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Get a Check Up on Your Car Before a Big Trip

With the Holidays in full swing, many a family is planning a trip to see relatives and friends. Often the car is the transportation of choice. The question is, is your car in shape for the long trip? Getting your car checked out before a long trip is a really smart thing to do. You can avoid any potential safety issues and ensure your family is safe and secure in the car, and you can certainly avoid costly and untimely roadside breakdowns. Take your car to the local auto repair shop, and they will give your car a good going over.

Things to Look For

There are a lot of things the auto technician will look for when inspecting your car for a long trip. Some of them are:

  • Proper Air Pressure in your Tires- Tire pressure makes for better handling and better fuel economy. If you haven’t rotated your tires in 10,000 miles, do so.
  • Tread on the Tires is OK- You need good traction if you encounter winter weather or rain. This check also assures you won’t have a flat!
  • Windshield Wiper Fluid is to the Top of the Reservoir- Winter is here. Being able to keep your windshield clean and clear of ice or snow is a must. Sometimes you need a lot of fluid to keep your windshield clean in winter weather storms. Fill to the top!
  • Oil Level is Good and Quality of Oil is Good- This is very important. A car runs a lot more smoothly and efficiently (less cost) with clean oil.
  • Transmission Fluid Level and Quality is Good- This is very important. If your Transmission fluid is old or low, it can harm the transmission so be sure it is at the full level and clean.
  • Brake Fluid Level is OK- Low brake fluid can cause brakes to malfunction.
  • Radiator is Clear of Debris- A radiator needs to breath to keep your engine cool.
  • No Loose Fittings or Items in the Engine Area and Under the Car- Don’t leave any key fittings on the road! Check for any leaks.
  • Brakes are Working OK- This is a big safety check. Make sure the brake pads are healthy and have plenty of life left in them.

Be sure you get a Free 174 Point Car Inspection while you have the car at the auto repair shop and get set up on a preventative maintenance plan for the long term health of your car. It pays for itself! Have a safe trip!

Great Countries For a Honeymoon Trip

Probably one of the most exciting trips you and your spouse will ever go on is your honeymoon. It should be a place that will be memorable for both of you and a place where both of you have always wanted to go. It would really be wonderful if neither of you have ever been there before so you can make brand new memories together. It will be worth all the effort you put into the planning for this first trip together. In this article I will give you some information to help with this difficult decision.

First, what could be more romantic than Paris, France. The whole country is a symbol for romance. The cities are magnificent, with some of the most beautiful structures in the world..The country side is breath taking. If beautiful beaches are your thing there are many of those also. Driving around the many regions of France is an experience that can create a life time of memories. If you like to eat and drink France is the perfect country for you with some of the best food in the world and the finest of wines.

Second, if you want beauty, romance antiquity and food then Italy is the place for you. Which ever area you plan to go to on your honeymoon the pleasures will be vast. No country has more history than Italy, it is everywhere you look. From north to south Italy is packed with a wide variety of things to see and do. The country is broken up into many regions and which ever area you choose to visit you will not be disappointed. I suggest renting a car and driving around. No matter where you go you will never get a bad meal or bottle of wine.

Third, if you are looking for the exotic may I suggest Turkey. Turkey is a wonderful combination of the old world and a new and modern society. There are parts you will see people living just as they did 2000 years ago while in Istanbul there are parts you will think you are in the heart of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe. The food is excellent with a very friendly population and a large percentage of the people speak English.

Fourth, if you love skiing and other winter sports, you may want to consider Switzerland in the winter. No country will offer you better skiing along with all the other great out of doors winter sports. The country is spotted with small quaint romantic villages offering great foods and desserts. If you love chocolate Switzerland is the country for you.

Fifth, for a truly different trip you may want to consider Russia, it is a vast country with a very diverse population. It is rich with culture and varied scenery. It has great museums and culture spots. It really spotlights the many varied cultures that have made Russia the country it is today. Since the fall of communistic government the people of Russia are trying to lure tourists.

Sixth, if you want a totally different type of trip you may be very surprised by South Africa. It has lovely beaches, great vistas, romantic islands that have the most beautiful sunsets. South Africa has a very diverse population that is changing how they live very quickly, making it a very exciting place for a new couple to visit.

Seventh, don’t forget our two closet neighbors, Mexico and Canada. You can be to either country in just a few hours but yet you will be miles away in culture. To the south in Mexico you can enjoy a tropical Spanish culture rich in old world tradition mixed with it’s great Indian roots. To the north in Canada you will get the charm of Canada’s English and French roots. The people of Canada are known to be kind and friendly to Americans making for a very pleasant vacation..

Lastly, when planning your honeymoon, don’t forget our own country. It is a very large country with many different areas and many attractions. So many times we tend to look at far away places when the very best is in our own back yard.