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Fall Driving Hazards: Kids, Water, and Glares

Though we typically think of winter when it comes to dangerous driving conditions, there are some important fall driving hazards you should know. There are environmental and social factors that make driving more dangerous this time of year. For instance, there’s less daylight, and schools are in session. Keep an eye out for these particularly dangerous autumn driving hazards.


According to AARP, it’s especially important to watch out for children. When driving near schools, slow down and keep your eyes on the road. If there is a school bus, you must stop when it extends the “stop” arm to let children cross. If it’s trick-or-treat night, you should drive especially slowly.

Damp Roads

Watch out for damp roads. While sleet and ice are certainly dangerous, it is actually the small pools of water and moist roads that can be the slipperiest. Water mixes with oil on the road, creating a road slick that might not wash away if there isn’t enough rain.

Sun Glare

Be aware of sun glares affecting visibility. The sun sets earlier as autumn arrives, lingering closer to the horizon than it does in summer months. Get a pair of sunglasses and clean your windshield regularly—dirt streaks only make glares worse.

We at Bell Mitsubishi wish you and your family a safe, fun fall season.

Fall Maintenance Tips: Autumn Car Care

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Fall brings cool weather and stunning scenery. Regular maintenance can not only improve the resale value of your car, but also extend its life and prevent future breakdowns. Learn the best ways to take care of your car with these fall maintenance tips.

According to The Car Connection, it is crucial to check your tires and breaks. The cooler temperatures can lower the tire pressure in your car, increasing the risk of a blowout. While you’re at it, check for uneven wear and tear, bulging, and cracking in the rubber. These are all signs that you need new tires before winter.

Next, top off fluids; this includes coolant, wiper fluid, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and power steering fluid.  Most drivers realize their vehicle needs an oil change about every three months, but few people realize that they should top off other vehicle fluids this frequently.

Finally, check your lights. Proper visibility is a must in the fall, since there is typically lessdaylight than in the spring and summer. Have a friend help you check your taillights, headlights, blinker, reverse lights, and fog lights.

Stop by Bell Mitsubishi to have a professional technician service and inspect your vehicle to ensure that it’s ready for the fall.

All-Season Tires vs. Summer Tires

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Winter tires are a popular option during the colder months, but one of the most rarely talked about kinds of tire is the summer tire. So what are summer tires, and what are the benefits of them?

“Summer tires” is kind of a misnomer. While summer tires aren’t ideal for winter, they’re great in spring, summer, and fall. They’re better at driving on wet and resisting hydroplaning than all-season tires, but they have little to no grip in the snow.

On the other hand, all-season tires, which most cars come pre-equipped with now, are mostly fine throughout the year, but they’re a compromise—they don’t perform as well during spring, summer, and fall as summer tires, and they don’t perform as well in winter as winter tires. If you don’t want to spend the money or take the extra time to switch over to winter tires when it gets cold, all-season tires are a good choice.

If you do want to take the time out, though, consider switching your all-season tires out for summer tires. You’ll experience better traction in the rain thanks to the softer grip, and when the cold weather hits, just spend an hour putting your winter tires on. You’ll be amazed how much better your car does in the snow with them!

For more information about tires or to schedule a service appointment, give us a call at Bell Mitsubishi!

Regular Maintenance for Your Vehicle

Taking care of your car can be a bit of a hassle, especially if you aren’t sure what exactly going into regular maintenance. Fortunately, modern cars are advanced enough that they only need regular maintenance every few months. Here’s some crucial information on regular maintenance for your vehicle from us here at Bell Mitsubishi.

Oil Changes

Most quick-change oil outlets advertise the 3,000-mile rule as the general guideline for when you need to have your car’s oil changes. Modern vehicles and oil technology have come a long way since that rule first came to light. Today’s vehicles vary when it comes to oil change by mileage. Your owner’s manual can give you can exact number but a general rule to stick to is every six months or 5,000-7,500 miles.

Scheduled Service

Most automakers stick to a pretty consistent service schedule. The 15,000-mile mark should include an oil change, tire rotation, and inspection of important components.

The 30,000-mile mark should include a more thorough inspection and new fuel filter. Some vehicles may need new transmission fluid at this point.

The 45,000-mile mark is generally the same as the 15,000-mile mark with the addition of new transmission fluid, provided it hasn’t been changed already.

The 60,000-mile mark should include new belts, valves, and hoses as well as the items included in the 30,000-mile mark.

The 100,000-mile mark should include new spark plugs and a few other items that vary from vehicle to vehicle.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Named IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus

The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander, Mitsubishi’s popular 7-passenger crossover utility vehicle, has been named an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus for the fourth year in a row when equipped with the optional Touring Package.

The IIHS, or Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, is a leading auto safety agency that tests vehicles for crashworthiness in various areas, including small overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints. Ratings of “good” in all five tests are required to be named a Top Safety Pick, while a Top Safety Pick Plus has to earn a rating of “advanced” or “superior” for front crash prevention in addition to “good” crash test ratings.

The new Outlander is competitively priced at $23,495 and includes a wide array of safety features like stability control and tire pressure monitoring at the base level, with active safety features like Forward Collision Mitigation and Pedestrian Detection available at the highest SEL trim, which goes for only $29,495—still much less than competitors.

Mitsubishi North America’s executive vice president and COO said in a statement that the company is “committed to safety and providing the best value for our customers” and went on to say that the Outlander’s safety features have been expanded upon even since the 2016 model year. There’s never been a better time to buy a Mitsubishi Outlander, so make sure to check out Bell Mitsubishi for all of your Outlander needs!

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Named an IIHS Top Safety Pick+

Crossovers and compact SUVs make up a drastically increasing part of today’s auto industry; so, when you see a stand-out in this crowded field, you know that vehicle’s doing something special. One of the day’s biggest and brightest stand-outs is none other than the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander thanks to its impeccable safety standards and impressive list of standard tech and drive features.

Recently, the Outlander earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ title, meaning that it scored a “Good” or better in all five crashworthiness categories (Small Overlap Front, Moderate Overlap Front, Side, Roof Strength, and Head Restraints & Seats) plus an “Advanced” or higher score in Front Crash Prevention. 2016 marks the third year in a row that the Outlander has scored the coveted badge of IIHS Top Safety Pick+.

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander also sports a variety of innovative features that further set it apart from its small SUV competitors. With its convenient folding 3-row seating, a standard Fuse Hands-Free Link system, and a totally customizable design, the Outlander is prepared to be the ideal vehicle for any driver.

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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+

The redesigned 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander seven-passenger crossover has been named an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ when equipped with Forward Collision Mitigation.

This is the third consecutive time the Outlander has received the award. It packs numerous standard safety features, including seven airbags, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Active Stability Control with Traction Control Logic, and Anti-lock braking system with Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist.

It also offers advanced safety features like Forward Collision Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control, which keep occupants safe by preventing accidents from occurring in the first place. This had made it very popular among families at Bell Mitsubishi.

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander earned the Top Safety Pick+ award by receiving the highest-possible safety ratings in all five of the IIHS’s major crashworthiness tests and receiving an “Advanced” score for front crash prevention.

“With over 100 improvements from the previous model year, the 2016 Outlander truly serves as an ambassador for the brand’s dedication to superior safety and reliability,” said Don Swearingen, executive VP.

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How to Be a More Courteous Driver

Nobody likes rude drivers. Somebody tailgating you or speeding around you to cut you off can ruin anyone’s good mood. September is recognized as National Courtesy Month, which is why we will share some tips on how to be a more courteous driver.

  • Don’t hang out in the left lane. On most two-lane highways, the left lane is supposed to be used only for turning left or passing slower traffic. In fact, here in New Jersey, it is a state law that the left lane is reserved only for these purposes. This means, even if you’re driving 5mph over the speed limit, but still holding up traffic, you are breaking the law and need to move over.
  • Zipper merge. This is something we probably all need to work on. This type of merging is when two lanes are merged together to form one (think construction on the highway). The way many of us do it is by slowing down and merging sooner. This causes unnecessary traffic jams. If you see a “lane closed ahead” sign, you should stay in your current lane as long as possible and then like a zipper, alternate with the other lane into the open driving area.
  • Don’t tailgate. Leave space between you and the car in front of you. This will give you more time to react in case there are any sudden changes and prevents you from being a jerk.
  • Stop rubbernecking. The curiosity inside all of us just can’t resist looking at accidents or people pulled over on the side of the road. But, to be courteous to those involved and the drivers around us, we should all stop doing this. Not only does it cause backups, but it can lead to even more accidents.
  • Use your turn signals. If you’re going to turn or change lanes, give everyone around you some notice and switch on your blinkers.

Do you have any other courteous driving suggestions?

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Avoid those Close Encounters – How to Lessen Blind Spots by Adjusting Your Mirrors

Have you ever tried to change lanes and realized that there is a car traveling in your blind spot? Whew, that was a close one! Well, now there is an easier way to adjust your mirrors to lessen blind spots. Here are some tips:

  1. Adjust your rearview mirror so that you can clearly see out of the back of your vehicle – like you normally would.
  2. Lean your head to the left so it touches the window. Adjust the left mirror out so that the only part of your car you see is the back corner.
  3. Lean an equal distance to the right and adjust the right side mirror the same way as the left mirror.

If these adjustments are done correctly, you should now be able to see the image of a passing vehicle go directly from your rear view mirror and into a side view mirror – so the blind spots have been virtually eliminated.

Stay tuned to Bell Mitsubishi for more car tips and tricks and be sure to come visit us at Bell Mitsubishi to see our newest line of Mitsubishi models!

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Winter Driving Tips: How to Handle Ice and Snow

With all the snow and ice that comes this time of year, it’s important to stay safe while you’re on the road. Despite the incredible handling typical of Mitsubishi vehicles, we thought we’d put together a list of winter driving tips.

Our first tip is to check your tires. If you have to drive in three feet of snow, it’s a good idea to make sure that you have plenty of tread and good tire pressure. According to Edmunds, you should have at least 6/32-inch deep tread for winter driving. Tire tread testers are easily found at most parts stores.

Tip number two is to stomp, stay, and steer. If you do end up sliding on the road, know what to do: the most important thing is not to overreact. Though you might be tempted to crank the steering wheel, that’s not usually the best thing to do. Stomp on the brakes (assuming you have antilock brakes), stay hard on the pedal, and avoid overcorrecting.

Last but not least, don’t drive when you don’t have to. The best way to avoid an accident is to avoid driving when it’s bad out. Know the limitations of your car, and follow the advice of the weather channel. If it’s a blizzard, hold off on going for a spin.

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