Rain-X Car Care Kit: Review & Giveaway!

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With the Spring weather, comes rain. I love Spring showers, but not so much driving in the rain. It doesn’t have to be bad driving in the rain, with the right wiper blades. We travel a lot so when I was offered the chance to replace my wiper blades, I took the well needed opportunity. My Rain-X Car Care Kit came with a set of Rain-X® Latitude™ Wiper Blades specific for my van, a bottle of Rain-X® Weatherbeater® 2-in-1 Glass Cleaner & Rain Repellant, and a bottle of new Rain-X® X-treme Clean. Hubby put them on and I was very excited when we were able to try these out in travel. This set is amazing! 

Rain-X and Jody DeVere, the President of the Women’s Automotive Association International and CEO of the auto-advice site AskPatty.com suggests using Groundhog Day as an annual reminder for you to change your wiper blades. Clear visibility while driving is extremely important and can improve reaction times in poor weather conditions. In fact, according to a report released in June 2008 by sciencedaily.com, nearly a quarter of all automobile accidents occur in rainy and wet weather so making sure you have properly working wiper blades is important to help avoid accidents in poor weather conditions. By routinely checking your wiper blades and performing safety checks on your car you can help increase your safety while driving during inclement weather.

Since winter is not quite over yet here are some tips from Jody DeVere to stay safe while driving in the rain, snow, slush and ice:

• Conduct a regular walk around checking your lights, antifreeze, windshield washer fluid and wiper blades regularly
• Ensure your tires are properly inflated and have sufficient tread
• As the temperature drops keep your gas tank at least half full; the extra gas reduces condensation that can plug your fuel line with ice and stall your engine in cooler weather
• Create an emergency pack; items like a blanket, first aid kit, snacks, bottled water, an ice scraper, flashlight and a bag of kitty litter.

I was able to ask a few questions to Jody DeVere in regards to preparing your car and here is what she had to say:

I live in the Midwest, what suggestions do you have for helping winterize our cars and keep them safe?

A – Antifreeze: Make sure you have the right amount of antifreeze/coolant in your engine. Checking the level of antifreeze is as easy as lifting your car’s hood and looking to see if the fluid level in your antifreeze/coolant reservoir is at the indicator line. If your system is visibly low, take a few minutes to top off using a reliable, universal coolant .
B – Battery: The lifespan of a battery is about three years; however, harsh winter weather can cut a battery’s life in half. There are no strong warning signs to alert you that your battery is going to quit. Having it checked during an oil change can make all the difference in the world, and it’s so simple. No one wants to be stranded with a dead battery in the freezing cold!
C – Check Your Windshield Wipers for wear and tear. Be sure to look for cracked rubber, or to see if the wiper has a curve to it. No need for a mechanic in this case; simply lift the blades away from the windshield and inspect them. I use RainX  Wiper Blades, they are easy to install and provides tremendous clean wiping in all types of weather. http://www.rainx.com/
D – De-ice: Add de-icing windshield wiper fluid to help with visibility in bad weather. Adding de-icing fluid is so easy, you can fill your washer fluid in a garage, parking lot, or just about anywhere. RainX Windshield Wash wiper fluid both de-bugs and de-ices, eliminating the need to change products when winter arrives! http://www.rainx.com/
E – Engine: Check your engine oil regularly. This is a quick task that can help your car run smoothly. Just remove the dipstick from the engine while you’re filling your tank or topping off other fluids. All you need is a paper towel to clean off your hands when you are finished! If the oil pressure gauge indicates extremely low oil pressure, take your vehicle in immediately as this can lead to engine failure or take it to an AskPatty Certified Female Friendly dealer, Jiffy Lube or other ASE certified auto repair center. www.askpatty.com www.jiffylube.com
 F – Fill Your Tires. Having the appropriate pressure in tires is important in winter months; low tire pressure can hurt numerous parts of your car and lead to poor alignment. Checking tire pressure alerts you to possible leaks that could lead to tire blow outs. Having a tire gauge is very inexpensive and easy to keep in your glove box. This is just like checking the tires on your bike, except you don’t have to do the pumping. One more reason to check the tire pressure…having full and balanced tires can save 2-3 miles per gallon of gas, that’s extra money for you!
G – Gas. Your gas tank should never be less than half-full. Anything less than this can lead to the gas lines freezing in your vehicle. Make sure you gas cap is on tight; this can also result in your gas lines freezing.
     
Finally: Create an emergency pack of items such as a blanket, a first aid kit, snacks, bottled water, an ice scraper, a flashlight and a bag of kitty litter, and keep it in your vehicle. Such items can be critical during roadside emergencies in heavy rain or snow storms.

Is there a special/specific oil that is better used in the colder months?
        
Yes, synthetic oil is best for very cold weather: It flows easier in cold weather, therefore no loss of prime when the oil is cold. Also, it is highly resistant to viscosity breakdown (the ability of the oil to flow easily in all temps) from heat, friction, chemical contaminants.
·         I have to ask this because we just had a chip fixed on my windshield, but is it true that a small knick in the windshield can spread and possibly cause your windshield to shatter?
       Tempered glass breaks down into small bits like sugar particles. Laminated glass is safer as it is made up of two sheets of glass with an interlayer of Polyvinyl Butyral (PVB), which prevents it from breaking into small particles. This makes it much safer in the event of an accident because the windshield might crack but the vision of the driver will not be disturbed, allowing a convenient onward journey. Only a laminated windshield is safe, as it does not shatter on impact. Call the dealership where you purchased your vehicle and ask them if you have tempered or a laminated windshield.  

 

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Are you in need of replacing your wiper blades and preparing your car for the Spring Showers and driving?

I have one Rain-X Car Care Kit to give away!

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO DO!

  • Post to me about how you go about preparing your vehicle for travel and how this kit can help you!

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  • Please be sure to leave your email address so I can contact the winner.
  • Winner will be chosen at RANDOM and backed up by post content.
  • ONE (1) winner will receive a Rain-X Car Care Kit that comes with a set of Rain-X® Latitude™ Wiper Blades specific for your vehicle, a bottle of Rain-X® Weatherbeater® 2-in-1 Glass Cleaner & Rain Repellant, and a bottle of new Rain-X® X-treme Clean
  • Winner will be contacted via Email. If no response in 2 days, another winner will be drawn

Contest will end on March 30, 2009 at midnight; central time

Comments

  1. Heather C says:

    I usually clean it, stock it with necessities and get the oil changed, if it needs it.

  2. I subscribe!

  3. Marcy Strahan says:

    This kit would help me a great deal!
    Clean clear windows that repeal water is so important to see thur in the reain & provide safety for my famil!

    Plus, my wipers are almost dry rotted from the texas heat & the salt water rain from the hurricanes. Would be great to preplace them.

  4. Check fluids, tires and wipers.

  5. Kristen Hendricks says:

    I prepare my vehicle for travel by making sure it has gas in it and cleaned off a little bit. This kit would help me because I have a lot of trouble keeping my windshield clean at times. This is a great giveaway and I really hope I win. Thanks.

  6. I get it checked out, get it an oil change and clean it. This kit would help since we travel through all kinds of crazy weather.

  7. Michelle H. says:

    We check the oil and the tires, but we really only change the wipers when we see that they are getting old. This kit would help us by reminding us of the importance of wiper upkeep.

  8. Jennifer R says:

    I am ashamed to say that when preparing I have never done all these things you spoke on… I never thought about most of them. This prize could help me get started. thank you

  9. Jennifer S. says:

    My husband takes excellent care of our cars and always gives them a once-over before long road trips, checking all fluids, tire pressure, etc. This kit would help so much with summer just around the corner, we need to start preparing for our monsoon rainy season.

  10. sarah woods says:

    Hi I’m in despreate need of wiper blades my Lincoln/96/TownCar now has 397 thousand miles with blades only replaced once.!!!!! HELP!!!!!!!!

  11. I’m a subscriber. :)

  12. My husband always does the car prep for travel. He pumps up the tires, checks fluids, makes sure we have a full tank of gas, etc.

  13. Kathy Amos says:

    We check the pressure in tires

  14. Suanne Giddings says:

    We make sure we are up to date with our required major and minor maintenance, according to the mileage/age of car. This includes oil changes, check tire pressure and alignment – check the spare, check fluids, etc. We finish up with a good wash and vacuuming. Thank you so very much for the opportunity to participate in this giveaway!

  15. Rose Fisher says:

    Well, one things for sure you have to check the oil, the fluids, gas up, check the tires and check those windshield wiper blades. I desperately need them for my vehicle. We are finally getting a break from the rain here in Virginia. Each time I have to use mine, I can tell. Grrrrrrowling……Thanks for the chance to win this great Rain X car care kit. We’ve used Rain X liquid, that you put on the windshield, in the past and it works great. I can only IMAGINE how well these well these wipers work!

  16. We just bought a new vehicle and I plan on taking it on several trips. This would help us no when the wipers was last replaced and give us the ease of mind that they wont mess up

  17. dorothy l says:

    my husband checks over the car sometimes he forgets to check the wiper blades this kit would help him with that

  18. This would be great here in the Midwest~as you never know what the weather is going to be.We always keep a warm blanket and coats,a flashlight and make sure that our cell phones are charged.A little snack never hurts either! Thanks for the chance :)

  19. Lanny Bender says:

    I try to be so prepared. I have a BIG tool chest, tire chains, a tire compressor, battery cables, and extra radiator water in my trunk. I’d love this wiper kit too.

  20. jackie lauren says:

    i asked my car this morning what she needs and she told me rain x…well my monte carlo knows best so I came here to tell her story..

  21. Before travel I always make sure the tires are properly inflated and in good shape. I also make up the winter kit of blanket, candle, flashlight, and some snacks. I’d love this wiper kit. Every time it rains I’m reminded how badly I need new ones. The rubber goes flippity flop on mine!

  22. i subscribe!!

  23. we try to be prepared for every weather situation and have an emergency kit in our trunk. this would help out so much!!

  24. Jill Myrick says:

    When we are planning a trip my husband always does an oil change,checks tire pressure and checks the wiper blades as well as all other fluids before we head out on our trip.
    To him this is the Perfect giveaway !
    Thank you so much for the chance to win.

  25. I always clean the car before we travel and try to prepare for the unexpected. But you can never be ready for everything!

  26. We don’t travel long distances much these days but we typically check all the fluids in the car, take it in for a tune-up,check tire pressures, make sure our first aid kit in the car is up to date, make sure our spare tire is still in good condition, make sure we have jumper cables and a tire iron in the car and last but not least make sure our wipers are in good condition and all our lights and turn signals are working properly. And if we are traveling off the beaten path we include water and ready-to-eat meals that will last 3 days should something happen that would require us to wait for assistance. Note: Recent news stories during the past year made me get a GPS and we also carry a cell phone which has a wide range. It pays to think of your car as a life boat when traveling.

  27. Cori Westphal says:
  28. Cori Westphal says:

    I guess I forgot to answer the question of how this could help me! I’d love to have a kit where I’d be able to take care of the car myself since my husband pretty much does everything right now!

  29. Cori Westphal says:

    I have a super husband who checks all my tires, wipes, fluids and stuff. I always make sure that I have a bag with water, blankets, warm clothes, and Motrin (that’s for me!).

  30. I have not changed my wipers in over a year, so this kit would help me get ready for all the soon to come April Showers.

  31. Don Amos says:

    I always carry first aid kit and emergency repair kits as well as blankets and extra oil in my car. This kit would help me because it would increase visibility for me as a driver and that makes it safer

  32. joan olson says:

    I always get an oil change and new filter as well as check up before I go on any trip. I also am always replacing blades because it rains for months – we go from draughts to hurricanes (those are our seasons here)

  33. D Johnson says:

    Very nice giveaway

  34. To prepare my car for travel I generally change the oil, get a tune-up, clean it out…

  35. Subscriber.

  36. I take the car to the service station and have them check out everything. Then go fill ‘er up!

  37. A Casson says:

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  38. A Casson says:

    Just check everything real good before you take off for travel, battery tires fuel etc. This would help cause our car needs a little maintenace. skyxsky27(at)gmail.com

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  40. I check the tires, wiper blades, car fluids etc and keep the basic emergency things in the trunk.

  41. the way I prepare for a long trip is pretty easy. I say “Hubby, shouldn’t you check the fluids, the tires, and the wipers.” I then grab the remote control while he goes outside to do all the necessary work.

    honestly we love rain-x products and I think they would be wonderful to help us to keep our car driveable.

  42. I emailed my son and daughter. They live in different cities and are on the road a lot.

  43. Subscriber.

  44. I keep the car clean inside and out. My husband does everything else. Soon I will be doing the first detail of spring so this would be great to help me out because our wipers do need replacing. If I win I promise I will install them myself.

    Thank you.

  45. Kyndra Sherman says:

    I make sure I have a blanket, flashlight, water, extra bottles and food for little one, and triple A card before we leave for a trip. I also have the car checked at the dealer. I need these rain-X wipers! I always skimp there and regret it later and i would like a tough pair.

    themeimlookingfor at yahoo dot com

  46. My DH makes sure that all the fluids are refilled etc whenever we are driving more than a few minutes away. It’s about time to change our wipers, and plus, we live outside of Seattle, the capital of rainy gloom and doom! :)

  47. We usually prepare for a road trip by taking the car to our favorite mechanic and having him give the car a once over and top off the fluids. We were just commenting today that the windshield needs a good, thorough cleaning and the wipers came with the car when we bought it nearly four years ago, so it’s probably time to change them. In addition, we are hitting the rainy season in northwest Florida, and some Rain X to keep the windshield clear would be very welcome!

  48. Samantha Miller says:
  49. Samantha Miller says:

    I prepare myself for travel by getting an oil change and making sure my car sounds fine. I also make sure I have my AAA card in my wallet. This kit can help me because I have been driving when it started raining and my windshield wipers failed to help at all. This will help that never happen again.

  50. My husband always checks the fluids and air pressure in the tires. He also brings water with us on a long trip in case the car overheats.
    nhmummab@comcast.net

  51. I make sure I have emergency supplies and that everythign is in working order.

  52. wendy wallach says:

    Before traveling, I usually check fluid levels and get an oil change and this would really help me drive safer in the rain because I could see clearer.

    madamerkf at aol dot com

  53. Rick Stafford says:

    Clean it up tune it up and away to go.

  54. I like to give the vehicle a good inspection; tires, oil, lights, etc… This kit would be great because I usually neglect my wiper blades. Thanks for the entry

  55. We check the fluids, battery, tire pressure and give it a basic washing. With this kit we could change the wipers and give it a more detailed cleaning.

    braaisjo at gmail dot com

  56. In addition to performing most of the suggested checks (wiper blade inspections are admittedly spotty at best) prior to taking a trip, we also make sure to have a mobile phone available with pre-programmed I.C.E. – in case of emergency – numbers. 😉

  57. Subscribe!

  58. My husband checks the oil and fluids and fills the tires-does an overall check of all the systmes and tire wear.

  59. Annemarie says:

    I subscribe via email.

  60. Annemarie says:

    I just have the fluids checked.

  61. Lisa Taylor says:

    I have the oil and tires checked This would be a great prize for me I am traveling up north soon

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  63. Your button is on my sidebar, thanks!

  64. I am an email subscriber, thanks!

  65. Just the basics-check the tire pressure, make sure we don’t need an oil change, make sure the spare is ready if needed, make sure we have water in the car. We are actually taking a road trip in May, and we need new wiper blades (I don’t know if we’ve ever changed them & the car is 5 years old…whoops) – these would be GREAT. I have always LOVED Rainx products! thanks so much!

  66. My husband usually checks the tires (oil changes and all that is usually up to date all the time), fills up the car. I pack the bags and he gets them in the car. The kit would help cause the windshield wipers are usually the things we tend to forget until they get bad!

  67. Carol Ellis says:

    I want it done right. I take my car into the professionals to have the oil check and general maintenance done before I leave on a trip. Right now I am SURE my ride could use a new pair of wind shield wipers so winning this contest would be awesome!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  68. I check the air in the tires, the oil, brake fluid and make sure that the hoses are not looking worn. I check all lights and turn signals to be sure they are working. I also fill the windshield washer fluid. I don’t usually change the wiper blades as I do that regularly in the springtime but it would be a great idea to have this in the trunk just in case it was needed.

  69. I get my oil changed and a tune up, get the car washed and cleaned out.

  70. Before we take a long trip I check the oil, tires, lights, wiper blades, wash it and vacuum it and make sure we have a trash bag.

  71. i check the oil, fluids, and tires, and wash the windshields

  72. Roy Cagle says:

    I’m a subscriber.

  73. Roy Cagle says:

    This is a safe and helpful contest. The winner will be able to increase the safety and usefulness of their vehicle. Thanks.

  74. Sharon Seneker says:

    Make sure your car has oil changed on schedule! I need new windshield wipers, mine are dragging! Thanks!

  75. Melissa Barnes says:

    I subscribe

  76. Melissa Barnes says:

    We check tire pressure and fluids.
    This would help because we always go through rain at some point of the trip and it would be so convient to have the rain_x products on our car.

  77. Marianna says:

    I have my husband check all the fluid levels, tire pressure, gas in the tank, wiper blades, etc. Then I make sure everything is packed up – vacation necessities as well as spare tire/roadside assistance kit/first aid kit, etc.

  78. Jennifer Hedden says:

    change the oil

  79. Molly Capel says:

    WE check all the fluids,make sure spare tire & a jack is in the car,and charge the cell phone.

  80. Daniel M says:

    I always check all the fluids, belts, tires and wipers before heading out – this would help me now because I know i need new wipers!

  81. I get my car serviced at Firestone before road trip vacations.

  82. When planning a trip, I try to make sure allsystems are working. I check the tire pressure, all fluids, headlights, and yes, the wiper blades.
    Thanks for this sweepstakes.

  83. I forgot to say that I’m ready for new wiper blades so this kit would be very convenient for me.

  84. When I’m preparing for a long trip I take the car to my mechanic and have him go over everything. He checks all the fluids, tires and takes it for a test drive to see if anything seems unusual. Having a mechanic that knows my car helps because he can catch problems early.

  85. For some reason, I like to start on a trip with a freshly cleaned car. That should include the cleanest windshield I can get. Rain X products would help me get that. Rain X wipers would help me maintain that clean windshield for the best visibility.

  86. Leslie S. says:

    We always check all the fluids and air pressure in the tires before travel.The one thing we neglet is the wiper blades.I just never remember to check them.Thanks!

  87. Kathy H. says:

    Every time we go on a long trip, I take our care in for an oil change and have them do a safety inspection that includes checking the lights, belts, etc. Once a year, we change our windshield wipers!

  88. Carla Pullum says:

    I get my car totally checked by the dealership before I travel and this would help me get my car in shape!
    Carla
    cpullum(at)yahoo(dot)com

  89. Subscriber.

  90. I go to a full service gas station and have them check everything over and fill it up!!!

  91. Jennifer M says:

    We have the tires and all fluids/filters checked. We get an oil change, and change our wiper blades. All this stuff would fit right in!

  92. Carrie Z says:

    We moved to Michigan this year so I have been extra careful to check my tires and keep my gas tank full just in case I get stuck in a drift somewhere! I actually need new wipers so this kit would be great!

  93. Beverley Justice says:

    My husband takes the time to check the air pressure in the tires, and the various fluids.

  94. check the tire pressure

  95. Sandra Melnick says:

    I do the inside of the auto and under the hood. I do not clean the outside as it gets dirty on a trip for sure.

  96. Ken Robinson says:

    My sister would love this. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

  97. We check the tire pressure and fill the tank.

  98. We’re planning a 1200 mile trip to NJ and we just took the car in for a tune up and a full safety check.

  99. This stuff works great! Thanks for the contest!

  100. I emailed my husband about this giveaway…he said he plans to enter

  101. Before I go on a trip I make sure I have GPS with me, and the addressed to my destinations and a full tank of gas

  102. i fill up the gas tank!

  103. Stephanie says:

    only thing I do before going on a trip is check the gas and other fluids (oil, water). AFTER The trip is the real work (clean the lovebugs off of the front since they eat the paint, clear the windshield, etc…)

  104. Vicky Boackle says:

    we check all the fluid levels and air pressure before taking a trip.

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