To all our valued customers:

Many businesses in our city are presently closed due to the mandatory shelter in place ordinance and it has recently been extended. Auto repair services like Thom's are classified as an Essential Business thus allowing us to to be open and available to perform the needed services on our clients vehicles . We are taking the necessary precautions to ensure proper sanitation practices in our work area and the office, as well as disinfecting the interior of your vehicles upon arrival and completion of work. We have created a No Contact drop area outside of the waiting room; payment can be accomplished via credit card over the phone. We understand that finances are being stretched at this time, but reliable vehicles are a necessity, if funding is an issue we have various option available upon request.For those sheltering in place and would prefer vehicle pick up and delivery, we are able to accommodate you within a five mile range of the shop. These are trying and uncertain times for everyone and we want all of our clients to remain healthy and safe and know you can call on us for support during you times of need.

How to Fight Drowsiness Behind the Wheel

There are plenty of ways that people cope with sleepiness when embarking on cross-country road trips. A recent survey conducted by DME automotive found that some methods people use to wake up while driving don’t actually help fatigue. Especially in the case of young drivers, trying to find a quicker fix to combating sleepiness than actually resting may be dangerous. 

The method most widely used by drivers is caffeine. Drivers also reported that they open windows, pull over and stretch, or blast loud music to wake up. These techniques, studies have indicated, have little to no effect on sleepiness. There are a plethora of tactics drivers use to combat tired eyes, though there are only two methods that are medically proven to be effective in waking a driver up during a long trip. 

These two methods – switching drivers and pulling over to take a nap – are only exercised by 44.5 percent and 19 percent of young drivers, respectively. Methods more widely used than napping are loud music, singing, eating and turning up air conditioning. 

If you are planning on taking a long trip at some point this summer, after a vehicle maintenance check and tune up, it is just as important to make sure that you are well rested and have co-pilots who are willing to drive if you begin to feel drowsy. A good night’s sleep before the trip is the most effective way to beat tiredness, according to DME automotive, but if additional lengths need to be taken to stay awake, take a 20 minute to three-hour nap. If possible, avoid driving between midnight and 6 a.m. and try to rest during these hours instead. You can also rotate day and night shifts with two or more drivers. These methods will help to restore some alertness you may have lost on the drive. 

"How to Fight Drowsiness Behind the Wheel" (2014, June) Precision Tune Auto Care. Retrieved from


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