How to Increase Fuel Efficiency

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With hybrid options like the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, outstanding fuel efficiency is becoming more accessible than ever. But did you know that there are changes you could be making to your driving habits right now that will increase fuel efficiency no matter the vehicle? These tips will help you save on fuel starting today.

 

Don’t Idle

 

Letting your car idle is bad for the environment and bad for your fuel consumption as well. If you know that your vehicle will be inactive for more than 10 seconds, turn it off to make the most of your fuel.

 

Cool Off Efficiently

 

If you’re driving in the city, windows down is the most fuel efficient way of cooling your car in the summertime. On highway driving, however, using the air conditioning is the better option as windows down decreases aerodynamics at high speeds.

 

Brake and Accelerate Slowly

 

Heavy braking and rapid acceleration use up gasoline that you could otherwise be saving. Get in the habit of accelerating slowly and letting off the gas to slow down rather than braking last minute.

 

Lighten the Load

 

Extra weight in your car takes away from fuel efficiency. If you want the most from your car’s performance, keep it free of clutter both in the cabin and in the trunk.

 

If you’re ready to upgrade to a more fuel efficient vehicle, visit Pantili Mitsubishi to check out our extensive inventive of gas-saving and eco-friendly vehicles.

Follow These Spring Car Care Tips to Keep your Vehicle Running Smoothly Year Round

Spring Car care tips

Winter can be especially taxing on your vehicle. That’s why it’s important to perform some regular maintenance when spring rolls around. Now that winter is finally over, be sure to follow these spring car care tips to keep your vehicle in great condition, and be sure to visit our service center to ensure your vehicle is in the best shape possible.

 

Tire Maintenance

 

Your vehicle’s tires are the only point of contact between your car and the road. As such, it’s hard to over-emphasize the importance of regular tire maintenance. This spring, make sure your car’s tires are evenly inflated and have sufficient tread.

 

Fluid Check

 

Regularly checking on and changing important fluids, including your engine’s oil, might sound like a pain, but it is an extremely important part of keeping your vehicle in good working order. Call us today to schedule an oil change so you can count on optimal performance.

 

Wash and Wax

 

Let’s be honest: a clean car is just more fun to drive. But, washing your vehicle’s exterior is also a good way to remove corrosive substances that tend to build up during.

 

Check A/C

 

Before the temperature rises too much, test your air conditioner to make sure it is working properly. If it’s not working as well as it used to, schedule a maintenance check with us so you can stay comfortable throughout the summer months.

 

For all your car maintenance needs — in spring and throughout the year — call us at Pantili Mitsubishi.

Get Your Car Ready for Spring with These 3 Tips

Get your car ready for spring

For many drivers, the approaching end of winter is a welcome event. Winter driving can be stressful, and the unpredictable weather can take a toll on your vehicle. So, as the cold season finally draws to an end, be sure to get your car ready for spring with these easy tips from Pantili Mitsubishi.

 

Check your tires

 

Colder temperatures can cause the air in your tires to expand and contract. As spring rolls in, it’s important to check your tires to make sure they are all properly inflated. Also, be sure to monitor your tire tread and replace your tires if any of them are worn out.

 

Replace your wipers

 

If your windshield wiper blades are dry, cracked, broken, or bent, it’s time to replace them. Doing so is relatively cheap and is extremely important to overall safety on the road.

 

Get a wash

 

Spring is the perfect time to hit the car wash. Not only does it feel great to have a clean car, but it also prevents rust damage and helps you spot any of the other body damage that is common over the winter months.

 

It’s simple and easy to check your tires, replace your wiper blades, and get your car washed. As spring approaches, taking these basic maintenance steps can give you the peace of mind to focus on what’s most important: enjoying the onset of warmer weather.

Make These Safe Driving New Year’s Resolutions

 

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.

Slow Down

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.

Tips for Avoiding Deer on the Road During Peak Season in West Virginia

Deer

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!

Fall Service Tips to Protect Your Vehicle

Fall Vehicle Service

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.

Tires

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.

Battery

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.

Brakes

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.

Fall Vehicle Service

Reasons Why Mitsubishi’s Warranty Is the Best

Mitsubishi’s Warranty Is the BestIf you’re shopping for a new car, you’ve no doubt heard about the benefits of warranties. This is one of many reasons why people choose to buy new or CPO over used. The peace of mind that comes with warranty coverage is often worth the extra money. But, the fact is that no two warranties are created equal, and the Mitsubishi warranty happens to offer benefits that outweigh those of other manufacturer warranties.

Powertrain Limited Warranty

The powertrain limited warranty serves to protect buyers from potential damage or malfunctions in the engine and transmission. It will cover the cost of repairs or replacements to this area. In brands like Honda, Toyota, Mazda, and Nissan, you’ll find that the powertrain limited warranty lasts around 5 years/60,000 miles. With Mitsubishi, however, buyers get a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty.

New Vehicle Limited Warranty

This warranty will pay for replacements or repairs to most parts of the entire new vehicle, excluding parts that need regular replacements like tires and light bulbs. For other brands, the new vehicle limited warranty usually lasts 3 years/36,000 miles, but for Mitsubishi, you’re covered in this area for 5 years/60,000 miles.

Mitsubishi warranties also come with additional advantages, like a five-year roadside assistance plan. Mitsubishi’s Warranty is the best because the brand is absolutely confident in its vehicles, and you should be too.

Learn more about why Mitsubishi has the best warranty and the best deals by calling Pantili Mitsubishi.

Signs of Worn-Out Tires

rain tiresKeeping you connected to the road are four very important pieces of rubber. Your tires are a crucial part of your vehicle’s safety, and when they get old and worn out, they could jeopardize your safety. That is why it is very important to know when you have worn-out tires. Here are some of the ways to tell when it is time to replace your tires.

  • Tread depth. With a simple penny, you can test the depth of your tread. Put a penny head down into the grooves on your tire. If you see the top of Lincoln’s head, your tread is too low. Do this test on a few places on each tire since they do not always wear evenly.
  • Other signs of wear. If the tires have any cracks or bulges on the side wall, you need to get them inspected as soon as possible.
  • Age. Regardless of wear, tire manufacturers recommend you replace your tires every 6 to 10 years. Check the recommendation for your specific tires.

If you are concerned about the wear or age of your tires, schedule a service appointment here at Pantili Mitsubishi and we can inspect your tires and let you know if they are in need of replacement.

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.