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Tips for Driving with Your Dog

Posted on 07/01/2017

We all love our dogs, but when it comes time to transport them to somewhere, many people get nervous about allowing one in their car. Many people don’t even like letting dogs on the furniture in their house, let alone their car! Don’t fret, there are strategies to help keep your car clean, and your dog happy during the drive.


Get a blanket for your dog. We recommend one that’s soft on one side and nylon on the other. Put the nylon side down against your seats to protect them from anything your dog might track in. Because only one side is nylon, it will still be soft and comfortable for your dog.


Don’t feed your dog right before you drive them. Unless you’re sure it’s going to be a short and gentle ride, it should be obvious why this might be a risk you don’t want to take. A blanket isn’t likely to help you if the worst happens here.


If you’re traveling a long distance, let your dog out with every stop. This gives you a chance to walk them and have them drink some water. Light snacks are okay, but avoid a full meal, as mentioned above.


If it’s hot out, don’t leave them locked in the car. Even with windows cracked, when the weather is in the 80s, it can quickly get to over 100 degrees inside your car. Just 15 minutes in a hot car is enough to cause brain damage. Conversely, in the winter, don’t let your dog freeze inside, either.


Just like everyone else in the car, the miles will bore your dog. Giving your dog attention will help alleviate the stress from their routine being disrupted and also their boredom. Consider bringing toys for them as well. If you’d like to increase the odds of your dog resting through a car ride, some vigorous exercise and play to tire them out can be very effective.


When you’re planning a road trip with your canine companions, be sure your vehicle is up to the task. Visit European Auto Works for any necessary service or repairs. You and your furry friends will be glad you did!


Road Trip Games for Your Children

Posted on 06/01/2017


Family fun is a definite highlight of the Summer. School is out, and you finally get to spend plenty of quality time with your kids, without homework and other school obligations lingering. But if you’ve ever opted to spend that time on a road trip, kids have been known to test their parents’ patience while in the back of the car. Keeping them occupied will allow you to keep your focus on the road, so we’ve got a few ideas for you.


License plate spotting. An oldie but goodie, we’ve got a few variations that can help keep it fresh. Who can spot the most out of State license plates? Whoever spots a license plate first gets a point. Who can spot the most license plates from the most individual States and Provinces? Again, only the person who spots it first gets to count it. If you’ve got at least 4 passengers, you can also do this in teams.


I Spy. If you’ve got preschool age kids in the car, this is perfect. This game may seem old to you, but them, it’s still new enough to be fun. If you have multiple preschool age children, once they learn how to play, this can keep them entertained among themselves.


Road Trip Bingo. This is exactly what it sounds like. Just like with license plate spotting, only the person who sees anything first gets to count it, or you can work in teams. You can make your own sheet customized to your trip, or if you want to hit up the world wide web, you can use one of the many that others have made already.


20 questions. Great for kids, and if you’ve got a good company, adults can even make this interesting among themselves. This one is great for really getting kids thinking.


Riddles. Lists of riddles for your kids are more accessible than ever. These are another great option to get your kids thinking. Not every child will bite on riddles without the prospect of a reward, so a small consideration for whoever guesses correctly might be in order if you want to be sure everyone participates. Consider not allowing anyone that’s answered a riddle already to answer the next one, saving the easiest riddles for when there are only one or two people left.

European Auto Works is here to help prepare your vehicle for your next road trip. We want to do everything in our power to help keep you and your family safe on the road, and we look forward to your next visit!

The Latest in Automotive Safety Technology

Posted on 05/01/2017


If you think about the time you first got in a car as a kid, by the time you had your own car, there were probably some pretty big differences in technology between those two cars. And for those of you that have been driving for many more years beyond that, and perhaps even providing cars for kids of your own, those cars for you kids are even more radically advanced. This month we’ll walk you through some newer features that will help keep you driving comfortably and safely.


Adaptive cruise control: in many newer cars, such as the Porsche Cayenne, cruise control use is no longer relegated to when you’re on an uncongested highway. With adaptive cruise control, you can set your car’s preferred cruising speed, but it will slow down automatically when there’s another vehicle in front of you. When it detects that space ahead of you is clear again, it will resume your chosen cruise speed. You can spend more time being alert to what’s around you and less time managing your speed.


Backup cameras and sensors: there’s a blind spot behind every vehicle down its centerline, where its back window and mirrors cannot see. It’s a small one, but it’s big enough to hide mailboxes, people tying their shoes, and other low to the ground obstacles. While common on newer cars, if you’ve got an older car, it might be possible to retrofit it with these features.


Lane monitoring: if you’ve ever been a little drowsy, distracted, or otherwise not entirely on the ball while driving, this can be a literal lifesaver. Lane monitoring will alert you to when you’re drifting out of a lane, so you can redirect your attention to correcting your course. Even in situations where you’re fully alert, if it’s dark and rainy, and you’re on a poorly lit road, this can be a great tool to keep you within your lane.


Blind spot monitoring: even if you’ve got your mirrors set right and you’ve turned your head to look, those spots around the back corners of your car are a little nerve wracking. Thankfully, there’s one more tool to help keep you aware of your surroundings. Blind spot monitoring is one more piece of sensory information that can alert you to the presence of a car in your blind spot if you’re about to change lanes.


Park assist: parallel parking has been a source of frustration and scratched paint for as long as it has existed. While those that live in a big city can get the hang of it because they need to do it so regularly, for everyone else, we’re glad to be done craning our necks around. Auto engineers have come a long way in giving this technology the precision required to keep your vehicle and its paint in good shape.​


Cars continue to evolve. The future will bring yet more new safety features and other technology. Additionally, self-driving car testing is becoming increasingly prolific. Who knows what wonders the future has in store, but when they arrive, you can be sure we’ll keep up with them here at European Auto Works.

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