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Back To School Thinking

Back To School Thinking

Photo by Matt Ragland on Unsplash   Back to school season is upon us! The streets will soon fill with youngsters on their way to class, buses with their stop signs extended, and carpools full of kids on their route to school. Before the pandemonium begins, have you considered what you might need to have done regarding your vehicle?    Now is an excellent time to look at your vehicle and have some discussions with your kids when it comes to their pick-up schedule.   Here are a couple of ideas you might consider:   Do a walk-thru: This is an excellent time to do a point-to-point check of some of the basic safety features in your vehicle! Check the seatbelts and make sure they fasten correctly, adjust yo ... read more

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Staying Cool At Summer’s Last Gasp

Staying Cool At Summer’s Last Gasp

Photo by Erik Mclean on Unsplash   Welcome to the heatwave! August is traditionally the roughest summer month, with the heat having one last gasp before Autumn begins to take over in September. By most accounts, it’s going to be a brutal August in 2021.   If you want to stay cool and avoid getting too hot this summer while out in your car, here are some steps to take that will help you out!   Avoid Iced Drinks - it’s a common misconception that drinking an icy-cold beverage will bring your body temperature down. The truth is, it will raise your body temperature to combat the cold inside your body. Hot tea and coffee won’t lower your temperature, but your body doesn’t need to do the one ... read more

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How to Turn a Cancelled Vacation into a Stay-At-Home Adventure

How to Turn a Cancelled Vacation into a Stay-At-Home Adventure

Photo by Jonathan Borba on Unsplash   Do you have any Summer travel plans? Many families will be hitting the road this month, but some will have to postpone their vacation due to conflicts that keep them at home. If your vacation plans were unexpectedly canceled, and you don't know how you'll entertain the kids without a rebellion, have no fear! In this blog, we will be giving you a few ideas of how to host and plan your own “staycation”!    With gas prices hitting a high, COVID-19 still being a concern for many, and last-minute life issues making an unexpected appearance, many of us have decided to stay at home for the Summer and enjoy our time off from the comfort of our own home. So, how ca ... read more

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Top Road Trip Getaways From Fort Drum

Top Road Trip Getaways From Fort Drum

Photo by Ben Shanks on Unsplash   With Summer right around the corner and COVID-19 restrictions easing, many of us have been eagerly waiting for a well-deserved vacation! Road tripping can be a great way of enjoying every second with gorgeous scenery and irreplaceable time spent with loved ones. Here are a few ideas of road trip getaways from Fort Drum we recommend:    Seneca Lake Seneca Falls offers several must-see locations, including three of the best parks in the region, the most significant wine trail in New York State, and also provides some spectacular views from local boat tours! Driving down Route 14S offers a scenic drive with stunning views and is right along the wine trail that includes a collection of 35 wi ... read more

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How To Change A Flat Tire

How To Change A Flat Tire

Photo by Nicholas Jackson from Pixabay   Welcome to the May blog for Service Plus! We hope Spring is treating you well and that your family is either vaccinated or scheduled to be soon!   This month’s blog is a look into how to change a flat tire. There’s a lot to know, and the first point to make is that there’s a difference between coming across a flat tire on a parked car and having a blowout.    If you have a blowout, your first steps are about making sure you get to safety. Pull over as far away from the road as you can manage, and set down signals if you have them. Be sure you are in the Parked gear and that the parking brake is fully engaged. If you&r ... read more

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Top Five Reasons To Change Your Car’s Air Filters

Top Five Reasons To Change Your Car’s Air Filters

  Welcome to April’s blog! We hope you have been coping well in the past month and are just about ready for Spring now. Today, we’re looking at the benefits of changing air filters.   Air filters are something inexpensive to replace, but they usually get replaced less than they should, because car owners don’t have time in their busy lives to do the work-- which can usually be done in under 30 minutes. Here’s our top five reasons to change your air filters:   5. Reduced Emissions - the air from your exhaust is the same air that came in through your air filter. If it starts dirtier, it leaves dirtier. A new air filter helps relieve that.   4. Quick, easy fix - changing your engine and cabin air filters is inexpensive and fast for a mechanic. Don’t hold out if you don’t have time to do the work yourself; bring it to your auto mechanic.   3. Reduces Allergens - when the pollen starts to build up, having a new air filter ... read more

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How To Jump Start An Engine

How To Jump Start An Engine

Welcome to the new blog for March! We hope you and your family are prospering in this new year. With the recent weather causing some car issues this time of year, we thought it might help refresh you on the rules of how to jump-start a car from another car if your battery should fail. Pull up another car so that the driver's side front wheel is close to keep the batteries near each other. Do not let the vehicles touch. Remove the keys from both ignitions. Find the batteries in both cars. Find the positive (red) lead and the Negative (black) lead. Untangle the jumper cables.  Attach the jumper cables to the dead battery, putting the red clamp on the red lead. Put the black clamp on plastic within the car-- do not let it touch a metal surface.  Ensure that the jumper cable wires are nowhere near the fan, which will start as the engine starts. On the good battery, attach the red lead on the positive (red) terminal, and then attach the black lead on the negative termi ... read more

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Give Me A Brake! How To Show Your Car Some Love This Valentine’s Day

Give Me A Brake! How To Show Your Car Some Love This Valentine’s Day

Welcome to February! This is your reminder that there are just 13 more days until Valentine's Day. Don't put yourself behind the eight-ball in a pandemic with last-minute devotion-- get your plan together while you still can! Of course, with it being icy and wintery in Calcium, we're facing many issues with the roads and ice. We hope you have remembered to get your winter tires put on, and if you hadn't, it's not too late until something terrible happens, so please get in touch if you need winter tires! And while tires are essential to your car's function in this cold weather, brakes are just as important. You need to be able to stop, and on some roads, you're likely to slide slowly instead of crisply braking to a stop. If your brakes aren't up to the task, you will have even less control of your car. So don't hesitate if you think something's off with your brakes-- schedule service immediately. There are three months in the calendar year that ... read more

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Top Five New Year's Resolutions Involving Your Car

Top Five New Year's Resolutions Involving Your Car

As we say goodbye to 2020 and ring in the New Year, it’s time to take stock of where we are and make resolutions for 2021. People will vow to lose weight, take classes, learn a new language, etc. At Service Plus, we’d love to see more people make resolutions about the kind of car owner they’d like to be.   Here is a list of some of our favorite resolutions involving your car:   5. Stop speeding. Fast driving is hard on your car, it’s bad for your mileage, and, oh yeah, it’s illegal. It’s also the gateway to playing fast and loose with other rules, like lane changing and signalling and so on. And can lead to terrible accidents. So that’s a vice you can do without in 2021.     4. Buy new tires this year. It is crucial to have four good tires at all times. Your tires are what is connecting your car to the road, and if they’re neglected, you may leave the road rather violently!      3. Take more ... read more

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Best Holiday Displays To See In The Fort Drum Area

Best Holiday Displays To See In The Fort Drum Area

If this is your first year at Fort Drum or in Calcium, it might interest you to know that the Fort Drum area has a great tradition of holiday lighting displays! The community really bands together to put on gorgeous presentations that will dazzle your children and put the whole family in the holiday spirit. If you’re going to be in the area this December, we hope you’ll come to some of the local events. Here are our top three holiday displays to see in the Fort Drum area! Wegman’s LIGHTS ON THE LAKE November 16, 2020 - January 10, 2021, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Lights on the Lake is a two-mile long drive-through show, featuring towering holiday displays, a larger-than life Land of Oz display, a twinkling fantasy forest, memorable animated scenes and a fairy tale magic grand finale! It’s a long slow drive in the comfort and safety of your own car, while listening to the wonderful sounds of the season on Sunny102!  Tickets are pre-sale only this year and can be ord ... read more

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