Winner, Winner, WINesday #3: International Carwash Association Winter Weather Tips + Giveaway

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Winner, Winner, WINesday #3: International Carwash Association Winter Weather Tips + Giveaway

We are all so busy getting ready for the holidays, it’s easy to forget that we also need to prepare our vehicles for winter! If you live in a cold area like I do (Idaho….brrrrrr!) then you might enjoy these awesome tips for winter prep:

International Carwash Association, through its Wash With WaterSavers consumer awareness campaign, is committed to promoting the importance of using eco-friendly carwashes that use less fresh water and return clean water back into the environment.

1. Wash and wax your car at a professional car wash – It may seem counterintuitive to get your car nice and shiny for what’s often the sloppiest season, but a thorough wash can remove harmful compounds that may cause damage when mixed with sand and road salt. Experts from the International Carwash Association also recommend a coat of wax for an extra layer of protection from the elements.

· Professional car washes can also save up to 20 percent of the amount of water you’d use by washing your car at home. They do this by treating and reusing their water, rather than releasing toxic chemicals and grime into the storm drains, which can often occur with pavement washing. Check out www.washwithwatersavers.com to see how professional car washes save water and help prevent pollution.

2. Check fluids – Check your coolant to make sure you have enough, as you’ll be left without heat if you don’t. Consult your owner’s manual to find the correct blend if you need to add more. It’s never a bad idea to keep extra coolant in your trunk in case of an emergency. Don’t forget about extra wiper fluid, either. It’s not expensive, so stock up!

3. Winter emergency kit – In addition to stocking your car with a scraper and brush, it’s a good idea to include a few provisions in case you get stranded in snowy and cold conditions. Pack extra blankets, hats and gloves, high-energy snacks like granola bars, drinking water and a first-aid kit. We have created an exclusive Winter Emergency Kit for you and one of your blog readers.

4. Test your battery – The next time you have the car in for an oil change, ask the mechanic to test your battery to make sure it can provide enough starting power once the temperature plummets.

5. Check your wipers – When sloppy weather hits, you’ll want to make sure you have strong wiper blades to see through the elements. Checking your wiper blades for wear and replacing them if needed can prevent huge visibility headaches once snow and sleet arrive.

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The Giveaway: ONE lucky SheSaved reader will win this Winter Emergency Kit prize package featuring: 

·         32 oz. WaterSavers branded water bottle

·         Carabiner key chain

·         Medium flashlight

·         2 heavy duty AA batteries

·         19-piece first aid kit

·         Survival tool

·         Pocket knife

·         Emergency poncho

·         Emergency blanket

·         2 tea light candles

·         Safety matches

·         Survival instruction card

·         Mesh sack

Entry #1: Leave a comment answering this question: What one thing do you always do to prepare for winter?

Entry #2 ~ Subscribe to my daily email newsletter or RSS Feed (and if you already do, thank you … give yourself this entry as well)

Entry #3 ~ “Like” SheSaved on Facebook (and if you already do, thank you … give yourself this entry as well)

Entry #4 ~ “Like” WaterSavers on Facebook 

Entry #5 ~ Follow WaterSavers on Twitter 

… I will leave this giveaway open until Sunday night at 10pm, December 2nd (mnt time) if you can still comment…you can still win! (that means that if I haven’t closed it yet, and you are still able to comment, you are still entered!) … once closed, I will select one winner who will have 48 hours to contact me to claim their prize! GOOD LUCK!!

*Disclosure: I did receive this product to facilitate my review. These opinions are my own and were in no way influenced by another person.

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