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A few car tips for #BackToSchool

When I was in college, my roommate and I made a road trip to Atlanta one weekend.  It was with my parents, little brother and his friend.  The point of telling you that?  We got here and my car was acting funny... We had to go drop it off to get new brakes. Yes, I drove to Atlanta and my breaks were going out on me!!!!  WHAT THE WHAT???? Having had that happen, I wanted to share two sets of tips from Repair Pal that might be beneficial to you and/or a loved one.  This might be perfect for you, or to share with your child that has left headed out on their own to college! Perfect timing for back to school!  

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Here are a few tips to keep your car ready to go, thanks to RepairPal:
(Number 1 is one that made has always told me, since the day I turned 16!)

When the gas gauge goes below a quarter tank, it shortens the life of the fuel pump, and that means costly repairs down the road. 
When tires are not properly inflated, fuel efficiency drops. Plain and simple: more money wasted on gas means less money for study dates and late-night pizza.
Forgetting to rotate your car's tires regularly causes them to wear out faster, and can damage the suspension, steering, and traction. This semester, switch up your tires so that you can cruise smoothly.
Walking into the first shop that you find on Google is like rolling the dice. Do your homework with RepairPal's Certified Shop Search and Fair Price Estimator. RepairPal independently certifies auto repair shops nationwide for superior training, quality tools, fair pricing and a minimum 12-month/12,000-mile warranty.

Back to me needing new brakes: 

*** RepairPal's Four Safety Tips for Brake Safety ***
1) Scraping sounds likely mean it's time for new disc brake pads.
This sound comes from metal grinding against metal—which can affect the speed at which your car stops. It's wise to get this fixed as soon as possible.
2) If your brake pedal sinks to the floor, beware.
This may be a sign that the master cylinder—which holds your brake fluid—is not properly holding pressure, a potentially dangerous condition that can cause brakes to stop functioning the way they are supposed to. Get this checked out as soon as possible.
3) Don't consistently ride the brakes while going downhill.
By resting your foot on the pedal unnecessarily, it can wear out the brake pads much more rapidly than would happen normally.
4) Get your brakes checked at least once a year.
This is the best way to prevent extra costs. Going to an auto shop approved by RepairPal —a nationwide network of 1,700 certified, pre-screened repair shops on a mission to help you find quality auto repair at a fair price—is the best way to be certain that your car is safe.

Do you have any tips for those out on the open road?  


Good things happening on August 16th at @einsteinbros #getegged ad

What are you doing on August 16th?  Are you near an Einsten Bros Bagels location?  If you are... You really need to go there that day!  It is a day to give and receive!  Keep reading to see how you can get a free gourmet sandwich and help them reach their goal for 1 million meals to kids in need!  

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On August 16th, Einstein Bros Bagels will kick off their partnership with No Kid Hungry! What does that mean for you?   Its a FREE day for you!  

Just head over to the Einstein Bros Bagels website.  
Download the free coupon for one of their new gourmet sandwiches (they all feature a fresh cracked egg on each one!) 
Order something (the coupon offer is for one of the new sandwiches for free with any purchase) 
Now... Once you redeem your coupon, Einstein Bros Bagels will donate one meal to a kid in need!   Their goal is to provide 1 million meals to the No Kid Hungry campaign!  

Are you curious as to the new sandwich creations?  Well, here you go:

o     The Farmhouse featuring Applewood Bacon, Smoked Ham, Country Pepper Shmear and Cheddar Cheese on a Cheesy Hash Brown Gourmet Bagel

o     The Chorizo Sunrise made with Chorizo, Avocado, JalapeƱo Salsa Shmear and Pepper Jack Cheese on a Fresh-Baked Green Chile Gourmet Bagel

o    The French Toast Egg Sandwich with Applewood Bacon, Maple Shmear and Cheddar Cheese on a Fresh-Baked French Toast Bagel.

I had the Farmhouse the other day!  So good!!  I can't lie. I am a sucker for bagels and this one has me ready to go back again to to have another one!  I just might even invite the kid brother to breakfast one day, if his busy schedule will allow!   

Keep in mind they also have bagel deals on certain days (in select locations) so why not grab a bag and take a treat to your friends / family? I took a bag full the other day to give to the front office of Broxton's school.  It was a great way to get the new school year started!  

Will you be there on August 16th??
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