Lowcountry Strawberry Festival

Spring is just around the corner which means strawberries will soon be in bloom. That means it’s almost time for the Lowcountry Strawberry Festival in Mt. Pleasant near Charleston! The festival brings the community together and attracts visitors from around the state for a time of fun-filled, strawberry-themed event. There will be three different areas for attractions so be sure to stop by them all!

The Family Attractions area will feature plenty of fun-filled shows suitable for children and adults alike. The K-9’s In Flight will return to the festival for another year, acrobatic stunts in tow. Giant inflatables, the Velcro Wall, All American Petting Zoo, and more will fill out the area, ensuring kids have a great time!

Lowcountry Strawberry Festival

Amusements of America will present the second area of Festival Rides for another year as well. The area will feature all kinds of rides suitable for kids of all ages. From thrilling to kiddie, there’s a ride for everyone. Best of all, the rides will run throughout the event, day and night.

Finally, the U-Pick fields will make up the third area. Tractor rides will be available for attendees who want to pick their own strawberries. Prices are by the pound.

Taking place April 20th through the 23rd, the Lowcountry Strawberry Festival is one spring event you won’t want to miss!

We here at Mama’s Used Cars hope to see you at the Lowcountry Strawberry Festival this April!

Save Some Cash with Five One-Tank Road Trips in South Carolina

road trips in South Carolina

We all love a good vacation—but if you’re short on funds or just want to stay closer to home, here are five great stops for spectacular one-tank road trips in South Carolina. We’ve mapped out a varied trip that starts at Hunting Island State Park and takes you through the beautiful Sumter National Forest.

  1. Hunting Island State Park. For just $2, you can get a tour of the beautiful lighthouse. This is South Carolina’s most-visited State Park.
  2. Old Sheldon Church. First built in the mid-1700s, the remains of this Greek revival style church are still breathtaking. Catch a glimpse of the ruins in Yemassee.
  3. UFO Welcome Center. Stop in Bowman to help welcome visitors from another planet. You’ll love all the comments you will get on the selfie that you’ll post later.
  4. Sumter National Forest. Take in a hike, see local wildlife, and go mountain biking all at Sumter National Forest.
  5. Whiteford’s Giant Burger. Before you head back home to Charleston, drive through Laurens and fill up at the iconic Whiteford’s Giant Burger. This restaurant has been serving the area since 1957.

According to Google Maps, this trip is 220 miles one-way. So depending on what you drive, you may have to fill up on the way home.

Ford Autonomous Vehicle Testing to Start This Year

Ford autonomous vehicle testing

Calm down Jr. They’re working on the autonomous cars, ok?

With testing already going on in Michigan at Michigan University’s Mcity facility and on public roads in Arizona, Ford autonomous vehicle testing will also start in California in 2016. The Silicon Valley Ford testing and innovation center will allow for a wider array of tests thanks to California’s year-round mild weather, since rain and snow make testing autonomous vehicles more difficult.

Recently approved by the California DMV, Ford will test a new Ford Fusion on California roads, allowing testers to observe how the autonomous Fusion will react to the different environment and different traffic laws, like motorcycles that can legally split lanes.

Silicon Valley is the perfect place for autonomous testing thanks to the abundance of tech knowledge in the area. Ford hopes to develop lasting partnerships with the local companies like Google, Uber, and Baidu, all of which are testing autonomous vehicles around the country. Ford will also draw on its existing partnership with the University of California Berkeley and other local colleges.

If you can’t wait for an autonomous vehicle, you might want to try a used car from Mama’s Used Cars! We’re located in Charleston, South Carolina, and we’re waiting for you to visit!

Brian Kent Goes on Countrywide Road Trip with his Nissan LEAF

countrywide road trip

Brian Kent, a Nissan LEAF owner determined to bring to light the use of carbon in the U.S., is celebrating National Drive Electric Week early by going on a countrywide road trip with his Nissan LEAF. Beginning August 24th, he set off behind the wheel of his EV from Albion, NY, on a journey that will take him across all 48 contiguous US. states—we wonder how close he’ll get to Mama’s Used Cars!

Kent will plant a tree in each state, which is why he’s calling his adventure the Negative Carbon US Road Trip: in 40 years, the 48 trees he plants should absorb about 10 times more CO2 than his LEAF will produce on the 26,000-mile journey. The trees will be planted at some of the 485 sites owned by Kampgrounds of America, which is sponsoring the adventure.

“Not everyone can or needs to drive across the country,” said Kent, “but most Americans drive less than 40 miles per day, and an EV costs the equivalent of less than a dollar-per-gallon of gasoline to drive, so these cars are ideal for most Americans and we need them for our environment and our children’s future.”

You can get your own Eco-Friendly vehicle at Mama’s Used Cars. Drop by today at 1627 Savannah Highway in Charleston, SC!

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.

Some of the Best Beaches on the East Coast

When it comes to beaches on the East Coast, to say there are a lot is a serious understatement. We all have our favorites, but sometimes it’s nice to try something new or mix it up. In the spirit of discovery, we’ve highlighted a few of the best beaches on the East Coast.

If you get a chance, check out Edisto Beach State Park in South Carolina. Fodors describes the beach there as “less costly” and having a “down-home” feel. The park also offers a lush and beautiful forest and marshland.

There’s also Nag’s Head in North Carolina, featuring Coquina Beach. There’s lot for the kiddies to do, like climb the sand dunes in the state park nearby.

In New Jersey, at Cape May, there’s Sunset Beach. Fodors explains how this beach is believed to be the oldest beachfront resort in the country. It’s definitely a National Historic Landmark. One very special feature of Cape May is that “pebbles of pure, rounded quartz” wash up on the shore regularly.

best beaches on the east coast

Fall Road Trip Destinations

Fall Road Trips

October is one of our favorite months at Mama’s Used Cars, and for a very good reason. October means fall, and fall means wind blowing through colorful leaves, cool temperatures, pumpkin-flavored drinks, and maybe even a road trip to some of the most beautiful places the country has to offer.

But where to go on a fall road trip when you’re from South Carolina? Most people don’t equate the mid-Atlantic region with premium foliage viewing, but most people would be wrong. At 6,684 feet, Mt. Mitchell is the highest mountain in the eastern USA, and the surrounding Pisgah National Forest makes for excellent viewing.

Another great opportunity for a leafy road trip is a drive through waterfall country on US Route 276, or anywhere along the Blue Ridge Parkway that stretches from Virginia to North Carolina.

Finally, there’s Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, Gambrill and Cunningham Falls state parks in Maryland, and Sideling Hill on Interstate 68. Though if you’re willing to drive much further, the whole country has many more sights to offer!

Forbes Selects Charleston as a Great Urban Weekend Escape

Charleston, South Carolina Destination

In a recent article, Forbes confirmed what those of us who live here in Charleston already know: Charleston is one of the best destinations in the country. As part of a series on “Great Urban Weekend Escapes,” Forbes contributor Larry Olmstead urges readers to spend a long weekend in South Carolina’s oldest city, writing that “everyone seems to be in love with Charleston these days, and in recent years the city has been awash in awards and accolades.”

Those awards include being named the Number One US City by readers of Conde Nast Traveler for three consecutive years, and readers of Travel + Leisure for two straight. What makes our city so great? In short, great Southern cuisine, beautiful beaches, elite hotels and gold courses, traditional historic charm and fantastic people.

South Carolina, of course, is also your destination for great deals at Mama’s Used Cars. Forbes notes that Charleston has also been repeatedly ranked as America’s friendliest city, something you are sure to agree with when you come check out the friendly service offered here at Mama’s.

Forbes Selects Charleston as a Great Urban Weekend Escape

In a recent article, Forbes confirmed what those of us who live here in Charleston already know: Charleston is one of the best destinations in the country. As part of a series on “Great Urban Weekend Escapes,” Forbes contributor Larry Olmstead urges readers to spend a long weekend in South Carolina’s oldest city, writing that “everyone seems to be in love with Charleston these days, and in recent years the city has been awash in awards and accolades.”

Those awards include being named the Number One US City by readers of Conde Nast Traveler for three consecutive years, and readers of Travel + Leisure for two straight. What makes our city so great? In short, great Southern cuisine, beautiful beaches, elite hotels and gold courses, traditional historic charm and fantastic people.

South Carolina, of course, is also your destination for great deals at Mama’s Used Cars. Forbes notes that Charleston has also been repeatedly ranked as America’s friendliest city, something you are sure to agree with when you come check out the friendly service offered here at Mama’s.

Charleston, South Carolina Destination