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Properly Using a Vehicle Roof Rack

If you need help choosing a roof rack for the vehicle that you drive around town, Hixson Mazda can help. There are racks for any situation, and we'll help you select the right one for your needs. From carrying bicycles to adding extra cargo space, roof racks are an easy way to carry items that won't fit inside your vehicle.

When you have a roof rack on your vehicle, you need to be extra careful when entering spaces with low clearance. Parking garages and other structures can rip off a rack if there isn't enough space to…

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Drive Confidently After Servicing an Inefficient Steering System

If you operate a vehicle that oversteers or understeers around curves, you could drive off the highway. This guide covers general ways understeering and oversteering causes problems during steep corning situations.

When understeering impacts a vehicle, the process of drifting along a curve will require strategic timing. Understeering makes cornering complicated by increasing the time that it takes to complete a turn. For example, you'll have to rotate a steering wheel a lot in order to drift around a simple curve on the road. 

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Safety Features in the Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

The Mazda MX-5 Miata RF is one of the most stylish vehicles that you will find on the road today. This little roadster has a lot of acceleration power, and it has the handling that you would expect in a sports car. In addition to all of its other great features, the MX-5 Miata RF has great safety features too.

When you are traveling at a speed over 44 mph, the Miata's lane departure warning system kicks in. This system will let you know if you begin to drift outside of your designated lane markings. You will receive a…

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New Mazda3 Offers Upgrades in Style

A 2.5-liter engine is a standard feature in the Mazda3 sedan. This means that you'll have plenty of power while driving around without the increased fuel usage that you might see in cars of a similar size. You'll also be able to get an all-wheel-drive upgrade to make driving on different types of roads a bit easier.

Keep in mind that the rear of the vehicle doesn't offer as much space as the front, which means that legroom is often sacrificed for some of the other upgrades in the sedan. 

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The Secrets of How to Avoid Hydroplaning

Your vehicle will begin to hydroplane on the road when the tires on your vehicle can not scatter rain fast enough to maintain enough contact of the tires to the road. Here are a few tips to driving safely on wet roads.

As the surface of the roads become wet, learn to increase the driving distance between you and the car ahead. This will allow you enough time to come to a stop without having to hard brake and risk skidding off the road. Turn off the cruise control feature in the rain, and make an effort to avoid driving…

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Technology Features of the Mazda6

In the popular midsize sedan vehicle class, the Mazda6 stands out for its exemplary integration of cutting edge technology into its entertainment, safety and comfort features.

Protected by four cameras and eight sensors, you'll always have the confidence to back up or parallel park, even in tight locations or at night. The Mazda6 has a 360-degree view of the surrounding area that it displays on an eight-inch screen so you can visualize the immediate area around your car.  

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Safe and Sound in the Mazda CX-5

Here at Hixson Mazda of Alexandria, we always want our friends and neighbors to be well-protected on the road. As such, we often recommend that they purchase the new Mazda CX-5. This popular crossover SUV offers tons of safety features.

Though there are plenty to choose from, the available Mazda Radar Cruise Control system is undoubtedly one of the best features on the CX-5. This innovative system allows drivers to maintain a set speed and following distance to the next vehicle. If the leading car reduces its speed or comes to a stop, this safety feature will automatically do the…

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Mazda CX-9: Stylish & Super Safe

The Mazda CX-9 is an enormously popular 3-row SUV, prized for its luxurious silhouette, spacious cabin, interior layout, and trim levels. The CX-9 is also a prime example of dynamic safety features enhanced through cutting edge tech. Here are two safety features that illustrate this idea.

With Mazda CX-9's Lane-Keep Assist, you can rest assured that your days of less-then-perfect driving won't result in collisions. Lane-Keep Assist senses whenever you're about to make an unintended lane change at a speed over 37 mph.  

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How to Reduce Glare for Better Visibility

Reducing glare is important if you find yourself driving when the sun is reducing your ability to safely drive. At Hixson Mazda of Alexandria, we offer tips for drivers to stay safe during daily driving. Glare is a problem for everyone! There are some things you can do to lessen the effects of it and get down the road in a safe way.

Driving with a dirty windshield will increase the glare you have to deal with. Wash your windshield regularly to minimize glare. You should also store away any paper or other items that you normally keep on your…

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Save Fuel and Money With These Tips

Did you know that there are many different ways to save fuel while on the road that don't involve you making drastic changes to your car? At Hixson Mazda of Alexandria, we think it's important that all of our clients know ways they can save fuel. After all, there's no harm in being environmentally friendly and cost effective!

One of the easiest things you can do to control your fuel usage is by employing cruise control while on the highway. This is because many people frequently waste a lot of gas by alternating between the brakes and…

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