4 Road Trips To Take This Summer

Drivable distances from Rochester, NY.

School’s (almost) out, the sun is shining, and it’s time to hit the open road! Pack some snacks and get your car checked over because summer is a great time for a road trip.

There are so many places to check out in and around Rochester that are just a drive away. From longer vacations, kid friendly trips, and one day getaways, here is a list of places to road trip to this summer.

Thousand Islands

Roughly 3 hours from Rochester, lies Alexandria Bay in the heart of the Thousand Islands. Made up of 1,860 islands, the Thousand Island region is located directly on the St. Lawrence Seaway, making it ideal for boating, camping, fishing and others sports.

Rent a cottage, set up camp, or stay at one of the area’s hotels or resorts. With watersport rentals, museums, wineries, and boat tours, the Thousand Island region will keep the whole family busy.

Don’t miss: Boldt Castle.


Closer than New York City, Toronto has the buzz of a big city while still being manageable (and perfect for a weekend getaway!)

Toronto has something for everyone, whether it’s shopping Eaton Centre, visiting the animals at the Toronto Zoo, seeing the Stanley Cup at the Hockey Hall of Fame, or visiting North America’s only castle, Casa Loma.

Don’t miss: CN Tower + Edgewalk

Jersey Shore

The Jersey Shore has 127 miles of sandy beaches perfect for sunbathing, walks, and swimming. (Be warned that the Atlantic Ocean usually doesn’t warm up until late summer!)

Start in Asbury Park, NJ which has a boardwalk and a thriving music scene. Then head to Long Beach Island, a barrier island known for it’s long, wide beaches. If the kid’s are in tow, be sure to stop in Ocean City, NJ which has a boardwalk with family fun nights, as well as mini golf courses, amusement parks and water parks. You can end your vacation here, or head to the quaint town of Cape May, the last stop on the Jersey Shore. Cape May has beaches, of course, but make sure you take a stroll through town to see the Victorian architecture.

Don’t miss: the area’s iconic boardwalks

Finger Lakes

With rolling hills, pristine lakes, and an abundance of wineries, the Finger Lakes make the perfect romantic getaway. Your first decision is what lake to explore. The most popular are Canandaigua, Keuka, Seneca, and Cayuga.

If you decide on Canandaigua Lake, be sure to check out the wine trail and the New York Wine and Culinary Center for a tasting, cooking class, or a meal on the lake.

If Keuka Lake gets your vote, try to time your visit to one of Ravines Wine Cellars live music tasting, but Heron Hill and Keuka Spring are other wineries worth exploring. Stop in the small town of Hammonsport and walk around the town square and have dinner at a local restaurant.

Seneca Lake is home to Watkins Glen and it’s famous racetrack, as well as popular hiking locations in Watkins Glen State Park. Every Memorial Day weekend the National Lake Trout Derby is held in Geneva. Can’t make that? The lake offers trout fishing year round.

Cayuga Lake is the farthest from Rochester. At it’s southern end is Ithaca, NY home of Cornell University and Ithaca College. The town offers great restaurants in and around the newly renovated Commons. You can’t come to Ithaca and not get a glimpse at the town’s famous gorges. Take a drive through Cornell University, or hike through Buttermilk Falls State Park or Taughannock Falls State Park.

Don’t miss: one of the many wineries that line the lakes.

Before you head out on the open road, it’s a good idea to check tire pressures and fluid levels. Have questions? Visit brotherscollision.com or call (585) 865-5260.

How to Spring Clean Your Car

Tips on how to clean your car thoroughly.

Spring cleaning takes on many forms, be it your house, wardrobe, finances, etc. But with the weather finally warming up and no signs of snow until next year, it’s time to start thinking about how to ready your car for the summer and wash off any last signs of winter.

Cars take a beating in the winter, what with the salt and continual freezing temperatures. It’s important to clean your car, both inside and out, to ensure the longevity of your vehicle.

We rounded up a few tips for how to best clean your car:

1. Wash your car, top and bottom

Salt can accelerate rust on your car, both underneath and on the body of the car. It’s important to thoroughly clean the car and rinse underneath as well. After washing the car, apply Carnuba wax to not only make your car sparkle but protect the paint.

2. Clean the upholstery and floor mats

Get the salt residue out of the floor mats by using a vinegar solution with a stiff brush and a towel. Once clean, let air dry and the vacuum.


3. Check tire pressure

In the inside driver door, there will be a sticker that tells you the correct PSI for your tires. Using a tire pressure gauge, ensure that your tires are filled to the correct PSI. This will give you better gas mileage and a longer life of your tires.

4. Have your air conditioning system inspected

Before the hot weather hits, make sure your air conditioning is in working order. Things to check for: refrigerant levels, compressor clutch and belts, cooling fans, heater core, and water pumps.


5. Top off fluid levels

Check the levels of your windshield washer fluid and oil. The washer fluid is typically labeled with a windshield or water symbol. Keep in mind if you have a rear wiper, you may have two reservoirs to check. To check your oil, pull out the dipstick and clean with a rag or paper towel. Dip the stick back into the pipe as far as it will go and remove. You will see how far up the oil is on the stick, and there will be a line on the stick that determines whether you need to add more oil.




Welcome to our new blog! Our vision is to provide advice, tips, tricks, and expertise on all things auto.

We know that car issues can be confusing and car care can be time consuming. We hope to take the mystery out of cars and share how to care for your car depending on the season, what to do if you get into an accident, and even tips on the car buying process.

If you have any questions, requests for posts, or suggestions we are all ears!