Support Your Home Team: Essential Tailgating Gear

Looking for essential tailgating gear? Aside from the perfect vehicle, there are a range of other things to consider before you head off to the big game. From entertainment to cleanup, there are a million things that can make your trip more enjoyable. Here’s just a short list of the best to bring along.

Some things to consider include a throwback jersey and a hoodie. A throwback jersey is the perfect way to show that you have supported the team from the beginning. Plus, these jerseys look fantastic. Bring a hoodie as well, as these games tend to get chilly fast. A hoodie is also great for those looking for extra pockets to store essentials.

Your rear end will be thanking you after you buy a seat cushion. Few realize how uncomfortable stadium seats really are until they are actually at the game. These seats can keep you in comfort through the fourth quarter, letting you sit back and truly relax.

Make sure to bring some wet wipes as well. Because most tailgating crews prefer hot wings and other messy food items, it’s important to bring the proper cleanup gear. Not only can messy food cause messes all around, but it can also attract insects down the road. In short, be sure to bring some cleanup supplies.

Back-to-School Carpool Tips

Many schools are back in session, which means it’s time for parents to provide transportation for their kids. Carpooling can be a bit tricky, especially if you’re new to the whole “taking the kids to school” thing. Fortunately, we here at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi have some excellent back-to-school carpool tips that can help you transition into the new school year!

  1. Organize – Before heading out to school, contact other parents and plan out the route and schedule so no kid gets left waiting in the driveway. Ensure there are enough seats for each child and remind the children who will be picking them up before and after school each day. Doing so will ensure there’s no confusion among the kids.
  2. Drive – Did you know there are quite a few rules and recommendations about driving with children in the car? For example, the NHTSA suggested children who are shorter than four feet, nine inches must ride in a booster seat. Kids 12 years old and younger also can’t ride in the passenger seat. As always, obey the speed limits and pay attention to the crossing guards.
  3. Arrival – When dropping off the kids, make sure they exit the car on the curbside. Have the older children keep an eye on the younger ones as they exit the vehicle. As always, minimize distractions and keep an eye on the road!

What to Do When Your Car Overheats

It’s especially common during summer, so knowing what to do when your car overheats is vital in order to avoid seriously damaging your engine. Always keep an eye on your temperature gauge—if it gets to a dangerous or even unusual level, follow these steps.

An overheated engine is not necessarily dire, but if you notice the temperature gauge is high, immediately turn off the AC. If it doesn’t go down, turn on the heat, which directs heat away from the engine, and roll down your windows so you don’t suffocate. If it’s still high, it’s time to check your coolant.

Pull over when it’s safe to and immediately shut off the engine. Wait for the temperature gauge to go back to normal before you open the hood to avoid getting burned! Once it’s cooled down, pop the hood and check to see if the coolant is at the right level. It’s a good idea to keep some in your car in case an issue like this arises, along with a jug of water. If it’s low, pour in antifreeze and water until the reservoir is full. For help locating the coolant reservoir, look in your owner’s manual.

It the problem persists, head to a mechanic to have it looked at. Driving too much on an engine that continuously overheats could wreck it!

Keeping up with Car Tire Maintenance

Oftentimes, people think more about car tire maintenance in the winter than in the summer. Low temperatures cause tires to lose their pressure faster and become less pliable, which makes them more prone to damage — not to mention all that slippery snow and ice. However, summer presents its own set of dangers to car tires, which is why AAA urges drivers to keep an eye on their wheels during the sweltering summer months.

In fact, AAA Mid-Atlantic says they see the most tire recalls this time of year. Why? Friction from hot roads causes pressure to build up inside the tires, increasing the chance of a blowout. However, overinflation isn’t the only danger; an underinflated tire has its own issues. Not maintaining enough pressure in the tire causes the tread to wear faster and can even affect the fuel mileage of your car.

So what should you do? First, keep an eye on your tire pressure. If your vehicle has a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, pay attention to the light if it comes on. Observe the tread wear on your tires to make sure they are wearing evenly; otherwise, it could be a symptom of alignment issues or improper inflation. Car tire maintenance may not seem critical in the summer, but it’s crucial to keeping your vehicle in top shape.

Mitsubishi’s February Sales Saw Strong Gains

February may be the shortest month of the year, but Mitsubishi sold a lot of cars. In fact, Mitsubishi’s February sales were up 4.5% over last year’s sales, with a total of 7,870 vehicles sold.

Leading the sales were both the Outlander and Outlander Sport. The redesigned Outlander saw sales of 2,121 units, which was an impressive 81% increase over February 2015. It was also the crossover’s best February since 2007.

The smaller Outlander Sport had an even more impressive month with sales of 2,591—it’s best February ever!

“We’ve said it before and we are proving it to be true, the future of the Mitsubishi Motors brand lies in its CUVs,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president, MMNA, in a statement. “Outlander Sport continues to be our sales leader and the new Outlander is proving to be quite popular with customers seeking high value and reliability in a very competitive segment.”

Come check out these two great crossovers along with the rest of the Mitsubishi lineup today at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what a great value their entire lineup is.