The History of Father’s Day.

Well, as we head into the weekend with Father’s Day rapidly approaching, we thought it would be a nice change of pace from the bombardment of “Dads and Grads” advertisements to give a bit of insight into how Father’s Day came to be.

There are various accounts, but the most historians believe that Father’s Day was first celebrated in Fairmont, West Virginia on July 5 of 1908.  This first recognition was organized by Mrs. Grace Golden Clayton, to commemorate 210 fathers who had been lost in a mining disaster.  Clayton chose the Sunday nearest the birthday of her own father.

Unfortunately, Clayton did not register the holiday and credit for Father’s Day went to Sonora Dodd of Spokane Washington, who invented the holiday independently, 2 years later.

It wasn’t until 1972, after a few false starts, and much political and social wrangling, that Father’s Day was officially signed into law as a national holiday by Richard Nixon.  It was deemed that Father’s Day would occur on the 3rd Sunday in June.

And so it was…

Of course since then Father’s has been highly commercialized, even satirized with gift suggestions, and even lists of “Worst Father’s Day Gifts.”

Here at Yark Automotive Group, we still think it’s an important holiday, and a chance to recognize the men who have made such great sacrifices and contributions, enriching the lives of so many.

We would like to hear some Fatherly feedback from the members of our community.

1.  What is the most important lesson your father ever taught you?  (can be something simple or profound.)
2.  What is the best Father’s Day gift you ever gave?  The best gift you ever got?
3.  What are you planning on doing for your father this year?

Have fun with these.  We look forward to hearing your responses.

Best,

Yark Automotive

Ten Top Convertibles of 2010

By Maureen Condon

BMW Z4 Roadster

It’s summer time! Who doesn’t want to be riding around in a convertible with the top down, the wind in your hair and the sun on your face?

Convertibles are as old as, if not older than, the automobile. The first “convertibles” were horse-drawn carriages with fold down tops. How’s that for old! But, convertibles magically seem to make everyone who drives or rides in them feel young, attractive and rich!

Plus, there’s the whole hip language thing about convertibles – ragtops, hardtops, 2+2s, and “All Weather” — early car terminology for the first convertibles.
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Nitrogen or Air? What do you need in your tires?

Do you, the average driver, benefit from inflating your vehicle’s tires with nitrogen?

Should you spend the extra $10 average cost per tire, per inflation?

NASCAR drivers use nitrogen to inflate their tires. Commercial airlines are required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to use nitrogen in airplane tires. And, the U.S. Government uses nitrogen to inflate tires in NASA and military vehicles.

Proponents of using nitrogen, not regular air, to inflate consumers’ tires contend as follows:

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When is a Child Car Safety Seat No Longer Safe?

Your child’s car safety seat may look perfectly fine. But looks can be deceiving.

Car safety seats for infants and young children have expiration dates. When the expiration date is reached – usually around 6 years after it was manufactured — the seat is no longer safe to use and it should be disposed of, or even better, recycled for its plastic parts.

The expiration date is stamped on the seat, usually on the bottom. Car seats and booster seats have these expiration dates because the materials degrade over time from sun and heat exposure — weakening their effectiveness in a crash.

Another caution: If you have a hand-me-down child car seat you need to know not only the expiration date, but also the history of the seat. Has it been in an accident? If so, its materials or structure may be compromised and it should not be used again, even though it may look fine.

Parents should exercise caution when obtaining a child car safety seat from any source, other than the original manufacturer or retailer.
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Top 10 Driving Etiquette Mistakes and Misdemeanors

By Maureen Condon

The Lane Drifters – endangering everyone on the road!

What’s your take on the Top 10 Driving Etiquette Mistakes and Misdemeanors? And what do you call the people who commit them?

Here’s my take on it! You may beg to differ, and you can do so by posting your comments at the end of this blog.

1. Lane Drifters. Drivers who don’t stay in their own lane and mindlessly drift over the white lines on the highway. Not only is this rude, it’s extremely dangerous and should be a crime punishable by high fines and misdemeanors.

2. Tailgaters. Again, rude and dangerous drivers. Tailgating causes the most serious of accidents. The worst tailgaters are so close you can’t even see their headlights!

3. The No-Win Mergers — Drivers who merge onto a divided highway at a low speed with no regard for the cars already traveling in the right hand lane. If you wait for them, they slow down even more, and if you speed up to safely pass them, they speed up too.
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