Check Out These Back-to-School Carpool Tips For a Successful Year

Are you in charge of the neighborhood carpool this school year? Or perhaps you only have to drive the local kids to class a few times a week? Regardless, after an entire summer potentially carpool-free, you may be in need of some reminders. Here are our back-to-school carpool tips to get you started:

  • Ensure that you have the phone number of every child’s legal guardian.
  • Keep a first-aid kit in the back of your car, just in case.
  • Try to leave early for pick-up. Many kids struggle to be on time, but you may be able to make up the difference yourself.
  • Memorize any allergies that any of your passengers may have, and plan accordingly.
  • Keep fresh water available, as well as some healthy, non-perishable snacks – like nuts or dried fruit.
  • Consider keeping some educational games, books, or word searches available for when boredom strikes.
  • And lastly, if you ever need to break up a couple of bickering school kids, be sure to pull over safely before taking your eyes off the road.

For more safety tips or to see what vehicles we have in store for the new school year, contact us or simply visit anytime, here at Santa Fe Mazda Volvo.

Check Out These 2017 Mazda Miata Facts

The new 2017 Mazda Miata RF is the latest and greatest edition of one of the most beloved models on the road, offering exceptional performance in conjunction with excellent functionality and innovation. But even the most die-hard fans of the Mazda Miata may be surprised to learn some of its more amazing facts. Here are just a few Mazda Miata facts that you probably didn’t know before.

  • The “RF” in Mazda Miata RF stands for “Retractable Fastback.” The top can be retracted in as quickly as 12 seconds, which definitely lives up to the convertible’s name.
  • The model will be available in seven different paint colors, including the gorgeous Machine Gray hue displayed at the 2016 New York International Auto Show.
  • Every single trim level of the new Mazda Miata RF will come with Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert as completely standard features.
  • Sound-absorbing materials are used in the construction of the Mazda Miata, in the headliner, roof panels, and more, to keep the tranquil interior quiet.
  • Lastly, you can pre-order the new Mazda Miata already, right here, where you can also sign up to receive new info.

Next-Gen MX-5 Miata To Be Made from Affordable Carbon Fiber

The most recent iteration of the popular Mazda MX-5 Miata showed a dramatic weight loss and a significant power boost, which resulted in better performance with less fuel consumption. Now, the engineers at Mazda are working to make the next-gen MX-5 Miata even lighter. Carbon fiber is gradually becoming a more popular material in the auto industry, showing up as expensive options on high-end performance cars, but Mazda aims to develop a more affordable carbon fiber with which they can construct the body of the next model.

Carbon fiber’s popularity and benefits are numerous — the lighter a vehicle becomes, the less power is required to propel it forward, the less gas it consumes, and the speedier and more nimble it becomes. The MX-5 Miata already has a reputation for being a small, lightweight, affordable alternative to gas-guzzling sports cars, and developing a carbon fiber body will only reinforce this reputation.

The current model only debuted last year, so nobody is expecting a next-gen MX-5 Miata until the projected 2021 launch date. However, with new carbon fiber manufacturing processes in the works that could lower the cost of the innovative material, we could have a featherweight sports car coming up within the next five years, keeping the MX-5 Miata at the forefront of its class.

Isuzu to Make Mazda Pickup Trucks

Isuzu hasn’t been around the American auto market since 2009, but that’s not stopping the company from making a comeback through a new partnership with Mazda. Following Mazda’s split from its collaboration with Ford, the brand is looking for a new partner to develop Mazda pickup trucks – specifically, a replacement for the Mazda BT-50.

The Mazda BT-50 was developed by Ford of Australia and shared a mechanical platform with the Ford Ranger. After the introduction of the current generation in 2010 and following a model refresh last year, Mazda and Ford separated, which means the BT-50 is headed for an untimely demise. Since the six-year-old truck won’t be getting a new generation, Mazda sought out a partnership with Isuzu in order to develop a new nameplate to cover the gap in the brand’s lineup.

Isuzu is no stranger to truck collaborations in the US market, having worked with Chevrolet in the 70s on the LUV pickup. Chevy dropped the second generation of the LUV in favor of its own trucks, but Isuzu continued releasing the model under the name of the “P-up,” followed by the simply-named “Isuzu Pickup.”

Mazda says there are currently no plans to bring Mazda pickup trucks to the United States, but depending on the success of the partnership between the company and Isuzu, we could eventually see a few nameplates work their way to American soil.

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?