When you get into a potential road rage incident, it can be easy to lose perspective, like any other time anger rears its ugly head. You, or another driver, can forget that your lives at risk. Is anything worth that?
Don’t let anyone pull you down to their level. To help you defuse a potentially dangerous situation, here are a few tips to handle aggressive drivers.
If another driver has become angry at you, they can feed off any sort of interaction. Making eye contact with them, or doing something as silly as a gesture, can quickly and dramatically escalate an already tense situation. It’s best to ignore them.
If the subject of the other driver’s anger is a parking space, tell yourself it’s not worth it. Because it isn’t!
If an angry driver is behind you on a multi-lane highway, resist the urge to participate in their games. Simply wait for a safe opportunity to get over and allow them to pass.
If it’s you who happens to be the one who has gotten all worked up, create a go-to routine when you get stressed. Try driving with the flow of traffic (in the slow lane, so to speak), listening to mellow music, and enjoying the views.
There are so many things to look forward to with the advent of spring. Warmer weather and family road trips may be high on the list, but did you know that April is also National Car Care Month?
So in honor of the spring season, here is a checklist to ensure your vehicle is ready to usher in this new season.
- Check all of the fluids. There’s something to be said about a well-oiled machine—it runs smoothly. So be sure to check your engine oil, power steering, brake, and transmission fluids to ensure the longevity of your vehicle.
- Check the hoses and belts for cracks, frays, or signs of excessive wear.
- Check the battery to ensure that the connection is free of debris, secure, and corrosion free.
- Check the pressure and tread of your tires as uneven wear may indicate the need for a wheel alignment.
- Check the wipers. Worn wiper blades should be replaced to ensure one can see clearly during the spring rains.
We at Mountaineer Mitsubishi wish our readers a safe and happy spring, and if you’d like a little help ushering your car into the season, don’t hesitate to contact our service department to get your vehicle back in tip-top shape.
Soon, the snow will be melting, the buds will be sprouting on the trees, the birds will be singing and you’ll probably wait until the last minute to get your significant other something for Valentine’s Day.
But not if your better half is an automotive-nut, we hope. Here are a few Valentine’s gift ideas for car lovers.
For those rainy or snowy days when racing around town may not be all that fun or safe, get your car lover the latest racing video games. Gran Turismo 6 features cars modeled on real-world concept cars by automakers, for which your car lover may have a particular liking.
Racing-themed films always work too. You might want to check their DVD shelf first to make sure you don’t buy something that they already have. Days Of Thunder is a good one for NASCAR nuts. Senna is a great documentary about one of F1’s most renowned and accomplished drivers.
Tickets to a race will usually please any race car driving fans. The Sprint Cup comes to Richmond International Speedway in the Spring and in the Fall.
Lastly, at the very least, your automobile-enamored significant other needs to look cool when he or she is behind the wheel. And all that requires is a quality set of aviator-style Ray Bans.
Now that the New Year has arrived, many of us have set resolutions, or goals, for 2015. While this is a great idea, only 8% of people actually successfully reach their goals, according to the University of Scranton. To help you keep you New Year’s resolutions, here are a few simple tips.
- Set progress goals instead of outcome goals. Instead of saying, “I want to lose 50 pounds,” set a goal along the lines of, “I will eat more vegetables and exercise five days a week.”
- Make short-term goals towards your long-term goal. A year is a long time, try setting goals for each week or month. This will make your resolution more manageable.
- Make time for your goal. If you want to learn a new skill, but don’t plan any time to take classes or study, then it won’t happen.
- Celebrate your accomplishments. When you’ve made some progress on your goals, celebrate it. Just don’t make your reward counter to your ultimate goal (eating a whole chocolate cake when you’re trying to live healthier).
- Modify your goals. If you’re finding yourself discouraged, you can always change your goals. If saving $100 a month is too much, cut it down to $75 or $50. You can always increase your goals again as you get better.
If you’re looking for a resolution for your car, consider getting all of your scheduled maintenance done on time or driving within the speed limit. Did you set a New Year’s resolution for 2015?
Winter is tough on our cars. Let’s not add to that stress by making silly (rookie) mistakes. Here are five things you can do to increase your car’s resale value, keep it in better shape for longer, and reduce maintenance costs along the way.
Start your car, and go.
No need to let it idle. Today’s cars are designed specifically so you don’t need to idle. If you leave your car idling for more than a few minutes, buildup can begin developing on your spark plugs, making them less efficient and will eventually waste gas.
Check your tires often.
Be sure to check your tire pressure and tread regularly. Tires that are too worn or improperly inflated can cause alignment issues and ultimately cause your car to drive less efficiently. In a worst-case scenario, your tires could blow out on the highway – a dangerous situation for you and those driving near you.
Go the speed limit.
Besides being the law, going the speed limit is actually good for your car. Crazy, right? Going too fast means that you’re more likely to hit your brakes hard, fast, and abruptly which wears your brake pads and tire tread more quickly.
Avoid riding the brake.
Just like slamming on the brakes often is tough on your car, so is riding them. Doing this also wears your brakes down for no good reason (and it’s annoying for those of us following behind you).
Park in the shade.
Allowing your car to bake in the sun too often will lead to discoloration and cracks in materials. If you can’t park in a garage or in the shade, invest in a set of sunshades to protect the interior of your car.
For more insight on keeping your car new, check out autos.col.com.
Are you in need of a new car that you can keep new? Stop by Mountaineer Mitsubishi today!
Shoveling your driveway and sidewalk is one of the unfortunate realities of winter, but it is something that must be done. Believe it or not, this relatively simple (if not totally undesirable) task can actually become an even bigger problem if you don’t know how to do it correctly.
Though it might be cold out there, one thing to remember is not to over-dress. Wearing too many layers can cause your body temperature to rise too quickly—especially when you consider that you are exerting energy by shoveling—and you could actually find yourself at risk for passing out. To make sure this doesn’t happen, bring some fluid out there with you—whether it’s some cold water or a thermos of hot tea—and stay hydrated.
Another thing to remember is that your form is going to be important if you want to make sure that you come away without an achy back. Be sure to lift with your legs, and reduce the need to carry large amounts of snow over long distances by picking a point in the middle of your job for piling.
Finally, be sure to take a break when you need to do. No job has to be done in a hot minute, so take time to warm up or cool down, whatever your need. If you want to take a longer break, why not stop over to Mountaineer Mitsubishi to check out the winter-ready Outlander and Outlander Sport?
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.