How Do Anti-Lock Brakes Work?

Ever wonder how do anti-lock brakes work? We have everything you need to know here on our blog. Anti-lock brakes are becoming the standard for braking systems because of their superior safety and efficiency over other kinds of brakes. So how does anti-lock brakes work?

Anti-lock brakes essentially keep your wheels from locking up and skidding. When your wheels are rolling, they have more friction, so you have more control over your vehicle. With added friction and no locked up wheels, you’ll stop faster and be able to steer while you brake.


Speed sensors, valves, a pump, and a controller work together to create the anti-lock braking system. The speed sensors provide information to the controller, an internal computer that sends information to the valves about changes in speed levels and when the brakes are about to lock up.

The valves use this information to determine when to let air through the brake and reduce pressure. The pump does the opposite of the valve’s job. It replaces the pressure the valve let out. By doing this, the parts release and increase pressure as necessary to prevent the wheels from locking and decreasing the friction.

Three Every-Day Habits to Keep Your Kids safe in the Car

Keep Your Kids safe in the Car

We all want what is best for our families and would do anything to keep our children as safe as possible on the road. Establishing good safety habits in the car now will encourage responsible behavior for years to come. Here are three important in-car safety habits to establish now to keep your kids safe in the car:

  1. Get the right car seat. Make sure each of your children are being secured into the correct car seat based on their age, height, and your state’s laws. We recommend keeping your children in their respective car seats until they reach the maximum height and weight restrictions before graduating them to the next seat. Make sure they are always buckled in correctly and that all straps are snug and not twisted.
  2. Assume loose objects are projectiles. We don’t usually give too much thought to the items in our car, but just like in an airplane, loose items should be secured while driving. In the event of an accident, loose items become flying objects that can cause serious injury or even death. At a minimum, heavy, blunt, and potentially sharp objects should be secured in the trunk, glovebox, or center console.
  3. Teach car safety. Rollover deaths, trunk/car entrapment, and back-over deaths can all be avoided by teaching your children to never play in or around any vehicles. Becoming locked in a car on a hot day could prove deadly. It’s also imperative that caretakers never leave children in a hot car for any period of time.

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Mazda Teams Up with Challenged Athletes Foundation’s Million Dollar Challenge

For the 4th year running, Mazda will act as title sponsor for the Challenged Athletes Foundation’s Million Dollar Challenge. The seven-day cycling event in California aims to raise at least $1 million in the support of people with physical challenges to live active lifestyles through sports and fitness.

The challenge will kick off on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, in San Francisco. A group of more than 125 cyclists, including professional athletes, celebrities, and a group of 15 athletes with physical challenges will embark on a 620-mile ride that will span seven days, ending in San Diego.

“Support from the Mazda Foundation has helped the Million Dollar Challenge become more than a ride of a lifetime, but an event where individuals can use their passion for cycling to make a difference in the lives of others,” said Bill Geppert, interim CEO of the Challenged Athletes Foundation in a statement. “Our partnership with the Mazda Foundation has been mutually successful because our missions are so closely aligned around the goal of helping others  – those with able bodies and those with physical challenges – realize their aspirations and dreams.”

If you’re interested in sponsoring an athlete and learning more about the Million Dollar Challenge, check out

The Dangers of Texting While Driving

We all know that texting while driving is dangerous, yet many of us continue to do it. July is recognized as National Cell Phone Courtesy Month, so be courteous to your fellow drivers by not texting and driving. And, just to drive the point home, here are a few deadly statistics about texting and driving.

texting while driving

  • 660,000. This is the number of drivers in the United States who are using their phones while driving at any given time during daylight hours.
  • 60%. The percentage of drivers who use their phones in any capacity while driving.
  • 88%. The percentage of young Americans who fear other drivers—this number is higher than the fear of public speaking, death, spiders, and snakes.
  • 5 seconds. How long your eyes are off the road while sending a texting—this translates to the length of a football field when driving 55 mph.
  • The number of people killed every day in accidents caused by distracted drivers.
  • You are three times more likely to get into an accident if you text while driving.

If you or someone you know has problems with texting and driving, consider turning your car into a phone-free zone. Put your phone and everyone else’s into the glove compartment or other storage bin where it is out of reach. Also try turning your phone off so you aren’t distracted by any notifications.

What methods do you use to avoid texting while driving?

2016 Mazda CX-3 Pricing Announced

Mazda has essentially created a brand new car segment with the all-new CX-3. This subcompact crossover is perfect for the city as well as hitting the open road. Now, as we approach its release date in August, Mazda has announced the 2016 CX-3 pricing.

The CX-3 will have a starting price of only $19,960 when equipped with front-wheel drive. For added stability, you can choose the CX-3 Sport model with Mazda’s i-ACTIV all-wheel drive to provide maximum performance and stability for an added $1,250.

“We wanted to send a strong statement that new buyers, early adopters, empty-nesters and right-sizers can get everything they want in a crossover that fits their needs,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, MNAO, in a statement. “CX-3 offers the same technologies and thrilling driving experience seen across the rest of Mazda’s award-winning lineup that we believe will be a great gateway to the Mazda brand.”

Standard features on the CX-3 include a SKYACTIV 2.0-liter engine that will deliver an EPA-estimated 35 mpg on the highway. You’ll also get a standard Mazda Connect seven-inch color touchscreen infotainment system that helps you stay connected.

Try Something New: Great Side Dishes for Cookouts

side dishes for cookouts

Food is almost always more delicious when cooked on a grill, which is why we love the summer. We all have our cookout favorites, like the traditional hot dogs, hamburgers, and steak, but if you want to take your cookout to the next level, here are some new options for side dishes for cookouts:

  • Asparagus and Tomato Skewers. Put cherry tomatoes on a skewer and put them on the grill alongside some asparagus. Dip them in honey mustard for a smoky, sweet flavor.
  • Garden Pasta Salad. This simple dish will add a rainbow of color to your plate. With only 10 minutes of prep time, it’s an easy addition to your picnic.
  • Bacon and Egg Potato Salad. This side might make you think you’re eating breakfast with crispy bacon, hard-boiled eggs, and a creamy dressing.
  • Sweet Corn Pudding. This creamy casserole uses corn freshly cut from the cob. Add heavy cream and cheese for a delightful dish.
  • Sausage and Basil Stuffed Tomatoes. With so much goodness stuffed inside these summer-ripe tomatoes, you might not have much room left for that second cheeseburger.

Do you have any favorite side dishes for cookouts? Share them with Bakersfield Mazda below!

Mazda MX-5 Miata Reigns Supreme in J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey

For the sixth year in a row, the Mazda MX-5 Miata has taken home the top spot in its segment in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey. This is the last year for the third-generation Miata and great close for the 2015 model.

J.D. Power Initial Quality

2015 Mazda MX-5 recently took home a sixth J.D. Power Initial Quality Award

“This marks a great bookend for our third-generation MX-5 ahead of welcoming in the all-new 2016 model,” said Robert Davis, senior vice president of operations for Mazda North American Operations, in a statement. “Enthusiasts the world over have fallen in love with MX-5 for more than 25 years because of its performance, reliability, ease of use and, most of all, the smile it puts on the face of everyone who drives one. We expect that to continue into the next generation of our flagship roadster.”

In the study, J.D. Power surveyed more than 86,000 new car owners and lessees who took home a 2015 model year vehicle. The respondents reported any issues they encountered within the first 90 days of ownership.

The 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata claimed the overall top spot in the “Compact Sporty Car” segment. The third-generation model has earned this honor in all but one year since 2006.

Looking towards the future, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata will be available this month at Bakersfield Mazda.

MX-5 Showdown Pits 90s Miata Against 2015 Model

This history of the Mazda MX-5 is something we here at Bakersfield Mazda greatly respect. 25 years ago, Mazda set out to produce a sporty compact car that was affordable for the masses, but offered the thrill of a much more expensive vehicle. While that was no easy undertaking, almost every automotive expert in the world agrees that they’ve been the most successful at doing it and then keeping that spirit alive even in the newest model, the 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata (MkIV).

To prove this point more completely than an expert review can, Mazda UK took both the 1990 MX-5 Miata and 2015 MX-5 Miata to the Circuit De Calafat in Catalonia, Spain for an MX-5 showdown. They put expert endurance drivers in both models to eliminate some more variables and then they gave the 1990 model a four-second head start to make it a more fair fight. Since technological advancements alone in the last 25 years would easily make the 2015 MX-5 Miata the victor. Watch the MX-5 Showdown below and see for yourself who wins.

While we can’t test the 1990 model of the MX-5 Miata for ourselves, we would be more than happy to go on a test drive in a new 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata with you any time!

2016 Mazda CX-5 Continues to Rule the CUV Class

The compact crossover segment might be one of the most popular segments in the world right now, but all the newcomers to the segment are simply late to the Mazda CX-5’s party. The 2016 model of the popular SUV debuted this year at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and the new model definitely increases the nameplate’s lead over the rest of the segment.

2016 Mazda CX-5

The 2016 Mazda CX-5, of course, remains stylistically excellent, thanks to the KODO – Soul of Motion design language that pervades the whole Mazda lineup. The CX-5’s sculpted, shapely exterior makes even better use of that design aesthetic than most models. On top of the design, The CX-5 also comes with tons of features and the Skyactiv Technology engine design that makes Mazda vehicles the zippiest, most efficient vehicles on the road.

In fact, the new CX-5 gets up to 33 mpg on the highway with front-wheel drive design and up to 35 mpg with the six-speed manual transmission. With safety features like the Smart City Brake Support on the Grand Touring Tech Package, you’ll be both safe and in style every time you’re behind the wheel of the new CX-5. Come see us here at Bakersfield Mazda to learn more about this powerful little SUV.

A Recent Refresh Helps the Mazda6 Make Ward’s 10 Best Interiors List For 2015

Long gone are the days when a vehicle’s interior consisted of a bench seat more like a wooden pew, an analog radio broadcasting static on every channel, and a temperamental fuel gauge. Interiors have come a long way in terms of comfort and viability as automakers discovered better ways for humans to interact with their machines.

The 2016 Mazda6 is highly exemplary of this engineering progress. The automotive press seem to agree. The sedan from Mazda made Ward’s 10 Best Interiors list for 2015.

The latest generation of the Mazda6 launched in 2014. For 2016, the Mazda6 received some dramatic “interior upgrades,” according to Tom Murphy, editor for Ward’s Auto World magazine. Those interior enhancements included a “center console and instrument panel that have been expertly redesigned to incorporate a new display screen and human-machine interface that works wonderfully.”

But that wasn’t all. Mazda also improved the front and rear seats and engineered the interior to be even quieter than before.

Derek Jenkins, director of design for Mazda North America Operations, explains the kind of goals Mazda has in mind when it comes to interior design. “To create an environment that spoils its driver and passengers and provides a rewarding experience for the driver.” Those are exactly the kind of goals that placed the 2016 Mazda6 on Ward’s 10 Best Interiors list for 2015.