Category: Tips and helpful hints

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!

Synthetic Oil

We’ve all been there before—you’re at the mechanic to get your oil changed when they ask if you’d like synthetic or conventional oil. Now, it’s likely you’ve heard these terms before. But what do they mean? Conventional oil is a lubricant derived directly from crude oil. It does have good properties that give it lubrication at higher temperatures. Synthetic oil starts out as conventional oil but is then modified.

Here are some benefits to synthetic oil:

  • Better lubrication – Added lubricants increase the slickness of the oil to help your parts and engine last longer.
  • Improved protection – “Dry starts” are something that often happens with conventional oil when your car has been sitting for a long time. This pulls the oil down to the bottom of the engine, which causes the components at the top to run unprotected. But with synthetic oil, it maintains viscosity and the additives decrease this “dry start” risk.
  • Less breakdown – Synthetic oil takes longer to break down, which means you don’t need to change it as often as conventional oil.
  • Reduced deposits – When conventional oil breaks down, deposits can form on engine components. Synthetic oils are less likely to do this and therefore leave your engine cleaner.

Now that you know some of the benefits, are you ready to try synthetic oil? To find out more about which type of oil would best benefit your vehicle; stop by Don Robinson Mitsubishi today to find out more. Also be sure to ask about our $9.88 Oil Change special only at Don Robinson Mitsubishi!

Storm Clouds

Though winter may now officially be in the past, we are still not immune to icy weather in the form of hail. Hailstorms can be seriously dangerous and frequently occur with little to no warning. If you find yourself experiencing a hailstorm, here are some hail safety tips to keep you and your family safe

  • If given a warning, close your curtains and blinds to prevent injury from potential broken glass
  • If you are outside when the hail begins, seek shelter as soon as possible and try to stay away from windows
  • If you are driving, try to move your car under a bridge. If a bridge isn’t handy, it is best to pull over and crouch down in the back of your vehicle
  • Consider keeping a blanket in the back of your car. If there is hail strong enough to break any of your windows, you will need the blanket to shield you from the glass
  • Lastly – be vigilant. It is easy to avoid personal, physical harm by staying inside during a storm watch or warning

Hail can be dangerous and damaging for you and your vehicle, so stay safe and prepared for when hail may unexpected hit.  If you have any other hail safety tips, let us know in the comments at Don Robinson Mitsubishi.

Gas Can Whether your car is brand new or you’ve had it for years, there will come a day when you pull into the gas station and realize you’ve completely forgotten which side your gas tank is on. Instead of pulling up and hoping you’ve got the right side, getting out, and having to get back in and do the whole thing over again, use this handy method for determining where your gas cap is.

It’s tempting to try to peer into your side mirrors and hope you can catch a glimpse of the outline of the little gas cap door, but you can actually figure it out just by looking at your dashboard.

You know that seemingly pointless little arrow on the side of the gas tank icon on your dashboard? It points to the side your gas cap is on. Some older cars don’t have the arrow, but in many cases even in the arrow’s absence the gas cap side will correspond with the side the hose in the icon is on. Who knew?  Tell us at Don Robinson Mitsubishi if you knew about this handy little trick for finding your gas cap!  I bet this lady wished she knew this nifty trick!

Driving in the Rain

Goodbye winter; spring is finally here! With all the flowers and prelude to summer, the rainy weather also rears its ugly head. Driving in the rain comes with its own dangers. Skidding, sliding, and visibility are just a few things the rain effects. Here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi, we’ve got both the vehicles and the tips to get you where you need to go safely.

  • Don’t use Cruise Control. In dry weather, cruise control is one of the best features of a vehicle. In wet weather, it can be a nightmare. While a driver can take their foot off the gas to regain traction, cruise control can’t.
  • Don’t slam on your brakes. Slamming on your brakes can cause you to skid. If you’re already skidding, hitting the brakes can make your vehicle harder to control than it already is. Instead, take your foot off the gas and steer in the direction you want to go.
  • Avoid moving water. Sure, splashing pedestrians who are surely already wet can be fun but it could cost you your vehicle. Moving water, especially water you can’t see the ground through, can sweep you right off the road.
  • Turn on your headlights. Headlights can make all the difference to other drivers. Even if you have automatic, daytime running lights, turn them on anyway. They’ll help the driver behind you.

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