Get Your Car in Shape for Fall

You may be ready for high school football games, fall festivals in downtown Woodstock, and tailgates at KSU, but is your car ready to take you there? Many car owners put off auto maintenance until winter, but don’t ignore preventative car care. Autumn auto care keeps your family safe and your car running smoothly.

5 Fall Car Maintenance Tips

  1. auto mechanicCheck your tire pressure. With temperatures going haywire, tires expand and contract, which may result in partially deflated tires. Check your car for proper inflation and good tread, especially if you’re hitting the road for an away game.
  2. Pay attention. Driving in the fall presents a series of new challenges. Falling leaves can limit visibility, and leaves on the road limit tire traction, especially when those leaves are wet. Combine slippery roads with an earlier sunset, and you have a recipe for disaster for distracted drivers.
  3. Watch for wildlife. Not only is it more difficult to see wildlife during wet or foggy weather, deer become more active in the fall. Warn your teen drivers to pay extra close attention when driving back roads this autumn.
  4. Stick to a schedule. In August, families dive into “back to school” mode, helping them stay on track for carpools and commutes. But as September leads into October, it’s easy to get off track in the morning, leading to rushed commutes. Sidestep dangerous driving by sticking to a morning schedule.
  5. Book a wash and wax. Fall is full of organic debris that can damage your car’s paint. The best way to protect your exterior from lasting leaf prints is to invest in a professional auto wax.

Can’t find the time for a quick wash between school, work, and kids’ sports practice? Booking a carwash is easier than ever. Schedule an appointment online before you visit. Once you’re here, you can grab your tablet, hook up to our free wifi, and put those thirty minutes between grocery shopping and soccer practice to good use.

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How to Pet-Proof Your Car

dog by ferarriWhat’s the fastest way to dirty your car? Love your dogs! Favorite pets leave hairballs, slobber, snot, and who knows what else on the inside of their owners’ cars. But for most pet owners, leaving the loveable scamps at home isn’t a better option. So what to do?

How to Pet-Proof Your Car

  1. Deep clean. Before pet-proofing your car, take it to your Woodstock carwash for a full interior wash. That way you won’t trap dirt, debris, and fur when you take preventative pet measures.
  2. Buy sturdy floor mats. Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail stocks heavy vinyl, weather-proof floor mats. They’re great for adventurers, construction workers, and pet owners alike. Floor mats will protect your carpet from dirt, fur, and unexpected messes in the backseat.
  3. Seal the seats. Instead of scrubbing out slobber every day, create a barrier between your dog and your seats with a fabric sealer. Trust us, it’ll make cleanup a whole lot easier.
  4. Consider seat covers. Seat covers get a bad rap (we’ve seen some truly hideous designs), but not all seat covers are made alike. Protect your upholstery with a tasteful, machine washable cloth seat cover.
  5. Coat the windows. Does your pup love to press his nose against the window? He’s leaving behind snot, spit, and other contaminates that dull the window’s shine. Invest in a temporary or permanent glass coating and stop sweating your dog’s love of the open road.
  6. Crack the windows. Sometimes a joyride is the most dangerous thing a dog can do. A few minutes in a hot car can quickly turn deadly for your beloved pet. Keep the windows cracked, but know it’s not enough. Never leave your dog in the car when shopping, eating, or running errands that will take more than five minutes.

Ready to get started? Schedule an auto detail at Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail to prep your car for pet-proofing.

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Keep Your Car Clutter Free

School is back in session, leaving parents in Woodstock with hectic mornings, longer commutes, and afternoons spent sitting in car line. It also means a new kind of mess for parents’ cars. As we move from the season of musty towels to broken pens, here are a few tips to keeping cars clean during the school year.

Back to School Car Cleaning Tips

  1. girl doing homework in carLay down the law. Want to avoid markers under the seat, forgotten backpacks, and homework in the car? Make clear rules at the beginning of the year (and stick to them!). Avoid a messy car by making the kids wait for home before unloading their backpacks. Put backpacks and lunchboxes in the trunk to avoid en route catastrophes like spilled snacks and dropped supplies.
  2. Carpool. More kids, more mess, right? Not necessarily. By switching off mornings, weeks, or special trips with another parent, you give yourself time to cleanup between trips with the kids. And the sooner you mop up a spill, the better your car will look. Bonus: carpooling is a major gas saver.
  3. Think like a parent. Are you missing major signs of a messy car? Crumbs between the seats aren’t the only mess parents worry about. Make sure to wash footprints off the back of the seat, art off the windows, and sticky spills out of cupholders on your next between carwash touch up. Keep wet wipes in the glove compartment to attack spills right when they happen. And don’t forget to keep a few plastic bags handy for unexpected trash.
  4. Visit Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail. We know you don’t have time to deep clean your car each week. Visit your Woodstock carwash and take care of emails, phone calls, or writing your grocery list in our comfortable, climate controlled waiting room. We’ll return your car streak, dirt, and crumb-free!

Get a cleaner car on your terms! Schedule your carwash online and stop worrying about the wait.

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The Evolution of the Carwash

Once upon a time if you wanted your car washed, you had to do it yourself. Early automobile owners took pride in maintaining their vehicles, but without professional carwashes they were left with the time-consuming task of regular vehicle upkeep. Then 1914 rolled around and everything changed.

The Evolution of the Carwash

  • carwash equipmentIn 1914 two Detroit entrepreneurs saw a need for a professional carwashing service. The first carwash was a three man operation: the car wash pushed through an assembly line where one attendant would soap the car, the next would rinse it, and the third would dry it. It may not sound like much, but it paved the way for carwashes as you know them.
  • The first conveyor carwashes used a hook system to pull cars through the tunnel, making each carwash faster and more effective. By 1951 carwashes were fully automated. These hands-free washes used machines to soap, scrub, rinse, and dry automobiles as they moved through the tunnel.
  • The 1960’s saw major changes to the carwash industry. Among the innovations were soft cloth friction washing, wraparound brushes, recirculating water systems, and roller on demand conveyor belts. The 60’s and 70’s also started the self-service carwash movement, which (thanks to better equipment and water capture systems) makes washing your own car more effective than a home carwash.
  • After the mechanics of the carwash were in place, professional automobile cleaners could focus on improving services. The quick wash quickly gained popularity because of the low cost and high reward for customers. With the rise of the quick wash, professional carwash services began offering individualized menu options, including interior washes, exterior washes, waxing, hand drying, and full auto detailing.

We’ve learned a lot about washing cars over the last century. Take advantage of our expertise by scheduling a carwash at Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail.

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Prepare Your Car for a Summer Roadtrip

freshly waxed mini cooperSummertime always is the best time for a road trip, but you need to ensure your car is up to the task by making some basic preparations. Overlooking any car detail during the summertime could leave you stranded and needing a tow or roadside service. The following are some basic tips and suggestions from Towne Lake Car Wash and Detail to make certain your car is in the best possible condition for a summertime road trip.

Keep It Cool

One of the most important things you will need to do is check your coolant to make sure your engine won’t overheat while on a long drive. Summertime travel means hot temperatures outdoors as well as under your hood, so you need to ensure your coolant is fresh and will keep your engine well within operating temperatures. You might simply need to top it off, but a flush and fill might be required for optimal driving.

Belts and Hoses

Check that your rubber belts and hoses are in good condition and won’t fail, which can cause a coolant leak and your engine to overheat. Your fan belt also needs to be in good shape as your fan will undergo more stress during a summer drive.

Tires

Your tires will undergo additional stress during the summertime when the roads are hotter. If your tires aren’t in the best of shape, you should replace them with new ones so you have plenty of tread – and therefore traction and a safer driving experience.

Once you have the safety aspects checked out on your vehicle, the last item on your list is a fresh wash and wax to protect your vehicle’s paint from environmental wear and harsh UV rays. Just stop by Towne Lake Car Wash and Detail or make an appointment and we will send you on your way with a freshly washed car!

 

Are You Teaching Your Kids Bad Driving Habits?

Parents like to feel like they’ve equipped their children to handle the responsibility of driving. Most parents spend years worrying about their kids, instilling good driving habits, and teaching teens to respect their vehicles. But just as many undermine those good examples with their own bad driving habits.

4 Ways Parents Teach Teens Bad Driving Habits

  1. driving with dogDistracted driving. Parenthood is hard. The number of fires to put out at any given time ranges from “a few” to “too many to count.” But when parents allow themselves to drive distractedly – whether that means fiddling with a carseat, mediating an argument, or texting at a stoplight – kids take note. A few years down the line, those tendencies are more likely to slip into your kids’ driving habits than a few “don’t text and drive” lectures from mom and dad.
  2. Road rage. When we’re behind the wheel, we feel like we’re always right. But parents who get frustrated with other drivers’ mistakes often make their kids more likely to develop road rage. Instead of yelling when a distracted driver cuts you off, take the opportunity to teach your teen to always pay attention – because the other driver may not be.
  3. Letting worry get the best of you. Every parent wants to make sure their kids are safe. Unfortunately, one of the fastest ways to check on your kids is to call or text. And when teens feel pressured to respond to parents’ check-ins en route, they become dangerous drivers.
  4. Getting vigilant about curfew. Curfews are an important part of raising responsible teenagers. But when parents get picky about not missing curfew by a minute, teens often resort to unsafe driving practices to get home on time. Instead of grounding your teen for being five minutes late (or worse, calling to lecture while your child is driving), plan ahead. Call your teen well before curfew to remind them it’s time to head home.

What’s one habit you should pass on to teen drivers? Keeping your car clean! Stop by Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail to teach your teen drivers the value of maintaining their cars.

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4 Things to Do Before You Drop That Top

2015 Maserati convertibleIf you’re lucky enough to own a convertible, you’re probably used to a few stares. Longing glances at the grocery store, appreciative looks on the highway, and kids pressing their faces against their windows for a better view at stoplights are par for the course for owners of sports cars. Most convertible owners are diligent about cleaning, waxing, and detailing their cars regularly. But a few simple missteps could turn those looks of admiration into judging stares. Keep your top-down vehicle in tip top shape with these convertible care tips from Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail.

4 Tips for Convertible Maintenance

  1. Ask the professionals. After treating yourself to the convertible of your dreams, the last thing you want to do is damage the paint with a subpar carwash. Always schedule a professional carwash appointment to wash and wax your car. Maintain the engine, tires, and fluids with regular trips to a reputable service station.
  2. Use sunscreen. After all, your soft top sits out in the sun all day. Protect your convertible’s cloth roof by regularly applying a protective sealant and moisture replenisher to a clean and dry convertible top. You’ll extend its life and protect it from UV rays, chemical pollutants, and any other roadside messes you happen to meet on your adventures.
  3. Store smart. Maintain the appearance of your convertible by always storing it with the top up. Parking a convertible with the top down (we’re talking longer than a day, here) can result in creasing, buckling, and discoloration.
  4. Think twice before dropping your top. Folding down a wet convertible roof can damage the fabric as well as the mechanism that folds and stores the top. Before feeling the wind in your hair on the highway, it’s best to let that breeze dry out lingering moisture from summer rainstorms or your lastest carwash.

Ready for your summer convertible detail? Schedule an appointment at Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail and get ready to fall in love with your car all over again.

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Unusual Auto Washes at TLCD

At Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail, we wash a lot of cars. Our professional carwash experts breath new life into rundown clunkers, keep family vans clean and comfortable, and prevent sports cars from losing their value due to dingy paint or dirty wheels. But we deal in more than just sedans and SUVs. Take a look at a few less common automobiles we’ve cleaned around Woodstock.

Boat Washes in Woodstock

washed and waxed boatIf you wouldn’t roll into work in a dirt-streaked car, why would you put a dirty boat on the lake? Boats need just as much auto maintenance as their road-ready counterparts. Extend the life of your boat by hosing it down when it’s out of the water, cleaning the interior and exterior throughout the summer, and bringing it to your favorite Woodstock carwash for boat detailing at the end of the season.

Cleaning Motorcycles

Motorcycles burn up a lot of road, but motorcyclists don’t always know the best ways to clean their babies. If you’re ready for a shine that will put chrome wheels to shame, bring your motorcycle to the professionals for a seasonal detail.

Washing the ADA Bus

ada legacy busA few weeks ago we had the pleasure of working with the folks from the ADA Legacy Tour. The ADA bus spent the last year touring America to commemorate the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. And trust us: their bus collected a whole lotta dirt! We had a great time talking to the team as we washed their bus from top to bottom, giving them a gorgeous gleam before they round out the tour in Washington DC on July 26th. “No goal too high” is something we can all agree on!

Have an unusual automobile that needs a wash and wax? Don’t be afraid to bring it by! At Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail, we take special care to give every vehicle just what it needs to look great.

3 Things to Do Between Each Carwash

There’s nothing quite like the feeling you get driving away from Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail, watching the sunlight reflect off your hood as you breathe in the fresh scent of a clean interior. Unfortunately, that freshly cleaned feeling doesn’t last forever. What do you do when your car is not quite clean, not quite dirty? Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail has 3 ways to keep your car fresh between washes.

3 Things to Do Between Carwashes

  1. clean car interiorSpot clean. Got crumbs on the seat? Bird spots on the window? Dust on the dashboard? Keep your car from looking dingy by taking care of the little details that build up between carwashes. Keep baby wipes, a microfiber cloth, and a gentle spot cleaner in the center console for those moments you need a quick clean.
  2. Clean out the seats. No matter how clean your car is, it won’t impress if it’s messy. If you want to make your car look cleaner, pick up trash, toys, and abandoned pool towels from the seats, under the seats, and from the trunk space.
  3. Go on an adventure. Don’t let your love for your car fizzle out on an endless series of commutes. Revitalize your adventuring spirit by strapping in with your favorite people and heading off into the sunset. A few ideas: head into the North Georgia mountains, explore the restaurants in downtown Woodstock, or head into Atlanta for a summer concert in the park.

Ready for another wash? Swing by Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail for a quick wash or book your auto detail online.

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The Most Important Lessons We Learn from our Dads

When we asked our Facebook followers who taught them how to drive, father figures won by a landslide. Most of us remember sliding behind the wheel for the first time, hands trembling with nervousness or excitement, as our dads calmly said, “Seatbelt on. Adjust your mirrors. Seat alright? Let’s go.”

This Father’s Day we honor the men who taught us valuable life skills like transitioning lanes without hurting anyone and how to change a flat tire. Here are just a few of the useful (well, most of them) skills dads teach kids about cars.

5 Lessons Fathers Should Teach their Kids about Cars

  1. baby reaching for steering wheelHow to stand their ground. No, we’re not talking about playing chicken (protip: don’t). We are talking about knowing what’s what when you roll into the parking lot. Whether you’re buying a new car, new tires, or just a new wax job, it’s dad’s job to make sure you know what’s a fair price, how to haggle, and how to avoid being taken for a ride.
  2. How to change a tire. Remember that commercial with the teen changing a tire in the rain? When her dad wouldn’t answer the phone and it turned out he was watching from afar? Well, it warmed our hearts. Flat tires are one of the most common maintenance issues a car can have. Dads, make sure your kids know how to change a flat (and find the spare in the trunk) before handing over the keys.
  3. How to parallel park. You may not be ready to send your kids into the city for a concert at Centennial Park, but you can’t live in a metro area without mastering the art of parallel parking.
  4. What to do in an emergency situation. That could mean a flashing light on the dash, flashing lights in the rearview mirror, or turning on the flashers after a fender bender. Trust us, when dads teach their kids to keep a cool head in an emergency, the lessons stay with them.
  5. How to maintain a car. It’s easy for teen drivers to develop a “dad will take care of it” mentality. Teach your kids basic car maintenance, the importance of regular auto service, and how to keep cars clean, inside and out. It’s the way to a long life (for your kids and their cars).

Show your kids the importance of a good carwash. Stop by Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail for a bi-monthly wash, seasonal wax, or semi-annual auto detail.

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