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How do I prepare my vehicle for a long holiday weekend heading north to Maine? Any suggestions for stops?

PennyTestAfter a mild winter, but with a lot of potholes and road damage, you want to pay particular attention to your tires.  Do a visual inspection, make sure they pass the “penny test” when checking the treads. You may want to check them at a local tire center or service center such as Jaffarian’s Service Department.

If your vehicle has not been serviced recently, make an appointment this week. Now is the time to get a check-up including checking brakes, tires and air conditioning.  There’s nothing worse than being away from home and breaking down on the side of the road, especially on a holiday weekend. If you don’t have AAA or a similar service from your auto manufacturer, this is a great time to sign up. For about $53 a year, you have help when you need it.

The following is a list of recommended parts to have checked out:
Brakes—check the brakes, pads and rotors.
Alignment & Suspension – This is especially important after the winter. Potholes throw off the alignment on your vehicle. If you feel your vehicle is pulling to one side from the steering column or when you brake, that is a good indication you need an alignment.
Fluids—With each oil change, your fluids are checked.  It is especially important to check your coolant.
Air filter—Has it been a while since you checked your filter? A dirty, clogged filter will interfere with your vehicle’s performance.
Battery—check your battery to be sure it is charged. If your vehicle is more than five years old, ask them to check your battery
Air conditioning; and
Tires.

Remember to bring a basic first aid kit. You can purchase a complete kit at your local drug store. It is important to carry water and snacks and a flashlight and have a blanket in your vehicle.

When heading north to Maine, consider the following places:

Acadia-National-ParkAcadia National Park—Consider visiting this wonderful site in Bar Harbor, in conjunction with the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service. You can go camping or stay at a local hotel. It is a pet-friendly place for those who travel with dogs. It’s great for camping, hiking, birding and is perfect for nature-lovers. Information is available on weekdays by calling (207) 288-3338.

Coastal Maine—If you want to drive only an hour or two from Boston, there are so many delightful towns for beaches, fishing, tourist attractions, and great seafood in York, Wells, Ogunquit, and Kennebunkport. These great towns are a simple ride up Rt. 95 to Route One in Maine. When you get off the exit in York, there is the Stonewall Kitchen outlet store and restaurant. For shoppers there are the Kittery Outlets, and the quaint shopping of Ogunquit and Kennebunkport. With the anticipated great weather, it is a great place to walk around these quaint towns and experience the ocean walk in Ogunquit or climb on Nubble lightthe rocks of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport. No trip to York is complete without a stop in Cape Neddick to view Nubble Light, the most photographed lighthouse in Maine and one of the most famous in the U.S.

Old Orchard Beach provides a lot of family fun. There is The Pier with arcades, amusement parks, roller coasters and lively nightlife. The seven-mile long stretch of uninterrupted beautiful sand is consistently voted “Maine’s Best Beach.” If you’re a golfer, Old Orchard Beach offers fabulous golfing with 10 courses within just a half hour of the beach.

BoothbayHarborBoothbay Harbor has many historical sites, charming shops, and oceanfront dining. The coves and rocky shores make this a relaxing place to enjoy the fresh sea air. It is home to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, dozens of nature trails, schooners and boat trips.

Camden is commonly referred to as the “Jewel of the Maine Coast.” It is located in the Mid-Coast region; Camden is the gateway to Penobscot Bay – offering beautiful harbor views, shopping and excellent dining. Because of its location, Camden is a great place for chartered boat or sailing trips, perhaps aboard one of the numerous schooners or tall ships that line the harbor. Camden is also full of rich history with many museums, stunning architecture, and charming brick sidewalks.Rotator_Camden_Harbor_Sailing_Race

Although the average gas price in Massachusetts has climbed in the last two weeks to $2.28 per gallon, about 1.5 million New Englanders will be traveling on Memorial Day Weekend. Please drive safely, not letting any distractions get in the way. Wear your seat belts and keep your eyes on the road on one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. Do not drink and drive. Be patient. Heading south on Monday will mean lots of backed up traffic, particularly at the toll booths. Get an EZ pass if you don’t already have one.  It will save you time at the tolls.

All of us at Jaffarian Automotive wish you a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend. We Memorial Dayalso want to thank all of our U.S. military personnel. This holiday really is meant to honor those who we’ve lost in military duty. That message has been lost among this unofficial start of summer. Please remember to thank a veteran or active military member and if you are like me, you will also be visiting the cemetery to plant and pay respects to family members who have passed.

PennyTestAfter a mild winter, but with a lot of potholes and road damage, you want to pay particular attention to your tires.  Do a visual inspection, make sure they pass the “penny test” when checking the treads. You may want to check them at a local tire center or service center such as Jaffarian’s Service Department.

If your vehicle has not been serviced recently, make an appointment this week. Now is the time to get a check-up including checking brakes, tires and air conditioning.  There’s nothing worse than being away from home and breaking down on the side of the road, especially on a holiday weekend. If you don’t have AAA or a similar service from your auto manufacturer, this is a great time to sign up. For about $53 a year, you have help when you need it.

The following is a list of recommended parts to have checked out:
Brakes—check the brakes, pads and rotors.
Alignment & Suspension – This is especially important after the winter. Potholes throw off the alignment on your vehicle. If you feel your vehicle is pulling to one side from the steering column or when you brake, that is a good indication you need an alignment.
Fluids—With each oil change, your fluids are checked.  It is especially important to check your coolant.
Air filter—Has it been a while since you checked your filter? A dirty, clogged filter will interfere with your vehicle’s performance.
Battery—check your battery to be sure it is charged. If your vehicle is more than five years old, ask them to check your battery
Air conditioning; and
Tires.

Remember to bring a basic first aid kit. You can purchase a complete kit at your local drug store. It is important to carry water and snacks and a flashlight and have a blanket in your vehicle.

When heading north to Maine, consider the following places:

Acadia-National-ParkAcadia National Park—Consider visiting this wonderful site in Bar Harbor, in conjunction with the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service. You can go camping or stay at a local hotel. It is a pet-friendly place for those who travel with dogs. It’s great for camping, hiking, birding and is perfect for nature-lovers. Information is available on weekdays by calling (207) 288-3338.

Coastal Maine—If you want to drive only an hour or two from Boston, there are so many delightful towns for beaches, fishing, tourist attractions, and great seafood in York, Wells, Ogunquit, and Kennebunkport. These great towns are a simple ride up Rt. 95 to Route One in Maine. When you get off the exit in York, there is the Stonewall Kitchen outlet store and restaurant. For shoppers there are the Kittery Outlets, and the quaint shopping of Ogunquit and Kennebunkport. With the anticipated great weather, it is a great place to walk around these quaint towns and experience the ocean walk in Ogunquit or climb on Nubble lightthe rocks of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport. No trip to York is complete without a stop in Cape Neddick to view Nubble Light, the most photographed lighthouse in Maine and one of the most famous in the U.S.

Old Orchard Beach provides a lot of family fun. There is The Pier with arcades, amusement parks, roller coasters and lively nightlife. The seven-mile long stretch of uninterrupted beautiful sand is consistently voted “Maine’s Best Beach.” If you’re a golfer, Old Orchard Beach offers fabulous golfing with 10 courses within just a half hour of the beach.

BoothbayHarborBoothbay Harbor has many historical sites, charming shops, and oceanfront dining. The coves and rocky shores make this a relaxing place to enjoy the fresh sea air. It is home to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, dozens of nature trails, schooners and boat trips.

Camden is commonly referred to as the “Jewel of the Maine Coast.” It is located in the Mid-Coast region; Camden is the gateway to Penobscot Bay – offering beautiful harbor views, shopping and excellent dining. Because of its location, Camden is a great place for chartered boat or sailing trips, perhaps aboard one of the numerous schooners or tall ships that line the harbor. Camden is also full of rich history with many museums, stunning architecture, and charming brick sidewalks.Rotator_Camden_Harbor_Sailing_Race

Although the average gas price in Massachusetts has climbed in the last two weeks to $2.28 per gallon, about 1.5 million New Englanders will be traveling on Memorial Day Weekend. Please drive safely, not letting any distractions get in the way. Wear your seat belts and keep your eyes on the road on one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. Do not drink and drive. Be patient. Heading south on Monday will mean lots of backed up traffic, particularly at the toll booths. Get an EZ pass if you don’t already have one.  It will save you time at the tolls.

All of us at Jaffarian Automotive wish you a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend. We Memorial Dayalso want to thank all of our U.S. military personnel. This holiday really is meant to honor those who we’ve lost in military duty. That message has been lost among this unofficial start of summer. Please remember to thank a veteran or active military member and if you are like me, you will also be visiting the cemetery to plant and pay respects to family members who have passed.

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