Archive for July, 2016
A Look at the Essentials of Summer Maintenance for Your Vehicle
The summer season has arrived, and now is a fantastic time to plan a road trip. When you purchase a car from a dealership offering cars for sale in San Diego or Chula Vista, CA, you are sure to be thrilled with the quality and performance of your Siry Auto Group vehicle. From the BMW 3 Series to the VW Tiguan, the lineup of used vehicles from Siry Auto Group is sure to fulfill your every driving need. To help you prepare for your summer driving adventure, here is a look at some summer maintenance essentials for your vehicle:
Check your tires.
One of the most important steps of caring for your vehicle during the summer season is to make sure that you check your tires on a routine basis. During the peak of summer, hot outdoor temperatures can cause the pressure in your tires to fluctuate dramatically. By checking your tire pressure before you head out for a road trip, you can avoid an unforeseen blowout on the road.
Change your oil.
Another essential aspect of summer car maintenance is to make sure that you change your oil when your service interval is up. Regular oil changes are important for maintaining the performance, safety, and efficiency. In addition, changing your oil can help prevent damage to your engine. In order to make sure that you are changing your oil at the right time, you can create a maintenance schedule with your mechanic.
Inspect your coolant.
Overheating is among the most common causes of vehicle breakdowns during the summer season. In order to ensure that your vehicle does not overheat during the hot days of summer, it is a great idea to make sure that you inspect your coolant levels at regular intervals. If you find that your coolant levels are low, you will want to replace your coolant with a mixture of radiator fluid and water. With these simple maintenance techniques, you can keep your vehicle in great operating condition throughout the summer season.
Happy Summer from all of us at Siry Auto Group
The Declaration of Independence
We celebrate American Independence Day on the Fourth of July every year. We think of July 4, 1776, as a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation.
But July 4, 1776 wasn’t the day that the Continental Congress decided to declare independence (they did that on July 2, 1776).
It wasn’t the day we started the American Revolution either (that had happened back in April 1775).
And it wasn’t the day Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence (that was in June 1776). Or the date on which the Declaration was delivered to Great Britain (that didn’t happen until November 1776). Or the date it was signed (that was August 2, 1776).
So what did happen on July 4, 1776?
The Continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. They’d been working on it for a couple of days after the draft was submitted on July 2nd and finally agreed on all of the edits and changes.
July 4, 1776, became the date that was included on the Declaration of Independence, and the fancy handwritten copy that was signed in August (the copy now displayed at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.) It’s also the date that was printed on the Dunlap Broadsides, the original printed copies of the Declaration that were circulated throughout the new nation. So when people thought of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 was the date they remembered.
In contrast, we celebrate Constitution Day on September 17th of each year, the anniversary of the date the Constitution was signed, not the anniversary of the date it was approved. If we’d followed this same approach for the Declaration of Independence we’d being celebrating Independence Day on August 2nd of each year, the day the Declaration of Independence was signed!
How did the Fourth of July become a national holiday?
For the first 15 or 20 years after the Declaration was written, people didn’t celebrate it much on any date. It was too new and too much else was happening in the young nation. By the 1790s, a time of bitter partisan conflicts, the Declaration had become controversial. One party, the Democratic-Republicans, admired Jefferson and the Declaration. But the other party, the Federalists, thought the Declaration was too French and too anti-British, which went against their current policies.
By 1817, John Adams complained in a letter that America seemed uninterested in its past. But that would soon change.
After the War of 1812, the Federalist party began to come apart and the new parties of the 1820s and 1830s all considered themselves inheritors of Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans. Printed copies of the Declaration began to circulate again, all with the date July 4, 1776, listed at the top. The deaths of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams on July 4, 1826, may even have helped to promote the idea of July 4 as an important date to be celebrated.
Celebrations of the Fourth of July became more common as the years went on and in 1870, almost a hundred years after the Declaration was written, Congress first declared July 4 to be a national holiday as part of a bill to officially recognize several holidays, including Christmas. Further legislation about national holidays, including July 4, was passed in 1939 and 1941.
Happy Birthday America, Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July from all of us at Siry Auto Group