Spring is finally here and it is a busy time at Fred’s Car Wash. It’s important to take care of your car. We would like to share this article from the Car Care Council providing some Spring Cleaning recommendations:
WAYNE, N.J. — April is National Car Care Month, and Hankook Tire
asked U.S. drivers about how they plan to spruce up their vehicles now
that the winter season is over, according to a press release.
Two-thirds (67 percent) of American drivers said cleaning the interior and exterior of their vehicles was on top of their spring cleaning list, stated the release, ahead of cleaning homes (59 percent) and closets (59 percent).
The Car Care Council reports that washing your vehicle helps to protect your investment and prevents chemicals and dirt buildup, which can harm a car’s finish, continued the article.
Hankook notes it is important for drivers to make sure to close their windows when going through the carwash, reported the release, adding that one in 10 U.S. drivers admitted to leaving their windows open during a carwash.
Hankook Tire’s Quarterly Gauge Index found 66 percent of American drivers encounter potholes on their daily commute, informed the release, which can cause significant damage to tires, steering systems, suspension and engines.
Moreover, added the release, 46 percent of drivers estimate that they will hit at least 11 potholes this season.
As car care business owners and operators, make sure your customers understand the importance of car care — especially during National Car Care Month.
In the release, Hankook Tire shares an informative car care checklist for drivers, which includes the following:
• Check tires. If properly maintained, tires can help safeguard a car from damage caused by potholes. According to Hankook Tire’s latest Gauge Index, 51 percent of U.S. drivers do not regularly check their tire pressure, and 33 percent do not know how.
• Change tires. The release stated that 40 percent of all drivers do not know how to change a flat tire. Ensure your customers are safe on the road by providing car care tips, such as changing a flat tire, around your business.
• Choosing the right tires. Your customers should consider switching to season-specific tires to help protect their vehicles.
“Our quarterly Hankook Gauge Index helps us understand what is top of mind for American drivers around the country,” said Henry Kopacz, public relations and social media manager for Hankook Tire America Corp, in the release. “As we head into National Car Care Month, our latest survey highlights the importance of vehicle care and tire maintenance to ensure safe driving. There are simple actions that drivers can take to improve the safety of their vehicle, and we want to make sure drivers are equipped with the proper tools and knowledge to do so.”
The spring installment of the company’s quarterly survey, which was conducted March 21-22, polled 1,020 randomly selected U.S. drivers, noted the release.
Headquartered in Wayne, informed the release, Hankook Tire America Corp. “markets and distributes a complete line of high-performance and ultra-high-performance passenger tires, light truck, SUV tires, as well as medium truck and bus tires in the U.S.”
Fred’s Car Wash loves car trips during the fall when the leaves are changing. Here is a list of the best Corn Mazes in the New England from our friends at Yankee Magazine.
If you look forward to visiting a corn maze each fall, from Maine to Rhode Island, here's a list of the best corn mazes in New England.
Yankee Magazine • September 12, 2017
It’s that time of year again! If you look forward to making your way through a corn maze each fall, here’s a list of the best corn mazes to tackle. It’s a big list, but we think so much hard work goes into making the mazes each year it’s fair to say they all deserve to be called “the best.” Many of the farms and orchards featured here also offer additional family activities like pumpkin and apple picking, cider donuts, farm animals, corn cannons, “night mazes,” and more. Visit the individual maze websites or call ahead to check about additional offerings, hours of operation, and rates.
If we missed your favorite maze tell us in the comment section below!
BEST CORN MAZES IN NEW ENGLAND
Fred’s Car Wash loves this article that Professional Car Wash and Detailing posted last year fall.
The autumn season is approaching, and for most of the country, this means a kaleidoscope of changing tree colors and weather patterns; for everyone, it means some necessary fall car care.
• Clear off any debris. Fall can be tough driving weather. It gets cold and dark early, and storms roll through often. Your customers need perfect visibility for these conditions, so advise them to brush off any leaves, mud, dirt, etc., when present.
• Check the wipers . Make sure they can wipe water and grime away quickly and efficiently.
• Have some cloths and anti-freeze solution nearby . The harsh weather of early winter can take a toll on customers’ cars faster than you can say “Jack Frost.” Customers should purchase — maybe from your carwash’s multi-profit centers — these materials in their cars to combat the weather.
• Vacuum interior areas. The cold seasons can wreak havoc on car interior areas. Leaves and mud can litter your customers’ floor mats, and fingerprints can pile up on the dash. Customers should do themselves a favor and vacuum and wipe down the interior whenever possible.
• Keep tabs on the important stuff . Brake pads, tires, the engine and other vital components of the car should be maintained regularly to keep the vehicle operating at optimal performance levels. Customers will need good brakes for slippery fall and winter roads and good tires to grip the road.
Fred’s also recommends checking your headlights. If they are cloudy you should definitely get them fixed. Fred's has the perfect solution: our
Headlight Restoration Service. For only $59.99, it includes an interior and exterior cleaning restores your headlights and it is guaranteed for a year.
Fred’s Car Wash thinks nothing is prettier than the Connecticut Coastline during the
summer. Our friends at the Connecticut Office of Tourism have put this list of
their favorite drive along CT Coastline:
Great Drives Along the Connecticut Coast
Everyone knows that busy I-95 and U.S. Route 1 follow the Connecticut shoreline from Greenwich east out to Stonington, but there are a lot of lesser known routes that’ll give you the flavor of the coast and sometimes take you right down to the water. Here are several recommendations to get you started.
Route 136 – Darien to Westport
Also known as Tokeneke Road, Route 136 heads south from Exit 12 off I-95, eventually getting to the coastal section of Norwalk that’s known as Rowayton.
• Rowayton: Here you can get an excellent meal at The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood and wander side streets down to the Sound.
• South Norwalk : From Rowayton, continue on 136 into historic South Norwalk, where shops, restaurants and the Maritime Aquarium await.
• Westport: Stay on 136 through East Norwalk and into Westport, where Tarry Lodge is a good place for a meal.
• Overnight: The trip ends on Post Road East (U.S. Route 1) where you can spend the night at The Westport Inn .
Routes 337, 142 and 146 – New Haven to Guilford
At Exit 51 off I-95, take Route 337 south; you’ll pass New Haven’s East Shore Park and Fort Hale Park as you begin this tour.
• Lighthouse Point: Here you’ll see not only a fine old lighthouse but also a carousel that’s open for rides in summer.
• Indian Point: Follow Route 337 to 142 in Branford to 1N to 146 to Indian Point, where you can order a shore dinner at Lenny’s Indian Head Inn .
• Stony Creek: After 146, keep an eye out for Thimble Islands Road, which goes to charming Stony Creek and a tour of the Thimble Islands .
• Guilford Green: Now it’s on to Guilford and the famous Guilford Green (shopping, history) then up onto Rte. 1 where a bed awaits .
Route 154 – Old Saybrook to Haddam
This trip follows both the Connecticut coast and the Connecticut River. Begin by taking Exit 66 off I-95, then Route 1 north a short way before finding 154.
• Fenwick: Head south on 154 past Harvey’s Beach to the historic retreat of Fenwick (where Katharine Hepburn came for the salty breezes).
• Saybrook Point: Next it’s up to Saybrook Point, where you can see Fort Saybrook Monument Park and stop for a meal at Saybrook Point Inn .
• Old Saybrook: Now it’s north into central Old Saybrook for shopping, strolling and many good places for something to eat.
• River Valley: Finally it’s up through the beautiful Lower Connecticut River Valley , lined with charming towns and many attractions.
Route 156 – Old Lyme to Niantic
This side trip heads south toward the water on Rte. 156 from Exit 70 off I-95.
• Picnic Spot: As you head south, take a right onto Ferry Road, at the end of which is a little-known picnic area on the Connecticut River.
• Rocky Neck: Next on 156 you can visit the funky shoreline community of Sound View Beach and then swim or hike at Rocky Neck State Park .
• Niantic: It’s on to Niantic, where there’s a remarkable used book store called the Book Barn and a long boardwalk along the water.
• Dinner and Room: Try The Black Sheep, Skippers Seafood or Sunset Ribs. The Inn at Harbor Hill Marina is a good place to stay.
Route 213 – Waterford to New London
Here’s a short, simple loop off of U.S. Route 1 that brings some true waterfront pleasures.
• Harkness Memorial: Take 213 south from Route 1 to Harkness Memorial State Park , formerly a magnificent 230-acre summer estate.
• O’Neill Theatre: Practically next door is the Eugene O’Neill Memorial Theatre Center . If you’re a fan of theatre, check out the offerings.
• Ocean Beach Park: Take 213 to Ocean Avenue in New London, then go south to Ocean Beach Park for a sandy beach, rides and a boardwalk.
Spring is here, and with spring comes pollen. Pollen is
that powdery plant substance
that blankets our sidewalks and cars with neon yellow. Tens of millions of
Americans suffer from allergy symptoms caused by contact with these pollens.
There are lots of way to lessen our exposure to pollen. Some examples include taking off our shoes when coming into the house, or changing our pillowcases every night. Additionally, did you know you there are ways we can combat the exposure to pollen by having our cars cleaned?
You can bring your car to a reputable car wash and ask them to thoroughly clean the inside and outside of your car.
Your floor mats need to be vacuumed thoroughly as our shoes carry pollen picked up from the street. Consider replacing your carpet car mats with plastic ones as they are easier to rinse clean.
Your dashboard, interior door panels, door jambs, steering wheel, and any other non-fabric items need to be wiped down with a clean wet cloth. All other areas should be vacuumed. If you are considering the purchase of a new car, consider getting leather seats as they are easier to keep pollen free.
You will tempted to open the windows of your car, don’t! Use the air conditioner, as opening your window will bring in pollen. Further, use the re-circulating setting, so you are not bringing in the outside pollen filled air. Regularly change your air filter. Check your owner’s manual but as a general rule, the Car Care Council recommends replacing your air filter every 12-15,000 miles.
Lastly, have you car professionally washed often. The pollen that covers the outside of your vehicle can be easily transferred when you enter and exit. In addition, these microscopic pollens can actually damage the finish of your vehicle.
If you follow these simple suggestions, you can lessen the amount of allergens in the interior of your vehicle, and add to the comfort of your ride.
About Fred’s Car Wash
Fred’s Car Wash is locally owned and family operated with locations serving Norwalk, Fairfield, Westport, Southport & Watertown, Connecticut. Fred’s, which has been in business for over 36 years, offers exterior washes, interior cleaning and expert detailing. Above all, Fred’s is known for its superior customer service and excellent results. www.fredscarwash.com
What is a doorjamb?
The doorjamb is the part of the car where the door attaches to the frame of the vehicle. It acts as a seal between the interior and exterior of the car, protecting it from dirt and dust. Car companies use a layer of grease to help the mechanism work efficiently and quietly. This layer of grease can also attract dirt.
Why should I have the doorjamb cleaned?
Most car owners do not think much about their doorjambs, much less about having them cleaned. It is important to keep your doorjambs clean for three reasons:
How do I clean my car’s doorjambs?
In honor of National Dog Day, Fred’s Car Wash would like to share this article from the ASPCA. Please read and share with your friends.
Each year, thousands of beloved companions succumb to heatstroke and suffocation when left in parked cars. It happens most often when people make quick stops—the dry cleaners, the bank or the local deli. Folks, we need to be clear on this: It takes only minutes for your pet to face death—and it doesn’t have to be that hot out. On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can reach 160 degrees. Even with the windows cracked.
You can help save pets from dying in hot cars. Simply take the following actions:
Educate people. Hang this printable flyer pets-in-hot-cars up in your local grocery store, veterinary hospital, animal shelter and other local businesses.
If you see something, say something. If you see a dog alone in a vehicle, immediately call animal control or 911. Local law officials have the ability to enter vehicle and rescue the pet. Do not leave until help has arrived.
Try to find the car’s owner. If you are out and you see a dog locked in a car, tell the nearby store manager immediately. Don’t be shy.
And please, no matter how much your dog loves to go along when you run errands, don’t take a chance. Leave her home where she is safe.
At Fred’s Car Wash, we love cars! That’s why we have been washing and detailing vehicles for over 35 years. We thought you would enjoy this article from mentalfloss.com on how car companies got their names.
Most of us probably don’t put too much thought into our cars’ names. Sure, we’ll take the wheel of a Toyota or a Chevrolet, but how did those cars pick up their monikers? Let’s take a look at a few that aren’t quite as obvious as the Ford name.
The company we now know as Nissan got its start in 1914 as DAT Motorcar. The “DAT” name came from the first initial of the three founders’ family names. In 1931, DAT introduced a new small car they called the Datson, which later morphed into “Datsun.”
Meanwhile, businessman Yoshisuke Aikawa founded an industrial holding company in 1928 and named his new venture Nippon Sangyo. (The name loosely translates into “Japan Industries.”) Aikawa’s company bought out DAT in 1931, and eventually the Nippon Sangyo name became abbreviated as Nissan.
Some drivers may remember cruising around in Datsuns before they ever got behind the wheel of a Nissan. What prompted the name change? Until the early 1980s, the Datsun badge appeared on the cars Nissan exported out of Japan. In 1981, though, Nissan execs announced that they were changing this practice in order to strengthen global awareness of the Nissan brand. Thus, you can’t buy a Datsun Z anymore, but you can get the keys to a Nissan one.
Toyota didn’t start out as a car company. It wasn’t called Toyota, either. In 1926, Sakichi Toyoda founded the Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, a company that made looms, not cars. In 1933, Toyoda’s son Kiichiro started a separate motors division, and the company’s cars quickly took off.
How did the name get from “Toyoda” to “Toyota,” though? In 1936, the company held a competition to design a new logo, and the winner consisted of the three Japanese characters that made up the Toyoda name. However, after giving it some thought, the Toyoda family decided that the slightly tweaked “Toyota” was stronger. Writing out “Toyoda” required nine brush strokes, whereas “Toyota” only required eight, a lucky number in Japan. Plus, the name just sounded better, so Toyoda became Toyota.
Walter Chrysler probably wasn’t on anyone’s short list of potential moguls when he was a young man. He spent much of his youth kicking around Texas as a railroad mechanic, and although the work wasn’t glamorous, he developed quite a skill set as a machinist. In 1911, the gifted 36-year-old machinist became production chief for Buick, and by 1919 he was making millions of dollars a year as head of the company.
Chrysler eventually left Buick, and after a failed attempt to take over the Willys-Overland Motor Company, he uses some of his accumulated wealth to buy a controlling interest in the floundering Maxwell Motor Company. Chrysler’s new company introduced a popular car called the Chrysler in 1924, and by the next year the Maxwell name had disappeared in favor of Chrysler.
Honda bears the name of its founder, Soichiro Honda. Honda was a precocious mechanic who started the Honda Motor Co. Ltd. in 1946 to build small motorcycles. Although the motorcycle business got off to a slow start, by the 1960s the business had become one of the world’s largest manufacturers of bikes. In 1963, Honda introduced its first production automobile, the Honda T360 pickup truck.
Scottish immigrant David Dunbar Buick was an inventive fellow; before he ever got into the motors game, he created a more efficient way of manufacturing enameled cast-iron bathtubs. Buick began toying with engines during the 1890s, and after starting one failed engine company, he tried again with the Buick Manufacturing Company in 1902. Buick’s cars were terrific — his pioneering use of overhead valve technology made them tough to beat — but he had trouble actually producing and delivering them on time. As a result he always needed to find new investors to advance him cash, and eventually his company was sold out from under him to General Motors founder William C. Durant.
In 1908, Durant gave Buick the heave-ho and a $100,000 severance check. Buick tried to parlay this money into a great fortune by investing in oil fields, but he didn’t have any luck. When his attempts to get back into the car business in the 1920s floundered, he ended up working as an instructor at the Detroit School of Trades. That venture didn’t go so well, either; the school demoted him to receptionist. When Buick died in 1929, he was flat broke.
Remember how William Durant forced David Buick out of Buick’s own company? Karma can be rough. In 1910, Durant’s own creditors forced him out of his management role at the company he started, General Motors. Durant didn’t stay down for long, though. He teamed with Swiss race car driver and mechanic Louis Chevrolet to start a new motor company in 1911. The pair named the company after Chevrolet, and legend has it that they developed a logo that resembled the Swiss cross of Chevrolet’s homeland. (Other stories indicate that Durant copied the bowtie logo from a French hotel’s wallpaper.)
The company quickly earned the pair quite a bit of loot. Durant suddenly had enough cash to regain control of General Motors, and in 1917 GM acquired Chevrolet. Louis Chevrolet didn’t do quite as well, though. He sold his share of the company to Durant in 1914, and although his career had other highlights, including a 7th-place finish at the 1919 Indianapolis 500, he never enjoyed much financial success and eventually had to return to Chevy as a consultant.
Brothers John and Horace Dodge were gifted machinists who began a Michigan bicycle company in the 1890s. Eventually they sold this business and began creating transmissions for Olds in 1902 and then Ford in 1903. However, they longed to create cars of their own, so in 1913 they left their lucrative supplier positions at Ford and started working on their own car designs. The brothers’ cars were soon the second-hottest sellers in the country, and they were fabulously wealthy.
In 1897, Austrian entrepreneur Emil Jellinek began ordering Daimler cars that he could drive in some of Europe’s quickly growing auto races. It took a few years, but by the dawn of the 20th century, Jellinek had a number of Daimlers that he adored driving. He often raced under an assumed name when driving these cars; he took on the name of his 12-year-old daughter Mercedes. In 1900, Jellinek worked out a deal with Daimler to order 36 new cars on the condition that the cars be called Mercedes. Daimler agreed, and the famed luxury brand name was born.
The Swedish automaker’s name is Latin for “I roll,” a conjugation of the word volvere. The company got its start as part of the Swedish ball bearing company SKF, and after SKF trademarked the Volvo name in 1915, the company planned to put the “Volvo” name on most anything that rolled, from bears to bicycles to automobiles. The plan wasn’t quick to get off the ground, though; thanks to World War I, Volvo didn’t actually start its car business until 1926.
AND A FEW QUICK ONES:
10. Cadillac: Named for Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, the French explorer who founded Detroit in the early 18th century.
11. Saab: Abbreviation of “Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolag,” which is Swedish for “Swedish Airplane, Limited.”
12. Volkswagen: German for “people’s car.”
13. Lexus: Toyota went to its ad agency and an image-consulting firm when it needed a name for its luxury division. At first, they decided on “Alexis,” but it gradually evolved into Lexus.
14. Mazda: According to Mazda’s website, the brand’s name is borrowed from the Zoroastrian religion. Ahura Mazda is the Zoroastrian “God of reason who granted wisdom and united man, nature and the other gods.”