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Archive for the ‘Tips’ Category

How to keep your windshield from getting frosty

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018
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We all know how annoying it is to have to use some elbow grease to scrape stubborn ice and snow off your windshield. It can take a significant amount of time, and we want to minimize our time spent outside when temperatures are below freezing. So there has to be an easy way to get snow and ice off your windshield fairly easily, right? Read on to find out!  (more…)

Dangers of texting and driving in winter

Monday, January 15th, 2018
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We all know that texting and driving is dangerous as it is, but when you add in the harsh elements of the winter season, texting while on the road becomes extra risky. We don’t think texting behind the wheel is ever a good idea; it’s illegal for a reason, after all! But in wintertime, we discourage it even more. Read on to find out why!  (more…)

Do I have to warm up my car before driving in winter?

Monday, December 11th, 2017
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Picture this: this first snowfall of the year has arrived, leaving a blanket of white everywhere you look. You’re getting ready to hit the road for work, but uh oh…you forgot to warm up your car before you need to leave. Your dad has been telling you since you were a teenager that your vehicle needs to be “warmed up” before you leave when it’s cold outside, but does that timeless piece of advice still apply? Read on to find out!  (more…)

Tips for driving at night in the Midwest

Monday, November 13th, 2017
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We are officially at the point in the year where it gets dark outside almost as soon as we leave work in the afternoon, and with all that extra time spent in darkness, we think it’s important to remember driving at night is vastly different than driving during the day. Different safety precautions need to be taken to keep you and your passengers as safe as possible, so keep reading to learn three of our best tips for driving safely at night in the Midwest!  (more…)

What to do if you hit a deer in Dayton, OH

Thursday, October 19th, 2017
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Hitting a deer, or any animal with your car is something we hope never happens. Unfortunately, though, it is sometimes unavoidable. Crashing into a large animal like a deer can cause extensive damage to your car and sometimes result in injury, in addition to the obvious injury or death of the deer. It’s never a pretty situation, so it’s important to know what steps to take if you happen to hit a deer with your car.  (more…)

Tips and tricks for using Mazda’s navigation system

Friday, September 8th, 2017
How to add a home destination to Mazda's navigation system

How to add a home destination to Mazda’s navigation system 

New vehicle technology is constantly advancing, and although there are many benefits to new technologies, it can be frustrating if you aren’t especially tech savvy. But, that’s what you have us here at Matt Castrucci Mazda for. If you’re the proud owner of a new Mazda vehicle equipped with a navigation system, you may be wondering how exactly to set your home destination in the system. If so, we’re here to help. Read on to learn all about setting a home destination in your Mazda’s navigation system!  (more…)

How to prevent motion sickness in the car

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017
Preventing motion sickness in the car

Whether you’re taking a lengthy road trip or you’re simply going over the river and through the woods to see Grandma, motion sickness can happen, especially in the backseat. Not being able to see the road ahead can cause some serious motion sickness and nausea, but is there a way to prevent it? Read on to find out!  (more…)

Does warm weather cause cars to overheat?

Monday, July 17th, 2017
Does warm weather cause vehicles to overheat

Picture this: you’re driving home from work after a stressful day, and all of a sudden your dashboard warning lights illuminate and you see steam coming from under the hood. It’s probably one of the worst feelings as a driver. An overheated engine can lead to expensive repairs, but what caused your car to overheat? Was it the hot summer weather or something else? Read on to find out what can make a car overheat!   (more…)

Taking a road trip this summer? Stay safe on the road with our these three tips!

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017
Summer road trip safety tips

Road trip safety tips

Summer is officially here, and there’s no better time to squish into your vehicle with your best friends or family and hit the road. We’re huge fans of road trips here at Matt Castrucci Mazda, and we want to make sure you stay as safe as possible on your journey this summer. So in the spirit of the season, we’re giving out three of our best road trip safety tips! Read on for details!  (more…)

How to save money on a vacation rental car

Friday, June 9th, 2017
How to save money on a vacation rental car

Planning a vacation can be stressful and expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. If you are planning on getting to your destination by flying, you are probably going to need a rental car at some point. Unfortunately, rental cars can come with a pretty hefty price tag, but our team at Matt Castrucci Mazda wants to help keep some of that hard-earned cash in your pocket. Keep reading to learn some of our best tips and tricks for how to save money on a vacation rental car! (more…)