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How to Take Your Road Trip to the Next Level

Van driving on a mapA long road trip is a mixed bag. On one hand, it’s exciting to be out on the open road, pointed toward an exciting adventure. On the other hand, car trips can be long and stressful.

However, with a little planning and a few simple upgrades, you can take your road trip to the next level. It doesn’t take much to make the drive to your destination one of the most memorable parts of the trip!

Five Tips for Taking Your Road Trip to the Next Level

1. See the World’s Largest: They may sound corny–and they are–but kooky roadside attractions are worth the stop and can make for fabulous photo ops. Pull over for things like the world’s Largest 6 Pack in LaCrosse, Wisconsin; the World’s Largest Wind Chime in Eureka Springs, Arkansas; the World’s Largest Rubik’s Cube in Knoxville, Tennessee; or the World’s Largest Can of Paint in Shippensburg, PA.

2. Bring a Real Map and Sharpie: We know that no one uses maps anymore, but that’s a shame! Using a sharpie to track your progress on a real-live map is very satisfying and a lot of fun. Add notes about your experiences in different towns, and the map can double as a fun souvenir after the trip. And if you ever make a repeat trip, your marked up map will be a valuable resource.

3. Plan Pit Stops: The typical thing to do is wait until hunger strikes and ask your fellow passengers to keep their eyes peeled for restaurants. That never works. Plus, since you’re constantly moving, it’s nearly impossible to locate an eatery using the apps on your phone. So plan ahead! Figure out which towns you’ll be spinning through, and come up with a few options on where you can stop to eat. Looking forward to a special meal can really keep morals high! In a pinch, stop at a gas station for trail mix, nuts, jerky, dried fruit, popcorn, or cheese. These make fine snacks.

4. Clean Your Car Beforehand, and Keep it Clean: Before your big road trip, clean your car thoroughly, and keep a clean mindset! Bring a shopping bag to corral your garbage, and bring wipes with you. You will feel much better in a clean car.

5. Get Your Entertainment Sorted: Create playlists, and add some music, comedy, or books on tape to the mix. It’s also important to ensure each traveler has equal say in what plays during the trip, so have everyone submit their suggestions before you head off!

The most important rule of any road trip is to stay safe. So don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated, avoid dangerous lane changes, and obey speed limits. Ensure you leave with ample to time to reach your destination in order to avoid rushing.

Happy travels!

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Very Happy With the Repairs

Very happy with the repair to my ’10 Lincoln MKS!

Derek H.

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Three Common Spring Driving Pitfalls and How to Handle Them

driving in the rainSpring has arrived! Most of us have been waiting for this all winter, but there is some bad mixed in with the good.

While the weather outside is beginning to warm up, we can’t overlook the fact that there are some dangerous driving situations we encounter during these days. Potholes run amok, foggy mornings happen regularly, and we deal with wet roadways more often than other times of the year.

In order to protect yourself against spring’s driving hazards, we’ve prepared this list of common pitfalls and what you can do to protect yourself against them.

Three Spring Driving Issues and What to Do About Them

1. Potholes: All the constant freezing and thawing over the winter leaves gaping holes in the street. To combat these frustrating craters, make sure your tire pressure is up to snuff. Well-inflated tires fare better against potholes. If you see one in the road, try to straddle the hole or move out of the way. If you can’t avoid driving over the pothole, proceed slowly, but don’t brake directly over the hole, which can do more harm than good. Also, be wary of puddles. They could be potholes in hiding.

2. Fog: When cool night air collides with the warm ground, the result is foggy mornings.  Driving in fog requires heightened focus, so stay alert. You should also slow down so you have enough time to adjust the way you’re driving if an obstacle appears or traffic changes. Low, not high beams, are best for seeing the fog. Your high beams will reflect off of the tiny water droplets that make up the fog, rendering them useless. Your low beams will make you more visible to other drivers.

3. Rain: April showers bring May flowers! But before the flowers arrive, we need to live with lots of rain. Slow it down to keep your vehicle for hydroplaning, and remember that the roads are at their slickest when the rain has just started. That’s because the slippery oils from the street rise quickly to the surface. Keep your headlights on so other drivers can easily see you, and give the other drivers some more space. An extra 1-2 seconds will give you more reaction time.

Stay safe on the roads this spring!

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My Go-To Body Shop

My go-to body shop, one of the best in the tri-state area. Honest, fair and reasonably priced for exceptional work. A+ highly recommend. Keep up the great work.


Mark L.

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How to Clear Snow off Your Car, Plus Why Your Car Vibrates After a Winter Storm

Snow Covered CarDriving after a snowstorm is stressful. You need to spend time scraping ice off your roof and windshield, and you may be nervous about commuting on the icy roads.

To make matters worse, once you climb into your car and head off to your destination, it is common for your vehicle to vibrate. To find out what causes this phenomenon and to learn our technique for deicing your car, keep reading.

Why Does Your Car Vibrate After a Snowstorm?

When you finally get into your vehicle, there’s a good chance your car will vibrate, especially when you accelerate to higher speeds.

While these may seem serious, there’s no need to be alarmed. The shakiness is caused by ice and snow that is packed unevenly into your wheels. All you need to do is wait until the snow melts, but if the shakiness really bothers you, you can dig it out from under your vehicle.

Before you hop behind the wheel after a big snow, you’ll want to make sure your car is free of any snow that could impede your visibility and the visibility of others on the road. Below, you will find our five steps to clearing away the snow from your car.

How to Clear Ice and Snow off Your Car After a Storm

  1. Be Prepared. Well before the snowstorm, make sure you have a snow brush for your car. A double-ended tool with a brush on one side, and an ice scraper on the other, works well here. Prior to the storm, it’s also a good idea to lift the wiper blades from your windshield, so it is easier to clear off your windshield in the morning and so the blades don’t freeze to your car.
  2. Fire it Up. Start your car and turn on your back and front window defroster. Adjust the sun visors in front of your car so they are perpendicular to the ground. This keeps the air circulating near your windshield.
  3. Raise the Roof. Make sure you brush the snow off the roof. Skipping this step is illegal in most states, and since it can cause snow to fly onto other drivers’ windshields, it isn’t safe.
  4. Continue the Process. Clear off the rest of the car. After you clear off the roof, work your way down the windows, hood, trunk, and lights. Use straight strokes, and think of pulling, not pushing, the snow off your car.
  5. Make Sure You Can See. Scrape the windshield, if necessary. You don’t want to drive with ice here!

For tips on driving in winter weather, check out this post. Stay safe on the roads!

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Fast, efficient, and skilled repairs

Great shop. Fast, efficient, and skilled repairs. Worked with the insurance company and really made it hassle free! Thanks guys!

Al L.

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If I ever need any other repairs I will definitely be going back!

I had a wonderful experience at Young’s Auto Body when I had some body damage to my passenger side door. When I went to Young’s for a quote, they quoted the repair at half the cost of another auto body location. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable, and if I ever need any other repairs I will definitely be going back!

Kaitlyn K.

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I couldn’t be happier with the work they did

Great service. The final cost came out very close to the estimate. Everything looked great with the car after the work (bumper replacement) was done, and as a nice added touch, they cleaned the interior impeccably. I couldn’t be happier with the work they did.

Thomas D.

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A Great Local Business

Young’s is fantastic!  I found them thanks to Yelp and couldn’t agree more with the other 5 star reviews. I scratched up my own car going into my garage-  extremely embarrassed, I went a couple of places.  Young’s was very kind, was upfront about the work that needed to be done, provided the best estimate…and when I explained it would be a while before I could drop my car off for a couple of days they buffed the area and made it look 100 times better in the interim. Not to mention I had my three year old along with me and the guys were so friendly while we were waiting.  A great local business!

Christina K.