Archive for Driving Tips

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.

Valentine’s Day Driving Tips to Remember on Every Date

Valentine’s Day Driving Tips

This Valentine’s Day and on all date nights to come – though driving safety may be the last thing on your mind – we urge you to think otherwise. The influence of your favorite music, alcohol, and even an intoxicating date can quickly make a casual drive dangerous.

 

Not sure where to begin? Check out these Valentine’s Day driving tips, which are relevant year-round.

 

  • Let your date, or whoever is in the passenger’s seat, choose the music that’s playing, so you can keep your hands on the wheel.
  • Though you may be tempted to wear your most fancy shoes for a big date, be sure to have something comfortable to wear behind the wheel.
  • Don’t pick up your cell phone. Not only is it dangerous, but also, your date may appreciate it if you avoid your phone for most of the evening.
  • Perhaps stick with safe foods if you are going out to eat. You don’t want to find yourself in desperate need of the bathroom while you’re driving your date around.
  • And lastly – never, ever drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Your vehicle, your life, and potentially the lives of others, are never worth it.

 

For more driving safety tips, or to pick out a brand new car to whisk away your date, visit us any time at Randall Mitsubishi.

Holiday Travel Tips: ‘Tis the Season for Travel

Holiday Traffic

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The holiday season is right around the corner. That’s why we’ve put together a list of holiday travel tips to help you get the most out of your experience on the road. Although few people realize it, there are some important things to keep in mind before you hit the highway. From travel times to essential supplies, you’ll be glad you were prepared for the trip.

According to the Travel Channel, timing is everything. Regardless of whether you are driving or flying, there are some important days to avoid. Even if you’re driving, search airport dates for the most expensive days to travel around the holidays—and then avoid those. Typically, the most expensive day to travel will be the busiest. Although you might assume Fridays or Sundays are the worst days to drive, this isn’t always true.

Download some apps. If you aren’t the most tech-savvy person around, ask your family or friends to download an app for travelling. In particular, you can find apps to locate the cheapest gas, the cleanest rest stops, or the best routes for travel. Take advantage of technology—most other drivers do.

Finally, be sure to pack light. Although it might go against your instincts, packing light will leave you more room for the trip. If you are staying for an extended period, try to locate a laundromat where you can clean your clothes instead of packing a closet. Need toiletries? Buy them at your location. You’ll be happy to have every square inch covered when you hit the road.

Fall Car Maintenance You Can Do at Home

fall car maintenance

Do a quick inspection of your car to make sure it’s ready for the fall weather!

There’s a lot of car maintenance that needs to just be done at the shop by professionals. However, you can save on fall car maintenance costs by doing some of it yourself. Service during this time of year is important with the hazardous weather and low temperatures steadily approaching. Try doing some of these simple checks to keep your vehicle working properly through the colder months.

Change wiper blades: This doesn’t take much! Most wipers are easily lifted off the windshield by a hinge, and you can snap the old ones out, put the new ones in, and lower them back onto the windshield.

Check and top off fluids: Oil, coolant, brake fluid, windshield wiper fluid – all of these are important for you safety. Yes, even the wiper fluid. Make sure all the fluids are clean, and if anything looks low, top it off.

Replace your air filter: Air filters aren’t expensive. Most should fall in the range of $10-$15. It’s easy to pick one up from the store and replace the old one.

Inspect battery: Your battery capacity is drastically reduced in cold temperatures, so make sure you check the health of your battery and make sure all the connections are tight and clean.

Fall car maintenance doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. Just make sure you have a professional like the ones in the Randall Mitsubishi Service Department take care of any of the really tough or sensitive stuff, like an engine tune-up, before you head into the winter.

Off-Road Driving Tips: Enjoying the Outdoors

Off-road driving tips

Off-roading in your Mitsubishi can be very exciting over rough terrain!

 

Going off-road can be a blast, especially if you are driving a well-equipped Mitsubishi model. Each vehicle you buy from Mitsubishi comes with a range of features that make it great for hitting trails, from MIVEC engines, rigid suspensions, or intelligent all-wheel control. Aside from a great car, you should also pay attention to these off-road driving tips to ensure you have a good time on the trails.

According to Popular Mechanics, you should always read the terrain when driving off-road. Although it might be fun to plunge into the unknown, it is also incredibly dangerous. Always understand where you are going, and what the terrain is like. Unexpected dips, holes, and rocks can cause a breakdown in a moment.

Start in the proper gear. Though this might sound like a no-brainer for some, you should shift into 4×4 mode as soon as you hit the dirt. Once you get going, it can be easy to forget to switch to the proper gear. By the time you get stuck, it could be too late.

Always bring recovery gear. This includes things like a frame-mounted tow hook, rope, and a winch if needed. This will help you get out of any tough situations should you find yourself in a rut.

Bring your Mitsubishi into Randall Mitsubishi to get a routine check before you go off-roading.