|Yes, this Subaru is in our driveway.|
Photo: Erika JN Fish
One Car, Two Car, Clean Car, Poo Car
|Shiny, Happy Q7|
Photo: Erika JN Fish
I wish we had room in the garage for both cars because one car will be in the driveway and I just can't be bothered to keep both of them all sparkly clean at the same time. I baby my favorite vehicle (Q7) and let it stay in the garage, while my second-favorite vehicle (Prius) gets to sit in the driveway under an oak tree that hosts a million of birds. We try to keep the garaged SUV washed and vacuumed, but it's our ski car and therefore spends most of the winter muddy both inside and out. We do wash and vacuum the Q7 and get the undercarriage washed as often as possible in the winter, but it isn't as often as we'd like. Once spring comes the SUV sits nice and pretty in the cool garage waiting for our next trip. The only babying the Q7 needs now is some leather conditioner around the gear shift. One of my favorite things about this Q7 is that it cleans up easily and sparkles like new after every wash -- even the washes we do at home.
I do feel sorry for the Prius, but it's a good-natured little car that never
|Doesn't look exciting, but it is!|
H2O at Home Mitt
Photo: H2O at Home
Do Car Thieves Like Clean or Dirty Cars?
|Dropcam Video Camera|
When I was a kid in rural Montana, I think everyone left their keys in their vehicles. And usually in the ignition. Times have changed, and leaving keys in the ignition just isn't a good plan anymore no matter where you live. (Like it ever was.) But we all had yard lights and dogs, and I don't remember anyone having their pickup stolen.
Other than locking our cars, what other ways can we thwart car thieves?
|Lug Nut Protector|
Photo: The Club
- Motion-sensor lights that light up your driveway or parking spot
- Alarm systems (on vehicles and in garages)
- Security cameras
- Tire boots (be sure to protect your lug nuts)
- The Club for steering wheels
- Parking under a streetlamp
- Install a gate at the end of your driveway to keep the riff-raff out or in (depends on your circumstances)
- Take all of the valuables out of the vehicle
- Plaster the windshield with fake parking tickets
- Sell your car and buy a bike with panniers
My son has some of those fake parking tickets which he used liberally a few years ago when we had a party. Our friends walked out of our house and were shocked to find parking tickets on their cars that were parked in our driveway. Some of them didn't think it was that funny, so be sure to pick your pranks wisely.
The inspiration for this post came from Dropcam and a blogging campaign they are running. They're interested in hearing your tips on how to keep your vehicles safe and sound. You can also visit the new Home Security section on their site. And questions can go to firstname.lastname@example.org. (I did not receive compensation for this post.)
Please tell us: How do you baby your car? How do you keep it safe? But more importantly, how do you teach your teenagers to keep their cars clean and safe?
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