Now that the weather is nice again, it’s the perfect time for motorcyclists to enjoy a ride on their bike through beautiful West Virginia. Do your part to keep the roads safe by reading up on these motorcycle safety tips and being aware of how to share the road respectfully.
Create Plenty of Space
You should always create more space between your vehicle and a motorcyclist than you would between your vehicle and another car. Some people like to use the four second rule, which means counting four seconds between the cyclist ahead of you and your vehicle. In general, it’s best to leave as much space as is reasonably possible—never tailgate a motorcyclist.
You should, of course, always be aware when you’re driving no matter what or who is around you. But it’s good to get in the habit of being extra aware when you know there are motorcycles on the road. Always know where they are in relation to you and remember to check your blind spot well before changing lanes.
Look Before You Turn
Many motorcycle accidents are the result of cars turning left while a motorcycle goes straight. It’s easy to miss a person on a motorcycle compared to a large SUV or truck, but it’s imperative that all drivers are just as alert to motorcycles. Look carefully before you make any turn, and do so patiently, so that you can help keep motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians alike all safe.
If you love the feeling of the open road, Mitsubishi lets you experience it in style and comfort. Stop into Mountaineer Mitsubishi for a test drive and see why Mitsubishi should be your next choice for a new vehicle.
Because safe driving means protecting everyone on the road, not just everyone in the vehicle, Mitsubishi has announced a new Safe and Secure Lighting system that aims to keep pedestrians safe along with those riding in the vehicle.
This innovative new Mitsubishi safety system uses a combination of road-surface projections and car-body displays to inform pedestrians and other drivers about the car’s movements so they can better anticipate what the car plans to do next.
With this new technology, the driver’s actions automatically trigger a bright projection that lets pedestrians know when they intend to reverse or open a door, giving those around the vehicle plenty of time to respond in a safe way.
Research indicates that about 60% of pedestrian road fatalities happen at night, so Mitsubishi hopes that using bright, easy-to-read projections to signal a vehicle’s next move will help to reduce this number.
Additionally, there is a concern that it could be difficult to interpret the movements of future self-driving cars. So, Mitsubishi is also looking at ways to make this new technology useful in a future market where autonomous cars are more common.
To learn more about Mitsubishi innovation, stop by Mountaineer Mitsubishi and schedule a test drive today.
If you’re looking for a great crossover with plenty of features, a long warranty, and excellent safety, be sure to take the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander out for a test drive. The Mitsubishi Outlander’s safety was recently recognized with a Top Safety Pick+ award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The requirements for this award were tightened again this year and the Outlander met every criteria, including earning the top good rating in all five crash tests, a superior rating for front crash prevention, and an acceptable rating for its headlights.
What makes the Outlander’s rating so remarkable is its affordability. The base model has a starting price of only $23,495 and includes features like a driver’s knee airbag, Active Stability Control, anti-lock brakes, and more. To get active safety features, such as Forward Collision Mitigation, the SEL model is available for $29,495, one of the least expensive crossovers with this option.
“At Mitsubishi Motors we are committed to safety and providing the best value for our customers,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president and chief operating officer, MMNA. “Competitively priced, the 2017 Outlander remains a leader in reliability and has expanded upon last year’s model enhancements with new advanced safety technologies.”
Stop by Mountaineer Mitsubishi today to see how the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander stands out.
Many of us make New Year’s resolutions to improve something about ourselves each year. And, unfortunately, many of us fail at making those resolutions. If you’re looking for something you can really achieve this year, consider one of these resolutions for your car.
- Enforce a seatbelt rule. Tell every passenger, no matter their age, that they have to buckle up before you will start driving. You can include the family pet, too, to keep everyone safe.
- Ditch the distractions. Put your phone away, stop eating, and doing anything else behind the wheel except for focusing on the road. Even using hands-free devices for phone calls can be just as bad as texting.
- Fill up the tank. Commit to keeping your gas tank at least half full all the time. This will make sure you have enough gas in case of inclement weather and will protect your engine from the impurities sitting at the bottom of your gas tank.
- Drive more efficiently. One of the biggest detriments to your fuel efficiency is aggressive driving (hard accelerating, braking, and speeding), which can increase your fuel consumption by up to 35%. Slow down and give yourself more time to reach your destination.
Are you planning to add any of these resolutions to your 2017 accomplishments?
It may only be early November, but winter is coming. And snow is coming with it. Therefore, it is important to know what to do when a layer of cold stuff blankets the road. Here are some winter weather driving tips to use.
- Accelerate and Decelerate Slowly
Roads become slick when snow enters the picture. So it’s important to take your time when speeding up or coming to a stop.
- Turn off Cruise Control
During inclement weather conditions, you need all your wits about you. You are much better off using your own driving abilities than relying on a cruise control computer system.
- Give Cars Up Ahead More Room
No one likes a car that follows too closely during nice weather. It’s even worse during snowy weather. Give the driver ahead of you more space, which will in turn give you more space to stop.
By following these winter driving tips, you can handle snow business with no problem.
Plan for the worst and everything else will be a pleasant surprise. While we’re not suggesting you drive every day of the winter expecting to get stranded in a blizzard, there are quite a few things you can do to ensure you fare just fine in the event of a snowstorm. The Huffington Post shared some of these winter driving tips.
Freezing Anti-Freeze: Make absolutely sure that the type of anti-freeze that you use is rated for the lowest temperatures in your area.
Going Blind: Top off your windshield wiping fluid as often as you can. With salt trucks everywhere, the moisture and salt makes a terrible mix for visibility.
Let There Be Light: A flashlight is absolutely essential. Visibility can be reduced dramatically during a blizzard, especially at night. In case of a breakdown, you may need to use the flashlight for a signal.
Who’s Hungry…and Cold: Stash some food in your ride, specifically things that keep well like jerky or peanut butter. Also, throw some blankets in your car as well as extra gloves and a hat.
Those of us here at Mountaineer Mitsubishi wish you a safe and joyous winter!
Poor vision, fatigue, and driving under the influence all play a major role in increasing the risk of an accident when driving at night. The National Safety Council offers several tips for safe driving at night, providing ways of reducing the impact of these factors and ensuring a safer driving experience for everyone on the road after the sun goes down.
- Keep your lights – headlights, tail lights, signal lights – and your windows clean to allow for the best visibility possible. You should also be sure your headlights are aimed correctly. If they are not in the proper alignment, your ability to see directly in front of you is decreased, and the lights are potentially obsuring the vision of drivers on the opposite side of the road. We can help you with cleaning and alignment here at Mountaineer Mitsubishi.
- Reduce your speed while driving at night. We often feel the need to speed when we are heading home to our families and warm beds after a long day, especially when it seems like the roads are clear because everyone else is already home. Be careful not to become so focused on the destination that you fail to slow down and travel safely. If you are too tired to drive, don’t. Make other arrangements or take a nap before continuing your journey.
- Do not drink and drive. Obviously, this is an obvious recommendation; but since alcohol is still a leading factor in fatal motor vehicle accidents, the point bears repeating. In addition, refrain from smoking and driving and night. The nicotine and carbon monoxide released when you smoke negatively affect your night vision.
As dusk changes to night earlier these days and more of us find ourselves driving at night, let’s all keep these tips in mind and work together to keep our roads safe at night.