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!

If you want to make sure your casserole arrives at the holiday party in style, take a look at our new inventory at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi.

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.

How to Keep New Year Resolutions

2018 is already here, and you may have already spent the first few weeks keeping your New Year resolutions. However, as everyone knows, those resolutions start to slip as February and March come along, so here’s some advice for keeping on top of your goals.

Make Sure You Picked the Right One

Did you dive right into a total diet and exercise regime just because that’s what everyone does? You might want to reevaluate your resolutions and make sure you really want to do it. If not, pick a different goal that’s more your style.

Measure Your Progress

Your resolution should be something quantifiable. Keep track of milestones, like how much money you’re putting in savings once a week or how many pounds you want to lose per month.New Year resolutions

Have a Realistic Timeline

Having ambitious goals can be inspiring, but it can also be overwhelming. Having good time management skills can help you set more realistic resolutions that can be achieved in a year.

Keep Resolutions Specific

“Lose 15 pounds” is a more specific goal than “lose weight.” Having a specific resolution makes it easy to keep your eyes on the prize.

Using these tips, keeping your New Year’s resolutions will be easier than ever. Try assessing your goals for 2018 and ensuring they fit you and your lifestyle.

Which New Year’s Resolution Will You Choose?

New Year's resolution

Choosing your New Year’s resolution now is a great way to get ahead. Plus, by planning carefully, you may be more likely to achieve your goals. That’s why we at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi have created a list of ideas for your next resolution. Whether you’d like to exercise more or you’d simply like to learn something new, there is something for everyone.

Most people are more likely to stick to their resolutions if they pick specific goals. Daring to Live Fully suggests eating fewer calories as one of the top resolutions. You should always consult your doctor before making major dietary changes, but one of the best changes for those who want to lose weight is eating fewer calories. Set a goal for each week. Maybe one week you’ll cut back 50 calories a day, while the next you can cut back 100 calories.

Next, try to read more. Reading is not only a great way to learn, but it’s also a relaxing experience for most people. If you like fiction, try reading the top 10 American novels of all time. Like poetry? Try to read all of the British Romantics or everything from the Beat Generation. If you like nonfiction, there are a score of memoirs published every year that are worth consideration. Again, setting specific goals will help you stick to your resolution.

Other great resolution ideas include getting more exercise, meditating once a week, or hiking more often. You can also organize all your documents, create a business plan, or try to learn a new hobby like knitting, fishing, or the guitar. You can’t go wrong with these resolutions.

Tips for Planning a New Year’s Eve Party

New Year's Eve party

New Year’s Eve is one of the most memorable days of the year, making it the perfect time for a party. Here at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi, we’re created a list of tips for planning a New Year’s Eve party. From games and food to music, we’re including several things that every party should have. Above all else, you can creative a festive celebration while also keeping all your attendees safe.

According to Real Simple, games are a must. You’ll want to keep your partygoers entertained, and simple games are a great way to break the ice. For example, you can play a guessing game by having attendees write their resolutions on a card and having everyone else guess who it is. Alternatively, you could play a fill-in-the-blank game with resolution ideas.

Next, get the right snacks. While some people make a traditional pork and sauerkraut dish for New Year’s Day, you’ll be safe with snack food at your party the night before. Almonds and carrots are a great healthy choice, though some may prefer shrimp cocktails, chips and dip, or even cheese fondue. Champagne is a classic drink, though you may also want to experiment with Prosecco. Naturally, be sure to get designated drivers if partygoers plan to drink.

Finally, get the right music. Classic songs include “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve” by Ella Fitzgerald and “Let’s Start the New Year Right” by Bing Crosby. ABBA has a “Happy New Year” song, and “Funky New Year” by the Eagles is bound to set the right tone. As the ball drops, you may also want to consider “Auld Lang Syne” by Mariah Carey. These are just some of the songs to include on your New Year’s mix. With the right games, snacks, and songs, you’re bound to have a blast.