DIY Father’s Day Gifts for Your Kids to Try

Father's Day GiftsIf you want to give your significant other a more meaningful and affordable present than golf clubs or clothes for Father’s Day, consider giving him a handmade present. Your partner will appreciate these DIY Father’s Day gifts, which are both creative and easy enough for your children to make.

Decorated Spatula

If your partner is a self-proclaimed grill master, gift him a decorated spatula. Simply buy a new spatula, and then let your children paint or add stickers as they please. They could add a special message, their dad’s name or something artistic on the spatula.

Snack Jar

 For this gift, all you need is a jar, a blank sticker and your partner’s favorite snack food. Your children can fill the jar with snacks, like chocolate, nuts and pretzels. Then, they can leave a Father’s Day note on the sticker and stick it to the jar.

Bottle tags

With personalized bottle tags, your partner can have something lovely to read each time he grabs a drink. To make these tags, your children can either create their own messages for their dad or find funny puns online. Then, you can print these messages on card stock and affix them to his drink of choice.

We at Wantagh Mazda hope you and your family enjoy making these DIY gifts and have a fantastic Father’s Day. If you’re looking for a new vehicle to take on family outings in Wantagh, New York, check out our inventory online.

 

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.

4 Items to Include in Your Winter Emergency Kit

Frozen Windshield | Wantagh, NY

Here in New York, winter is a serious topic. Almost without fail we get multiple major snowstorms each year that can leave snow on the ground until spring arrives. Because of this, it is very important that you prepare your vehicle with the tools and supplies you’ll need in case you get stranded on the side of the road. Here are a few items to include in your winter emergency kit.

  • Jumper Cables. You never know when you might need a jump or find someone who needs some help. If you travel in more remote areas, consider a portable jump starter so you don’t have to wait for someone to pass.
  • Ice Scraper. While any number of items can scrape the snow and ice off your car, a dedicated, heavy-duty scraper with an added brush will do the best job. Keep in mind that you should clear as much of the snow off your car as you can, including the headlights and taillights.
  • Small Shovel. If your car gets buried in the snow or stuck in a snow drift, a shovel will be the easiest way to get out. You should also keep a bag of sand or kitty litter in your trunk so you can pour some under your wheels for extra traction.
  • Winter Gear. If you are stranded and can’t get on the road again, you will need to stay warm. Pack a blanket, extra gloves, and other winter gear.

Stay even safer this winter by staying top of your vehicle’s routine maintenance this winter. Give us a call here at Wantagh Mazda to set up an appointment.

Pro Tips: How to Drive on Long Island

Do you love Long Island, but sometimes hate driving  in the area? At Wantagh Mazda, we are right there with you. Here are a few ways you can de-stress and make the most of your time spent behind the wheel on beautiful Long Island.

 

  • Avoid driving west in the morning. West takes you toward the city, which just so happens to be where everyone with four wheels is heading at that time of day.
  • Avoid driving east in the afternoon and early evening. By this time the commuters are on their way home from the city, and they’re in a rush to relax and watch a few episodes of something online. Stay out of their way and put off your east-bound night drive until moonrise.
  • Pick the parkways. There are both parkways and expressways on Long Island, but only vehicles with passenger plates are allowed on parkways. This means less fumes, less rumbling trucks, and more easy-cruising for you – the perfect drive on Long Island!
  • For east and west travel, take: Ocean Parkway, Montauk Highway, Sunrise Highway, NY Route 25 or 25A, and the Southern State Parkway.
  • For north and south travel, take: Cross Island Parkway, Meadowbrook State Parkway, Wantagh State Parkway, Bethpage State Parkway, Sunken Meadow Parkway, and Nichols Road.

Next time it’s a beautiful night for a drive on Long Island, don’t hesitate to hop in your vehicle of choice. Enjoy the sea breeze and open road, and, as always, drive safe!

 


Make Room in Your Budget for 2018 Gas Prices

The new year promises many things, but unfortunately it is expected that gas prices will rise in 2018. It is predicted that gas prices will rise nationally by approximately 19 cents, putting the national average at $2.57 per gallon. These figures were recently released in GasBuddy’s 2018 Fuel Price Outlook report. GasBuddy is a tech company that runs an app and website that help drivers find the cheapest gas prices in their area, as well as while traveling out on the road.

 

GasBuddy’s 2018 Fuel Price Outlook report also includes some other worthwhile information. For instance, it does not predict gas prices to hit any record-breaking highs. Moreover, it expects metropolitan areas to see the steepest prices nationally. Large cities such as New York City, Washington D.C., and Chicago are expected to see prices potentially rise above $3, whereas smaller cities such as Cleveland and St. Louis will likely see prices rise but still stay below $3.

 

You can rely on GasBuddy’s predictions, as they are usually not too far off the mark. In 2017, they predicted a national average of $2.49 per gallon, but luckily the actual national average was $2.39. We at Wantagh Mazda hope that this information helps you better budget out your fuel consumption for 2018.

 


How to Prepare for Snow on Long Island

You have probably heard the winter predictions by now. If you haven’t, weather experts think we are going to have heavy winter this year with lots of snow. According to the Farmers’ Almanac, winter temperatures are expected to be closer to “normal,” which means cold, and precipitation will be “above normal.”

 

So, how can you prepare for snow on Long Island? The first thing you need to do is make sure you have the right vehicle. If you are worried your front-wheel drive sedan won’t cut it this winter, Mazda has a great lineup of crossovers—all with available all-wheel drive.

 

The CX-3, CX-5, and CX-9 not only offer superior traction with their available all-wheel drive systems, but they come with great features like the MAZDA CONNECT™ system, an available Bose® sound system, and advanced safety features.

 

Along with the right vehicle, you also need the right tires. No matter which vehicle you drive, winter tires can make a big difference. They are designed using a special type of rubber that stays soft even when the temperatures are frigid. And, the unique tread patterns cut through snow and slush better than all-weather tires.

 

If you are looking for a new winter ride or just want a new set of tires, come visit us at Wantagh Mazda before the worst of winter arrives.

 

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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.