3 Key Vehicle Maintenance Tips for Spring Driving

Mazda Service | Wantagh, NY

Spring has sprung once again in Wantagh, New York. If you’re relishing the warmer weather and already looking forward to a well-deserved road trip, you’ll want to make sure that your Mazda is up for the adventure. With three key vehicle maintenance tasks out of the way, you can be confident that your spring will be full of fun.

Battery

The cold New York weather can take a toll on your vehicle’s battery. If you’ve had the same battery for going on three years or more, it might just be time to change it out for a new one. Bring your vehicle into the service center at Wantagh Mazda and we’ll check your battery as part of your regular inspection. If it doesn’t have enough power to get you through the spring, we can replace it quickly and easily.

Windshield Wiper Blades

Did you know that you should be replacing your windshield wipers every six to 12 months? That means if you didn’t get a new set of blades before the start of winter, you might be overdue for a new pair. Having fresh windshield wipers means the best visibility possible, which can be a big help if you’re driving in the rain this spring. You can get new windshield wiper blades at Wantagh Mazda — they’re inexpensive and easy for our technicians to install.

Tires

The health of your tires is always a top concern, no matter the season. If you use all-season tires on your Mazda, you’ll want to pay extra close attention to the tread and tire pressure this spring. Make sure that your tires are properly inflated, wearing evenly, and have the proper amount of tread to help you drive safely. Wantagh Mazda can help with all your rubber-related needs, from rotations to balancing to repairs to replacement.

Turn to the experts at Wantagh Mazda for all your spring vehicle maintenance needs. We’ll get you back on the road quickly so that you can get to enjoying all that great driving weather.

Tips for Driving in the Rain

New Mazda CX-5 | Wantagh, NY

Spring is upon us at last, which means a reprieve from all this late-winter snow. But that also means there’s plenty of rain on the horizon, which can make commuting challenging in its own way. But by following a few handy tips for driving in the rain, you can enjoy the warm weather and keep moving.

  • Consider all-wheel drive and better active safety tech: If you don’t have all-wheel drive, consider leasing a new Mazda from Wantagh Mazda in Wantagh, New York. You can get your new Mazda with i-ACTIV AWD® for increased traction in rain and snow. Vehicles like the new Mazda CX-3 are also equipped with i-ACTIVSENSE®, a suite of smart, driver-assist safety technologies that actively work to prevent collisions.
  • Leave more room between you and the cars around you: Braking in the rain often requires more distance to slow your vehicle down or arrive at a standstill. Play it safe by keeping a wide berth between you and the vehicles ahead of behind you. If you think your brakes are due for service, now is a great time to bring your vehicle into Wantagh Mazda.
  • Replace balding tires: If your tire treads are on their last legs, don’t chance an accident. Get replacement tires at Wantagh Mazda before the rains come. If you’re not sure, perform the penny test — if you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, your tread is too low.

Driving safely in the rain is easy to do if you know the proper precautions to take. No matter the season, see the service pros at Wantagh Mazda for all your maintenance needs.

4 Easy Easter Recipes to Try

Easy Easter Recipes | Wantagh, NY

These easy Easter recipes are easy to assemble and are sure to delight the whole family.

Beet and Orange Salad

The bright colors in this flavorful salad will look gorgeous on your table, and packaged, ready-to-eat beets save you lots of time in preparation.

Carrot Cake Biscuits

Carrot cake is a classic Easter dish, and these biscuits give it a unique spin. You can make them the day before for a less stressful holiday. They’ll go great with your Easter dinner, and you’ll probably be tempted to save a few to have with your morning coffee the day after, as well.

Mini Cheese Grits Casseroles

Small, single-serving casseroles are always a cute, fun addition to a dinner. These tiny dishes pack big, savory flavors, and are easy to make, too. It just takes 15 minutes of prep the day before, and less than an hour of baking time the day of.  

Spring Lettuce and Leek Soup

This fresh, herbal soup is ideal for spring dinners, and perfect for Easter. Its bright green color comes from three different types of lettuce, parsley, and dill, while white beans add a hearty taste. You can have this soup on the table in under an hour, or make it the night before and reheat when it’s time for dinner.

Spring Road Trips to Take From New York

2020 MAZDA CX-9 | Wantagh, NY

If you just purchased a new vehicle from Wantagh Mazda and you’re looking to take it on a spring road trip, the travel bugs at our dealership have compiled a list of great destinations to visit.

Newport, Rhode Island: If you want to enjoy coastal living for a weekend, consider visiting Newport, Rhode Island. Just four hours away from Wantagh, Newport is filled with gorgeous Victorian architecture – some of which you can rent for the night – and a bustling downtown filled with eateries and shops. Enjoy gawking at Vanderbilt-built mansions, chartering a sailboat, and eating chowder with the salty ocean breeze whipping through your hair.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: The City of Brotherly Love is only a three-hour drive from Wantagh, and is a great city to visit when Manhattan’s charms no longer hold your attention. History buffs will love seeing national treasures like the Liberty Bell and the home of Ben Franklin in person, while art lovers will enjoy the cities many galleries like the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Of course, you can’t leave without trying a Philly cheesesteak.

The Catskills: If you want to commune with nature during your getaway from Wantagh, visit the Catskills in New York. Approximately three and a half hours away, enjoy peace and quiet surrounded by mountain views. Opportunities for hiking, skiing, and golfing are plentiful in the area.

Don’t forget to visit the Wantagh Mazda service department before your road trip so we can make sure your Mazda is road-ready.

Fun Outdoor Activities for the Whole Family in Spring

Stumped on what to do for fun outdoor activities in the spring? Check these out!

Fun Outdoor Activities - Wantagh Mazda - Wantagh, NYHiking and a Picnic: When spring begins, plants and trees start to bud bright green! Enjoy the awakening of nature with a day out hiking nearby trails and finish up with a nice picnic.

Backyard Camping: If you don’t want to go all the way to the park or you have little ones, pitching a tent and camping in your own backyard can be a fun alternative.

Start a Garden: Want to teach your kids patience and responsibility? Beginning a garden with some simple, easy plants is a great, stress-free way to do so—and you get to reap rewards at the end of the summer when your harvest comes in!

Fly a Kite: This is a nostalgic way to spend a windy but warm afternoon. Take the family and a kite or two down to the park or even just to your own driveway and catch the wind.

Sidewalk Chalk: Another old-school favorite is to draw pictures in the street or sidewalk with sidewalk chalk! Just make sure to check neighborhood rules so you don’t get in trouble for vandalism.

Storm-Watching: Okay, so this doesn’t really involve going outside, but if you have a covered balcony, patio, or front porch, it’s nice to get a mug of hot cocoa and watch the rain.

Hopefully we at Wantagh Mazda have given you some cool ideas for fun outdoor activities for the whole family.