Summer Tire Maintenance Tips

Summer is an incredibly hard time of year for your tires. The roads are hot, which means there’s extra heat on your tires on top of the friction you generate while driving. These factors can cause pressure buildup in the tire.

The key to good summer tire maintenance is regularly checking your tire pressure. High heat can make the air inside your tires expand, and tires that are overinflated have a higher risk of blowout. Though it’s less common in summer, tires with low pressure can cause quicker tread wear and poor fuel economy. So if you don’t have a pressure gauge, pick one up!

Checking the pressure isn’t all there is to good tire maintenance, though. You should also check the depth of the tread and look for bulging or cracking in the rubber. It’s important that the tread is wearing evenly; if the wear varies in different parts of the tire, this could indicate incorrect alignment or the wrong pressure.

Don’t hesitate to get replacement tires if the tread is low or you notice large air leaks or holes. Driving on damaged or worn tires is dangerous! Tires are your only point of contact with the road, so they need to be in great shape.

July in Santa Fe: Things to Do This Month

If you live in the Santa Fe area or you’re just passing through and looking for something fun to do, you’ll be amazed at all the exciting activities, festivals, and markets that take place in July in Santa Fe.

All this month and into late August, you can go to the historic downtown Plaza or the Southside San Isidro Plaza for a live show put on by Santa Fe Bandstand. There are 75 concerts scheduled, and there’s something for everyone, from jazz to rock.

For the rest of July you can visit the New Mexico Jazz Festival and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. The latter will occur in mid-July and is a six-day festival held at the New Mexico Museum of Art celebrating instrumental music.

But music fests aren’t all Santa Fe has to offer—make sure to stop by the Viva Mexico celebration on July 16 and 17, and visit the Hispanic markets taking place on July 30 and 31. And don’t forget the Santa Fe Artists Market, which is held at the Santa Fe Railyard every Saturday from April to December.

Whenever you go to Santa Fe, there’s bound to be something fun to do, so make us a stop on your vacation!

Santa Fe Art Museums to Visit

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By John Phelan – Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15279774

If there is one place in the entire nation that is renowned for its incredible artists, then it would have to be Santa Fe. New Mexico’s capital is home to some of the nation’s most famous artists. It is also home to some of the most extensive art museums in the country. With art that spans many years and comes from many countries, here are a few Santa Fe Art Museums to visit.

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

One of the best places to explore the past of New Mexico and the people that have lived there is the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. This museum is home to several pieces of artwork and artifact that originated from the local American Indian tribes in the region.

Museum of International Folk Art

For more artifacts and pieces of art from around the world, be sure to stop into the Museum of International Folk Art. In addition to pieces from local cultures, this art museum is also home to artwork from around the globe.

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

From art museums that cover the work of many cultures to a museum dedicated to the work of one artist, the Georgia O’Keefe Museum houses some of the most famous works from one of the nation’s most famous artists.

Reasons to Test Drive a Vehicle with Your Dad on Father’s Day

If there is one person in your life that has always had your back, it is probably your dad! Father’s Day is all about celebrating the wonderful fathers in our lives. Your father has given up a lot to help raise you. Therefore, it’s important that you give something back to him. One exciting way to do so is by taking your father to test drive a vehicle. The following are just a few reasons to test drive a vehicle with your dad on Father’s Day!

He might finally be able to afford that car he always wanted. Raising a child is certainly not an inexpensive endeavor. Therefore, many fathers probably had to give up their dream cars. Now is their chance to finally get behind the wheel of the vehicle they have always wanted.

You can discover what kind of vehicle your father likes. By observing what your father like during his test drive, you might be better able to predict what kind of vehicle they are looking for, thereby providing you with clues for the best gift on four wheels for your dad.

It’s something to do together. Last, but certainly not least, going on a test drive together is an activity that you can do with your dad during his special day. After all, Father’s Day is all about spending time with your father.

Get Your Car Ready for Summer

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Here in Santa Fe, summer is simultaneously beautiful and harsh. The desert and surrounding mountains are stunning, but the hot temperatures can make you never want to leave your house. One thing you need to do before the scorching heat arrives is get your car ready for summer.

Follow these tips and you and your car will thank you.

  • Air conditioning. Undeniably your car’s favorite feature when temperatures get anywhere above 80 is the air conditioning. If you A/C system was on the fritz at the end of last summer, you might be out of luck this year. Have you entire HVAC system checked out to make sure you can stay cool when the temperatures begin to rise.
  • Cooling system. Your air conditioning keeps passengers cool, but the cooling system keeps your engine cool. Overheating is the biggest cause of summer breakdowns, so you want your cooling system to be in great condition. Most service professionals recommend a cooling system flush and refill every 24 months.
  • Keep changing your oil on the recommended schedule listed in your owner’s manual. However, if you’ll be doing frequent towing or hauling this summer, you may want to get it changed more often.
  • High temperatures can wreak havoc on your car’s battery. If you suspect it is starting to lose some of its juice, have it tested before you’re left stranded in a parking lot somewhere.

Schedule a service appointment with us here at Santa Fe Mazda Volvo and we’ll make sure your car is ready for any summer adventures you have planned.

May Events in Santa Fe

Chiles in Santa Fe, NM
https://www.flickr.com/photos/pauljill/15887072617 photo by: Paul Asman and Jill Lenoble. Titled: “chiles at the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market.”

May is a wonderful time of year—we get to enjoy the lingering beauty of spring and get the warm, sunny weather of summer. If you’re looking for some fun things to do this month, here are some great May events in Santa Fe.

  • Farmer’s Market. The Santa Fe Farmer’s Market is open year round every Saturday from 8am through 1pm. Pick up some delicious fresh produce, farm-fresh eggs, baked goods, cheeses, milk, hand-made crafts, and more. There is also live music and breakfast and lunch available.
  • Artists Market. If you want to add some original art to your haul of fresh veggies, visit the Artists Market at Railyard Park near the Farmers Market Pavilion. It has the same hours as the Farmers Market
  • Green Chile Workshop. To learn all there is to know about cooking with green chile, attend this workshop at the Santa Fe School of Cooking. It will be held on May 14th at 2pm and May 27th at 9am. The class costs $78 and is limited to 16 people. Register online today.
  • Flamenco Dinner Show. Spice up your evening out and enjoy some hot flamenco dancing while you eat your dinner. Held at El Farol, Santa Fe’s oldest restaurant, every Saturday night at 6:30pm. There is a $25 cover charge per person and reservations are required.
  • Georgia O’Keefe Museum. Take in the artwork from one of the Southwest’s most famous artists, Georgia O’Keefe. Spend just a few hours, or the day touring the grand collection. It is open daily from 10am through 5pm with extended hours until 7pm on Friday.

What May events in Santa Fe are you most excited about?

World Car of the Year 2016 Goes to New Mazda MX-5 Miata

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The Mazda MX-5 Miata has long since been one of the world’s favorite sports cars, and it seems as if the newest variant of the classic model could be the best yet. In fact, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata was just named World Car of the Year 2016.

The model was crowned at the New York Auto Show, beating out both the new Audi A4 and the new Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class for the coveted title. Keep in mind, this award celebrates vehicles from across the globe.

Of the many reasons the new MX-5 Miata won the award, the automaker’s ability to keep the vehicle so feather-light over the years was ranked highly. No matter how powerful the Mazda MX-5 Miata gets, it stays lightweight.

Best of all, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is remarkably affordable, so the average driver can actually afford it – despite its luxurious, sports car status.

To learn more about the vehicle, or to check out the rest of our enormous selection, visit us anytime at Santa Fe Mazda Volvo.

Tips for Driving in the Rain Safely This Spring

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Now that it’s finally spring, it’s important to stay alert when it comes to one of spring’s greatest road hazards: rain. The best thing you can do is avoid the rain entirely, but just in case you find yourself stuck, try to remember these tips for driving in the rain:

  • If it starts to rain, slow down. The first 10 minutes or so of a rainstorm are the most dangerous, because this is when the road is most slippery.
  • Increase the distance between your vehicle and the vehicles around you, because it will take longer to come to a full stop.
  • Avoid using cruise control while it is raining, which could lead to your vehicle losing traction.
  • Try to avoid puddles, which can also make your car lose contact with the road, especially at higher speeds.
  • Lastly, never attempt to drive through a freshly formed sitting body of water. Just 12 inches of water can cause your vehicle to float away.

For more safety tips or to start your spring with a new vehicle, visit us at Santa Fe Mazda Volvo.

Get Excited for the Return of the Volvo Wagon

https://www.flickr.com/photos/eurosporttuning/ photo by Frank Derks
https://www.flickr.com/photos/eurosporttuning/ photo by Frank Derks

Fans of Volvo are excited to see new vehicles in production. Many are particularly thrilled to see the new Volvo S90 sedan and the return of the Volvo wagon.

Volvo has had a lot of recent success with the XC90 SUV, but the S90 sedan seems to take the company back to its roots. The heritage of Volvo success has come from the station wagon, and the Volvo V90 takes over the original segment.

The station wagon is a great way to transport kids, family pets, or any recreational gear such as skis. This is one of the reasons that station wagons were so popular and are starting to come back.

The V90 is the wagon version of the S90 sedan, which has been spectacularly well received thanks to its strong powertrain and bold looks. The powertrain delivers 400 horsepower, which is fantastic for a station wagon! There is even an optional T8 plug-in hybrid package.

Although specific details are not released about the pricing or extra features, we are extremely happy to see the return of the Volvo wagon. Watch the Swedish launch video here and then come into Santa Fe Mazda Volvo for more details!

Canyon Road – A Place for Art and Architecture

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Santa Fe is the prime destination for anyone who loves art and culture. Normally we at Santa Fe Mazda Volvo encourage customers to “zoom-zoom,” but this time we are suggesting parking the car and taking a slow stroll – a stroll down Canyon Road.

Canyon Road is situated east of the Santa Fe Plaza and is home to many art galleries. There are more than 50 art galleries, featuring a variety of mediums. The galleries have renowned artwork from famous artists, as well as other cultural treasures such as hand-woven Navajo rugs and Southwestern wood carvings. There are also items of jewelry, pottery, sculptures, and paintings.

The street itself is also a cultural display as many of the galleries are housed in historic adobe buildings. These buildings have brightly colored flowers and the smell of spicy Chile peppers wafts through the buildings, as many eateries are also situated around the adobe buildings.

Walking is the best way to experience this arts district with the pueblo architecture. Stroll up and down Canyon Road and view the different shops. There is a great variety of art and architecture with ample photo opportunities. Canyon Road provides a feeling of being vibrant and alive.