Make Mom Happy: Safety Tips For Snow Sledding

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.

safety tips for snow sledding

How to Protect Your Car from Burglars

Although car thefts are on the decline, there are always those out there who are on the hunt for vehicles that would be easy to break into and steal. Whether those people are looking for a new ride for themselves or just  want to make a quick buck by selling its parts, it is important that you stay alert to this ever-lurking danger. Here at Pantili Mitsubishi, we’ve got some tips on how to protect your car from burglars.

  1. Lock up – No matter how long you anticipate being away from your vehicle, be sure to roll the windows up all the way and lock all the doors, every time.
  2. Park well – It is wise to park in a well-lit area. Find a spot under or near a street light whenever possible and avoid parking behind a large van or truck that obscures your vehicle from view, giving burglars easier access.
  3. Hide belongings – Before you leave the parking lot for your next destination, be sure to hide your belongings. Bags, boxes, etc., will only tempt robbers, as will placing bags in the trunk just before walking into a store. We recommend that you place your belongings in the trunk or conceal them in the back seat before you drive from one parking lot to your next destination.

Be sure to hide electronics out of sight as well. If your GPS leaves a ring on your window, use an alcohol wipe to clean the glass and keep prowling thieves from guessing there is a GPS system somewhere inside the vehicle.

While we don’t like to think about there being people in the world with such cruel intentions, we can’t pretend they don’t exist. Make it a habit to exercise safe habits every time you leave your vehicle, so that your car becomes less of a temptation to thieves. The best way to avoid having your vehicle stolen is not to stay home, but to be a smart driver.

Protect your car from burglars

Lancer Evo X Final Concept Debuts at Tokyo Auto Salon

When we learned the current Mitsubishi Lancer Evo would be the last of its kind, we were understandably bummed. One of the most iconic high-performance sports cars in a generation—gone. But recent developments have somewhat changed our outlook on the situation.

First, Mitsubishi executive Don Swearingen told us we would get a special “going away edition” Lancer Evo X in June or July—a GSR five-speed with “more horsepower, some suspension tuning, and more bits [and] pieces that are being finalized.”

That was enough to mute our disappointment, but now we’ve just learned that the upcoming Lancer Evo X Final Edition would be quite a lot more impressive than we’d originally thought. We expected small tweaks, but a newly-revealed Lancer Evo X Final Edition Concept at the Tokyo Auto Show has uncovered so much more.

The special edition gets a new HKS turbo, larger intakes and intercoolers, an upgraded cooling system and exhaust, adjustable HKS suspension, and 19-inch Rays forged wheels. More than just simple “bits and pieces.” Its horsepower output from the 2.0-liter engine has exploded from 290 to 473!

We were sad to learn there would be no more Lancer Evos, but now we can’t wait for the final Evo X to arrive at Pantili Mitsubishi this summer!

Tokyo Auto Salon

2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Safety Features Win Top Safety Pick+ Award

Mitsubishi was recently awarded two Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This prestigious award only goes to the safest vehicles on the market, those which can pass a series of crash tests and simulations. It’s no wonder the 2015 Lancer and Outlander won.

Both the Lancer and the Outlander were given the Top Safety Pick+ designation, according to Mitsubishi. The Outlander was specially recognized by the IIHS for its innovative use of new safety technologies. The best of the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander safety features are the Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) system and advanced RISE safety engineering.

“The Mitsubishi RISE safety body construction system is the perfect example of this kind of technology. In the event of an accident, energy is absorbed and deflected away from the occupant cell, which enhances passenger protection,” said Don Swearingen, Executive Vice President of MMNA.

Want to know more about these award winning safety features? Stop by Pantili Mitsubishi to preview the new 2015 Lancer and Outlander today.

2015 Mitsubishi Outlander safety features

2015 Mitsubishi Triton Pickup Truck Announced

When it comes to pickup trucks, it’s likely that the first carmaker that comes to mind isn’t Mitsubishi—but that is about to change. The Japanese carmaker recently announced a brand-new version of its Triton pickup truck. While the truck has sold over 1.2 million trucks since its introduction in 2005, the 2015 Mitsubishi Triton pickup truck will be the first Mitsubishi pickup model to receive a significant overhaul.

The newest Triton will draw from the Mitsubishi GR-HEV concept that debuted at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, combining a comfortable interior with the functionality of a pickup. Consumers can choose from a Single, Double, or Club Cab variant with three different engine options that change depending on the market it is being sold in. These engines include a 2.4-liter gasoline, a 2.5-liter turbodiesel, and a new 2.4-liter turbodiesel with electronic valve timing.

For more information on the 2015 Mitsubishi Triton pickup truck, make sure you stop in to Pantili Mitsubishi today and see what this pickup has to offer!

2015 Mitsubishi Triton Pickup Truck
*First generation pictured