Summer Travel: Getting the Best Gas Mileage

 

Best gas mileage

Have you noticed that your mileage is quickly getting worse? Better read our tips on how to fix it!

There are other ways to save money on a road trip aside from shortening your trip and heading home early. You can modify the way you drive to get more bang for your buck. We at Mama’s Used Cars thought that we would share some of our tips for getting the best gas mileage as you plan to hit the road this summer.

Before You Go

  • Before you head out on your next adventure, it is important to make sure your vehicle is prepared. Keeping up with routine maintenance such as oil changes, replacing the air filter, checking tire pressure, etc. are important in getting the most efficiency out of your vehicle, no matter what model year it is.
  • Also, when you fill up your tank before setting out on your trip, choose the coolest time of day. Gas is most dense when it is cooler, so your savings can be immediate.

During Your Trip

  • When driving, it is important to stick to the speed limit. Not only will this reduce the likelihood of interrupting your trip with a speeding ticket, but it will also reduce the amount of time you spend starting and stopping. According to the experts at com, the closer to the set speed limit you travel, the more likely you are to sail through green lights rather than constantly stop at red lights.
  • Speaking of starting and stopping, using cruise control on the highway takes away the need to continually press on the gas pedal and helps to improve efficiency.
  • Though we all like the feel of the wind in our hair, rolling up your windows will reduce added resistance to your vehicle and increase your gas mileage by up to 10%.

We hope you find these tips helpful in increasing your vehicle’s efficiency during your summer traveling. Do you have any other tips to add? We would love to hear them in the comments below.

Enjoy the Ride: Bicycle Safety Awareness Month

 

Bicycle Safety Awareness month

This month is Bicycle Safety Awareness Month! Take a look at our handy tips that will ensure you have a happy, and safe, bike ride!

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 726 cyclists were killed in 2012 due to motor collisions while another 49,000 were injured. In our humble opinion, even one is too many! So in an effort to promote awareness this May, which marks the advent of Bicycle Safety Awareness month, here are a few safety tips to remember as we share the roadways!

Bikers:

  1. Wear a helmet – this is the quintessential protection that can ultimately be the difference between life and death. Period.
  2. Before heading out for a ride, make sure your bike is road-worthy! Check the tires, brakes, lights, reflectors, etc. to make sure all are in working order.
  3. Go with the flow! In other words, travel in the same direction as traffic while obeying displayed signs, signals, and lane markings.
  4. Don’t make assumptions! Before crossing an intersection, be sure to make eye contact with drivers. Just because you see them doesn’t mean they see you – which reminds us…
  5. Don’t blend in! Wear bright colors, reflectors, lights etc., to ensure that drivers can easily see you on the road.

Drivers: Be sure to leave ample room when passing a biker on the road and, please, be extra cautious and alert at intersections.

So while the month of May serves as a reminder to recognize bicycle safety, we hope the observance will not be limited to just one month. We at Mama’s Used Cars encourage all to slow down, share the road, and enjoy the ride.

No More Sneezing Behind the Wheel: Making an Allergy-Proof Car

Allergy-proof car

Dominate your allergies with these tips on how to make your car allergy-proof!

 

For some people springtime can mean only one thing: allergies. Whether you get a case of the sniffles or you break down at the sight of dust, there are a few ways to help beat the allergens this time of year. That’s why we’ve put together a list of ways to make your vehicle an allergy-proof car.

According to How Stuff Works, the best thing to do is clean regularly. By vacuuming out crevices in your car every two weeks or so, you’ll prevent debris build-up. Make sure the carpet and vents are especially dust-free, and make sure to get rid of any possible moisture.

If you have an older car, one major thing to check is the weather stripping around the doors. If these are even slightly damaged, moisture can get into your car. One of the most prominent allergens you’ll find in a car is mold – get rid of moisture, plain and simple.

Our last tip is to consider is going au natural. Chemicals found in some cleaners and air fresheners can be extremely volatile, causing allergies to go berserk. Consider buying all-natural products or ones that are labelled hypo-allergenic to prevent you from having any problems.

With these tips in mind you should be one step ahead of the allergens this year.

“Why Should I Rotate My Tires?”

Why should you rotate tires?

If your maintenance does not include tire rotation, it’s time to talk to your service technician about the importance of your tire health.

You might’ve heard from your friends or family that you should get your tires rotated, but when it comes to car maintenance tips, not everyone is always so thorough as to explain the answer to, “Why should I rotate my tires?”

And sometimes, it can be a little embarrassing to ask questions about something everyone else already seems to know about. “Why should I rotate my tires?” one might wonder. “Don’t tires already rotate when you drive the car?”

But there’s no shame in it! We were all newbies once. So here’s what tire rotations are all about.

As you probably know, tires get worn with use. Unfortunately, they don’t wear out evenly. Front tires lose tread more quickly than the rear tires because of the extra force exerted upon them by steering, and sometimes the tires on one specific side can get used up faster too.

Rotating your tires doesn’t refer to spinning them in place—that would be pointless. Instead, it means moving them from one wheel to another, allowing the wear to spread out and extend the life of the tires. In turn, that means less visits to the tire shop for new treads.

If you’ve got more questions about cars, just ask us Mama’s Used Cars and we’ll give you our best answer.

April is National Car Care Month!

Car Care Month!

Car Care Month!

 

We are well into April, and that means spring has arrived, the weather is calling for picnics and long walks, and summer is just around the corner. April is also National Car Care month, and serves as a good reminder that our cars need a little TLC, too. This month, take time to get your car caught up on routine service, make necessary repairs, and get your car ready for the hot summer months.

According to the Car Care Council, vehicle inspections held at community Car Care Month events in 2014 revealed that a whopping 84% of vehicles required service or parts – that’s up 5% from 2013.

“Neglected vehicle care almost always means much higher costs down the line in the form of more extensive repairs or lost resale value. These results show that the majority of vehicle owners could save money by being proactive in the maintenance of their second largest investment,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.

This month, make an appointment with a trusted technician or check your car out yourself. Either way, things that should be checked include:

  • Belts and hoses
  • Filters
  • Windshield wipers
  • Tires
  • Fluids
  • Lights
  • Alignment
  • Battery

“Whether you do it yourself or take your car to a professional service technician, National Car Care Month in April is the perfect time to focus on your vehicle’s maintenance needs to make sure it is ready for the upcoming spring and summer travel season,” said White. “Following a routine maintenance program, like the free personalized schedule and e-mail reminder service the Car Care Council offers, can help you drive smart, save money and make informed decisions.”

To find a Car Care event near you, visit carcare.org.

If you’re in need of a dependable used car, stop by Mama’s Used Cars today!

Traveling With a Dog: 5 Pointers to Keep Your Furry Friend Comfortable and Safe

Travelling with a Dog

Traveling with a Dog

Are you planning on traveling with a dog this spring or summer? If you are indeed taking your fuzzy friend on a road trip, check out Mama’s 5 tips to keep them happy and safe while out and about!

  1. Cage or no cage: If you are traveling with a smaller- to medium-sized dog, it would be wise to pack a crate. Especially if the dog is younger, carrying a crate or small cage could prove to be the best decision you’ll make when traveling with the little fuzz ball. Allowing the dog to be in a crate while traveling will make the trip much more comfortable for them since they feel a sense of security within the cage. Also, if your dog happens to have an accident while driving, cleaning out a crate is much easier than scrubbing your car seats.
  2. Leaving them in the car alone: Try not to leave your dog alone for more than 10 minutes at a time, and never leave your dog in a hot car. Keep the car running with the air conditioning on while you visit the rest-stop, or take turns watching the dog while others visit the restroom.
  3. Hotel accommodations: Plan ahead and find pet-friendly hotels. Check out this website if you’re having trouble finding a dog-friendly hotel – http://www.pet-friendly-hotels.net
  4. Keeping them comfortable: If your dog is used to having 3 blankets, 5 toys and a snack when they’re at home, make sure to bring all of it with you when traveling with them. It will make your dog feel as close to home as possible and can alleviate a lot of stress for you in the long run.
  5. Touring with a pet: If you plan on eating out while you’re on the road, search for restaurants that have patios, as they’re more likely to be pet-friendly. Check out some of the tourist spots in the area that are outdoors and others that allow pets ahead of time to save yourself a headache (and sad puppy dog eyes).

Lastly, we hope you, your family, and your dog enjoy all of your spring and summer road trips!

Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month—a month where the focus is pretty self-explanatory. In 2009, 5,474 people were killed and 448,000 were injured in accidents involving distracted driving. That’s nearly 15 fatalities and over 1,220 injuries a day all as a result of someone busy doing something other than driving while behind the wheel.

Those numbers dropped for a few years, but now they’re on the rise again. In 2012, 3,328 (down from 3,360 in 2011) people were killed in accidents involving distracted drivers. In 2011, 387,000 people were injured. That number increased by nearly 10% to 421,000 in 2012. Let’s get into some more statistics…

  • Drivers in their 20s make up 27% of distracted drivers involved in fatal crashes.
  • Five seconds at 55 mph will take you the distance of a football field.
  • Five seconds is the average amount of time it takes to send a text.
  • Reaching for a phone, dialing, and texting makes it three times as likely a crash will occur.
  • 25% of teens respond to a text at least once when they drive.
  • 20% of teens admit to having extended conversations over text while driving.
  • 10% of parents admit to having extended conversations over text while driving.

Driving a 3,000-pound vehicle isn’t a game or joke. Every time you get behind the wheel and drive while distracted, you put your own life and everyone else’s at risk. Don’t be the person in jail for vehicular homicide. Drive safe—the phone can wait.

Distracted Driver Awareness Month

Distracted Driver Awareness Month

Find the Safest Used Cars on the Market Here at Mama’s

Safest Used Cars

Safe Drivers Are Happy Drivers

One of the great advantages of shopping for a used car is saving tons of money on a great vehicle. But just because a vehicle sports a cheaper price tag doesn’t mean it’s going to be a death trap. Here at Mama’s Used Cars, we strive to fill our inventory with the safest used cars on the market—and sell those great vehicles to you at affordable prices.

The safest used vehicles tend to be mid-size and full-size vehicles, which gives even more credence to the SUV and crossover boom of the last few years. According to a safety study released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, vehicles like the Honda Odyssey, Subaru Legacy, and Toyota Highlander all scored a death rate of zero. You can’t get much safer than that.

If you’re looking for a more upscale vehicle, the Audi A4, Volvo XC90, and Mercedes-Benz GL class also recorded death rates of zero. “The rise in the number of vehicles with zero driver deaths shows what’s possible,” said David Zuby, the IIHS executive vice president. Come see us at Mama’s Used Cars and find your next car, a car that will keep you and everyone around you safe for years to come.

Safest Cars for Teenagers

Safest cars for teenage drivers graphic

Safest used cars for teen drivers are found at Mama’s Used Cars!

Top Five Safest Cars for Teenage Drivers

When you purchase your teenager’s first car, not only do you want to ensure that your vehicle is reliable, but you also want to ensure your child will remain safe out on the road. To make the choice of vehicle easier for you, Mama’s Used Cars has compiled a list of the safest cars for teenage drivers. The cars on our list combine the ability to handle well in emergency maneuvers with a variety of safety features that are sure to keep your teenager safer than any other vehicle.

2009-2012 Chevrolet Malibu

The Chevrolet Malibu is comfortable, quiet, and offers a simple, yet sophisticated interior that is sure to appeal to drivers of any age. Responsive handling and precise steering makes it easy to stay in control of the car, while the straightforward controls ensure your teens won’t be distracted when fiddling with the radio.

2009-2011 Ford Focus

Not only does the Focus offer a compact size, but it is also fun to drive. The vehicle offers both a good view down the road and amazing, hands-free connectivity options. It also gets a respectful 29 mpg combined, making it easy for your teenager to afford gas!

2010-2012 Ford Fusion

If you are looking for a roomy interior with simple controls, the Fusion is your number one pick. It offers responsive handling and Sync Bluetooth connectivity with voice commands. This means your teen won’t have to take his or her hands off the wheel or eyes off the road.

2006-2014 Hyundai Sonata

Comfort, silence, and luxury are the three words that come to mind with the Hyundai Sonata. Not only does the Sonata have a soft ride, but it also offers soft seats and straightforward controls. If you are looking to spoil your teen without going too overboard, the Sonata is your top choice!

2010-2011 Kia Soul

Funky styling, fuel efficiency, and a fun-to-drive ride are all aspects of the Kia Soul that make it the perfect car for a teenager. The safety features are abundant, as well, with Kia’s UVO connection system enabling hands-free calling and the upright driving position offering a clear view of the road.

If you are interested in checking out the top five safest cars for teenage drivers, don’t hesitate to stop in to Mama’s Used Cars today!

St. Patrick’s Day in Charleston, South Carolina

No matter what your heritage is, everyone can have lots of fun on St. Patrick’s Day. We’re all familiar with the traditions of wearing green, eating Irish food, and drinking as much beer as possible. But if you’re looking for some extra fun on St. Patrick’s Day in Charleston, you are in luck!

Every year in North Charleston there is a St. Patrick’s Day block party and parade. This year, the event will be held on Saturday, March 14th from noon until 7pm. The fun includes three stages of live music, vendors, bouncy castles for the kids, a mechanical bull, Irish food, and beer (naturally).

This year, Charleston will be holding a special event to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with man’s best friend, the St. Paddy’s Pawlooza. On Saturday, March 14th, head to North Charleston Wannamaker County Park with your dog from noon until 4 PM. There will be live music, beer, and food trucks. Be sure to dress both you and your furry friend in your finest green attire. Admission is $5 per person and all dogs must remain on a leash when not inside the off-leash dog park.

And if you didn’t have enough fun on Saturday, right here in Charleston there will be a St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 17th. The festivities for this day start with a Mass at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church at 8am. Then the parade will begin at 10am outside of the church, head down King Street, and end at City Hall with the raising of the Irish flag at approximately 11:30am.

How will you be celebrating this St. Patrick’s Day?

St. Patrick’s Day in Charleston