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August 6, 2014
by kellyy
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Parent & Teen Summer Driving Guide

Teen Driving

The big day has finally arrived. Your teen received his permit and it’s time to move on to the next step. As a parent, worrying for your teen’s safety is normal but don’t let it get in the way. Instead, guide your teen into becoming a responsible driver by teaching him the do’s and don’ts of the road. It takes time and experience to become a good-driver, but having a solid driving foundation can expedite the process. Here is a guide to help you get started.

Summertime is a fun time for teens, but it also means more danger on the roads. Teen drivers average 44% more hours on the road each week during the summer. This means more inexperienced drivers on the road. It’s no wonder why parents get nervous when it comes to letting their teen out on their own. With overcrowded roads and busy freeways, a new driver can easily get anxious behind the wheel. Here’s how you can guide your teen into becoming a confident driver.

Practice Makes Perfect

Whether it’s learning how to do a cartwheel or how to play chess, the more you practice, the better. Why not apply the same concept to driving? Teens are more likely to be involved in a crash because of inexperience. Prevent your teen from being a teen accident statistic by practicing as much as possible.

Take it Step-by-Step

Just like with anything you learn in life, taking baby steps is key. Start off practice-driving your Mazda on suburban roads before you hit the highway. This will give your teen a chance to get a feel of how the car handles in a stress-free driving environment. Also, parking lots are a great place to get your teen familiar with car controls skills such as turning, braking and reversing.

Set an Example

Teenagers are influenced by television and friends but when it comes to driving, no one has more influence than their parents. The best way to set a good example for your teen when driving is by watching your driving behavior and following the rules of the road. Be the driver you want your teen to be when they are out on their own.

Take Care of your Car

Driving a car is not just about following road rules, it’s also about taking good care of your car. A well maintained car means less problems on the road. The best way to show your teen the ins and outs of car care is to take them with you when your new or used Mazda is due for a tune-up. Also, familiarize your teen with the owner’s manual which includes helpful information about car care.

Looking for the right car to start off your teen driver with? Whether you are in the market for a new or used Mazda, we got you covered. Give us a call at 866 780 9114 to schedule a test drive.

June 17, 2014
by kellyy
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5 Tips to Get Your Mazda Ready for Summer

Mazda Summer

Now that the cold and winter weather are only distant memories, it’s time to start thinking about summer. Winter takes its toll on your car. Is your Mazda ready to take the summer heat? Before you go out and appreciate that well-deserved sunshine, stop and get your Mazda in shape for summer. We’ve made a list of five easy steps to take to get your new Mazda in tip top shape this summer.

Brakes

Traffic moves much slower in winter months because of the higher volume of drivers and inclement weather. The stop and go traffic during any winter storm can hinder the integrity of your brakes. To get your brakes ready for summer, inspect them closely. Make sure the edges of your brake pads aren’t crumbling or discolored and look for cracking in your brake rotors or drums. If you see any of these tell-tale signs, schedule a service appointment right away.

Wiper Blades

Now that the May flowers have arrived, I know you’re wishing for that occasional shower to keep them growing. When thinking of those summer showers, try and remember the last time you replaced your windshield wiper blades. If you haven’t in the last year, it’s time. Your wiper blades are exposed to the nastiest of Mother Nature’s fury, including ultraviolet rays from the summer sun that hurt the rubber. Replacing your wiper blades is a quick and low-cost fix, so it’s best to swap them out before you’re stuck in a nasty summer storm.

Tires

Has it been a while since you really looked at your tires? Get up-close and take a good look at your tires. Do you see dry rot, bumps in the side wall or uneven wear? Any of these small problems will only get shoddier in the warm temperatures that summer brings. When the temperature rises, so does your tire pressure. Consider rotating your tires, or if they’re looking a little iffy, replace them to avoid a highway blowout. Either way, we’ve got your Mazda protected with our service center.

Car Wash

Do you really need an excuse to wash your Mazda? If you aren’t the best with keeping up with the cleanliness of your car, take this seasonal change to get things spic and span! If you get an automated car wash, go ahead and spring for the undercarriage and wheel well wash – your Mazda will thank you. If you’re the type that prefers hand washing your car, make sure to use high pressure water to clean off all that the winter has left behind.

Air Conditioning

Is your Mazda’s ice-cold air conditioning slacking a little this spring? Over time your car can leak refrigerant, causing your compressor to operate for longer periods than typical. This puts extra strain on your engine while cutting time off your engine’s life. If your air conditioning isn’t as cold as it used to be, it’s time to swing by our service center to get it checked out, before it turns into a bigger problem.

Stop by Mazda of Roswell to experience excellent service. We’ll get your Mazda ready for the road this summer. We’re located at 11185 Alpharetta Highway, Roswell, GA 30076. For more information about our service department, give us a call at 770-993-6999.

Sources: http://editorial.autos.msn.com/listarticle.aspx?cp-documentid=1146148

http://jalopnik.com/5503109/11-tips-to-get-your-car-ready-for-summer/