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Monthly Archives: May 2015

Pets and Summer Vacation

Pets and Summer Vacation

We see lots of dogs with their heads sticking out windows of cars enjoying the breeze. It makes me smile but at the same time I’m always concerned for the dogs’ health. It seems no matter how many warnings people are given about the dangers of leaving dogs and children in a hot car in summer, each year in Phoenix we hear the sad news that it happens…way too often! If you do plan to travel with your pets this summer, make plans before you leave home so you and your pet aren’t overly stressed by the trip. •    Select a hotel or cabin that welcomes pets. •    Plan a vacation that your pet will enjoy as well! •    Find restaurants that offer outdoor dining that accommodate your animals. •    Make sure your pets have all their shots up to date, are in good health for travel and have had their flea and tick prevention. •    Don’t assume that a “pet friendly ... read more

The Temporary Spare Tire

The Temporary Spare Tire

I have been noticing many cars driving down the road with the temporary spare tire or “donut” as some people call them. The spare tire diameter is smaller than the existing tire size. The reason for this is they don’t take up much space and the smaller tire weighs less than a full-size one. Many of today’s cars don’t even have a spare tire; they come with a fix-a-flat type of kit only. If your car has an actual spare tire, it is only to be used as a temporary fix (that it what the “T” means in front of the tire size on the side wall), not exceeding 45 MPH in speed and to get you to the nearest repair shop. I am amazed when I see a car on the freeway moving at 65 MPH plus on a temporary spare tire. Earlier I mentioned the temporary spare tire is a smaller diameter. This fact is important because if the spare is placed on a drive wheel, (on the front of a front-wheel drive, or on the rear of a rear-wheel drive car) it is even more critical to ... read more