DEAR READERS: A reader's letter about the importance of checking vehicle lights by yourself brought follow-up comments.
Here are a few:
John in Atlanta says: "If you do not have a second person to inspect the lights, do what I do: Wait until dusk and pull into the parking lot of a glass building (e.g., office building, shopping center, etc.). Use the windows as a mirror to check your lights, turn signals, reverse lights and license-plate lights.
"Just be careful to keep an eye out for traffic or pedestrians in the parking lot, and be aware of your surroundings."
Frances in Arkansas says: "To test your car lights in 10 seconds, get in your car in the closed garage. Turn the ignition switch to the 'on' position, but don't start the motor. Test the lights to see if the reflection is correct. The taillights will show up on the garage door when you step on the brakes. "
C.M. in South Carolina says: "If you choose to pay for full service when gassing up your car, don't be afraid to ask the attendant to check the lights along with your oil while filling up. If you're paying extra for the gas, you might as well get the 'full' out of the service."
DEAR HELOISE: I have a tiny laundry room, not large enough for a stand-up trash can. To save time disposing of dryer lint, I keep a small, decorative canvas basket on the shelf above the dryer.
Saves time and those extra steps of disposing of the lint in another room.
Pat In Chino Valley, Ariz.
DEAR PAT: Now a reminder about the lint filter: It's an extreme fire hazard if not cleaned often. Make it a habit to clean it every time.
DEAR HELOISE: If you don't like having your feet constricted with heavy covers, this is for you. A large inflatable ball is useful for making a little tent for your feet in bed. These balls are so easily slipped in to where you want them.
I keep mine by the pillows by day. At night, it is easily slipped under the covers.
Marriam Park, Kilgore, Texas