How to Keep Your Car Cool in the Summer Heat

Stumped on how to keep your car cool after baking under the hot summer sun all day? We at Bakersfield Mazda have a few tips.

 

Park in the shade

If there’s a parking garage or a shaded area where you’re going, try to find a spot where you can park where the sun won’t hit your car directly. Even if outside temperatures are still hot, it won’t heat up the interior as much.

Use a sunshade

You can hide your cabin from the sun in all other instances where you can’t just park in a garage or under some trees with a protective covering like a sunshade.

Crack your windows

Part of what makes getting into your car on a sunny day so unbearable is the fact that sunlight heats up the air inside the car, which then can’t escape. Cracking the windows allows the interior to ventilate.

Cover your seats and steering wheel

Do you have vinyl or leather seats? What about a black steering wheel? Protect yourself from hot surfaces in your car by tossing a towel or blanket over them before you get out of your car.

Run the air conditioner before getting in

If your car is still too hot inside after trying all of the above, open all the doors and blast the air conditioning for a few minutes until it’s tolerable.

 

Keep your car cool with this helpful advice so you don’t sweat all the way home in the summertime!

Bad Driving Habits That Shorten a Car’s Life

2014 Mazda CX-5 - Bakersfield, CA

Bad driving habits can have many unwanted and potentially hazardous consequences.

Your car is a major investment, and it is extremely important to modern life as it takes you anywhere you want to go. However, the following bad driving habits can easily shorten the life of the vehicle you appreciate so much.

Aggressive Driving

Granted, a sports car is built to handle this kind of driving. But for most of us, the vehicle we are driving is not designed to withstand aggressive acceleration and braking. Doing so could shorten the engine life and will certainly cause us to pay more in brake pads and repair.

Delaying Repairs

A good rule of thumb is that if you have any doubts about your vehicle’s condition, get it checked out by a professional immediately. It could be nothing and it may cost a little, but ignoring the signs could lead to a much more major issue in the future.

Ignoring Service Engine Light

When the Service Engine Light comes on, people think, “Car’s running fine. Who cares” without understanding that the system is designed to make you, and your mechanic, aware of issues that might not otherwise be observable. In other words, don’t ignore the light.

At the end of the day, you can see these issues may not shorten your vehicle’s life overall. But they are will go a long way in emptying your pocket.

If you notice your car having problems, schedule an appointment with us.

Jumpstarting Your Car: The Basic Steps

Getting a dead battery is bound to happen sooner or later, and it can be extremely frustrating – not to mention dangerous. We’ve put together a list of tips on jumpstarting your car to help you out of this tricky situation.

According to wikiHow, you should always have a quality pair of jumper cables in your car. These should be thick, colored, well-stored, and capable of reaching around 20 ft or more. Make sure they’re not corroded, either.

The first step is to determine that the battery is actually the problem. If your lights or dash are dimmer than usual or if the car cranks slowly or clicks, it’s probably a dead battery. If you notice the car is cranking normally or that your vehicle is leaking fluid, it’s probably not the battery.

After determining the battery is indeed the problem, locate it under your hood. Have the jumper car pull up near you, with its hood open. DO NOT let the vehicles touch, as this can create a dangerous arc of electricity.

Follow these steps:

  • Connect the red clamp to the positive (+) terminal of the dead battery.
  • Connect the other red clamp to the positive terminal on the jumper car.
  • Connect the black clamp to the negative terminal (-) on the jumper car.
  • Connect the other black clamp to a piece of grounded metal on the dead car. This should be a shiny piece of metal like a bolt. It’s not uncommon to see a small spark when the ground is connected.
  • Make sure no cables are in the way of moving parts.
  • Start the jumper car; let it run for 60 seconds.
  • Start the dead vehicle. If it doesn’t work, let it charge longer and consider reconnecting the cables.
  • If successful, remove clamps in the reverse order you put them on, starting with the grounded clamp and then moving to the negative terminal, etc.
  • Let the (previously) dead car charge for at least 20 minutes.

Remember to be safe and avoid touching cables or moving parts. Contact Bakersfield Mazda‘s service department if you need any help!

Below is a video that will help further simplify the process for you.

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.

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.

5 Steps to Follow After a Car Accident

steps to follow after a car accident

We hope that none of our readers have the misfortune of ever being in a car accident, but according to the statistics, we realize that is highly unlikely. So, if you ever find yourself in a fender-bender or single car accident, here are some steps to follow after a car accident according to Motoramic.

  1. Take pictures. With your cell phone, take a few pictures of the area of impact on your vehicle, and if another car or even light pole was involved, the damaged areas there as well. This will provide physical evidence of what took place to ensure accuracy for the police report and insurance claims.
  2. Practice your side of the story. According to Motoramic, “It’s always best to be calm, factual, and use any evidence available to add support to your statement.”
  3. You don’t need to be the first one to talk to the police. Present the facts in a calm, reasonable manner. Show them your pictures, any vehicular damage, and let them ask the questions.
  4. Record the conversation between you and the police. This is perfectly legal and within your rights and can help with insurance companies, and potential misinformation found in the police report.
  5. Check the Police report. If you find that there is inaccurate information in the police report, make an appointment with the officer so that the report can be revised – this is where a recorded conversation and pictures come in handy!

As emotions can run high at the scene of an accident, we encourage our readers to print this list to keep somewhere in your car, but mainly we wish you all safe driving and travels! If ever you should need service after an accident, we hope you consider Bakersfield Mazda.