Spring is here, but the chilly weather isn’t behind us, despite what Punxsutawney Phil predicted. So you still need to take precautions to keep your car running smoothly. Here are a few tips to keep your car in good shape as you head into spring.

1. Make sure your battery is in good shape. Cold weather can take a toll on your battery and reduces its cranking power. If your car battery is more than five years old or shows signs of weakness, now is the time to replace it. If you’re unsure, have the battery tested at an auto parts store or repair shop. The battery can be charged, but if it shows signs of being defective, you should replace it before it goes completely dead.

2. Check your wiper blades. Streaks or missed portions of your windshield are signs that your wipers are not working effectively. Wiper blades start losing effectiveness after six months. You can wipe the blades with glass cleaner for a temporary fix. Wiper blades are fairly easy to install, but if you are not comfortable doing so, most auto part stores will replace the blades free of charge upon your purchase.

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Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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