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Tire Safety For The Rain

Rain Driving

As the hot summer days fade in to cool autumn evenings we welcome fall to Southern California.  This is also the time of year where we get to say goodbye to the heat and hello to the rain. It is usually during this time of year that we see the most rainfall, even if it really isn't that much compared to other areas of the United States.

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4 Steps for Changing a Tire

No matter what you do or where you go, if you are a driver you are bound to get a flat tire, eventually.  This can be a very stressful event depending on the situation, but once you know what to do, and practice a few times, it really isn’t that bad at all.  Although many tire companies are making tires that are less susceptive to nails, glass, potholes, and blowouts, there is still a chance they can happen.
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Celebrating a Pet Friendly 4th of July

The 4th of July weekend is a time for family and friends to get together and enjoy one another's company while celebrating our independence as a country. While we may spend time making vacation plans or preparing our homes to relax and enjoy the festivities, we often forget about those members of our family that may find this time quite stressful. Our pets provide so much love and affection to us it is important that during these times of relaxation or travel we could easily include our four legged family members. Here we will provide some awesome activities to do over the 4th of July weekend that include our furry friends.

There are many campsites and animal friendly recreational areas that are great spots to get out and get some exercise with your pet. For detailed information is a great website that will tell you of all of the locations where pets are welcome. Some of these locations include campsites, hiking/jogging trails, beaches, pet friendly hotels, restaurants, winery tours, shopping centers and so much more.

Some of our favorites include:

Fiesta Island Off Leash Dog Park

San Diego, CA, US.

Alpine Pedal Path

Big Bear Lake, CA. US

Hound Town Dog Park

11150 Redlands Blvd.

(Contact locations prior to making plans to ensure their policies on pet visits)

If, however, you are simply enjoying the 4th of July break at home, it is a very common problem for pets to get scared or anxious when fireworks are heard or seen. Here are some great tips to help you prepare your home to give comfort to your pet.

1. Take your pet out for a walk or play with them in the afternoon/evening to help them get out any built up energy, this will help them to relax later.

2. Give your pet a comfortable place to relax and rest during the celebration. Usually any small enclosed space helps them feel safe. By covering the outside of a pet carrier and lining the inside with their favorite blanket or pillow it can help to calm them down and it makes it easier for them to rest. There are numerous products that can be worn by pets to help them feel swaddled and calm them down. One that we highly recommend is the Thunder Shirt. This snug fitting shirt helps provide the perfect amount of pressure to your pets body helping them stay calm and relaxed.

3. Treats are a great way to distract your pet from the loud noises outside. By giving them a rawhide bone, catnip, or even treating them to a new toy it will allow them to focus on something other than the fireworks.

4. Close all windows, doors, and curtains to help reduce the noise level and or flashing lights of the fireworks. Also turn on noises that your pet is already used to like a radio or a television to help mask the sounds of fireworks.

5. Finally, most pet stores have natural herbal drops for pets to help calm them down and relax. You can also contact your veterinarian, they should be able give you a very mild tranquilizer to administer to your pet in the evening.

We hope you enjoy the 4th of July weekend and please celebrate responsibly with friends and family. Remember that with all of the time and attention our pets give us throughout the year we should be able to cater to them one night and make sure they feel safe.

(Please consult with your veterinarian before implementing any new health routines including restrictive clothing and herbal remedies. Caution should be taken with all pets especially if your pet has other known health factors.)
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2014 Volkswagen EOS Komfort Convertible Gets Car-Net Service

Volkswagen is introducing their new Car-Net service on select 2014 models, including the EOS Komfort convertible. This service offers safety, remote access, family tracking, and diagnostics at a very reasonable subscription price after a six month free trial. While an Android app is still in production, the iPhone app is already available for download at iTunes. Once a buyer has purchased the EOS Komfort convertible, the Volkswagen dealer provides login information. With the Car-Net app...
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Prepare your Teen: Emergency Driving Courses

vehicle in controlled skid

If you have a teenage child one of the great worries of your life may be wondering how safely he or she will drive. Handing a set of car keys to an inexperienced driver is a nerve-racking experience in the best of situations. Maybe you taught your teen to drive. Maybe you splurged and sent your kid to driving school. There's always that nagging worry about what will happen if your child encounters a dangerous situation on the road. Take heart, parents - a new kind of driving school has arrived to help your kids learn how to control a car in an emergency.

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