Driving with the sun shining in your face or beating down on your body can be uncomfortable and sometimes even dangerous. One way to alleviate some of these issues is by getting your windows tinted. However, there are a few rules regarding window tinting.
Here in North Carolina if you get your windows tinted, different rules apply to different types of vehicles. If you drive a sedan the rear and side windows can be tinted, but the windows have to allow in more than 35 percent of the light. With an SUV or van, this restriction only applies to the front side windows. Any darkness can be used on the rear windows.
Another aspect of tinting windows is reflective coatings. Just like you see in some sunglasses, some tinting film uses metallic surfaces to help reflect sunlight. In North Carolina, no matter what kind of vehicle you drive, the tinting cannot be more than 20 percent reflective, regardless of which window it is on.
Along with helping to shield you and your passengers from the sun, there are additional benefits to window tinting such as privacy, security, UV protection, keeping your interior cooler, and protecting your interior from sun damage.
If you are interested in adding some tint to your windows, we at Larry Jay Mitsubishi will be happy to assist you.
Mitsubishi is teaming up with the Red Cross in order to raise money. The funds raised will be instrumental in helping the Red Cross Home Fire campaign meet its goals. Smoke alarms will be purchased for low-income and at-risk homes, to reduce the number of home fires in low socio-economic neighborhoods.
According to Mitsubishi, the Mitsubishi Red Cross Partnership in Normal, Illinois has donated a total of $30,000 in order to increase the number of fire alarms in the area. This is designed to prevent injuries and fatalities, especially for those at risk such as children, women, and lower class individuals. Fire alarms are essential for every home, but they are an emergency device that often goes overlooked.
“The American Red Cross is a great organization that works to improve the well-being of the community. We’re honored to play a part in the Red Cross Home Fire campaign and trust that the donation made today will further their efforts,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president of Mitsubishi North America.
This is just one of the many ways Mitsubishi is dedicated to giving back to those in need.
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander
The 2016 Outlander features include the best in safety, comfort, and technology among other things. Whether you’re navigating tight city streets or cruising on the open road, the Outlander is right for you.
According to Mitsubishi, the 2016 model features a RISE body construction to greatly enhance passenger protection. By absorbing energy in the event of a collision, everyone is as safe as possible. Plus, active stability control monitors grip and tire spin to ensure that you always have traction.
In addition to seven-passenger seating, the Outlander comes with added cabin quietness, automatic climate control, and optional heated windshield de-icing among other things. You won’t want to leave the driver’s seat.
Finally, this most is one of the most technologically advanced models Mitsubishi has ever made. With a 6.1-inch touch panel display, rearview camera, selectable eco-mode, and optional Rockford Fosgate Premium Audio, you’ll have everything you need. Don’t settle for anything less than the new 2016 Outlander.
Responsible Pet Owner’s Month
For many of us, our pets are more than just animals; they are part of the family. So in honor of Responsible Pet Owners’ Month, here are a few tips and reminders to ensure your furry friends lead a happy and healthy life.
- In the famous words of Bob Barker, “Remember to have your pet spayed or neutered.” The ASPCA estimates that five to seven million animals enter shelters nationwide each year with many facing euthanasia due to overcrowding – you don’t want to add to the problem.
- Keep up friendly relations with your vet! Be sure to schedule regular veterinary appointments for your pets. This ensures that problems can be caught before they become an issue. If you notice concerning behaviors in your pet, such as significant weight gain, weight loss, or loss of appetite, be sure to take your pet to the vet right away as this could be the sign of a serious problem.
- Feed your pet right, and be sure they get enough exercise! Remember, food does not always equal love! “Feeding an unbalanced diet or feeding to excess can be bad for your pet’s health,” according to Dr. Teresa Rieser, DACVECC. You also want to avoid feeding your pet human foods such as: grapes, raisins, chocolate, onions, garlic, macadamia nuts, and foods with caffeine such as coffee or tea; as this can be poisonous to your K9 or feline companion.
We here at Larry Jay Mitsubishi wish all of our readers and their furry friends a happy Responsible Pet Owners’ Month!
2015 Mitsubishi Outlander
If you caught the latest Mitsubishi Super Bowl ad, you might’ve been wondering: are they really going to live tweet a pizza delivery driver? Believe it or not, Mitsubishi actually did, just to prove that it has one of America’s safest CUVs.
According to Mitsubishi, the Mitsubishi Outlander safety features are some of the best on the market, one of the reasons it was an IIHS Top Safety Pick +. Equipped with Forward Collision Mitigation and other advanced technologies, avoiding accidents is easier than ever.
Because of the terrible conditions in Boston, Mitsubishi was concerned about the hard-working pizza drivers, especially during the big game. “During the biggest sporting event of the year, nobody has more to lose than one man – not the players, not the coaches, not even the advertisers spending millions and millions of dollars,” read Mitsubishi’s ad. “We’re talking about the pizza guy.”
It might seem odd at first, but Mitsubishi makes a good point. Not only will people want their pizzas as quick as possible, but people rarely stop to think about the real expense of ordering food in bad weather conditions. By giving one lucky driver the new Mitsubishi Outlander, he was as safe as possible during the big game.
Test drive a 2015 Outlander here at Larry Jay Mitsubishi to check out the safety features first hand.
2015 Mitsubishi Outlander
After “countless hours” of deliberation and evaluation of the cars on its list of the Top Ten Best Buys 2015, The Motor Report has decided the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was the best of them all.
Electric cars are normally small (think Prius and Spark) and targeted at students and single adults who make short commuting trips every day. The Outlander PHEV is the world’s first plug-in SUV, and as such brings EV technology in all its glory within reach of family buyers—some of which arguably need the gas savings even more. Kids are not cheap!
The Outlander PHEV is all about versatility. Are you traveling 50 miles or less? You can cover the distance purely on electric power and save tons. More than 50 miles? The 2.0-liter gas engine will kick in when the batteries dry up—or whenever you need it for extra grunt.
And of course, it’s a great family vehicle. Roomy, refined, and quiet as only electrified cars can be. It packs plenty of power to get the whole gang where they need to go, and has the comfort, convenience, and technology to accommodate them on the way.
It’s one of our favorite vehicles at Larry Jay Mitsubishi, and we’re glad The Motor Report agrees!
2015 Mitsubishi Mirage
The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage is one of the most affordable cars on the entire new car market—and now, thanks to some high safety scores, the Mirage is one of the most attractive small cars overall in the minicar segment. While the Mirage is a rather stripped-down vehicle, which helps to keep the price down, that doesn’t mean it is stripped-down on safety technology.
Mitsubishi Mirage safety ratings, in fact, are fairly impressive for a car so small and affordable. The minicar earned four-star ratings in all frontal-crash categories and ramped that up to a five-star rating on side-crash categories. The Mirage also earned a “good” score, the best possible score, on almost every test from the IIHS.
This great safety record adds value to the Mirage, one of the most stylish cars on the minicar market. The high safety marks add on to features like great mpg ratings, the car’s affordable price, and comfortable interior cabin. Come see us at Larry Jay Mitsubishi to learn more.
North Carolina isn’t known for its winter weather, but if you’re headed north or into the mountains any time this winter, you need to be prepared.
Winter Survival Guide
Here are some great items you should pack in a winter survival kit for your car.
- If you get stranded on the side of the road, you’ll want to stay warm. Bring extra gloves, hats, and blankets. Wool blankets are recommended since they repel water keep you warm even if you get wet.
- You don’t want to be hungry or thirsty, so bring water and snacks, like nuts, dried fruit, and granola to keep your energy up and your stomach full.
- In case you’re stuck in a snow drift, winter boots, a small shovel and cat litter, sand, or salt will help get you free. Dig away the snow from around your tires and sprinkle some sand in front of them for extra traction
- Items you should keep in your car year round include jumper cables, a first aid kit, and a flashlight.
Do you have any other items you recommend keeping for a winter emergency? If you do, let us know here at Larry Jay Mitsubishi!
Deer Mating Season
This time of year marks deer mating season and we are likely to see them on the road more often than normal, especially at dawn and dusk. As a result, we should all keep our eyes peeled for these bounding animals and know what to do should we encounter them on the road.
- Don’t swerve. Notice we at Larry Jay Mitsubishi continue to emphasize slowing down rather than moving out of the deer’s way. That’s because it is better to stay in your lane and slow down than to try to change lanes or swerve around the deer. This could cause you to hit a vehicle in the lane beside you or place you in the path of oncoming traffic, causing more damage than if you were to hit the deer.
- Use your high beams. The key to avoiding a run-in with Bambi is to give yourself as much reaction time as possible. Using your high beams whenever possible will increase your chances of spotting a deer when it is still a ways from your vehicle. A deer’s eyes will reflect in the light, so even if they are still on the side of the road, you’ll have time to slow down in case they decide to dart in front of your vehicle.
- Check for more than one. Deer tend to travel together. If you see one, chances are there are others nearby. Even if the first deer has safely crossed the road, slow down in case another quickly follows.
Collisions with animals are unfortunate and we want them to be avoided. Since we know they are on the move during this season, let’s all be conscientious in watching for their beady eyes on the side of the road, ready to slow down to avoid accidents with deer.