Spring is here! What a wonderful season for going outside to work , play, or just relax. Earth Day is April 22nd; that would be a great day to plant a tree, organize a neighborhood clean up, or check with your local area for any events planned for the day.
Earth Day was a suggestion made in 1969 by John McConnell, a peace activist whose interest in the planet grew from his experience working in a plastic factory. Of course, it wasn’t official, and there’s got to be somebody to make Earth Day official. That’s where Senator Gaylord Nelson, a Wisconsin Democrat, came in. He saw the damage from the major Santa Barbara, California, oil spill and got fired up, so he asked Congress to make Earth Day official—and it did.
Water is constantly recycled through evaporation and precipitation. The Earth has more than enough water to meet human demands…the problem is that water is often found in the wrong place at the wrong time. For example, China supports 20 percent of the world’s population with only 7% of the world’s water supply. Approximately 50 percent of China’s population lives in North China where only 7 percent of China’s total water supply is available. 90 percent of the cities’ groundwater and 75 percent of rivers and lakes are polluted. As a result of widespread water pollution, 700 million people drink contaminated water every day.
The United States is doing well regarding forested land. There is more wood grown in the U.S. than is cut each year, and the number of acres planted with trees goes up nearly every year. Not since 1933 has the amount of wood harvested exceeded the amount of wood grown. Also, there are more trees in the United States today than there were in the 1920’s.
Vehicles (our specialty) are a major source of pollution, but with the improvements in
technology, they are becoming very efficient and environmentally friendly. There are
approximately 500 million automobiles on earth burning an average of 2 gallons of fuel a day. Each gallon of fuel releases 20 pounds of carbon dioxide into the air. By keeping your car tuned up, you can help the environment. A well-tuned car uses up to 9% less gasoline than a poorly tuned car. So if your car is running rough, missing or getting poor gas mileage, please feel free to call us—we’ll be happy to help you with all your auto needs!
Why you should get your auto fixed at H.A.R. II
Why you should get your auto fixed at H.A.R.
This Year, Keep Your Old Car Running Like New!
A significant number of drivers are keeping their vehicles longer. According to national surveys, the average age of passenger cars and light trucks is now between 8.8 and 9.4 years.
Thanks to better built engines, improved technology in rust inhibitors and the general sticker shock of a new car, people are keeping their older cars longer and taking better care of them than ever before. With proper maintenance, it’s not unusual to see vehicles accumulate 200,000 miles and more without needing expensive overhauls or repairs (just ask Kami and Melissa who both have over 200,000 miles; we’ve chalked it up to our great technicians.)
If keeping your car in tip top shape is your primary concern, we are here for you. Most of us can’t afford a new vehicle, so we continue to repair what we have. Some of us are attached to our old vehicle; we know every noise, quirk and blind spot. Some of us name our cars (we won’t mention the owner’s name—her white van was named Vanna White.)
No matter the reason for keeping an older vehicle, we understand. Our technicians are trained in all makes and models. They have diagnosed many difficult and unusual problems on early and late model vehicles. If you have a problem while traveling, we answer the phone 24 hours a day—7 days a week. Mike always says, “A new vehicle can break down just like an old one can,” so hang on to your old one if you’d like. Just be sure to keep it maintained—we will be happy to help with all your maintenance and repair needs. Who knows, one day that old vehicle may qualify for an antique plate!