Back to School Driving Tips

Back to school driving tipsWhen summer starts to turn to fall, the kids go back to school. You want to make sure you’re safe on the road when school’s back in session. Here are some back to school driving tips.

School Buses. Remember, it’s the law to stop for school buses, but don’t just stop when they put out their big STOP sign. Yield to them when they’re trying to merge and increase your following distance.

School Zones. Speed limits in school zones are typically between 15 and 25 miles per hour. Remember that you only have to decrease to this speed when the lights on the school zone signs are flashing. Be careful in general when driving through school zones because kids can be around when the lights aren’t flashing.

Seatbelts. If you’re a parent responsible for carpooling during the year, make sure that you’re practicing safe driving skills and make sure that everyone is buckled up.

Teen Drivers. Keep a special eye out for teen drivers in school areas. Since they’re driving for the first time and are likely excited about it, you’ll have to be especially cautious when driving around them.

The Three Best Subaru Models for Families

There’s a reason Subaru was awarded the Best Resale Value of any brand by Kelley Blue Book. Make your next family car a Subaru! Here are some of the best Subaru models for families. There’s a reason Subaru was awarded the Best Resale Value of any brand by Kelley Blue Book. Make your next family car a Subaru! Here are some of the best Subaru models for families.

Subaru Forester

The Forester has all the space you need for the whole family and more. With ample storage for cargo and roomy seating for five passengers, you can take the family on a trip and fit all of your luggage. It’s also got smart fuel efficiency of 32 highway mpg so you’ll minimize those gas station stops.

Subaru Outback

The Outback has that classic Subaru look with classic Subaru reliability. It comfortably seats five to fit the family and has a host of safety features to protect everyone in the car. For instance, EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology monitors traffic movement and warns you when you’re drifting from your lane. If vehicle suddenly stops ahead unexpectedly, the Outback will automatically help you slow down.

Subaru Legacy

Who says Subaru can’t do sedans? The Legacy is the perfect car if you’ve got a smaller family and love the sleek sedan style. You’ll get tech features like dual-zone automatic climate control so that no matter where you or your passengers are sitting, you’ll be comfortable.

Summer Service Guidelines for Your Vehicle

Summer Service Summer can be a great time of the year for you and your family to enjoy! However, your car may not be as appreciative of the summer season. Just like any other season, summer can cause some serious problems for your vehicle. So what can you do? It’s easy! Just be sure to follow these summer service guidelines for your vehicle.

Check the Air Conditioning Unit. If there is one area of your vehicle that you want working at all times during the summer, it would probably have to be your air conditioning. Otherwise, you and your family are going to suffer in the summertime heat. Make sure your air conditioning unit is working properly before the dog days of summer arrive.

Change Your Windshield Wipers. Summertime weather is always unpredictable. Don’t get caught up in a bad storm without a good pair of windshield wipers. Replace the ones you currently haAll Pagesve installed for the best protection against the rain.

Change Your Oil. Planning any long trips this summer? If you are, then you are definitely going to want to consider changing your vehicle’s oil. This routine process will ensure that your car or crossover is in top shape for your trip.

Follow these simple guidelines for summer car servicing and your vehicle will have a great summer season too!

Subaru to Add a Trim to Its Legacy and Outback Vehicles

subaruThe lineup of vehicle in the Subaru family is already pretty diverse. Whenever Subaru announces a new trim for one of its models, that is reason to get excited. So imagine our excitement when Subaru added an extra trim to two of its vehicles.

According to a report from Car and Driver, Subaru will add a trim to its Legacy and Outback vehicles.

In 2017, The Subaru Legacy will extend its own legacy with the addition of a Sport trim to its lineup. The 2017 Subaru Legacy Sport will add exterior styling to the vehicle in order to give it a more sporty design. That sporty design will extend into a redesigned cabin for the Subaru Legacy, giving the vehicle a spirted look both inside and out.

Meanwhile, the Subaru Outback is set to receive a Touring trim level when its 2017 model is introduced. The 2017 Subaru Outback Touring will be lined with some of Subaru’s best technologies. The new Outback model is set to come standard with a 7-inch touchscreen multimedia interface, as well as Subaru’s newest EyeSight system, which provides drivers with automatic headlights and braking.

As the release of these two new models approaches, be sure to stop by Steve Lewis Subaru when they finally hit the market.

Sporty Features on the 2017 Subaru WRX

2017 Subaru WRXThere are plenty of sporty features on the 2017 Subaru WRX, which is due to arrive in dealerships sometime this month. The WRX, which was just introduced for the first time in 2015 as a 2016 model, has seen a surprising number of updates for its second year.

The new WRX will have the same available Sport Lineartronic continuously variable transmission that will now be equipped with EyeSight Driver Assist features. This transmission option also enables SI-DRIVE, which allows for more responsive handling, and the Sport and Sport Sharp modes improve the performance of the manual transmission. Vehicle Dynamics Control and Active Torque Vectoring make turning corners more precise.

It will also come with standard 18-inch summer performance tires on two of its trim levels and an available rear trunk spoiler. The design of the front seats gets an update as well, making them sportier and more cockpit-like, with red stitching on leather trim, and the exterior will include standard LED headlights.

 

New vs. Used Cars

new vs. used carsWhen it comes to the new vs. used cars debate, neither one is inherently the better option. Which one you decide on depends totally on you, your wants and needs, and your budget.

New cars are great because they come with a sense of security. You don’t have to worry about seeing the Carfax report or how many miles are on the car. Plus, new cars have more recent features, so if you like having the latest tech, go with a new car. You also have more options for customizing new cars—you can add packages, pick the color you want, and so on.

On the other hand, used cars have the benefit of being just plain cheaper. Lower monthly payments, lower interest rates, and lower insurance just some of the benefits of buying used—and it’s not like a car that’s a couple years old will be completely out of date feature-wise. And if you’re on a tight budget, buying a used car offers you a lot more variety. You may be able to get a higher quality car than you could afford if you only looked at inexpensive new cars.

Whatever you choose, there are plenty of options for you at Steve Lewis Subaru!

Subaru Drivers Have 1-2 Victory at Oregon Trail Rally

OTR7Subaru has once again shown it is the king of rally driving. At the Oregon Trail Rally, Subaru drivers David Higgins and Travis Pastrana took home a 1-2 victory. Higgins won the rally just a few seconds ahead of Pastrana. This was his sixth consecutive win at the Oregon Trail.

Both Higgins and Pastrana each won eight stages of the race, meaning the winner of the final stage would take home the prize.

“This is what sport should be, big battles, very close,” stated Higgins, in a statement. “This was a very spectacular rally with three very different days. It shows what a good car we have with our Subaru WRX STI being able to adapt to three different rallies in one event and we didn’t have to change anything; so I’m very, very happy with the team and the car.”

Higgins is the defending 2015 Rally America Champion. He and his co-driver Craig Drew will compete in round four for the 2016 Rally America Championship May 14-15 near Shelton, Washington at Olympus Rally. Then, he and Pastrana will compete again at STPR rally June 4-6 in Westboro, Pennsylvania.

Are you rally fan? Who is your favorite Subaru rally driver?

Things to Do in May near Hadley

May is a glorious time of year! There is still the blooming beauty of spring and the first hint of warm summer weather. If you’re looking for some things to do in May near Hadley, check out these great local events.

  • Cooking Demonstration with Lynn Kirsche Shapiro. Visit the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst on May 8th from 2-3:30pm to listen to Lynn share stories and recipes from her family upbringing. She will also prepare a recipe and sign her book.
  • Author Meet and Greet. If you have young kids, or just appreciate find children’s literature, visit the Eric Carle Museum on May 15th at 1pm to meet Tom Angleberger and Cece Bell as they discuss their writing and illustrations and answer questions. There will be a book signing after the program. The program is free with museum admission.
  • Play Ball! Catch a unique performance that highlights the history of baseball in a fun and informative way. The Berkshire Theatre Group will perform the play on Sunday May 22nd at 1pm and 3pm at the Eric Carle Museum. Tickets cost $6.50.
  • Paradise City Arts Festival. Memorial Day weekend in Northampton, enjoy beautiful artwork from 260 artists from all across the country. There will also be delicious food and live music.

See what else is great about Hadley!

New York Auto Show Hosts 2017 Subaru Impreza Debut

Subaru stole the stage at the recent New York International Auto Show, where the automaker revealed the all-new 2017 Subaru Impreza, in both sedan and hatchback form, based on a new Subaru platform.

While Subaru may be best known for their SUVs, the Subaru Impreza has been a favorite among many since its inception. This new edition is sure to be no different, offering top-notch performance due to a low center of gravity and clever engineering.

We now know that the 2017 Subaru Impreza will be available in four trim levels – 2.0i base, Premium, Sport and Limited – with each trim level more advanced and feature-heavy than the last.

While we don’t know much about the new Impreza’s pricing, we do know that this model is set to hit dealerships by the end of the year. More information should soon be made public.

Until then, enjoy these images from the 2017 Subaru Impreza debut, and visit us anytime at Steve Lewis Subaru to check out our current selection of models!

How to Prevent Hydroplaning on Slippery Spring Roads

Tire on Slippery Road - Prevent Hydroplaning

When roads get wet, you’ll want to keep these tips to prevent hydroplaning in mind.

One of the greatest dangerous of the spring season is often misunderstood: hydroplaning. This term refers to what happens when your vehicle loses traction with the road, usually due to a thin layer of water or ice.

Typically, the risk for hydroplaning is at its highest shortly after a storm begins, or right after it starts raining. While your tires are usually able to grip onto the road, they lose this ability and you lose control.

The best thing you can do to avoid hydroplaning is to slow down when it is raining. It’s also important to avoid puddles – and especially to avoid large bodies of standing water, which could cause your vehicle to float away entirely.

It’s also important to avoid using cruise control during a storm, as this automatic feature will not adjust depending on the frequency of the rain – like a driver would.

If it begins to rain: turn off your cruise control and slow down to prevent hydroplaning, and don’t forget to increase the distance between your vehicle and the vehicles around it.

For more safety tips or to start out your season with a new vehicle, visit us at Steve Lewis Subaru.