How to create your own Car Emergency Kit!

As any parent knows—especially those with boys—it never hurts to be prepared for anything. Nobody wants to have to clean up their kid’s bloody nose or a bruise with whatever napkins and hand lotion you can find in the glovebox! This is why it’s so important to have a car emergency kit ready to go for whatever life throws at you and your family.

 

Here’s a great car emergency kit checklist to use as a baseline!

 

□ Baby Wipes

□ Children’s and Adult Ibuprofen

□ Instant ice pack

□ Various assorted Band-Aids/bandages

□ Children’s and Adult Acetaminophen

□ Antacids

□ Migraine medicine

□ Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes

□ Benadryl

□ Eye drops

□ Anti-nausea medicine

□ Bottles of water

□ Bug repellent

□ Cortisone Cream

□ Antibiotic ointment

 

Find a nice little box with a lid that will slide under your car’s seat, the trunk or another little spot tucked out of the way. You’ll probably get much more use than you think out of this handy car emergency kit—especially if you have kids! You may have to skip a few of the medications due to the extreme heat we experience in Peoria and the rest of the valley that may cause some medications to lose potency. Check the packaging for each medication for more information.

 

Don’t forget to keep up to date on maintenance for the vehicle you keep your family and newly created car emergency kit in and visit our Carlife Glendale/Peoria location for all of your oil change needs in Peoria! Contact us today to schedule your maintenance appointment.

 

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Great Trails Around Phoenix For Your 4×4

Don’t be one of those people who buy a 4×4 and never put it to the test! If you own a four wheel drive truck, Jeep or other SUV that has been sitting patiently in your garage since you bought it, here are a few trails for both beginners and more experienced off-roaders! It’s a great time now that the weather has begun cooling off to truly enjoy the outdoors. Need a tune-up and/or a check on your tires and suspension before you hit the trails? Schedule your appointment with CarLife Phoenix auto services experts in Glendale, Gilbert, or Scottsdale.

 

Four Peaks

 

If you live in Mesa, Gilbert or Apache Junction, you probably see the Four Peaks pretty clearly on a daily basis. Isn’t it about time you see them up close and personal? This easy to moderate trail is about 3 hours each way if you decide to do the entire trail with multiple side trails to explore. You’ll see off-road vehicles of all types cruising through these breathtaking mountains. As soon as you get off the highway (Hwy 87), and get on the dirt road (FS 143), you’re on the trail! Click here for more details.

 

Apache Trail

 

This trail is rated easy, so it’s great for you first time off-roaders! It begins paved and gives way to dirt with blind curves and tight switchbacks so still be careful! You’ll get treated to awesome views of the Salt River from above along with Canyon Lake and Apache Lake. Take Idaho Road north through Apache Junction and take Highway 88 northeast to get to this trail. Click here for more details.

 

Sycamore Creek

 

Another easy to moderate rated trail, Sycamore Creek is located on the north side of the Four Peaks Wilderness and the creek is less than a mile from the highway so you’ll get plenty of time to enjoy it! Click here for directions and more information.

 

Be sure you come prepared anytime you go off-roading, even if it’s just a quick outing. Better to be safe than sorry! It’s always a good idea to bring tools, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, jumper cables, food, water, emergency blankets, along with a shovel, tow strap and a flashlight.

 

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Road Trip Tips to Keep Your Kids Calm!

So you’ve finally planned that family road trip for the ages, but now the terrifying reality that you’ll be stuck in a car with your kids for hours on end sets in. It doesn’t matter how smoothly your vehicle is running, if the whole family isn’t happy and entertained it might be a bumpy ride. Well never fear! We’ve compiled a few ideas to keep the kids entertained and in turn, keep the parents calm.

 

Toys & Games

 

Bring out the classics! Who remembers the etch-a-sketch or the aquadoodle? Make a “busy box” for your kids full of little card games, toys, legos and more. The box lid could even be a playing surface! Books are obviously great too–for kids who don’t get car sick.

 

The Creative Spirit

 

Let your little ones harness their inner creativity! Have an old digital camera you don’t mind getting roughed up? Give it to the aspiring photographer in the family, or pick up an instant film camera. Sketchbooks, notebooks, sticker and activity books are also fun choices. Another fun idea might be bringing along a white board with some dry-erase pens! All the fun without the mess!

 

Good ol’ Technology

 

If good old fashioned toys, games and creativity don’t do the trick, thankfully there’s technology to fall back on. We’re all on our devices too much as is, but when you can’t beat them.. join them, right? DVD players, laptops and mobile devices can be a godsend on road trips or at the shop while you’re waiting on your Phoenix auto service before you leave. These devices are sure to keep the kids entertained with movies and games. Just don’t forget the headphones!

 

Are you getting ready for your ultimate family road trip? Contact us today for all of your Phoenix auto service needs and schedule an appointment at 602-850-8300!

 

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Best Little-Known Road Trip Destinations in Arizona!

Who doesn’t like to get away from the daily grind? With the holidays right around the corner and the weather starting to cool down, now might be the perfect time to go on a weekend road-trip and explore some of the less heralded, but equally beautiful parts of Arizona! Be sure to stop by your nearest Carlife location for all of your pre-trip Phoenix auto services and say hello to the open road for us!

Historic Bisbee, Arizona

With Halloween right around the corner, why not visit one of the neatest “haunted” spots in the state. This former mining town just a few miles from the border of Mexico has transformed into a quaint artistic community complete with murals, antique shops, and the famous Copper Queen haunted hotel! Around 3 hours Southeast of Phoenix, Bisbee is a perfect weekend destination that you can reach from the comfort of your vehicle. (Don’t forget to check out Wild West landmark Tombstone, AZ on your way there!) Built right into the mountainside and complete with historic buildings, when you’re in Bisbee you’ll feel like you’re cruising through the narrow streets of a small town in Italy!

Picturesque Greer, Arizona

This gem in Eastern Arizona is tucked away at elevation in the White Mountains. Around 4 hours east of Phoenix, this mountain valley is a beautiful paradise for outdoor enthusiasts with actual changing seasons for those of us in the Phoenix area who don’t get to experience true seasons. Explore the Little Colorado River, hike, camp, fish and ski your way to an amazing adventure in Greer, Arizona.

Scenic Tubac, Arizona

Another artistic spot on our list, Tubac is a scenic village whose motto is actually ‘where art and history meet’. This area–about 2.5 hours south of Phoenix–was settled by the Spanish in 1752, but has been home to native cultures for over 11,000 years! Historic Old Town Tubac features genuine adobe buildings, a museum, as well as artistic sites like the Tubac Center of the Arts which hosts popular events like The Festival Of The Arts.

Inspired to take a trip? When you get back, be sure to tell us all about the awesome adventures you’ve had while you’re getting your Phoenix auto services taken care of and preparing for your next weekend getaway! Contact us for all of the necessary maintenance to keep you and your vehicle on the open road for years to come.

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Three of the Most Valuable Muscle Cars Ever!

If you don’t at least appreciate a classic American muscle car, then you’re probably lacking a pulse! We’ve seen some pretty stunning vehicles come through our doors, but none compare to the value of the three muscle cars listed below. These are some of the rarest, most sought after classics in the world. While your car might now be worth a cool 3 million, our Carlife Gilbert & Mesa auto repair technicians will treat it like it is!

1. 1971 Hemi Cuda Convertible 4-Speed

Known as the “Holy Grail of Muscle Cars”, it is believed that there is only one original Hemi Cuda Convertible 4-Speed left in existence and only two were ever given a four-speed transmission and Hurst shifter from the factory. In 2014, the only known original sold for 3.5 million dollars!

2. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88

The king of Corvettes. Only 20 of the ‘67 Chevy Corvette L88 were ever produced. The only L88 with original panels known to exist sold in 2013 for 3.2 million dollars!

3. 1967 Shelby GT500e Super Snake

One of the most special, one-of-a-kind cars ever created, the ‘67 GT500e Super Snake was only a special order option but not a single Super Snake was ordered. Prior to ‘67, the Super Snakes were only used for racing and were never street legal. The ‘67 model was the first street legal Ford Mustang equipped with the same engine as the LeMans winning Shelby GT40. This car most recently sold for 1.3 million dollars!

Have a beautiful muscle car of your own? We’d love to check it out! Bring it on into Carlife’s Gilbert location near Mesa when you’re in the market for Mesa auto repair or just want to have your wheels in good hands for some basic maintenance. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at 480-800-3171!

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