Best Road Trip Games Adults Won’t Hate

Family Road Trip

Every road trip movie has a scene with some gruelingly boring road trip game that everyone in the car clearly hates having to play—but road trip games don’t have to be terrible. If you’re on the road with your kids or just a group of adult friends, here are the best road trip games adults might just have fun with.

Musical Games

Bring some fun to your long drive with pop culture-themed games, like Battle of the Bands, where one person picks a song category and two other players each play a song. The first player decides which one wins! There’s also the Singing Game, where you go around singing a song lyric each and the next player has to sing a line from a different song with related lyrics.

Games that Make You Think

Most road trip games are pretty mindless, but games that let you focus your attention on thinking hard will make time fly by. One example is the Name Game, where you name a celebrity and the next player has to name another celebrity whose name starts with the last letter of the last celebrity’s name. It doesn’t have to be a famous person—pick any category that interests you!

Word Games

Word Association and Alphabet Categories are two more games for a carful of wordsmiths. In Word Association, one person says a word and the next person says the first word that comes to mind and so on. In Alphabet Categories, you pick a category like food or instruments and name something from that category for each letter of the alphabet.

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Seriously, Don’t Do the Bird Box Challenge While Driving

Bird box

Bird Box, the wildly popular new Netflix film adaptation of the Josh Malerman novel by the same name, has earned a place in internet history by achieving the peak of pop culture prestige: it inspired a meme.

The film’s main characters live in a world filled with monsters the sight of which makes humans kill themselves, so they protect themselves by wearing blindfolds when they go out. Naturally, the film’s fans—and then the entire internet—challenged themselves to go about their day in blindfolds.

The Bird Box Challenge, like the cinnamon challenge and the Tide Pod challenge before it, is sweeping the nation—often at the expense of public safety. A 17-year-old girl in Layton, Utah, for instance, took on the challenge while driving, pulling her hat down over her eyes and inevitably crashing into another car.

It should go without saying that you should never drive without being able to see. Both the Bird Boxer and the driver she hit came out of the accident unscathed, but it could have been much more serious. Don’t do the Bird Box Challenge while Driving—in fact, if you’re going to blindfold yourself, stay home. The general public will be safer for it.

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Easy ways to keep your car clean

Clean Car

For the new year, many of us have made resolutions to be neater and more organized. However, we often overlook our vehicles when we make such resolutions. Since we spend so much time in our cars commuting to work, running errands, and cruising around town, it’s a great idea to keep your car nice and tidy so being in it is an enjoyable experience. Here are a few easy tips to keep your car clean:

  • Keep baking cups in the cupholders: Let’s face it: your vehicle’s cupholders almost definitely have crumbs in them. An easy way to keep them clean is by placing baking cups in them, which will catch future debris and make for easy cleanup.
  • Keep a small duster in the glove compartment: You don’t usually think of your car getting dusty, but it definitely does. To easily pick up the dust, store a small duster in your glove compartment.
  • Put important car docs in a file folder: Glove compartments are usually a mess of pertinent driving papers. A simple way to tidy this up is to get a file folder to store everything neatly. With such a system, you can easily store any future service documents.
  • Get a seat cover for pets: If you often travel with your furry best friend, get a seat cover for pets, which will make it so pet hair doesn’t get stuck in the seats and passengers don’t get covered in it later.

Visit us at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi if you’re looking for a new car to keep clean in 2019.

Transporting Holiday Food in Your Car

Holiday Food Transport

Transporting holiday food in your car isn’t the easiest task, and it can really add to the holiday stress. Fortunately, getting food from one place to another isn’t all that difficult thanks to a few household items. Check out these ways to get holiday foods to family without any incidents.

Casserole

Hot casserole dishes can be a pain to transport, but not if you have an extra laundry basket handy! A travel casserole dish carrier certainly goes a long way, but if don’t want to buy one, simply place the casserole pan into a laundry basket and secure it in the vehicle. The small area makes it difficult for the pan to flip.

Pie

It isn’t really a family holiday without a pie, is it? Fortunately, getting a pie to its destination isn’t all that difficult. All it takes is a little tinfoil and an extra pie pan.

Take the extra pie pan and flip it upside down to put a top on the pie. Seal the edges together with tinfoil. It might be a good idea to put the pie flat in the truck to prevent it from flipping or flying into the windshield or seat.

Leftovers

There’s usually a lot of food at holiday meals, so there are bound to be leftovers too. Packing those delicious leftovers away is as easy as storing everything in plastic containers. Put the containers into the laundry basket, and then head home on a full stomach!

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Back to School Safety Tips for Drivers

Back To School

Now that school is back in session, you likely see school buses and kids out on the roads during your commute. Here are a few back to school safety tips to make sure everyone stays safe.

  • Slow down. Look out for any school zones you might drive through and follow any posted speed limits.
  • Get rid of distractions. Taking your eyes off the road is never a good idea, but it can be even worse when driving near a school. Children are fast and often cross the street unexpectedly. Put your phone away and keep your eyes on the road while driving.
  • Check all sides. Even if your vehicle is equipped with a rearview camera, you should still thoroughly look at all sides of your car before backing up.
  • Look for bicycles. Many children ride their bikes to school; however, they can be unsteady and inexperienced. Drive slowly and give cyclists at least three feet of passing space if you do drive around them. If your child bikes to school, make sure he or she wears a helmet.
  • Stop completely. Many of us don’t always come to a complete stop at stop signs. If you are driving through a school zone, be extra vigilant about stopping.

If you need a new car for the school year, come see the team at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi. We’ll make sure you arrive in style.

Fall Events in Tucson

Check out Events in Tucson, like the Willcox Flyer Bike Ride

Looking for something to do this fall? We’ve curated a list of the perfect events in Tucson to carry you into the next school year.

Willcox Flyer Bike Ride – September 1, 2018

The 6th Annual Willcox Flyer Bike Ride kicks off at 7 a.m. at Historic Railroad Ave Park. Select from a 33- or 66-mile out and back course and enjoy live music and food vendors in Railroad Ave Park when finished.

Tucson Fall Gem Shows – September 6-9, 2018

If you’re interested in entering the world of gems and the art of lapidary, these gem events around town will be perfect for you.

Arizona Theatre Company Season-opener: Native Gardens – September 8-29, 2018

You’ll have many chances to see this entertaining comedy at the Temple of Music and Art.

Arizona Underground Film Festival – September 14-22, 2018

The 11th annual festival will show independent films in genres like Horror, Experimental, and Animation.

My-Oh-My Apple Pie Weekend and Country Craft Fair – September 15-16, 2018

It’s never really fall until you’ve enjoyed a slice of fresh apple pie, is it? This event lets you sample apple pies and more, including a pancake-with-apple-pie-and-syrup breakfast and apple-smoked burgers.

Tucson Greek Festival – September 27-30, 2018

Enjoy Greek food and entertainment at this annual event held at the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. In addition to traditional foods like Greek cheese and olives, you can shop vendors selling gorgeous jewelry, cookbooks, and more.

If you need a new ride to keep up with your fun in the Tucson sun, contact us at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi to learn more about our inventory of new and used vehicles.

Places to Cool Off in Arizona This Summer

Cool off in Arizona at Mount Lemmon

Finding a place to cool off in Arizona is no easy task. You could stay inside an air-conditioned building, but then you wouldn’t get to see everything the Tucson area has to offer. Check out these welcoming places to stay cool near Tucson this summer!

Colossal Cave Mountain Park

Located just a half hour drive from Tucson, Colossal Cave Mountain Park is the perfect spot to cool off on a hot summer day. The caves run an average of 72 degrees year-round. Visitors can take guided tours of the largest dry caves in North America. The 45-minute tour walks through the history of the cave. There’s plenty of time to take pictures, making this a memorable day trip for the family!

Bisbee

Bisbee is home to an average summer high temperature of 87 degrees, making it a warm spot to escape the summer heat. The border town is located near the Mule Mountains and is a two hour drive from Tucson. Unique architecture, welcoming restaurants, and an elevation of 5,000 feet make Bisbee a wonderful place to visit.

Mount Lemmon

Mount Lemmon runs an average summer high temperature of 73 degrees. It sits around an hour and a half from Tucson. The peak reaches heights of over 9,000 feet, making it the highest point in the Santa Catalina Mountains. Summerhaven, a small community near the mountain top, is home to a number of cozy restaurants and businesses.

If you’re looking for a new ride to take to all these fun places, contact us at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi.

How to Check Your Car’s Air Conditioning System

Service Technician Checking Car Air Conditioning System

Summer is here, and it’s never fun getting stuck somewhere with broken air conditioning. Even worse is when your car’s air conditioning system stops working, making running errands and commuting to work an all-around unenjoyable experience. Sitting in the heat sweating with your legs stuck to the seat is an experience best left avoided. If you’re car’s air conditioning system hasn’t been performing as it should, or if you just want to look the system over, no time is better than at the beginning of summer. Here’s a guide on how to check your car’s air conditioning system and make sure it’s in proper working order.

  1. First, check the fans, the temperature of the air flow, and your car’s air filter: These are simple checks that may resolve the issue without causing a headache. Check to make sure the fans are blowing and the air coming out is cool. If very little air is coming out, you will to check your car’s air filter to make sure it’s clear and not obstructing air flow. If these checks don’t resolve the issue, move on to step 2.
  2. Check A/C compressor: The A/C compressor is located in the engine bay. To check to make sure that the A/C compressor is working, have your car on, the air conditioner running, and make sure that the compressor’s pulley is rotating. If it’s not, there could be a problem with the compressor and you will want to take your car into a service center to have the system looked at. If you’d like, you can add refrigerant and check for cracks in the system on your own, but it may be easier to have it looked at by a professional.

Sometimes checking your car’s air conditioning is a technical task you just don’t have time for in your busy schedule. Feel free to contact us at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi for an appointment if you need assistance.

Get Your Car Road-Trip Ready for the Summer Months

Get your family car road-trip ready for summer!

As we become closer and closer to June and the official beginning of summer, many of us will be dreaming up summer road trips to take with friends or family members. Before setting out on your adventures, however, you should prepare your vehicle to face the heat and long hours of driving. Here are some tips on how to get your car road-trip ready for the summer months.

  1. Check your oil, all fluid levels, and tires: Before hitting the road, you will want to perform a few basic checks on your vehicle. You will want to check your oil, windshield wiper fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and coolant levels. This last one is particularly important, as it helps keep the engine cool while on the go. You will also want to check your tire pressure and tire treads, making sure your tires are adequately filled and that your tires are in good shape for long hours of driving.
  2. Clean or replace your cabin’s air filter: If you’ll be spending a lot of time in the car, you’ll want to make sure that your car’s air filter is clean or new (if you haven’t changed it in a couple years).
  3. Make sure your air conditioning is in good working order: Driving around in the heat is no fun, so you will want to check your car’s air conditioner, making sure all parts are in good shape and that it’s in proper working order.

If your vehicle isn’t quite ready for a long road trip, come see the team at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi for a new car or the repairs your current ride needs.

Homemade Valentine’s Day Gifts for a Personal Touch

Are you on the prowl for the perfect present for your loved one this Valentine’s Day? Try homemade Valentine’s Day gifts instead. After all, what’s more romantic than something you made yourself?Valentine’s Day gifts

Plants and Puns

If your significant other has a green thumb, maybe they will appreciate a plant! You can put your own fingerprint on this present, however, but painting the pot and presenting it with a funny plant-themed pun.

Lollipop Bouquet

Follow this cute tutorial for a way to create a unique kind of bouquet using tissue paper and lollipops for your sweetie.

Bath & Body Treats

Does the object of your affections like things like bath bombs and body scrubs? Make some DIY products like this strawberry scrub or follow a bath bomb tutorial.

Treat Box

Even if you can’t come up with a unique gift on your own, you can make the packaging yourself! Make this gift box at home and put treats in it like candy hearts and chocolates.

Pop-Up Card

Have a way with words? Add some extra flair to a heartfelt card with pop-ups.

These ideas for ways to add a DIY touch to your Valentine’s Day gifts are sure to impress your loved one. Try one out for yourself. You just might surprise yourself with your creativity.