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It’s summer time, and the weather is hot. We all know how the words to that old song go, but not everyone is as familiar with how the warmer weather can impact your car’s performance and reliability. With summer’s prime driving season upon us, it’s more important than ever to make sure your car is in tiptop shape.

  • One of the first things dealership technicians will verify during a summer inspection is the state of your vehicle’s tires. The extra heat thrown off by the pavement during the warmer months of the year can add additional stress to tire rubber that is worn out or nearing its replacement date.
  • This last point is also crucial for dealing with any rainstorms you might encounter while out on the highway – bald tires are a significant contributor to hydroplaning, which can see you lose control of your car when encountering standing water or heavy rain. Technicians will also verify that each of your tires is filled with exactly the right amount of air, as too much or too little can contribute to excessive tread wear, as well as lower fuel economy.
  • The next stage for most summer tune-ups takes place under the hood where your vehicle’s air filter will be inspected to determine whether it must be replaced.
  • Other engine-related summer maintenance items that can improve your car’s miles per gallon include spark plugs and fuel filters.
  • In addition to performing the standard brake pad, rotor and fluid checks that should be done every time you have your automobile in for servicing, one of the final things that dealership technicians will verify as being in good working order is your car’s cooling and air conditioning systems.

Summer car maintenance doesn’t have to be complicated – in fact, getting your car ready for the hottest and busiest driving season is as simple as stopping in at your local dealership and putting yourself in their capable hands.

Scheduling a service appointment can ensure happy motoring. Click Here: Tom O’Brien Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram:  Greenwood / Indianapolis — O’Brien Toyota Scion O’Brien Auto Center

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Yes, it’s that time of the year again! Family road trip! You’ve checked out and planned the best route to get you there! Perhaps you have decided the time is right to purchase a new vehicle? So, before the trip, you decide to check out  a brand new Town & Country, Journey, Grand Cherokee, 300, Wrangler Unlimited, or one of the many Toyota vehicles.

Or, if you have decided to take your own car, you’ve had your family hauler serviced to make sure that the a/c is operating at capacity, the brakes are good to go, the oil has been changed in our Service department (CJDR Greenwood / CJDR Indianapolis / Toyota), and the windshield wipers and washer fluid container is full and both are ready for any bug battle you encounter.

Does this sound familiar?  “Are we there yet?” being asked only 15 minutes after pulling out of the driveway. Then there are the many needed potty breaks, I’m hungry breaks, and the “I need a snack” right after the “I’m hungry break”. There are several different things you can do to keep your sanity during a long road trip. The O’Brien Automotive Family has borrowed some ideas that will help to reduce the boredom, interact with your kids and make the trip feel shorter for all of you!

Car game ideas for toddlers, preschoolers and younger children.

  • Draw it: Call out letters, numbers, animals and places, but instead of dealing with messy  markers, use a Magna Doodle.
  • Nursery rhymes and songs: Brush up on your nursery rhymes and toddler songs! Little ones love to sing their favorite tunes from preschool and playgroups.
  • I Spy: Before you embark on your road trip, strategically place large, colorful items around      your car and within your child’s view from his or her car seat.

Car games for older kids

Older kids enjoy learning new things, being active and being creative — even while in the car.

  • I Spy: Challenge your kids with a game of I Spy while on the move.
  • Travel Bingo: Bingo is a classic road trip game. A magnet set makes playing in the car fun and easy.
  • Alphabet game: Encourage your kids to explore their surroundings to find the letters of the alphabet on road signs, license plates and other signage visible from the road.
  • License plates: Make a list of  the U.S. states and silently check off each one as you see a matching license plate. Then set a number and the first person to reach that number wins.
  • Name that tune: Make a playlist of your family’s favorite songs and ask your kids to guess the name of the song and the artist.
  • Finish the song: After guessing the name of the song and the artist’s name, stop the music to see if your kids can finish the rest of the song on their own.
  • Punch buggy: Punch buggy is a more physical car game where you punch your neighbor (lightly) whenever you see a VW Beatle or a different type of vehicle.

Additional ideas that work

  • Picture it. Give each child an inexpensive disposable camera, and allow them to take photos of anything of interest they see along the way. After the trip, have the photos developed and let each child create their own homemade storybook about their travels.
  • Travel totes. This one takes a little advance planning, but it’s worth it! Pick up an inexpensive tote bag for each child and fill it with books, crayons, coloring books, a note pad, their favorite portable snacks and treats, and a favorite toy. Each child having their own bag will eliminate back seat battles over whose turn it is to use the crayons next.
  • And pack plenty of snacks! Pack snacks: crackers, fresh fruit and nuts, pre-packed servings of pretzels, cookies and chips.

Have fun and be safe on the road!

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