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  • Keeping your car rust free

    Keeping your car rust-free prevents serious damage and maintains the look and value of your car. Here are 6 detailed steps and a few extra tricks for preventing rust on your car.  Big thanks to Instructables for the great article! Step 1: General Maintenance Wash your car every two weeks; once a week if it is wet with salt on the roads. Wax your car once every four months. Keep the inside clean as well, being sure to clean up after any spills which can start rust from the inside. Image Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/11563/the-best-cleaning-implements-for-washing-your-car-or-truck/ Step 2: Take Extra Care around Salt Salt speeds rust, so be careful to keep your car clean if you live by the ocean or in the winter when there’s salt on the road. Clean the underside of your car and your wheel wells when filthy or at least once a week during the winter when salt is out. If your car is seriously at risk for rust because of regular exposure to salt, etc. you can clean it and then spray it with a lubricant appropriate for cars or even paint it with a proper coating for the surface (this should be done by a professional). Step 3: Rust Coating! If you are in a very salty climate or are already fending off rust problems, you may want to consider coating your car with a rust-preventing spray. Key is to keep metal surfaces dry- whether you wipe them off after use, or protect them with paint, lacquer, lubricant or wax. If you are going to spray your car with anything flammable. Make sure the engine is cold and give it some time for the vapours to clear up before you fire it up again. Try to avoid spraying on your exhaust or mufflers so they don’t get too smelly when hot. Step 4: The Extra Steps Before any long periods of inactivity, wash and spray down a rust-preventing spray. Drive further behind other vehicles to prevent knicks from pebbles they kick up. Cover your car with a car cover whenever possible. Step 5: Inspect Regularly! Examine your car for rust often. External painted parts will show rust when the paint bubbles or blisters up. On other metal parts, just look for the beginnings of rust. There are 3 areas to look for rust: the engine and trunk, the undercarriage of the car and the external painted…

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  • Mental Health Month

    October is known worldwide as Mental Health Month. “Some of the greatest battles will be fought within the silent chambers of your own soul.” – Ezra Taft Benson Ezra speaks truly, the worst battles we can fight are those within ourselves, against voices that persist and habits that were once healthy and now don’t serve to help us at all. Mental Health problems are a silent enemy, one that those around us can neither see nor hear, but that those who suffer from it can scarcely avoid. Where do you hide from your own mind? Mental Health Month seeks to raise awareness of these conditions and what you can do to help those who suffer from them. History Of Mental Health Month The story of mental health care is a long one, reaching far back into history where men and women battled with what were believed to be literally invisible demons that lived in their heads. Prayer and exorcisms, witch doctors and shamans alike were called on to aid those who struggled with these conditions. Later it was determined that rather than some supernatural element, it was clear that those suffering from these disorders were, in fact, dealing with medical conditions that could be treated, though no one quite knew how in those days. It wasn’t until on Clifford W. Beers attempted suicide after his first battle with the (then unknown) bipolar disorder and the death of his brother that someone finally started championing those who suffered from mental health disorders. His experience in those institutions at the time showed him that something had to be done to help others with similar issues, and began a long quest to improve the mental health profession. Mental Health Month was established to champion this quest, and to help raise awareness of all the conditions and the millions of people who battle them every month. How To Celebrate Mental Health Month Mental Health Month is best celebrated by educating yourself on the conditions that those with mental disorders live with. A little understanding can go a long way towards helping these individuals live an open and meaningful life, and feel welcome and loved among their friends and families. You can also volunteer at local clinics, and aid the entire community by providing much-needed assistance to these organizations. If nothing else, a simple donation to one of the organizations who work to champion the…

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  • Tips on fuel-efficient driving

    With yet another petrol price increase looming, here are some tips on fuel-efficient driving and car maintenance that will help you stretch your paycheque further. If you own a company with a fleet of cars, it’s a great idea to circulate this article through the workplace to also help in reducing company vehicle fuel expenditure. It’s as simple as making minor tweaks and changes to your daily driving habits. Here are some key points to help you get started. Drive slower: The faster you drive, the more energy (fuel) is required to maintain speed. If you drive slower, your car will use less energy and overall fuel consumption will be drastically reduced. Increasing your highway cruising speed from 90km/h to 120km/h can raise fuel consumption as much as 20%. You can improve your fuel mileage 10 – 15% by driving at 90km/h rather than 104km/h. Drive smoother: Aggressive accelerating and braking quickly or unnecessarily can increase fuel consumption by as much as 40%. To reduce fuel consumption, rather accelerate slowly and smoothly. When braking, apply the brakes gently or alternatively take your foot off the accelerator. Change gears properly: Changing gears at the right time can reduce fuel consumption. It’s important to change gears without putting the engine under unnecessary strain. Don’t over-rev the engine while changing gears, rather change gears smoothly to reduce fuel consumption. Change up through the gears and into top gear as soon as possible without accelerating harder than necessary. Driving in a gear lower than you need wastes fuel; so does letting the engine labour in top gear on hills and corners. Read the traffic: Anticipating the traffic and road ahead can reduce fuel consumption. For example, if a traffic light in the distance turns red, don’t speed up to it and brake suddenly to a stop. Rather reduce your speed or coast’ towards the traffic light. Be aware of traffic and the road ahead of you and drive accordingly to improve your fuel efficiency. Avoid excessive idling: Idling consumes fuel. If you are idling for longer than one minute, rather turn your engine off. The amount of fuel used to restart your engine is minimal compared to idling for long periods of time. Plan and combine trips: Planning and combining your everyday driving trips can reduce your overall fuel consumption. A single, combined trip is more economical than several, separate trips. Minimise use of…

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  • Be late for something day

    Let’s face it, life is too short not to stop and enjoy the moment from time to time. That’s exactly why we celebrate “Be late for something day” every year on the 5th of September! Learn about Be Late For Something Day Are you one of those people who’s incredibly punctual? Are you enslaved to the clock and counting every minute? Do you consider letting yourself have one moment of leisure when you’re supposed to be somewhere something tantamount to a grievous sin? What’s wrong with you? You don’t need to be on time everywhere you go, you need to stop and smell the roses once in a while and realize it’s all just one long rush to the grave if you don’t take some time for yourself. Be Late For Something Day reminds us that sometimes, just sometimes, it’s ok to let things slide and not quite be on time. History of Be Late For Something Day There are some people who are just exceptional at putting things off and showing up late, and while normally we consider such behaviour to be rude and entirely unacceptable, especially as a habit, Be Late For Something Day was established by the Procrastinators’ Club of America to tell us otherwise. Every day of our lives we are taught to follow rules and stick to schedules and not keep anybody waiting, but really, when has being kept waiting really hurt anyone? Never! That’s when, and in fact, there have been important business connections have only managed to be formed because someone was late, and met when they otherwise wouldn’t. The stress of sticking exactly to a schedule has been shown to be detrimental to the health and well-being of people, especially when failing to do so causes people stress. Know why it causes stress? Because people are worried about sticking to a schedule and cause themselves to get stressed out if they don’t. Slow down, enjoy the world you live in, and give yourself a break when you might not otherwise. How to celebrate Be Late For Something Day Well, we spelt that out pretty clearly already, didn’t we? Take some time for yourself and allow yourself to be late for something. Good news is, since you’re planning it, you can make sure it’s not going to be something truly detrimental. See a small shop on your way to your destination that catches…

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  • International Beer Day

    We would like to raise our glasses today in celebrations of International Beer Day! If you are celebrating, please remember to do so responsibly. Most importantly, please do not drink and drive! Fun fact, International Beer Day does not have a set date but is rather celebrated on the first Friday of August each year. Learn about International Beer Day If you look around your city, one of the staples of any city is a good bar, a friendly pub or a busy club. So no matter if your in rural Ireland, busy Hong Kong, the backwoods of Canada or even in the United Arab Emirates, there is always someplace to have a brewski. And this day is for those that do enjoy those drinks, and to appreciate those that make them – International Beer Day! History of International Beer Day Originally started in Santa Cruz, California, International Beer Day began to celebrate the craft of brewing and to show appreciation for those involved in the making of deer. This quickly expanded to included bartenders and other beer technicians. Not only did it expand in scope, but in size as well, quickly gaining international recognition and following within only a short year. In between 2007 when it was started in Santa Cruz, and currently where it is now celebrated in 207 cities, 50 countries and on 6 continents. Diverse and new experiences are the hallmark of International Beer Day, encouraged the sharing of techniques on how to make beer, along with how to enjoy it. Various foods and activities that go along with it, to celebrate this enjoyable day of brewing skill. How to celebrate International Beer Day The founders of the International Beer Day had three declared reasons for the day, and are as follows: Gather with friends and enjoy the taste of beer. Celebrate those responsible for brewing and serving beer. Unite the world under the banner of beer, by celebrating the beers of all nations together on a single day. However, many folks agree, just raise your glass, tankard, bottle or can and toast those that make the amazing brew possible. Whether it as at a bar, club, pub, or even just a cook-out, it is easy enough to find a place to get a brew or two. Most places that hold events do so by tapping new, or in some cases rare, beers, hosting a happy…

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