Yearly Archives: 2021

10 Tips to make a Road Trip with your Dog easy

10 Tips to make a Road Trip with your Dog easy

    Schedule a visit with your pet’s veterinarian before your trip so your dog has an updated health and vaccine report. Be sure to ask for a physical copy for quick reference to show to the Kennel, Dog Sitter, Hotel, AirBNB, etc. Minimize the unexpected by calling your hotel, AirBNB beforehand. Make sure you know the pet policy and inquire if they charge a fee for pets. If your dog is not accustomed to road trips, you can get them used to it by slowly introducing them to the vehicle. You can introduce them to traveling in small increments, first drive down the street, next drive around the neighborhood, etc. As your dog gets used to being in the car, you can increase your trips across town and on short day trips before finally taking a long road trip with your dog.  Consider Ordering a Back Seat Dog Protector or seat belt attachment to keep them from attempting to distract you while driving. Exhaustion helps. Make sure your dog is exercised before the road t ... read more

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Four Causes of Vehicle AC Failure

4 Causes of Vehicle Air Conditioning Failure In case you haven't noticed, Summer is officially here. Texas natives and transplants know the importance of a reliable air conditioner for their vehicle! Unfortunately, when vehicle air conditioner’s decide to quit on us, it’s generally during the most inopportune times.  We’re frequently asked, “Why is my car air conditioner blowing hot air or not working?” Most vehicle air conditioning issues result from four of the following failures: 1. Freon The first thing to check is always the freon because you could be low. If you’re low on freon, that can cause your air conditioner to not blow cool air. Get your air conditioner professionally inspected to ensure you’re getting the proper levels of freon. When you get your vehicle checked out we can also inspect for leaks, which will likely result in further problems in the future.   ... read more

Road Trips for the Spring

Road Trips for the Spring

Welcome to the March 2021 blog for Rusty's Garage! With Spring approaching and Spring Break almost upon us, it's time people plan road trips out of state for the week.  But we'd argue that Texas has a lot of charm, and consider that there are many great places to visit on your Spring Break. Take a look at this video from C. T. Bauer College of Business for some great getaway ideas for your Texas Spring Break! Here are notes on all the spots covered in the video: Marfa - North of Big Bend, the Marfa lights are famous. Be sure to check out the Prada Marfa sculpture! Dinosaur Valley State Park - Just West of Glen Rose, a state nature park. Come marvel at dinosaur footprints! Texas Chainsaw House - In Kingsland, the house of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre film is now a restaurant you can tour! Cadillac Ranch - This art installation is a monolithic exhibit of half-buried classic Cadillacs and invites you to make your own mark with spray paint. Bartlett - An almo ... read more

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When the Tornadoes Come

When the Tornadoes Come

Welcome to February! This month has some significant highpoints, like Super Bowl LV and Valentine's Day, and at Rusty's, we hope you make the most of these days with your family and friends. But with Spring coming, one of the issues we feel is essential to address is Tornado Season. Most people think of tornadoes as columns of high wind, but they are much more dangerous than just the concentration of gale-force wind in their appearance.  First of all, tornadoes are incredibly unpredictable. They move erratically and with their own logic. Second, tornadoes are not purely wind. They also carry particles and objects caught in their funnel, moving at incredible speeds. It's like a moveable grenade, capable of tearing you apart with its shrapnel. Take a look at this video from Eustace, just three hours to our direct North. A tornado can suddenly cross your path. I know that many drivers would have taken the chance that the tornado would stay on their right and driven ahe ... read more

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