2018 is here, so it’s time to start thinking about what positive changes you’re going to make in the New Year. In 2018, we’d love to see a reduction in the number of traffic accidents and injuries, so consider making some safer driving New Year’s resolutions.
Ignore Your Phone
One way to drive safer in 2018 is to make a commitment to not use your phone while you’re driving. iPhones now have a driving feature that allows you to turn off notifications and not access your phone when it senses you’re driving. You should turn the ringer off, zip your phone in your purse, do whatever it takes to avoid distracted driving and keep your eyes on the road.
Leave a Little Earlier
Five minutes is all you need to ensure that you won’t have to rush. Go the speed limit, or as close as you can while still going with the flow of traffic. Speeding is the cause of a third of all fatal car accidents. Think about how many lives we could save if we all committed to leaving five minutes earlier and driving a bit slower.
Slower driving goes hand-in-hand with being calmer and working on road rage. Be polite to other drivers, don’t tailgate, and always use your turn signal when you switch lanes or turn. Be a good example for your kids, who learn from everything you do!
For more safe driving tips to help you with your 2018 New Year’s resolutions, give us a call at Pantili Mitsubishi.
Fall is the perfect time to take a scenic drive. The colors are stunning and wildlife is abundant. But, according to the Division of Natural Recourses, October and November also present the highest risk to West Virginia drivers of colliding with deer. So, you can safely enjoy all the beautiful fall drives West Virginia has to offer, here are some tips from Pantili Mitsubishi for avoiding deer on the road this fall.
Be Aware of your surroundings
Scan your peripherals for deer. If you see a deer, immediately reduce your speed and sound your horn several times in short blasts.
Use your headlights
Keep your headlights on even during the day. This will often help you spot deer because their eyes are reflective. At night, use your high beams when possible to increase your field of view.
Brake, don’t swerve
If you encounter one or more deer on the road, don’t swerve out of your lane to avoid it. Instead, apply your brakes and wait until the deer clear out of the way before proceeding.
One deer usually means more deer
If you see one deer, proceed with extreme caution and keep an eye out for more, as deer typically travel in groups.
This fall, make a habit of driving defensively. Colliding with a deer is very dangerous and can do massive damage to your vehicle. Keep your eyes peeled and drive safely!
Taking care of your car isn’t only important for the sake of your vehicle—it’s important for your safety, too. These fall service tips will help you maintain your vehicle’s performance so that you can have safe driving moving into the fall season.
Keeping your tires properly inflated is a critical part of driving in autumn rain showers. Driving on wet roads is also much safer when your tires are in good shape, showing no signs of visible damage and maintaining a deep, healthy tread.
If the car battery is old, it may perform fine in the summer and then surprise you by dying in the autumn. This is because cold weather is tough on batteries. Avoid getting stranded by bringing your car into Pantilli Mitsubishi to have your battery tested and replaced if needed before the low temperatures hit.
It’s obviously important to have healthy brakes when you’re preparing to drive on rain, show, or ice. If you feel a pumping or pulsing when you brake, if you hear a squeaking, or if it’s been awhile since the brakes were checked, have them looked at by our team at Pantilli Mitsubishi. We’ll make sure your vehicle is set for safe driving on slick roads.
For more tips to protect your vehicle, contact us at Pantilli Mitsubishi.
More and more drivers prefer to travel with their pets, especially on summer vacations. That’s why we at Pantili Mitsubishi have written these tips for travelling with pets. From proper restraints to knowing when to take a break, there are some important things to keep in mind when driving with your furry companion.
According to the DMV, driving with a pet is like driving with a small child in many ways. You should never leave them unattended, always use proper safety equipment, and be prepared for messes. In particular, you should stop every two hours for water and a bathroom break when travelling with dogs, and never leave them in the car. Temperatures can soar on hot days, which is often fatal for pets.
Avoid letting your pet stick its head out the window, regardless of how much it might enjoy it. That’s because this can cause respiratory problems, road debris can strike your pet, and they can escape in the event of an accident. Pets should be in small carriers that securely strap into the seat. For big dogs, consider buying a rear seat barrier.
Finally, be prepared for messes. Some companies offer no-spill dog bowls for your pet to have fresh water all the time, and many suggest travelling with newspaper, towels, and cleaning supplies.
To avoid car sickness on long trips, try car training. This involves taking short trips with your pet to get them acclimated. Above all, if you notice your pet is too stressed, consider just leaving them at home.
Spring weather is warmer, sunnier, and wetter—reasons you may need to change your driving habits. Here is a list of spring driving tips to keep in mind as you hit the road in the coming months, as spring showers can lead to dangerous roadways. From driving habits to maintenance, there are some helpful ideas to remember.
According to AARP, you should be extra careful after it rains. Roads are often covered with a thin layer of oil, and, when combined with rain water, can be incredibly slick. Try to go 10 mph slower while it rains and immediately after to prevent unnecessary accidents. Also, be sure to get new wipers if yours are in poor shape.
Next, you’ll have to share the road with bikes and motorcycles. Warm weather brings more people outdoors, increasing the risk of a collision in many areas. One important tip to remember is that motorcycles and bikes alter your spatial perception because they are smaller than cars; therefore, you’re driving closer than you might think. Be sure to give motorcycles and bikes extra space to ensure safety.
Finally, talk to your doctor before taking allergy medications and driving. Many may cause drowsiness and slow reaction time, making them dangerous to take while behind the wheel. If your allergies are severe enough, it may be a bad idea to drive at all.
These are some of many spring driving tips. Want to get your car in working order for the spring? Stop by Pantili Mitsubishi to let our experts have a look.
Sometimes, safety technology can be complicated to understand. Because of this, Mitsubishi has started a new Kids Talk Safety campaign that simplifies even the most complicated safety tech. This new campaign, which started on the Mitsubishi Motors North America YouTube channel, helps educate buyers before they purchase the new 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander.
“Safety technology in cars has become increasingly sophisticated and complex and an important part of decision making when buying a car. But we wondered how many people really understood what these systems do,” said Francine Harsini, senior director for Mitsubishi marketing. “So we created our Kids Talk Safety social media campaign and used children with their active imaginations to help explain what each system does in simple easy-to-understand language, even though they might have difficulty pronouncing the name of the system.”
The kids from this social media campaign hit the booths of the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 16th and 17th. They went around the show to help explain the different systems, including forward collision mitigation, blind spot warning with rear-cross traffic alert, and the multi-view camera system.
This new campaign has made it significantly easier for people to understand how the systems work, since they can explain the complicated features in simple, relatable terms. There are a number of videos that highlight this skill at Mitsubishi’s media site, so check them out here.
If you’re interested in learning more about Mitsubishi’s new Kids Talk Safety campaign—or merely want to see these safety features for yourself—feel free to stop by Pantili Mitsubishi.
A car is only as safe as its braking system and with today’s accident prevention technology, that’s truer than ever. Unlike with tires, a car’s brakes don’t come with a recommended service date or mileage, making it difficult for some drivers to know when they need to have their braking system inspected. Here are a few of the common indicators that you need new brakes from us here at Pantili Mitsubishi:
- Screeching – Modern brakes are designed to alert you when the pads are nearing the end of their lifespan. One way they do this is through a loud screech caused by a metal piece within the pad scraping against the metal rotor. If you hear a loud, unmistakable screeching sound, make a service appointment for your braking system immediately.
- Sight – One of the easiest ways to inspect your braking system is by looking through the spokes of your front wheels. The brake pad should be pressed against the rotor and easily visible. If it doesn’t look like the pad is at least a quarter inch thick, make plans to have your car serviced sooner rather than later.
- Fading – If your braking system is generally unresponsive, it’s time for a new set of brake pads. Should the pedal be sinking to the floor under little pressure, it could indicate an air or brake fluid leak. Either way, schedule an appointment to have your brakes inspected.