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Tailgating Vehicle Safety

Tailgating Vehicle Safety

It's that time of year for traveling to watch your favorite football or basketball team and with most sports events, tailgating is a tradition that brings us together for food and fun before the game starts. While we usually hear tailgating and think of it as only happening before a big game, tailgating is also becoming more popular to do with family and friends at home! So whether you're at your favorite team's game or you're BBQing with family and friends at a residence, remember these tailgating safety tips.  If you're driving around a tailgating area, be very cautious of your surroundings and drive carefully. This is especially important when pulling up to your team's game, especially because there will be hundreds if not thousands of other cars also tailgating. Watch for pedestrians and children.  Be sure to have a designated driver allotted to be sure that you are your passengers arrive home safely.  Make sure that you bring portable ... read more

Why is Wearing a Seat Belt So Important?

Why are seatbelts in cars in the first place? Well, driving a vehicle is risky and can be dangerous at times. Think about it - on a highway, you're traveling at speeds of around 50-70 miles per hour. Getting into an accident at that speed can be catastophic, and a seatbelt can literally save your life. Let's put it this way: hitting a wall at a speed of 50 miles per hour is like falling from the balcony of a 5th story floor. Now imagine falling from that 5th story building with a parachute - this is kind of like getting into an accident but having your seatbelt on.  Seatbelts were created as a safety measure for vehicles because hitting another car or object at certain speeds can actually eject passengers from the vehicle. A seatbelt not only prevents you from being ejected, but it can help keep your from hitting your head on the roof of the vehicle and protects you in instances of your vehicle rolling or going upside down. Not wearing your seatbelt puts you in grave dang ... read more

The Effect that Summer Has on our Vehicles

It's nearing the end of summer, and you may look at your car and think - wow, I need a car wash bad! Aside from probably needing a car wash and deep clean, the summer can have other effects on our vehicles that you may not be able to see with the naked eye.  The heat can cause certain things to happen faster within our vehicle, and can also cause some general wear and tear. The warm weather can also put your vehicle at risk for certain things, such as engine overheating and battery corrosion.  Excessive termpatures can cause the fluids in our vehicles to break down faster. Your fluids and filters should always be inspected at the end of the summer season to check for fluid levels and excess dirt/grime in filters. You should also make sure that your vehicle's windshield wipers are replaced and that your tires are inspected.  Although we do our best to park in the shade and take good care of our vehicle, it's common for us to drive more during the summer and ... read more

When's the Last Time Your Vehicle Was Inspected?

When it comes it owning a vehicle, proper maintenance and regular service is the key to making sure that your vehicle will stay reliable and dependable on the road. This is why regular vehicle inspections are so important - they catch any issues early on before they become big problems that can lead to expensive repairs and car breakdowns. They also help you stay on track with your car's recommended maintenance.  If it's been a while since your vehicle was inspected, considering having one done sooner than later. We understand that you may be worried about getting handed a big bill, but the good news is a vehicle inspection is usually free of cost and you never have to agree to any vehicle work that you don't want to move forward with. The inspection is just to give you an idea of what your vehicle may need and you will have time to determine what is best for your vehicle and your budget.  When you put off vehicle inspections, you run the risk of missing an issu ... read more

The Importance of Defensive Driving

Defensive driving is just another term for driving safe and alert on the road. Especially if you are driving during heavy traffic hours, defensive driving is a great way to protect yourself from accidents. Before you even get on the road, planning your trip and understand weather and road conditions is the first time in defensive driving. Here are some other ways to practice defensive driving:  Check your mirrors every 5 minutes or so and always be aware of vehicles around you.   Be courteous and allow other vehicles attempting to switch lanes to have the right away. Switching lanes in traffic can be dangerous and trying to fight others on switching lanes puts you at risk for an accident if the other car doesn’t see you.    Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you, just in case you need to brake quickly.   Be wary of aggressive drivers who may not be paying attention to blind spots.    Make sure you follow the sp ... read more

Are Your Brakes Failing? Look Out For These Signs.

Brakes are super important when it comes to accurately controlling our vehicles on the road and staying safe. An issue with your vehicle’s brakes can sometime start small, and starting to gradually get worse over time. If you ever notice a problem with your brakes, it is important to have your vehicle looked at by your trusted local auto mechanic as soon as possible. Ignoring a small issue can turn into a larger one, that could eventually lead to brake failure and have devastating consequences.    Brake problems can manifest in many different ways, whether you notice a lack in performance or are suddenly experiencing a strange vibration while braking. Brake problems can stem from a number of different components, including brake pads or shoes, brake rotors, brake lines, and much more.    Any of the following symptoms can indicate an issue with your brakes:  Noticeable lack or decrease in brake performance Brake pedal goes all the way to the floor Brake ... read more

Planning a Road Trip? Don’t Forget to Schedule a Pre-Trip Inspection

If you’re planning a road-trip for the summer, don’t forget to plan an inspection for your vehicle. The last thing you want to do is get stuck on the road in an unfamiliar place while on your trip. Putting effort to have your vehicle properly tuned and inspected will ensure that your trip is safe and successful!    Give yourself a week or two before your trip to have your vehicle inspected by our experts. We will check vital components and make sure that there are no underlying issues that need to be addressed before a long drive.    Our experts will inspect the following:    Tires Brakes Belts & Hoses Fluids & Filters A/C System Battery A thorough look at major components will put you at ease when you finally embark on your journey. Whether you’re planning a camping trip, a trip to the beach, or a fun adventure to a theme park - make sure that your vehicle is in tip-top shape to handle anything.    For friendly se ... read more

Which Gas or Fuel Is Best For My Car?

So, you are low on fuel and what do you do? You find a gas station that is either close by, has the lower price, or is adjacent to the shopping center. That’s normal. But which gas or fuel is best for your car? Most people do not understand the differences between fuel octane ratings. Is Regular or Premium fuel better for your engine? If you’re not sure, check your Owner's Manual or seek advice from the friendly auto mechanics at Complete Car Care in Encinitas. When most people choose Costco, they may do so because the gas is cheaper or it’s convenient. But they often don’t understand what type of gas they’re getting. They’re getting gas that is often 30% Ethanol, which causes more damage to your car. Ethanol wrecks the insides of your car, and most people don’t realize this. Ethanol is supposed to be environmentally friendly, but it's not. Chevron often has the best quality fuel, and their prices reflect that. Shell, Mobil, and Che ... read more

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How To Find Mindfulness While Driving In Heavy Traffic

Does driving in heavy traffic sometimes make you lose your cool? Okay, let’s be honest. Do you get easily ticked off while driving around Encinitas, Carlsbad, Rancho Santa Fe, and the entire San Diego region? At Complete Car Care in Encinitas, we understand your frustration. That’s why instead of focusing on how our auto mechanics perform top auto repair services, we will discuss how to find mindfulness while driving in heavy traffic. Driving looks and feels easy, but constant distractions make commuting harder. There are a lot of gadgets inside the car, such as your GPS, playlists on your phone, the radio or CD player, your power cables, your dashboard lights, and text messages. There are distractions happening outside of the vehicle as well, like erratic drivers, brake lights, pedestrians crossing the street, motorcyclists, road signs, people waving signs, and you trying to read hard-to-find addresses. How can you ignore these ongoing distractions and find peace behind t ... read more

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Exciting Automotive Technology That’s In Development

At Complete Car Care in Encinitas, we work hard to stay up on the latest auto repair technology. Whether you’re driving the streets or flying the automotive airways of Encinitas, Carlsbad, Rancho Santa Fe or beyond, our auto mechanics are and will be well-prepared to take care of all kinds of developing automotive technologies. And don’t blink or you’ll miss the latest developments in exciting automotive technology. If you’re into automobiles like we’re into automobiles, then you too are curious about the possibilities behind the wheel. From self-driving cars to alternative fuel vehicles to the no-longer-just-in-sci-fi-movies flying cars, hang with us here as we share just the tip of what’s in store for auto-lovers everywhere. Tesla’s self-driving cars are big-time in the news these days. Considering that Tesla is a technology company and not a car company, the automobiles they are crafting and creating are pretty incredible. One of the most ... read more

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