Healthy and Cool Summer Treats for Quick Snacks This Season

Cool Summer Treats

Looking for something tasty to satisfy your appetite this summer, without blowing your diet? Or are you just hoping to find some cool, refreshing snacks to lower your body temperature, during the hotter months?

Check out this list of healthy, cool summer treats:

  • Popsicles – These can be purchased cheaply and are usually very low calorie, but you can also make them at home with real fruit.
  • Banana chips – Slice up a banana, place the slices in your freezer, and hours later, you’ve got banana chips – tasty, creamy treats.
  • Iced coffee – As long as you don’t add too much milk or sugar, your favorite cup of coffee over a handful of ice is a great way to start the day.
  • Slushies – While slushies may be packed with sugar when you buy them at fairs, you can easily make healthy slushies at home, by mixing fresh fruit juice with crushed ice.

Do you have any other ideas? Let us know in the comments.

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.

“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!

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

$5 Million Set Aside For Cooper River Preservation

$5 Million Set Aside For Cooper River Preservation

$5 Million Set Aside For Cooper River Preservation – Photo Courtesy of ABC News 4 Charleston

South Carolina’s State Ports Authority voted to put aside $5 million in conservation funds. The funds will be used for the protection of the environment that is put at risk by the deepening of Charleston Harbor from 45 feet to 52 feet. Funding for the conservation of wetlands surrounding the Cooper River corridor was seen as a pact between business and environmental groups. During a speech at Silk Hope Plantation, Governor Nikki Haley told business and environment leaders, “Today is a day that we say yes to both conservation and business – they can be married together.”

The Lowcountry Open Land Trust currently holds 5,182 acres—6.5 miles—of land within the Cooper River corridor. In all, 56,000 acres are held and protected by conservation and historic preservation groups. The allotted funding will purchase a portion of the 15,000 acres that are not protected. Jim Newsome, the State Ports Authority chief executive officer, compared both the deepening of the harbor and the conservation plans equally. “Deepening the Charleston Harbor to 52 feet will have a lasting impact on the competitiveness and economic development efforts in South Carolina, and likewise the conservation commitment announced today carries permanent significance to our region and state.”

Here at Mama’s Used Cars, we’re proud of our community for its commitment to the environment.

It’s October in Charleston and There’s So Much to Do!

It’s October in Charleston and There’s So Much to Do!

Just because the summer is coming to an end in Charleston doesn’t mean that the city is going to sleep, too. There are still plenty of events throughout the month of October that you can look forward to!

Charleston is known for its arts and music, and autumn is a time of rebirth and exhibition for the local art scene. The Colour of Music festival is an ongoing event celebrates black classical musicians. Twenty performances will be held at multiple locations in Charleston, starting October 17th.

If you would like to have fun while giving back to the community, Middleton Place also has a charity event for breast cancer research this year during their Fall Wine Strolls. A portion of all Wednesday proceeds will be donated. It lasts until the 29th of October.

Last, there’s the fall festival , which lasts the whole month of October. Games, activities, events and more will be featured during the festival. The highlights are, of course, the pumpkin patch and the two Chick-Fil-A corn mazes.

Mama’s Used Cars is excited for all the wonderful things going on in Charleston this fall, but the best thing of all will be the great deals on fantastic vehicles that we will be hosting all month!

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

Mama’s Top Picks For Your Fall Fun Needs

Check out these local fall fun events in Charleston!

Fall Fun in Charleston

From football games to pumpkin carving and haunted attractions, there are plenty of events for loads of fall fun.

It’s that time of year again; the time when the leaves are changing, the kids are knee-deep in homework, and you just can’t wait to while away your weekends watching the game with friends and family.  With fall comes a number of events and occasions for everyone to enjoy, and here at Mama’s Used Cars, we’d like to take a moment to point you in the right direction for some ideal fall fun! Continue reading