Tips and Tricks

The Benefits of Driving with Snow Tires

When winter hits here in Minnesota it’s always good to be prepared and we have a few winter driving tips to help with that. One of the most important things to factor in is that the only thing between your car and the road is your tires. Making sure you have well treaded tires is a great idea and another huge advantage to that is adding snow tires to your vehicle. More >

StreetSmarts Defensive Driving Program Powered by Morrie’s Automotive Group

Today we kicked off our first Teen Driving School event in partnership with BIR Performance Driving School in an effort to teach teens the skills they need when acquiring a drivers license. The Driving Defense Program was held at the National Sports Center and was the first test run at an event that we will be offering regularly this summer. The program is designed to help young drivers to feel comfortable and confident when behind the wheel by teaching them the advanced techniques they need to become safe, responsible drivers.

 

Here’s a quick break down of the program and what it entails:

Teens will attend Classroom instruction and in-car exercises (in their own car) and those will include the following:

Fundamental vehicle dynamics and knowing the limits of your car

Emergency and threshold braking including ABS activation

Emergency lane change maneuvers

Skidpad exercises and traction loss

Distracted driving exercises simulating texting and driving under the influence

Combined skills course

A few of our teen drivers at the National Sports Center today!

If you are interested in our Summer Defensive Driving Program please contact us at 952-797-1336. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Preparing for Winter Weather Conditions

Weather patterns change quickly here in the midwest and so do road conditions. In the blink of an eye you could be stranded in your vehicle so we did some research of our own to help you be more prepared. We talked to employees in different departments at our Chippewa Valley Mazda dealership and they provided some helpful tips to ensure safe winter driving.

Our staff recommends that you keep these items in your car at all times in case of emergency: A blanket, water, a knife or scissors, glow sticks, road flares, a flashlight, hand and feet warmers, a first aid kit, matches, a candle, booster cables, hat and gloves, an extra set of warm clothes, an ice scraper, and a bag of road salt, sand, or kitty litter.

With icy conditions, our Service Manager suggests using kitty litter or road salt if you get stuck. Put the litter under your tires to help gain added traction. Our Sales Manager suggests digging snow away from your exhaust pipe if you become stuck in deep snow. This prevents the exhaust from seeping back into your vehicle and becoming a hazard. Some other suggestions from staff members included staying in your vehicle until emergency personnel arrive, always carrying a cell phone with a car charger, and packing a snack that won’t spoil or freeze. Maneuvering the roads in Wisconsin/Minnesota during winter months can be dangerous, but being prepared with some of the simple tips above can help if you find yourself stranded.