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Christmas Trees

Tips to Choose a Christmas Tree That is Both Healthy and Safe

When preparing for the Christmas season, it’s important to invest in a quality Christmas tree that will not only last you for the entire course of the holiday, but also, that will be safe to keep inside your home. Here are some tips on how to choose a Christmas tree:


  • Before you go shopping, choose a location for your potential tree, and measure the area – away from the fireplace.
  • Additionally, measure your tree stand and factor in the desired width of the tree’s trunk.
  • Try to find a tree that is one foot shorter than the height of the room, giving you space for an ornament on top.
  • When you think you’ve found a tree that you like, run your fingers over the pine needles, and shake the tree slightly to see how many needles fall.
  • Fresh trees will not lose many needles and are much safer to keep in your home. The older and dryer a tree is, the more likely it is to catch fire.


Whatever you do, take your time and be safe. And if you’re interested in checking out some of our many winter-weather-ready vehicles, contact us anytime at El Dorado Mazda.

Staying Safe from Dusk ‘til Dawn: Tips for Night Driving

tips for night drivingIn a recent study performed by the National Safety Council, they found that vehicle death rates are three times higher at nighttime. That’s why it’s important to always pay attention when it’s dark out. We’ve put together a list of tips for night driving to help you stay better prepared.

According to the DMV, one of the best things you can do is turn your headlights on one hour before dusk and one hour after dawn. Waiting until visibility is poor to turn your lights on could be too late.

Most cars let you adjust the angles of the headlights, which is always a good idea. Consult your owner’s manual for instructions – just remember, don’t set them too high. They should also never be askew, as this diminishes road coverage.

One great trick detailers use is to rub your windshield with clean newspaper. This will help eliminate smudges on the glass, getting rid of some of that nasty glare. Of course, regularly cleaning the glass with wiper cleaner works well too.

Last but not least, give extra room at night. Distance is harder to gauge at night, so giving a few extra feet is always a good idea. Also, if you’re following someone, make sure you don’t have your high-beams on.