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How to Get Your Vehicle Ready for Rainy Roads in the California Central Valley

How to Get Your Vehicle Ready for Rainy Roads in the California Central Valley

By Jittawin.21   Tips for Driving in the Central Valley Rain It's that time of year again! The days are getting shorter, the weather is cooling off, and we see more rain in the forecast. Here in the California Central Valley, we don't get a lot of rain, so when it does come, it can be a bit of a shock to our systems and cars.    If you want to prepare for the next few months of potentially wet weather, you can do a few things to get your vehicle ready. In this blog post, we'll discuss tips on getting your car ready for rainy roads. Keep reading to learn more!   Tip #1: Check Your Tires  One of the most important things you can do to prepare your car for wet weather is to ensure your tires are in good condition. In particular, you'll want to check the tread depth and tire pressure.    The tread depth is important because it provides traction between your tires and the road. If the tread depth is too low, your car will have tro ... read more

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4 Must-Do Road Trips Out of Turlock, CA

4 Must-Do Road Trips Out of Turlock, CA

Photo by Nathan Moore   September is road trip season The weather is finally taking a turn for the better as the California Central Valley heat takes a dip. This marks the perfect time of the year to take a road trip or start planning your next!   Turlock, CA, sits nestled in the heart of California's Central Valley, making it the perfect starting point for a road trip. Visitors and locals alike looking for road trip ideas will find no shortage of destinations within a few hours' drive of Turlock, CA!   4 road trip destinations near Turlock, CA Here are four must-do road trips out of Turlock:   Highway 1 to Big Sur - Highway 1 is one of the most iconic roads in California, and the drive from Turlock to Big Sur is one of the most scenic in the state. The route winds along the coast, offering breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Visitors can stop at Pfeiffer Beach for a beach hike or take a detour to Hearst Castle. Yosemite National Park - Just ... read more

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Preparing Our New Drivers For The Road

Preparing Our New Drivers For The Road

Photo by Ronan Furuta on Unsplash   Preparing Our New Drivers For The Road As new drivers hit the road, it's important to prepare them for their newfound freedoms safely. They need to know how to handle basic auto maintenance and repairs, as well as how to stay safe on the roads. This is an exciting time in a new driver's life, so let's help them get started!   Turlock, CA, has its own set of road hazards that new drivers should be aware of. Agricultural dust and debris make driving conditions dangerous at times; it also complicates your basic vehicle maintenance. Here are a few things new drivers should keep in mind:   Watch out for the things when you first start driving! Watch for potholes, and othe ... read more

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3 Summertime Spotify Playlists for Your Next Road Trip

3 Summertime Spotify Playlists for Your Next Road Trip

Photo by Fredrick Lee on Unsplash   What's On Your Road Trip Playlist? We all love the scene in the movie where the passenger tosses their legs out the passenger side window, leans their seat back, and cranks up the music. Road trips, day trips, and summer lake days are the nostalgia fuel we crave. The California Central Valley abounds with lakes, rivers, mountains, and hiking trails to suit everyone's particular tastes. Find the right playlist and the right crew, and you are on your way to making memories.   What's your favorite road trip playlist? Do you like classic road trip fuel by Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Bob Seger? Or maybe you have kids, and they want to listen to the latest radio hits as you try desperately to drown ... read more

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The Importance of Maintaining Your A/C System

The Importance of Maintaining Your A/C System

Image by NoobInNature NIN from Pixabay  Why do I need to maintain my vehicle's A/C system? Summertime in Turlock, Ca, means two things. Extreme summer temperatures and dry & dusty conditions. Combine those two, and you have a "1-2 punch" to your vehicle's air conditioning system. Living here, it is more important than ever to service your A/C system regularly!   Your A/C system consists of physical machinery and electrical engineering. They work in concert to provide you a refuge from the punishing Central Valley heat. The compressor, radiator, freon, fans, and more all need to work for you to stay cool. My A/C system makes a noise whe ... read more

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Don’t Let Your Vehicle Go Thirsty

Don’t Let Your Vehicle Go Thirsty

Why is it important to change the fluids in my vehicle? It's almost summertime in the California Central Valley, and we all know what that means! Scorching days that regularly exceed 100+ degrees, dry & dusty agricultural air, and hazardous road conditions. This is even more true in Turlock, CA's rural agricultural areas. Pollen, dusk, and road debris mix and lodge themselves in our fuel systems, creating dangerous operating conditions for our vehicles. Here are a few reasons why it is so essential that you change the fluids in your vehicle: It helps to keep your vehicle in peak operating condition Removes dirty fluids contaminated with debris and particulate matter Maintains proper fluids levels across your system It gives you a chance to change filters associated with that fluid, helping to keep dangerous particulate matter out of your vehicle system Do I change all of the fluids or only certain ones? That is a great question, and a couple of factors go into it. Fi ... read more

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Dirt, Dust, & Debris in the Central Valley

Dirt, Dust, & Debris in the Central Valley

Photo by Rinald Rolle on Unsplash Why You Need To Change Your Vehicle's Filters As we know, the California Central Valley is home to some of the world's best produce! While we absolutely love the access to world-class fruits and vegetables, there is a downside when it comes to living amongst the farms. Dirt, dust, and debris can be an issue, especially in the hotter months when the sun dries out the surrounding agricultural fields and the wind picks up. Beyond that, the California Central Valley is home to a unique amount of pollen, which presents a problem for our vehicle filters; the recent wildfires haven't helped, either. Our vehicles have to filter out all of the debris to keep their vital components functioning at an opt ... read more

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Time to Check Your Tires

Time to Check Your Tires

Photo by Frank Albrecht on Unsplash   Summer Is Just Around The Corner; Time To Check Your Tires! As we say goodbye to the bitter sting of the winter months and the cold, wet, and muddy roads leave us behind for a time, now is a good time to look to the health of your tires. How did your tires do with all the rough and cold conditions? Summertime is almost here, which means road trips, lake days, and day trips to Yosemite.   Nothing puts a stop to the family fun like a flat tire, or worse, a blowout! There is a difference, btw. A flat tire results from slow tire-pressure loss over a given period of time, leading to your tire looking deflated. On the other hand, a blowout is a sudden explosive moment where your tire actually burst ... read more

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The Importance of Pre-Purchase Inspections

The Importance of Pre-Purchase Inspections

Image by Capri23auto from Pixabay    With all the news of pandemic price surges in the used vehicle market and no clear end in sight, now is the time to consider the importance of a pre-purchase inspection. The New Year brings joys and headaches but buying a vehicle doesn't have to be one of them. A quality auto repair shop can make the experience easy and guide you towards the best decision for your dollar.   Pandemic prices are through the roof; used vehicles have risen 26% on average over the past year, making them more expensive than they have ever been. So, we know we are going to buy a vehicle, but we aren't sure exactly how to get the most bang for our buck. That ... read more

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10 Sensible Gifts for Drivers

10 Sensible Gifts for Drivers

 Image by Brock Wegner from Unsplash   With the holiday season in a full rush, it isn't too late to find the perfect gifts for the drivers in your family. Now is a great time to consider some sensible gifts for the newer drivers out there, too! Many of our loved ones will take to the roads for the first time during the holiday season, especially if they got that new car they were dreaming of for Christmas.    Fledgling drivers often forget some of the important things to have in your vehicle. Let's help them get started before they hit the road; check out this list of 10 sensible gifts for drivers and consider what they might need to get started!   Trunk Organizer - This might seem a bit silly, but it is so nice to have everything in its spot when you need to find something! Furthermore, they make lined organizers; to protect from grocery spills on your way home from the store. Physical GPS - Nowadays, most of us use our phones as our GPS, but if ... read more

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