Tips for Travelling with Pets This Summer

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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.

Off-Roading Tips: Dos and Don’ts

off-roading tips - 2017 mitsubishi outlander sport
The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is one of the many Mitsubishi vehicles with available AWC systems.

Going off road is one of the best ways to enjoy your Mitsubishi model, particularly those offered with the innovative All-Wheel-Control (AWC) system. Nevertheless, there are some important off-roading tips to keep in mind before you hit the trail. From safety to common sense, we’ve compiled some of the most important things to keep in mind.

According to Popular Mechanics, it’s essential to read the terrain. That means you should scout out the trail before you speed through, looking for dangerous spots, sharp turns, and cliffs. You should look for points on the horizon where the trail disappears, which signals a sharp dip or turn. Finally, look for topographical maps of the area if possible.

Next, put it into four-wheel drive as soon as you hit the trail. It sounds like common sense, but many drivers get the adrenaline going and forget to turn on 4WD. Before you know it, you could get stuck. Additionally, you should go through a pre-trail checklist, including 4WD, a stocked first aid kit, and more.

Finally, take recovery gear. If you get stuck, you should be prepared with essentials like heavy-duty tow straps (with fabric loops, not metal), tow hooks, a winch, and gloves. You may also want to stock your first aid kit just in case as well. These are just some of many tips we at Pantili Mitsubishi recommend.

Warm Weather, Sunny Skies: Spring Driving Tips

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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.

New Year’s Driving Resolutions

 New Year’s Driving ResolutionsIf you still haven’t chosen a New Year’s resolution, then we have the perfect idea for you: Become a better driver. This goal doesn’t involve any significant amount of skill, time, or money. All you have to do is observe your surroundings and follow a few basic rules, making you a safer and more responsible driver.

Here are a few New Year’s driving resolutions to get you started:

  • Familiarize yourself with your vehicle; have you actually read your owner’s manual?
  • Make a seatbelt rule in your car, not only enforcing it upon yourself but also upon your passengers, no matter what.
  • Slow down this year! Not only is it much safer to drive more slowly, but also, it increases your fuel economy.
  • Stop driving on empty. As your gasoline level reaches its lowest, your engine has to work harder, with dirtier gasoline, causing damage with time.
  • Put together a hand-written maintenance log and keep it in your glove box, keeping track of your oil changes, tire checks, etc.
  • Finally, put a stop to drunk driving – and never ever drive while under the influence again.

For more safe driving tips – or to start the year out behind the wheel of a brand new vehicle – contact us or visit us anytime at Pantili Mitsubishi.

How to Get Your Christmas Tree Home without Damaging Your Vehicle

How to Get Your Christmas Tree Home

For many people, holiday decorating starts with finding the perfect Christmas tree. Millions of people head to their local tree farms to choose the right tree for them, making it necessary to know how to get your Christmas tree home. If you have found the tree of your holiday dreams, make sure you follow these tips to get it home without harming your car or the tree.

Wrap it up. If your tree isn’t already sold in netting, ask your vendor for some or bring some along to ensure you don’t lose any needles or branches in transit. If a net isn’t available, then wrap your tree in a blanket or a tarp to prevent damage to your vehicle and the tree.

Avoid excess wind damage. Nothing can ruin a picture-perfect tree than wind damage. Avoid as much wind damage as possible by pointing your tree in the right direction. The tree trunk should always point towards the front of the car to help your tree arrive home unscathed.

Tie it securely. You don’t want to lose your Christmas tree somewhere on the highway, so tie it securely to your roof. If your vehicle has roof rails, utilize them. If it doesn’t, open the car’s doors and tie the tree down with rope, threading it through the car to get the most security.

Thanksgiving Decoration Ideas

Thanksgiving Decoration IdeasThanksgiving is right around the corner but there’s still plenty of time to create some holiday decorations! Get into the season by letting the kids run wild with a creative design or idea. If you’re drawing a blank, don’t worry; we have you covered! Here are some creative Thanksgiving decoration ideas from us here at Pantili Mitsubishi!

  • Chalk-Painted Pumpkins – Pumpkins are good for more than just carving to celebrate Halloween! Left over pumpkins are great to for the holidays. Chalk paint is rather easy to come by and coloring the pumpkins yourself is a simple task. All you need are some paint brushes, primer, and chalk paint. Make sure to supervise the kids!
  • Fall Kids’ Table – Those who have large families tend to separate the kid and adults during Thanksgiving. While some kids may not be too happy with the separation, making a festive table can help ease their woes. Add gift bags, fall treats, and a small do-it-yourself tree where the leaves are made of what the kids are thankful for written on paper.
  • White Pillar Candles – Nothing is more inviting than a warm home with the flowing smell of delicious food! Looking the part is just as important as serving an incredible meal. Add a selection of scentless white pillar candles to complete the look.

Prepare Your Car For Winter

The cold weather is creeping up on us and it will strike in full force before you know it! Winter can do a number on your car, especially if you haven’t properly prepared for the harsh season. Preparing for winter’s icy fist is actually easier than it may seem. Here are a few ways you can prepare your car for winter as recommended by us here at Pantili Mitsubishi.

  • Oil – As the temperature drops, oil grows thicker. Old oil will grow even thicker than new oil which means your engine won’t run at peak efficiency. Fresh oil will allow your engine to put out optimal power and earn the best fuel economy this winter.
  • Lights – Visibility is a major part of driving, as any good driver knows, which is why its important to keep your lights in proper working order. Take the time to wipe down and clean the lenses. Replace any burnt out bulbs if necessary. Your lights increase your visibility but also make your car more visible to other drivers.
  • Tires – Tire pressure tends to drop as the weather grows colder which means you’ll need to ensure your tires are properly inflated at least once a week. Check the tread level as well to ensure you have enough tread left to provide enough traction on slick roads.

Prepare Your Car For Winter

What to Do After a Car Accident: The Basics

Accidents happen to everyone, even if you are the best driver around. They can be unexpected, stressful, and dangerous. That’s why we’ve put together a list of tips on what to do after a car accident. Not only will these help you maintain your cool, but they will also ensure that you follow the proper legal procedures as well.

According to StateFarm, you should make sure that everyone is safe, including the other driver. Check for injuries, and call an ambulance if you have any doubts. Remember to keep breathing and to stay calm. A majority of the accidents in the US are fender benders; nonetheless, if you notice that anyone is unconscious or cannot stop bleeding, call for help.

If it is a minor accident, move your cars to a safe place out of traffic. Many drivers are hesitant to move their cars; however, the law allows you to put safety first. If you do move your car, try to take pictures to document the scene beforehand.

Most importantly, call the police—always. Even if it is a minor accident, the police will provide you with an accident report. They will often determine the cause of the accident and decide who is at fault. This is necessary for insurance companies to give you your claim.

Other tips to remember are to get the other driver’s information. Be polite, even if the other driver is rude; however, never admit fault. State only the facts to the police, and try not to talk about the accident with the other driver. Finally, never sign any papers unless they are from your agent or the police.

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School Driving Safety Tips For All Ages

Whether you are driving your kids to school or are a student yourself – trying to make it to class on time – there are certain hazards that only present themselves during the school year. This year, follow these school driving safety tips:

 

  • Always obey the stop signs on school buses, which is the law. Try to even give buses extra space if possible.
  • Pay attention to the reduced speed limits in school zones, which are there for good reason.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for children waiting for the bus or walking to school, and familiarize yourself with bus stops in your area.
  • If you are driving kids to school, try not to let them distract you too much when you are driving in the school zone.
  • And if you are driving yourself to school, remember that if you are running late, being on-time is not worth a speeding ticket – or worse, a collision.

 

For more tips or to start the school year out with a brand new car, contact us or visit us anytime, here at Pantili Mitsubishi.

School Driving Safety Tips

Smartphone Travel Apps to Improve Your Summer Vacation

Technology is there to make our lives easier and more convenient — so why not use it? Whatever type of phone you use, there is a plethora of smartphone travel apps available to help you plan your trip, find the best gas prices, check into local hotels, avoid heavy traffic on the highway, and more.

  • TripIt, Hotel Tonight, and GasBuddy

These are your everything-planners. TripIt helps with everything from planning your route to finding lodging, nearby restaurants, and even car rentals. Hotel Tonight has a similar function, finding nearby hotels with vacancies. GasBuddy recommends the lowest gas prices along your route.

  • Goby, MydistriKt, and Eventurist

Want to experience an area like the locals do? Goby points out regional hotspots and nearby events like plays and concerts. MydistriKt is similar, drawing feedback from locals to identify all the hottest places in town, and Eventurist focuses solely on special events in an area.

  • Free Wi-Fi Finder

This is exactly what it says on the tin. Don’t wanna waste data? Free Wi-Fi Finder can help.

  • Esplorio

When your trip is over, Esplorio cultivates status updates, location check-ins, and pictures from your social media accounts and puts everything in one place for you to enjoy.

Using a few smartphone travel apps lets you not only plan your trip better, but enjoy events and activities you may not have known about otherwise. Prepare for your summer vacation with just the touch of a button.

Smartphone travel apps