits and fines) is fixing your headlights and taillights. If you have an older car, this fix can be very easy and fast. Just remove any trim components to expose the headlight panel and replace your burned-out bulb with a new one. Don’t know which bulb to buy? Just take your broken one to a car store and people working there will give you a matching replacement.

How to drive a stick

Knowing how to drive a stick is one of those things that can save you a lot of trouble in the future, because you really can’t know when you’ll need to use this skill. Luckily, operating a manual transmission isn’t that hard—all you need is some practice and patience!

How to buy and sell a car

Hopefully, you’ll have many opportunities to buy new cars and sell your old ones, so knowing how to handle these situations can be super useful. First, learn enough about your potential new car or your old one, so that you can avoid getting scammed. You can also find a good agency to handle your sale or purchase if you don’t want to risk getting ripped off. For instance, you can easily buy and sell cars at Carbiz as they can help you get quick cash for your old car or deliver your new wheels directly to your house!

How to check for tire pressure

Having proper tire pressure is quite important both for economic and safety reasons. Driving with under or overinflated tires can be very unsafe, plus it causes your tires to wear down quicker. Luckily, checking for tire pressure is super easy and fast. Check the inside of the driver’s doors and you’ll find a sticker with pressure recommendations for your car. With a small tire pressure gauge, you can check your pressure and see if you need to add or remove air.

How to change a flat tire

Changing a tire is every driver’s fear, but it shouldn’t be! Once you get a few practice tries, you’ll see how easy it is to change a flat and continue your ride in peace. Plus, that skill can save you a lot of money and even your life (getting stranded at the side of the road can be quite dangerous). There are great videos online with step-by-step tutorials, you just need to have good will and a few tools!

How to recognize red flags

Have you ever heard a weird sound coming from the engine or seen an unfamiliar light on your dash? Knowing what these sounds and lights mean can save you a lot of money and even your life. Some sounds and lights require immediate attention while some can be put off for a while. Here are some common warning sounds you shouldn’t ignore and some important dashboard lights to keep an eye on.

So, be a good driver that shatters gender stereotypes and make sure to learn about your four-wheeler. Every responsible car owner, regardless of gender, should know these seven car-related fixes and skills which will ensure their safety and safety of other road users.

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Tips for a Successful and Stress Free Family Photo Session

Tips for a Successful and Stress Free Family Photo Session

 

Has it ever happened to you that in the middle of a family session you have blocked yourself and did not know how to continue? Put yourself in situation, the family is cut off, you do not have a good day, there is some tension between the family members, one of the children is somewhat angry, some of the members have been dragged to the session without desire… These inconveniences sometimes cause that we get stuck or we are blocked and we do not know what step to make. It can also happen that you are in a family meeting and ask for pictures and of course, but you don’t know how to put them all together. This situation is likely to happen even if you are not a professional photographer or you are making your first steps. It is good if you have a family which loves taking a photo, but what to do if it is quite opposite? For these reasons it would be a good idea to bring a few pictures as inspiration, so you can take notes before a session or a family reunion.

Imagination Time

 

Something that is always recommended let the imagination work. Capture the moments and the people just the way they are. Don’t ask them to repeat a certain situation: it is annoying and it will look unnatural in photos. Just play with the family members carrying a camera around your shoulder and your imagination in your head.

Playing With the Depth of Field

 

Your camera has a magical power. Playing with blur and focusing is a magical weapon and you should use it whenever you think that it is suitable. Focus your Mom while preparing a food, and blur everything behind her. Focus your Dad while preparing a barbecue fire and sharpen the edges. The final result will be stunning.

Changing the Point Of View

Playing with the perspective is something that always works, either because you attract the attention immediately or because it is fun to perform and the smiles appear naturally.

A Unique Idea

You can also ask everyone to do the same gesture at the same time. The same gesture will show the personality differences and the photo will be remarkable. For instance, the picture where everyone has closed their eyes, you will be able to see how differently your loved ones look and capturing the unique moment is important, right? It seems as a simple exercise and nevertheless gives very interesting results.

In the Countryside

What most of the people like about any trip is to take pictures. If you stay near the city, with all the noise of cars and people, it is very likely that the daily tension will still be present, so the photo shooting isn’t something you should offer. How about organizing a family trip to somewhere where everyone will feel relaxed and stress free? A countryside, for instance. You will then enjoy taking photos and capturing the memories.

Family selfie

Although it is not a very original image, it can be very nice. Everyone is posing but not looking at the camera. Or, capturing a moment when you all look at the mobile phone camera to take a selfie. You should put a timer on your pro camera and go join your loved ones so you can get a rather incredible family photo. Everyone like selfies, bear that in mind and use it occasionally.

The pet is also part of the family

“Not without my dog” could be the perfect title for some family photos. Pets are more than the core of the family: the home is not the same without them. Why leaving them out? Although they do not have to stand out in pictures, they can give a lot of fun and help you capture moments full of emotions.

Everyday moments

Outdoor sessions offer many advantages, although they are not always possible. Or they are not the option chosen by the family. If it is a question of photographing in an interior and there is the possibility of photographing at home, it can be nice. Yes, decoration, light and other aspects can hinder the session, but, in return, you can achieve more intimate, spontaneous images and all family members will be more relaxed because they are in a comfortable and safe environment for them. Let them do some of their daily activities, integrate, eat or have snacks with them, settling in their house for a day. It portrays theirs and your most personal side.

Since 2009, PhotographyTalk has helped many photographers in the world with the advice and tips for taking a perfect shot. Huffington Post, Inc. Magazine, Forbes and many others acknowledged the importance of the Photography Talk. Their contribution to continuous and alternate process of learning and working is important for today’s photography.

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How to Help Your Baby and Your Dog Bond

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

How to Help Your Baby and Your Dog Bond

 

Your dog is your best friend and can sometimes even feel like your first baby, but what happens when you bring a new family member into your circle? Your four-legged baby may feel threatened by your bundle of joy, and that’s when problems arise. Letting a child bond with your dog is of great importance for their development, since dogs provide many health and emotional benefits for people, so you’ll need to learn how to help your dog accept your newborn.

Prepare the dog for the encounter

You’ll have nine months to think about the best way to introduce your dog to your little one, and if you’ve been postponing the behaviour training, now is the time to finally do it. Having a dog that will obey and respond properly to commands such as “off”, “stop” and “no” is imperative when you’re expecting. It would be a good idea to have a friend or relative who already has a baby come over and see whether your dog will be okay with an infant in the same room. You’ll get a chance to see if the dog becomes anxious around a baby and if you need to prepare the pooch even more or not. In addition, let the dog sniff your baby’s blanket and become familiar with the new scent.

Introduce them gradually

Before you bring the baby home, let your dog blow off steam and get rid of all the pent-up nervous energy so that it will be calm around the child. It’s crucial that the pooch is tranquil and obedient during the encounter. The mommy should enter the home alone first and greet the dog, because it will be excited to see her after a while. The dog should be restrained on a leash while the mom is on the chair with the baby in her arms, covering its head with her hand to show the dog that she is protecting her baby.

Set boundaries

Once the baby is old enough to play with the puppy, teach them how to act around and approach the dog. They shouldn’t run to them and grab them, because the dog may be nervous at first, so the baby should be quiet and still or they’ll scare the animal. Also, don’t forget to keep the dog clean and safe from various insects. This is especially important if your child is going to play with the dog a lot. It’s best if you used a treatment such as Advantix for dogs to keep your dog safe from ticks and fleas. This way you’ll keep both your pet and your child safe and sound. Furthermore, teach your kids that they shouldn’t grab the dog, give them a big hug or pat their head, but instead explain that it’s much safer if they touched the animal on the side of their face or under their chin.

Let them play

To increase the bonding factor, you can let your child engage in various games with the dog. You can let them play hide and seek, piggy in the middle or chasing, which will allow positive interactions between the child and the dog. Also, always supervise all contact between your dog and your baby, because you need to be close to intervene if any problem arises. Considering both children and dogs love to play, it’s essential that they have separate toys, because animals can be territorial. This is why you should keep all the baby’s toys away from the dog’s play space, and don’t encourage your child to play with the dog’s toys, because that can lead to a confrontation.

Having a dog is a huge responsibility and it becomes an even bigger challenge when you’re bringing a new baby home. So, if you don’t know how to make this transition smooth and help the pet bond with your newborn, the previously mentioned tips will help you make the process less complicated.

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What, Where, and When to Plant

What, Where, and When to Plant

Different areas of the world have different temperatures, but are you aware of the difference in soil?

Gilmour.com has come up with an incredible plant zone map that will guide you on the 3 w’s… what to plant, where to plant, and also when to plant. Click on the map and find out your zone, then on your zone to see what is best in your area. Happy planting!

 


Zone 1 | Zone 2 | Zone 3 | Zone 4 | Zone 5 | Zone 6 | Zone 7 | Zone 8 | Zone 9 | Zone 10 | Zone 11 | Zone 12

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5 Tropical Wedding Destinations of Your Dreams

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.,

5 Tropical Wedding Destinations of Your Dreams

Planning a wedding is never easy but it’s also a lot of fun! If you’ve always dreamed about saying the faithful “I do” at a magical and exotic place, then you’ll definitely want to look into the most popular tropical wedding destinations. It may be more challenging for the organization and planning in some aspects, but, on the other hand, these places also provide special wedding packages to make the whole burden of preparation a bit lighter for you and your spouse-to-be. If you’re still thinking about the perfect spot in the world for your big day, take a look at the following destinations.

  1. Costa Rica

If you want to make sure that you start off your married life happy and fulfilled, you may be interested in joining hands in one of the happiest countries in the world. Costa Rica, like other places on this list, is a perfect choice for couples looking for something truly special and magical that can also become the best place for a honeymoon. The breathtaking nature of Costa Rica will leave everyone amazed, and there will be plenty of sightseeing and exploration to do. From magnificent beaches, waterfalls, rainforests and even volcanoes to gorgeous black and white sand beaches, Costa Rica is the ideal destination to start your life journey together.

  1. Moorea, Tahiti

Those of you that are true Moana fans would definitely enjoy a trip to Tahiti for this happy occasion. Among all the Tahiti islands, Moorea is undoubtedly the most picturesque place to get married at. The greenery of mossy mountains paired with the bright blue of the lagoons make this particular place in the world absolutely mesmerizing. Not only will it allow you to enjoy its beauty and endless adventure, but it will also serve as an amazing backdrop for all your wedding and honeymoon photos wherever you decide to snap a pic. Of course, you’ll get to experience real Tahitian culture and sing songs to celebrate your love and future.

  1. Australia

Want something spectacular when it comes to both natural sights and modern entertainment? Then Australia is the ideal wedding destination for the two of you. What’s more, the guests will have so many different options for fun time as well. Australia is an amazing country as it allows you to customize your memorable wedding experience however you see fit. From astonishing beaches and venues that will make for the most magical beach weddings you could ever think of, to more whimsical settings. For instance, you could go for the lush Paronella Park that allows you to get married in a castle surrounded by amazing wildlife, and even Taronga Zoo, for those of you looking for both elegance and adventure. As you can see, Australia is the ideal tropical place to be for couples who want their wildest dreams fulfilled.

  1. Jamaica

One cannot discuss tropical wedding destinations without considering Jamaica as well. After all, this place is famous for tropical weddings and its beauty. The island is covered with white and golden sand as well as rich mountainous foliage, while almost every hotel in Jamaica has several different wedding packages for couples to choose from. Due to the mentioned popularity of the destination, it’s very easy to organize the whole wedding with almost no hassle on your part. Obviously, this Caribbean Island is full of places to explore and adventures to discover, and is also the perfect spot in the world for the ultimate relaxation as well. Essentially, Jamaica has it all for both your and your guests’ comfort and enjoyment.

  1. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

In case you’re interested in a tropical destination that will have enough fun and entertaining options, together with breathtaking nature but also very private and secluded spots that just scream romance, Punta Cana island in Dominican Republic is definitely the place to choose for your perfect wedding day. As mentioned, you can choose private beaches for your wedding day, but also enjoy colorful and vibrant villages and amazing service. In the end, you can get the best of both worlds, and customize your stay however you want. After all, Punta Cana also has plenty of fun activities such as water sports, surfing camps, catamaran excursions, etc. so that you can easily pick something more exciting, while relaxing time in the villages and beaches will always wait for you.

Don’t give up from your tropical wedding dream just because you think it’s too difficult to pull it off. As mentioned before, these destinations are popular and have plenty of wedding packages to make things easy for you. It’s true that you’ll have to start your organization and prep sooner than later, and seriously take care of all the tasks, but the wonder, beauty and magic of starting your married life somewhere absolutely beautiful and slightly mysterious will definitely allow you to make the fondest of memories.

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Some Suggestions That Might Ensure Better Health In The Long-Term

Some Suggestions That Might Ensure Better Health In The Long-Term

Maintaining your health is crucial to a happier future. You might be able to binge on food or drink too much alcohol without any negative consequences whilst you’re young, but the effects of neglecting your health will start to show as the years go by. Still, there’s a lot you can do to improve your health in the long-term, and you don’t have to devote your life to healthy living in order to make a big difference. Here are some suggestions that might ensure better health in the long-term.

 

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Make an improvement to your bodily health.

The first step to ensuring better long-term health is to take better care of your body. Eating better food is a good place to start. You need to make sure that you’re getting the sustenance your body needs; ensure that your diet includes a variety of all the different food groups necessary to keep your body balanced. In addition, you should exercise regularly. Everybody needs to keep their body moving for the sake of their overall health. Whilst you don’t need to start running marathons, you should be physically active in some capacity if you want to maintain a healthy mind, heart, and weight level in the long-run.

 

Of course, some people struggle with exercise or any sort of physical exertion because of chronic pain. If you’ve been having a hard time maintaining your physical health because it hurts to move too much then you might want to look into a marijuana delivery cali that could give you the medical assistance necessary to alleviate some of your pain. It’s important to seek whatever help you need to ensure your body is prepared for physical activity. Exercising is so important to long-term health.

 

Book regular medical appointments.

Obviously, you don’t usually need to see a medical professional unless you notice a problem with your health (and it’d be pretty difficult to book weekly visits given how long some waiting lists can be), but you should aim to book regular medical appointments whether you notice medical issues or not. For example, you should see your dentist once every year. Brushing and flossing your teeth will keep those pearly whites healthy, but it’s important to get the advice of a medical professional to make sure that you are maintaining proper dental care.

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Start prioritizing your mental health.

If you want to stay healthy in the long-term then you need to start prioritizing your mental health. As discussed earlier, keeping your body healthy can have a hugely positive impact on the health of your mind, but there’s still a lot that can be done to directly target mental issues you might be having. For example, managing stress levels is an important life skill that many of us should aim to learn in the modern world. Most of us experience jobs at work, at school, or even at home. It can have negative effects on your mental and physical health, so you should address this issue. Talk to friends and family about how you’re feeling. Embrace your support network. You might even want to talk to a therapist.

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Secure your home before going for a trip

Secure your home before going for a trip

 

Before going for your much-awaited vacation, you will definitely want to protect your home from break-ins, vandalism, etc. There are several ways that will help you prevent a burglar from breaking into your house. One of the most important things to keep in mind is to not post about your vacation on social media while you are away. Burglars will look for status updates and photos of any vacation that would tell them when you will not be there at your place. You can post the photos after returning home. Follow some strategies to secure your home while you are away on a vacation: 

Do not make it obvious that you are not at home:

You can ask your trustworthy neighbor, family member, or a friend to come to your house every day for collecting your mail, or you can stop the delivery of newspapers at your place during the time of your vacation. If this is not done, the burglar will realize that your house is empty and nobody is stopping by. It is better if the person receiving the mail or newspaper vary his or her time of coming to your house. If your home is being cased, an intruder will be least likely to break-in as he or she will not know when your friend or family will come to collect the mail and newspapers.

You can even put monitored lights on the timers so that they can turn on and off implying the presence of people at home. You can even install a home automation system that will allow you to control the lights while you are on your vacation, using your smartphone. Lights turning on and off at different times without being in the same pattern will imply that someone is at home.

Install monitored house security system:

 

It has been found out that about 60% of convicted burglars have avoided houses that had security systems. If any home security system keypad could be noticed inside a window sticker, the door, or a yard sign, they used to move to some other home that did not have any security system.

Keep all the valuables away from your windows:

When intruders wish to get inside your home, they will be more interested if the valuables are seen through the windows. This will help them plan their task quickly. They will first target your bedroom because all valuables including jewelry, money, etc. are kept there. No matter how secure the doors and windows are, valuables should be kept away from outside view. If you do not have a safe, then hide the valuables in places like the soil of any artificial plant, inside the books, etc.

Keep away your spare key:

Do not ever leave the spare keys in places like under mats, under rocks, or in flower pots. If someone comes to your house to take care of things, give them the spare key. If you have installed a home security system, then give them the password in case the security alarm gets accidentally triggered. But share the code or give the spare key only to trustworthy people.

Ask someone to take care of your property:

 

If you go for a summer vacation, then hire somebody to look after your lawn. If you go for a winter vacation, then hire somebody to shovel snow. Don’t keep your property neglected as it is a sign that your home is empty, giving an opportunity for potential intruders to break-in. Ask somebody to throw the trash from your house.

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5 Tips on How to Prepare Your Car for a Road Trip

By Guest Blogger, Brigitte E., Editor at highstylelife.com

5 Tips on How to Prepare Your Car for a Road Trip

Road trips are an increasingly popular form of vacation gaining traction across the globe. In countries like Australia, the horizon of possibilities stretches far beyond what you can even imagine. Coastal trips are becoming more and more popular, attracting families, friend posies, and solo travelers. However, there are some things you might want to do before you hop in your car. Heading out in the open road unprepared is not the wisest move. You need to ensure your car is ready to endure all the trials and tribulations ahead.

Maintenance tasks

On the surface, your vehicle might appear to be fine, but do not take any chances. Carry out thorough maintenance beforehand and see to it that there are no safety concerns. Tightly secure hoses and belts. Make certain there are no cracks in the windshield. Perform a simple voltage test to check whether your battery is fit for a challenge. Scorching temperatures in the Australian outback can really build up under the hood. This is more than a minor inconvenience as it can really drain your car’s battery, especially if it is an aged one. You certainly do not want to get stranded in the middle of nowhere.

Mechanical checkup

From a mechanical standpoint, everything should work like clockwork. Breaks are a key safety component, so measure their pads and audit brake fluid level. Furthermore, inspect the filter, which constantly supplies your engine with air. While at it, look at the lights, including headlights, brake and hazard lights, blinkers, and interior lights. This prevents your visibility from being impaired on the road. Of course, should you encounter difficulties, you can call professionals to inspect the vehicle.  I hired a mobile mechanic from the Gold Coast and hit the road fully confident.

All fluids go

Cars need their fluids just like our bodies need them. Therefore, auditing their level is always high on the checklist. Those who are going on a longer road trip need to top up windshield washer, transmission, and wiper fluids. Do not overlook radiator coolant or power steering fluid either. As for antifreeze/engine coolant, it is also vital, even more so for colder destinations. Namely, chilly weather could freeze fluids in your car and lead to serious setbacks and costly repairs. Finally, see if it is time to do an oil change. We cannot stress enough the importance of having enough juice at all times.

Tire pressure and condition

Tires take the heaviest beating and they must be in tiptop shape. So, check if your tire pressure is on the level prescribed in the owner’s manual. Next, assess their condition: there should be no bulges in the sidewall. In case your tires are more than two years old, then it is recommended to examine the tread depth. Do a penny test to see how it holds up. Hold a Lincoln penny and place it head-down in one of the grooves of the tire surface. If the tread does not obscure all of Lincoln’s head on the coin, your tire is good to go.

 

Stay fresh and clean

It is also a good idea to give your car a good scrub and wipe. After all, cleaning the inside and out will ensure you have the most pleasant road experience. A good place to start is decluttering. Get all the unnecessary items out of the vehicle and make room for those you are going to need once you set off (such as an emergency kit with road flares, jumper cables, etc.). See to it there is no garbage or food residue anywhere. Vacuum the floor, clean the windows, and dust all interior surfaces. Add an air freshener to do away with bad smells.

Smooth sailing

To stay on the safe side, you should schedule an extensive checkup and maintenance.  This is an essential part of trip planning and preparation. In other words, get a closer look at what is happening under the hood. Pay close attention to things like tire pressure and fluid level. Be ready for whatever comes your way and see to it that your vehicle runs like clockwork — both you and your four-wheeled friend must be up to a task. Doing due diligence will give you peace of mind and minimize risks, even when wandering off the beating track.

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