My car is broken down. I’m sitting on the side of the road. It’s already hot. There is rush-hour traffic buzzing by me and horns telling me I’m in the way, something I already know. I will be late for my 9 a.m. meeting, for which I am, of course, the presenter. The hood is open and I’m trying to figure out my next step. Who do I call — my dad, AAA, Ghostbusters?
I’ve realized from one too many of these episodes, that car issues that require pulling over to the shoulder are usually preventable. From flat tires and blowouts to oil and water top-offs, routine maintenance can help a car last longer, run smoother and get me to work on time, provided I don’t hit the snooze button too many times and manage to put on my makeup at red lights.
Fortunately, thanks to some handy car-related apps, young women everywhere, including me, can take control of much more than just the wheel. We can also get a good handle on car maintenance. Consider the following four apps:
If you have ever called around town trying to find an honest mechanic, you probably know all-too-well what a pain this can be. Thanks to the RepairPal app, you will have a good idea of what you should be paying for various repairs and maintenance issues. Just type in the kind of car you have and the repair you need, and the free app will tell you what you can expect to pay in your region. It will also suggest reputable mechanics, keep tabs on your car’s repair history, and provide one-touch access to emergency roadside assistance.
Although the pro version of the aCar app costs $5.99, it is worth every penny. After entering in the make, model and year of your vehicle, aCar will provide you with some pretty useful info about your car. If you add in your mileage and how much you just paid at the pumps, aCar will inform you how much you are paying each day to use your car. It will also predict when your next trip to the gas station will be. You can use the app to track when your car is brought in for service or repair, and it will remind you when your next oil change and other services are coming up. It’s a great way to keep on top of your car’s maintenance as well as just how costly your wheels are.
In order to have your car be as safe as possible and use fuel in the most efficient way, it’s crucial that your tires are in good shape. Driving on soft and squishy tires can not only use a lot more gas, it can also be a safety hazard. The innovative TireCheck app will allow you to check the tire pressure on your tires in an easy and fun way; and it will also show you how much money you are wasting driving on under-inflated tires. If one or two of your tires are constantly losing air, it’s probably time to replace them; instead of taking your car in for service, you can purchase your own tires from a reputable online retailer like TireBuyer and change the tires yourself. If you are not sure how to do this, download the How To Change Your Tire app or visit YouTube. Both of these options will show you in easy to follow, step-by-step instructions how to put on your new wheels. As a bonus, the app even shows you which tools you will need to get the job done, and the instructions were written with a novice tire changer in mind.
Priced at $2.99, the Car Care app is a great way to track your mileage and keep tabs on your regular service appointments. You can also track data for more than one car, and get recommendations for each vehicle as to which type of fuel is best. You can input your mileage and cost of fuel to get a good handle on your car’s fuel economy, and the app icon will indicate with a small number how many services are past-due.
Identity Magazine is all about empowering women to get all A’s in the game of life – Accept. Appreciate. Achieve.™ Every contributor and expert answer the Identity 5 questions in keeping with our theme. Their answers can be random and in the moment or they can be aligned with the above article. As a team, we hope to inspire and motivate ourselves and inspire you to get all A’s.
What have you accepted within your life, physically and/or mentally? What are you still working on accepting?
I’ve accepted that for the foreseeable future, I will probably never have a home that will be featured in a Martha Stewart magazine—with kids, a hubby and 5 pets we have a lot of “stuff” in our home. I’m still working on accepting that my kids are getting older and some day they will move out….which means maybe I will get a shot at that Martha Stewart photo shoot one day!
What have you learn to appreciate about yourself and/or within your life, physically and mentally? What are you still working on to appreciate?
I have learned to appreciate that I’m a good friend to people and that I’m always there for them when I need them. I think I’m still working on appreciating how stepping on Legos at 2 a.m. in bare feet just means you have happy kids in the home who enjoy playing with their toys.
What is one of your most rewarding achievements in life? What makes YOU most proud? What goals and dreams do you still have?
My most rewarding achievement by far is being a mom. My two sons make me so proud and I love being with them. As for goals and dreams, I would love to rent an RV one day and drive around the country with my family.
We all have imperfections, so we think. The truth—we are all perfectly imperfect. What are your not-so-perfect ways? What imperfections and quirks create who you are—your Identity?
My main imperfection that comes to mind is that I’m not great at getting enough rest. I have one son who is an early bird and one who is a night owl and so to spend time with each of them I’m typically up early and up late.
“I Love My…” is an outlet for you to express and appreciate all the positive traits that make you…well… YOU! Sharing what you love about yourself will make you smile, feel empowered, and uplift your spirit and soul. (we assure you!) Identity challenges you to complete the phrase “I Love My…?
A dear friend of mine once told me “You should never say anything about yourself that you wouldn’t say to a best friend or your mom.” I really took this to heart and strive to avoid all negative self-talk, even when said in jest. I love my positive self-talk!
Image courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net — Image “Woman With Car Broke Down” by Witthaya Phonsawat