Snow Chains and Winter Tires for Winter Car Travel

Wintery conditions cause havoc for roads in climates that see sustained cold temperatures with any significant amount of snowfall. Saying that, even a little bit of snow on a paved surface will create dangerous and challenging driving conditions.

Typically winter tires will give you far more traction over your regular weather tires and even your all seasons. All-season tires are fine for driving in wet rainy conditions but when there is any amount of snow on the ground the tread is not deep or efficient enough to gain any traction. On a flat surface your stopping distance is significantly reduced in snowy conditions with winter tires over all-season. It’s not even worth mentioning the using summer tires in snow because that is just recklessly dangerous and should never be considered. Even the slightest degree incline, like a driveway, will give you trouble in the snow with the wrong tires. You can try tricks like adding cinderblocks to your truck if you have a rear-wheel vehicle to try to gain added traction; but really, there is no substitute for having better winter tires to get you around safely in the snow.

In very heavy winter snow conditions, adding chains to your tires will increase your traction and climbing by 100 percent. They will also improving your stopping in the snow or on hard-packed ice significantly over not having tires. Even over studded tires, chains will improve you’re stopping distance by half. Typically, chains will only be used when required by local authorities such as in extreme winter conditions or in mountain areas, going up to a ski area for example.

When using chains you need to be aware of the power axel and put the chains there. The traction is obviously needed there as that is the driving force for the momentum of the vehicle. If it’s a front wheel drive vehicle for example, then the chains need to go on the front two wheels. You should be careful of any break lines, steering or suspension when putting the chains on, ensuring that the chains are securely fashioned around the wheels. With all wheel or four-wheel vehicles you need two sets of chains, chains on all the wheels, as you need even traction for all wheels that are powering the vehicle. Saying that, even on two-wheel drive vehicles, it is recommended to have two-sets of chains, all wheels with chains, so that there is no compromise of traction. Having only one set on a front-wheel drive car for example can cause the back to slide out from behind.

If you are from a warming climate and visiting a colder one during the winter season do take caution and be aware of how to approach these conditions. If you are renting a car while you are visiting a colder climate in winter then definitely get a vehicle outfitted with winter tires or have some chains that you can use if the conditions get very tough. If your vacation plans take you into a mountain area or up to a ski resort then don’t take any chance and make sure you are in a vehicle that is appropriately outfitted for the season and conditions. Having chains is never a bad idea as even the seemingly most well prepared cars can get into difficult situations in the snow and the only way out is by having that extra traction that only chains can provide. Your vacation time should be spent enjoying your time and your experience in the winter wonderland you may be visiting, not stuck frustrated as you try pushing your ill-equipped vehicle out of the snow.

The odor of spoiled milk is traditionally very difficult to remove. Fortunately, there are some relatively simple and inexpensive solutions. The sooner you clean the smelly spot, the greater your chances of restoring a fresh scent to your room, house, refrigerator and house-on-wheels.

Aside from that, the smell of spoiled milk can be quite hard to remove on your clothes, especially your baby's clothes, since babies have frequent access to milk and are most likely to spill milk on their clothes.

Baby clothes can be expensive and the kids grow out of them before they can possibly wear them. Often these adorable little outfits are passed on to another child; however, even though they are in good shape, they still have that telltale odor of spoiled milk that is almost impossible to get rid of. As always, there are ways around this dilemma.

Sour Milk Smell Removal

Avoid spilling milk if you can. Also, do not cry over the spoiled milk if you indeed spilled it anyway. Do something about it instead.

* To remove stale milk smells, you first need to remove all the spilled stale milk. Use warm soapy water and sometimes some washing up liquid and clean up the affected area thoroughly first.

* After the mess has been cleared up, soak the area in white vinegar and mop up with paper towels. Put up with vinegar smell for about a week and after that, not a sign of vinegar smell or that horrible milk odor will remain.

* You can use an air freshener in the affected car to ensure a pleasant smell. Just try to let it dry for as long as possible. Soon, the milk smell will have disappeared from your surroundings.

* Use a commercial leather cleaner and odor eliminator on the leather upholstery of your car. Your dealer may carry these products. Allow the area to dry completely: residual moisture can cause mildew. Use a hair dryer or fan if necessary, being careful not to scorch carpet fibers with the hair dryer.

* You can also pour baking soda over the area where milk is spilled. Sprinkle some cold water on top of the baking soda and let it stand overnight. You can vacuum it the next day to remove the residue. If the smell still remains, you can try treating it with an enzyme odor remover.

* Take a bottle of club soda, stick your finger inside and shake to get a fizz going. With your finger still in bottle, spray on the stinky milk stain. Get it wet but not soaking. The smell might be worse at first but that it will go away as the whole thing dries unlike the untreated milk odor, which will only worsen as time passes by.

* You can also use brake cleaner if you're particularly desperate, but use it moderately and only on carpets, rugs or hard surfaces. Just put a small dab on a clean cloth, blot the milk stain and rinse with soap and water.

If it's baby clothes that are affected by the milk stench, then you could do the following: Fill the washing machine with hot water. Fill it at least high enough for a medium load. Add a cup of laundry detergent with one cup of dish washing detergent. Run the machine for a few minutes to mix the combination well. Turn the washing machine off.

Put the smelly baby clothes in the solution in the machine and leave them there. Let them soak overnight in the solution. Then, In the morning turn the washing machine on and let the clothes run through a full cycle. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to the rinse cycle. Vinegar is the choice product for general bad odor removal.

Finally, add a second rinse cycle to make sure that all the detergent residue gets rinsed out of the clothes. The baby's clothes, as well as your clothes, if you've tried this method on those as well, will be smiling fresh and clean by the end of the process so be proud of your work.