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Take Your New Mitsubishi on These Scenic Drives near Charlotte

scenic drives near Charlotte - Larry Jay Mitsubishi BlogNow that summer is here, you might be yearning for a new ride. Stop by Larry Jay Mitsubishi and we can get you in an excellent, affordable Mitsubishi that we know you will love. Once you have your new Mitsubishi, you will want to take it out driving to get the full feel of it. Here are some great scenic drives near Charlotte, North Carolina you should consider.

  • Crowders Mountain Drive. Take this winding road through Crowders Mountain State Park and you may end up stopping frequently to try some rock climbing, hiking, and to just enjoy some beautiful views.
  • Flint Hill Ramble. Travel through the Uwharrie National Forest and pass by Jumping Off Rock, drive through the once-booming mining town of Ophir, and take in the sights of the beautiful blue water.
  • Grassy Island Crossing. Head south of the Uwharrie National Forest to drive through the Grassy Islands. This is a great choice for birdwatchers or fishermen.
  • Indian Heritage Trail. Take a tour back through history and learn more about North Carolina’s Native Americans. As you are taking in the historical sites, you can also stop for juicy, ripe peaches along the way.

Which of these routes are you planning to take?

Mitsubishi Outlander Capabilities Make It Great for Road Trips

Mitsubishi Outlander Capabilities Make It Great for Road Trips

Wondering which Mitsubishi model is best for a road trip? Check out the new Outlander. With tons of space for storage, a comfortable interior, the latest in entertainment, and excellent fuel economy, you can make any trip more enjoyable as long as you drive the Mitsubishi Outlander.

According to Mitsubishi, the 2016 Outlander has over 100 new improvements and upgrades, ranging from a new style to a fine-tuned engine. With four basic trims—including ES, SE, SEL, and GT S-AWC—you can pick and choose which features you like. And, perhaps best of all, the Outlander has a refined and sophisticated interior, with exclusive materials and comfort like never before.

Mitsubishi Outlander capabilities are one major reason to consider this model for your next road trip. This crossover has a seating capacity of seven, it can tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped, and it gets up to 31 highway mpg. Plus, the Outlander also comes with Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC) to help you tackle tough terrain and harsh weather.

What else sets the Outlander apart? This model received an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating thanks to a range of safety features. This will definitely provide added peace of mind on any road trip. Plus, the Outlander has intelligent entertainment options like a 6.1-inch touch panel display audio system, HD Radio, Rockford Fosgate Premium audio, and more. An additional navigation option and Eco-Mode let you have better control than ever as well.

Experience the full potential of your next road trip in the new Outlander. What are you waiting for? Get your model today.

Snacks for Road Trips: the Dos and Don’ts of Eating on the Road

Snacking On the Road

Any road trip enthusiast will tell you that careful planning can make or break a trip—including the proper snacks. Although it might sound like a silly concept, it is true that many drivers eat while they’re on the road. That’s why we’ve put together a post on snacks for road trips to give you an idea of the dos and don’ts of eating on the road.

According to How Stuff Works, the ideal foods for the roads make you feel full and don’t distract you from driving. They also give you energy and keep you alert. First, bring a mini cooler and keep it within reach. If you have passengers, put them in charge of snack distribution. The best snacks tend to be nuts, granola bars, and bananas. What do they have in common? They aren’t messy and they can be eaten with one hand.

What should you avoid? Obviously, you don’t want to bring messy foods that might distract from the road. Chips make your hands greasy, sandwich and hot dog condiments tend to get everywhere, and foods with pits or that have a lot of fluid can also be a problem, including cherries or peaches.

Other favorites include: fruit leather, jerky, celery and carrot sticks, and good old-fashioned trail mix. For drinks, go light—you don’t want to pull over every five seconds. Generally, you can’t go wrong with water. Avoid sugary drinks that may give you a rush and then a sugar crash. Though there are mixed feelings on caffeine, it is a stimulant, making coffee, tea, and energy drinks a possibility for late nights.

Top 5 Summer Vacation Destinations in North Carolina

Top 5 Summer Vacation Destinations

 

Trying to decide where to spend your summer vacation can be incredibly difficult. For fun in the sun and feet in the sand, check out these top five vacation destinations in North Carolina from us here at Larry Jay Mitsubishi!

  1. Cape Hatteras Island – Packed with excellent restaurants, Cape Hatteras Island features some of the most scenic sunsets on the east coast. Spending the day on the island gives access to fishing, surfing, scuba diving, and much more! With one of the most peaceful atmospheres in the state, this is one destination you won’t want to miss.
  2. Duck – Located on the Outer Banks, Duck is your one-stop spot for vacation rentals next to the ocean. Spend the day in the sun, parasailing, or deep sea fishing for a vacation you’ll never forget.
  3. Boone – Located inland, Boone is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Visitors can go hiking, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, and much more!
  4. Lake Gaston – For both adventure and relaxation, there’s no better place than Lake Gaston. Activities include water skiing, hiking, boating, barbecuing, and more.
  5. Wrightsville Beach – The perfect spot for fishing, surfing, boating, and more, Wrightsville Beach is a top vacation spot for good reason. With luxurious rentals and restaurants that will cook what you catch, there are few better places to spend your vacation.

Tips for Travelling with Pets

Dog riding in car

 

Travelling with pets can make any road trip more enjoyable. Plus, many pets love riding in the car, as it gives them a chance to get out of the house and experience the world. However, there are important things to keep in mind when you are driving with pets.

 

According to the ASPCA, you should first assess whether or not your pet will be comfortable travelling in the car. While many animals enjoy the open road, some can get incredibly stressed when they’re in the car. Before a long trip, make sure to take short trips with your animal to get them used to the experience. If they are too stressed, consider leaving your animal behind at a kennel or other facility.

 

Always secure your animal. Although it can be fun to have them in the cab with you, it is essential that you place them in a carrier and secure them with a seatbelt or other device. In the event of an accident, animals can not only harm you, but they can also be seriously injured. Many animals also run away after an accident, making them difficult to find afterwards. Carriers are safer and smarter.

 

Finally, never leave your animal alone in a car. If you go in, even for a moment, take your pet. Cars can get extremely hot and extremely cold, which presents health risks for your animals. Cracking the window isn’t enough: always take your pets with you!

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander is the Perfect Road Trip Vehicle

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander

 

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander works well in any situation. That’s very much part of this SUV’s appeal–versatility. But here are three reasons that the Outlander is the perfect road trip vehicle!

 

Crank the Jams

Great soundtracks make great road trips. The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander has the options you need to make that happen. First, there’s the available 6.1-inch Touch Panel Display Audio and with it, the available satellite radio and 130 channels of music. Of course, you need good speakers as well. That’s where the available Rockford Fosgate Premium Audio comes into play. Nine speakers, including a 10-inch subwoofer, are powered by 710 watts.

 

Space

If fences make great neighbors, it’s space that makes good road trip companions. Not only does the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander seat seven, there’s ample space for each passenger to feel comfortable. And there’s plenty of cargo space too!

 

Fun to Drive

For a lot of people, their vehicle is how they take a road trip. When you’ve got the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander, it’s why you take a road trip. The Outlander boasts great performance features like Super All-Wheel Control, which includes the Active Front Differential, Active Stability Control, and Active Stability Control. Add the Driver Selectable driving modes and you’ve got a consistently rewarding drive!

Some Of The Best East Coast Road Trip Destinations

east coast road trip destinations

They say the West is the best, but they really only say that because it’s a nice rhyme. The savvy traveler knows well that the East coast has just as much fun and beauty to offer.  But just in case you’re not in the know, we’ve thrown together some info on a few of our favorite East coast road trips destinations.

New England offers all sorts of wonderful treasures for the adventurous driver. The Daily Beast recommends taking the route from Gloucester, Massachusetts to New Haven, Connecticut. Best features? You’ll get the chance to eat the best seafood of your life and ponder the quiet beauty of harbors.

Music fan? Start in Memphis, Tennessee and drive to New Orleans, Louisiana along Highway 61. You’ll have the opportunity to hear some of best music the country has to offer along the way.

If you are a sunshine addict, then take US 1 in Florida. This highway runs close and parallel to the A1A, which affords wonderful views of the Atlantic Ocean. You can start anywhere, but be sure and make it down to Key West, Florida – if for anything, just to experience the Overseas Highway.

Okay, so you need a nice rhyme?  How about… the West may be the best, but the East ain’t the least!