• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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Ready? Start Your Engines!

I don’t know a single person who enjoys waking up in the mornings to check the temperature outside and realizes that there is a -20 degree windchill.  It sort of makes your body shiver just to think about it!  Well, unfortunately, that’s what we have been dealt for today.  And while sitting inside avoiding the cold may seem like a good idea (and it is definitely an option), one of the most important things to do when it gets to be this cold at night and during the day actually involves going outside.  It’s starting up your vehicle! 

Statistics show that one of the leading causes of batteries dying in cars (aside from draining them with high tech add ons like stereos and gps) is simply letting it sit without being started for too long.  On nights when the temperature drops below 0 degrees Fahrenheit, the amount of time the car is able to sit without running and still start with success becomes even less (sometimes even a day can do it!). 

My vehicle, knock on wood, has never not started before.  In fact, I have never even had to give it gas before when trying to start it up on a cold day!  It always starts the first time.  Pretty incredible, as I have had the truck for over 7 years and it was used to begin with!  Yet, I believe that the reason for this is that I run it everyday (or at least almost) in the winter.  Even when I don’t plan on going anywhere, I will usually run out and start it up (even if only ten or fifteen minutes), just to get the engine warm.  This keeps the parts from icing up and keeps that battery from dying. 

So, the moral of the day: Get up and start your car!  Now! haha.  Stay warm everyone

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