Tips to Reduce Distracted Driving

Tips to Reduce Distracted Driving
Use a few of our handy tips to help you be a better driver!

When you are driving, there can be many distractions pulling your eyes off the road. Regardless of whether your children are fighting in the back seat or you’ve received a text from your best friend, distractions are quickly becoming a prevalent problem when you should be paying attention to where your car is going. Because your safety is a top priority for us here at Biggers Mitsubishi—and because April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month—we have put together a few tips to reduce distracted driving significantly, helping you stay safe on the road all year round.

Put your cell phone away. Cell phones are the leading causes of distracted driving. Even with hands-off technology, you can be distracted while driving. The average time your eyes are off the road when you are reading a text is around five seconds. When you are traveling at 55 miles per hour, this means your vehicle has traveled the length of a football field while you have been looking away. Keeping your eyes on the road and your phone out of your hand will help decrease your chances of causing or being in an accident.

Eat and drink only when you are stopped. There’s nothing more tempting than a McDonald’s bag sitting in your passenger seat. The aroma of fresh fries alone makes it easy to sneak a few before you get home. While you’re fumbling to get your savory fix, though, your eyes are off the road, making it more likely you’ll get into an accident. Wait until you are fully stopped or you are at home before digging into your delicious fast food feast to reduce the likelihood of a crash.

Don’t get ready for work on the go. If you find yourself sleeping in and getting ready for work while you’re driving, we suggest you break that habit. Doing your makeup or shaving while driving is even more dangerous than texting. Every second your eyes are off the road while driving increases the danger you pose to yourself and others. A few minutes of lost sleep is worth being safe out on the road.

Do you have any tips to reduce distracted driving you would like to share? Tell them to Biggers Mitsubishi below.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Reveal Shows Off Serious Style Ugrades

Last month, Mitsubishi revealed its brand new Outlander SUV at the New York International Auto Show. The updated front-end, modern driving specifications, and the new CVT automatic gearbox were all on display.

The automaker delivered on its promise to improve upon the Outlander’s interior as well, which now features more contemporary, elegant styling to match its futuristic tech specs and functionality.

The overall styling of the 2016 Outlander is based on the same “Dynamic Shield” idea that was behind Mitsubishi’s XR PHEV II concept present at the Geneva Motor Show. Many new Mitsubishi models are getting this treatment, with new bumpers and grilles, alongside halogen headlights to match.

You can check out a gallery of the 2016 Mitsubishi here. Now that we’ve seen the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander reveal in New York, what do you think of the updated model? Get a good look at the images and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Deep Thoughts on How to Enjoy Driving More

Here are some tips on how to enjoy driving.
Drive with a smile because you own a car.

How can you take on the daily commute, which for some is one of the most stressful, unpleasant experiences that our modern world has to offer, and turn it into something enjoyable? People with PhDs call it “reframing.” Here’s how to enjoy driving your daily commute a little more…

First, rethink your route. Is there a route that may take just as much time, even if it’s a greater distance, which features less traffic and congestion? Heck, even if it takes longer, consider a less congested route. It’s not worth the stress.

The Huffington Post recommends using your commute as a time to unplug. As long as your spouse doesn’t mind you disconnecting for a while, enjoy the freedom and space of truly being alone with yourself. Quality alone-time enhances your together-time with others.

Other activities are listening to new music or talking out a difficult problem you might be having in your life. Don’t worry about other people thinking you are crazy for talking to yourself–just assume they think you have your Bluetooth on!

The trick is not see your commute as wasted time, says Dr. Frank Ghinassi, professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, but rather as very valuable time that can enhance your life.

Car Shopping 101: How to Budget for Your New Car

Our finance department in Elgin will help you budget for a new car properly.
We make car shopping fun here at Biggers Mitsubishi.

Car shopping can be a fun and exciting time. But let’s face it—there are so many options out there that finding the right car often becomes more of a chore and less of an enjoyable experience. One of the ways to narrow down the playing field and make the task a bit less stressful is to categorize vehicles by starting price. Here is one way to correctly budget for your new car.

You likely began shopping with a number in your head corresponding to the monthly payments you are able to afford. Don’t stop with that number! Calculate the starting price of a vehicle in your price range.

Starting with your monthly payments, multiply that number by 36, 48, and 60 to represent the length in months of three standard auto loans. Add to that number the down payment you plan to make for the vehicle plus the value of your old vehicle if you plan on trading it.

From there, calculate between 12 and 20% for sales tax and other finance fees. Subtract that number from your previous balance to arrive at the approximate starting price you should consider for your new vehicle.

Here’s an example: Let’s pretend you planned to spend $250 each month on car payments. Multiply that by the months you’ll spend paying off the auto loan and you get $9,000, $12,000, and $15,000. Say your down payment is $2,500 and the value of your trade-in is $6,500; add both numbers to the monthly budget amount for a subtotal of $18,000, $21,000, and $24,000. Subtract 15% for estimated sales tax and financing ($2,700; $3,150; $3,600, respectively) and you are looking for a vehicle wearing a sticker price around $15,300, $17,850, or $20,400 depending on the length of your auto loan.

On a side note: That puts you in the perfect price range for Mitsubishi’s 2015 Mirage with a 60-month loan.

Of course, there are websites like Cars.com that will calculate the starting price of a vehicle within your budget for you, but we at Biggers Mitsubishi hope this gives insight into from where that number comes.