‘Tis the season to see and smell pumpkin spice everything! The leaves might not be falling quite yet and it might not be exactly sweater weather, but that can’t stop us for indulging in all the fall festivities. We at Cassels Garage are very excited for all the things that fall has to offer our customers. In case you missed it, in our last blog we talked about some fun family activities to do this fall, so this week we thought we might expand on that and talk about some of the fun fall festivals that are going on right here in beautiful Brevard County.
May is here and soon students will be hitting the roads of Brevard County for the first time. It can be a fun, scary, exhilarating and a nerve-racking time for both new drivers and their parents. Here are some tips to help new Brevard County drivers feel confident behind the wheel and hopefully something to give some nervous parents peace of mind.
Most of us know we need to change our car’s oil after a certain amount of miles, but oftentimes we don’t take care of other aspects of our vehicles like we should. There are many parts that work together to make a car run, from the battery to the steering and more. So, besides the oil, what is an important part of your car to keep an eye on? Your brakes!
Now that Labor Day has passed, we are unofficially in the fall season, even though it still feels very much summer here in Brevard County. To most of us, Labor Day is a just holiday that gives us a three-day weekend, with a much-needed break from work or school. We take advantage of this free day and usually plan trips or fun activities that we don’t normally have time to do. Despite celebrating it every year, not everyone knows the history and meaning behind Labor Day.
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.
Your vehicle is in tiptop shape thanks to a check-in with Cassels Garage. The bags are packed for a quick weekend getaway and everyone is looking forward to it. Nestled comfortably in the seats, your family is ready to go. Then, out come the cell phones. Does this scene sound familiar to you?
Driver: “Wow! That’s beautiful.”
Passenger: “I need to put my phone down. I am missing out.”
This happens to us on almost every road trip of any length including every time we drive on the causeway over the Intracoastal Waterway. Road trips through or from Brevard County, Florida offer lots of natural beauty to enjoy, but often we are too busy to notice.
Here is a new word for many readers. A quinquagenarian is someone who has reached the half century mark. We optimistically and unrealistically refer to this as middle-aged, but that designation would actually apply only if your life expectancy is 100 years old.
People who turn 50 often “celebrate” with mixed feelings. Rather than mourning the loss of your youth, it seems more hopeful to celebrate the particular joys of this milestone. By age 50, some of your worst mistakes have already been made. By age 50, you have likely reached some level of proficiency in your career.
In Hollywood, where youth is everything, turning 50 can signal the beginning of the end of your career. However, several stars of movies and television are turning 50 this year, and these show no signs of slowing down. Patrick Dempsey, John Cusack, David Schwimmer and Kiefer Sutherland all turn 50 in 2016. It is hard to picture Adam Sandler as anything other than a perpetual man-boy, but he is turning 50 this year also.
Actresses seem to fear Father Time even more than actors, but these make it seem less scary. Robin Wright, Halle Berry, Salma Hayek, Juliana Margulies, Helena Bonham Carter and Tea Leoni all turn 50 in 2016. Supermodel Cindy Crawford and singer Janet Jackson also turn 50 this year.
In the world of small business, lasting half a century is only good, but increasingly rare. Statistics indicate that the majority of start up businesses fail early, but a few decades of staying power speaks for itself and shows that a business is delivering for its customers. According to Small Business Administration, the majority of small businesses only survive around 5 years with 1/3 making it to the ten-year mark. Think about the businesses that you regularly patronize. How many of those were there even ten years ago? There are many things that can kill a small business. Sometimes a business fails because of external factors like the economy or the competition, but nothing will destroy a business faster than poor customer service.
On the Space Coast of Florida, Cassels Garage in West Melbourne is turning 50 this year. Family owned since 1966, we have delivered service that keeps our customers coming back, and we show no signs of slowing down. There is simply no substitute for excellent service. Our dedicated staff is committed to keeping your vehicle in top shape no matter the circumstances. Residents of Brevard County have counted on us for 50 years now and so can you.
In basic economics class, students learn different meanings for words they already know, like “demand” and “elasticity.” As an economic term, elasticity is the degree to which demand for a product is affected by a change in price. For example, the demand for luxury items is often elastic. If the price of a Caribbean cruise doubled, fewer people would opt for that vacation. On the other hand, the demand for salt is inelastic.
If the price of salt doubled, or even tripled, consumers would likely buy the same amount. Part of the reason for that is that the price is so low to start with, and the other reason is that most people consider it to be a necessity.
It is sad and surprising how many people drift into a routine of doing the same thing over and over, failing to appreciate the blessings of their environment. How many people live close to the beach but seem to never find time to go? Do you know people who express affection for art and music, but cannot remember the last time they went to a play or a movie or concert or museum?
One helpful technique for creating more joy in your life is to approach your home city as a tourist would. Why not determine to enjoy the gifts your home has to offer rather than waiting until you are out of town on vacation to indulge in a good time. If you set aside one Saturday each month as “tourist day,” then by the end of the year you will have enjoyed the equivalent of a two-week vacation without having to spend any extra on lodging.
If you live on the Space Coast of Florida, the options are many. Of course the beach and many beachside parks are a major attraction, but too many people overlook the natural beauty available on the mainland. Erna Nixon Park in Melbourne and Turkey Creek Sanctuary in Palm Bay are just two of many parks that offer elevated boardwalks and nature trails. Palm Bay has an extensive system of trails for jogging, walking, and biking. The Brevard Zoo in North Melbourne is small but still relatively new and very well designed.
Both Melbourne and Eau Gallie have resurgent downtown areas with inviting shops, restaurants and bars. Foosaner Art Museum in Eau Gallie and Henegar Center for the Arts in Melbourne are just two of the highlights.
Next time, you are tempted to pick up the remote control to find out what is on television, why not Google “Things to Do in Melbourne, FL” and aim for some more adventure. Of course, you will want to make sure your vehicle is in top shape, even if you are only traversing Brevard County. Contact Cassels Garage in West Melbourne, Florida today for a tune-up. We are a family-owned shop, and we are well equipped to perform major repairs or provide routine maintenance on your car. We have been serving Brevard County since 1966. We can help you prepare for road trips of any length.
Many Floridians scoff at the idea of winterizing their vehicles. Isn’t that why we moved to Florida, so we would no longer have to shovel snow and buy special tires and such? Yes indeed, and many of the more extreme precautions, like snow chains, are most definitely a thing of the past. However, Central Floridians should not completely abandon the notion of paying attention to the change of seasons.
First of all, are you taking any road trips this winter? Nowadays Grandma’s house is usually much farther away than over the river and through the woods. Many of us have to drive up Interstate 95 and cross several state lines heading much further north to visit family. Consider the weather at your road trip destinations when you take seasonal precautions. The coldest place you plan to visit should determine the winterizing necessary for your vehicle.
Moreover, it does not take much of a change in temperature to affect the performance of your antifreeze. It is true that Brevard County drivers do not usually have to worry about the most extreme winter weather, and sub-freezing temperatures are rare, but we still need working antifreeze in our vehicles. A relatively new, longer life, antifreeze is now on the market, but mechanics are not unanimous in their endorsement of this product. If you are using the longer life antifreeze, it is a good idea to have it checked to see that it is still effective. For the Space Coast a 50-50 mixture of antifreeze and distilled water should be sufficient.
Finally, any rubber part in your engine is also at risk from even moderate temperature fluctuations. So it is a good idea to get your belts and hoses checked at the first sign of cold weather. It is also a good idea to check them again when it heats up because extreme heat (a more common problem in Melbourne and Palm Bay) also puts the belts and hoses under added pressure.
Cassels Garage in West Melbourne, Florida is a family-owned shop, and we are well equipped to perform major repairs or provide routine maintenance on your car. We have been serving Brevard County since 1966.