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IMAGE Red Bank Elks Lodge Hosts 43rdAnnual Basketball HoopShoot® Competition—Free to Local Youth
Sunday, 21 December 2014
RED BANK, NJ - Elks believe that sporting activities for youngsters provide spirited competition, develop character, and help make new friendships. So the Red Bank Elks Lodge is inviting the local area youth to our free basketball HoopShoot®... Read More...
Become a Volunteer Docent in 2015 with MC Park System
Sunday, 21 December 2014
TINTON FALLS— The Monmouth County Park System is looking for volunteers to become docents at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. Are you 21 years of age or older and enjoy interacting with people? You may have what it takes to step... Read More...
Freeholders Approve 2014 Open Space Grants to Towns
Sunday, 21 December 2014
Program celebrates 12 years of support for municipal projects FREEHOLD, NJ – Last night, the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders approved grants totaling $2.5 million from the 2014 Monmouth County Open Space Trust Fund to improve and... Read More...
Monmouth County Library Branch Closures
Sunday, 21 December 2014
Temporary closures in West Long Branch and Howell MANALAPAN, NJ – Two Monmouth County Library branches will have temporary closure over the next few weeks: West Long Branch Library, 95 Poplar Ave., is already closed and will remain closed until... Read More...
Holly Jolly Fuel Prices
Sunday, 21 December 2014
Drivers land on Santa’s ‘nice’ list as gas prices fall to five-year low The Week Holiday cheer has come early for the motoring public, with the average for retail gasoline at its lowest level in more than five years. Friday’s national... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Business Executive Fighting Lou Gehrig's Disease
by Daniel J. Vance
Saturday, 20 December 2014
About five years ago, Todd Neva, now of Hancock, Michigan, began having trouble lifting his daughter from her carseat. Over time, this muscle... Read More...
IMAGE Skewed View - December 19, 2014
by Tom Brennan
Friday, 19 December 2014
It breaks my heart to see yet another article on how my dear #GuyFieri has made Food Network nearly unwatchable: http://bit.ly/1DA59Fm Want to see... Read More...
IMAGE Our Forefathers Knew Better
by George Hancock-Stefan
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
When one does a comparison between the 17th and 20th centuries in regards to the goodness of humanity, one comes with two different views.  The... Read More...
IMAGE Review - Top Five
by David Prown
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
The other day I was scanning moviefone.com to get a sense of new releases for this weekend. Never heard of Chris Rock's "Top Five" and tried to get a... Read More...
IMAGE Skewed View - December 16, 2014
by Tom Brennan
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Got 60 grand?  Well, you can use it to pay down your debt or buy Burt Reynold's Smokey & The Bandit TransAm: http://usat.ly/1G9j9n6 Parenting... Read More...

Upcoming Events

Preventative Maintenance Necessary to Avoid Breakdowns

Hamilton, N. J. – New Jersey is getting its first taste of a mini heat-wave with several 90 degree-plus days predicted and AAA Mid-Atlantic is warning drivers to prepare their vehicles for the perils of high heat.

“Heat is a real car killer that take a toll on batteries and all things rubber— hoses, belts, tires— which makes vehicles very vulnerable to breakdowns,” said Tracy Noble, spokesperson for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “A small amount of preventative maintenance early can help avoid unexpected, dangerous and costly breakdowns as we head into high heat of summer months.” 

“And NEVER leave children or pets in the car, not even for short periods of time, since temperatures can quickly soar to over 200 degrees and become deadly,” said Noble. “We need to be mindful of summer’s high heat and the damage it can do, and prepare accordingly.”

Extreme heat, especially when it lasts for extended periods, can actually take a greater toll on your vehicle than the cold of winter, cautions AAA Mid-Atlantic’s Approved Auto Repair, and offers the followings tips:

Before hitting the road:

  • Make sure your vehicle is in top operating condition before leaving home.
  • Install AAA’s free apps to plan your trip and members can request roadside assistance.
  • Check all fluids including the coolant level.
  • Never remove the radiator cap when the engine is hot, you can be seriously scalded.
  • Inspect your brakes, battery, shocks, filters and pump.
  • Service the cooling system as recommended by the manufacturer. This is typically necessary every two to five years.
  • Keep your tires at normal pressure. Soft tires generate heat, which can lead to a blowout.

Once on the road:

  • Keep an eye on your gas, oil and engine temperature gauges. 
  • Should the vehicle overheat, pull off the road, shut the engine off immediately and allow the vehicle to cool.
  • Carry an emergency kit: mobile phone and charger; a flashlight with extra batteries; a first-aid kit; drinking water; extra snacks for your travelers and any pets; battery booster cables; and emergency flares or reflectors.

 

AAA offers the Approved Auto Repair program as a free public service. Repair facilities approved by AAA meet and maintain stringent standards for training, equipment, cleanliness and customer service. Motorists can look for the Approved Auto Repair sign at local shops or search online.  Additionally, AAA Mid-Atlantic now offers several repair facilities throughout our region that can assist motorists in assuring that their vehicles are ready for the challenges of summer driving.