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How to Choose the Right Pair of Sunglasses This Summer

A pair of sunglasses offers many functions.

 

First and foremost: sunglasses are cool, and no one disputes it. But more importantly, sunglasses can increase your visibility when driving, and they can protect your eyes and the skin around your eyes from the sun. Both great pluses when out on the road.

Choose the Right Pair of Sunglasses

 

Given all that they can do for you, it’s important to choose the right pair of sunglasses. You want sunglasses that will reduce glare, fit your face, and protect you from UV rays. Going into a store with these in mind are invaluable assets.

 

Typically, polarized sunglasses do the best to reduce glare and are a must-buy for the beach and for the snow, though most sunglasses will effectively shield you from the brightness on an average day.

 

However – not all sunglasses really protect you from UV light, which can cause cataracts, wrinkles, and more. You need protection from both UVA and UVB light, so be sure to find a pair that promises 100% protection from each type. It’s for your health, we promise.

 

And if you keep a spare pair of sunglasses in your car, we promise you will never regret it! For more warm-weather driving tips, contact us or visit us anytime at Parks Mazda.

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MX-5 World Car Design of the Year Award Recognizes Impressive Styling

28The Mazda MX-5 was recently named the 2016 World Car Design of the Year, honoring this model’s impressive styling. First established by World Car Awards in 2006, this prestigious award recognizes breakthroughs in automotive design and performance. With a completely new look, it’s no surprise the MX-5 won this year.

According to Mazda, the MX-5 World Car Design of the Year award was given largely for this model’s revolutionary KODO, or Soul of Motion, design. Launched globally in 2015, this design program focuses on human-centric design and fun-to-drive feel. This includes a more athletic stance, sports seating, and a bold front fascia.

MX-5 World Car Design of the Year award

“What a wonderful honor, to have the Mazda MX-5 named World Car Design of the Year,” said Masahiro Moro, President and CEO, Mazda North American Operations. “As our iconic MX-5 roadster approaches one-million units of production, this award is proof that it is as young, vibrant, fun and relevant as ever.”

Believe it or not this is the 30th award for the new 2016 Mazda MX-5, including the 2015-2016 Car of the Year Japan and 2016 UK Car of the Year awards. In addition to its design, the MX-5 also features advanced SKYACTIV technologies, increasing performance and efficiency. Making the MX-5 the perfect vehicle all around. Come on, what’s not to like about this new model?

 

 

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The Benefits of Ride Sharing: Tips for Carpooling

With rising fuel costs, carpooling is becoming a great way to save big when it comes to your commute. Plus, carpooling reduces greenhouse emissions and introduces you to new people. That’s why we’ve put together a list of tips for carpooling.

According to Drive Less Save More, carpooling can save you hundreds, even thousands of dollars in gas over a year. It also reduces stress, and allows you to relax when it is not your time to drive. It gives families some slack, allowing them to cut back to one car, or no cars. Finally, carpooling builds friendships and strengthens communities, all while eliminating pollution.

Tips for Carpooling

Always establish ground rules when carpooling, and make everyone sign and agree to them. This includes meeting times, food and smoking rules, as well as radio and A/C heating rules. Most carpools let the driver decide, so rules may vary. Just make sure you don’t get into any awkward power struggle scenarios.

Be accommodating. Some individuals may need to drive a little further or a little less. Being flexible is the key to a successful carpool. Make everyone feel at home, and try to understand everyone’s perspective.

Finally, be friendly! Carpooling is a great way to get to know fellow coworkers or neighbors. In addition to making gridlock more enjoyable, carpooling is a great way to meet people.

When you’re wondering how to spice up your morning and even drives, this list should make it a bit easier.

 

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Enjoy National Peanut Month with These Delicious Peanut Recipes

March is an exciting month full of celebrations and fun. But, in the midst of your St. Patrick’s Day and Easter festivities, don’t forget to celebrate National Peanut Month with some delicious peanut recipes.

  • Peanut Powered Breakfast Cookies. Who doesn’t want cookies for breakfast? Whip up these energizing cookies packed with peanut butter, oat bran, rolled oats, dried cherries, yogurt, and applesauce. It’s hard to not have your mouth water at the thought.
  • Sautéed Pears with Vanilla Yogurt and Honey Peanuts. This delicious treat can be offered as a lighter dessert and still give you all the sweetness you’re craving. After cookie meals are always the best.
  • Dixie Peanut Brittle. With this easy recipe you only need your microwave. Heat everything up in the microwave and let it cool on a cookie sheet and crack it apart when it’s cool. So you can break of a piece of that brilliant brittle.
  • Peanut Pie. If you love peanuts, then you need to bake this peanut-filled pie. Trust us, you do.
  • Crunchy Chutney Pork. Peanuts aren’t just for breakfast or dessert. This delicious pork recipe incorporates peanuts for a delicious crunch. This may not be for the faint of heart.

Do you have a favorite peanut recipe? What are you planning on making to celebrate National Peanut Month?

Tell us in the comments below!

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Luxury Award for the 2016 Mazda CX-9

Mazda may not officially be a luxury brand, but that doesn’t mean it can’t win luxury awards. In fact, EBONY Magazine gave a luxury award for the 2016 Mazda CX-9. The CX-9 earned the “Pretty Boy” award from among a new fleet of luxury-oriented vehicles arriving in the market.

Luxury Award for the 2016 Mazda CX-9

With its all-new Signature trim level, the CX-9 moves upmarket and delivers Nappa leather seating with rosewood and real aluminum trim throughout the interior. On the outside, the CX-9 beautifully wears Mazda’s KODO-Soul of Motion design theme, which is enhanced by the new Machine Gray color, giving the crossover a liquid metal-like appearance.

“From its proud grille to its dual exhaust, and everything in between, we’ve designed a vehicle that paints the direction for where we want the Mazda brand to go, now and in the future,” said Julien Montousse, director of design, Mazda North American Operations, in a statement. “We’re honored to be recognized by EBONY, as we believe CX-9 is a bold crossover that makes a statement in its segment.”

The 2016 Mazda CX-9 will go on sale soon so make sure to stop on by or call in if you have any questions for us here at Parks Mazda.. If you have been searching for a luxury vehicle with beautiful styling, we’ll let you know as soon as the CX-9 arrives.

Trust us, it’ll be worth the wait.

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Top Five Road Trip Movies

To help inspire you in these dark and cold winter months, we’ve put together our list of the top five road trip movies.

top five road trip movies

 

# 1 – Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

 

This movie reads more like a guide of what not to do on a road trip. But most importantly, it can remind us that the only way to have a successful trip is to have a sense of humor. Oh, and to never drive the wrong way on an interstate.

 

# 2 – Thelma And Louise (1991)

 

It’s somewhat unfortunate that this film only seems to be remembered for its very tragic and now iconic ending. Because otherwise, this road trip movie reveals what a truly meaningful road trip is—a journey within.

 

# 3 – Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

 

The Faris family is about the most dysfunctional family as we’ve ever seen onscreen. Their road trip sees them ultimately grow closer as a whole.

 

# 4 – Tommy Boy (1995)

 

A true comedy of errors, this movie sees Chris Farley and David Spade having misadventure after misadventure. The lesson we can take away is that they never give up and keep burning miles.

 

# 5 – Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)

 

Two best friends take a transformational trip across the gorgeous Mexican countryside. Reminding us that every good trip is very much about the scenery.

If there’s any you feel deserve to be in the top 5 and aren’t, list them below!

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