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#CCCWinterAdventure Instagram Contest

#CCCWinterAdventureInstagram ContestDriving through a winter wonderland? Show us, and you could win $100 to brighten up your winter day! Now through Sunday, January 10, share a photo of your winter adventure on Instagram with #CCCWinterAdventure for the chance to be featured and win $100.

To Enter Contest

  • Follow the Car Care Council on Instagram. @CarCareCouncil
  • Post an original photo from your winter travels using the hashtag: #CCCwinteradventure
  • Up to 3 entries (one per week) will be accepted

Choosing a Winner: Each Monday the Car Care Council will post the top images of the week. Represents winter travel

Contest details

Entries will be accepted until 12:00am PST on January 10th, 2016 and the winner will be selected and announced on January 11th, 2016. The winner will be announced on the Car Care Council’s Instagram and social media and messaged directly for their mailing address.

Eligibility:

The contest is open to individuals (not businesses) following the Car Care Council on Instagram and living in the United States. You do not have to be a new follower to participate.

Entries must be entirely original, and may not violate any third party rights nor use any third-party intellectual property such as copyrights, trademarks, logos or background signs. Participants acknowledge and agree that their entry does not violate any rights of privacy or publicity and that they have permission from all persons appearing in a photo. Entries must not disparage; contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, offensive, illegal, or vulgar; or promote bigotry, racism, hatred or discrimination based on race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.

The winner will be chosen by a panel based on the following criteria: creativity, represents winter travel, in line with the Car Care Council and “Be Car Care Aware” brand image. Odds of entry are improved with number of entries (up to one per week for a total of three).

By entering and/or claiming any prize, Participant grants Sponsor (Car Care Council) an irrevocable, perpetual, royalty-free, freely transferable license to use the photo and/or video for all purposes, in any and all media, whether now known or hereafter devised, including as may be modified or edited by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Photos and videos must not be copied.

 

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Driving in Winter Wonderland Takes Preparation

After two of the worst winters ever in many parts of the country, the Car Care Council suggests that motorists take a little extra time now to make sure their vehicles are prepared for the unexpected when weather arrives.

 Winter Driving Tips

“The last two winters brought record-setting snowfall. That may sound like a winter wonderland, but many motorists experienced breakdowns because they did not take preventative measures to make sure their vehicles were ready for the elements,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Taking the time now to have your vehicle checked will help you avoid getting stranded in sub-zero temperatures and facing a costly repair bill.”

The non-profit Car Care Council recommends checking the following areas of your vehicle so it is road ready when severe winter weather strikes.

  • Check the battery and charging system for optimum performance. Cold weather is hard on batteries.
  • Check the antifreeze. As a general rule of thumb, clean, flush and put new antifreeze in the cooling system every two years.
  • Check that heaters, defrosters and wipers work properly. Consider winter wiper blades and use cold weather washer fluid.
  • Check the tire tread depth and tire pressure. If snow and ice are a problem in your area, consider special tires designed to grip slick roads. During winter, tire pressure should be checked weekly.
  • Check the oil and filter and be diligent about changing them at recommended intervals. Dirty oil can spell trouble in winter. Consider changing to “winter weight” oil if you live in a cold climate. Check the fuel, air and transmission filters at the same time.
  • Check engine performance before winter sets in. Winter magnifies existing problems such as hard starts, sluggish performance or rough idling.
  • Check the brakes. The braking system is the vehicle’s most important safety item.
  • Check the exhaust system for carbon monoxide leaks, which can be especially dangerous during cold weather driving when windows are closed.
  • Check to see that exterior and interior lights work and headlights are properly aimed.

During winter, drivers should keep their vehicle’s gas tank at least half-full to decrease the chances of moisture forming in the gas lines and possibly freezing. Motorists should also check the tire pressure of the spare in the trunk and stock an emergency kit with an ice scraper and snowbrush, jumper cables, flashlight, blanket, extra clothes, bottled water, dry food snacks and needed medication.

To learn more about winterizing your vehicle, view the council’s Car Care Minute video and visit www.carcare.org to order a free copy of the 80-page Car Care Guide.

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For a free copy of the council’s popular Car Care Guide or for more information, visit www.carcare.org.

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Can Your Car Weather the Storm?

While last year’s brutal winter may seem like a distant memory, severe weather is on its way. The Car Care Council reminds drivers to ready their vehicles for the rough conditions ahead.

“Vehicle service is always more convenient when you do it on your own schedule. An investment of an hour or so to have your vehicle checked will help make sure it can weather the storm when arctic temperatures strike again,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.

Because preventative maintenance helps avoid the hassle and cost of an emergency breakdown, the Car Care Council recommends the following steps to winterize your vehicle:

 Check the battery and charging system for optimum performance. Cold weather is hard on batteries.

 Check the antifreeze. As a general rule of thumb, clean, flush and put new antifreeze in the cooling system every two years.

 Check that heaters, defrosters and wipers work properly. Consider winter wiper blades and use cold weather washer fluid. As a general rule, wiper blades should be replaced every six months.

 Check the tire tread depth and tire pressure. If snow and ice are a problem in your area, consider special tires designed to grip slick roads. During winter, tire pressure should be checked weekly.

 Check the oil and filter and be diligent about changing them at recommended intervals. Dirty oil can spell trouble in winter. Consider changing to “winter weight” oil if you live in a cold climate. Have your technician check the fuel, air and transmission filters at the same time.

 Check engine performance before winter sets in. Winter magnifies existing problems such as hard starts, sluggish performance or rough idling.

 Check the brakes. The braking system is the vehicle’s most important safety item.

 Check the exhaust system for carbon monoxide leaks, which can be especially dangerous during cold weather driving when windows are closed.

 Check to see that exterior and interior lights work and headlights are properly aimed.

During winter, drivers should keep their vehicle’s gas tank at least half-full to decrease the chances of moisture forming in the gas lines and possibly freezing. Motorists should also check the tire pressure of the spare in the trunk and stock an emergency kit with an ice scraper and snowbrush, jumper cables, flashlight, blanket, extra clothes, bottled water, dry food snacks and needed medication.

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For more information, visit www.carcare.org.

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