Yearly Archives: 2011

Gas Saving Tips!

Don't top off. Don't bother topping off when filling your car's gas tank. Any additional gas is just going to slop around or seep out. Why waste your money paying for gas your car won't use? Stop pumping at the first indication that your tank is full when the automatic nozzle clicks off. Tighten up that gas cap. Gas will evaporate from your car's gas tank if it has an escape. Loose, missing or damaged gas caps cause 147 million gallons of gas to evaporate each year, according to the Car Care Council. So be sure to tighten up that gas cap each time you fuel up your car. Go for the shade. The hot summer sun that makes the inside of your car feel like a sauna also zaps fuel from your gas tank. "If you let your car bake in the sun there's going to be a greater amount of evaporative emissions that take place than if you park in the shade," says Jim Kliesch, research as ... read more

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WIN A FREE OIL CHANGE!

WIN A FREE OIL CHANGE!

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GPS tracking shows traffic congestion returning after recession

GPS tracking shows traffic congestion returning after recession

Want to know how the economy's doing? Look at the roads. Inrix Corp compiles data from the GPS units in people's cars they say that traffic congestion has increased 10 percent in 2010 compared with 2009. But traffic is still 27 percent off its pre-recession peak in 2007.Inrix rates congestion in what it calls the "travel time tax," a measure of how much longer it would take to travel a given route in traffic than it would when there is no congestion, such as in the middle of the night. The company found that the travel time tax amounted to more than 80 hours annually of delays in peak evening travel times for some commuters. Some commuters in the 10 worst travel corridors are on track to spend an entire month per year stuck in traffic, according to the report. Most congestion is in the evening hours on roads the Federal Highway blogdogistration dubs "Urban Interstates."The study highlights some trends ... read more

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Road Trip Activities & Travel Games for Children

Road Trip Activities & Travel Games for Children

Its that time of year we may be planning a road trip. Rather than having the kids plugged in the whole trip how about some car games. Give your kids an allowance for the day. Tell them that this money is for snacks, treats, souvenirs etc... but when it is gone, that is all there is. Help them learn to budget their money and make good choices. Let your children have a map Give your kids an opportunity to have their own copy of a map of where you are going. Show them how far you have come, how much further there is to go and let them mark it with a crayon. Every time they ask "How much further?” have them take out their map and see for themselves. You might also like to get a compass and show them how it works along with the map. Also kids who are old enough to read can help navigate with Travmatix. You can use this site ... read more

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Tips for Beach Driving

Tips for Beach Driving

When pulling onto the approach road you should decrease the air pressure in your tires to 20-25 pounds. When you lower the air pressure it gives the tire a wider, softer footprint enabling the vehicle to ride higher on top of the sand instead of digging down into it. This also helps to reduce the amount of strain on the engine since you’re rolling on top of the sand and not plowing through it. When driving through the softer sand between the approach road and the hard packed beach, do not stop. Drive at a slow, even pace. The maximum speed limit is 25 MPH. Accelerating too quickly will cause loss of traction and bury you to the axle. If this happens, it’s time to break out the jack and shovel. Try to stay in the ruts made by other vehicles unless they are so deep you bottom out. The sand in these ruts is more compacted than other sand. Stay on the hard pack. This soft sand is the Peninsula’s version of quick sand, and ... read more

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AAA Top Shop Award

AAA Top Shop Award

Out of 300 Washington AAA repair shops, Box K Auto has earned AAA‘s coveted “Top Shop” every year since 1999 – and that’s the year the award was founded. Each year, AAA Washington evaluates the quality of repair work, courtesy of employees, and the shop cleanliness of each AAA Approved Auto Repair facility in Washington and northern Idaho. Measured by customer satisfaction surveys and feedback, the “best of the best” earn a AAA Top Shop Award. The facilities that earn the honor typically have received customer satisfaction rates close to 100 percent during the past calendar year. Before being eligible for a AAA Top Shop Award, Box K Auto met the precise standards needed to be part of the AAA Approved Auto Repair network

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Cheap Brake Jobs Are NOT Worth It

Let our ASE Certified Technicians take care of your next brake job with quality parts to ensure safe brakes for your vehicle. Please take a moment to watch this short informative video! You may save $75 or $80 dollars with a cheap brake job, but is it worth putting your family at risk? We'd like to help you keep your car running as safely and smoothly as possible

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Communicating with Your Mechanic

Providing clear, comprehensive information to your mechanic can save them diagnostic time, resulting in more efficient vehicle repair, ultimately saving you money. The more specific and thorough you can be about your vehicle's performance, the more you help the technician zero in on the problem. Here are some pointers on improving communications with your auto technician: Before bringing your car to a repair facility, take notes on your car's symptoms and performance. Include any observations, even if they seem silly or irrelevant. Describe symptoms rather than solutions. Tell the technician what you see, smell, hear and feel. Also, tell them under what driving conditions you experience the problem and how long ago it started. Be precise. For example, "I noticed a rattle under the hood at 40 mph." Refer to the driver's side and passenger side (not the left or right side) of the car. Resist the temptation to use ... read more

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10 AAA recomended quick and easy ways to minimize distractions to keep yourself and all of us safer on the roads.

PLAN AHEAD. Read maps and check traffic conditions before you get on the road. STOW ELECTRONIC DEVICES. Turn off your phone before you drive so you won’t be tempted to use it while on the road. Pull over to a safe place to talk on the phone or to send and receive text messages or emails. PREPARE KIDS AND PETS FOR THE TRIP. Get the kids safely buckled in and situated with snacks and entertainment before you start driving. If they need additional attention during the trip, pull off the road safely to care for them. Similarly, prepare and secure pets appropriately in your vehicle before getting underway. SATISFY THAT CRAVING OFF THE ROAD. Eat meals and snacks before getting behind the wheel, or stop to eat and take a break if driving long-distance. STORE LOOSE GEAR AND POSSESSIONS. Stash away loose objects that could roll around and ... read more

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