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Make a Resolution to Be a Safer Driver

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As the 2018 starts, many of us are thinking of ways that we can improve ourselves and our lives. This includes most people promising to lose weight or save money. But, if you are tired of making the same resolutions and failing each year, it is time to try something new. Consider resolving to be a safer driver this year.

Driving is something most of us do every day; there are plenty of opportunities to work on it. Here are a few ideas.

  • Put your phone away. Promise yourself that you will not ever pick up your phone while driving. Put it out of reach and pull over if you really need to talk or text.
  • Have a seatbelt rule. Make it a rule that everyone riding in your car has to buckle up before you will start driving.
  • Be a defensive driver. This means you need to pay attention to what other drivers around you are doing—look for drivers using their phones, for instance. Always expect the unexpected.
  • Maintain your vehicle. Get caught up on your vehicle’s recommended maintenance. A properly working car is a safer car.

Do you think you could incorporate at least one of these goals into your daily driving? Want to start fresh this year with a newer, safer car? Come visit us at El Dorado Mazda.

Back-to-School Safety Tips for Driving Parents

Back to School - McKinney, TexasDropping off your kids for class in the morning? Here are some back-to-school safety tips you should keep in mind to keep your kids—and everyone else’s—safe and sound.

  • Go Slow: School zones have slower speed limits for a reason. Make sure you obey the speed limit and follow all traffic laws while in a school zone to prevent a collision and ensure students get safely to school.
  • Watch for Pedestrians: Some children walk or ride their bikes to school. Pay attention to cross-walks and crossing guards, but there may also be some pedestrians jay-walking, so be aware of where you’re driving.
  • No Cell Phones: It may be tempting to call work to let them know you’ll be late or get some errands out of the way as you drop off your kids, but limit distractions by staying off the phone.
  • Be Mindful of the School Bus: The school bus should not be passed while it’s stopped and has its flashing red lights on, but you should also be careful of driving around and near a bus regardless of whether it’s stopping or moving.

Follow these back-to-school safety tips from us here at El Dorado Mazda to ensure your students get home and to school safely.

Mazda CX-5 Safety Features Earn an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Award

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In case you didn’t know, Mazda CX-5 safety features include a range of intelligent upgrades, which is a reason the CX-5 earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Top Safety Pick+ rating is the highest designation a car can receive from the IIHS, and this award is evidence of the impressive safety features possessed by the CX-5.

According to Mazda, the CX-5 has received this award from the IIHS five years in a row. Safety features include Smart City Brake Support, standard LED headlights, and more. In order to receive the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating, the CX-5 had to earn a “good” rating in five areas, as well as “advanced” in front crash prevention and “acceptable” or “good” in headlight ratings.

“Our Mazda Proactive Safety Philosophy guides us to develop cars and crossover SUVs that are nimble and direct-feeling to help a driver avoid incidents altogether. Our vehicles are designed and engineered to help protect the driver and passengers if a collision happens,” said Masashi Otsuka, VP of research and development at Mazda North America.

Other new safety features include Mazda Radar Cruise Control to help you maintain a safe following distance, Lane Keep Assist, and Traffic Sign Recognition to ensure you stay alert on the road. To see the range of new safety features on the 2017 Mazda CX-5, visit El Dorado Mazda.