Category: Seasonal

Motorcycle Safety

When the weather gets warmer, the road becomes flush with motorcyclists. Did you know that over half of all fatal motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle, and that most of those are at the fault of the car or truck driver? It’s extremely important to keep motorcycle safety a priority. Here are some tips to help you and motorcyclists:

When you’re turning left, look for traffic – The number one cause of fatal accidents for motorcyclists is when a vehicle turns in front of them. When you’re turning left, make sure you look out for motorcyclists.

Increase your following distance – Motorcyclists have a much quicker stopping distance than cars do. This means that if they stop suddenly and you’re following too close, your chances of rear-ending them are high. Since they also often slow down by downshifting, this doesn’t activate the brake light. So make sure you’re paying attention.

Allow them to swerve – Motorcyclists often adjust their position in a lane to be seen better or to avoid things like potholes and debris. Give them room in the lane to do so if you’re passing them, and don’t ever try to share the lane with them.

Follow these tips and you’ll have a safe and happy spring!  Be sure to stop in and see us at Don Robinson Mitsubishi this spring for some great deals on new Mitsubishi models!

Spring Cleaning

As the weather warms, it can only mean one thing: spring cleaning. This time of year is perfect for washing away dirt and debris, giving your car a fresh, clean look. We’ve put together a list of five spring cleaning tips for your car.

According to Fox News, slush, salt, and cold temperatures can be especially harmful on your car, leading to corrosion. One important area to clean that you don’t normally see is the underbody. Salt from the road can coat the bottom of your car, doing serious damage. Check your local car wash to see if they have an undercarriage power wash. If not, simply spray it off with a hose.

Next, clean the exterior paint and the interior fabric or leather. Make sure to scrub the hard to reach places, like the bottoms of doors, window channels, and around the wheel wells. Also, get a steam cleaner if possible to remove any salt that may have been tracked to the interior.

After this is done, replace your wiper blades. Winter can be especially harsh on your wipers, making the spring the perfect time to get a new pair. You might also consider applying RainX or other treatments that may have worn off.

Don’t forget to check your tires! Tire pressure increases for every 10-degree rise in temperature. Make sure tires are at the proper psi (pressure per square inch) rating. You may also check for uneven wear, cracking, or low tread. Warmer weather is a great time to consider new tires.

Finally, top off your fluids. Make sure wiper fluid is at proper levels, and also check oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze/coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and any other systems you might have. This is also a great time of year to change your oil, giving your car a fresh start for warmer weather.

And if you want to get a good clean detail on your vehicle, stop by Don Robinson Mitsubishi for a great detailing job by our Detail Department!

Peaches

Summertime is the perfect time to enjoy a fresh, juicy, sweet peach. But, there is so much more you can do with a peach than simply eating it. Here are some delicious summer peach recipes you’ll have to try.

  • Ginger Peach Shortbread Cobbler. This simple dessert requires zero peeling and when topped with the shortbread cookies, looks simply divine.
  • Blackberry Peach Coffee Cake. This fruit-filled dessert will become a favorite at your next breakfast or brunch. The cinnamon streusel topping complements the tart fruit for a scrumptious combination.
  • Summertime Peach Ice Cream. If you have an ice cream maker at home, you definitely need to try this creamy, fruity, frozen treat.
  • Insalata con Peche. For something on the savory side, whip up this simple summer salad that combines peaches, prosciutto, mozzarella, and thyme.
  • Fresh Peach Gelees. This adult-only dessert will be a refreshing end to a summertime cocktail party. It uses white wine and vodka in place of water in this gelatin.

What is your favorite way to eat peaches in the summer? Share your favorite summer peach recipe with us in the comments below.  We would love to hear about even more great peach recipes to try!

Family togetherEveryone loves going to drive-in movie theaters, especially as the weather starts to get warmer. That’s why we’ve put together a list of drive-in theater tips to help you get the most out of your experience.

Assuming you have a Mitsubishi, you’ll have plenty of space to stretch out and relax to enjoy the movie. Just in case you want to get outside, though, an important thing to remember are lawn chairs. According to Drive-Ins.com, most people find that lawn chairs are a great way to enjoy the movie.

Also, choosing the right double-feature is important. If you’re going with the whole family, make sure to choose two movies that the kids will be able to sit through. If you’re going with friends, make sure to consider everyone in the group. Most theaters offer a vast array of options to choose from throughout the season.

Though most drive-ins will remind you, make sure to charge your battery by turning on your car every once in a while. Nothing ruins an evening faster than having to call a tow truck because your battery is dead.

Last but not least, mosquito repellant is a must. As temperatures increase, so do the bugs, especially on humid days. Make sure to bring plenty of insect repellant to keep those annoying bugs at bay.  Be sure to tell us about your Drive-In experience at Don Robinson Mitsubishi!