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.
Late January will see the return of the annual Winter Long Island Restaurant Week, which features eight full days of amazing deals on dinner at restaurants all around the Long Island area. Explore the many delicious, unique flavors of Long Island the week of January 21 to January 28.
Wantagh residents, there’s a participating restaurant right in your backyard—Thom Thom Steak and Seafood will be offering deals on their high-quality steakhouse cuisine. Or hop over to Huntington, where several more restaurants will be part of Restaurant Week, including Besito Mexican, La Parma II Italian Restaurant, and Honu Kitchen and Cocktails.
Several other cities nearby are home to participating restaurants, like Garden City, where you can try Belgian food at Waterzooi, and Bay Shore, where Captain Bill’s will be serving up fresh seafood. Monsoon Steak and Sushi in Babylon is the perfect place to get a bite of Asian food, and Amityville has Vittorio’s Italian Steakhouse. Merrick is also home to a range of seafood and American food spots!
There’s something for everyone during Winter Long Island Restaurant Week, so if you live on Long Island or you’ll be visiting in January, don’t miss it. The staff at Wantagh Mazda is thrilled to be part of such an active community with so many amazing independent restaurants.
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.
We know it still feels early, so don’t get angry with us for reminding you that winter is coming (as if a certain immensely popular HBO show hasn’t pounded that into your brain already). We here at Wantagh Mazda just want you to be prepared, so we’ve whipped together a couple of vehicle winterizing tips to keep you safe from swerving, stalling, and skidding on the roads this winter.
First and foremost, a solid set of snow tires is always your best bet for increasing your safety on winter roads. For virtually any car, your traction over snow and ice will be drastically improved. And while we’re talking about tires, make sure your tire pressure meets the standards stated in your owner’s manual. The fluctuating temperatures can wreak havoc on your pressure.
Test your fluids—refill your wiper reservoir (and get new wipers, while you’re at it) with de-icing fluid. Check to make sure your antifreeze is the proper blend of 50% water and 50% coolant.
As with tire pressure, the cold decrease the power of your car’s battery by up to 50%. If you’ve been experiencing any of the tell-tale signs of a faulty battery, like malfunctioning electronics or a coughing ignition, or if you’re just driving an older vehicle and haven’t gotten a new battery in a while, now might be the time to replace it with a new one.
That’s in for our quick list of vehicle winterizing tips, but there are always more ways to stay safe. Talk to a professional or give our service department a call for more information.