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Summertime is Road Trip Time

Summertime is Road Trip Time

The first day of summer is just around the corner. Most of the COVID-19 restrictions have been reduced or eliminated. It’s time for a road trip. Some of my favorite road trip destinations include Annapolis, MD, Harpers Ferry, WV, and Skyline Drive. Annapolis, MD is just a quick ride out Rt. 50 Annapolis, the Capitol of Maryland, is on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay and water is what this city is all about. The US Naval Academy is in the city and there are many waterways to explore. The Bay or one of the many rivers, streams, creeks, and bays that feed into it Chesapeake Bay, you can hire a boat for the day and have lunch on the water! If you’re not into sailing, there are a number of tour boat options or you can hire anything from a kayak or paddleboard to a seafaring fishing boat complete with gear and crew to have a go at catching your dinner. Back on land, try some local seafood specialties, oysters, rockfish, and crab are staples and you've got to give them a ... read more

HERE WE GO AGAIN: GAS PRICES ARE ON THE RISE

HERE WE GO AGAIN: GAS PRICES ARE ON THE RISE

Why are gas prices so high, again? Is it the summer driving season? Is it a change of political power in Washington? Have fuel taxes risen? Is there a shortage of gasoline? Loosening of COVID restrictions? It’s most likely a perfect combination of all of these things. The loosing of COVID restrictions has increased demand, with more people returning to work as cases of COVID drop and vaccines increase. Also, more people were traveling for spring break and are planning summer vacations. Most oil refineries change gasoline formulations from a winter blend to a summer blend. The change over is an EPA requirement. This changeover takes place in March and April and invariably raises the cost of refining and transporting. The US election has played a role. Since November 2020, the average price per gallon of regular gas has risen by $0.75. It seems like the market thinks the new administration may make changes to current laws and or regulations. What can you do to save a few dollar ... read more

April Is National Spring Car Care Month!

April Is National Spring Car Care Month!

National Car Care Month in April is the time of year to give your car some extra attention. Basic maintenance can go a long way toward improving the safety and dependability of your vehicle, plus it helps avoid costly repairs down the road. In April, as winter comes to an end, it is time to get your car ready for spring driving and summer road trips! It is important to make sure your tires, brakes, and windshield wipers are ready for the rain and take care of any issues that may have occurred or been ignored during winter. Neglecting your vehicle almost always means much higher repair costs down the road and lost resale value. Most cars on the road today need some work. National Car Care Month in April is the perfect time to focus on your vehicle’s maintenance needs. Here are 10 Basic Maintenance Procedures to keep your car operating at its best: Check the oil, filters, and fluids. Oil should be checked at every fill-up and changed per the owner’s manual recommended intervals. Brak ... read more

WHY SO MANY POTHOLES AFTER IT SNOWS?

WHY SO MANY POTHOLES AFTER IT SNOWS?

We’ve had a decent amount of snow this winter and the roads in our area are showing the effects. Potholes are caused by the expansion and contraction of water after it has entered into the ground under the pavement. As the weight of cars and trucks pass over the weak spot in the road, pieces of the pavement weaken, which causes the material to break down from the weight, creating the pothole. Potholes can puncture your tire, causing an immediate flat tire. Potholes can bend or crack your wheel. A bent or cracked wheel can cause a flat tire or cause a heavy vibration. Potholes can damage your tire's sidewall or belts. Even a minor impact may knock your vehicle out of alignment. A pothole strike can also damage your shocks or struts, or harm your suspension. When your car's wheels aren't properly aligned it can cause your tires to wear very quickly or unevenly. You may even notice that your steering wheel may pull to one direction or another. Your steering wheel may not be cente ... read more

Make Charles Automotive & Tire Your "Go To" Auto Service Provider!

Make Charles Automotive & Tire Your "Go To" Auto Service Provider!

WHY PICK CHARLES AUTOMOTIVE & TIRE? The team at Charles Automotive & Tire would like to be your place for all of your automotive maintenance and repairs. If you need new tires, a new battery, a light bulb replaced, a warning light comes on or an oil change... We’re here to help with any of all of those types of automotive repairs. What separates us from others in our profession: We provide a 3 Year/Unlimited Mile Warranty with all of the work we perform (industry norm is a 12 month/12,000 mile warranty). Convenience is at the forefront of our daily routine. Drop off your vehicle in the morning and in most cases our work is complete in the same business day. For your assurance, we have a secure after hours vehicle drop off system. We can also arrange an after hours pick up with your keys placed in our secure lockbox. We have been in our Rockville location for over 45 years ... read more