Road Trip Tips for Your Family’s Next Getaway

Family on Road Trip | Victoria, TX

It might be a while before you go on a long journey with your family — but it never hurts to plan your next trip in advance so it’s less stressful when the time comes to hit the road. Here are some road trip tips to get your planning off on the right foot.

Skip rush hour

Plan to leave late in the evening or early in the morning to avoid rush hour traffic. This should make your driving less stressful. And, if you have young kids, this could also encourage them to get some sleep while you drive.

Put an adult in the back

If you have an adult ride in the back with the kids, he or she can help keep them occupied with games and other activities. This is especially helpful if your kids are still rear-facing in their car seats.

Take a break from electronics

There is no denying the saving grace of a game or movie on a tablet when attitudes take a turn for the worse. However, letting your kids feel bored can ignite their imaginations to come up with unique games. They can also stare out the window and enjoy any passing scenery.

Bring on the snacks

Fun snacks can quickly brighten any mood during a long road trip. Along with some family favorites, pack some new treats for variety.

Call us at Atzenhoffer if you’re in need of a new vehicle for the road trips you’re planning for later this year or early next year. We’ll help match you with the right model to suit your needs and preferences.

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2020 Mazda3 Earns 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from NHTSA

2020 MAZDA3 | Victoria, TX

Thanks to its innovative safety features and advanced technologies, the 2020 Mazda3 received the highest safety ratings from the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration. The 2020 Mazda3 earned the agency’s five star-ratings in front, side, and rollover crash testing as well as a 5-Star Overall safety rating.

“We are proud that the 2020 Mazda3 has earned NHTSA’s top rating for crashworthiness,” said Mazda North America President Jeff Guyton. “Mazda’s i-ACTIVSENSE® advanced safety features on the Mazda3 help provide even more peace of mind for the driver, helping enhance our customer’s driving experience.”

In addition to testing a vehicle’s performance in crash tests, which mimic the country’s most commonly occurring crashes, the NHTSA also recommends additional safety technologies for each vehicle. The 2020 Mazda3 not only earned the agency’s top ratings, but it also offers the agency’s recommended crash-avoidance technologies. Forward collision warning, lane departure warning, crash imminent braking and dynamic brake support systems are standard on the 2020 Mazda3.

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety also evaluated the safety systems of the 2020 Mazda3 and bestowed its top honor on the well-equipped model. Both the hatchback and sedan body styles earned the Top Safety Pick+ rating from the organization.

The dedicated sales team at Atzenhoffer is available to show you the safety-focused 2020 Mazda3. Stop in for a test drive.

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5 Tips to Save Time and Energy this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Dinner with Family

Thanksgiving is a fun and busy time for many Americans. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed by the extra get-togethers and road trips. Here are some Thanksgiving strategies to help you save time, as well as your sanity, this November.

One of the best things to do, according to the Food Network, is to travel intelligently. If you have to drive a long distance with food, it can often spoil or spill. If you’re transporting gravy, for example, consider storing it in a thermos during the trip. It’s also a good idea to invest in an ice cooler to store larger food items like casseroles and the turkey.

Minimize the time you spend on food prep by taking advantage of your local supermarket’s salad bar. These usually have clean, fresh, and chopped food such as onions, beans, peppers, bacon crumbles, and hard-boiled eggs.

If you’re running out of space while you’re cooking the Thanksgiving meal, consider using the kitchen cabinets as your cookbook stand. You’ve got plenty of open space right in front of you: simply tear out cookbook pages and tape them to cabinets so the pages aren’t on the counter.

Another simple trick for getting gravy instead of pure grease is to use your measuring cup as a fat separator. You can pour your drippings into a heatproof container, freeze it, and then skim off the unsavory grease before melting it down again.

Finally, if you need your well-meaning friends and family members to stay out of the kitchen as you’re busy with cooking, make sure to give them small tasks that will also save you time. For example, ask them to take care of drinks (filling water glasses, opening wine bottles, etc.), hang up coats, or help entertain the kids.

Contact us here at Atzenhoffer to schedule your vehicle’s pre-holiday service appointment. We’re here to make sure that your seasonal travels are as safe as they are enjoyable.

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Tips for First-Time Car Buyers

First Time Car Shopper

Your first car purchase is a rite of passage, and you’ll be thankful for the purchase every time you get behind the wheel. To help you navigate the exciting car-buying process, here are some tips for first-time car buyers.

  • Set your budget: One of the first steps you should take when thinking about buying a new vehicle is setting a budget. Determining what monthly payment you can afford will help you narrow down which vehicles are in your price range.
  • Make a must-have list: Spend some time thinking about what your transportation needs are and what your must-have features are. Secondly, make a list of things you’d like to have but don’t necessarily need.
  • Do your research: Before you head to the dealership, you should spend some time researching your options. You should narrow your search down to a couple of vehicle segments, or to a particular automaker.
  • Take a test drive: There’s no better way to determine if you like a vehicle than taking it for a test drive. Locate a few reputable dealers nearby and spend an afternoon taking a few vehicles for test drives.
  • Explore your financing options: Before purchasing a new vehicle, spend some time exploring your financing options. Get auto loan quotes from a few different sources, such as from your bank, credit union, and/or insurance company.

If you have any more questions about purchasing your first vehicle, contact us at Atzenhoffer. Or stop by to browse our current inventory of vehicles. We’ll help match you with the right one to suit your budget and lifestyle.

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Where to Celebrate Independence Day near Victoria, Texas

4th of July Holiday Party

Summer is here and for many people the highlight of the season is the 4th of July. If you are looking for fun ways to celebrate Independence Day near Victoria, Texas, we have some great suggestions.

Point Comfort Fireworks

If you want an earlier fireworks show, Point Comfort will have their fireworks on June 29th. If it rains, they will be moved to July 6th. On June 28th, they will host their annual BBQ cook off and washer throw competition.

2019 Star Spangled Bay Bash

Head to Port Lavaca on July 4th, for the 2nd Annual Star Spangled Bay Bash. This event is free to the public and will feature live music, delicious food, and local vendors. The fun begins at 3 p.m. at the Bayfront Peninsula Park. End the night with a spectacular fireworks display starting around 9 p.m.

Port O’Connor Fireworks Display

On July 6th, Port O’Connor will host its annual fireworks display at King Fisher Beach. There will be a party beforehand with food and vendors available starting at 10 a.m. The fireworks will begin at 9 p.m.

POCVFD BBQ and Silent Auction

Each year, the Port O’Connor Volunteer Fire Department hosts a fund-raising BBQ and silent auction. This year’s even will be held on Saturday, July 6th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

We here at Atzenhoffer hope you have an incredible Independence Day.

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