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.

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Last-Minute Father’s Day Gifts

Father’s Day is just around the corner and that means it’s time to get your gifts in order for Dad. But if you’ve lost track of time and find yourself scrambling for a gift, you’ll want some ideas for some last-minute Father’s Day gifts that will still make dad smile.

Cook Him Breakfast

Who needs a gift when they can get a gesture? Cooking your dad a hearty breakfast full of his favorite foods will show him just how much you care and it’ll give him a great start to Father’s Day.

Get His Car Washed

If your dad’s a car lover, then his car is like his baby. Either wash his car yourself for Father’s Day or take it to a car wash. What’s better than a ride in his nice, shiny car?

Trip to Home Depot

Instead of getting him a gift card, take him to Home Depot or one of his other favorite stores and pick a project out with him. Does he want to expand his garden? Or fix the fence? Pick up some materials and do a project with him!

Just remember, anything you give your dad will be special to him!

Father’s Day

A Few Driving Habits That Will Cost You

driving habits that will cost you Everyone expects to pay a little every now and then for vehicle maintenance. But certain things can make it cost more than a little. Here are a few driving habits that will cost you

 

Aggressive Braking

 

Unless you drive a performance vehicle or a truck, your brakes are not designed for constant aggressive driving. If you brake late and hard often, you are going to have to pay for brake pads more often.

 

Ignoring Check Engine Light

 

Your vehicle manufacturer created the Check Engine light warning system for a reason. Your vehicle is built with lots of sensors that trip the light, letting you know your vehicle needs attention. Ignore these warnings and you can end up paying a lot more down the road.

 

Shifty Shifting

 

When you are shifting your vehicle, make absolutely sure it is not in motion. The way that transmissions are designed, shifting while in motion can damage the internal parts very quickly.

 

Putting Off Routine Maintenance

 

You’ll find a routine maintenance schedule in your owner’s manual. This routine is specifically created to keep your vehicle in shape and to prevent major repairs. Ignore it and you will pay for it.

 

The bottom line: keep up on maintenance and take ‘er easy and you should be able to keep maintenance costs to a minimum.

Ways to Keep Your Car Running Forever

We at Pantili Mitsubishi know that buying a car should be a long-term investment. If you treat a vehicle well, it can last you for many years and many miles. The following tips are basic ideas that can be applied to any vehicle to extend the life of the car.

  • Follow your vehicle’s service schedule. This includes things like getting the oil changed, checking the brakes, changing the air filter, etc. The best schedule to follow is the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule, which should be found in the owner’s manual.
  • Check tire pressure and fluids regularly. Once every other week, inspect your car thoroughly. Check the level and color of the engine oil in between changes. Visually look over the belts and hoses for wear and tear. Monitor your antifreeze, coolant, and other fluids. Ensure proper tire pressure and tread depth. These inspections will help you find potential problems immediately before they damage the car.
  • Start up gently and drive smoothly. When starting your car, do not let it idle for long amounts of time nor floor the gas to warm it up. It is best to let your car slowly warm up while you drive. Go easy on the brakes and avoid full-throttle acceleration as much as possible. When switching gears, such as drive to reverse, make sure your car is completely stopped to avoid damaging the transmission. Driving calmly will reduce wear and tear on your vehicle.
  • Be aware of your car’s ‘normal’ behavior. Know how your car normally drives and be alert to noticing if something does not seem right. Listen for odd noises and observe how your car shifts, turns, and brakes.

There are many more ways to keep your car running forever, but the number one thing you can do is drive your car as though you love it. If you love your car, you will want to take good care of it. If you want to find a car you can love long-term, stop by Pantili Mitsubishi and we will help you find the perfect vehicle.

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How to Prepare Your Car for Winter

December is here, which means heavy winter weather will be here at any time. Now is the time to make sure you and your car are ready for the cold weather ahead. Here are five tips on how to prepare your car for winter.

  1. Check the battery. Have your battery checked by a professional to make sure it will give you the performance you need.
  2. Check the lights. As the days continue to get shorter, make sure all of your exterior and interior lights are working. This will help you see the road and help other drivers see you.
  3. Get new wipers. Your windshield wiper blades should be replaced every six months or so. Keep your windows clear with a fresh set of blades.
  4. Check the HVAC system. Make sure your heater, defroster, and air conditioning are all in working order. You might think you don’t need air conditioning in the winter, but it helps remove moisture from the air even if you set it on a warm temperature.
  5. Don’t skip maintenance. Be sure to follow the recommended maintenance schedule in your owner’s manual. Winter is definitely not a good time to skip an oil change.

If you need help with any of these maintenance steps, schedule an appointment today at Pantili Mitsubishi and we’ll help make your car winter ready.

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Tips for Carpooling: Make the Ideal Ridesharing Program

Carpooling is a great way to get around. Not only does it save you money, but it’s also great for the environment and can help you earn some new friends. We’ve put together tips for carpooling so you, your coworkers, and your friends can make the best of ridesharing.

According to NBC, many people avoid carpooling because they don’t want to deal with other people. Although there are some people that aren’t good to drive with, the ridesharing program works great as long as you use common sense and set some guidelines.

“You should make a set of rules and have everyone sign them,” says Tom Devlin, transportation planner for a Metro Rideshare program. He urges carpoolers to be prompt so everyone’s day doesn’t get off to a late start. “If you say the 7 a.m. carpool will leave no later than 7:03 a.m., be sure to enforce that rule so latecomers learn to set their alarms a little bit earlier.”

Develop a schedule to decide who drives which days, and make sure to choose a location and time for pickup. Consider whether or not to have the radio on or when to use the A/C. Either turn it off, or let the driver decide. Make sure to set rules for drinking and eating, as well as smoking in your car.

Finally, don’t use your phone while you are driving. Although you might think it is okay when you’re driving yourself (it’s not), you don’t want to endanger fellow carpoolers.

Carpooling is a great way to get around. Not only does it save you money, but it’s also great for the environment and can help you earn some new friends. We’ve put together tips for carpooling so you, your coworkers, and your friends can make the best of ridesharing. According to NBC, many people avoid carpooling because they don’t want to deal with other people. Although there are some people that aren’t good to drive with, the ridesharing program works great as long as you use common sense and set some guidelines.   “You should make a set of rules and have everyone sign them,” says Tom Devlin, transportation planner for a Metro Rideshare program. He urges carpoolers to be prompt so everyone’s day doesn’t get off to a late start. “If you say the 7 a.m. carpool will leave no later than 7:03 a.m., be sure to enforce that rule so latecomers learn to set their alarms a little bit earlier.” Develop a schedule to decide who drives which days, and make sure to choose a location and time for pickup. Consider whether or not to have the radio on or when to use the A/C. Either turn it off, or let the driver decide. Make sure to set rules for drinking and eating, as well as smoking in your car. Finally, don’t use your phone while you are driving. Although you might think it is okay when you’re driving yourself (it’s not), you don’t want to endanger fellow carpoolers.

Tips For Camping With Children

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Thinking about packing up the Mitsubishi and taking the kids on a fall camping trip? Make sure you are prepared! Here are some tips for camping with children…

Baby Steps

For the kids’ first trip, start small. That’s what Backcountry.com recommends. Why not start in the backyard? Setting up camp, putting up a tent, tending to a fire, sleeping in a tent–these are all things they can experience close to home. Once they get comfortable, then you can try more challenging settings.

Be Over-Prepared

As you already know, kids have a lot of specific needs, and they have a lower tolerance for being uncomfortable. Often times, camping can mean being uncomfortable. In addition to the usual things you might bring, bring things like:

  • Glowsticks (they are fun for them and they help you keep track of them)
  • An extra sleeping bag (in case of accidents)
  • Lots of snacks
  • Games
  • Lots of water

Lots of Activities

Plan to do a lot. Not because you will actually do it all, but because sometimes kids don’t take to certain activities. Hiking, swimming, fishing, wildlife observation (did you bring the binoculars?), scavenger hunt–things like that can be fun, as long as they are planned with the kids’ limitations in mind.

The most important thing to remember is that your trip probably won’t go as planned. But you already know that. Just expect the unexpected and have lots of fun!

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How To Winterize Your Car

As fall gets underway, it’s time to start thinking about doing some maintenance that will help you, and your vehicle, get through the cold months without issue. Here’s how to winterize your vehicle!

# 1 – If you’ve still got your wipers on from last winter, it’s definitely time to get some new ones. Visibility is extremely important, especially when there’s snow and ice on the ground. This is something people tend to put off because wipers can often be tricky to put on. We at Pantili Mitsubishi would be happy to assist you.

# 2 – Some people like to use special winter tires during the cold weather months. The treads on winter tires are designed to stay soft even as temperatures plummet. This increases traction. Just be sure to replace them when it starts to grow warmer. The tread on winter tires can get damaged when temperatures are too warm.

# 3 – Make sure your battery is in good working order. When you stop by Pantili Mitsubishi’s service department to get your new wipers, ask us to test your battery. There’s nothing worse than being stranded with a dead battery in the dead of winter.

# 4 – Put together a winter roadside emergency kit. You should include things like food, blankets, an extra hat and gloves, and a portable crankable USB Cell Phone Emergency Charger—and anything that might seem useful were to break down in the winter.

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