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Dogs Are People Too! Cat Lover On Board. I Like Big Mutts And I Cannot Lie! My Cats Are Smarter Than Your Honor Student. These are some of the bumper stickers you might find slapped on the vehicles of pet lovers. But there are probably some really nifty pet accessories inside of those cars too. Here are a few that can keep you and your pets safe and comfortable and avoid some of the wear and tear pets can cause your vehicle.

Upholstery Protection

Seat covers are the optimal upholstery-saver for the pet owner’s car, truck, or van. Most covers are for back bench seats (if your vehicle has front airbags, no pets should ride in the front seat without the airbags disabled), but some slip nicely over bucket seats. There are even pet covers to fit in the cargo area of SUVs. All of them are easy to remove for cleaning.

Containing Your Pet To The Backseat

Speaking of the backseat, keeping your pet there can be problematic. There are plenty of options for barriers that stretch between the front seats. These are usually made of a mesh or a large-weave web so you will still be able to see your dog or cat and they will be able to see you.

Entering and Exiting the Vehicle

Steps and ramps are a great option to help your pet get in and out of your auto, especially as pets get older. There are many ramps that fit onto the back of vans and SUVs and neatly fold up when not in use. Drivers who have large breeds of dog will find these accessories to be much lighter than lifting their furry friends into the car by themselves.

Most cats don’t find car travel as pleasant as dogs do. The majority of cat owners find that a carrier is the best way to keep the cats and the drivers safe in the car.

And if you are headed on a long trip with or without pets, come see us at Miles Auto Service for a pre-trip auto inspection. Call us at (856) 441-3894 to schedule an appointment.

4 Bucket List Euro Drives

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When you think of the world’s most exceptional auto brands and automakers, I’m sure you think of at least one European brand. BMW, Porsche, and Mercedes-Benz are produced in Germany. Ferrari and Lamborghini are manufactured in Italy. McLaren, Rolls Royce, and Bentley are all fabricated in Great Britain. As you can tell, Europe has a well-respected automotive tradition, but guess what else they have? Some of the best places to drive in the world! (Is there a connection here?)

Many American auto enthusiasts would love to have a speedy European sports car, (a Lambo Aventador would do nicely) and a breathtaking, open European road ahead with big sweeper turns and few stop signs. Of course, not all roads are created equal and there are some stretches of road that are notorious for their adventure, scenery, and the driving experience they deliver. Here are some European routes that are on many drivers’ bucket lists.

Hochstrasse, Black Forest, Germany

Why it’s on the list? It’s a spectacular mountain pass that carves through a lush, dense forest. It also has tight switchbacks and loads of sweeping curves that provide hours of driving magic.

Furka Pass, Swiss Alps, Switzerland

Why it’s on the list? Few mountain ranges are as stunningly beautiful as the Swiss Alps. Furka Pass is a narrow, twisting charmer that takes you on one of the most awe-inspiring cruises through the Alps.

Military Highway, Highlands, Scotland

Why it’s on the list? National Park routes are famous for offering scenic gems and this one is no exception. Military Highway goes through Cairngorms, National Park and offers outstanding views and oodles of natural wonders.

Col de la Bonnette, French Alps, France

Why it’s on the list? The French Alps offer another mountain pass with sensational views and smooth roads. This national treasure has been giving James Bond wannabes the ultimate driving experience for decades!

If driving one of these routes in a luxurious and speedy European car is one of your dreams, we hope you’ll someday get the chance. If you spend most of your time on New Jersey roads and live in the Sewell area, you need a trusted local service advisor to keep your automobile performing at its best. Many New Jersey drivers depend on the team of automotive professionals at Miles Auto Service. We invite you to become another satisfied customer. Call (856) 441-3894 for more information about our services.

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When you consider the rates of owning and driving an automobile, you probably think about the initial purchase, oil changes, gas, and repairs. But what about the roads we drive on? Building and maintaining thoroughfares for auto travel is not cheap.

If you live in an area where roads are financed with transportation taxes, you may mistakenly suppose that they are “free” to drive on because you don’t stop and pay every time you travel on the road. (This is probably how “freeways” got their name.) You pay for the use of the road when you swipe your debit card at the pump and pay a substantial amount in taxes.

Communities with toll roads take a different approach to financing their transportation infrastructure. Toll roads are funded by collecting money on the spot from every auto owner that travels the road, and some have significant tolls. Can you guess the sites around the world have the priciest tolls? Check out the quiz below.

1. This freeway is located on the East Coast of the United States of America. The cost of the toll is $1.05 per mile, making it one of the costliest toll roads in the US.

2. This scenic expressway is one of the most well known in Germany. Thrill seekers often drive this no-speed-limit loop to try to get the fastest lap time. Traveling this 13-mile stretch of expressway costs about the equivalent of $32.

3. The third one on our list is a bridge that links Prince Edward Island to New Brunswick, Canada. It spans 8 miles and the cost is currently $46. Hopefully, you can find something to do that’s worth $92 dollars if you take this route to and from the island.

4. Fourth is a tunnel that connects Italy and France. This tunnel saves a lot of time for car owners traveling through the Alps. There’s a heavy price to pay for this shortcut, however. For a one way trip, you’re looking at around $55, and for a round trip, you pay around $68!

5. The last one is another bridge that links some picturesque Northern European islands. The bridge has considerably reduced travel time between the islands. Previously, it required an hour-long ferry ride but now it’s just a 10-minute drive over the bridge. The cost to island hop using this bridge is around $37.

Here are the answers:

1. Chesapeake Expressway, Virginia
2. Nurburgring, Germany
3. Confederation Bridge, Canada
4. Mont Blanc Tunnel, France-Italy
5. Storebaelt (Great Belt Fixed Link) Bridge, Denmark

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Today’s article is for road warriors who have not ventured technologically beyond a phone charger plugged into their cigarette lighter. Fortunately, it’s never been smoother to conduct business from your vehicle. By investing in a few helpful pieces of equipment, you can be more capable and professional while working from the road.

Get Connected

You most likely recognize that the first order of business is to connect to the internet. Most individuals have internet connection functionality with their smartphones but tablets and laptops usually require Wi-fi or a wired internet connection. Mobile hotspots are Wi-fi enabled devices that allow you to take an internet connection just about anywhere. The newest car models are rigged out with mobile hotspots built in so you can always be connected through your laptop or tablet when you’re traveling. If your vehicle isn’t equipped with one, you can choose from several after-market options.

With Bluetooth, you can connect your phone directly to your car so that calls, texts, and notifications can play right over the car speakers. Plenty of cars have Bluetooth in them now and almost every smartphone or tablet is already Bluetooth enabled. All you have to do is connect your device to your car and then adjust the settings so that calls and notifications get routed through your car’s Bluetooth. Like mobile hotspots, if your automobile isn’t equipped with Bluetooth, you can purchase a third-party Bluetooth enabled car infotainment center.

Get Organized

After you have your Bluetooth and mobile hotspot working, it’s time to tame all that paperwork. Glove box and console organizers help you organize documents and other files. Passenger seat desks provide a place to set your computer and any other office supplies. If you work in parking lots regularly, you may want the steering wheel mount laptop. Phone mounts hold your phone so you can check your notifications easily. Need to print or fax? Several organizations sell printers designed to be used in automobiles.

Low-tech Helps

One long time interior fixture for traveling sales people is a handy clothes hanger which will keep a suit or dress wrinkle-free and ready for your next meeting or sales call. If coffee is your fuel of choice, you might want to invest in a wireless heated cup to keep your beverage at your preferred temperature. An air purifier will keep your auto from smelling like old french fries, and a headrest pillow makes a power nap more comfortable.

Sorry, You Can’t Type Up That Report While Driving

Don’t disregard safety while having fun with all this technology. We probably don’t need to remind you not to look at your phone, tablet, or computer while you’re zipping along, but we are going to anyway. (See, we just did!)

Your Most Important Device is a Reliable Car

If you travel for your career, it’s vital to keep up on routine auto maintenance. After all, a car full of handy tools won’t do you much good if your auto is always in the shop. And you don’t want to have a breakdown far from a reliable service center. Let Miles Auto Service keep you up-to-date on scheduled auto maintenance so your office-on-wheels is ready to take you safely wherever your work leads you.

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If you endure the Glassboro commute, you may think all the incompetent drivers in the country live right here in New Jersey. Whether they pull out in front of you and then slow down, ride your rear bumper for miles, ignore a red light or (gulp!) text – the driving behavior occurring on our nation’s roads puts us all at risk.

The data wizards at the tech firm Smart Asset aggregated the following metrics to identify the top ten:1

  • Total number of drivers
  • Number of DUI arrests
  • Deaths per thousand auto owners
  • Percentage of insured drivers
  • Number of Google searches about “speeding tickets” and “traffic tickets”

Does your state make this hall of shame? Check the roster:

Number 10 is Nevada, the home of glittering Las Vegas surrounded by miles and miles of lonely highways. If you drive to Las Vegas to gamble, the biggest risk you take may be on I-15.

Texas comes in at Number 9. There are YouTube channels devoted solely to recorded examples of incompetent driving in the Lone Star State.

Number 8 is Tennessee. A Nashville tourist page illustrates: “Traffic rules in Nashville can be summed up easily: Hold on and pray.2

Seemingly reserved Vermonters came in at Number 7? We were surprised also. This advice is from the Vermont DMV website: “Never underestimate the other driver’s capacity for mayhem.”7

Alabama captures the sixth spot. An Alabama Highway Safety website displays this sobering fact: “In their lifetime, typical drivers in Alabama have a greater than one-in-three chance of being in a crash involving injury or death.4

Number 5 and 4 are both in the northeast: Delaware and New Jersey respectively. Sadly, both rank high in fatal crashes.

Oklahoma places third overall and tops the listing for percentage of uninsured motorists.

We’re staying down south with number 2: Mississippi. According to the Mississippi DMV, no drivers education course is needed to obtain a drivers license for residents over 15 years of age.5 Hmm…I wonder if they should reconsider that.

And the winner (or loser) is: Florida. The state has the second highest number of uninsured motorists and residents search Google for “traffic tickets” and “speeding tickets” more often than those of any other state. Florida driver Katie Smith is one of the country’s many YouTube dashcam filmers who record poor drivers while cruising the streets of her home state. Her aim is to bring awareness to the problem of incapable driving and hopefully encourage Florida drivers to shape up.6

Here is the list again:

  1. Florida
  2. Mississippi
  3. Oklahoma
  4. New Jersey
  5. Delaware
  6. Alabama
  7. Vermont
  8. Tennessee
  9. Texas
  10. Nevada

Be careful out there, fellow motorists, and let Miles Auto Service expertly perform scheduled auto maintenance to keep your automobile in top shape so you’ll have one less thing to worry about. The team at Miles Auto Service wishes you safe travels – wherever you live.