5 Tips To Make Sure Your Car Is Ready For Anything

I don’t know about you, but my car is like a mobile command center. Not only does it transport precious cargo (my girls), but it is also the place we eat on the go, work on the go and even nap on the go. (Well, the kiddos nap – I have to drive.) My mobile command center becomes even more important as we approach the holiday season when it is rush, rush, rush to get everything in. 

In order to keep my command center in tip-top shape, it is important that I am ready for anything on the go. Here are five tips to make sure your car is ready for anything when you are on the go. 

Solid Support – Have you checked your tires lately? No I don’t mean just looked at them to make sure you have four round ones. I mean really checked them, checked the wear and tear. The easiest way to check your tires performance is the penny test. Take a penny and place it in the tire tread of the tire with Lincoln upside down. If Lincoln’s head is completely hidden below the level of the tread, your tires are good. If Lincoln’s head is visible when looking level at the tread, then your tires need replacing. (How do your’s look? If your can see Lincoln’s head, check out the Hankook rebate offer below.) 

Stock With Munchies – I’ve got two kids, that means someone is always hungry — even if we just ate. Usually mom is quick on her toes and remembers to toss munchies in her bag for the inevitable. But too often, I forget. To ward off hungry crankies, I keep munchies stocked in the car. Dried fruit, granola bars, even crackers — when snacks are close at hand that means you don’t have to stop. Don’t forget a bottle of water or two.

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Entertainment Rocks – Here’s the thing about the holiday season, more than likely it will be filled with travel. Even short trips can be met with, “Are we there yet?” And don’t get me started on all of the errands that need running this time of year. Keep your kiddos entertained with books, coloring, dolls and even small electronics. Your sanity will thank me.

Bring a Jacket – Why? Because Mom said so. Whether you are bundling up for snowy weather or the morning starts off in the 70s (hello Florida winters), keep the car stocked with extra jackets and blankets. You never know when the weather might turn or you might be later than planned. Hungry kids might be crankier than cold kids, but sick kids are the worst. 

First Aid – Do not leave home without at least a basic first aid kit (the more you stock the better). On any given day my kids have a new cut, bump or bruise knowing that I always have extra bandages ready to go in the glovebox means I am ready whenever. For me, I keep a bottle of Excedrin — I’m no good with a headache.

Let’s talk about how to save money if you can see Lincoln’s head.

Hankook Tire Great Hit Rebate

When you are getting your car ready for winter weather and stocked with everything you need to be ready for everything, make sure you check out Hankook Tire’s 2013 Great Hit Rebate. The rebate promotion offers an $80 rebate with the purchase of four included tires from now through November 30, 2013. The tires included in the rebate program are: 

  • Ultra-High Performance All-Season: Ventus S1 noble2
  • Ultra-High Performance Summer:  Ventus V12 evo
  • Premium Touring All-Season:  Optimo H727 
  • Premium Highway All-Season Light Truck/SUV:  Dynapro HT 

Here are some standout features of Hankook’s Ultra-High Performance All-Season the Ventus S1 Noble2:

  • Asymmetric tread pattern that incorporates a Four Channel Rib Design for efficient water evacuation
  • An advanced silica rubber compound for better wet handling and braking
  • A straight Rib Block design to help prevent unwanted road noise and increase cornering grip
  • Multiple 3D Kerfs and Carving Edges provide improved winter condition traction
  • Positive Aqua Hydro Block provides highly efficient wet braking
  • A 50,000 mile limited treadwear warranty

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hankook Tires. The opinions and text are all mine.