Archive for September 26, 2014

Get Ready for Fall with these Fall Driving Tips!

Fall is here which means cooler weather, pumpkins, caramel apples and holidays. Keeping your Mazda safe this fall is something we recommend doing. Not only getting it tuned up to make sure the lights are working properly as well as the engine, but make sure you’re aware of possible driving conditions. Check out these great fall driving tips!

  • Leaves Being on the Road – When leaves accumulate on the roads and become wet they create a very slippery driving condition similar to driving on ice. This can reduce the cars traction and cause the car to skid and possibly even lose control of the vehicle.
    • If you’re driving on a road that is covered in leaves, slow down. Go slowly around turns and bends in the road to avoid losing control of the car.
    • Keep a greater distance between you and the car in front of you. If they need to stop abruptly, this will help you avoid running into them.
    • Leaves are often piled up near the side of the road. Jumping in leaves is something that children love to do in the fall. Avoid driving through piles of leaves and use caution going around turns where children are playing.
  • Changing Weather Conditions – Autumn can be a very damp, wet season which leads to foggy days and nights. As the temperature continues to fall, frost will become more apparent during the night and early morning.
    • Set your headlights to low beam when driving through fog. This will aim the beam of the light down the road. If your headlights are on high beam, it will reflect off of the fog and cause a glare making it even more difficult to see.
    • When there is frost, make sure to drive slowly and break gently at overpasses and bridges since these areas frost over more quickly than other roadway surfaces.
  • Adjust for Fewer Daylight Hours ­– It’s no surprise that we fall back in November to save daylight hours. In the earlier darkness it’s very common to see children out playing or people walking through the neighborhood.
    • Watch out for children at their bus tops in the mornings and as they return in the afternoon.
    • During Halloween, make sure to be aware of children who are trick-or-treating. They could be wearing costumes that limit their visibility such as a mask.
  • Vehicle Maintenance
    • Keep your headlights cleaned and make sure they are in proper working order. Make sure they are aligned properly as well.
    • If your windshield wipers begin to show signs of wear and tear, replace them immediately. If it’s raining hard and your windshield wipers are worn, it will be more difficult for you to see.

These are some great fall driving tips we hope you use! If your Mazda needs serviced, visit our service department today or schedule an appointment online!

The Compact of our Dreams: 2015 Mazda3 Delivers in All Areas

2015 Mazda32015 Mazda3, Mazda3, Mazda SKYACTIV, Mazda, 2015 Mazda, Steet Ponte Mazda, Utica, NY, Yorkville, Syracuse, New Hartford, The wait is nearly over! The 2015 Mazda3 is expected to debut this fall, and drivers can anticipate the compact sedan to have some seriously epic changes. Empty Lighthouse Magazine reports the new car has “exceptional efficiency due to Mazda SKYACTIV technology and the implementation of the innovative Mazda Connect infotainment interface.”

For those unfamiliar with SKYACTIV technology, it simply means that the 3 will carry a 155 horsepower engine that will allow the vehicle to gallop at an impressive 41 MPG on the highway. The aforementioned Connect interface does exactly what the name says; it connects your cellphone via Bluetooth. The Car Connection says “text-to-voice technology lets the system read e-mail and SMS messages aloud through the car’s audio system.”

For the safety buffs, the Mazda3 has blind-spot monitoring and Smart City Brake Support that automatically stops the car to prevent a crash. Better yet? The car will stop even if the breaks are not pressed by the driver. Now you can’t get much safer than that!

The new 2015 Mazda 3 is astoundingly affordable, costing under $18,000. So what are you waiting for? Get yours at Steet Ponte Mazda!

September is Baby Safety Month!

September is baby safety month and we know how important it is to keep your child safe while driving. Here at Steet Ponte Mazda, we understand that protecting your child while they’re in the car is a top concern for parents, especially those new parents with a newborn. We wanted to give you some great tips when it comes to getting the right car seat for your child!Baby Safety Month - Car Seat

  • Choose the Right Direction – Parents should keep their child in a rear-facing car seat for as long as possible. This usually lasts until the child is around 2 years old. Kids who ride in rear-facing car seats have the maximum protection for their head, spine and neck and they are facing away from the airbag if it is deployed.
  • Check the Label – Check the label on your child’s car seat to make sure it’s appropriate for your child’s age, height and weight. Each car seat has an expiration date that is usually around six years. Find yours and make sure that it is still safe.
  • Know Your Car Seat’s History – If you are looking to buy a used car seat, make sure you are buying it from someone you know. If the car seat has been in an accident it needs to be replaced. Buying one from a thrift store or over the internet is risky and could be unsafe.
  • Install Your Car Seat Correctly – Perform both the inch and pinch tests. One your car seat is installed give it a good tug at the base where the seat belt goes through. If you can move it an inch either side to side or front to back then it is installed incorrectly. A properly installed seat will not move more than an inch. To perform the pinch test, make sure that the harness is tightly bucked and coming from the correct spots; use your car seat manual. With the chest clip placed at armpit level, pinch the strap at your child’s shoulder. If you cannot pinch any excess webbing your seat is properly installed.
  • Check Your Car Seat – Roughly seventy-three percent of car seats are installed incorrectly. Before you hit the road with your child, make sure that yours is installed properly.

If you’re looking for more advice on car seats or baby safety, visit this website. Steet Ponte Mazda is proud to be a family-oriented business and wants to make sure your family is safe too! Visit our website for a huge selection of our crossovers, SUVs and sedans that make for great family vehicles!

2015 Mazda MX-5 Revealed

Mazda SupercarMazda Motor Company has finally unveiled its much-anticipated fourth generation 2015 MX-5 Miata. The all-new MX-5 features SkyActiv Technology along with Mazda’s Kodo-Soul of Motion design language, and will roll out to markets globally in 2015.

The MX-5 is an iconic sports car, perfectly representing Mazda’s vehicle-engineering philosophy—the pursuit of driving pleasure. “Innovate in order to preserve” is the fourth generation’s moto, and the development team searched for all-new innovations to meet this demand. Despite stringent new environmental and safety standards, the all-new Miata holds true to its original reputation of being a fun-to-drive, lightweight sports car.

The design of the all-new Miata reflects the automakers new design language, featuring perfect proportions, flowing lines from front to rear, and a smaller, more compact, and more lightweight Miata than ever before. There’s no doubt the 2015 MX-5 will be fun to drive.

The Miata continues to be one of the most popular and widely celebrated sports cars in the world. As of July 2014, production exceeded 940,000 units, holding the Guinness World Record for the best-selling two-seater sports car.

Learn more about the 2015 MX-5 in Mazda’s recent news release.

Stop by Steet Ponte Mazda to check out our entire lineup of fun-to-drive cars, and keep your eye out for the 2015 MX-5 to arrive in dealerships next year!