It’s that time of the year — the time for holidays and with it, road trips. With declining visibility, cold weather, and lots of other holiday travelers sharing the roads, going on a trip can be more dangerous than it seems. These holiday traveling trips can help you and your family stay safe.
Get a check-up
Preventative maintenance is one of the most important aspects of keeping your car in good condition. Call the Don Robinson Mitsubishi service department at (320) 281-2895 to schedule an appointment. Our expert, factory-trained technicians will ensure your ride has a clean bill of health and is ready for a holiday trip.
Update your emergency kit
In an emergency, it pays off to be over-prepared. You should always carry a standard emergency kit in your car, but when winter comes around, you may want to add a few more items, such as hand warmers, water-resistant gloves, a window scraper, blankets, and a small shovel.
Consider winter tires
You don’t need snowy weather to justify putting on winter tires. All it takes is cold temperatures. Even if your car has all-wheel drive and all-weather tires, winter tires will perform better in inclement weather and when temperatures approach freezing.
For more maintenance and holiday travel tips, please visit Don Robinson Mitsubishi in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
Best places to ski in Minnesota | St. Cloud, MN
Winter in St. Cloud always means one positive thing: skiing season is here. Whether you’re just figuring out how to master the pizza and french fries technique or a seasoned pro hunting black diamonds, you’ll have a grand time at some of the best places to ski in Minnesota.
Andes Tower Hills
A short shot westbound on I-94 brings you to Andes Tower Hills in Kensington, which features 15 different downhill runs for skiers of all skill levels. If you’re in search of a challenge, you’ll get exactly that on the Worm Gear and Little America runs. For those just starting out, Andes Tower Hills has an ample Terrain Park for practice as well as available instruction.
St. Cloud’s favorite and most accessible ski resort is Powder Ridge, which sits under half an hour outside of the city. Popular for its affordable admission — including events like Two for Tuesdays and Wild Wednesday — Powder Ridge is a beloved destination for first dates, outings with friends, or just breaking away for a good time after a busy week at work. If you’ve never been to one of the resort’s Lazer Light Tubing nights, you’re missing out.
Como Park Ski Center
The Como Park Ski Center in St. Paul offers 15 skiable, beautifully maintained acres of terrain perfect for all ages and experiences. The center is a great place to take your young ones if you want them to learn the ropes, offering affordable lessons for downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowboarding. Better still, it’s close to Lake Como and the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, so it’s a great place for a full family outing.
If you love to ski, you’ll love the new Mitsubishi crossover family. From the Eclipse Cross to the Outlander Sport to the Outlander, Mitsubishi crossovers provide comfort for as many as six passengers while leaving plenty of space for your skis and gear. What’s more, with available All-Wheel Control and Super All-Wheel Control, they’ll handle just about anything the St. Cloud winter weather can throw at them. Check out our great stock of new Mitsubishi crossovers when you visit Don Robinson Mitsubishi and get started toward your next new adventure.
Here in Minnesota, winter never slows us down. If you are looking for some fun winter activities in Minneapolis, we have some great suggestions.
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Explore great works of art and ancient history with the museum’s newest special exhibit. Pieces from Egypt’s Sunken Cities will be on display at the museum through April 14th.
Northeast Farmers Market
Explore the crafts and goodies from over 35 local vendors at the monthly farmers market. It will be held on February 17 starting at 10 a.m. at Chowgirls at Solar Arts, and once again on March 17. There will also be live music, entertainment, and other activities.
2019 Winter Beer Dabbler
The 10th annual Winter Beer Dabbler will be held at the Minnesota State Fairground on February 23rd from 3 – 6:30 p.m. This outdoor festival lets you sample and enjoy some great locally brewed beers.
Twin Cities Auto Show
If you love cars as much as we do, make sure you add the Twin Cities Auto Show to your calendar. It will be held March 9th through the 17th at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
If you want to get out and enjoy the snow, the Whitewater State park hosts guided snowshoe tours twice a month on Saturdays. Other parks around Minneapolis are up for exploration and offer snowshoe rentals as well.
Minneapolis is never short on things to do in the wintertime, and we at Don Robinson Mitsubishi hope you stay safe and enjoy all that winter has to offer.
Winter driving is typically not a fun experience. This is especially true in areas that are used to dealing with heavy snowfall each year, like Minnesota. Mitsubishi prides itself on the safety features of its vehicles, and there are ways to get top-of-the-line, performance-oriented driving from your Mitsubishi while traveling in the snow. Here are some features to help you pilot your Mitsubishi in winter weather.
- Mitsubishi’s All-Wheel Control: Mitsubishi’s distinctive All-Wheel Control system can handle any tough weather conditions you throw at it. The AWC system was engineered to the brand’s high standards of handling and performance in terms of traction, cornering, and braking. This smart system actively monitors the road using sensors, and it automatically makes power and torque adjustments to maintain traction. This provides the necessary amount of stability and control on slick roads that can make or break your driving experience.
- Advanced safety: Mitsubishi vehicles offer a wide range of state-of-the-art safety features that help you feel confident while cruising around in the wintertime. They routinely feature things like anti-lock braking systems and active stability control. Other advanced technologies are offered like Forward Collision Mitigation, Lane Keep Assist, and Auto High Beam Headlights.
These thoughtful features on Mitsubishis will help keep you safe on the winter roads this season. Visit Don Robinson Mitsubishi to learn more about useful vehicle tools to have while driving in hazardous weather.
When most new vehicles leave the assembly line, they have been outfitted with all-season tires. For many drivers, these tires are more than enough to get vehicles through all four seasons just fine. However, if you live in a particularly snowy part of the country, you might be considering winter tires. How do you know if they’re right for you?
“Do I Need Winter Tires?” Here’s What They Offer…
All-season tires are designed to make sure you can drive well in the summer and in the winter. To do so, however, they must sacrifice some of the more extreme benefits of tires that do well specifically in hotter or colder climates. Here are some of the benefits of winter tires that all-season tires must give up:
- Tread rubber on winter tires is designed to remain flexible, which allows the tires to grip the road, even when there is little traction.
- Traction is also improved through more “biting edges,” which are small slits in the tread that allow the tires to grip better.
- Deeper tread depths, as well as customized tread patterns, also work to give drivers better traction in snow and on the ice.
If you live in an area that sees a fair amount of snow in the winter, such as here in St. Cloud where we see nearly 50 inches of average snowfall, then you’ll want to consider winter tires for the snow.
In the market for new tires? Check out the Don Robinson Mitsubishi tire store, with big name brands such as Firestone and Goodyear available for your Mitsubishi SUV or car.
Hitting the road for a winter vacation isn’t like traveling during the summer months. Winter brings harsh weather that can dramatically change familiar roadways until they’re nearly unrecognizable. Sleet, snow, and ice are all factors that drivers have to be aware of. Here are some excellent travel tips for winter from us here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi.
Watch the Weather
Keeping an eye on your local weather forecast and the forecast of where you will be headed is one way to avoid harsh weather. Knowing that snow or ice is incoming will help you prepare accordingly, both physically and mentally. Take a few minutes out of your preparations to look at the weather.
Everything takes longer on slick roads. Turning, braking, and accelerating all see significant delays depending on how bad the roads are. Take the time to slow down to give yourself more time to react to unexpected situations. Your car (and your heart) will thank you.
Familiarize Yourself with Roadside Assistance
In the event that you do end up on the side of the road, it always helps to have a roadside assistance service that can help. Some automakers provide a few years of roadside assistance with the purchase of a new vehicle. Independent organizations, like AAA, offer paid subscriptions as well.