New Car Care Tips

New Car Care Tips from Wantagh Mazda on Long Island

Taking care of a new car is an easy task to accomplishment thanks to modern engineering. Most cars don’t need routine maintenance for thousands of miles. There’s still work to be done to ensure your car runs in tip-top shape in the later years though! Here are a few new car care tips to help you in the long run from us here at Wantagh Mazda!

  • Read – Learning about your car is one of the best things you can do. Knowledge is power, after all. Start by flipping through your owner’s manual and read up on the important points, especially things you may end up doing yourself in the future. Make sure to mark the service schedule as well!
  • Drive – It’s important to break an engine in the right way. Avoid flooring it and idling for long periods of time. Drive normally and your engine will run like a dream for years to come..
  • Insure – If you chose to forego gap insurance, it might be time to reconsider. The last thing any driver wants is to get into an accident early into their car’s lifespan. If the car is totaled and you don’t have sufficient insurance, you’re stuck paying for a car you no longer own. That’s a situation no driver wants to be in.

For more new car care tips, contact one of our service specialists at Wantagh Mazda in Wantagh, NY

Best Summer Activities

Taking a family vacation across the country is a great way to spend the summer but it isn’t the only way. Spending some time at home can be beneficial to the soul, and you don’t need much to enjoy yourself. We here at Wantagh Mazda have some of the best summer activities to help you make the most of the warm weather!

 

  • County Fair – Summer is chock full of festivals and fairs, and it’s likely your county holds one of their own. Eat some fair food, check out the attractions, and enjoy the entertainment. A county fair is a great way to spend a few of those lazy summer days.

 

Best Summer Activities - Grilling

  • Grilling – An iconic part of summer, grilling is a way for families to bond and make fantastic food. Take the time to try a new recipe this summer. It could become your next family tradition!

 

  • Hammock – Napping on a hammock is the perfect way to pass the time. Beat the summer heat by setting up between trees or on the porch, lay back, and relax. For an added effect, hang string lights along the tree branches or on your porch if you plan to stay out after the sun goes down.

5 Summer Essentials to Keep in Your Car

Now that summer is in full swing, your summer schedule is probably fairly routine, and may include frequent occurrences of the phrase, “I’m bored.” If you want to break out of your mundane schedule and add some spontaneous adventures to your summer, here are five essentials to keep in your car to make sure those adventures aren’t cut short.

summer essentials to keep in your car

  1. Sun protection. You don’t have to end a fun day at the park just because the sun came out. Keep a supply of sunscreen along with hats and sunglasses in the car to keep everyone’s skin protected.
  2. Snacks. Sometimes it seems as if kids can eat their weight in food in a single day. Make sure you have some heat-proof snacks in your car so you don’t have to spend a fortune at the drive-through. Snacks like graham crackers, nuts, and granola bars (without chocolate) are great choices.
  3. Water. Bring along a reusable water bottle for everyone in the family. You can also keep some cardboard juice boxes for emergencies when you can’t find a water fountain to refill your bottles.
  4. Insect repellant. If you want to take an impromptu hike through the woods, you’re going to need some insect repellant. This will also come in handy when you’re sitting in the grass and watching fireworks.
  5. First aid kit. Scraped knees and splinters are pretty much guaranteed to happen in the summer. Take care of these small injuries right away with your in-car first-aid kit.

Here at Wantagh Mazda, we want to know…. What summer essentials do you keep in your car?

Long Island Roads Made for Scenic Drives

Long Island in New York is famous for a lot of things — water sports, beautiful ocean views, and the hustle and bustle of the city are just a few. While the thought of regional traffic might typically deter you from taking a leisurely drive around Long Island roads, there are a few scenic drives in the area that give passengers a glimpse of the beauty of the island — getting away from it all, even just for a few moments.

One of the most famed areas in Long Island, New York is the Gold Coast. As the inspiration for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby, the Gold Coast is lined with beautiful mansions that call back the festive and glamorous era of the 1920s. Between the castle-like architecture, colonial-style harbor towns, and seafront views, you’ll have the drive of a lifetime.

Another recommended route is 25A, which stretches for 55 miles along the North Shore. It’s sure to wow you with beachside villages, sandy landscapes, and the natural, tree-lined views reminiscent of a countryside road. Also, to the eastern side of Long Island is the Great Peconic Bay, which splits the quieter North Fork and the more energetic, youthful Hamptons in half. With local shops, small villages, and beaches on all sides, you’re sure to stumble across Long Islands roads that suit you.

Three Simple Road Trip Guidelines

Maybe you’re the kind of person that believes when it comes to road trips, there should be no rules. Although celebrating liberty and being spontaneous is what hitting the road with friends and loved ones is all about, a few simple road trip guidelines can be extremely helpful in ensuring success.

# 1 – Choose your travel mates wisely

Nothing can ruin a road trip like disharmony among travel mates. Try to have some idea of how yours and your friends’ personalities might dovetail or clash on a trip. If you have a feeling that things could go awry because of wildly different tastes or personality flaws, reconsider your choice.

# 2 – Avoid under- and over-planning.

If you don’t create enough of a plan, you may not feel satisfied with your trip. On the other hand, if you plan too much, and don’t leave room for spontaneity, your trip may not feel exciting

# 3 – Create a budget.

When you spend too much money, you may not feel the sting when you’re on the road. But your return home is sure to be accompanied by some regret and concern. Also, don’t spend too much money too early. Then the latter half of your trip may be disappointing!

The perfect road trip is all about balance. Balance some simple planning with lots of spontaneity and you are on your way to making memories!

Spring Car Care

Winter has finally come and gone, leaving the wonderful, albeit rainy, spring season in its wake! There’s plenty to do now that things have finally warmed up, and taking care of your car is one of them. Dirt, grime, and salt can build up over winter and, if left untreated, could result in rust of paint damage. Don’t take a hit on your car’s trade-in value! Take these spring car care tips from us here at Wantagh Mazda!

Spring Car Care

  1. Wash and Wax – Whether you’re on your way home from work or parked in the driveway, the first thing your car needs is a good wash. By washing your car thoroughly, you eliminate most of the salt, dirt, and grime that built up over winter. A quick wax doesn’t hurt either!
  2. Tires – Now that winter’s over, this is the perfect time to take care of your tires. Check the tread depth and air pressure. If you added air to compensate for the colder weather, make sure your tires aren’t overinflated now that things have warmed up! If they are, let some air out.
  3. Inspection – Checking your car’s belts, hoses, and engine can likely be done at home, but if you want to be safe, have your local dealership perform a full inspection. They’ll make sure everything is in tip-top shape and ensure that you’re good to go until next year!

The 2016 Mazda CX-9 Redesign Introduces Fresh And Exciting Changes

The 2016 Mazda CX-9 represents a brand-new and exciting redesign for the model. It counts as the first major overhaul since the inception of the CX-9 in 2006. The result is a choice in the full-size SUV category that is even more robust and alluring than before.

The new 2016 Mazda CX-9 redesigned SUV is available now at Wantagh Mazda!

The goal with the CX-9 redesign was enhancing the drive, improving efficiency, better tech on the inside and increase attractiveness on the outside. Mazda shaved a significant amount of weight from CX-9 this time around. Depending on the configuration, the crossover weighs 200 pounds lighter. Less bulk combined with the available all-wheel drive system and the CX-9 is guaranteed to handle with precision.

Under the hood, the outgoing V6 has been replaced by a refined 2.5-liter four-cylinder, capable of outputting 310 lb-ft of torque. The improvement in fuel efficiency should be somewhere around 20 percent.

Inside the all-new 2016 Mazda CX-9, there is a standard 7-inch central infotainment display. Mazda Connect makes smartphone integration a cinch. Enjoy voice commands, Bluetooth functionality and audio streaming with Mazda Connect. An 8-inch display is available as is a Bose premium audio system.

The all-new, redesigned 2016 Mazda CX-9 is yet another example of the design superiority of Mazda! Wantagh Mazda has just received our first batch of new CX-9s, so come get ’em! We have 10 on the lot now, and expect more to arrive in the next couple weeks.

How to Remove Odors From a Car

How to Remove Odors From a CarWhether it’s cigarette smoke or a spill, removing unwanted odors from your car can be tough. Even if you roll down the windows, the smell won’t go away. Once the smell has made its way into the carpet and seats, it can be incredibly hard to get rid of. Fortunately there are ways to remove odors from a car. Here are a few cheap and effective methods from us here at Wantagh Mazda.

  1. Cinnamon Sticks – Great for winter, the smell of cinnamon can easily overpower any unwanted odor. Boil several cinnamon sticks in water then pour it into a mug. Roll up your windows and leave the mug in your car until it cools. The smell of cinnamon will quickly take over your car, leaving you with an enjoyable scent every time you drive.
  2. Cat Litter – Designed to absorb unwanted smells in the litterbox, cat litter can remove smells from your car as well. Just leave a bowl of litter in your car overnight. By morning, the smell will be gone and you can reuse the litter for your feline friend!
  3. Newspaper – While most news is digital, physical newspapers still have some use. Crumple up a few pieces and leave them in your car overnight. The newspaper will absorb nearly any smell.

Safety 101: What to Do When You Hydroplane

what to do when you hydroplaneSpring means rain, and driving in the rain is hard enough, when visibility is low and everyone is somehow a worse driver than usual, without the reality of hydroplaning. But knowing what to do when you hydroplane turns a scary situation into something manageable, so follow these quick tips and you’ll have control back in no time.

First of all, don’t brake! Braking will just make you skid more. You want your wheels to continue turning so that they can regain traction.

The best way to get control back depends on what drivetrain you have. For front-wheel drive owners, pull into a lane with open space in front of you if possible and then slowly accelerate until your wheels are back on the ground.

Rear-wheel drive (only without traction control and ABS brakes) is more what you’d expect—since you don’t have control over your front wheels, you need to decelerate by taking your foot off the gas, not stepping on the brake, and steer into an open lane like you would with front-wheel drive.

Remember, don’t use cruise control in the rain! You need to be able to decelerate at will without braking!

The Dangers of Drunk Driving: Staying Responsible Behind the Wheel

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up soon—a great time of year to celebrate Irish heritage and have a good time. However, this is also one of the most dangerous times for drivers on the road, as drunk driving accidents tend to skyrocket around the holiday. The dangers of drunk driving can be serious.

dangers of drunk drivingThe CDC says that nearly 30 people die per day in the US as the result of an impaired driver operating a motor vehicle. In fact, this is one of the most common causes of death for people under 40, and is also especially dangerous for motorcyclists. In recent years, an average of 1.3 million drivers are arrested annually for driving under the influence. Don’t let it be you.

How can you avoid driving while impaired? The safest thing to do is avoid driving if you have had any drinks. Calling a cab is easier than ever thanks to apps like Uber, making it easy to find a ride home no matter what. Ignition interlocks are also available regardless of whether or not you’ve been arrested for a DUI. This device forces you to blow a safe blood alcohol concentration (usually around 0.02% to 0.04%) before it will start.

Know how alcohol affects you. Beer usually contains around 3.5% to 6% alcohol, wines have anywhere from 10% to 20%, and distilled liquors tend to have 45% to 80%. However, fortified alcohols can have increase these numbers, and some distilled beverages have as much as 95% alcohol (making them illegal in some states). Rate of consumption is just as important as alcohol concentration – know your limits.

These are just some of the basics when it comes to ways to avoid drunk driving. Try preparing for these situations by having a designated driver, taking keys from friends who are impaired, and offer alcohol-free beverages if you host a party.