Driving at night can be dangerous due to low visibility, nocturnal animals, and more. That’s why we’ve put together these tips for driving at night, from the basics to more complex issues.
According to Popular Mechanics, one of the best things to do is aim your headlights. Not all drivers realize that your headlights are actually adjustable, but this is a great way to improve visibility. You can find the instructions in your owner’s manual, but we do suggest bringing your car to a specially trained technician. Adjusting them too high can blind other drivers, which can create serious issues.
Spend some time dimming your dash and instrument panel. Most modern cars let you easily adjust the lighting on your dash display. If you can’t find the buttons, consult the manual. We suggest spending a few minutes at night to adjust the brightness levels—usually dimmer is better. Also, be sure to avoid using map/dome lights when driving at night, as this can disperse light into your eyes and all around the cabin.
Look for animals when driving at night as well. The best way to do this is to look for their eyes, as racoons, deer, and other animals’ retinas reflect your headlights. Remember, if you see one deer, there are likely more nearby. Dusk and dawn are often the busiest times for animal activity.
Finally, don’t stare at oncoming lights. Some drivers have extremely bright headlights. If they are blinding, look at the white line on the side of the road until they pass. If the driver behind you is shining their headlights into your rearview mirror, you can tilt it down about 45 degrees for some relief.
Mitsubishi is teaming up with Nissan to develop some cutting edge green technologies. Now that Nissan has a controlling stake in the Mitsubishi Corporation, the company will be using some of the innovative platforms found in Nissan-Renault electric vehicles. This could be the breakthrough many green advocates have been waiting for.
According to CNET, Mitsubishi EV technologies are set to get a boost from some innovative Nissan and Renault designs, including the LEAF and Zoe platforms. These two models come with next-generation technologies, including lithium-ion battery-storage systems, electric motors, and more. When paired with existing Mitsubishi technologies, including the innovative i-MiEV system, the new partnership between Nissan and Mitsubishi is especially promising.
“We welcomed Mitsubishi Motors into the Nissan family, and they already have the Outlander PHEV,” said Takashi Shirawa, head of Nissan European R&D. “The next-generation product range may be shared with that, but this is just the beginning of the discussion as nothing has been decided yet.”
In other words, little is official when it comes to new vehicles and designs. However, we do know that the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid is the best-selling PHEV model in Europe, and it’s likely to appear in the US as an exciting new alternative in the crossover segment. We can’t wait to see what happens over the course of the next year or so, especially in terms of green technologies.
Keeping track of the braking system is something drivers tend to forget about or simply overlook. As one of the most important safety systems in a vehicle, ensuring that your brakes are in top condition should be a priority for most drivers. Fortunately, modern braking systems give plenty of warnings before they need to be replaced. Here are a few signs you need new brakes from us here at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi.
Screeching – Created by metal rubbing against metal, modern braking systems make a high-pitched screeching sound when the brake pads are nearly gone. Loud enough to be heard with the windows rolled up, the screech shouldn’t be ignored and drivers would do well to make a service appointment sooner rather than later.
Seeing – Did you know it’s possible to actually look at your brakes on modern vehicles? By looking through the wheel spokes, drivers can see what’s left of the brake pad pushed against the rotor. If there isn’t at least a quarter inch of pad left, make a service appointment to have your braking system inspected.
Vibrating – Vibrations in the brake pedal are a sign of warped rotors and indicate that the brake pad can’t grab the rotor’s surface evenly. Generally caused by long periods of braking, like when driving down steep hills, a vibrating brake pedal warrants a trip to a certified service department.
The Mitsubishi Outlander is a favorite compact SUV of enthusiasts and the average driver alike. The current generation has been around for a while, which led to many believing that the next-generation Mitsubishi Outlander was right around the corner. Now the next-generation Outlander has been spotted testing and the spy photos are pretty revealing.
The new model will take cues from the 2013 and 2015 XR-PHEV concepts, a welcome move, given the brand’s skilled hand in styling. The look won’t be quite as sporty but the front end and sloping roof are here to stay.
The next-generation Mitsubishi Outlander will likely be more compact to compete with models like the Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V.
Several photos gave a sneak peek at the interior, which features a new layout with the infotainment touchscreen on top and plenty of chrome and silver details.
The new Outlander will likely come stocked with a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. A new plug-in hybrid model is also rumored as well. Both models will come with front-wheel drive. Rumors of an all-electric Outlander have been flurrying around the industry but there’s no confirmation from Mitsubishi yet.
When you come to Tucson, whether you’ve lived here your whole life or are just visiting, there is always something new to see or do. If you’re looking for something new to do, here are five ways to have fun in Tucson.
Explore the Outdoors. The Tucson area is a unique part of the United States with a wide range of outdoor activities. Some of the best places to explore include the Sabino Canyon and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
Learn about history. Here in Tucson you can learn about local history and even history from further afield. Try visiting the Pima Air & Space Museum or the Mission San Xavier del Bac with over 400 years of history within its walls.
Eat some food. With more restaurants than you could ever need, Tucson offers plenty of options for delicious food. Be sure to enjoy some authentic southwestern cuisine.
See a show. Whether you’re in the mood for a traditional stage play or something a bit more laid back, Tucson has what you need. Visit the Gaslight Theater and you’ll get dinner along with a fun show.
Have some fun. There are numerous festivals in the city throughout the year, including the All Souls Procession held the first weekend of November each year.
The majority of car buyers opt to pay for their cars using a car loan. Buyers have lots of choices when it comes to choosing their loan and most financing experts recommend getting pre-approved for a loan before starting the car shopping process.
However, even if you have already secured a loan through your bank, you still have another option: dealership financing. The benefits of dealership financing can actually save buyers hundreds or thousands of dollars over the life of the loan.
Dealership financing departments, like the one here at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi, have access to a wide network of lenders. This means we may be able to secure better loan terms than you were able to find yourself.
Another benefit is simply convenience. When you choose dealership financing, you can pick out your car, settle on the price, and sign all the paperwork in the same place. You won’t have to drive to a bank to complete the loan process.
Dealerships also have access to exclusive financing offers from the manufacturer. These offers can include things such as low or no interest, or a percentage of “cash back.” However, these offers are usually only available for buyers with excellent credit.
The next time you’re shopping for a car, be sure to see what financing the dealership can offer you.
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.
Looking for fall Arizona events? There’s plenty to do in the state, whether you’re looking for an outdoor adventure, concert, or cultural experience. With a new Mitsubishi model, you’ll easily be able to explore the state, including some of the most memorable activities and events in recent years. Here’s a list of just some of the many things happening.
According to the Visit Arizona website, one of the most popular events in the area will include the Tucson Meet Yourself Folklife Festival. This will include a range of events and festival activities, including those hosted by Southern Arizona cultures and ethnic communities. You can eat some great food, see live performance, listen to music, and see folk art demonstrations. There will also be traditional dancers from the Pascua Yaqui tribe and the Tohono O’odham nation. This festival is from October 7 to 9.
You can also stop by the 31st annual Butterflied Overland Stage Days. This celebration recognizes the famous mail route that spanned from St. Louis to San Francisco. There will be music under the Ramada from October 7 to 9 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm (10am to 2pm on Saturday and Sunday). There will also be a car show, vendors, art shows, food, and more.
These are just two of the upcoming events near Tucson in the future. You can experience local culture and history, as well as have a good time. Stop by today.
The braking system is incredibly important no matter what road you’re or how fast you’re going. Since it’s the most important safety system of the bunch, there are a few notable signs you need new brakes when the time comes.
Unresponsive – Arguably the most noticeable sign you need new brakes, fading or unresponsive brakes should be attended to immediately. If the pedal falls to the floor with little resistance, there could be an air leak or a brake fluid leak. If your brakes are unresponsive, cruise to a stop and have your car serviced immediately.
Pulling – While it doesn’t necessarily indicate you need new brakes, the car pulling to one side when braking is a serious problem. The brake linings could be wearing unevenly or there could be something in the brake fluid that doesn’t belong there. Either way, have your braking system checked out sooner rather than later.
Squealing – If you hear a high-pitched squeal when you hit the brakes, make a service appointment immediately. That sound is an indicator that the brake pads are nearly gone or have faded completely. It isn’t safe to drive as you may not be able to stop.
If you’re having brake problems, come see us here at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi and make an appointment with our top-notch service department!
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!
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.
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.
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!