Why You Should Own An Outdoor Car Cover

Just like you wouldn’t stand out in the rain or snow without an umbrella and warm clothing, so you also shouldn’t leave your car in these weather conditions without proper protection. But even if the weather is warm and sunny, there are still other external factors which can cause damage to your car. Bird droppings, leaves falling from trees, direct heat and sunlight or an accidental tap from a neighbor can all do damage to the appearance of your car over time.

You want to be prepared for anything that may go near your car when it’s outside, so having a proper outdoor car cover is essential. The fabric is stronger and is specifically designed not only to protect the outside, but it also keeps out moisture and protects the inside of your car as well.

Whether you have a regular sized car, an SUV, truck, motorcycle, station wagon or ATV, there are covers available for every type of vehicle. Many people make sure to own several different kinds, like thinner ones in the summer and thicker, more durable ones in the winter. But many people make the mistake of thinking they can use their indoor car cover when their car is outdoors. They may not see any signs of damage at first, but over time, even over the course of one season, signs of deterioration will definitely start to become obvious. Paint will start to chip, hub caps will become rusty, and other parts of the car will not look fresh anymore.

Of course, some deterioration to the exterior is inevitable and will happen to all cars over time, but you can definitely delay the aging process of your vehicle by only using an outdoor cover when your car is outdoors.

First of all, a car cover that is designed for the outdoors is made with more layers than an indoor one. You can still use your outdoor cover every day, even when the weather is mild. But if the weather suddenly changes you can feel confident that your car is protected.

Another benefit of an outdoor car cover is that your car will be subjected to less outdoor debris. Wind, leaves and dust that fall on a car through the course of a day takes a toll on the appearance of your car. But you can throw an outdoor car cover on your car, and even when it’s hailing outside, you won’t even be able to tell when you take it off.

The Essential Guide to Adjusting Your Car Headrest

Why Should I Worry About Adjusting My Headrest?

Whiplash is a common injury sustained when a car is shunted from behind, often when it is stationary at a junction. The vehicle behind impacts with the car in front. Whilst the trunk of the body is connected to the car as it is pressed against the seat, the head and neck are normally not touching the seat. As the car and body move forward with the impact, the head and neck stay in the same position as they have not yet felt the force of the impact. If the headrest is in the wrong position, while the rest of the body and trunk is moving forward the neck now gets thrown over the back of the chair and headrest and "whip-lash" snapped back up and forwards.

Now the neck is moving forwards, the seatbelt has done its work and is now bringing the body back into the seat. Unfortunately, this means that there is a second snapping period, when the body has gone right back into the seat and the neck now whips forward into its over extended state, snapping back when it hits the chest.

That is twice now that your poor neck has been damaged, so I hope that you are now convinced it is worth taking just a few minutes to adjust your headrest correctly before each and every journey (when moving between vehicles).

It is this over extension and over flexion that stretches the neck muscles way beyond their normal comfort zone causing them to sustain often long term and permanent damage. Sleepless nights of discomfort are often guaranteed!

So How Should You Correctly Adjust Your Headrest?
Most car headrests are set too low, and can actually cause increased whiplash pain as the neck will snap back over them in the event of a rear end collision.

The Rule Of Thumb!
The rule of thumb is that the top of the headrest should be level with your eyes. If you position your headrest with the top of the eyes you will have a good chance that if you are hit from behind, you will limit the impact of the whiplash injury. Maybe the months of sleepless nights will only be a few days. Pain well saved!