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.

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata Rolls into Dealerships

2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata

The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata was a hit with consumers of all ages and backgrounds. Now, with the 2017 model rolling into showrooms, the legendary, award-winning roadster is ready to make waves once more. There’s no reason to make changes to perfection which is why the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata arrives mostly unchanged for the model year.

The 2016 model took home both the World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year awards, the only vehicle to ever do so. The base MSRP holds steady at just under $25,000, a bargain for this incredible roadster.

There isn’t much to say when it comes to changes. Drivers can choose from the Sport, Grand Touring, and Club trims. Mazda aimed to offer three different vehicles to appeal to different types of drivers.

The MX-5 Miata Sport shows off its original formula that first debuted in 1990. The Club trim boasts red stitching and a performance-driven exterior design, suspension, and brakes. The Grand Touring trim is the definition of luxury with three-stage heated seats, automatic climate control, and more.

The only major change for the 2017 model year comes in the form of Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. Both safety technologies come standard on the Club trim.

We here at Bakersfield Mazda are ecstatic that the new MX-5 Miata roadster will be here soon!

Preventative Car Maintenance: The Basics

Preventative Car Maintenance

Taking care of your car starts with preventing problems from growing and occurring in the first place. Fortunately, preventative car maintenance is fairly simple and straightforward. It can also save you a bundle which means there’s hundreds to thousands of reasons to take the proper precautions. Here are a few tips about preventative car maintenance fromus here at Bakersfield Mazda to help get you started.

  • Owner’s Manual – There’s no better guide to your vehicle than the manufacturer-provided owner’s manual! That intimidating booklet contains all the vital information about your car, including a service schedule that you should mark for future reference. Reading up on what service the manufacturer recommends and when it needs to be done is the best way to prevent future problems.
  • Inspection – Performing a full inspection on a monthly basis can help you spot any growing problems and react accordingly. Look at the tires and check the air pressure. Listen for any odd sounds. Make sure the lights work. It never hurts to walk around the car with your eyes peeled for scratches, dings, and dents!
  • Windshield Wipers – Keeping a clear windshield is incredibly important for safety reasons. That’s why you should switch out your windshield wipers every six months or so. A new set is pretty cheap and the owner’s manual will give you a guide on how to install them.

If you want to learn more about preventative car maintainance, just contact us at Bakersfield Mazda!

Mazda CX-5 Design and Technology Gets Upgrades for 2017 Model Year

The new Mazda CX-5 is back, with an innovative new design and some high-tech gadgets. This model is renowned for its bold and sporty styling, as well as its capable powertrain and comfortable interior. However, the new 2017 model year is getting some exciting upgrades that you won’t want to miss. Read on to see what’s new for the 2017 CX-5.

Mazda CX-5 design and technology upgrades begin with the new looks. According to CarScoops, the exterior is getting some slight, yet noticeable changes. This includes a more refined look, with sharper contours, and distinct lighting. It also gets an additional 10mm in width—for improved stability and a more athletic look—as well as a new grille. The A-pillars have been pushed back by 35mm, and a redesigned roofline is truly inspired.

In terms of technology, the new CX-5 is getting things like a 7-inch display on top of the dash—a look inspired by Mercedes-Benz—and an available Bose premium sound system. You also get the Mazda Connect system with smartphone integration, letting you easily access apps, music, media, and more.

Finally, the CX-5 is more convenient than ever thanks to some intelligent safety systems. These include things like Mazda Radar Cruise Control, which lets you set a distance as well as a speed so you don’t have to turn cruise on and off for slow cars on the highway. A torque vectoring system improved performance based on steering inputs, and available Traffic Sign Recognition can actually read road and safety signs to give you info. Here at Bakersfield Mazda, we can’t wait to see the new Mazda CX-5 in action.

 

Keeping New Year’s Resolutions: Tips and Tricks

Believe it or not, only about 8% of Americans who set New Year’s resolutions actually succeed. We’ve put together a list of possible resolutions and some tips for succeeding to keep in mind as we near the new year. Keeping New Year’s resolutions isn’t easy, but they are often worth it in the long run.

Happy New Year 2017 - Bakersfield, CALooking for some resolutions? To begin with, consider being the safest driver possible. If you tend to text and drive, try to quit. If you make rolling stops or speed, these are habits to avoid. Or, if you fail to buckle up all the time, be sure to click it next time you get behind the wheel. Other popular (non-car related) resolutions include quitting smoking, quitting junk food, and exercising more, among other things.

According to Forbes, the best way to keep your resolution is to clearly define your goals. Instead of saying “I’ll get in shape this year,” try to be more specific. For instance, say that you’ll stop eating ice cream or that you’ll quit smoking. This not only helps you get serious, but it can break up larger goals to make them more manageable.

Next, track progress. Though not everything is measurable, you can track certain things. Obvious examples of progress to track are weight loss or days without an alcoholic drink. However, if your resolution is to be friendlier, try to develop a metric to help you see how much progress you’re actually making.

Finally, drop the “all or nothing” attitude. Slip-ups happen—the key to success is patience. It’s helpful to make resolutions with family or friends, creating a network of support. If, for instance, you want to stop texting and driving, let your friends know when you slip up. This extra support will help to harden your resolve. These are just some of many tips for keeping New Year’s resolutions to keep in mind.

New Year’s Driving Tips: Don’t Drink and Drive

Celebrating on New Years Eve - Bakersfield, CANew Year’s is right around the corner, one of the biggest celebrations of the holiday season. However, it is also considered one of the most dangerous holidays, largely because of bad weather conditions and drunk drivers. More than 95 million Americans are set to be on the road this holiday season, and almost half of the car accidents on New Year’s Eve and Day are due to impaired driving. Read on to learn New Year’s driving tips.

First and foremost, don’t drink and drive. You’ve heard it a thousand times, but even if you have one drink, make sure you have a ride home. According to the Huffington Post, Alcohol is directly linked to 42 percent of traffic deaths in the US, and that number surges during the holiday season. That’s because alcohol slows brain activity, reducing reaction time and increasing the likelihood that you’ll fall asleep behind the wheel. If possible, get a designated driver, and suggest a rotating calendar (switch DDs every year so no one is forced to do it all the time).

Next, if you are driving home, be sure to watch for other drivers. Look for signs like swerving, speeding, and slamming on the brakes. If you notice someone may be intoxicated, slow down, pull to the side of the road, and call the police. If you are giving a ride to others, make sure to set ground rules to make sure you’re not distracted.

Finally, don’t fall for myths. For instance, coffee does not sober you up. Though you might feel energetic briefly, this is simply the result of caffeine. The only cure for intoxication is time—you simply have to wait until the alcohol leaves your system. For most, one drink takes at least an hour to break down (one beer, one shot, or one glass of wine). However, these rates really vary depending on your muscle mass. To play it safe, if alcohol touches your lips, plan on getting a ride. If the worst comes to worst, call a taxi or Uber home.

Bakersfield Mazda wishes everyone a very SAFE and fun New Years!

Mazda CX-9 Takes Home Prestigious HMP Best in Segment Award

New Mazda CX-9 - Bakersfield, CAThe Mazda CX-9 recently took home the Hispanic Motor Press “Best in Segment” award for 2017. This is the top honor in the SUV category, proving just how impressive the new CX-9 really is.  This is the seventh-annual awards ceremony, and it is based on overall value with Hispanic families in mind. A number of prominent Hispanic journalists sat on the judging panel, each of which found the CX-9 to be the best overall.

According to Mazda, the CX-9 received the HMP Best in Segment award for its responsive powertrain, its roomy three-row interior, and the signature KODO design. It’s also affordable, with a number of trim levels that let you upgrade to premium materials as you see fit. Overall, the awards also recognized vehicles that were eco-friendly, affordable, and capable of reducing greenhouse emissions as well.

“Our educational programs and content helps the Hispanic Consumer to understand the long-term benefits of clean transportation,” reads the Hispanic Motor Press website. “We provide objective and practical information to the Hispanic Community so that they can select which clean vehicle would fit best for their needs. We assist Hispanic owned companies reviewing and sourcing State and Federal grants to replace polluting.”

Other awards were presented for the best PR agency, the fleet service award, commercial vehicle of the year, motorcycle of the year, and more. There is also a film festival associated with the event to help choose the best short films and commercials that incorporate cars and emphasize green technologies and mindsets.

For more information on the Mazda CX-9, visit us at Bakersfield Mazda!

How to Change Your Engine Air Filter

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Whether you attempt it on your own or take it to a shop, changing your car’s air filter regularly is important.

There are plenty of auto maintenance and repair tasks you can do at home without dropping big bucks on a visit to the mechanic. One of them is changing your engine air filter. If you’re familiar with cars at all, this should be an easy task for you.

The engine air filter, not to be confused with the cabin air filter, helps keep debris from getting into your engine and affecting engine performance. Check your owner’s manual or ask your dealer to find out how often you should change it, but the rule of thumb is once a year or every 12,000 miles.

After you buy a new filter, your first step is to park on a level surface, turn the car off, and pop the hood. Look for the air filter casing—in newer cars it should be located between the engine and front grille.

The casing will either be held on with screws or metal clips. With screws, just make sure you have the right screwdriver and unscrew them. With metal clips, use a butter knife to open the clips. Now lift the old filter out of the casing and use a rag to clean out the casing.

Put the new filter in where the old one was and replace the casing. It’s as simple as that!

But if you need help, schedule service today with our team and we’ll help change your car’s engine air filter!

Second Year of Vehicle Donations Strengthen Mazda Red Cross Partnership

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Mazda is committed to giving back and being charitable.

The Mazda Red Cross partnership started years ago, when Mazda became the first automaker to donate to the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program. Last year, Mazda increased its yearly donation and was recognized as a $1 million member of the ADGP. Now, Mazda is donating 16 vehicles to the Red Cross, up one from its donation of 15 vehicles in 2015.

The Mazda Drive for Good program allows Mazda to work with a variety of non-profit organizations, and Mazda senior vice president of US operations Robert Davis says that the Red Cross “provide[s] an incredible partnership sharing similar values as ours.” The Red Cross not only provides help to people in disaster situations but also supplies 40% of the nation’s blood, teaches survival skills, and provides international aid, among many others.

Mazda has chosen 16 Red Cross offices across the US that have the most need for transportation to deliver supplies and emergency services to those affected by disasters. Mazda will deliver these vehicles to Mazda dealerships to be transported to Red Cross offices. The vehicles will mostly go to areas of Texas and the southwest, Illinois and other Midwestern areas, New Jersey, and Florida. These areas are often hit with major disasters such as tornadoes and hurricanes.

2016 Mazda CX-9 Overview

The 2016 Mazda CX-9 SUV is a three-row vehicle designed for families that love to travel. Massively improved compared to the 2015 model year, the Mazda CX-9 offers increased comfort, a new look, competitive pricing, increased fuel economy, and much more. We have the highlights for you here.

The 2016 Mazda CX-9 brings a sleeker, more modern design inside and out. The interior is comparable to luxury models at higher trims, none of which boast a luxury price tag. The base model, Sport, starts at $31,520 and feature both a backup camera and seven-inch touchscreen. The top-of-the-line model, Signature, comes in at a tad over $44,000 and has features comparable to high-end luxury SUVs.

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The all-new 2016 Mazda CX-9 is the perfect family vehicle.

This time around, Mazda has dropped the large 3.7-liter V6 engine in exchanged for a more efficient and nearly as powerful 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. That engine is rated for 250 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque.

Earning an EPA-estimated 21 city/27 hwy mpg (all-wheel drive), the Mazda CX-9 is one of the more efficient SUVs on the road. Considering the 2015 model earned an EPA-estimated 16 city/22 hwy mpg (all-wheel drive), that’s a major improvement.

Reviews of the latest Mazda CX-9 are on the high end. Edmunds.com gave the CX-9 a 4.8/5 while Car and Driver rated the SUV at a perfect 5/5.