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Winterization of Your Hybrid Car’s Exterior

carProvision of extra protection for your hybrid car during winter is necessary for maintaining not only the paint, but also the glass and the wheels. The effects of ice and snow, as well as the scrapping involved when removing them is rough on your car. Here are some of the products and procedures that can be helpful to your hybrid car in wintertime.

With respect to paint, it is essential to use a quality sealant or wax in combination with appropriate maintenance. This will increase the longevity of the paint even through the cold months. A paint sealant should be your best bet for winter paint protection since it has a tendency to not only last long, but it also needs few reapplications. Paints with acrylic-based formulas are the most preferable. For those who opt to balance gloss and durability, such paint options are also available. They give a long-lasting protection and a finish that is attractive and high gloss. Coating is the ultimate means of protecting your paint through the cold months.

Just like paint, it is vital to protect the wheels and tires of your hybrid car in wintertime. A protective wax for the wheels should be used to prevent adhesion of brake dust. To maintain a high level of protection, regular reapplications are needed. The best protection possible for your hybrid car wheels can be provided by a product such as a nano-based ceramic glass coating. This coating will not only keep the wheels clean, but also protected. Additionally, it can last a noticeably long time. Application of the coating is straightforward and simple. Tire protection is achieved in two ways. The first way is by making sure that the rubber is kept supple in very cold temperatures so that it does not crack. The second way is making sure to properly inflate your hybrid car tires.

The windshield and wipers are other exterior parts that need to be protected during winter months. The windshield should be kept frost-free and clean. A high-quality wash additive needs to be added to the windshield washer fluid to protect it from freezing. A quality ice scraper is also a necessity for every driver in snow-prone areas. The scraper should have the ability to remove all types of snow, frost and ice from windows and the windshield. Finally, it is advisable to consider purchasing a car cover if you have to park your hybrid vehicle outside during the cold months. The cover should protect your car against impact and moisture.

 

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Some Gift Ideas for Hybrid Vehicle Drivers

imagesAs Christmas is around the corner, most people are searching for gift ideas. Others have done most of the gift shopping and are waiting for the last-minute rush. Well, if you need to buy a present for yourself or one of your favorite hybrid-car drivers, here are some ideas for you.

One of the gift ideas is a t-shirt such as the Keep Calm and Drive On t-shirt whose price ranges from $20. This is especially appropriate for hybrid car drivers with a sense of humor. The t-shirt can also be gifted in combination with an Internet meme. Wearing such a t-shirt is a good way for hybrid car drivers to let the world know that they have no worries concerning their combustible battery pack. It is also a fun way for a driver to tell the world how to drive safely and avoid careless accidents.

Another gift idea to consider this Christmas is an automotive computer like those from ScanGauge that go for around $125. This gift is especially recommended for hybrid car drivers with an obsession of keeping track on the range at which their cars can move. The gauge works as a 3-in-1 automotive computer once it is plugged into the on-board diagnostic port on all hybrid cars made in the last fifteen or so years. It offers a diagnostic scan tool, multifunction trip computer, as well as various digital gauges. This computer can also display maximum, average and trip fuel economy instantaneously. All these are displayed in three significant digits. This means that it is more accurate compared to other built-in computers. In addition to offering calculation features, this gauge can help drivers to get better mileage per gallon.

Another gift idea worth mentioning is the engine block heater, which sells for around $60. It is well known that short trips, particularly in wintertime cause additional strain to a vehicle engine, which wears the engine and reduces gas mileage. The engine block heater is usually used during cold conditions because it helps in keeping the engine block, as well as the engine oil warm. The heaters are also useful in preventing the engines from freezing and facilitating cold-starting. Additionally, they help in reducing the time required to warm-up the engine, minimize emissions and improve fuel efficiency. Every hybrid vehicle produced over the past decade has a specific black heater that drivers should invest in or buy as a gift this holiday season. These are just a few of the great hybrid car accessories available for yourself or your favorite hybrid driver.

 

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