Summer Travel Tips for Cheap Overnight Stays on Road Trips

Summer Travel Tips for Cheap Overnight Stays on Road Trips

Summer travel tips usually point out the full range of hotels on your route for your road trip, but there is more to overnight stays than hotels and motels. No, not camping and RV parks, although that is a valid option, the latest and greatest way to stay overnight is AirBnb.

Summer Travel Tips

The best summer travel tips let you know how to find the very best accommodations for the least amount of money. This is especially important when traveling in a very expensive area such as Manhattan or the Bay Area. It is a lot more fun to spend your trip budget on fun things to do instead of where to sleep for the night. The biggest thing in overnight accommodations is AirBnb.


AirBnb is named after an air mattress. Basically, the name means a Bed and Breakfast on a blowup bed at a friend’s house. Today, AirBnb is sort of like staying at a friend of a friend’s house. You don’t know them personally, but they come highly recommended by your friend.

AirBnb isn’t a hotel room. This is a collection of homes with a spare bedroom to rent to you for the night. Think of it as a reinvention of the boarding houses of days of old. People would take in boarders for a little extra cash to get by. This is what  AirBnb is and it gets rather sophisticated at times.

Depending upon the host, your room could be an air mattress on the floor of a college student’s apartment for $20 per night. Or your room could be a beautifully decorated small home with an ocean view and a free breakfast.

AirBnb is the hottest thing going in travel and it makes all the summer travel tips lists now. It is a great way to save cash and you get to meet all sorts of interesting people on your trip.

Know When to Contact a Lawyer after a Car Accident

Know When to Contact a Lawyer after a Car Accident

If you’re involved in a car accident you should contact a lawyer right away. Of course, this is vitally important if you were at fault due to driving under the influence of alcohol or medication or the person in other vehicle was injured. Aside from criminal liabilities, you should still speak to a personal injury attorney and here is why.

Car Accident

You’ll likely be very sore after the car accident and you’ll take some ibuprofen and start to feel better. What you don’t realize is that you might be in worse shape than it seems in the first few days or months. Many injuries don’t reveal themselves until many months after the initial swelling goes down. It is important that you’re seen by a doctor to make sure there are not serious problems going on.

You need to have a personal injury attorney make sure your rights are protected in this accident.
He or she will:

  • Do a thorough investigation
  • Determine if you have a personal injury claim
  • Collect evidence in your case
  • Help you with appointments for treatment from medical professionals

There are many types of damages in personal injury claims that you can recover after an auto accident. Of course, your medical treatments must be paid and any future medical bills. Pain and suffering, loss of use of a limb, ongoing mental distress or a disability caused by the accident will all be reimbursed when they are a part of a claim. The bills to repair your vehicle will be involved in the claim and to pay your attorney. These are just a few of the things you will file a claim for.

The most important things you can do after being injured in a car accident is to get medical help and contact an attorney. If you need any help with car repairs from your accident, please give us a call at A1 Performance Auto Repair for a free tow (within 3 miles).

Do You Have These Necessities for Your Northern California Road Trip?

Do You Have These Necessities for Your Northern California Road Trip?

You’re about to embark on the adventure of the summer, your Northern California road trip! Yay! Did you remember these items that should always be in your car?

Northern California Road Trip

You remembered to have your car checked out by the mechanic at A1 Performance Auto Repair. Check.
You remembered to unplug the coffee pot and put away the iron and ironing board. Check.
You remembered to call the credit card company to let them know you are traveling. Check.
Did you remember the important things that should always be in your car? Oh. No.
Before hitting the road for your Northern California road trip, make sure that it is fully stocked with some important things.

The Stuff Every Car Should be Stocked With

In the upper Midwestern states, drivers have a list of items every car needs to carry around all winter. These items can save their life when it is -15 degrees and they are stuck in a snowbank for the night. Bay Area drives might not have need for a blanket and a candle, but there is a list for them, too. These items can make you safer and a lot less miserable when you’re stuck with car trouble.

  • A case of bottled water
  • Jumper cables
  • Dried snacks
  • Phone charger
  • A change of clothes
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Kitty litter
  • Warning triangles and light sticks
  • Gloves
  • Tools: screw driver, torque wrench and utility knife
  • Rope

You can see that most of those items you’d have plenty of uses for, but kitty litter? No, it isn’t in case you come across a wild kitty and you want to allow them to poop the American way. Kitty litter is very handy when your tire is stuck in mud or snow. It gives you some traction and you can leave it behind.

We hope these items are helpful for you in getting prepared for your Northern California road trip. Be sure to have A1 Performance Auto Repair check your fluids before you hit the road.

Travel Tips for Bay Area Travelers This Summer

Travel Tips for Bay Area Travelers This Summer

Now that the weather is warmer and the skies are bluer, it is time to start planning your summer road trip with these travel tips. The Bay Area is jammed full of awesome things to do for the singles, couples and the whole family.

Travel Tips

If it is time for a new adventure, Lake Tahoe might be just the place. While the ski bums look forward to hills of powder during the long Tahoe winter, summer brings out the warmth seekers. There are a lot of boating activities at Lake Tahoe between sailing and kayaking. Ski resorts like Northstar, Heavenly and Squaw stay open in the summer to provide gondola rides, mountain biking and hiking activities.

It is a royal blast for not only the kids at Lassen Volcanic National Park. There are bubbling mud pots, sulphur vents and boiling hot springs to see, all made possible by a real volcano. The volcano has been quiet since the early 1900s, but you can still keep an eye on its activity from safe trails nearby.

Sixty miles northeast of Redding is McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, the spot President Teddy Roosevelt called the 8th World Wonder. The icy cold falls are quite the majestic display with rainbows appearing everywhere. Catch and release fishing is allowed at the pool at the bottom of the falls, but it is far too cold for swimming.

If architecture is your thing, you’ll love a couple of days visit in Eureka. This town is loaded with 19th century homes from the Victoria era. The city is a capsule of time when the lumber industry ruled the area and high society culture ruled the social events.

A1 Performance Auto Repair

Remember to stop by A1 Performance Auto Repair to have your car checked over before embarking on a road trip this summer. We want to make sure you have a safe and fun trip.

Tips for Traveling with Pets This Holiday Season

Tips for Traveling with Pets This Holiday Season

Those needing tips for traveling with pets typically fall into two categories: those who really love their pets and those who really hate their pet-sitter who cancelled at the last minute. If you fall into either category and are hitting the road with some non-human companions this holiday, we have tips to keep all travelers safe and sane.

Tips for Traveling with Pets

The top tip for traveling with pets is to always put safety above everything else – including whining. Even “good riders” can cause unintended circumstances. While your cat may enjoy stretching out in the sun, a sudden scare might send him bolting to the backseat and clawing onto your shoulder. Likewise, your dog may be an awesome co-pilot, but a quick stop can cause injury. Keep pets in travel carriers at all times. And remember, California law mandates that your pet ride in a carrier or at a minimum cross-tied in truck beds.

Adding a pet to your journey will slow you down. You must stop frequently, allowing them to stretch, eat, drink and relieve themselves. Also, your quick run into the convenience store may seem an eternity to your pet. If possible, ride with someone and take turns staying with them. Above all, understand that temperatures – hot and cold – can intensify quickly for an animal locked in a car. Avoid danger and don’t leave pets unattended. When the unintended occurs, be prepared. Pack plenty of garbage bags, towels and cleaners you’ve spot tested on surfaces before your trip. Even when caged, it’s amazing how big of a mess sick animals can make.

The best tips for traveling with pets have one core: stay calm. Remember, your pet isn’t used to life on the road. Take a few precautions and deep breaths and everyone will enjoy the trip.

Billy Bob and Bud Audi Jokes

Billy Bob and Bud Audi Jokes

Our favorite mechanics, Billy Bob and Bud are out in the Audi today and have a few jokes for you.


Billy Bob and Bud took a weekend trip in the Audi to see the Monster Truck Rally at Angel Stadium. As they drove down Hwy 5 to Anaheim, they cranked up the country music and sang along.
Finally, after hours and hours of driving the see the sign “Angel Stadium left.”
“Oh, no!” they exclaimed. Disappointed, they turned around and drove back to Fremont.

A pair of jumper cables walked into a bar.
The bartender, ever suspicious of this character’s drinking behavior, told him,
“I’ll serve you, but don’t you start anything.”

Bud ran into Billy Bob at the local tavern and after the usual chit chat over a couple of bottles of PBR, the conversation turned to bragging about their kids.

Billy Bob said, “My kid Ernest is doing so great in school! He’s going to grow up to be an astronaut.”

“So what, in the future all kids will probably be astronauts,” said Bud. “But my kid will be the first to go to the sun!”

“HA!” Billy Bob laughed, “He’ll burn to a crisp even before he lands on the sun.”

“You’re an idiot, Billy Bob,” snorted Bud. “They’ll land him at night.”


Bud was out taking the Audi for a drive. He didn’t notice this part of Highway 1 went down to 35 miles per hour and was pulled over by a policeman.

The officer asked Bud, “Do you know why I pulled you over?”“Yes, I was speeding,” the defeated Bud said.

“You were going 20mph over the speed limit! What’s the hurry?” the policeman asked.

“I thought you were the cop my wife ran off with. I was sure you were chasing my Audi to try to give her back!”

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