I haven’t posted a helpful hints post in a while, so I’m making up with this one. Although today is the first day of fall, we are experiencing very summer-like temperatures here. So, I find the following summer/warm weather tips still useful. Also, as someone who has driven several old or crappy cars, I have gained some useful tips on car maintenance or work-arounds, so I am also including some car-related tips as well Enjoy!
If you’ve spent a little too much time in the sun, your skin become becomes red, sore, and dehydrated. You can easily treat those symptoms and keep a sunburn from getting worse if you accidentally worshiped the sun a little too long one day. First, take an IBUPROFEN. It is an anti-inflammatory, so taken right after coming out of the sun will help reduce the redness, plus it will relieve some of the pain of a burn. Rehydrate with WATER; drink plenty to keep your body and your skin hydrated. If your burn persists, take a cool bath with WHITE VINEGAR and water. This is an old Southern trick, but it really helps relieve your burn!
If you’re like me, mosquitoes think you’re the yummiest treat in the entire world. I can stand in a group of 10 people and be the only one who gets chewed up by the little critters. In the South, they are abundant in both size and number, so it’s really hard to avoid them. However, if you put a DRYER SHEET in your pocket, it helps keep them away. Also, AVOID BANANAS in your diet. As a runner and someone who loves bananas, this one has been the hardest for me, but this year I’ve noticed it’s been better once I avoided it in my diet during the summer.
Ever spend just way too much time enjoying the outdoors and summer heat, but find that you’re just too hot and cannot cool down? Perhaps your AC went out in your house or car? The quickest way to cool down is to run cold water or place an ice cube on your WRIST. The skin on your inner wrist is very thin and the veins you see there, go straight to main arteries in your heart, which then pumps blood to the rest of your body. Cool the blood and you cool the rest of your as it circulates through your body! When I’m running in the summer, I stop at water fountains and run cold water on my wrist for a few seconds and I’m able to run a few more miles! This also works with a cold beer or soda bottle.
Have you ever popped your hood and noticed all the gunky, crusty stuff around your battery terminals? That just a simple oxidation, and the best way to clear off the corrosion is COKE. Yes, just get a can of Coke (or most any other soda will work if you don’t have Coke), and pour some on the corroded terminal. It will eat away at it, keep pouring a little bit at a time on it until it is gone. Then pour a little bit of water to wash away the sticky, sugary soda. You should be good as new, you can now access the terminals to attach jumper cables, remove the connectors to replace the battery, or tighten the connectors if they loosened from the corrosion and weren’t making a connection. You can solve a variety of battery issues with a can of Coke!
Is the temperature gauge way over into the red zone? This means the engine is running too hot. All you have to do is turn on your HEATER. The car’s heater pulls heat off of the engine and blows it into the vents. You will eventually pull enough heat off of the engine to cool it down and you can continue on your way.
Check Engine Light
Oh no, that darn check engine light came on your dash. Get yourself to a AutoZone (or most auto parts stores) and have them run the CODES. If your car is not running at all, then you can “purchase” the codes machine from AutoZone, take it home, run the codes, look up the code, and return the machine for a refund. If it is something that isn’t a major issue or you don’t have time to have it fixed before you have to have your emissions checked, you can ignore it. However, if the light may be annoying and you will fail emissions if your light is on. You can reset the light! Just UNHOOK YOUR BATTERY (I usually just unhook the positive terminal) and hook it back up. It will reset the computer (and your radio presets) and usually the light. However, if your car is a 1996 or later model, you will have an OBD (on board diagnostics) check. The OBD checks everything based on an average of trips. So, if you unhook your battery, you will need to make several trips of varying lengths before you have the OBD check. Otherwise there won’t be enough information to create a proper average and you will still fail your OBD check.