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Eyeing the Fires in Mission Viejo

Eyeing the Fires in Mission Viejo

Photo by Ivan Shemereko on Unsplash   Being so far south, Mission Viejo feels safer from the wildfires that have become an annual issue in California. The dry heat of August in the American southwest turns our wild growth into fuel, ready to ignite. And it appears to be a problem that is growing for our state.   At the time of writing this, the Dixie Fire is still raging in the north. The fire that concerns Mission Viejo would be either the Antonio Fire south of Los Angeles or the one that hasn’t been named and won’t be named until someone is careless in an already bad situation.   When an emergency arises, as it did last year, you never know when you will have to pack up and evacuate. If the pandemic ha ... read more

Weekend Getaways in Driving Distance of Mission Viejo

Weekend Getaways in Driving Distance of Mission Viejo

Photo by BigBearCabins from Pixabay   With summer here and travel restrictions lifting, people are making the trips they have put off for two years as a family. It’s great to see people being social again and having road adventures.    But then, not everyone can get away right now. The pandemic was brutal on small businesses, and for some people, this is just not the right time for a week’s vacation across the country. They need to stay close enough to home that they can head back in a hurry. We’re in a climate where a business can go under that fast, and people have had to adjust their holiday plans accordingly.   If you and your partner are looking ... read more

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A Vacation Travel Checklist

A Vacation Travel Checklist

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash   At Larry’s Independent, we're pretty excited about this summer and people traveling to new places for the first time in two years. We hope you and your family are having a wonderful time this summer. If you’re planning on traveling, and it’s been a while, we wanted to offer up a vacation travel checklist of things to remember. If it’s been a long time since you took a break, it may be helpful to have a reminder.   Whether it’s a planned out trip or a spontaneous adventure, don’t forget to pack the essentials. We’ve created a checklist of items to pack for your trip: Travel pillow: Road trips can be long and tiring. If you’re sharing the ... read more

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How Preventative Maintenance Helped in Pandemic

How Preventative Maintenance Helped in Pandemic

Photo by Edwin Hooper on Unsplash   Welcome to the June blog! Larry’s Independent Service hopes you and your family have held out, followed the rules, and are ready to enjoy a summer of fun travels!   It’s interesting what the shutdowns, quarantines, and self-isolations did to the United States over the past year. Those who could do so began to work from home, with just a small portion of society still manning the walls of services we need (like health services, contract building, and auto repairs).   With many people abandoning the office commute for home offices, few cars were on the road. With people driving their car less, many people who play the game of “I’ll fix it when it breaks&rdquo ... read more

Driving with Anxiety

Driving with Anxiety

Photo by Gijs Coolen on Unsplash   Welcome to the new blog! We hope you could get around to some of the destinations we mentioned in the previous blog during April’s calm days! This month’s blog is looking into driving with anxiety and finding ways to minimize it for safety.   It’s important to know that it isn’t just having a bad day. It goes further than that, with a driver unable to stop themselves from snapping, shouting, or exhibiting other fight-or-flight responses that suggest the driver is in turmoil. Several anxieties can impact safe driving. There’s also a particular anxiety called driving anxiety, where bridges, tunnels, and other spaces can terrify a driver or trigger a panic att ... read more

Daytripping in California in April

Daytripping in California in April

Welcome to the April blog! We hope spring has treated you well. With vaccinations being planned so that every American will have theirs by the 4th of July, we’re finally turning the corner on the pandemic.   Many vacations had to be put off this year, with COVID-19 still an issue. So if you didn’t get your Spring Break and need an escape that’s close enough for safety’s sake, we’re happy to provide you with our top 5 Daytripping Destination in Mission Viejo!   5.    Holy Jim Falls Trail, Live Oak Canyon Rd - This gorgeous hiking path includes a modest waterfall. It's been described as beautiful and a nice day trip.   4.     Oso Creek Trail, 29932 Veterans Way - running along the Oso Creek, this 3.2-mile paved hiking/biking tr ... read more

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The Importance of ASE Certified Technicians

The Importance of ASE Certified Technicians

Welcome to 2021! We hope this year is your best ever, and we hope we can continue to be the service shop you turn to for all your automotive needs. In January’s blog, I’ll be covering the importance of having an ASE-certified technician working on your car. You may have heard the term, “ASE-certified” or “Master Technician” before and wondered what exactly it referred to? It stands for Automotive Sevice Excellence, the national organization that uses 50 tests to evaluate applicants in their role as mechanics. These are done in several different banks, covering different types of vehicles: Automotive, Medium/Heavy Truck, Collision Repair, School Bus Technician, Transit Bus Technician, and so on.  When a technician is certified in a specific bank, having certifications in all of the independent skill sets needed to work on these machines, they can achieve the rank of Master Technician. When you hear someone referred to as a Master Technician, it ... read more

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Preparing For The New Year

Preparing For The New Year

It’s December! One more month left in 2020. Soon, we’ll begin 2021 together. While we want to be optimistic in December, the realities of 2020 are still with us, and we are going into 2021 with many worries. There’s the likelihood of another recession, the as-yet-still-unconceded Presidential election, and of course, the worry of COVID19 becoming a permanent spectre in the United States until a working vaccine has reached all corners of society. As we plan ahead for 2021, we should not fear making plans. We need to get on with our lives. But we also need to make our plans scalable and thoughtful about our current uncertainties, with room to pivot where we need to.  For instance: this is a terrible year to have a wedding. Big family gatherings are death traps for the vulnerable. But there are bound to be terrible losses to people who plan big events and then have to cancel them due to legal concerns of COVID19.  And not everyone can stall a wedding for a ... read more

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Gratitude For Your Car

Gratitude For Your Car

Thanksgiving approaches once again, and this year, we’re facing it at a time when we have to consider whether or not to congregate with our vulnerable family during a time of COVID-19. It’s a safe bet that many of the old traditions-- the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, the football games, and the rush of Black Friday will be lessened this year… but will still be there, in some form or another. When you gather around this year, whether it’s the full traditional meal with the entire bloodline or just a pizza party with the family, it’s important to remember the tradition of giving thanks. November 9th will be the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower pilgrims spotting the Cape Cod shore after a dangerous and horrible 65-day voyage. They gathered on the deck and read Psalm 100 in unison to give thanks for their safe arrival. This year, don’t forget to give thanks to a member of the family that was probably overlooked despite being dependable most ... read more

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Why Drive a Ford or Chevy?

Why Drive a Ford or Chevy?

Usually, when you bring up Ford and Chevy in the same breath, you are invoking the longtime feud between truck owners over which General Motors ‘make’ is the better of the two. Even ion their sports cars, there is a longstanding rivalry that evokes the Hatfields and McCoys-- and often from the same quarters. Instead of stoking the fire of that feud, today, we’re looking at the virtues of both. At Larry’s Independent Service in Mission Viejo, California, we see plenty of Fords and Chevys for repair. And although we service all manner of cars at our shop, we haven’t seen a significant factor to claim one type is better than the other, nor can we say if they are better (or worse) than the Japanese, Asian, or European models we also service. All cars have their virtues and failings… we’re here to extol the virtues of Ford and Chevy! These cars are so similar though-- dark mirrors of each other-- that it’s hard not to compare and contrast t ... read more

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