Archive for August 25, 2015

What to Do and How to Be Safe If Your Engine Overheats

check engineWhile you were driving, you slowly noticed (or perhaps quickly noticed) that the needle on your engine temperature model has just bolted upwards. What do you do now? Here’s a quick guide on what to do if your engine overheats:

  • First of all, evaluate your surroundings and safely pull over.
  • Cautiously lift the hood of your car, allowing some airflow to cool off the hot contents.
  • Look around, but whatever you do, do not touch or remove the radiator cap, which would likely result in serious injury.
  • Next, call a professional and wait for help. It is not safe to drive with an overheated engine.
  • In the meantime, try to figure out what went wrong. Perhaps you are out of coolant, or one of the cooling system’s fans is broken.

In general, the summer seems to be the worst time of the year for engines overheating. Do you have any other tips? Let us know in the comments.

Start a Healthy Habit With These Summer Breakfast Ideas

breakfastWhether or not you’re getting up for school or work in the mornings this summer, it’s still vital to eat a healthy breakfast. In fact, studies repeatedly show that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Here’s a short list of summer breakfast ideas to plan your next shopping trip around:

  • Parfait: All you need is your favorite, low-fat yogurt, some oatmeal, and assorted fruit to make this dish; don’t forget to drizzle some honey on top!
  • Quiche: Though an entire pie-shaped quiche is easy to make in advance, you can quickly make a quiche-for-one in under five minutes.
  • Scrambled eggs: Simple beat an egg and pop it into the microwave for quick scrambled eggs; you can even add cheese and veggies.
  • Oatmeal: There’s a reason that oatmeal has always been a classic; add your favorite fruits and spices to make it perfect.
  • Smoothie: Whether your smoothies are yogurt-based, ice-based, or banana-based, the quick and healthy potential combinations are endless.

Do you have any breakfast staples you frequently enjoy? Let us know in the comments.