xmas snow

There is a chill in the air, and snow in the forecast in the Asheville area. Christmas is drawing near, and it is time to grab those final presents for the car-lovers in your life. In our previous post, we discussed the first five of 10 Christmas gift ideas for your friends and family members who are car-enthusiasts, including:

gift lights

It's beginning to look and feel a lot more like Christmas in the Asheville area. Cooler temperatures, lights and garland, and tourists visiting our charming mountain city are all reminders that we are well in the midst of the holiday season. It is time to begin searching for gifts for the car-lovers in your life. In this article and the next, we are discussing 10 gift ideas for your car enthusiast friends and family:

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Five Great Fall Drives Near Asheville NC

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There are a lot of great perks to living in the mountains, none the least of which is the opportunity to enjoy the full splendor of fall colors. Here in Asheville, the full autumn array has been slow to arrive this year, but is nearing peak in the next few weeks. Through mid-November, make sure your oil has been changed and car maintained and enjoy some of these great mountain drives:

irma road flood

Asheville will not receive the brunt of the force of Hurricane Irma; however, depending on the exact track of the storm, our area may endure significant wind and flooding rain. Buncombe County residents are busy preparing their homes and properties for lengthy power outages and potential damaging weather. We want to make sure your vehicle is ready for the storm as well.

off road old jeep

The Asheville area is accessible to hundreds of miles of world-class off-road excursions. We have mud, rock, creek and river fording, steep climbs, hair raising descents, and the incredible views for which the Blue Ridge and Great Smokey mountains are known. In our first article, we discussed the first four off-roading tips for western North Carolina:

off road landrover

The mountains of western North Carolina offer beautiful terrain and unique challenges for off-road drivers. If you are thinking about planning an outing off the beaten path, there are several things you need to know. In this post and the next, we will talk about ten things you need to know before you go off-road in Asheville. This will not be a comprehensive list, however, so make sure you consult local experts and experienced drivers.

tire mountain road

Tires are among your vehicle's most important components. In our previous post, we discussed five signs your car needs new tires, including:

  1. The Tire Tread is Below Lincoln's Head
  2. Tire Threads are Visible
  3. Your Vehicle Vibrates at Certain Speeds
  4. Your Tires are Showing Cracks and Dry Rot
  5. You're Experiencing Poor Vehicle Handling

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Five Signs Your Vehicle Needs New Tires


As the only parts of your vehicle that make contact with the road's surface, the condition of your tires is key to your car's safety and performance. With our challenging and varying terrain and weather, it is imperative to replace your tires when they wear thin. In this article, we will discuss 5 signs it is time to replace your tires:

Mountain Road

Driving in the mountains of western North Carolina can be a challenging activity for drivers and their vehicles. Sharp turns and switchbacks, significant climbs and descents, and extreme weather make traveling in Asheville make it difficult to maintain your vehicle's longevity.

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Nine Driving Tips for Heavy Rain Part 2

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In our previous article, we discussed the first five of nine key driving safety tips for heavy rainfall. Our beautiful mountains make driving more difficult, especially during adverse weather conditions. We want to make sure you are ready for spring and summer heavy rains and thunderstorms. Our first five driving tips for rainfall included:

  1. When it is Raining, Slow Down
  2. When it is Raining, Increase Your Following Distance
  3. When it is Raining, Turn Your Lights On
  4. When it is Raining, Beware of Slick Roads
  5. Before it Starts Raining, Make Sure Your Vehicle is Properly Maintained

In this article, we will continue our list:


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