Favorite St. Patrick’s Day Traditions Explained

Although it’s one of the most celebrated holidays in the United States, how much do you actually know about St. Patrick’s Day traditions? The history runs deep, and it’s very interesting. Here are a few of the more popular St. Patrick’s Day traditions explained.

 

St. Patrick The Man

Who was he? Many falsely believe that St. Patrick was from Ireland. In fact, St. Patrick was a British nobleman that was enslaved by the Irish. Upon receiving his freedom, St. Patrick returned to Ireland as a missionary.

 

The Food

Although corned beef and cabbage is one of the most popular meals to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, this tradition is more American than Irish. Irish immigrants in the 19th century were mostly poor and corned beef and cabbage was one of the cheapest meals.

 

The Beer

Although Guinness is a fairly popular beer in the United States (we drink about 600,000 pints of it per day), that number jumps to an astronomical 3 million pints of Guinness on St. Patrick’s Day. Support Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day!

 

Now that you know a bit more about the St. Patrick’s Day traditions, get out and celebrate! Be safe, and enjoy the holiday.

What Is an IIHS Safety Award?

An IIHS Safety Award is always a big honor. That’s why Mazda is proud to have multiple awards from the IIHS. But what exactly is an IIHS Safety Award?

IIHS stands for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Each year, they do studies to evaluate the safety of cars on the market. It takes into account two different aspects of safety.

First, it considers crashworthiness, which determines how well a vehicle can protect a driver and passengers in a crash. The outcome is based on five different tests and is given a rating of good, acceptable, marginal, or poor. The five different tests are conducted in moderate overlap front, small overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints.

2016 Mazda CX-3 - Bakersfield, CA

The Mazda CX-3 was just one of the Mazda vehicles that took home the IIHS Safety Award.

Crash avoidance and mitigation is also considered, which analyzes technology that can prevent a crash in the first place or lessen the severity of a crash. Crash prevention systems can be rated basic, advanced, or superior.

Some Mazdas that have taken home IIHS awards in the past year are:

2016 Mazda 3

2016 Mazda CX-3

2016 Mazda CX-5

2016 Mazda 6

To learn more about these specific Mazda models, or for any other safety related questions, visit us today at Bakersfield Mazda and feel confident and safe thanks to the IIHS awards!

Mazda G-Vectoring Control System

While many automakers are focusing on safety, Mazda is working to help reduce human error as a whole. With the reveal of their new electric system for controlling the chassis, Mazda is showing how it plans to do just that. Known as the Mazda G-Vectoring Control System, the Japanese automaker plans to cut down on driver fatigue and stress in its future models.

So, how does it work?

While it can get fairly complicated, the simple answer is that the system uses minute changes in the engine’s torque output to put more weight on the front wheels. That extra weight allows the vehicle to maneuver around corners much more smoothly and with less steering on the driver’s part.

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The Mazda G-Vectoring Control System is planning to come to future models.

By providing a more driver-friendly steering system, the G-Vectoring Control System reduces lateral acceleration, driver steering input, resulting in a less fatigued driver behind the wheel.

Check out this video to see the Mazda G-Vectoring Control System in action on a snow-covered road.

In future updates, Mazda plans to add more driver-friendly front seats. The new seats will be designed to hold passengers more firmly, effectively reducing pressure points.

We here at Bakersfield Mazda are proud to see Mazda making efforts to combat driver fatigue and ultimately create safer roadways!

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.

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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.

To learn more about ways to keep your kids safe in the car, visit forbes.com.

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?

Mazda Supports Student-led Project to Reduce Distracted Driving

Mazda Foundation USA is supporting After-School All-Stars (ASAS) in their mission to provide “programs that keep children safe and help them succeed in school and life.”  In its role, Mazda partnered with Project Yellow Light to help ASAS Atlanta Youth to put on “Super Saturday Service Day,” which was held last Saturday, April 4th.

“Super Saturday Service Day” is an event similar to a carnival, where participating students perform skits, poems, speeches and dances to illustrate the threat distracted driving poses in our communities. More than 1,500 students and members of the Atlanta community attended the Service Day event.

 

“These students bring such creative approaches to spread the message that distracted driving is a serious community concern,” said Tamara Mlynarczyk, Manager, Public Affairs, Mazda North American Operations in a statement. “From ‘Super Saturday Service Day’ here in Atlanta to rallies, social media campaigns and parent engagement nights, ASAS Youth Advisory Board Members mobilized their peers and demonstrated incredible social responsibility. The Mazda Foundation is proud to support these young civic leaders.”

The “Super Saturday Service Day” is just one of nine events that ASAS will organize in an effort to educate communities nation-wide on the dangers of distracted driving.

To learn more about the important work that After-School All-Stars is doing for the children in our communities, visit afterschoolallstars.org.

Here at Bakersfield Mazda, we are proud to support ASAS in their mission to offer school-aged children safe and productive after-school programs.

IIHS Ranks Mazda3 as a Top Safety, Rating 10, Small Car Pick

2013 is here and well into the year. With winter about to take place, are you considering a new car, truck or suv? Today, small cars are becoming more popular with the rising gas prices, but hopefully safety at the top of your “must have” list. In 2012 there were 25,580 fatal crashes. These accidents occurred from drunk driving, speeding, distractions and bad weather. Mazda engineers have recognized this tragedy and wanted to create a small fuel efficient car the drivers and passengers can feel safe in. This year, the Mazda3 tops the Insurance Institute Highway Safety (IIHS) lists Top Safety Picks for small cars.

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2014 Mazda3 Redesign

It is rare to have a 10 point rating from the IIHS rankings. Taking into consideration the toughest safety tests including moderate overlap frontal crash, small overlap frontal crash, side impact, rollover and rear impact, the car must score a good score in all areas of occupant protection in the moderate overlap frontal test, side impact, rollover and rear tests. Car models can rank anywhere from poor, marginal, acceptable to good marks. The Mazda3 has past all of these test with flying colors and has received a 10 for a combination other features including top performance, quality, reliability, style, technology and comfort.

MSN Auto reviews the small car with top safety ratings, fuel saving SkyActive technology, great power, style, comfort and more. At the Bakersfield Mazda Dealership in Bakersfield, CA find new and used Mazda3 models. The 2014 Mazda3 is a small sedan available in one of five different trim levels for optimal customization. Stop by the Bakersfield Mazda dealer today and see what you think!

Mazda6 Wins Top Advanced Safety Technology Award by IIHS

What is your biggest concern when driving? Is safety one of them? Does technology seem to improve your driving skills or distract you more? Mazda engineers have worked hard to improve the safety of their drivers and the hard work is paying off. This year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named the 2014 Mazda6 with an advanced safety technology rating.

2014 Mazda6 safety

2014 Mazda6

Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) President and CEO Jim O’Sullivan states, “The ‘Advanced’ rating from IIHS illustrates Mazda’s continued commitment to developing vehicles that offer not only the highest levels of occupant crash protection, but vehicles that are also fun to drive.”

Mazda has always been on the forefront of technology and this year it is no different. The innovative 2014 Mazda6 technology is a market first and is named, i-ACTIVSENSE.  Tons of radar sensors, cameras and waves are utilized to guide the driver along the road while keeping passengers safe. A few of the features include:

  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Lane Departure Warning System
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert

How much does the award winning Mazda6 cost? Even though it has the latest technology, many are surprised at the affordable starting price of $20,990. Not only will safety be covered in this commuter and family friendly vehicle, but the Mazda6  is set at a very competitive market price.