Spring Road Trip Tips

With the Spring weather we are experiencing in the north, you’re probably making plans to head south for a week and spend some time in the sun. However, if you’re going to take a road trip, there are a lot of situations you need to be prepared for. Follow these Spring road trip tips for a safe and fun drive!

road trip tips

One of the most important parts of planning a road trip is getting your car inspected. You don’t want to break down hundreds of miles from home! Check your tires, get your battery tested, get your oil changed, and check your fluids.

It’s a good idea to have a plan for the trip, but don’t plan too strictly, because a road trip requires some flexibility. Make sure you have plenty of time for extra gas and bathroom stops—you might even want to drop by some roadside attractions. In the same vein, plan the time you leave to avoid traffic as much as possible. It’ll help you save money on gas and a whole lot of frustration if you aren’t sitting still on the highway for hours.

Finally, don’t let yourself get bored! Bring plenty of entertainment options, like audiobooks, music playlists, and toys and games to keep everyone occupied. Time will go by a lot faster if you’re keeping your mind busy.

If you need a new set of wheels to take you on your Spring road trip, stop by Ken Pollock Mitsubishi.

How to Clean Your Car for Spring

It’s that time of year when spring cleaning begins. However, there’s a spot people always seem to forget when doing their other chores—their car. Here’s how to clean your car for spring.

how to clean your car for spring

Separate Trash and Things to Keep

Over the cold winter months, you may have thrown food wrappers and belongings into your back seat that you just didn’t feel like carrying inside. Now’s the time to get those out of your car. Use a plastic bin for things you want to keep, but toss all your garbage in a trash bag.

Invest in Car-Cleaning Wipes

Sometimes people get ambitious and plan to detail their entire interior like-new, but if you just don’t have time for that, invest in some wipes that are friendly for the materials in your car and get to annoying places like cupholders and your steering wheel.

Scrub and Vacuum

Get the dirt out of tight places first with a brush, then vacuum. Remove the floor mats too, and shake those out before vacuuming. Don’t forget the trunk!

Clean the Outside

This is what you might envision when you think of cleaning your car. Soap it up, hose it down, and remember to do your windows and wheels last.

Another useful thing to do in the spring is to go over basic car maintenance. For more help with that, visit our experts at Ken Pollock Mitsubishi.

MITSUBISHI MOTORS IS THE FASTEST GROWING NON-LUXURY BRAND IN THE UNITED STATES IN 2017

“Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) enters 2018 with unprecedented momentum coming off its fifth consecutive calendar year sales increase with total sales for the year up 7.7 percent over 2016. This, in an industry that saw a decline of 1.8 percent compared to 2016. By doing so, Mitsubishi Motors became the fastest growing non-luxury brand in the Unites States in 2017.” Read the full press release here.

 

Join Us at the Upcoming Clarks Summit Festival

From February 16 to February 19, residents of Clarks Summit, PA, can enjoy a midwinter festival that’s sure to dazzle you with unique beauty and community fun. The theme for 2018 is “The Wizarding World of Ice,” and with free admission and parking, the 14th annual Clarks Summit Festival is a way for all members of the surrounding community to beat cabin fever by bundling up for a great event.

Clarks Summit Festival

Enjoy activities such as live horse and carriage rides, as well as live music and entertainment to catch your attention. The stars of the show are undoubtedly the 50 unique ice sculptures on display for you to admire their craftsmanship and attention to detail. There will even be ice carving demonstrations and a parade opening night.

Ken Pollock Mitsubishi is proud to be a sponsor of the Clarks Summit Festival. During the event we will be presenting our own ice sculptures, displaying a few of our favorite vehicles, and even host a free prize drawing for local Clarks Summit businesses. We welcome guests to enjoy the ice sculptures and everything else the festival has to offer as part of our wonderful community.

Make sure you mark the 2018 14th Annual Clarks Summit Festival on your calendars.

New Year’s Resolutions for Car Owners

As we kick off the New Year, we all commit to resolutions dedicated to making positive changes in our lives. Since we spend a lot of time around cars at Ken Pollock Mitsubishi, we thought we would share some car-related resolutions that will help keep them in tip-top shape. The following are our top two New Year’s resolutions for car owners.

New Year’s Resolutions for Car Owners

  1. Care for Yourself by Caring for Your Car – The best way to keep your car in the best possible condition is to have routine maintenance performed on it. Stick to an oil change schedule and check your tire pressure and tread regularly. In addition, read your car owner’s manual for specific information on how to best take care of your car.
  2. Be a More Fuel-Efficient Driver – A lot of people make a New Year’s resolution concerning their finances, and we think it’s a great idea to extend this resolution to your car by practicing fuel-efficient driving habits that will keep a little extra money in your pocket. Avoid unnecessary acceleration and speeding, use your car’s cruise control whenever possible, and avoid idling. Idling wastes fuel unnecessarily and is also harmful to the environment, so adopting fuel-efficient driving habits will make your life a little less wasteful and a little greener.

Happy New Year from us at Ken Pollock Mitsubishi! We hope it is a great year for everyone, and know that these resolutions can help make it even better.

How to Get Your Car Ready for Winter

car ready for winter

Is your car ready for winter? With these recommended steps from Ken Pollock Mitsubishi you can be sure that your vehicle is set to face the cold season.

Replace Your Wiper Blades

When the snow is really coming down, you’d better hope that your windshield wipers are up to the task. Ensure clear visibility all winter long by changing your wiper blades before the season begins.

Get an Oil Change

You should be getting oil changes regularly in accordance with the recommended mileage in your owner’s manual. Don’t hesitate to get one done before winter arrives to be sure your engine is running its best. It’s also a great opportunity for you to have your car looked at by a professional to be sure everything is in good condition and set for the season.

Check Your Tires

The roads in Pennsylvania will no doubt be slippery with ice and snow during the winter. For the best traction and most control over your car, you need to be sure that your tires are in good condition. Take a look at the tread to make sure it’s not too worn down and check your tires’ air pressure. Keeping your tires in good shape throughout the winter is one of the easiest and most effective steps you can take towards safe winter driving.

Must-See Holiday Attractions in Pennsylvania

Are you looking for family-friendly activities this holiday season? Check out these must-see holiday attractions near Carbondale!

must-see holiday attractions

Christkindlmarkt at Bethlehem

Enjoy an old-timey holiday shopping experience by bundling up and going shopping at vendor stalls in “Christmas City.” Featuring live holiday music and homemade merchandise from over 100 artisans, this is an open-air marketplace that’s sure to delight the senses.

The Pennsylvania Christmas and Gift Show

Thousands from all over the country travel to this show, one of the largest shopping experiences in the country with over 750 vendors, along with cuisines, live music and dance, and seasonal decorations.

Christmas in Our Hometown

One of the closest to Charleston in Tunkhannock, this holiday event only takes place the weekend of December 1st and 2nd, but it’s worth it. Enjoy street carolers and hot chocolate, along with horse and buggy rides and Santa visits.

Dickens of a Christmas Celebration

Taking place in Jim Thorpe, this old-fashioned celebration brings you into the spirit of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol with street musicians and singers, vendor stalls with food and crafts, and a distinct Victorian atmosphere.

These must-see holiday attractions are sure to bring an extra dose of Christmas cheer into your life. Make a weekend out of it, or just take a day trip. Either way, it’s sure to be fun.

Mitsubishi has 6 all-new models in the works, plus 5 redesigns

“Mitsubishi says it will have 11 new model launches over the three-year expansion period. Of these models, six of them are completely new, and the other five will be significant updates and redesigns of existing models. Two of the new vehicles have been shown already including the Eclipse Cross, a compact crossover we’ll get in America, and the Xpander (shown below), a minivan-type thing that won’t come to the States.”

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Best Road Trips in Pennsylvania to Take This Fall

road trips in Pennsylvania

If you’ve ever driven through Pennsylvania, you know it’s one of the most beautiful places in the country, especially during the fall. So if you’re looking for a way to spend your weekends this fall, why not try a road trip around the state? Here are some great ideas for the best road trips to take in Pennsylvania this season.

A highly-recommend road trip is to go through Pennsylvania’s ghost towns. Starting from Ghost Town Trail, the trip is eleven and a half hours driving, making a loop that hits Fallbrook Cemetery, Ricketts, Concrete City, Centralia, the Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike, and more. The beginning and end of the route are close together and fairly close to Pittsburgh.

In the same vein, you could take a trip through Pennsylvania’s most abandoned places, perfect for Halloween. But if you’d keep it light on the creepy factor, try the state’s most picturesque small towns. Start from Ligonier if you’re near Pittsburg and check out Hollidaysburg, Elizabethtown, Eagles Mere, and more, stopping only once you’ve reached Smethport.

If you’re not interested in visiting towns and cities and you’d rather check out the natural wonders of Pennsylvania, there’s a road trip for that too! Pennsylvania is full of interesting and beautiful nature, from Dinosaur Rock to Ringing Rock County Park. Or you can take advantage of the season and go on a fall foliage road trip, which will take you from outside Pittsburgh all the way to Philadelphia and back for some incredible views of the changing leaves.

The Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander Sport are perfect for a leisurely drive around the state, so if you’re looking for a great road trip car, come down to Ken Pollock Mitsubishi today!

How to Prepare Your Car for Fall

As the days get shorter and cooler, it will start to feel more and more like autumn. Before the colorful leaves start arriving, you need to properly prepare your car for fall. Here are a few suggestions to ensure your vehicle is ready.

prepare your car for fall

  • Check your tires. Wet leaves on the road can lead to slick conditions. Make sure the tires have enough tread to properly grip the road.
  • Turn on the heat. Before the temperatures drop too low, turn on your heater to make sure everything works.
  • Get new wipers. Your windshield wiper blades should be replaced every 6-12 months. If your wipers are leaving streaks or the rubber is cracked, it is time for a new set.
  • Inspect your lights. Check all of the vehicle’s exterior lights. Replace any broken bulbs and make sure they are all angled correctly.
  • Inspect your battery. A weak battery will fail when it starts to get really cold. Look for any corrosion; clean off the terminals. If your battery doesn’t have enough power, get a new one.

If you need help getting your car ready for fall, schedule a service appointment here at Ken Pollock Mitsubishi; we will make sure you are good to go.