Have a Fun Easter in Bakersfield, California!

As we move into the spring season, Easter is just around the corner. As one of the most fun holidays for the family, everyone wants to create an Easter holiday that the kids will remember forever. That’s why we’ve put together this article for what to do for Easter in Bakersfield, California.

 

Bakersfield Easter Egg Hunt

For an experience that is both memorable and free, look no further than the Bakersfield Easter Egg Hunt. Held on April 15th, 2017 from 10:30am-12:00pm, there will be over 5,000 eggs to hunt for children between ages 2-12. It will be located at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center at 1000 S. Owens.

 

Easter at Home

In addition to the community event, you’ll more than likely plan some fun activities at your own home as well. While these activities are great, the clean up can be a bit of a mess.

If you find yourself with fake grass littered all across your home, it’s actually a quick and simple cleanup. All that you need to do is take a lint roller and run it across all the surfaces in your home.

All of us here at Bakersfield Mazda hope that you have a wonderful Easter in Bakersfield, California!

Easter in Bakersfield, CA

It’s Not Too Late to See Fall in California!

Mazda CX-9 - Bakersfield, CA

There’s never a bad time to take your Mazda for a spin in California!

Fall might be on her way out the door, but in sunny California there are still plenty of beautiful sights alive with autumn color. Fall in California takes its time, which is good news for anyone looking to take a last-minute scenic drive.

Check out Idyllwild, a rustic town just east of L.A., cozy in the San Jancito Mountains. Whether you’re looking for something exciting like rock climbing or trail hiking, or just want to chill out overnight in a comfy inn, there’s something for you in Idyllwild. Without a doubt, this is one of the most beautiful spots in CA this season.

If you’re in the mood for a nice, long weekend, there’s no better place than Placer County up north. This region of California feels dedicated to the beauty of nature, and in the fall it’s easy to see why, with colors rivaling the fieriest spots in New England.

And if you’re in the mood for some truly dramatic geography along with you autumn hues, check out Castle Rock State Park. Great for camping and hiking, this is a must-see of fall in California.

Do you have any other destinations you like to visit? Let Bakersfield Mazda know!

California, Get Ready for Pay-As-You-Drive Tax

With cars that are more efficient than ever before and less driving on our roads overall, gasoline taxes used to build and maintain roads are dwindling. That’s exactly why some state governments are considering adding a tax that would be paid based on the number of miles you’ve driven. Oregon already has a voluntary pay-as-you-drive tax setup beginning next year which will offer 5,000 drivers the chance to pay 1.5 cents for every mile they travel in the state. Next up? California.

It won’t happen right away, but over the next few years, California drivers should expect to see a pay-as-you-drive tax go into effect to help offset some of the funds it takes to upkeep and build roads – funds that are currently less-than-sufficient, with Congress having to fill the gap with millions of dollars in temporary federal funding.

Pay-As-You-Drive Tax

Get ready for the potential Pay-As-You-Drive Tax, by investing in a fuel efficient vehicle that also allows you to carpool others – this 2015 Mazda3 perhaps.

Oregon’s system uses a pair of devices, one in the vehicles, and one found in certain fuel pumps, that uses GPS to track miles driven, then gives the appropriate credit or surcharge at the pump itself. The system could be much simpler with systems like Apple iPlay and in-car internet systems like OnStar. If configured correctly, these systems could easily track the distance a car has travelled.

If you’re concerned about your driving habits being tracked, you’re not alone. According to Autos.Yahoo.com, the American Civil Liberties Union has expressed concerns about unapproved tracking, and privacy was the top concern of those who took part in Oregon’s trial. There is little doubt that, despite these privacy concerns, there is enough money at stake and enough technology available that California will be able to create a system that would satisfy any privacy concerns.

Here at Bakersfield Mazda, we wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see a pay-as-you-drive tax system make its way to California’s roads, and the rest of the country very soon. What do you think? Efficient (and fair) way to obtain the funds needed to keep our roadways drivable, or just another tax (and one with privacy concerns to add insult to injury)?