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Best Stops Between Seattle & Portland

Road trips make for amazing adventures whether you go with a group of friends or that one special someone. Although you likely have an ultimate destination you want to reach, the best parts of any road trip are sometimes the stops you make along the way. One of the most famous road trips people make in Seattle is to Portland as it is not too far, with many wonderful sights to visit along the way.

Here are some of the best places to see at least once in your life, found between Seattle and Portland:

Lan Su Chinese Garden

You will find a true oasis in the heart of Portland at the Lan Su Chinese Garden. Portland’s sister city is Suzhou, China, with a transported piece of China found stateside. This botanical garden features incredible architecture, and you are bound to learn a lot about nature during your visit. The Lan Su Chinese Garden is considered to possess the most authentic Chinese garden outside of China.

Mount St. Helens Visitor Center

In 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted, creating the largest landslide in recorded history. You can learn all about this eruption at the visitor center located in Castle Rock, Washington. There are a few different centers, each one offering something unique and interesting. You will get some great views of the surrounding area, and the best part is that visiting is free.

The Olympic Flight Museum

All aviation aficionados will want to check out the Olympic Flight Museum located in Olympia, Washington. You will get to see over 20 vintage planes ranging from historical helicopters to military aircraft; all of which have been kept in superb condition. You will want to swing by during the museum’s annual air show as people flock from all over Washington to see amazing planes take flight.

Point Defiance Park

Spend an entire day taking in all that Point Defiance Park in Tacoma has to offer. The park includes a boardwalk, various trails, petting zoo, and beaches. Both adults and children love visiting the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium as there are all kinds of animals to see, including Sumatran tigers, Asian elephants, and pygmy owls.

 Lake Sacajawea

Outdoor enthusiasts love the majestic landscape at Lake Sacajawea. With 3.5 miles of hiking trails, it makes for a great way to work up a sweat after sitting in the car all day. There are many activities permitted in this area, including canoeing and fishing. There are also Japanese gardens where you can see plants found nowhere else in the state.

Lewis and Clark State Park

The Lewis and Clark State Park allows visitors to spend the night. Spanning 621 acres, you can give yourself a self-guided tour of all the amazing trees and see the stars like never before when camping. With five miles of hiking trails, this park is a must for anyone with a love for the great outdoors.

How To Properly Prepare for a Road Trip

Now that you are excited for all that you can see throughout Washington and Oregon, it is time to get practical. Before embarking on a road trip of any length, make sure your vehicle is in optimal working order. Bring your car to the professionals at Greg’s Japanese Auto. With locations all over the Puget Sound, contact us to learn about our array of services.

How to Winterize Your Car – Winter Car Safety Tips Every Driver in Washington Should Know

With the fall season gradually approaching, winter will blow in before you know it. Just as preparing your wardrobe to keep you warm and comfortable during the cold months is essential, it is just as important to prepare your car with specific winter car safety tips.

The experts of Greg’s Japanese Auto are here to teach you how to winterize your car with these winter car safety tips to keep it up and running safely this―and every other―winter driving season.

Tire Inspection

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Tires need a strong grip when roads are covered in snow and slick with ice. Therefore, driving with winter tires is recommended. As they are designed specifically for snowy, icy conditions, winter tires ensure safety between your vehicle and the road. No matter what kind of tires you have, whether they be snow tires or regular, they should always have the proper amount of pressure in them; too much air is as bad as having too little. To guarantee your tires hold the correct amount of pressure, schedule a checkup every couple months to give you that peace of mind.

Windshield Wiper Repair

There is vital importance in having quality windshield wipers. While they may seem like a minor aspect to your vehicle, they are dependent on ensuring the visibility of everything and everyone on the road ahead of you. Snow and ice can cling to your windshield and blades, making it hard to see, leading to unnecessary and preventable accidents. Much like winter tires, there are windshield wiper blades explicitly designed to wick away snow and ice to give you a clear view while you are behind the wheel. To properly manage the avoidable incidents involving your vehicle and its visibility, schedule a time to have your wipers tested.

Fluid Check

With the drop in temperature comes many complications. Cold weather can affect the fluids in your engine, impacting its operation. To ensure your vehicle operates at peak efficiency, lubricate your machine and change the current oil for one with different viscosity. Doing so will grease the machine up with a thick oil base, preventing any freezing from happening. It is also recommended to change your windshield wiper fluid to one that leaves your windshield streak-free and protected from various types of condensation as snow can freeze to the glass just as easily. Be sure to have all the fluids in your vehicle checked before the season’s first cold snap with a scheduled maintenance appointment.

Battery Check

Should your battery freeze over, it will not matter how much air you have in your tires, whether you have the right windshield wipers, or if all the fluids in your vehicle are winter-ready. If your battery is ineffective, you will not be going anywhere as your car will not have the power necessary to get itself up and running. Have your battery checked regularly to ensure it is in tip-top shape, and be sure to ask professional technicians what steps you can take to protect your battery from frigid, unforgiving winter temperatures properly.

 

Emergency Kit

Should your situation take a turn for the worse, you could find yourself on the side of the road this winter. Having an emergency kit tucked away in your vehicle can keep you safe, acting as the perfect piece to get you back on the road. Specifically, your kit should include:

  • Snacks and water
  • A flashlight with fresh batteries
  • Engine coolant
  • A small shovel to dislodge snow
  • Blankets, a thick hat, and winter gloves
  • A bag of kitty litter
  • A windshield ice scraper and brush

In addition, it is also recommended to have access to emergency roadside assistance for events like a flat tire, dead battery, an empty gas tank, or situations where your car breaks down several miles from the nearest reliable auto shop.  

Winterize Your Car in Washington

For more winter car safety tips and additional preparation methods, contact Greg’s Japanese Auto or schedule a free consultation for the car services you know you need.

 

 

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How To Drive Safe This Holiday Season

Whether you are headed to sunny beaches or frozen mountains, driving during the holiday season can be full of fun, adventure, and occasional danger. There are lots of reasons to enjoy a road trip over the holidays. However, to ensure you and your family drive safe and make it safe and sound to your destination, consider these five important tips for safe holiday driving.

1. Make a Plan, Follow Through

As most things do, holiday driving tends to go a lot smoother with a well-made plan. Even if you are only driving a few miles, it is important to outline your driving. Driving plans can include simple items, like where to eat or fill up your gas tank. Distracted driving is dangerous, especially with vacation traffic and bad weather. Therefore, it is important to overestimate your arrival time and account for stops to check your phone.

2. Check Your Tires, Gas, and Headlights

Check, double check, and triple check your headlights, fluids, and tire pressure before traveling because you can never be too careful. If you are going on a long road trip, take your car to a professional mechanic for a complete inspection. As extra miles can sometimes bring issues to light, it is a set idea to check your vehicle before taking off. You do not want your car to break down over the holidays.

3. Sleep Well, But Not on the Road

Sleep is an essential part of any holiday vacation. While it is nice to sleep in and feel rested, it is particularly important to sleep properly before traveling. Get a full night’s sleep before driving, and try to avoid night driving as much as possible. If you feel like you are getting drowsy, have a plan in mind for staying awake. Whether you take a break and switch drivers, drink coffee, or blast Christmas music, make sure you are able to remain fully alert when driving. Once you have reached your destination, it is okay to dream about whatever you want for however long you want ― you are on vacation, after all.

4. DD Rules Still Count

A “DD”, also known as a Designated Driver, is just as important ― if not more important ― over the holidays. Know who is going to be driving and who is not before you begin the festivities. If you are the DD, remember to drink your eggnog without any rum and save the mulled wine for another night. Drunk driving over the holidays is a real threat and can be particularly dangerous due to weather conditions, additional drivers, and late nights in unfamiliar areas.

5. Watch Out for Vacationers

Spending quality time with your family may cause you to forget about the world around you. Be sure to drive safe and always watch traffic patterns. Many other families will be traveling for the holidays, bringing plenty of cars who have never traveled these roads before. Drive defensively and respectfully to make sure everyone gets home safe.

Prepare Your Car For The Holidays

From Thanksgiving at the grandparents’ to New Year’s Eve in the big city, be sure your car is ready for all of your holiday driving plans. Call or stop by Greg’s Japanese Auto for a complete inspection of your vehicle. Located in Western Washington, our team of highly trained specialists can help you keep your Japanese vehicle running efficiently.

If you have been neglecting any maintenance on your Japanese vehicle, our ASE certified technicians will be able to handle any major or minor repair work expertly, as well as equip you with any other safe winter driving tips. As a family-owned business, we understand how important it is to spend the holidays with the people you love the most. Let us help you prepare your car to ensure your safety.

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Create New Family Traditions with These Christmas Road Trip Ideas

A Christmas road trip can establish new family traditions. which is part of what makes the Christmas season so magical. Rather than dragging the artificial tree down from the attic, why not take a family road trip to cut down your own Christmas tree?

Load up the car, fill the travel mugs with hot cocoa, crank your favorite Christmas carols, and head to one of these bona fide Christmas tree farms within driving distance of the Puget Sound area.

Beerbower Xmas Tree Farm in Elma

Located 1.5 hours from the Seattle area, a trip to the Beerbower Xmas Tree Farm makes for the perfect road trip. Not only do they have more than 12,000 trees to choose from, but they guarantee that the tree you purchase will be completely free of defects. Beerbower Xmas Tree Farm is one of the few farms open after dark, allowing you and your family to enjoy dazzling light displays and a relaxing nightly bonfire. Complimentary cookies, hot chocolate, and candy canes are also offered at this family-owned tree farm, making the experience that much sweeter.

Carnation Tree Farm in Carnation

This farm, located about a 40-minute drive west of Seattle, offers both cut-your-own and pre-cut Christmas trees. Carnation Tree Farm prides itself on old-fashioned Christmas spirit. Stroll through the farm’s 16 acres, sip free hot cider, pick up handmade wreaths, local mistletoe, and holly plants. Plus, enjoy a visit with Santa on select Saturdays and Sundays at the farm. Carnation Tree Farm uses green farming techniques and is one of the only certified Salmon Safe tree farms in the Pacific Northwest. The farm is open every day from November 23 until the trees are gone.

Enchanted Winds Christmas Tree Farm in Issaquah

Located just over 30 minutes from Seattle, this gorgeous route winds through Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park and Squak Mountain State Park before ending just outside Tiger Mountain State Forest. Make a day of it by planning a family hike or bringing a picnic lunch. When you arrive at Enchanted Winds Christmas Tree Farm, you will be greeted with 15 acres of trees. Tag your favorite, and the staff will cut it down and securely tie it to your car. The on-site gift barn at this family-owned farm offers free cookies and hot cider along with a selection of ornaments and greenery. On pleasant days, you can even take a hayride around the grounds. The season starts November 24th, and the farm is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (10 a.m. on Thursdays and Fridays).

Snowshoe Evergreen Christmas Tree Farm in Puyallup

Drive 45 minutes south of Seattle to find this 100-year-old family-owned Christmas tree farm. Featuring 55 acres of five different types of fresh evergreens. You will also find a full nursery, handmade wreaths, and much more. Snowshoe Evergreen Christmas Tree Farm proudly participates in Trees for Troops, donating 100 trees to the families of service members every year. Hours are from 10 a.m. to dusk during the week and 9 a.m. to dusk on weekends, starting November 24th.

Three Tree Farms in Maple Valley

Just over 40 minutes from Seattle, this great farm caters to newbies by offering staff to help you cut, trim, and tie down your chosen Christmas tree. Three Tree Farms is at the base of the Taylor Mountains in the Cascade Hills, offering a picturesque setting for this timeless Christmas road trip tradition. You will find more than 5,000 beautiful trees along with complimentary homemade baked goods and hot cocoa, as well as espresso-based drinks. 

Prepare for Your Christmas Road Trip

Once you plan your Christmas road trip, stop by Greg’s Japanese Auto to make sure your car is in tip-top shape for the drive. We offer high-quality auto service at eight convenient locations throughout the Puget Sound area. You can also schedule a service appointment online.

 

Where to Find the Best Holiday Lights in Seattle

As Christmas and the holiday season is right around the corner, families gather to find great events throughout their towns. You can find some of the best holiday lights in Seattle if you know where to look. Whether you want to see a popular venue transform for the season, or witness a cozy neighborhood extravaganza, you will have a fabulous time.  Hit the road and see the many holiday light shows this holiday season. Here is a list of the top spots in Seattle. 

WildLights

5500 Phinney Ave N, Seattle

There is a variety of things to do at the Woodland Park Zoo during the annual Wild Lights holiday event. Over half a million lights stretch alongside the walkways in addition to the many Snowmazium indoor snow activities. If the light’s are not enough, you can check out some of the zoo’s indoor animal exhibits or visit an adult-only area to get a drink.

Ivar’s Clam Lights

1201 Lake Washington Blvd N, Renton

For a unique display of Christmas lights in Seattle, take a trip to the Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park for the Ivar’s Clam Lights. While you can expect to see traditional Christmas figures along the city’s waterfront, the show’s dancing clams steal the show and are truly one-of-a-kind.

Candy Cane Lane

Park Road NE, Seattle

Candy Cane Lane has been delighting Seattle folks for almost seventy years. The neighborhood collectively chooses a theme and decorates their homes accordingly to create maximum effects. Located just off of Ravenna Boulevard, there are plenty of places to eat and shop, making it the perfect destination for an exciting family outing full of joy.

Kent Very Merry Christmas House

30211 176th Ave SE, Kent

Drive by this family home in Kent to be delighted by a 50,000-light display set to synchronized holiday music. This neighborhood display has been going on since 2003, and the family accepts donations to give to the local food bank. The Very Merry Christmas House not only brings spirit during the holidays, but they contribute by doing service as well.

Menashe Family Lights

5605 Beach Drive SW, Seattle

Inspired by “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” the Menashe family has put together a massive Christmas light display for the past twenty-five years. Standing as more than just a light display, the family makes it a much bigger event with appearances by Santa Clause. This year the home will be featured on ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight.”

Point Defiance Zoolights

5400 Pearl St N, Tacoma

If your family loves animals, then get yourselves to the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium for their annual Zoolights event. Featuring half a million lights and animal-themed displays, the zoo runs the festivities nightly from the end of November to the beginning of January.

Fantasy Lights

14905 Bresemann Blvd S, Spanaway

Enjoy Fantasy Lights during a scenic drive in Spanaway. Lasting over two miles with almost 300 stunning Christmas displays, the Fantasy Lights are something epic to witness during the holidays. Tune your radio to experience the matching soundtrack as you drive and catch the views of the gorgeous Spanaway Lake.

Warm Beach Lights of Christmas

20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood

Visit the Warm Beach Camp and Conference Center this December for their Lights of Christmas to be utterly dazzled this holiday season. While blending one million-light display with food and entertainment, this festival provides theater buffs the experience of a lifetime. With a five-course meal accompanied by a live show, and leisurely walks through the light display, there is something to appeal to everyone. Plus, there are accommodations for those to stay the night, so no one has to miss a thing.

Garden d’Lights

12001 Main St, Bellevue

The Bellevue Botanical Garden transforms into a garden of lights starting November 24th. This display embraces the beauty of nature with flower and plant-themed light formations along with live music. While tickets are required to attend, there are select nights that are free.

Christmas Ship Festival

Various Locations

Get your sea legs and board the Argosy Cruise Ship this holiday season for an experience like none other. The Christman ship festival has brilliant lights adorn the ship while traveling to various ports throughout the evening. You can visit the nearest port to catch a glimpse and hear Christmas carols, board the ship itself, or sale amongst a boat that follows for a more distant view.

Enchant

1250 1st Ave S, Seattle

Experience the ultimate holiday sanctuary at Enchant Seattle. With the world’s largest Christmas light maze, ice skating trail, nightly live entertainment, and appearances from Mr. and Mrs. Clause themselves, this month-long event stands as the epitome of holiday spirit. Though tickets are needed to enter, there is an endless amount of joyous activities and merry company to make it worth your while.

Celebrate Your Holiday With Us!

Hit the road for Christmas

 

If you are ready to hop in your car and hit the road be sure to come and see us first! We do everything we can to take care of our customers for an auto repair or service. We also want to help make sure you’re protected while you’re on the road. To learn how you can keep you and your family safe on the roads this holiday season, contact Greg’s Japanese Auto today! 

The Spookiest Upcoming Halloween Events in Seattle

Halloween is just a few short weeks away, and the excitement for the celebrations is beginning to kick in! With a large mix of events in the Seattle area to get you into the spirit, there is something for everyone! From tame trick-or-treating events for the whole family to bone-chilling houses of horror for the older souls, you are bound to find plenty of ways to commemorate the scary season.

Here are just a few of the many Seattle Halloween events to check out before they vanish:

For the Little Boys and Ghouls:

 

Halloween is a wonderful opportunity to make memories with your family, and if your little ones are not quite ready for the truly terrifying, you may want to stick with these tamer Seattle events.

Monster Bash: Saturday, October 6th (Everett, WA)

Take your little monsters to the Flying Heritage and Armor Museum for all sorts of fun. Some of the events include a monster truck ride, trucks to touch and climb, scavenger hunt, face painting, and trick-or-treating, so be sure to have your family decked out in costumes to kick it up a notch.

Halloween Comes to the Zoo: Saturday, October 27 (Seattle, WA)

This annual event at Woodland Park Zoo, aimed for kids twelve and under, is always a popular choice. Don a costume and learn about animal behavior as many of the zoo’s residents play with pumpkins in their habitats. It is enriching for both your kids and the zoo’s animals.

Halloween Storytelling Train: October 20-21 and 27-28 (Snoqualmie, WA)

All aboard for lots of spooky stories as you hit the rails on a haunted train ride. Some of the stops include a cider pressing, kid’s activities, and of course, a trip to the top of Snoqualmie Falls.

Time for the Terrible Tweens:

 

Older children and teenagers may appreciate more tricks and fewer treats for their Halloween fun. These events may be more up their dark and gloomy alley.

Nile Nightmares Haunted House: Weekends in October (Mountlake Terrace, WA)

Get ready for nightmares after visiting the six haunted attractions, including an “escape from the crypt” room added for 2018. The thrills and chills at this haunted house may leave you breathless. Nile Nightmares is a short drive from Seattle in Mountlake Terrace.

Run Scared 5K and 10K: October 28 (Seattle, WA)

This annual Halloween-themed race and fun run benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. If running isn’t your thing, you can join the 4K walk, treasure hunt, or costume contest. Plus, there is even a candy corn tasting bar! The Run Scared 5K and 10K are fun events for a great cause, and you can bring your dogs ― preferably in costume.

Georgetown Morgue: Weekends in October and the full week of Halloween (Seattle, WA)

A haunted house in an actual morgue is not for the weak of heart, but if you are feeling brave, you should give it a try. This event is not recommended for children under twelve unless you opt to go to the more child-friendly “lights-on” afternoon version.

For Old Souls Only:

 

Who says adults are too old for Halloween? Seattle has plenty of parties, plays, and other exciting events best enjoyed with your fellow night owls and witches.

Haunt at MoPOP: Saturday, October 27 (Seattle, WA)

It is a wild night for Halloween revelry, but it is held at a museum, so it has got a touch of the culture built right in. Expect amazing costumes, live music, and a lively party atmosphere for the over 21 crowds. Selling out every year, it is important to get your tickets early.

This Is Halloween: October 19-31 (Seattle, WA)

Can Can Productions puts on quite a show with this live music and dance version of the Tim Burton classic. Held at the Triple Door Theatre, this event has been a Seattle staple for almost two decades.

Get Spooky With Us!

Take some of the fear out of the Seattle Halloween fun by having your car serviced at Greg’s Japanese Auto. Our service team can diagnose problems and perform regular maintenance, so your vehicle is ready to take off when you need to. Make an appointment today!

Best Pumpkin Patches and Farms in Washington for the Whole Family

When the days grow both shorter and cooler, you know the best season of the year is approaching; Autumn. To get into the spirit, there are plenty of activities to do in the fall. You and your family can visit some of the fabulous pumpkin patches and farms just a short drive from your Washington home. Here is a list of six of the most popular ones found around the area:

Fox Hollow Farm: Issaquah, WA

Weekends at this Washington pumpkin patch mean fun for the whole family. Fox Hollow Farm’s Fall Festival has something for every age, including a pumpkin patch, corn bin, hay maze for the younger crowd, racetracks, ATVs, inflatables, pony rides, haunted forest trails, horse-drawn carriage rides, and bonfires with smores. You will want to stay all day and night to take advantage of all that this farm has to offer.

Jubilee Biodynamic Farm: Carnation, WA

It is almost Harvest Festival time at this family fun farm! Weekends in October mean endless fun for both the young and young at heart. You can start with a hayride to the U-pick pumpkin or flower fields to make your selection. Then, take the kids to the hay maze or check out the pumpkin trebuchet―a catapult-like contraption that lets you hurl a pumpkin into the air just for the thrill of it. You can also enjoy live music, cooking demonstrations, and hot apple cider on the barn porch.

Carpinito Brothers: Kent, WA

With 20 acres to explore, you and your family are virtually guaranteed to have a great time. The U-pick pumpkin patch and corn maze are across the street from each other, so be sure to make time to see it all. They also have a family fun yard with duck races, corn pin, barn animals, and a hay maze, as well as a produce and concessions stand featuring the Carpinito Brothers’ famous roasted sweet corn. Bring your family, your sense of adventure, and your appetite for the fall fun.

Bob’s Corn and Pumpkin Farm: Snohomish, WA

With over 40 acres of fun offered by Bob’s Corn and Pumpkin Farm, there is no possibility that you won’t enjoy yourself. A free hayride takes you into the farm, where you can find a 10-acre corn maze, a cow train, apple cannon, their U-pick pumpkin patch, corn crib, and big slides. For even more excitement, plan your visit at night to attempt the corn maze by flashlight and rent one of their 18 fire pits for smores. Plus, be sure to sample the homemade hot donuts and kettle corn!

Remlinger Farms: Carnation, WA

Step back in time for some good old-fashioned fall fun at this pumpkin patch in Washington. Plan your visit on an autumn weekend to ride the steam train, see the animals in the 4-H barn, ride the many rides, and of course, find that perfect pumpkin to carve. They even have a pony trail, antique pedal cars, and live entertainment to make your special fall visit memorable.

Rutledge Corn Maze: Olympia, WA

This corn maze and pumpkin patch duo is a family fun farm by day and creepy thrill by night. In the evening, the corn maze is haunted for a spooky adventure to test your nerve. There is also a zombie paintball if you are feeling brave. And for the younger ones, night time can still be as fun; You can explore the calf-roping station, pick a pumpkin, or play a game of cornhole.

Plan Your Fall Fun Today

Before the first leaves begin to change color and beckon you to hit the road in search of activities to do in the fall, you should stop by Greg’s Japanese Auto to have your car serviced. Whether you need routine maintenance or a diagnostic evaluation, we can help you get your car ready for your next adventure. Make an appointment today.

October Car Care Month: Prep For The Rain

In the United States, a driving exam is required to become a licensed driver and hit the road driving alone. It is required for one to know the rules of the road and how to drive in a way that keeps everyone, both the driver and other travelers, safe. However, no matter the extent to educate drivers on safe driving, there are a lot of situations one can not prepare for. You may comprehend the meaning of all the road signs, but what happens if you are unable to see them?

Remembering how to turn out of a skid is important in high-pressure situations, but it may be of no use when when your tires are too worn out to gain the right amount of traction to help you. No matter how aware you are with knowledge on driving in bad weather, you may still be put in danger. Your vehicle must be prepared at all times, just as you have to refresh your memory on helpful, hazard tips consistently. Luckily, October is Car Care Month; The perfect time to equip your car with everything it needs to drive safely in the rain.

October Car Care Month Means Check, Double Check, and Triple Check

Hopefully your car receives regular maintenance so that in the case of an emergency it will be ready; However, regardless of whether you are scheduled for maintenance or if your engine light is on, it is still recommended to double check certain parts of your car on your own.

Windshield wipers and wiper fluid – While windshield wipers act as the most obvious help amid a storm, they often go unchecked the longest. Your car may tell you when your wiper fluid is low, but it is recommended to routinely check to ensure your wipers work well and do not smear on your windshield. If they do, visit Greg’s Japanese Auto during Fall Car Care Month for $20 off on your windshield wiper blades.

Tires – According to Washington State law, driving a car when its tires have less than 2/32 inch treads stands as a traffic infraction. To measure this, you can use a tread depth gauge. Another easy way to check the tread on your tires is to take a penny, turn it so that President Lincoln’s head is upside down, and place the penny inside the tread. If the top of his head is concealed, you have the required depth, but if you can see his whole head, you are at a higher risk of losing traction on a wet road.

Brakes – Your brakes will likely be checked when you take your car in for its scheduled maintenance, however, it may be a good idea to have them checked every time your oil is changed as well. It is also important to be aware of the type of brake system your car has as your response in an emergency will differ in a car with an automatic brake system versus one without it. Come and visit Greg’s Japanese Auto during Fall Car Care Month for a free brake inspection and $20 off your brakes.

Lights – Aside from the fact that broken lights stand as a reason to be pulled over, your car’s lights are incredibly important in many situations. Taking proper care of your lights is one of the most significant car safety tips. Checking your lights may require the help of an additional person, but it is always worth it. Inspecting your lights for cracks on the lenses may save you from a bulb going out while you driving in the rain; Those few extra maintenance efforts could save your life on the road.

When Driving Is Daunting

Driving tips are not only for new drivers. No matter where you are or how long you have been driving, your safety is of paramount importance. Whether you need help checking your vehicle or you know something needs to be replaced, Greg’s Japanese Auto is here to help. The easiest way to make sure your car is ready for rain is to entrust it to the expert at Greg’s Japanese Auto. With their products and services, you can be confident that your safety comes first. Greg’s Japanese Auto is so concerned with your safety that they offer a free Roadside Assistance Program to their Rewards Members. Call us today to learn how we can take care of you and your car on the roads this fall.

Top 6 Best Places to See Fall Colors in Seattle

The summer heat is waning, and the days are getting shorter, which can only mean that Fall is just around the corner. The Seattle fall season makes for a prime time to go cruising in your vehicle. If you are searching for the best places in Seattle to see Fall colors, look no further. Here are the Top 6 best places to see autumn colors in the Pacific Northwest:

1. Lincoln Park, Seattle 

This West Seattle multi-purpose park is just North of the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal. Overlooking Puget Sound, its rocky beaches, beautiful meadows, and verdant forests are dotted with both picnic and play areas. In the Fall, the park’s 4.6 miles of walking paths are draped in blazing orange, vibrant reds, and bold yellows. In addition, a zip line, cable ride and abundant play elements make the park the perfect place to spend an autumn afternoon.

2. Montlake Fill, Seattle 

Officially named the Union Bay Natural Area, this 74-acre nature area is situated on the University of Washington campus. The pristine wetlands and gorgeous grasslands are close to University Village shopping and Husky Stadium. With Mount Rainier and Lake Washington in the background, the gravel walking trails are an excellent way to spend a Fall day. Bring a pair of binoculars to this premier Seattle birding site to spot waterfowl and other birds peeking through the brilliant autumn colors.

3. Bellevue Botanical Gardens, Seattle 

Standing as one of the top places to visit in Seattle, this urban refuge contains more than 50 acres of restored woodlands, natural wetlands and cultivated gardens. In the Fall, the breathtaking colors make it a can’t miss destination. Stop by the Visitor Center to learn about the courtyard gardens, pick up a treasure map for the kids, and decide where you want to wander. Take a class and learn about the best trees for color or just pick a trail and go. Remember to bring your camera to capture the fantastic view and vivid colors.

4. Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle 

Hidden along the shores of Lake Washington, this 230-acre park contains a dynamic assortment of plants ― unlike any found in the American Northwest. Managed by the City of Seattle and the University of Washington Botanic Gardens, the park offers self-guided, public, and private tours allowing you to explore the vast network of trails and interpretive signage. Stroll through the Woodland Garden and walk along Azalea Way as Fall is celebrated with riot of vibrant colors. Japanese maples, sorrel trees, witch hazels, and mountain ash are just a few of the trees that display gorgeous, intense shades of orange, red, yellow and purple during the autumn season at Washington Park Arboretum.

5. Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Seattle 

If you want to get out of town, enjoy stunning mountain vistas and dense strands of the forest by driving through the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. The Alpine Lakes Wilderness is also perfect for hikers and backpackers with over 700 ponds and lakes carved from this rugged terrain. Hike the seven miles to one of the Upper Enchantment Lakes or apply for a permit and spend the night. Crisp mountain air, and brilliant colors as far as the eye can see, make this a must for your Fall to-do list.

6. Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Seattle 

Vibrant forest colors and an assortment of wildlife abound in this scenic gem located in Klickitat County, Washington (just outside of Portland, OR). Aspen, oak, and pine forests harbor long-bearded sego lily and Oregon coyote-thistle for one of the most diverse plant havens in Washington. The refuge is teeming with wildlife, from elk and Sandhill cranes, to deer and rare Oregon spotted frogs. Take the day and explore the valley, set ablaze with color and watch as fat gray squirrels prepare for winter and the snow geese, songbirds and swans head South.

Prepare For Your Fall Trips

Whether you are visiting the must-see places of Seattle or just want to explore the Pacific Northwest, make sure your car is serviced and ready to go. At Greg’s Japanese Auto, we will keep your vehicle running in top condition. Contact us to schedule your service today and be prepared for all of your fall time adventures!

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Big Changes in The Automotive Business: What Will Cars Look Like in 10 Years?

Most automotive creators agree on this one – these next ten years might see more change in the automotive business than the last 20, and there’s been a great deal of progress in those previous 20 years.

Back in the day, there was no radar accessible to detect different vehicles out and about and most cameras still utilized film, making vehicle backup cameras impossible. Radios had either cassette players or CD players and messaging your friends while you were driving didn’t exist.

Today, vehicles have become so cutting edge from that point that it’s stunning. So, what can we expect cars to look like in just 10 more years?

The Future Cars of the Automotive Business

The following deadline referred to by automotive creators as a tipping point is 2025: That’s the point at which they’re looking for cars of the future to drive themselves and for electric batteries to be more prevalent than ignition motors.

Other high-tech ideas automotive creators have are 3D printed exteriors, seamless integration between your car and other devices, automated braking systems, and new, increasingly detailed maps.

3-D Printed Exteriors

The idea of 3D printing automotive exteriors is a hotly contested one. On the one hand, it would make the production of cars cheaper, but place their human passengers at more risk, depending on the material used. Eliminating the use of aluminum has become a trend in car production over the last few years, and 3D printing future cars would be the next big step.

Seamless Device Integration

Integration between your phone and car already has happened in most newer models. But rather than using Bluetooth, as they do now, car companies are pushing for new technologies to streamline your experience (and reduce fatalities related to distracted driving.) Audi, for example, is working on a system that would monitor your pulse, body temperature, and other metrics to automatically adjust the AC, radio, and other features.

Automated Braking Systems

One of the significant movements in the works for the Automotive Business, ten years from now is the development of automatic braking systems, with the hope that fatalities and instances of rear-ending decreases. 20 companies, including big names like Toyota and Honda, signed an agreement to have automatic braking systems as a standard feature in all cars by the year 2022 – closer than you think.

Are these fancy bells and whistles not your thing? Do you cling to the car you have? Make it last with regular maintenance at Greg’s Japanese Auto. With emissions repair, pre-buyer inspection, scheduled maintenance, and diagnostic services head to Greg’s Japanese Auto for all your auto repair needs. If you want more information about what services are available or are ready to set up an appointment, please visit us online.

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