Christmas Gifts for Car Enthusiasts

Posted on 12/01/2017


With the holidays approaching it’s time to start planning on which presents would make our loved ones happy. If you have a beloved friend or family member who is a car enthusiast, consider gifting them something connected to their passion. Here are some gift suggestions for the car-loving people in your life:


Driving Gloves

Leather gloves allow drivers to have a firm grip on the steering wheel. There are many options for practical and stylish gloves that will surely entice anyone who spends time in their vehicles on the winter days and nights. If the person who you are gifting gloves to has a car with touch-sensitive controls, there are fingerless varieties of gloves.


Tire Inflator

The colder weather can leave tires underinflated and eventually lead to blowouts. The good news is that proper inflation can be done easily with a portable tire compressor.


Engine-Block Coffee Table

Having car parts in your living room could be functional and stylish! A coffee table made out of an engine is sure to be a conversation starter when visitors come over. There's a surface above the engine to place, food, drinks, books, and anything else that one would put on a coffee table.


Universal Cell Phone Air Vent Car Mount Holder

In addition to phones being utilized for texting and calling friends and loved ones, they also have GPS abilities for navigating. Knowing exactly where your phone is while driving can be challenging.This universal cell phone holder allows the driver to keep theirs within reaching distance.


Bluetooth Cassette Adapter

Older cars are behind the curve when it comes to technology. Update a loved one’s automobile without all the costs with a Bluetooth cassette adapter. A portable Bluetooth enabled device can play all their favorite tunes. They can even make calls through the speakers.


Car-Seat Warmer

If the person you are needing a present for doesn’t have a car with factory heated seats, they’ll appreciate a seat warmer to keep them toasty when the weather is frigid.


Let Japanese Motor Works know if you need any more gift suggestions. Also, before you hit the road, we’d be happy to do preventative maintenance so you feel more secure on the winter roads. Contact us to schedule an appointment. Japanese Motor Works is located at 200 Firefighter Court in Athens, GA 30607. We look forward to your visit!

Thanksgiving Travel in the Car? How to Keep the Kids Occupied

Posted on 11/01/2017

The question that every parent hears during road trips from their little ones is, “Are we there yet?” With holidays approaching, it’s wise for parents to do some advance planning on how to keep their children occupied during their travels. The team at Japanese has some suggestions that could keep the kids quiet and busy during the holiday escapades!


Tablets, phones, and laptops allow the young ones to have a variety of options to stay content in the car.Prior to your trip, download games, educational programs, shows, and music. Audiobooks are also good to have available to fight boredom. Some of the books you can even listen to as a family. Local libraries often provide free rentals.


There are also many creative activities that will occupy and entertain your child. For example, dry erasable pens and a whiteboard give them the opportunity to write notes to each other, play hangman, tic-tac-toe, and many other games. Then they can wipe it away and start all over! Instant film cameras also provide much entertainment for kids. This gives them a chance to take images for a vacation notebook. Also, who doesn’t love silly putty?! It’s squishy, stretchy and because it’s elastic, it won’t get stuck on the seats. Colored pipe cleaners are also a good creative choice that gives kids the chance to make crazy shapes, jewelry, and animals.


Parents can get creative with things to play with. In a shoe box, put legos, Matchbox cars, card games, and other items. The top of the box can be used as a playing surface and can be decorated with crayons and markers. Magna Doodles and Etch A Sketches will keep your kids busy for miles! If you pop into a restaurant on the highway, have a “fun box” with coloring books, crayons, and blocks.

The team at Japanese Motor Works want your holiday travels to be safe and fun for the whole family. Some of these suggestions to keep the children busy during road trips should make your time on the road more seamless. If you'd like preventive maintenance before you take off on your vacation, contact us and schedule an appointment. Japanese Motor Works is located at 200 Firefighter Court in Athens, GA 30607.

History of Speed Limits in America

Posted on 10/01/2017


Whether you like them or not, speed limits play a crucial part in American history. In 1901, Connecticut was the first state to pass a speed limit law. This made the legal speed limit only 12 mph in cities and 15 mph on roads in the country. New York City introduced America’s first comprehensive traffic code in 1903.


The price of fuel prices rising caused a lot of states to begin applying a speed limit laws to save resources and money. In 1974, President Richard Nixon agreed and the 55 miles per hour law went into effect. Traffic fatality rate greatly decreased after the speed limit change. Because fuel prices became less of a problem in the 1980’s, the speed limit on interstate highways was increased to 65 mph. In 1995, the U.S. Congress allowed individual states to determine its maximum speed to drive. Since that time, 35 states raised their limits to 70 mph or higher.


If you know the saying, "everything's bigger in Texas," this idea extends to how fast we’re allowed to drive in the Lonestar State too. Texas boasts the greatest overall top speed when you average the speed limits on urban interstates, rural interstates, and other limited access roads. A 40-mile stretch of a toll road between Austin and San Antonio is the fastest road in America that legally lets drivers go 85 mph. As cars have become faster and as roads have become safer, speed limits across the country have changed.


What other states have the fastest and slowest speed limits?

Slowest Speed Limit (55 mph or lower)

  • Alaska

  • Connecticut

  • New Hampshire

  • District of Columbia

  • Hawaii

  • New York

  • Rhode Island

  • Vermont

  • Massachusetts

Fastest Speed Limits (75+ mph)

  • Arizona

  • North Dakota

  • South Dakota

  • Idaho

  • New Mexico

Regardless of how fast you’re allowed to drive, it’s crucial that your car is in top-notch shape regardless of the speed limit. At Japanese Motor Works, we are passionate about automobiles, and we hope you feel inspired to trust our auto repair capabilities and our highly-skilled team of ASE-Certified auto technicians. To schedule an appointment, call us at 706-549-5222. Japanese Motor Works is located at 200 Firefighter Court in Athens, GA 30607.

Mr. Rogers' Car Was Stolen

Posted on 09/01/2017

We all know Mr. Rogers, the gentle, kind hearted, soft spoken gentleman known for creating, hosting, and composing the theme music for the educational preschool television series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Not only was Fred Rogers a television personality, producer, writer, puppeteer, and Presbyterian minister, he was also the victim of having his car stolen!


Mr. Rogers had an old plain Chevrolet Impala that was taken close to the television station that he worked out of. He filed a police report and the story was big news in a variety of newspapers and on radio and television stations around town. Even thieves and robbers have a soft spot in their heart for this genuinely kindhearted man because the vehicle was returned 2 days later. When the thief realized whose car he had stolen, he returned it to the same parking spot that it was stolen from 48 hours later. However, there was just 1 thing missing and that was a director’s chair with Mr. Roger’s name on it! Rumor has it that there was an apology note that said, “If we’d known it was yours, we never would have taken it.”


Some quick suggestions for protecting your vehicle from getting stolen:


1. Remove the keys - This might seem obvious, but 10 percent of cars are stolen with keys left in the ignition.


2. Use anti-theft devices like steering wheel clubs and pedal locks that are visible to the thief.


3. Park in your garage or a high-visibility area where thieves can't operate in private.


4. Have the vehicle identification number (VIN) etched on the glass and other parts of the car. This discourages chop shops.


5. Consider tracking services such as Lo-Jack.


At Japanese Motor Works, we are passionate about automobiles, and we hope you feel inspired to trust our auto repair capabilities and our highly-skilled team of ASE-Certified auto technicians. To schedule an appointment, call us at 706-549-5222. Japanese Motor Works is located at 200 Firefighter Court in Athens, GA 30607.

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