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Top Summer Road Trips Around Richmond

Touch Your Roots and Free Your Soul Four Richmond-based road trips to dazzle your visitors   Richmond, Virginia  — located in the crux of American history and culture — is within the day trip to explore on your own, or with visitors and friends. From scenic parkways to historical landmarks and living museums, to sand and surf, to our nation’s capital, so many delightful sojourns await the curious. If I had company coming to Richmond for the first time, here’s are four very different day trips I’d plan to wow them: Mix and Mall It Trek — Make this road trip an overnighter. Head out of Richmond on I-95 to Fredericksburg — you know, the town where George Washington grew up and slept — and book a B&B for the night. Park at the train station and switch travel modes to ride the rails to Union Station in Washington, D.C., which is a short hop, skip or jaunt over to the National Mall — America’s most-visited national ... read more

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5 Ways to Prepare Your Vehicle For Mountain Road Trips

Vehicles, like you, like to stretch their legs and breathe some clean air. In Virginia, that especially means mountain air. For BMW, Mini and Mercedes-Benz vehicle owners who leave our cityscapes behind, all year-round, mountain road tripping captures our senses. But like any drive, proper preparation and a partnership between you, the driver, and your automotive shop, as your pit crew, is paramount. Here are five ways you can optimize your enjoyment and vehicle’s hassle-free performance when you head for the hills: Be Weather Aware — Mountain weather and subsequent road conditions can change suddenly and often. The elements themselves present challenges, and they can also prompt road debris, flooding, mudslides and more. So be aware, alert and ready to adapt. Check weather reports on your radio or phone app often; be ready to adjust your speed and adjust your following distances; keep your lights on and gas tank half full or more; and store a “go” box in yo ... read more

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How To Drive Safely During Spring Rains

Ah, Spring! With the change in temperatures come Spring Rains. Sometimes those rains are light, warm, and breezy. Other times, you could be stuck in a torrential downpour. Do you know how to drive safely during the rains of Spring? If you’re uncertain, here are a few helpful driving tips. Make sure your tires are in good condition. How do your tires look? Do they have plenty of tread?  Are they showing signs of even or uneven wear? Are your tires properly inflated? If you answer yes to all of these questions, chances are very good your tires are in good condition. If you aren’t sure, you can bring your vehicle into The Shop VA in Richmond for a safety check. Know how to react when you hydroplane. Hydroplaning is when your vehicle’s tires lose contact with the road because they’re floating on water. This happens when water pools on the road or during a heavy rain. When you feel your vehicle start to hydroplane, immediately remove your foot off the gas ped ... read more

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Road Trip Ideas to the Top Regional Music Festivals Near Richmond, VA

Road Trip Ideas to the Top Regional Music Festivals Near Richmond, VA

At The Shop VA, our auto mechanics run like a well-oiled machine, no pun intended. We play on each other strengths to deliver honest, accurate, and thorough auto repair to BMW, MINI, and Mercedes-Benz owners throughout Richmond, North Chesterfield, and Midlothian. While we are servicing your car, we enjoy listening to a variety of music. Kelly Shelton, the owner of The Shop VA, is an avid music lover, so we couldn’t help but dedicate this blog to the top regional music festivals near Richmond. We are fortunate to have many music festivals happening near Richmond, North Chesterfield, and Midlothian. Some of these festivals may require some driving time, but our auto mechanics would be more than happy to make sure your BMW, MINI, or Mercedes-Benz is ready for the road trip. Here are the top music festivals in Richmond: Richmond Jazz Festival: This festival brings over 10,000 jazz lovers together for the chance to listen to 20 local and national jazz bands from ac ... read more

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