How to Test Your Tire Tread Depth

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How to Test Your Tire Tread Depth

Knowing the tire tread depth on your current tires is important! With all of your vehicle weight being supported by the 4 tires on your car, it’s a true safety measure to make certain that your tires are safe and have a good amount of tread left. Anytime that you take your car to an auto specialist like Cassels Garage of Melbourne, FL, you can rest easy knowing that they are checking and testing your tires to make certain that they are safe to be on the road.

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3 Quick Ways to Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

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3 Quick Ways to Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

Accidents happen every day. It is just a way the life works. We at Cassels Garage understand this more than most because we frequently see the aftermath of the accidents that can happen out on the road. We have seen our fair share of fender benders and such, but we would like to help prevent these and more serious accidents in the future. So, this week we will be giving you 3 easy ways to check yourself before you wreck yourself. Listen up and enjoy!

Check your speed

It is so easy to not pay attention to how fast you are actually going. This is especially true here in Brevard County. We are all busy people with busy lives, but it is important that when we get behind the wheel that we take a second and just slow down a bit. When you find yourself rushing to your next destination, try to remember that no appointment or meeting is worth putting you or your fellow drivers’ lives at risk. Don’t speed through the yellow turning red light and don’t swerve through the lanes passing people who just “aren’t going fast enough.” Read your speedometer. Follow the speed limits but also the flow of traffic. Overall, just slow down.

Check your physical state

This is an obvious suggestion, but it is important to know how you’re feeling physically. The most obvious question is usually “have you had any alcohol to drink?” Or, have you taking any substances that might hinder your ability to drive? Something you might forget to check up on is how much rest you’ve had. Have you gotten enough sleep so you can safely get from point A to point B? Don’t put anyone in danger by getting behind the wheel when you feel tired. Not only could falling asleep behind the wheel harm you, but you could also take other drivers out as well. So, really check your physical wellness every time you turn that key in the ignition.

Check your mental state

Have you ever gotten home from work and realized you don’t even remember the drive? It can be a scary thing to think about. Driving when your thoughts are elsewhere is also a sure fire way to put yourself in danger. When you allow your brain to be on anything besides the road, accidents can surely follow. So, make sure that when you pull out of your driveway you are fully aware of where you are going. It can be a difficult thing to not let your mind wander to the issues in life, but try not to do that when you are behind the wheel.

We at Cassels Garage want the people of Melbourne, FL and our community to stay safe. Hopefully, you found these quick reminders helpful and will try to remember these in the future. And if you should ever need any assistance after an accident or just have general car servicing needs, we want you to give us a call or schedule an appointment today! We would love to help you with any and all of your vehicle’s maintenance and repair needs.

Signs It’s Time to Come in for a Tune-Up

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Signs you need an Auto Tune-Up

There is nothing scarier than being stranded on the side of the road with a broken down car and no one to turn to. Or stuck with a steaming engine in the middle of a super busy intersection, smack dab in the middle of town. Or realizing as you are heading to an important event that your car no longer wants to start for you. Sadly, these things happen every day to good car loving people.

We at Cassels Garage understand the worry that comes along with this sort of situation, and we want to be able to help. We know that you, the customer, want to avoid any and all potential car troubles in the future. So, we thought it might help to put together a list of ways to successfully avoid any stuck on the side of the road scenarios that may occur. Here is a list of signs that your car may be in need of a checkup and/or tune-up. Look out for these bad boys.

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Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is Distracted Driving Awareness month. Police departments, highway patrol, and auto insurance carriers are teaming up to raise awareness and encourage every driver to be more proactive behind the wheel. At Cassels Garage, a full-service auto repair shop in Melbourne, FL, we want to join the effort to promote safe driving. While we can make your car as safe and well-maintained as possible by performing brake checks, oil changes, tire rotations and transmission repairs, your safety on the road is ultimately up to you and the drivers around you. So, we wanted to take some time and talk about the dangers of distracted driving so you can do your part to make the road a safer place.

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Is Your Car Ready for Holiday Trips?

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Is Your Car Ready for Holiday Trips?

November is upon us and along with it comes some upcoming holiday travels. Here in Brevard County, we are so lucky to experience warmer temperatures while many of our fellow Americans up north suffer through bitterly cold winters. While much of the country will be experiencing their first snowfall of the year soon, we have the privilege of soaking up some sun rays. And although we don’t exactly get to experience all 4 seasons, it is still important to prepare your car for some cooler days to come.

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Back to School Part 3: College Edition

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Back to School: Part 3

\We have previously discussed tips and tricks for high school students hitting the open road for the first time. Now, it’s time for us to give our college students a little advice. Whether you are staying in Brevard County or leaving to explore new lands, it is important that you are fully prepared for move in day.

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Drivers Education Tips

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Drivers Education Tips

If you follow our blog, you may have read a post we did on Tips for Brevard County Beginner Drivers. One of the tips was to enroll in a local driver’s education course. At Cassels Garage, we see a lot of cars after there are accidents. We want our new drivers to feel safe and supported. We thought it might be helpful if we shared a few more tips. Here are 3 tips on how to learn the most your can from your driver’s education course.

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Starters and Alternators: An Introduction

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Staters and Alternators

Most drivers have heard the words “starter” and “alternator” before. However, they might be unaware of their meaning and purpose, or how they relate to their automobile. Having a basic understanding of your vehicle is important since it allows for possible diagnosing on the spot if your car were to unfortunately break down. Being able to identify the potential problem will help you know how to proceed in the case of an incident. The starter and the alternator are important components of the vehicle. What are their functions?

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The Olympics and Cars

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of months, you know that the 2016 Summer Olympics just concluded. Almost every country in the world sends teams to compete in various sports, and for three weeks it’s all anyone can talk about. In the spirit of the Olympics, it’s worth noting some of the similarities between the games and the car industry.

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The Importance of Brake Maintenance

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Distracted driving accounts for most of the rear-end collisions we see in our day. The default conclusion now when you see a vehicle pile-up is that the guy in the back was texting or focused on something else instead of the road. However, sometimes faulty brakes are indeed the cause (although certainly not as often as Mr. Texter claims). Brakes are like dental care in that an ounce of prevention is worth well over a pound in cure. If you get your brake pads and fluid checked and replaced routinely, then you will seldom need to worry about more serious brake repairs. On the other hand, neglecting your squeaky brakes can often lead to more serious and expensive repairs, and even to an unsafe vehicle that is more likely to involve you in an accident.

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