Mazda2 North American Debut in Montreal Shows Upgrades

The Mazda2 finally made its official North American debut last week – not at the hugely popular North American International Auto Show in Detroit, but at the much quieter Montreal Auto Show.

As sales for subcompact cars rise all over the continent, it makes perfect sense that Mazda would push their latest vehicle, a comfortably sized model with a lower price tag to accompany its smaller carbon footprint.

Experts are detailing the new Mazda2’s grown-up look, receiving clear, cosmetic upgrades from its predecessor for a more contemporary appearance. Additionally, Mazda representatives believe the Mazda2 will have “20 percent better” fuel economy numbers.

With a launch date scheduled for later this year in the summer, it’ll likely be a while before we learn more technical specs about the vehicle after this Mazda2 North American debut, such as its horsepower, torque, and miles per gallon values.

Until then, keep in touch with us at Wantagh Mazda, and pay us a visit to explore a new Mazda vehicle.

How To Defrost Windows Better With Science!

How To Defrost Windows Better With Science!
How To Defrost Windows Better With Science!

There’s a science to everything. For instance, did you know the reason that your windshield fogs up is because the temperature and moisture of the inside of your car is different than the outside world? This science can give us a better idea of how to defrost windows in the car.

This means different things during different times of the year. Right now, it’s January. Winter air is cold and dry. The inside of your car is warm and moist (moist due to your breath and body heat, not the mention the car’s heater).

A lot of people don’t know that if you need to quickly equalize the inside and outside, you can always do that by rolling the windows down. Not very comfortable, but you have to do what you have to do in an emergency.

Of course, the far more comfortable method is to use your car’s heater to blow warm air across your windshield and evaporate the moisture.

You can also use the annoyance of foggy windshields as motivation to clean the windows in your car. Clean windshields are more resistant to fogging.

Keep an eye out for more tips from Wantagh Mazda, your local Mazda dealership!

Making Your New Year’s Driving Resolutions

Did you start the New Year with a blank sheet of paper and pencil in hand? Many of us take some time at the close of every year in order to start the next with a new focus or goal. We at Wantagh Mazda suggest adding these New Year’s driving resolutions to your list of goals for 2015:

  1. The speed limit will be followed. We know; we started off with a tough resolution. However, speed plays an important factor in 30% of deaths caused by a motor vehicle accident. It’s worth it to take some extra time and reach your destination safely. Besides, they say patience is a virtue.
  2. There will be no texting and driving. Most people will tell you that texting and driving is dangerous; but, the fact is, many of us still pick up our phones while behind the wheel. Instead, commit to turning your phone on silent, or leaving it in the back seat, or doing whatever you have to do to keep yourself from texting before you reach your destination.
  3. The turn signals will get a workout. There is far too much miscommunication in the world already. Let’s at least be clear on the road and use our turning signals to let other drivers know what we are planning to do. Hey, they might even let you over in front of them.

For more ideas on good driving habits we should commit to begin or continue this year, take a look at this handy infographic from our friends at The News Wheel. Let’s make 2015 the Year of the Great Driver.

New Year’s driving resolutions

National Pet Travel Safety Day: Driving with Pets Can be Fun and Safe

Whether you celebrated or not, January 2nd marked National Pet Travel Safety Day. Dog, cat, or any other pet, it’s important to keep them safe. Here at Wantagh Mazda we recognize the importance of eliminating the dangers of travelling with unsecure animals.

National Pet Travel Safety Day

According to PetTravelSafetyDay.com, the national event was created by pet & family lifestyle expert and animal advocate Colleen Paige to help drivers and pet owners make driving a fun and safe experience. Dogs often travel with owners, but if left unsecure can do damage to themselves, the car, and the owner if nervous. There is also a large risk of fatality if a high-speed accident occurs.

“As a former paramedic in busy Southern California, I responded to many an accident caused by driver distraction due to pets in the vehicle,” says Paige. “It’s very sad when a dog or cat never even makes it home to their new life because they didn’t survive the accident…[sometimes] all of the tragedy could have been prevented with a single dog harness.”

Some of the best things you can do are always carry water and treats, avoid bringing children along, and turn the radio down. It’s always important to make sure your pet is properly secured with a harness or seat protector as well.