The winter weather is slowing down drivers. But if you follow a few simple steps, you can ensure your trip doesn’t come to a halt when temperature drop.

1. Use a Lock De-Icer: If you return to your car and the locks are frozen, de-icer will help you get your doors unlocked and opened. If you don’t carry de-icer, you can make it simply by heating your car key with a cigarette lighter. Once the key is hot enough, stick it in your lock, and the heat will thaw the lock from the inside. You may have to warm the key more than once.

2. Warm up Your Car: Newer cars only need approximately 30 seconds of running time after a cold start, but AAA recommends warming your car for at least 5-10 minutes. It is important to warm your oil and engine.

3. Fill up Your Tank: During the winter months, keep at least a half of tank of gas in your car at all times to prevent the gas line from freezing.

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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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