The summer months are the perfect time to take on an
adventure in your car. However, you want to make sure you’re taking care of
your car so that you can feel confident behind the wheel. Here are the top
three vehicle maintenance tips for this summer.
Check Tire Pressure
Check your vehicle’s tires throughout the summer to make
sure that they are at the right tire pressure. Properly-inflated tires are
essential to maintain traction on the road during inclement weather and
slippery conditions. Since severe temperatures can affect tire pressure, be
sure to check PSI regularly. The average tire pressure rating should read 35
PSI in the summer.
Maintain Fluid Levels
Your vehicle’s engine oil and coolant are essential in
keeping your engine cool and smoothly running. Check these fluid levels
throughout the summer and top them off if needed. If your vehicle is due for an
oil change, be sure to get it done. Other fluid levels to check include:
transmission fluid, brake fluid, and power steering fluid.
Inspect the Battery
While many people associate battery issues with severe cold
temperatures, hotter temperatures can actually negatively impact your car’s
battery. Check the battery charge regularly to ensure that the heat hasn’t
drained it too much. Keep an eye on corrosion around the battery terminals and
battery fluid levels.
For more maintenance tips, contact us at Mike Raisor Auto Group. We’ll be happy to schedule a service appointment for your vehicle.
A cross-country trip in the family car is an opportunity to create many
wonderful memories with your loved ones. To keep everyone entertained on the
journey, here are some fun games to play on a family road trip.
This is a classic game that nearly everyone can play. The person spying
starts with, “I spy with my little eye, something…” and states the color or
texture of something they can see. Just be sure to state that only objects in
the car count, since the stuff you’ll be driving by won’t be there soon!
Whoever guesses the correct object gets to spy something new.
License Plate Game
School-age children will love this game of spotting license plates from
all over the country. Before heading out on your trip, create customized sheets
with each state on them so the kids can color in the state of the license plate
they find. The first one to call out the state gets to color in the state, and
the person with the most states colored in at the end wins.
There are many variants of this game, but it starts out with one person
thinking of a person, place, or thing. The other passengers then get to ask up
to 20 yes or no questions to try and figure out what that thing is. Whoever
guesses correctly gets to think of their own thing to be questioned about.
These are just a few fun games to try with your family on your next road trip. Before heading out, stop by and see us at Mike Raisor Auto Group to make sure your car is in top shape (and maybe we’ll share some other fun games to play).
Now that the warm weather is here, it’s time to spring clean your car. These easy tips will help you get your car feeling as fresh as the spring rain.
Chances are your car’s tires have been through
a lot over the winter. Show them a little care by washing them off with a tire
cleaning spray and a tire brush.
If you spent any time driving on roads covered
in salt, the undercarriage of your car is probably still carrying that mess
with it. Salt can cause damage to your car if it’s not washed off, so be sure
to give it a good cleaning by spraying it with a power wash.
Start with your car’s interior by cleaning out
any clutter, from items you’ve been storing in the trunk to straw wrappers and
receipts that have found a home on the floor.
Take decluttering a step further with a shop
vacuum. You can use a strong vacuum to get into crevices like cupholders and
vents, as well as using it to pick up debris and dirt from the floors and
If your vehicle has cloth seats, use a mild shampoo
from an auto parts store to wash both seats and floor mats. If the seats are
leather, you will be able to find a safe leather cleaner that will do the job.
For more spring cleaning tips, or to have us touch up your ride for you, visit us at Mike Raisor Auto Group.
Need a getaway? There are plenty family friendly spring
break attractions in Lafayette, including a number of outdoor activities.
Whether you’d like to take the kids to the zoo or simply get outside and enjoy
the warm weather and fresh air, there’s something for everyone. Simply hop in
your car and explore Lafayette today.
Columbian Park Zoo
According to Trip Advisor, one of the top spring attractions is the Columbian Park Zoo. You can view animals from the Americas and Australia, and there’s also a butterfly garden, family farm, sculptures, and a historic animal house. You can walk a path with wallabies and get up close to emus, while kids will enjoy petting goats and feeding chickens at the family farm. This is one trip you won’t forget.
Another great place to visit once the temperature warms up is Wolf Park. Originally designed as a research facility for wolf behavior by Dr. Erich Klinghammer in 1972, the park has gray wolves, coyotes, foxes, and bison. Located just a short drive away in Battle Ground, Indiana, the Wolf Park is unparalleled.
John and Catherine Christian House
Finally, visit the John and Catherine Christian House, also referred to as the Samara House, which is one of the most complete Frank Lloyd Wright homes in the US. The home was completed in 1956, near the end of Wright’s career, and it features over 40 architectural innovations for which Wright was known. Tours are available from April to November.
To transport your family to any of these Lafayette attractions, consider a new vehicle from Mike Raisor Auto Group.
Whether you’re driving through on business or just need a new brunch scene, Lafayette, Indiana, features several locally-owned and decadent dining destinations for your next meal.
If farm-to-table is your thing look no
further than Heirloom Restaurant, which brings the best of the Midwest right to
your plate. Featuring a New American menu, Heirloom’s offerings change with the
season and the harvest to provide you with a hearty dining experience. Some of
Heirloom’s best meals include seasonal lunches, Sunday brunch, chicken pot pie,
harvest vegetables, and more.
If you’re craving the finer things, find
Bistro 501, a French restaurant located in the downtown area. Set in the
picturesque Judge Cyrus Ball House, Bistro 501 offers French classics like
pommes frites with locally-sourced ingredients to make the dish its own. Bistro
501 also offers lunch, homemade desserts, and a full bar.
Last, but certainly not least, is a Lafayette staple: Mountain Jack’s Steakhouse. For more than 30 years, this historic restaurant has been a landmark and second home to the Lafayette community with an inviting and relaxing dining atmosphere with three fireplaces and a full bar. The kitchen doesn’t mess around as they offer fan favorites like hand-cut steak, pork, lamb, seafood, and more. If you need a ride to get you to all of these culinary destinations, consider a vehicle from Mike Raisor Auto Group.
No matter what type of vehicle you drive, it will last longer and perform at its best if you practice regular maintenance. Use this winter vehicle maintenance checklist to stay on top of your vehicle services this season.
Check your coolant levels to ensure that your
engine will cool properly while you’re on the road this winter. If needed, top
of your coolant levels with a 50/50 mixture of coolant and water, or a
pre-mixed, store bought mixture.
Car batteries are sensitive to low
temperatures, so an older battery might not do well in the winter season. Have
your vehicle’s battery checked and replaced if needed.
With rain, snow, ice, and the grime that
builds up from road salts, it’s important to have functioning wiper blades on
your car during the winter. Replace your car’s wiper blades every six months,
or whenever they begin to leave streaks or residue when used.
Like the car battery, tires are sensitive to
the cold, which can cause air pressure to fluctuate. Check the air pressure on
your car’s tires regularly, and get in the habit of inspecting them for damages
like cracks and bulges.
It’s important to get regular oil changes for
your vehicle. Bring your car to Mike Raisor Auto Group to have the oil changed
this winter, and trust our professional, expert team to get your car in
Do you need to check your credit score? Here
are a few ways you can get your hands on that all-too-important number.
Through Your Credit Card or Loan
Many auto loan services and credit card
companies now provide free access to your credit score. It may be listed on
your monthly statement or easily accessible through an app or website. This is
an easy way to check your credit score for free.
Talk to a Credit Counselor
If you have access to a non-profit credit counselor, they may be able to not only give you free access to your credit score, but can review your credit and history with you to give you a better idea of your current standing.
Use a Service
There are many services online that advertise
access to a “free” credit score. If you choose to implement one of these
services, make sure you really are getting it for free and not signing up for a
free trial or anything else that seems suspicious. Do your research if you go
If all else fails, you can check your credit
score by purchasing a copy of it directly from credit reporting companies. The
best place to do this would probably be through myfico.com, which gives you
your FICO score, the most commonly-used credit score.
Once you know your credit score, you’ll be well on your way to picking out the perfect vehicle to fit your needs at Mike Raisor Auto Group.
Hitting the road with friends and family can be exhilarating at first, but it may get boring after a few hours on the road. Have some fun with the upcoming season by checking out these games to play during your holiday road trip.
To play this game, passengers raise 10 fingers. One person
then states “Never have I ever (activity).” Those in the group who have done
the activity must lower a finger. The game continues until only one person has
any fingers remaining, at which point that person wins.
20 Questions is a universal game that’s great for young
children. To start the game, select a person, place, or object. Other passengers
will ask yes-or-no questions until someone can guess what the person, place, or
object is. If the game gets to the twentieth question, each player has one more
guess. If no one manages to guess the answer, the player who selected the
person, place, or object wins.
I Spy is a straightforward game that can be a great way to
pass a few hours on the road. One person selects an object and says “I spy with
my little eye something that’s (color, texture, or another adjective).” Players
then try to guess the correct object. Common ideas include landmarks, planes,
Having the right vehicle can make any holiday odyssey a bit more bearable, and you can find the perfect ride here at Mike Raisor Auto Group.
Despite what the name seems to imply, all-season tires aren’t always the best choice for year-round driving. Especially if you live in an area where the temperature drops below freezing during the winter, installing a special set of winter tires can make a huge difference when it comes to safety and performance. But what’s the difference between regular tires and winter tires, and when should you install your winter tires?
Why use winter tires
Winter tires are made of a special rubber that allows them to remain durable and flexible even when the temperature drops below freezing. All-season tires, on the other hand, lose flexibility and grip when they become too cold. Winter tires also have tread that performs especially well in snow and ice, giving you a huge advantage on the road when encountering winter weather.
When to switch over
So when should you switch over to winter tires? One good way to remember when to make the switch is to do so the first day of the year you can see your breath in the air. When it’s cold enough to see your breath, it’s cold enough for your all-season tires to start performing worse. While this might seem early in the season, switching to winter tires before it’s too late can help prevent cold-weather accidents.
If you need to switch your set of summer tires out for a winter set, stop by Mike Raisor Auto Group, where we will be more than happy to help.
The West Lafayette Farmers Market is where the thriving community of Lafayette comes together to support our farmers and entrepreneurs through buying fresh, local ingredients and crafts, and it’s the perfect way to grocery shop this October.
Through October, the market will be open every Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and in November it will switch to the first Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to noon.
The market’s summer season, which closes at the end of October, features more than forty vendors, from farmers selling produce they’ve grown to chefs and amateur cooks selling their baked goods, jams, and much more. You’ll even find artisans selling flatware, wine, clothing, natural cleaning supplies, art, houseplants, and so much more.
The market’s website is a great resource for visiting the market if you aren’t sure what to expect when you get there. One page lists the fruits and vegetables you’ll find at the market each month based on when they’re in season. For October, expect winter squash, mushrooms, apples, potatoes, and of course pumpkins, to name a few.
The website even has a recipe page that updates each month with recipes for all the seasonal produce you’ll find, which can not only help you get inspired to use the beautiful fresh fruits and veggies you bought at the market but even give you new holiday dishes to serve to your family.