How to Beat the Winter Blues

beat the winter blue

Each year millions of Americans suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which is a type of depression that is most common during the winter. This is often called the winter blues and is caused by colder temperatures and a lack of sunlight. If you are feeling a bit melancholy now that the holidays are over, here are three ways to regain a positive perspective.

  1. Brighten up your life. If you miss the illumination of the holiday lights, go ahead and leave some up. Add some strings of lights to your home decorations or your work cubicle. You can also try wearing brighter colors.
  2. Have fun. One good way to lift your spirits is to have some fun. Winter is a perfect time to head outdoors here in Texas. Go for a hike, visit the zoo, or visit any other favorite spot that you would normally visit during warmer temperatures.
  3. Make some plans. Start anticipating warmer weather by planning where you want to go and what you want to do when the weather shifts. Looking forward to something will help you to feel more excited about waking up each morning.

If you are feeling down, visit us at Randall Mitsubishi; we’re sure that a test drive in an exciting new Mitsubishi model will elevate your mood.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Earns Top Safety Pick Rating

Mitsubishi Outlander IIHS top safety pick rating

We all want a vehicle that will help keep us safe. That is why each year the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tests new vehicles to determine their crashworthiness and other safety factors. Recently, the IIHS tested the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander’s protective features and awarded it with a Top Safety Pick rating.

This is the fifth year in a row the Outlander has achieved this rating thanks to its superb performance during crash tests as well as its advanced technology. It earned the top “good” rating in all crash tests, a “superior” rating for front crash prevention, and an “acceptable” rating for its innovative headlight option.

“Thanks to our advanced safety features and technology, the Mitsubishi Outlander continues to achieve IIHS safety ratings for the fifth consecutive year,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Mitsubishi Motors North America. “The Outlander remains a leader in reliability and dependability, and we are proud to receive this recognition by one of the most reputable organizations in the industry.”

The Outlander offers numerous defensive features including automatic high beams, Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Assist, and Blind Spot Warning with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

To learn even more about the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander, take it out for a test drive at Randall Mitsubishi today.

Great Gifts for Car Lovers

Gifts for Car Lovers

Buying a gift for the car lover in your life can be tricky, when there’s such a profusion of auto-related merchandise on the market. We’ve put together some great ideas for gifts for car lovers that will help you pick the perfect present.

Car accessories are an important part of a gearhead’s life. They make driving more convenient and comfortable and add a touch of style to the car. One practical gift is a cell phone holder they can attach to the dashboard, which lets them use their phone’s GPS or music streaming apps more safely.

If your car loving friend is also a dog lover, consider a seat protector that will help protect their upholstery from fur when their dog joins them on trips.

Sometimes car aficionados are also photographers. If you want to splurge a little, try a dashboard camera for your adventurous friend.

You might also want to think about what tools your car enthusiast needs. You can go for a complete tool set or a cleaning and waxing kit.  Another suggestion is to get them an air impact wrench or an air compressor.

These are just a few ideas for what to get a car fan for Christmas, so check out more here, or give us a call at Randall Mitsubishi!

A Night on the Town with the San Angelo Performing Arts Campus

Upcoming events at the San Angelo Performing Arts Campus

If you live around San Angelo, you know that the San Angelo Performing Arts Campus hosts an incredible number of performances throughout the year, with a wide range of different genres and themes. There’s a variety of festive diversions at the San Angelo PAC this winter to captivate you and your family.

Classic Christmas Performances

Mid-December will feature performances of the ballet The Nutcracker, which will return this year to its original home at City Auditorium in the Murphey Performance Hall. This holiday classic is a staple of the Christmas season worldwide.

Another Christmas show taking place in December is Fiesta Navidad, performed by the GRAMMY award-winning Mariachi Divas, a multicultural ensemble with roots in mariachi that draws from diverse backgrounds to create a unique show steeped in tradition.

Country Music Concerts

If you’re not looking for something Christmassy to do, check out one of the concerts hosted by the San Angelo PAC. Clint Black is coming on December 9, also to the Murphey Performance Hall. The legendary country singer will be preceded by piano group The 5 Browns, who performs piano pieces ranging from duets to five-piano pieces.

The San Angelo Performing Arts Campus is one of many venues that make San Angelo such a culturally significant and artistic area, and the staff at Randall Mitsubishi is proud to be part of this community. Enjoy the holiday season with a trip to the PAC!

Upgrade Your Car For An Early Christmas Present To Yourself

upgrade your car

Christmas is the perfect time to indulge the people you love. Of course, you can also get a present for your vehicle. Upgrade your car this holiday season with one of these suggestions.

Garmin Heads-Up Display

If your vehicle doesn’t already come with a heads-up display, Garmin offers this add-on for drivers who want a little more tech in their lives, which projects information directly onto your windshield for quick, easy access.

DVD Entertainment System

Keep the little ones entertained on the go by installing a DVD entertainment system for rear-seat passengers. Don’t worry about keeping them occupied on road trips; you’ll never hear the phrase “are we there yet?” ever again.

Bluetooth Phone System

Again, many cars now come with Bluetooth streaming systems, but you can also install your own hands-free phone functionality with devices like the SuperTooth HD.

Kensington Proximo

A great gift for anyone who tends to lose their keys, this device runs on Bluetooth functionality. The GPS feature will help you locate your car keys whenever you misplace them.

Sunroof

The ultimate indulgence, a sunroof will come in handy when summer comes around again and you can enjoy sunlight and a warm breeze while cruising along new paths.

With all sorts of convenient tech and useful add-ons, choosing to upgrade your car for Christmas is a great opportunity to make your life on wheels a little more fun.

 

Stop into Randall Mitsubishi today to see what other great gift ideas we have for your vehicle– or get someone you love a four-wheeled present 🙂

Kick off New Year’s with Safe Driving Resolutions

safe driving resolutions Safe driving resolutions are a good alternative to the usual personal health goals most people set on New Year’s. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Maintain your vehicle

Performing routine maintenance goes a long way in keeping you safe on the road. Keep up to date with replacing all fluids and your tires, and keep your car’s engine in top shape.

Don’t use your phone

Glancing away from the road for even a few seconds can cause an accident. Avoid this by not texting or making phone calls while you’re driving.

Learn defensive driving

Defensive driving is the art of navigating the road in a way that anticipates the behaviors and habits of other drivers to deter the risk of collisions before they happen. Seek out a class or workshop in your area.

Drive the speed limit

Everybody speeds at some point. However, a lot of accidents could be avoided if drivers slowed down a bit. Resolve to drive the speed limit more often in the coming year.

Buckle your seat belt

A startling number of people wear their seat belts incorrectly, if they wear them at all. Make sure that you and your passengers are buckled in before embarking on any driving adventure.

If you want to initiate some unique New Year’s resolutions, these driving habit resolutions will help keep you and your passengers safe while minimizing the likelihood of collisions with other drivers.

Car Battery Tips That Every Driver Should Know

Car Battery TipsAlthough the joys of car ownership are many, regular car maintenance is usually not one of them. Unless you happen to be a car tech expert like our experienced technicians here at Randall Mitsubishi. While there are many aspects to caring for your car, knowing the basics of car battery maintenance is essential for every driver.

 

We at Randall Mitsubishi are glad to help. Here are a few fast facts about your car’s battery that will enable you to take better care of it:

 

  1. A car battery should last about six years.

 

  1. No matter how kind you are to your battery, eventually, it will die. Here are a few signs that your battery is nearing the end of its shelf life:
    • Slow cranking upon ignition
    • Battery warning light turns on
    • Basic electronics stop functioning (i.e. electronic locks or power windows)

 

  1. Your battery can overheat, especially here in Texas. Intense heat can literally evaporate your battery fluid.

 

  1. Sometimes, it’s not the battery’s fault. If you’re experiencing dead-battery-like symptoms, it could be due to worn spark plugs or clogged fuel injectors.

 

You can always expect honest and courteous service from our technicians at Randall Mitsubishi. Schedule your next regular maintenance appointment with us today!

New to Car Insurance? Don’t Be Fooled by These Car Insurance Myths!

car insurance myths

Insuring your car is an essential component of vehicle ownership, but it can be stressful, especially when you are new to the process. A lot of new drivers (and a fair number of experienced ones) get lost in the haze of common car insurance myths and end up paying too much for vehicle insurance.

Here are few prevalent car insurance myths that you should be aware of if you desire to save on car insurance:

Bright colored cars are more expensive to insure. It might be true that police might target a speeding cherry red hotrod more often than a speeding silver sedan. However, it’s not true that a vibrant colored vehicle will cost you more to insure.

When you lend someone your car, it’s under their insurance. False—if you lend your car to a buddy and they get in an accident, your insurance is still on the line since you are the car’s owner.

When your rate increases because of an accident or ticket, it’s locked in at this price. True, you’ll probably see a spike in price right after an incident, but this effect is NOT permanent. It’ll go back to normal in about three years if you go back to obeying the rules of the road.

At Randall Mitsubishi, we’re always happy to help our customers through every part of the car ownership experience. Visit us today to get those important automotive questions answered. You can also test drive a new Mitsubishi while you’re at it.

Second Annual Dia De Los Muertos: Art After Dark Festival on October 27th

Art after darkLast year marked the first-ever Dia De Los Muertos: Art After Dark festival in San Angelo, Texas, where the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts and Angelo State University worked together to bring a free public celebration of the legendary Day of the Dead to the area. Held at the museum itself and beginning at 6 PM, the event invites everyone in the San Angelo area to experience this slice of Mexican culture and art while creating a sense of community.

 

Tons of events and activities will be offered, such as performances by the Ballet Folklorico and the Ballet Azteca, as well as live music from a Selena cover band, a traditional dress-up contest with cash prizes, a parade with a mariachi band, and much, much more. Food and art vendors will be available onsite if you’d like to bring a little bit of the celebration home with you, too, and the ASU Cultural Center will be providing a Community Altar for event goers to partake in the act of remembering those who have passed away.

 

The Dia De Los Muertos: Art After Dark event will be held on October 27th and feature the artwork, photography, music, and dance of the Mexican-American community in San Angelo, Texas – but, of course, the festival is for everyone to participate in and enjoy.

Spooky Places near San Angelo to Visit for Halloween

Places to Visit for HalloweenFor any thrill seeker, finding a scary place or spooky experience is a quintessential way to celebrate the orange-themed holiday rapidly approaching. Fortunately, San Angelo, Texas is chock full of eerie events and creepy places to experience. Here are a few local favorites suggested by us here at Randall Mitsubishi to visit for Halloween!

Hallo-Scream Haunted House

Finding a unique haunted house isn’t easy–unless it’s in a building that’s actually haunted. The Hallo-Scream Haunted House was constructed in 1886. Now, more than 100 years later, the dark hallways and gaunt rooms make for a spooky experience. Will you make it through intact or will the ghosts that purportedly haunt the building take your wits for a wild ride?

Places to Visit for Halloween

Last year, several hundred people attended the haunted house during the two nights it was open. This year, the haunted house will be open during two weekends to accommodate more attendees. Admission is $10; pre-pay or pay at the door. All proceeds go towards maintaining and restoring the historic building.

 

Places to Visit for HalloweenForbidden Broadway

Get in the Halloween spirit by attending a hilarious roast of more than 30 Broadway hits. Forbidden Broadway highlights scenes from popular musicals with haunted heroines, including Annie and Wicked. The show takes place on October 16th at 7:30 p.m. Click here for more information.