Fall in Florida is milder than in other parts of the US, but there are still some significant changes during the season. For instance, there are cooler temperatures, fallen leaves, and less daylight. That’s why it’s important to remember some basic fall driving tips to help you stay safe and prepared for the changes that the fall season brings.
While fall has officially began, we don’t typically see the changes here until later in the season. One of the major autumn characteristics is that many trees in the area will start to lose their leaves. It’s important to drive slowly over leaves and to avoid braking on piles of fallen foliage. According to Safe Bee, leaves can often be as slippery as ice.
Watch out for sun glares as the days get shorter. It’s typical for the sun to set earlier in the fall, which means you may have to drive with the sun in your eyes. It’s a good idea to have a pair of sunglasses ready, and, in some cases, you should consider changing your route if sun glare is too intense. With shorter days, you should also check to make sure your car’s lights are all working properly and replace bulbs if necessary.
Check your tire pressure once the temperatures start to dip. Air pressure is linked to outside temperature, which means that you lose about 1 psi for every 10-degree drop. Low tire pressure increases tire wear and lowers fuel economy, so be sure to fill the tires when necessary.
If your vehicle needs maintenance to prepare it for the changing season or to a good health checkup, bring it to Dependable Mitsubishi.
We know it is only September, but it is never too early to start planning for Halloween. Many churches and community groups host trunk or treat events in October, and 2018 will be no exception. These are where people decorate their vehicles and kids go from car to car to collect candy and play games. If you want to have the best decorations this year, here are a few trunk or treat tips from us at Dependable Mitsubishi.
To really get a great theme going, you should coordinate the decorations on your car with your family’s costumes. Perhaps you have a Wizard of Oz theme with everyone dressing up as different characters, and then you can deck out your car as the Emerald City.
To take your Halloween display to the next level, you should add an interactive element. This often includes a game that the kids play before they get their candy. Think simple games like a ring toss, a fishing game, or dancing contest.
Add a soundtrack into your theme to attract more kids. This is really easy if your theme is based on a movie with great music like Star Wars, any Disney film, or Harry Potter.
The most important tip of all is to just have fun. If you are stressing about your decorations, just remember that all the kids really want is some candy. So, throw on any old costume and have a blast!
We at Dependable Mitsubishi hope you have a spooky but safe Halloween. If you need a new vehicle for your next trunk or treat, pay us a visit for a frighteningly good deal.
Now that warm weather has finally arrived, it is time to bask in the sunshine and head to the beach. Although it’s fun to dig your toes into the sand at the beach, you don’t want to bring that sand home with you. So, it’s important to keep sand out of your car. Here are a few things you can do to keep your vehicle sand-free.
Shake It Out. Before packing anything up, give everything a good shake. Empty your pockets, shake out your towel, and brush your hair.
Line Your Trunk. Cut open a trash bag to line your trunk or use an old sheet. That way, if you miss any sand, it will get caught in the liner.
Use a Brush. Get a soft-bristle brush that you can use to scrub sand out of stubborn places like the soles of your shoes.
Use Baby Powder. Sprinkle baby powder on your skin and rub it off with a fresh towel to help remove the sand.
In the event you do wind up with some sand in your car, it is not too difficult to take care of it. You will want to thoroughly vacuum your car as soon as possible. You can also use a damp cloth to help clean up any stubborn sand.
If you need a vehicle to take your family to the beach in, pay a visit to Dependable Mitsubishi. We have a great selection of new and used cars and SUVs.
Hosting a party at your place to watch the big game? You and your guests need some snacks and appetizers to fuel up as you watch the excitement on live TV. Here’s some of the recipes for quick dishes that we at Dependable Mitsubishi think your family will love.
Picking the right Valentine’s Day restaurants is crucial for having a good night out with your loved one. Looking for good Valentine’s Day restaurants in the Vero Beach area? Look no further than these favorite places of ours.
Praised for its excellent service, upscale flair, and even more picture-perfect presentation, Maison Martinique is a popular place to go, so make sure to get reservations. Try the lamb or any of the seafood options.
A restaurant on the lower floor and a piano bar on top, Havana Nights is a unique place in Vero Beach to enjoy a night out with your significant other located in the same place as Maison Martinique. You have to try the Crab Cakes.
Every year, your family heads out to your favorite Christmas tree farm and picks out the perfect tree for your home. Now, you have the problem of taking it home. Here are a few tips on how to transport your Christmas tree without damaging it or your car.
Trust the experts. If there are workers at the farm or lot who will help you load up your tree, or even do it for you, let them. They deal with hundreds of trees each year, while you only manage one.
Wrap the tree. If you have to do it yourself, it is safer to drive home with a wrapped tree. Most places will slip your tree through a binder that wraps it in a net.
Prevent scratches. Place a tarp or blanket on top of the roof before you add the tree to prevent scratches.
Trunk goes first. When placing the tree on top of your vehicle, make sure the trunk is pointing toward the front. This is the most aerodynamic way to drive with a tree.
Tie down the tree. If you have roof rails, that is what you will use. If you don’t, open the doors and loop the rope across the cabin ceiling, or tie it to something sturdy inside.
Once everything is secure, give the tree a good tug. Drive home slowly and avoid highways. Need a new vehicle before your Christmas tree shopping? Visit us at Dependable Mitsubishi.
Maybe everybody was supposed to bring something to the table and your family is leaving tomorrow, or you’re hosting Thanksgiving at your place and forgot something crucial. Either way, these fast Thanksgiving sides will save the day.
You don’t have to wait until the day of to make gravy from the drippings. Pick up some inexpensive turkey wings for a flavorful, light recipe you can reheat the same day. Your guests will be none the wiser.
Here in Vero Beach, Florida, we know that the summer sun means business. Keeping your car cool is crucial when driving—not just for your comfort, but for your safety. Here are some easy tips to keep your car cool in the Florida heat.
Use your AC. Make sure your AC is in fine working order (you can have it tested at Dependable Mitsubishi if something seems off), and use it when traveling in hot temperatures. If possible, turn on your AC a few minutes before getting into your car to cool it off.
Park Smartly. Ward off heat by parking in the shade, whenever possible. If you’ll be away from your car for a few hours, anticipate where the shade will be in the final hour before returning to your car. If you can, park your car so that most of the sunlight will hit the rear of your car, so that the steering wheel won’t be hot to the touch.
Invest in Window Shades. Buy window shades to suction to your windows, as well as a big reflective one for your windshield.
Leave Windows Cracked. If you are in an area where you feel comfortable and rain is not on the menu, consider cracking your windows just a touch. Doing so will allow some air to circulate, though not much.