When you have a family of any size, a car is very important. It is the thing that gets your kids to school and you and your partner/spouse to work. Therefore, when it breaks down it can not only cause a dent in your budget, it can disrupt your day-to-day routine and schedule. The best way to deal with issues your car could potentially have in the future is by preventing them from happening in the first place. Fortunately, this is very easy.
In the following post, we are going to outline some of the important checks you should carry out regularly to make sure you are never stuck by the side of the road or in your drive.
Tires are the one and only part of your car that should ever touch the ground, so they must be in good condition. They need to have enough air in them for your car to run smoothly and safely. Rather than relying on your eyes, you should invest in a good quality tire gauge, or go to a gas station to check.
Look Out for Leaks
A quick glance around your car will tell you if there are any leaks. Although it is often the case that it’s just condensation if you have been firing up the air conditioning, it’s not always so innocuous as that. Sometimes the leaks could be a lot worse and mean that the transmission fluid, antifreeze or even the brake fluid is leaking. If you have any doubts about how serious the leak may be, you should take it to your local service shop as soon as possible. It’s better to be safe rather than sorry.
Check the Wipers
Are your wipers working properly? If it’s not raining and you are in the middle of the summer, it is still a good idea to run checks on the wipers. Squirt some of the washer fluid onto the window and then make them move. If they are not clearing the glass properly and just leaving a smeared kind of a mess, it may be time to have them replaced or cleaned at the very least.
Never Avoid Warning Lights
Look out for warning lights on the dashboard when you turn the engine on as these are indicators that something’s not quite right. Are you in the habit of ignoring these or pushing them to one side until you have time to deal with them? Don’t. If it’s the brake assist, lane-keeping, tire pressure, antilock brakes or airbags or the check engine light, you should always stop and try and figure out what’s wrong. If you are not sure, take it to your local car shop.
One of the most important checks is one that you probably forget about often. We all know when our car needs a top-up of petrol or diesel because it would simply stop running if it didn’t have enough. Likewise, we know when the washer fluid needs to be topped up because the wipers aren’t cleaning the windows well enough.
However, do you know how to check the oil levels? This is easier than you think and can be done by anyone, even if you are the least familiar with the workings of a car. If you discover that there is not enough oil in your car, you must top it up as soon as possible. Speak to a motor oil dealer for more help, if necessary.
Being a single mother or parent is one of the hardest things you can do in life. It’s not something anyone readily chooses. No one is sitting at home thinking “first on the agenda today – become a single parent”. That’s because trying to raise a child or children while also caring for their emotional needs and providing for them financially is difficult. In the following post, we are going to discuss a number of the most common and hardest struggles all single mothers need to deal with and how you may be able to handle them better if you’re in a similar situation.
Tiredness and Fatigue
As being a single mother involves doing what two people should be doing, you’re bound to feel physically, mentally and emotionally tired out. However, because you have dependents, your children, it’s important you don’t allow it to become too much and engulf you so you can’t function properly.
You need to find ways to chill out, refuel and charge your batteries. Whether it’s just from getting sleep and asking for help with childcare from a friend or relative, so you get a break for your bundles of joy. Perhaps take up some physical activity, as that will improve your fitness. Whatever you do, do it for you and try to get joy from it.
Feelings of Guilt
There seems to be no end to those special feelings of guilt single parents tend to feel. They can be especially hard to get rid of if you’re responsible, or feel you are, for the situation you and your kids are in right now. Whatever you’re guilty about, you need to try and work through it. If you feel guilty you have made a mistake that has led to your single parent status, take responsibility for it, learn a valuable lesson from it and live your life. Mistakes happen in life, as none of us is perfect, the better way is to deal with it rather than letting it swallow us whole.
What if it’s someone else’s fault? Well, there’s no healthy reason why you should hold onto anger, forgive and get past it. There’s no turning back or undoing things, but you need to do what is best for your kids now and in the future. Try to work on the relationship you have with your children’s other parent to reduce the friction.
The sting divorce, death and other events that can cause single parenthood, affect more than just your status. They can leave you with serious financial strains, as you’re having to deal with the load normally handled by two people. If you’re having trouble making ends meet and feel the need to take on two jobs, your children may end up resenting you.
They will appreciate you were working hard for them but will not love the fact work always took you away from them. Having a second income and job is no bad thing, but it’s the type of work you choose that matters. Do you have skills you could put to good use outside of your regular work? If you have payroll, bookkeeping or accountancy skills, for instance, you could consider being an accountant for a restaurant. This type of role won’t mean you always have to be in the office and away from kids and if you’re working freelance, there’s more leeway for you to dictate your working hours.