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.
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.