There’s no greater worldwide celebration of Irish culture than during the month of March! St. Patrick’s Day started out as a Catholic feast day but quickly grew to become something much greater. Despite its popularity, the history of St. Patrick’s Day lies with St. Patrick himself and his actions to help the Irish community and culture become what it is today.
Known as the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick’s life began around the year 400. He was born to a Roman-British army officer and was subsequently kidnapped by pirates in his early childhood. From there, he was sold into slavery into Ireland and ended up spending several of his early years in prison. It was only after he dreamed of God telling him to escape that he did so.
Patrick made his way to France where he joined a monastery and rose to the rank of bishop. After 12 years, he returned, with the blessing of the pope, to Ireland to convert the population. He made converts of people from all walks of life, including members of royal families.
Over his 20-year stretch in Ireland, he built schools, established monasteries, and laid the foundation for what Ireland has become today.
We here at Steve Lewis Subaru want to wish you a festive St. Patrick’s Day!
There are resolutions, and then there are bucket lists—those things you just have to try at some point or another. But like resolutions, bucket list items should come in all shapes and sizes. Here are ten creative bucket list ideas for 2017 that will take you out of your routine.
Journal Every Morning
There’s nothing like starting the day off with a little self-reflection. Don’t set limits, but try to write every morning for as many days in a row as you can, even if it’s just a sentence.
Be a Tourist
It’s too easy to take for granted that which we see every day. Plan a staycation weekend where you explore all that there is to see in your own town. Eat out at local restaurants, take lots of photos and visit the attractions.
Write a Book
Start small and write a ten-page eBook on one of your favorite things. There are resources out there that will help you learn how to write and publish your book for free online.
Set Reading Goals
Whether you read a book a week, a chapter a day or a series in a year, it’ll be fun to make reading a part of your daily routine.
Organize a Picnic
Get some friends together and plan an elaborate picnic to welcome in the spring or summer. Collect blankets, pillows, candles, and prepare a delicious menu. The more extravagant, the more unforgettable!
Subaru is giving back to communities across the US by partnering with the Feeding America campaign. This is the third year in a row that the brand has announced a sales-matching meal donations program for Feeding America, giving over 600,000 meals to those in need. As the eighth record-breaking sales year in a row, it seemed fitting that Subaru should give something back. Read on to learn more about the Subaru Feeding America campaign.
According to Subaru, the Subaru matching program gave one meal for every vehicle sold in 2016—more than 615,000—to the Feeding America organization. Feeding America’s mission is the end hunger in the US one meal at a time, and Subaru gave over $55,000 in order to do so. The Feeding America organization is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief program.
“One in eight people face hunger in America, including more than 13 million children. We are thankful to Subaru for its ongoing commitment to fighting hunger and supporting children and families in need,” said Nancy Curby, senior vice president of corporate partnerships and operations for Feeding America.
About $1 helps to provide 11 meals thanks to some innovative strategies by Feeding America. A large portion of the donations go to food banks near South Jersey, home of Subaru headquarters. Other places that received donations were Orlando, FL, Dublin, OH, Portland, OR, and more. This is just one of many ways Subaru is giving back to communities across the US.
If you’ve ever shopped for a car, you’ve probably heard the terms “all-wheel drive” (AWD) and “front-wheel drive” (FWD), which are two of several existing drivetrains. The drivetrain is responsible for transferring power from the engine to the wheels. With front-wheel drive, only the front wheels are given power, but with all-wheel drive, power can be delivered to all four wheels. Every new Subaru vehicle is equipped with AWD.
AWD is generally considered better for driving in snow and other slippery conditions because its smart systems pick up information on which tires have better traction in a given situation and deliver more power to those. AWD is also more stable around corners. So how are AWD vehicles able to do this?
All-wheel drive vehicles have a center differential that splits power to the front and rear wheels, whereas front-wheel drive, the most commonly available drivetrain, has a differential in front that controls the front wheels. AWD systems also have sensors on the wheels to detect how much traction they have, and the information from the sensors helps the car automatically determine which wheels need the most power.
There are two types of AWD, which include full-time and automatic AWD. With full-time, there are three differentials that send power to all four wheels all the time. In a car with automatic AWD, it will function as a FWD vehicle most of the time besides in low-traction situations when extra power is needed.
We hope this has given you a better understanding of how all-wheel drive works and whether it’s right for you!
The Subaru Viziv-7 concept debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, marking the first time Subaru has considered adding a large SUV to its lineup since the discontinuation of the Tribeca years ago. The Viziv-7 is an SUV with seating for 7 passengers and is larger than the Chevy Tahoe, one of the biggest in the segment.
The Viziv-7 is 205 inches long from bumper to bumper and 72 inches tall, allowing for tons of cargo space in addition to exceptional comfort for passengers. Not much is known yet about the SUV concept besides cosmetic details, but we do know that it will be the largest Subaru ever.
Subaru has a new concept of car development with the goal of “enjoyment and peace of mind,” which it’s implementing with the design of the Viziv-7. Subaru is an outdoors-oriented brand that prioritizes dependability and safety, and the Viziv-7 speaks to those values as well as answering customer desire for a full-size SUV.
The Viziv-7 reflects the direction of future Subaru vehicles, including a transition to larger vehicles that can also be seen in the 2017 Impreza, which has been redesigned to be longer and wider than previous model years. The name “Viziv” is derived from “Vision for Innovation.”
Perhaps the best advice one can give for driving in the snow and ice is: don’t. But alas, life won’t always stop for bad weather. Here are some tips to follow for safety on the snow-covered road.
Practice Good Maintenance
Before snow even falls, you should follow some winter maintenance guidelines to make sure your car is as prepared as possible. The most important factor for snow driving is tire conditions. If your tires have good tread and the right pressure, you’ll be much better off on snow and ice.
Give Yourself Space and Time
In good driving conditions, you should have a few cars length between you and the person in front of you. In snow, multiply that by three. Everything has a slower reaction in the snow, so if the person in front of you brakes suddenly, you’d better have space to react.
Also, leave early so that you will have plenty of time to take it nice and easy. Drive slowly, accelerate slowly, and brake slowly. Try letting the car come to a gradual, rolling stop rather than braking last minute. Any sudden movement could cause you to lose traction.
Don’t Get Over-Confident
Some people think that because their vehicle has four-wheel drive or an anti-lock braking system they’re invincible in the snow. Don’t be one of those people. Everyone needs to take precautions in winter weather.
One environmentally conscious car company and one website with a knack for catchy content have united. Subaru partnered with Buzzfeed recently for a series of Facebook Live video experiments. This is Buzzfeed’s first collaboration with a big name and, for this particular project, they couldn’t have picked a better company.
October 20th launched the first of three videos in a series created for Buzzfeed’s “Make a Dog’s Day” philanthropic campaign. During this livestream, tens of thousands of viewers sat at their computers to watch puppies experience things like swimming and playing with bubbles and mud for the first time.
Subaru loves pets and Buzzfeed loves making engaging online content; it’s an excellent match for both of them. The duo plans to continue their Facebook Live experiments, searching for the best way to connect with viewers. So far, the puppies seem to be a hit. But as the partnership evolves, the content of their videos might do so as well.
Subaru uses Buzzfeed’s resources for smaller projects on occasion as well. Their Buzzfeed page features articles and quizzes that target environment related subjects. Popular Subaru Buzzfeed articles include “12 Things You Should Never Do When Visiting a National Park” and “18 Things Dogs Can Teach Us About Love.”
The Subaru Crosstrek is a crossover that offers complete versatility on the road. Drivers loved the 2016 model, which is why the Crosstrek will see few major changes for the 2017 model year. In addition to everything drivers love, the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek will see the addition of a new special edition model as well as the discontinuation of a rather unpopular trim.
Price is a major factor for most drivers and for the 2017 model year, the Subaru Crosstrek will see a $100 price increase on all trims. That’s not much of a difference compared to other automakers.
The Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid will leave the lineup due to slow sales. It’s hard for drivers to justify spending over $4,000 more for a hybrid model when gas prices are sticking around $2. Considering the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek earns an EPA-estimated 26 city/34 hwy mpg, we certainly can’t blame them.
The 2017 Subaru Crosstrek will see the edition of the Special Edition Pure Red model but there’s a catch. Only 1,500 units will be available in the United States. A Pure Red paintjob, integrated turn signals, red accents, red stitching, and red ambient lighting are just a few of the perks to this limited edition model.
Here at Steve Lewis Subaru, we’re happy to see the new Crosstrek maintaining all of the features drivers love!
All-season tires are perfect for driving during every season thanks to their combination of summer and winter benefits. Winter tires are an alternative that provides drivers with more control during heavy snowfalls and icy roadways. They may cost quite a bit but they’re entirely worth it in the long run. Should you buy winter tires? Here at Steve Lewis Subaru, we know the answer is a resounding yes.
Massachusetts generally sees heavy snowfall and icy roadways throughout winter, which makes winter tires a must-have perk for season. While all-season tires are great for those who live in moderate climates, winter tires take the cake when it comes to the frozen roadways that plague Massachusetts every year.
Winter tires are specifically designed to function well on icy roads and under heavy stress. The tread rubber remains flexible during the freezing cold and provides optimal traction. All-season tires tend to stiffen and, as a result, the tire can’t grip the road as well.
The tread on winter tires runs deeper and the patterns themselves help channel the snow, slush, and water to minimize slippage. More biting edges, slits in the tread, help increase traction on ice so drivers can stay in control of their vehicle.
It’s that time of year again: the leaves are changing and the air is getting cooler. While you enjoy the seasons changing, you should take into account these fall service tips for your car.
Is your heat working properly? How about your defroster? We all know that fall in Massachusetts could occasionally mean temperatures in the forties or even thirties, so you will want to make sure your heat is working so it can warm you up! It’s also important to make sure your HVAC system is defrosting properly, otherwise you might be staring out a frosty windshield!
Make sure your battery has enough power before the cold weather hits it by checking its charge. You can do this with a voltmeter or get it checked at our service department. You will also want to make sure that all of your connections are clean that they’re securely fastened to your battery.
Your tire pressure is ever-changing, mostly because the weather outside is ever-changing. Heat can expand the air in your tires, which increases their pressure, and the cold can have the opposite effect. Make sure all your tires have proper PSI so they can keep you rolling!
If you think your car needs a fall tune-up, visit our Service Center!