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.

after a car accident

The Last Lancer Evolution Ever Built Goes to Charity Auction

We here at Pantili Mitsubishi are sad to see the Lancer Evolution go. This iconic model has an excellent history on and off the track, providing thrills to any adrenaline junkies who love to drive. Believe it or not, the last Lancer Evolution ever made was auctioned off for charity, providing die-hard fans with one last chance to get their hands on this model.

According to CNET, the last Lancer Evolution ever built went up for auction on eBay, with proceeds going to Feeding America and the Second Harvest Food Bank. Under the hood of this model was a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine with a five-speed transmission. The Evolution gets up to 303 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque, and it also has special tuning for off-road environments.

The exterior of this model is truly stunning, with Final Edition badging to show that this is the last of its kind. Black exterior accents highlight the contours of this model, while red interior accents provide the driver with an especially sporty feel.

How much did it earn? The last Lancer Evolution ever built sold for $76,400. Fans were especially eager to get their hands on this model, and the winner couldn’t be more pleased that the proceeds were going to a deserving cause.

last Lancer Evolution ever built

Signs You Need New Brakes

A car is only as safe as its braking system and with today’s accident prevention technology, that’s truer than ever. Unlike with tires, a car’s brakes don’t come with a recommended service date or mileage, making it difficult for some drivers to know when they need to have their braking system inspected. Here are a few of the common indicators that you need new brakes from us here at Pantili Mitsubishi:

Need New Brakes

  1. Screeching – Modern brakes are designed to alert you when the pads are nearing the end of their lifespan. One way they do this is through a loud screech caused by a metal piece within the pad scraping against the metal rotor. If you hear a loud, unmistakable screeching sound, make a service appointment for your braking system immediately.
  2. Sight – One of the easiest ways to inspect your braking system is by looking through the spokes of your front wheels. The brake pad should be pressed against the rotor and easily visible. If it doesn’t look like the pad is at least a quarter inch thick, make plans to have your car serviced sooner rather than later.
  3. Fading – If your braking system is generally unresponsive, it’s time for a new set of brake pads. Should the pedal be sinking to the floor under little pressure, it could indicate an air or brake fluid leak. Either way, schedule an appointment to have your brakes inspected.

Mitsubishi’s Flight of the Swans Expedition

Every year, the Bewick’s swan makes its annual trip from the Russian Artic to the United Kingdom. Sacha Dench, a pilot, follows the swans on their journey of more than 4,500 miles in an effort to bring attention to their flight. This year, Mitsubishi will be joining the swans and Dench by providing five support vehicles that will make the journey as well.

Three Mitsubishi L200s, a pickup truck, and two Shogun SUVs will follow the swans from the Russian Artic to their destination in Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. As the swans cross over 11 countries, the Mitsubishi models will pass through them.

Mitsubishi’s Flight of the Swans expedition won’t be easy which is why top engineers are helping the vehicles gear up for the journey. Most of the modifications provide additional power sources used for charging equipment as well as a 240-volt converter. Off-road tires and roof racks also made their way onto the short list.

While Dench travels with the swans through the air via paramotor, the Mitsubishi vehicles will test their metal on the 4,500 mile trek. The Flight of the Swans began earlier this month and lasts a total of 10 weeks. Versatility is key as Dench could run into trouble and rely on the Mitsubishi vehicles at any moment.

Here at Pantili Mitsubishi, we’re glad to see Mitsubishi stepping up to new challenges every day!

Mitsubishi’s Flight of the Swans Expedition

Image of Mitsubishi XM Concept Model Released Early

Mitsubishi XM ConceptMitsubishi has a new crossover concept in the works – known currently as only “XM” – which is scheduled to get its world debut at the upcoming Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show. Not only that, but Mitsubishi has confirmed that the concept model will definitely be going into production.

 

And recently, the automaker revealed a picture of the Mitsubishi XM concept, ahead of schedule. You can see the Mitsubishi XM concept image here. The vehicle’s bold grille and sharp design stands out immediately.

 

It’s safe to assume that Mitsubishi’s goal with the XM concept is to create a crossover model that offers the strength of an SUV with the agile handling of a smaller car, and from the looks of it, the XM concept might be the perfect blend.

 

The road-ready version of the model isn’t scheduled to begin production until October of next year, so we will probably have a long time to wait before the XM is available for purchase.

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

All-Terrain Vehicle Trails in Mercer County

Mercer County is a scenic area nested comfortably in the heart of Appalachia, with stunning views, historic sites, and plenty of parks for those who like to be alone with nature. One unique aspect of Mercer County, however, is that it’s home to one of the longest all-terrain vehicle trails in the nation. If you’re the type of person to spend the day on an ATV and finish off the evening with a few local brews, Mercer County welcomes you with open arms.

With more than 700 miles of trails for you to enjoy, the Hatfield-McCoy Trail systems begin in historic Bramwell at the Pocahontas trailhead and wind around the entirety of the southern mountains. With spacious parking, a rest stop, and convenient access to ATV permits and merchandise at the nearby City Hall, Bramwell is an excellent stop for any ATV adventurers looking to have a good time in Mercer County.

Mercer County has more than just all-terrain vehicle trails, with three state parks with must-see sights such as Pinnacle Rock or Bluestone Gorge’s aerial tramway, as well as a local, classic drive-in theater and the Ridge Runner mini-train. However, why not get your adrenaline pumping, ATV-style, on the nation’s longest off-road trail system?

All-Terrain Vehicle trails

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