If you are from New Jersey, chances are you have spent a significant portion of your life on or near our state’s magnificent beaches. With over 130 miles of coastline, New Jersey is home to numerous seaside resort towns, from the gaudy gambling mecca of Atlantic City, to the fun-filled boardwalks of Wildwood and Seaside Heights, to the more rustic beaches of Cape May. As one of the smallest states in the union, the shore is a reasonable drive from any point in the state.
After having avoided the crowds of the Jersey Shore this year, my wife and I decided to take a quick getaway to Cape May for a short weekend jaunt. We ate good food, took in amazing sunsets, and stumbled upon a hidden history lesson, all less than two hours from our front door!
After sharing our most recent tour of the southern New Jersey seaside, this post also has a beach trip further north, some automotive updates, and a fun feature about best practices for high mileage ownership.
And now, let’s go down the shore:
The Cape May Peninsula
Another Beach Getaway
Automotive Updates A-Plenty
Over the past several weeks, there have been some significant automotive developments I wanted to share, including welcoming a new Honda owner to the fold, a couple of milestone achievements, and a fun feature that I finally was able to bring to fruition.
Welcome to the Family
High Mileage Advice
My recent milestone inspired me to write a section on high mileage vehicle ownership that has long been on my mind. While some people might be tempted to trade in a car well before it reaches such mileage, others of us enjoy seeing how far our vehicles can go (and equally enjoy not having a car payment!). To that end, I’ve assembled a panel of high mileage experts to share some advice on how to keep your car on the road for many years and miles to come.
Q: What advice do you have for someone who wants to drive and maintain a car with high mileage?
Tyson, Drive to Five, owner of a collection of 1990’s-era Acuras, including his pride and joy, a 574,000-mile 1994 Acura Legend Coupe
Use factory replacement parts whenever available.
Be mindful of service intervals for oil changes and other maintenance items.
Follow conservative driving habits
Pay keen attention on catching leaks or trouble early – especially radiators and cooling systems
Along those lines: KNOW YOUR CAR. If it smells, sounds, or drives weird = check it out.
Tim, The Open Road Ahead, 2012 Honda Accord V6 coupe with 160,000 miles
Keep your car looking nice. My philosophy is that if you let your car go – filled with trash, dirty, unwashed, unwaxed, and unloved – it’s a lot easier to start itching for something new.
Be gentle on your engine. Accelerate smoothly and try to avoid jackrabbit starts. Your car will thank you in the long run.
Don’t skimp on replacement parts. OEM/factory parts can be more expensive at first, but tend hold up much longer.
As Tyson said, know your car! Leaks, vibrations, and odd behavior should be investigated and repaired. Fix small issues before they become large problems!
Justin, 2003 Honda Accord V6 coupe with over 705,000 miles.
Check your fluids frequently. I average 400+ miles per day most of the time. I try to check my oil and coolant levels daily. Don’t neglect and forget to change fluids like transmission, transfer case, and differential fluid as applicable. There is no “lifetime” fluid no matter what the manufacturer tries to claim.
If something doesn’t look, sound, or feel right – investigate and fix it. Neglected issues will get worse and can cause other problems.
When you have a problem, look online at forums and YouTube to find out more info. Even if you don’t plan on turning wrenches youself, knowledge will keep you from getting ripped off by a shop.
There is something immensely calming and peaceful about spending time near the sea. The sound of the waves crashing along the beach, the sheer vastness of the ocean, and the smell of the seaside are nature’s great antidote for the stresses of life. Our trip to Cape May, and even the few hours spent in Sandy Hook, was a great break from the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives. Hopefully, if you should have an opportunity to visit the Jersey beaches, some of the places I mention in this blog will give you a great starting point for planning your trip.
Thanks, as always, for coming along on this journey down the open road ahead, and a special thank you to Justin and Tyson for lending their high mileage experience!