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.
- Check the battery. Have your battery checked by a professional to make sure it will give you the performance you need.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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…
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.
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
- 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!
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.
Let’s face it. Car insurance may not be the most exciting topic. For a lot of us, it’s something we’d just rather not worry about. Unfortunately, that sort of disdain means we could be paying too much or we might not have the coverage that is right for us. Here are some things you can do to help you get the best car insurance coverage for you!
EXAMINE YOUR SITUATION
Everyone’s situation is unique. Do you live in an area where vehicle theft and vehicle break-ins are common? Then you might want to think about having strong comprehensive coverage and a low comprehensive deductible.
Is your driving record totally clean? Do you have a long history of avoiding collisions or accidents of any kind? Then you could consider less collision coverage.
REVIEW YOUR CURRENT POLICY
Pull out your insurance documents and check a few important things. Obviously, you should know your premium. With the advent of auto-pay, sometimes you can forget over time what you are actually paying! Check your collision and comprehensive coverage.
Insurance companies offer extras like roadside assistance and rental reimbursement. Roadside assistance is great but you may already have it, with AAA for instance. No sense in paying for it twice! Rental reimbursement means that you will be reimbursed for a rental vehicle while your vehicle is being repaired due to a collision.
MAKE YOUR DECISION
After you’ve collected all of the facts, and thoroughly examined your financial situation, it’s time to see if your current policy is the right one for you. Before you switch to another insurance company, give your current insurance a chance to work with you. Many times, they are willing to play ball since they’ve already got you on their roster.
Warmer weather means that we will be seeing more and more motorcycles out on the road. While motorcyclists may seem like a tough bunch, riding a motorcycle is much more dangerous than driving any other vehicle. This is why May is officially recognized as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.
With a few minor exceptions, motorcyclists have to follow the same rules of the road as any other vehicle. Here are a few tips to help us all “share the road” safely.
- Leave more following space (3-4 seconds) when driving behind a motorcycle. This will give the motorcyclists more time and space to maneuver during an emergency.
- Don’t assume a motorcycle is turning even when you see a signal. Many motorcycle turn signals are non-cancelling.
- Always be on the lookout for motorcycles, especially when crossing an intersection as motorcycles can easily go unnoticed.
- Always use your turn signals when you are merging or changing lanes.
Do you ever ride a motorcycle? What are some things you do to make sure you ride safely?
Turns out, washing your car isn’t just good for impressing your date. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published the results of a study concerning vehicles manufactured before 2007 that operate in cold-weather states.
Road salt can cause corrosion that could possibly lead to brake failure. The NHTSA’s recommendation? “Wash your car thoroughly at the end of the winter,” as well as being sure to wash it “throughout the winter.”
The first recommendation isn’t likely an issue. Most people feel compelled to wash their vehicle at winter’s end. But throughout the winter? Sounds like maybe the NHTSA might be getting a kickback from those automatic car wash joints out there, because who’s going to wash their own car outside in the winter? Corruption notwithstanding, an automatic car wash should suffice.
When it comes to washing your car at the end of winter, consider buying or renting a powerwasher. Jack your vehicle up, place on jackstands, and try to get the undercarriage as well. That should really prevent winter corrosion, the (obvious) evil the NHTSA is warning us about.
So April has decided to live up to the old adage “April showers bring May flowers.” That’s fine. It’s actually pretty nice to stay inside and watch the rain fall from a warm, dry spot on the couch. Until you have to go to work or to the grocery store or anywhere else during April… That’s okay too, though, if you follow these tips for driving safely on wet roads.
- Check your tires. Your tires are your connection between the vehicle and the ground. Therefore, it is imperative that your tires have no less than 1/16th of an inch of tread. An easy way to check is to stick a penny, Abe Lincoln’s head down, into the groove of the tire. If you can see his entire hairdo, it is time to stop by Pantili Mitsubishi for new tires.
- Slow down. Reducing your speed will give you more time to react to skidding or hydroplaning on the pavement, and can possibly prevent your tires from slipping altogether.
- Increase your distance. It will likely take your vehicle longer to stop on wet pavement than on dry. Give yourself more space and time to stop, especially when following other vehicles.
- Stay calm. In the event your tires do start slipping, calmly and steadily apply your brake and steer your vehicle as firmly and smoothly as possible, looking toward the direction you want to go. If your vehicle has an anti-lock braking system (ABS) it should help prevent your wheels from locking, in which case you do not need to pump your brakes.
Whether decide to enjoy the showers from inside the comforts of your home or to embark on a rainy adventure in your car, we wish you a safe and happy April, as we look forward to May’s flowers… and maybe just a little more sunshine.
With the arrival of spring we’ll see traffic increase, as well as the number of road trips. With this increase in driving, it’s important to remember that there are easy ways to save money, especially when it comes to fuel economy. We’ve put together a list of gas mileage tips to help make your car as efficient as possible.
Fuel Economy.gov divides fuel economy tips into four categories: driving, maintenance, logistics, and car type. The best driving tip is to slow down; going the speed limit can save you 7% – 14% over the course of a year. Also, avoid idling (you get 0 mpg when you do this) and use cruise control when on the highway.
Maintenance not only keeps your car last longer, but it also makes it more efficient in the long run. Tire pressure is important to check and maintain because too little or too much will increase friction. Changing the oil regularly will keep your engine well-lubricated, and changing the air filter improves air flow, and ergo, combustion.
Logistics is a great way to save money. By planning your trips out, you’ll stop less than you have to. Don’t make unnecessary runs to do errands, and if possible, carpool to and from work.
Last but not least, buying a fuel efficient car is best in the long run. Mitsubishi is committed to optimal performance on every single model, which means you’ll have all the horsepower you need, as well as the best mpg possible.
With the snow comes a lot of undesirables, like having to scrape your windshield on those dark, below-zero mornings; shoveling snow; driving in those dangerously slick conditions. But we can’t forget snowball fights and ice skating and just how simply beautiful the snow can look on the West Virginia landscape!
Then there’s the best of all: snow sledding. With sledding, the tendency is to push it until you are breaking Olympic bobsled records. To ensure that your sledding excursion ends well, we’ve amassed a few safety tips for snow sledding.
Got a bicycle helmet lying around? Throw it on! This is especially necessary if you are sledding in a wooded area.
Try to get a sled with runners and a steering mechanism. While racing down a hill on a snow disc, spinning out of control, may seem thrilling, you really need to be able steer in case there are obstacles.
You might think that placing a spotter at the bottom of a hill justifies sledding down a hill with a street at the bottom. Don’t trust it! Try to find a hill that both offers a thrilling grade but also offers few obstacles and a safe landing area.