Thanksgiving Road Trip Games for Kids and Teens

Thanksgiving Road Trip Games for Kids and Teens

Long road trips can be exhausting, but no one hates being stuck in a car for hours and hours more than kids. Make your Thanksgiving trip more bearable for everyone with these fun road trip games.

One game that can keep your kids distracted for a while is The Name Game. There are lots of variations of this one, so try out a few different ones. You can make it a memory game by saying a word for each letter of the alphabet, and each person has to repeat the entire alphabet. Or have each person say a name, and the next person has to say another name that ends with the letter of the previous name.

Of course, there’s always the old standby “I Spy,” where the person spying describes something they see, saying “I spy with my little eye something…” and everyone else has to guess what it is. 20 Questions is a similar one, where you think of something for the others in the car to guess, and they ask you questions to narrow it down.

If all else fails, have a singalong. Play everyone’s favorite music and give them a chance to lead it. The staff at Wantagh Mazda wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving, and if you’re in need of a great road trip car for the holiday season, stop in for a visit.

Mazda Drive for Good Campaign

Mazda Drive for Good Campaign

The Mazda Drive for Good campaign is a yearly charitable event organized by Mazda that lets you be an active participant in giving back to your community. By simply taking a Mazda vehicle out for a test drive at a Mazda dealership this winter, you earn an hour of community service from the Mazda team for a cause in your community.

Plus, if you buy a Mazda during the Drive for Good event, Mazda will donate $150 to the charity of your choice. The Mazda Drive for Good campaign will enjoy its fifth consecutive year this winter, and over the last four years, it has led to over 260,000 hours of community service and raised more than $15 million.

Some of the most popular charities you can donate to through Mazda are St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the American Heart Association, and the Mazda Foundation, but the full list has over 40 charities, largely focused on medical research and helping children.

Mazda Drive for Good’s partnership with NBCUniversal, which has been in effect since 2014, has let the foundation reach many more communities, even if they don’t have a large volunteer force or a nearby Mazda dealership.

At Wantagh Mazda, we’re proud to be part of an organization that is so dedicated to giving back. Give us a call to find out more about the Mazda Drive for Good campaign and our participation in it!

Simple Tips to Prepare Your Mazda For Cold Weather Driving

prepare your Mazda for cold weather - snowy 2017 Mazda CX-3 in Wantagh, NY

Whether you’re behind the wheel of a Mazda CX-9, CX-5, or CX-3, you’re at a huge advantage when it comes to winter driving. With superior performance and safety features, your Mazda SUV is well equipped to handle difficult cold weather conditions. Even so, it’s important to take these precautions to prepare your Mazda for cold weather driving.

 

Wax and cover

Colder weather means more salt and snow on the roads. These can corrode your vehicle’s exterior so be sure to put on a coat of wax before winter hits and cover your car to protect it from the elements.

Battery

Cold weather puts additional strain on your battery. As temperatures drop, make sure your battery is fully charged. And if it is excessively corroded, replacing it now could save you from being stranded in the cold.

Tires

Crossovers and SUV are engineered to perform well in less than ideal conditions, but without proper maintenance, your car may not be able to hold up properly under tough conditions. Make sure tires are properly aligned and inflated before you hit the road in the ice or snow.

Emergency Kit

Be sure to keep emergency items such as blankets, a flashlight, an extra gas tank, and water in your car as winter approaches. A little preparation now will go a long way in the case of an emergency.

 

Follow these simple tips and don’t let winter keep you from driving safely this year. And to find the perfect vehicle for any time of year, stop by Wantagh Mazda today!

Trick or Treating Safety Tips for a Spooky Safe Halloween

Trick or Treating Safety Tips in Wantagh, NY

All year, kids look forward to Halloween night when they can dress up as their favorite characters and go out for a fun night of trick or treating. Follow these trick or treating safety tips to make sure everyone has a great Halloween this year!

 

Walk Safely

In all the excitement of Halloween night, it can be easy to forget basic safety precautions while on foot. Make sure kids remember to look both ways before crossing the street and only cross at designated spots. Also, put electronic devices away so everyone can focus on what’s going on around them.

Group Up

Whether you’ll be out with the kids this year or they’ll be out on their own, there is safety in numbers. If your kids are mature enough to be out without adult supervision, have them group up with trusted friends and stick to neighborhoods close to home.

Safe Costumes

Integrate reflective materials and bright colors into a costume for something as fun as it is safe. Dark colors might seem appropriate but they make children hard to spot in the dark. Additionally, use bright face paint instead of masks to keep your child’s eyes and mouth unobstructed.

Drive Safe

If you’ll be out on Halloween night, keep in mind that children will be all over and be moving around unpredictably. Keep your eyes on the road and drive slowly even after designated trick or treating times.

 

For a vehicle that offers unbeatable safety and performance, stop by Wantagh Mazda today. But remember, while Mazda’s advanced safety features do a lot of the work for you, nothing replaces safe and responsible driving on your part.

Mazda SUV Safety

Mazda is a family-centric automaker that makes it a priority to offer vehicles designed for families of all ages and lifestyles. Traveling through the suburbs is a breeze in the Mazda CX-3, CX-5, and CX-9, but heading into New York City can be cause for concern. That’s why Mazda is packing in more safety features each and every year. Here’s a closer look at some Mazda SUV safety.

The latest addition to Mazda’s safety features comes in the form of Automatic Emergency Braking. The active safety technology will be standard on all new Mazda vehicles by September 2022. The system is currently standard or available on the Mazda CX-3 and CX-5.

Automatic Emergency Braking uses on-board radar and cameras to detect when a crash is imminent. Once a collision is detected, the system warns the drivers and adjusts the brakes for more rapid braking. If the driver fails to respond, the system will apply the brakes on its own.

Mazda SUV safety is growing with more active safety technologies making their way to the road each year. Automatic Emergency Braking improves driver safety by offering the capability to hit the brakes fast to avoid hitting pedestrians and other vehicles.

Federal Crash Test Results

Many consumers put much of their confidence in federal crash tests results. We here at Wantagh Mazda are happy to announce that the Mazda CX-3, CX-5, and CX-9 all earned Top Safety Pick+ Ratings, the highest rating possible, from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

2017 Mazda CX-5 Road Trip Perks

A functional vehicle and luxurious form aren’t mutually exclusive features. In fact, they combine together perfectly in the 2017 Mazda CX-5. The CX-5 proves that a luxury-level crossover doesn’t have to be expensive or lack many of the utility-driven features that drivers love. To drive our point home, here are a few road trip perks of the Mazda CX-5.

Spacious Interior

The Mazda CX-5 is capable of seating up to five passengers, with plenty of space between them. There’s a total of 103.6 cu ft. of passenger space. No longer will kids be screaming about cramped conditions as you venture into New York City.

Having a full crossover will still leave plenty of room for cargo. With the rear seats up, the Mazda CX-5 offers a generous 30.9 cu ft. of cargo space. With the rear seats folded down, that space nearly doubles with 59.6 cu ft. of space.

Weight

There’s little doubt that maneuverability is key, especially when driving through urban areas like the Big Apple. The Mazda CX-5 weighs in at under 3,600 lbs., making it one of the few crossovers with extremely responsive handling.

Trailering

As for trailering capability, the Mazda CX-5 is capable of towing up to 2,000 lbs. when properly equipped. The standard four-cylinder engine offers a healthy 187 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque.

If that isn’t convincing enough, Mazda took the 2017 CX-5 on a fifteen-city, nationwide tour to prove just how great it is for a road trip.

See just how functional and luxurious the 2017 Mazda CX-5 can be with a test drive today at Wantagh Mazda.

2018 Mazda Updates

The automotive market is always on the move. There is still a lot of 2017 to go, but 2018 is creeping up, and there are already some 2018 models available. Mazda has big plans for its 2018 model year. In fact, the 2018 Mazda updates include an all-new three-row crossover called the CX-8 along with updates for the CX-5 and CX-9.

The CX-8 is bound for the Japanese market and will be shorter and narrower than the large CX-9 model sold here in the United States. We Americans like things a bit bigger, which is why Mazda is just sending the CX-8 to Japan. As for the American 2018 CX-9, it should get a few exterior updates including new LED headlights.

One exciting change for the 2018 CX-5 is the addition of a diesel engine option. This engine promises to deliver a fun-to-drive, fuel-saving experience that experienced drivers should love. Additionally, it should have a sportier, more sculpted exterior design.

Here at Wantagh Mazda, we can’t wait to see what the 2018 Mazda model year will bring. We expect to see some of these models start rolling in as early as this fall. Which 2018 Mazda model are you most looking forward to?

This Is the Wantagh Mazda Handshake

Whenever you buy a car, you always shake hands to close the deal. But professional pitcher Luis Severino knows how to shake hands with style. He recently paid a visit to purchase a new Mazda and showed us how to really finish things off with a bang. We like to call this the Wantagh Mazda handshake.

Luis also shows off his pitching moves and tells us how much fun it is to buy a car from Wantagh Mazda.

In case you don’t know who Luis Severino is, he is currently an All-Star pitcher for our favorite New York baseball team. He hails from the Dominican Republic and played for the Dominican Summer League starting in 2011. He moved up to the Major Leagues here in New York in 2015 and started off his big-time career with a bang.

In his first game, he pitched five innings, allowing two hits, two runs, seven strikeouts, and no walks. He ended the 2015 season with 11 starts and 56 strikeouts—a great start to his professional career.

If you want to have the most fun car-buying experience of your life, then come where the pros go and visit us at Wantagh Mazda today. And, don’t forget to try out our Wantagh Mazda handshake.

Extended Vehicle Warranties: Preparing for the Unexpected.

Extended Vehicle Warranties: Preparing for the Unexpected.

Most new cars come with warranties to guarantee satisfaction, including the 2017 Mazda lineup. However, for those looking for added peace of mind, extended vehicle warranties offer coverage on a range of areas, such as vehicle service, tire and wheel coverage, a protection plan, and even comprehensive coverage. Read on to learn more about extended warranties.

One of the most popular warranties is a vehicle service contract, offered by Zurich to keep you prepared for the unexpected. Because regular maintenance is key to retaining your car’s value, you’ll most likely need regular services like oil changes, new tires, and brakes. A service contract can help cover some of these bills. Plus, it really pays off if you have an accident—major or minor—because it can cover the cost of some, if not all, repairs. You choose the level of protection that’s right for you.

Other warranties include tire and wheel coverage. Your tires and wheels are the only vehicle components to come in contact with the road, one reason it’s especially important to maintain them. If you need unexpected repairs or 24/7 roadside assistance, the Road Hazard Tire and Wheel Coverage package is perfect for you.

Finally, you can also choose select or comprehensive protection. The comprehensive plan is perfect for the big stuff—like the powertrain—while select protection covers the same as the comprehensive with added perks. Regardless of which extended warranty you choose, you can rest assured knowing your car, not to mention your wallet, are protected in the long run. Visit Wantagh Mazda to learn more about extended warranties, including the details of each plan.

Tips and Tricks to be More Fuel Efficient

Now more than ever before, fuel efficiency is an important concern for drivers. Every little bit of money saved at the pump can be helpful. Unfortunately, many of the more fuel efficient vehicles on the market also happen to be some of the more expensive one. But fear not, as there are simple and easy tips and tricks you can follow to make any vehicle more fuel efficient!

 

Do Not Speed

The first reason not to speed is because it is illegal to do so. However, there is another reason not to speed, as speeding reduces fuel efficiency. The efficiency of your vehicle begins to decrease significantly when you go faster than 50 mph. Settle for a slowdown and save yourself some money!

 

Use Cruise Control

Cruise control is a nifty little feature that makes highway driving easier. It’s also a money saving machine! With less acceleration and speed changes, the steady pace of cruise control helps you save a steady flow of cash at the gas pump.

 

Remove Heavy Cargo

You know that huge pile of items to return you have in the car? Well, get rid of them as soon as possible. For every 100 pounds of excess cargo you have stored in your vehicle, the vehicle’s mpg is reduced by 1%. By getting rid of the junk you don’t need, you will save the money you do need!

 

Avoid Excessive Accelerating and Braking

Last minute braking and rapid accelerating may make you feel like Vin Diesel, but it certainly won’t make you rich like him! Sudden starts and stops are murder for the fuel efficiency of your car. Ease up on the accelerator and brakes if you want an easier fuel bill to pay for.

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