What car seat should my Child be in?

I don’t know about you, but how do you know when is the right time to change your child’s car seat? As a mom of two girls, who of whom is 5 almost 6 and so ready to be out of her “baby seat,” when is the right time to change to a booster, and how long do they have to be in car seats?


There’s a lot more rules and regulations when it comes to Children’s car seats now a days. Infant car seats are supposed to rear facing, and you are supposed to keep them rear facing for 2 years. You aren’t supposed to buckle them in with their winter coats. Then they are supposed to be in a booster seat till a certain age, height or weight. That’s a lot to know right? Well I stumbled upon this website (link below) that answers all those questions, plus there is a calculator in there that will help to give you a better idea of which kind of seat your child so be in! Hope this was helpful! I found it helpful for my own kids!



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Driving Laws of Massachusetts

Do you have little ones? Ever wonder how long they will be in those car seats? Or what are the driving rules in Mass. It’s always important to refresh on what the rules are so you can stay up to date!


Safety Laws in Massachusetts

Seat Belts-

All drivers and passengers who are 13 years old and older must wear seat belts. There are some exceptions to this, if you have a disability or medical condition that would make wearing a seat belt dangerous or impossible.  Any taxi, livery, tractor, bus or truck drivers (where the vehicle 18,000 lbs.) Any emergency vehicle passengers; police officers or fire vehicle drivers. As well as postal workers on duty.

Child Car Seat Laws-

Children must ride in federally approved child safety seats until they are at least 8 years old or over 57 in tall! And children older than 8 year old, or taller than 57 in tall must wear safety belts.

Cell Phones & Texting-

Drivers under 18 years old are banned from using any mobile device for any reason while driving.  All drivers regardless of age or license status are banned from texting while behind the wheel.

This was taking straight from the DMV website. http://www.dmv.org/ma-massachusetts/safety-laws.php

For more information please check out the website!

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The Importance of oil & oil changes!

In regards to vehicle maintenance, oil changes are one of the more inexpensive services and one of the most important. If you keep up with oil changes it can help prevent you from having to spend hundreds of dollars if you were to neglect them.


Oil’s role in your Vehicle: The engine oil provides three key roles in your engine.

  1. It keeps the engine and all of the components working together.
  2. The oil helps to draw out heat from the combustion chamber.
  3. It helps to prevent carbon and varnishes from accumulating in the engine.

When to change your oil: Oil changes are usually recommended when you hit a certain mileage or when a certain time limit is reached. Typically it’s every 3,000 miles or 3 months.

It’s usually better to go by the odometer, because driving the vehicle has a far bigger impact on your engine and the oil.

Fun fact: About 50 years ago, you would have to change your oil every 500 miles!

If you don’t change your oil: There will be a buildup in the cooler parts of the engine, this can lead to carbon deposits or sludge coming out of the old oil. This could require you to do an expensive engine cleaning or force you to replace worn out piston rings.

To go one step further, the pistons could eventually stop, or the camshaft could be damaged, and getting a bill for either of these makes an oil change look like nothing.

Things we do differently here at Sutton Street Service: When we perform an oil change we do a full vehicle inspection. In this inspection we like to check the vehicle for any other potential problems that we can spot and let our customers know about. We also change the oil filters, replace the windshield washer fluid, and check the tire pressure. We like to give our clients a 100 % oil change!

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National Car Care Month!

April is National Car Care month! What that means is as winter comes to a close and we embark on Spring/Summer Road conditions it’s a great time for most automotive businesses to offer promotions/deals to get your vehicle inspected and ready for the change of season.


The Car Care Council has two months a year where they bring attention to the importance of Car Care and preventative maintenance. The National Car Care month is April and then the fall Car Care month is October. Spring Driving brings with it its own hazards such as slick, wet roads. It’s very important to make sure your tires, brakes, and windshield wipers are ready for the rain!  In October it’s a good time to get your vehicle winter ready! Depending on where you are, if you’re in an area where you get snow you’ll want to think about snow tires. This is great because it brings awareness to people whom may not have known about these things.

Give us a call to schedule your spring checklist and have your vehicle checked over!


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Spring clean your Vehicle!

It’s that time of year, where the snow is done falling, and all the salt on the road is washing away! It’s time to start thinking about what to do with your Vehicle to prepare it for the warmer months! We have compiled a list of important things to have checked for your “Spring Checklist!”


Spring checklist for your Vehicle:

  • Have the battery checked– winter can be difficult on your starter and alternator, forcing the battery to work harder and can get drained more easily. Signs your battery is weak: Dimming headlights or interior lights, power windows that take longer than usual to go up or down.
  • Have the brakes inspected– winter conditions and salty roads can cause corrosion to the brakes. Your brakes are extremely important to your safety, make sure to have them inspected. Signs your brakes are having trouble: pulling to one side when you hit your brakes, squeaking or grinding noises, thumping in the pedal and or a brake pedal that feels too soft.
  • Have tires checked– worn down tires make it harder to stop, even if your brake system is good. A good way to check your tires is to do the coin test. Insert a quarter into the groove of your tire; if part of Washington’s head is always covered you are fine, if you have less tread it’s time to think about replacing them.
  • Have you’re A/C tested-it’s hard to want to test you’re A/C while the weather still isn’t hot, but it’s better to have it tested and fixed if necessary before you’re stuck in traffic on the hottest day of summer! Signs you’re A/C needs fixing: Turn it on full blast and see if it reaches its chill max, if it doesn’t, it’s a good time to call the mechanic
  • Check your oxygen sensor-you might not think of this one, but it helps with gas mileage! A faulty sensor can cause too much gas to be used, cutting your mileage up to 40%! You need to replace this sensor typically every 30,000 to 50,000 miles. This is also the problem that most often causes your check engine light to come on.
  • Have your wiper blades inspected or replaced– this is important to have good working wiper blades and components. The chilly weather can cause the rubber blades to lose their effectiveness. You don’t want to get stuck in those rain storms with bad blades!

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