Tag: Summertime

windows down vs. air conditioning

There are still conflicting opinions on whether it’s more efficient to drive with the windows down or the air conditioning on. While some studies say it’s universally better to leave the windows down, others have concluded that AC uses less fuel when you’re driving at speeds above 45 miles per hour. Is there one true answer to the windows down vs. air conditioning debate?

Short answer: no. There is still disagreement. Business Insider wrote an article that showed fuel consumption at 31 mph, 50 mph, and 68 mph, and at all three speeds the air conditioning used more fuel than rolling the windows down. HowStuffWorks, on the other hand, maintains that the exponentially increased drag caused by rolling the windows down at high speeds uses more fuel than the AC.

The good news about the lack of end to the debate, though, is that the higher your speed is, the smaller the difference is between fuel use with the AC on vs. fuel use with the windows rolled down. So basically, you can do whatever you like best, and it probably won’t have much of an effect on your fuel use. At lower speeds, though, you’ll use a lot more fuel with the AC on than with the windows rolled down, so keep that in mind.

For more tips about saving fuel or best practices when driving your car, stop by and see our service team at Don Robinson Mitsubishi!

Summertime by George Festival

Live in or near the St. Cloud area in Minnesota? Every year, the Rotary Club at St. George takes advantage of the summer heat to hold the annual Summertime by George Festival on the shores of the newly-renovated Lake George. The festival began in June, but runs for 12 weeks every Wednesday until August 26th. The event opens to the public at 5pm; the music begins at 6 and lasts until 9.

Admission to Summertime by George is entirely free to the public. Other activities at the festival include the Middle Town Market, providing access to a diverse variety of local vendors and food. The Eastman Tavern is nearby and serves craft beers, wine, and snacks, and the little ones can play to their hearts’ content in Little Georgetown. There’s also a trolley that runs through the area every 10 minutes Wednesday evenings, which makes parking much easier.

The Summertime by George Festival celebrates fun, live musical performances as well as local artisans and culture, nearby eateries, and area breweries. Whether you’re getting a drink with friends or looking for an evening with your family, Lake George has an all-summer-long event to keep you entertained.  Stop in and tell us all about it at Don Robinson Mitsubishi.

Summer pet safety

Everything overheats in the summertime — your car, your house, your kids, you. It seems like you can’t keep the air conditioning cold enough, ice cream melts too fast to enjoy, and the pool is too full with other people trying to regulate their temperature. However, you might be taking advantage of the warm weather by bringing your pet dog along for a ride when you’re running errands, but you need to be aware of the risks of your pet overheating, too. Summer pet safety is something that’s often overlooked.

The problem with dogs is that their fur holds in body heat. Even if you leave the windows cracked while you’re running into the grocery store, the heat inside of the vehicle can quickly skyrocket. Dogs need air conditioning and water just as much as humans do. Just a half hour of leaving your pet in a parked vehicle can cause the inside of the car to jump to 120 degrees. Shade, low humidity, and watching for heatstroke symptoms — heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid heartbeat, dizziness, and even vomiting — can help owners take care of their pet.

Summer pet safety may seem like common sense, but many people continue leaving their dogs in parked cars in the summer heat, assuming that it’ll just be a quick errand or cracking the windows will be enough to regulate the temperature. The truth is that’s not the case, and keeping your pet healthy will keep them with you for a long time.

We love pets here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi and want to do our part to help with Pet Safety.  For more information about our local Humane Society here in St. Cloud, stop by the Tri County Humane Society!

St. Cloud Granite City Days

If you are looking for something to do this month, we at Don Robinson Mitsubishi highly recommend taking time to go to the St. Cloud Granite City Days. This year’s festival is celebrating 10 years of amazing events and will take place starting Thursday, June 23rd through Sunday, June 26th.

The official Opening Ceremonies begin at 6:30pm on Thursday, but for all you early birds, there’s plenty going on before the festival officially starts. There is a variety of event and entertainment available during the four-day festival. Each day is jam-packed with great activities such as a Lemonade Concert and Art Fair, a Medallion Hunt, a Parade, a Fishing Derby, and even a Civil Air Patrol Fly-In Pancake Breakfast.

There are also canoe rides from Beaver Island to River Bluffs Park and a Gran Fondo Bike Ride at Lake George, which is a new addition to this year’s festivities. In addition to many great activities for you and your family to do, this festival will see it’s fair share of amazing entertainers, such as TONIC SOL-FA, Justin Ploof & the Throwbacks, and Jack and Kitty.

For more information and a detailed schedule, click here. This is one amazing festival that you do not want to miss!