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Best Road Trip Games to Entertain Children

best road trip games

Have you ever felt the need to get away from it all and packed your vehicle full of suitcases and kids, only to realize 15 minutes into the trip that if you don’t find some way to entertain these children that you might pull your hair out?

Well, many people have been in that same situation and have found that playing a few simple road trip games can make the trip much more pleasant. Here are three games that could help pass time on that next road trip:

  • Name that tune. This game can be played in a variety of ways. The game’s name kind of takes away from its mystery, but you can either whistle or hum a tune, but choose a theme before you start to narrow the choices, then go around in a circle, taking turns guessing until somebody names the correct song. If you guess right, then you get to choose and perform the next melody.
  • Slug-a-Bug. This game is as simple as it gets. The person that spots the most Volkswagen Beetles in a certain amount of time wins! In the old days, whenever you spotted a Beetle, then you earned the right to punch the person sitting next to you, but we don’t condone violence here at Heritage Mitsubishi. So maybe instead of throwing punches, whoever spots the most Beetles earns the right to choose the next game. Also, since you’re changing the rules already, maybe you could try spotting 2016 Mitsubishi Outlanders instead of Beetles, but that’s only our suggestion.
  • License plate games. The rules of this game vary depending on the age of your occupants, but one way to play is to see who can spot the most out-of-state license plates. Participants have to find their own plates and can’t use plates from vehicles that others have already spotted. Another way to play is to use the letters from the plates to see who can spot every letter of the alphabet first.

If you have any other suggestions for the best road trip games, then we would enjoy hearing about them in the comment’s section below this blog post.

Safe Driving: How to Handle Driving on Wet Terrain

Driving on wet terrain

Just because it isn’t necessarily uncommon to drive in the rain doesn’t mean we shouldn’t exercise caution each time we do. According to AAA, wet pavement plays a factor in over 1 million auto accidents each year. As we’re in the middle of those spring months during which wet roads seem more normal than not, we at Heritage Mitsubishi wanted to take a few moments to discuss how we should react when driving on wet terrain.

  1. Slow down. You knew we were going to say it; we couldn’t not. Speed plays a large factor in motor vehicle accidents. As the driver, speed helps determine whether you will have enough time to react to a slippery situation, and slowing down can potentially prevent the vehicle from slipping altogether. We also recommend you avoid using cruise control during rainy weather.
  2. Don’t slam on your brakes. Despite your natural reaction to tense and stomp on the brakes, stay as calm and relaxed as possible so you can focus your attentions on where you want to go. If your vehicle begins to hydroplane or skid, continue to look and steer in the direction you want to go. Slowly and steadily apply the brakes and let your vehicle’s anti-lock braking system do its job.
  3. Take it one step at a time. If your vehicle begins to skid along the waterlogged asphalt, perform one task at a time. You don’t want to brake and turn and panic at the same time. First, begin to slowly brake as we mentioned earlier. Second, you’ll want to begin calmly turning your vehicle, if necessary, in the direction you want to go. You will want to take a deep breath and keep the panicking to an absolute minimum.

For more information on preparing your vehicle to drive during the season of showers, contact our service department. We wish you happy and safe trails, whether the sun is shining or the rain clouds are rolling overhead.

Gas Mileage Tips: Getting the Best Fuel Economy Possible

Gas Mileage Tips

For many, warmer weather means more driving and more road trips. That’s why it’s important to keep in mind practical ways to improve you’re fuel economy, saving you money in the long run. We’ve put together a list of gas mileage tips to make sure you get the most out of your car.

According to FuelEconomy.gov, there are four main ways in which to save. Driving more efficiently, maintaining your car, planning trips, and buying for efficiency. All of these highlight different ways, both big and small, that you’ll get the best mileage.

Driving more efficiently includes things like accelerating slowing, following speed limits, using cruise control, and avoiding idling. Remember, your car works best when you’re moving at a constant rate, without any quick, jerky throttle changes.

Maintaining your car includes things like tire pressure, changing your oil, and changing your air filter. Remember, a low-friction, well-lubricated, and combustion-friendly car will get the best gas mileage.

Planning trips is simply. Take into account future stops and avoid making multiple trips. Naturally, carpooling works great to save money – plus it’s better for the environment.

Last but not least, buy efficient vehicles. Every Mitsubishi you buy is built to be as efficient as possible. Whether you’re buying a Lancer, i-MiEV, Mirage, or Outlander, each is built with innovative technology to get the best performance, including fuel economy, out of your car.