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How to Winterize Your Car

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As the weather starts getting cooler, it’s a good idea to prepare your car for winter. Even if you don’t switch to snow tires, there are a few proactive steps you can take to make sure you, your passengers and your vehicle as as safe as possible. Here are some tips for winterizing your car.

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Check your tire pressure

If you live somewhere that regularly gets snow and don’t opt to put snow tires on each winter season, at least make sure that yours are properly inflated. As it turns out, cold weather causes air pressure in your tires to drop. According to the Art of Manliness:

For every 10 degree drop in temperature, your tire’s air pressure will drop about 1psi. A properly inflated tire ensures the best possible contact between the road and the tires which is essential for safe traction when driving in wintry conditions.

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Get a snow/ice scraper

Chances are you probably have a snow and ice scraper sitting around somewhere in your closet or basement (or possibly your trunk) leftover from previous years. Find it and make sure it’s intact and easily accessible in your car. Otherwise, treat yourself to a new one.

Put on all-weather windshield wipers

Switch out your regular wiper blades for ones designed to handle rain, sleet, snow and ice. And while you’re at it, refill your wiper fluid—specifically to one that works well in freezing temperatures.

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Check your battery

Not only is cold weather a drain on your battery, but your engine requires more battery power to start on a cold day. Avoid getting stuck by having a mechanic check your battery level—or do it yourself with a battery tester.

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Put together an emergency kit

What would you need if you got stuck somewhere in the snow and/or freezing temperatures? There are the basics—like a first aid kit, blankets and jumper cables—but there are plenty of other options to consider, from hand-warming gel packs to an extra backup battery for your cell phone. For some inspiration, check out what our readers keep in their cars.

This article was originally published in November 2010 and updated on October 21, 2020 by Elizabeth Yuko to provide additional tips, update outdated links, add a new header photo and align the content with current Lifehacker style.

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Grab this offer while it’s still around!


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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

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Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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Apple will replace AirPods Pro for free with faulty noise cancellation, static or crackling

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Today, exactly one year after Apple first launched the AirPods Pro — and thus the same day the very first AirPods Pro owners will see their one-year warranties expire — Apple has launched a repair program that offers free repairs or replacements for another whole year if your AirPods Pro experience issues with noise cancellation or static.

Specifically, Apple will fix:

Crackling or static sounds that increase in loud environments, with exercise or while talking on the phone

Active Noise Cancellation not working as expected, such as a loss of bass sound, or an increase in background sounds, such as street or airplane noise

Apple says only a “small percentage of AirPods Pro” are affected by the issues, but it apparently wasn’t just an early batch — Apple says affected units were manufactured “before October 2020,” meaning every AirPods Pro ever made might be eligible. That’s quite a recall if so. Apple says it will repair faulty AirPods Pro for two years after you first buy them.

We’ve heard complaints about degraded noise cancellation before, and at least one Verge editor has replaced their AirPods Pro under warranty. It’s nice to hear that Apple isn’t just cutting buyers off as soon as that warranty expires.

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