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.

Summer Driving Tips

During the hot summer months, it is important to remember to make sure vehicles are properly equipped with roadside emergency supplies to help keep families safe this summer.
Before logging all those miles on your family road trip this summer, remember to:

Beat the Heat. Inspect the radiator, pressure cap, belts, and hoses to make sure they are in good shape with no signs of blisters, cracks, or cuts in the rubber.
Hydrate Your Vehicle. Check fluid levels: brake, automatic transmission, power steering, windshield washer and coolant. Make sure each reservoir is full and if you see any sign of fluid leakage, take your vehicle in to be serviced.

Before any longer trip, any time of year, remember to give your vehicle a check-up:

• Check the air pressure in all tires, including the spare
• Make sure the wiper blades are functioning properly
• Check battery life and inspect batteries and battery cables
• Inspect brake pads and linings for wear; change the oil and filter according to manufacturer’s service interval specifications, and
• Test the headlights, brake lights, turn signals, emergency flashers and interior lights

Move the beach gear over for the roadside emergency kit:
Even if you've prepared your vehicle for summer travel, it never hurts to have a "just in case" kit in your trunk. Your emergency kit should include:

• Jumper cables
• Flashlight
• Emergency flat tire repair
• Gloves, blankets and towels
• Hazard triangle, road flares, brightly colored distress sign, or "Help" or "Call Police" flag
• Screwdrivers and wrenches
• First aid kit
• Cell phone and charger
• Water for both the car radiator and your family
• High-calorie, non-perishable food

Traveling with kids:

Always use proper safety restraints

• Use the long drive as teaching moments about safe driving
• Pack a cooler with healthy snacks like water, fruit, nuts and granola
• Stop every few hours to let the kids stretch their legs
• Adults should take the time to exit the vehicle and stretch too.  If you become drowsy, don’t hesitate to pull over to a safe location and rest until you feel able to continue the drive
• Use electronic devices to help keep away the boredom on the long drives

Make sure to check and stock trunk supplies twice a year and remember never leave on a road trip with your vehicle’s "check engine light" or "malfunction indicator light" lit up. If you take these precautions, you and your vehicle might be happier on the roads this summer. And don’t forget to have fun!

"Summer Driving Tips" (2014, June) State Farm Learning Center. Retrieved from https://learningcenter.statefarm.com/auto/repairs/summer-driving-tips/

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