Tips for Driving with Kids on the Way to School This Year

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Have fun while driving kids to school this year!

Now that summer is almost over, your daily commute might be getting a bit noisier with kids piling into the backseat on their way to school, sports practice, and all that good stuff. Driving with one child in the car can be a challenge, but what about when you have a veritable gaggle of children to contend with? Whether you’re just driving your own or perhaps carpooling with a neighbor, here are some tips for driving with kids.

  • Have fresh water and healthy snacks on hand.
  • Consider keeping some books, handheld video games, or coloring books available for children to independently play with.
  • If the kids are acting up and you need to intervene, be sure to pull over safely and cautiously first.
  • Be sure to do a head count before you leave, and again when you arrive at school. Always, always, make sure that you do not leave any children in the car once you get back home.
  • And lastly, even if your route is short, familiarizing yourself with the closest emergency room is never a bad idea.

For more safety tips, or to start the school year out with a new car, visit us anytime at Shults of Warren Subaru.

Tips for Carpooling: Sharing Rides Made Easy

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Tips for carpooling can save you money & help you make a new friend!

Plan on carpooling in the Warren, PA area? Check out this list of helpful tips for carpooling. Ridesharing is a great way to make new friends, to save gas, save the environment, and simply get around. However, there are some important things to keep in mind when sharing rides.

  1. Meeting Time/Location. Generally, meeting times and locations should benefit everyone equally. It is important to set a “wait time,” which is the maximum amount of time the carpool will wait if you are running behind. Five minutes is a good wait time, but make sure everyone has plenty of time to get to work or school when sharing rides.
  2. Paying for Gas. Many carpools like to switch up drivers an equal amount of times, so paying gas money is not always necessary. However, if you never drive, you should volunteer to pay for part or all of the gas costs. The EPA has an easy fuel-cost calculator that anyone can use for free.
  3. Road Rules. According to NBC News, you should set up rules for the trip, like which radio stations to listen to, who is in charge of the temperature, smoking or nonsmoking, side trips, etc. Most people let the driver or car owner decide, as damage caused by food spills and smoking can be expensive to repair.
  4. Get Signatures. It might sound unnecessary, but having everyone sign a list of rules helps you avoid issues down the road. If someone claims not to have known a rule, or if they disagree with a rule, you can show them their signature on a carpool agreement. Such rules will not be legally binding, but they provide a great way to maintain order.
  5. Have Fun. Carpooling is a great way to get to know coworkers and classmates, as well as neighbors. Spark up conversations and invite people to the ride sharing program that you normally wouldn’t meet otherwise.

These are just some of the basic tips for carpooling. Every carpool is different, so feel free to add or subtract rules as you please.

Exquisite Styling: 2016 WRX Design Borrows from Concept Models

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The 2016 WRX design is certainly something to gawk at.

The Subaru WRX is known for its impressive performance, but it also has some truly bold styling. Taking design cues from 2013 concept models, the WRX is unlike ever before. With an aggressive fascia, hood, and contoured body, this model is setting new standards in terms of automotive design.

The 2016 WRX design, according to Digital Trends, is derived from a concept model that appeared in 2013. The WRX design features a bold exterior with a wide fascia, LED lighting, a prominent hood scoop, and futuristic appeal. The body is contoured for aerodynamic flow, while black wheels and bright yellow brakes are just some of the options that set this model apart.

Subaru’s chief designer, Mamoru Ishii, promises “the lauded concept’s sporty, aggressive stance will indeed reach production and is due to appear on the all-new Impreza due in 2016, and the WRX that will follow.”

This model also gets a sleek roofline, bulky rear fenders, and a low ride height for better airflow. Under the hood is the standard four-cylinder boxer you would expect from Subaru, generating up to 305 horsepower when you select the 2.5-liter engine. Available all-wheel drive increases handling and performance, and this model does 0 to 60 in 5 seconds when properly equipped. Best of all, the 2017 WRX will share this same general design, a striking look for any vehicle

How to Save Gas on a Road Trip

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Save gas on a road trip with these tips!

If you’re taking a cross-country trip soon or driving down to your favorite vacation spot with the family, saving gas will be a big concern – especially with prices on the rise again. Here are some tips on how to save gas on a road trip so you have plenty of extra spending money for your vacation.

First, pack as light as you can. Obviously if you’re road-tripping you’re going to have luggage, but don’t over-pack! The heavier your car is, the more fuel you use. Another great way to save gas is to drive slower. Enjoy the scenery! Cars maximize their fuel use at 60-65 miles an hour, so avoid going over that.

Check your tire pressure before you leave on your trip. If the pressure is low, your car will have more trouble going forward, which uses more energy. You should also avoid using the AC too much, especially at lower speeds, when rolling the windows down is much more efficient.

Finally, do your best to avoid bad traffic situations. Idling drains gas like crazy, so if you’re stuck in highway traffic jams or at long red lights, you’ll be stopping for gas sooner than you want.

Find your next road trip car here!

Subaru Driver David Higgins Wins Third Consecutive STPR at Rally America National Championship Series

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David Higgins wins Rally America National Championship.

David Higgins, a driver for Subaru Rally Team USA, took his third consecutive and sixth all-time win at the Susquehannock Trail Performance Rally (STPR) in early June. The STPR is the fifth round of the Rally America National Championship Series, where Higgins is aiming for his sixth straight Driver’s title.

Higgins, co-driving with Craig Drew, won eleven out of thirteen of the competition stages of the STPR. Higgins and Drew drive a 2016 Subaru WRX STI rally car. Of the race, Higgins said the STPR is “a huge challenge, the nature of the roads with the high speeds and the trees so close means you can’t make any mistakes.” The roads of the track are winding and often slick, and the STPR is considered one of the most challenging courses in the RANC.

Higgins wasn’t the only Subaru driver in the STPR. Teammate Travis Pastrana was unfortunately forced to drop out after he went off-course, but Pastrana and his co-driver thankfully weren’t injured. Higgins will continue on in the next leg of the RANC, the New England Forest Rally, which will take place from July 15 to 16.

Subaru University Program Expands: Ensuring Expertise

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Subaru is ensuring many of its future employees are well-trained thanks to the Subaru University program. Recently partnering with Respond Inc. of Camden, NJ, the Subaru University is expanding to find and train individuals for a future at Subaru retailers around the US, from technicians to salespersons. This is just one more way Subaru is showing its dedication to its customers, providing the best-trained staff in the industry.

According to Subaru, the Subaru University program has been around for several years; however, thanks to a recent partnership in Camden, NJ, the project can expand on the East Coast. In the area, Subaru-U will look for students who want to participate in 90-day internships on a rotating basis, working in repair shops and other training facilities. Successful students will then be able to earn both ASE and Subaru Maintenance Technician Certification.

“We are excited about this new partnership with Subaru University and the opportunities it will open up for Camden residents,” said Wilbert Mitchell, Executive Director of Respond, Inc. “We are also thankful for Subaru’s generosity in equipping our new auto repair shop, which will create jobs and provide a valuable service to the community.”

Looking for unparalleled service? Check out your local Subaru dealership. We offer a trained and professional staff, each member of which is well-qualified to work on your specific car. If you want the experts, come to Ed Shults of Warren Subaru.

Check out Local Farmers Markets in Chautauqua County

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Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Check out one of the many local farmers markets, each of which offers fresh produce and tons of unique products. Not only can you support your community by shopping at a farmers market, but it can also be loads of fun. Plus, you might as well check some essentials off your grocery list while you are at it.

According to the Chautauqua Country website, there are tons of local farmers markets you can visit. This includes comes of the following locations:

  • Abers Acres – Get fresh produce and pick your own fruits and vegetable at this USDA-certified organic farm. Open during the summer form 9am to 8pm, in the spring from 10am to 6pm.
  • Cross Roads Farm – Every Saturday from 9am to 5pm you can find dozens of local vendors gathers to sell crafts, art, supplies, food, candy, and more. This location is open from April 30 through December 17.
  • Downtown Jamestown – Shop a range of produce from 12p to 6pm every Thursday. This includes meat, cheese, baked goods, and more.
  • Reverie Creamery – Need artisan cheese to go along with local wine? Stop by this creamery to get the best local cream, cheese, and other dairy products.

This are just some of the many local farmers markets you can find. Shopping local gives you better tasting food, more nutrition for your money, and added peace of mind. If you know where your food is coming from, it just makes it that much better.

Great Attractions in Warren County, Pennsylvania

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Warren County is perhaps one of the most scenic areas in all of Pennsylvania. That means there is a lot of enjoy right here in our backyard. Here are a few of the best attractions in Warren County.

  • Allegheny Cellars Winery. Wine lovers from near and far love to visit this winery with a wildlife theme and woodsy atmosphere. It is located in Sheffield on Route 6. Visit on Saturday, April 20th for their Fine Art and Vino Venue. Admission is free and includes live music, a fine art competition, and more.
  • Kinuza Dam. Spend a day out on the water at the Allegheny Reservoir and Kinzua Dam. You can fish, boat, swim, and more. The reservoir offers some of the best fishing in the eastern United States with many record-setting fish being caught right here.
  • Warren County Historical Society. Learn all about the history of our local community by visiting the Wilder Museum of Warren County History. It includes more than 3,000 artifacts spanning 8,000 years.
  • Festivals. There are numerous annual festivals held in Warren County each year. Some of the most popular events include the A’Maiz’ing Corn Festival held in August in Youngsville, the Johnny Appleseed Festival held in October in Sheffield, and the Warren County Fair held in Pittsfield in early August.

What is your favorite Warren County attraction?

How to Camp with Your Subaru

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There’s nothing quite like spending a few days out in the wilderness and sleeping under the stars. If you own a Subaru and that sounds like the perfect vacation to you, then here are a few suggestions on how to camp with your Subaru.

According to a review of the 2015 Subaru Outback on Indefinitely Wild by Wes Siler, there are a few upgrades you’ll need to make and some equipment you’ll need to get if you want to truly venture into the wild.

Siler says that the first update you need to make on your car before you head off-road is new tires. You need to make sure your tires can handle the rough terrain and won’t get easily punctured. Another key component to off-road success is skid plates.  Skid plates protect the underside of your car and all of its crucial components from rocks and other debris.

You can also choose to add a heavier-duty roof rack to hold larger items and a lot of your camping gear, like tents, a cook stove, camp chairs, bicycles, and more.

If you’re just starting your new camping lifestyle, here are some basic camping essentials you’ll need:

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bags
  • Toolbox (hammer, screwdriver, axe)
  • First aid kit
  • Food and drinks
  • Clothes and toiletries

Are you planning on Subaru camping adventures for this summer?

Check Out These Gas Mileage Tips to Save Big

Gas Mileage Tips

No matter how low gas prices get, every driver understandably still wants to improve their gas mileage – saving them money and lowering their carbon footprint. Here are a few gas mileage tips to help you out:

  • Be sure to inflate your tires properly – based on the number indicated inside your driver’s door – as under-inflated tires decrease efficiency.
  • Always change your oil on time, change spark plugs when necessary, and generally take good care of your engine.
  • Don’t forget to change your air filter, which protects your engine and the other inner mechanisms from clogging debris.
  • Drive more slowly. Not only is this safer, but also, reduced speeds translate to increased gas mileage.
  • Clean out your trunk. The heavier your car is, the lower its gas mileage, so it’s really time to clean out that luggage.

And as always, drive safely! For more tips and tricks, visit us anytime at Ed Shults Subaru of Warren