Car Games

205518_524359977599657_800149301_nDriving to a vacation destination with the kids this summer? Don’t let smart phones and iPods steal all of that great family time together. Try some old school car games! Here are some of our favorites:

THE THEME SONG GAME
One person hums the tune to a favorite TV show, and everyone else tries to name the show as fast as possible. The first person to guess correctly hums the next song.

DICTIONARY
One person says a word, and everyone else has to guess if it is real or made up. You can ask for definitions, which can be the funniest part of the game.

SIX DEGREES OF KEVIN BACON
One player names an actor or actress (ex: John Travolta). The next player links the named celebrity to another actor. For example, Travolta worked with Nicolas Cage in “Face/Off.” The player continues to connect actors or actresses until he gets to a movie in which Bacon appeared. For example, Cage appeared in “Adaptation” with Meryl Streep, who appeared in “The River Wild” with Bacon. If the player takes more than six steps, his turn ends.

20 QUESTIONS
In this oldie but goodie, one player thinks of an animal, plant or object and the other players are given a total of 20 “yes” or “no” questions to guess the player’s item. (ex: “Is it an animal?” “Would you find it in a kitchen?”)

What are some of your favorite car games?

Facts About Monday

934078_524149870954001_1087544789_nHere are some fun (and some not so fun!) facts about Monday.

1. Most people do not smile on Monday until 11.16 am.

2. The best way to overcome hatred towards Monday is considered to be by TV watching, online shopping, chocolate and cosmetics buying, as well as vacation planning.

3. 50% of workers on Monday are late for work.

4. 12 minutes are enough for most people to complain on Monday.

5. People aged 45 to 54 years suffer most from the Monday’s syndrome.

6. Staff ensures maximum productivity during only 3.5 hours on Mondays.

7. Most suicides occur on Monday.

8. The number of heart attack victims is increased on 20% on Mondays.

9. Monday is the least rainy weekday.

10. And something positive: Monday is the best day to buy a car, as the majority of sales are made on weekend and sellers expect less successful sale on the day, and as a result – more willing to make discounts.

Must Have Items For Your Car

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You probably already know you should have a flashlight and extra batteries in your car. Ditto for jumper cables, a first-aid kit, cell phone charger and tire gauge. And it’s always a good idea to have an umbrella and blanket, just in case. But there are several not-so-obvious car essentials that would be helpful to have on hand, too.

1. Disinfectant wipes: A must-have for so many uses, from picking up spills to cleaning dirty hands to dusting your dashboard.

2. Pen and paper: For leaving reminder notes, or jotting down brilliant ideas that hit you out of the blue, or just needing somewhere to deposit your used gum.

3. Energy bars: To tide you over if you have no time to stop for lunch before your next appointment.

4. Bottled water: Keep hydrated during hot weather and unexpected long rides. Replace periodically to keep your supply fresh.

5. Maps: Keep a U.S. map, a state map and an updated county map handy. It’s nice to be able to see the big picture — where you are and where you’re going.

6. WD-40: Not only can you loosen a lug nut with it, you can lubricate door latches, license plate bolts and screws; protect rubber trunk molding; get rid of dead bugs and dirt; remove dog slobber from seats and dashboard and many other uses.

7. Duct tape: Great for temporary fixes — whether holding your muffler in place, reattaching a side-view mirror or cleaning the dog hair off your clothes.

8. Kitty litter: Absorbs and eliminates odors quickly if someone gets sick in your car. Plus, it can help give you traction if you get stuck in snow.

9. Utility knife: With a knife, screwdriver, file and can opener, this multi-purpose tool can handle a thousand problems. Splurge and get one with scissors, pliers and even a magnifying glass — you won’t be sorry.

10. Matches: Keep a couple matchbooks or a box of safety matches in a freezer bag so they’ll stay dry. You never know when you might need a fire or, for that matter, to light a bunch of birthday candles.

Servicing Your Differential

Servicing your differential every 50,000 miles will help prevent differential and pinion bearings, axle bearings, ring & pinion gears, spider gears and seals from premature wear. Repairs to the differential can be expensive and can often times be avoided if the differential is serviced regularly. Please visit our services tab to learn about all the other different services we offer!

Fun Facts About Michigan

946250_521997977835857_74950365_nFun facts about Michigan:

1. The name Michigan is derived from the Indian words “Michi-gama” meaning large lake.

2. The State Nickname is the “Great Lake State.” Others include “Wolverine State” or “Water Winter Wonderland.”

3. The State motto is “Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice.”
(If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you.)

4. Michigan was admitted to the Union in 1837, the 26th state.

5. Michigan is the only state that touches four of the five Great Lakes.

6. 40 of Michigan’s 83 counties touch at least one of the Great Lakes.

7. Michigan has more than 11,000 inland lakes and more than 36,000 miles of streams.

8. You are never more than six miles from one of them.

9. Anywhere in Michigan, you are within 85 miles of one of the Great Lakes.

10. The largest city is Detroit.

How Much Do You Know About Your Car?

How much do you really know about your car?
Here are some surprising facts about these machines that we depend on every day:

-Four out of five vehicles on the road need maintenance right NOW!

-On average, motorists spend over $6,000 annually on vehicle related costs!

-The computer system on today’s average car performs more tasks than the computers on the Apollo spacecraft!

-Full battery power at 80 degrees drops to 65% at freezing and only 40% when the temperature hits zero!