Ten Tips to Avoid Distractions While Driving

1. Fully focus on driving. Do not let anything divert your attention! Actively scan the road, use your mirrors and watch out for pedestrians and cyclists.

2. Store loose gear, possessions and other distractions that could roll around in the car, so you do not feel tempted to reach for them on the floor or the seat.

3. Make adjustments before you get underway. Address vehicle systems like your GPS, seats, mirrors, climate controls and sound systems before hitting the road. Decide on your route and check traffic conditions ahead of time.

4. Put your electronic distractions aside.

5. Snack smart. If possible, eat meals or snacks before or after your trip, not while driving. On the road, avoid messy foods that can be difficult to manage.

6. Secure children and pets before getting underway. If they need your attention, pull off the road safely to care for them. Reaching into the backseat can cause you to lose control of the vehicle.

7. Finish dressing and personal grooming at home – before you get on the road.

8. If you have passengers, enlist their help so you can focus safely on driving.

9. If another activity demands your attention, instead of trying to attempt it while driving, pull off the road and stop your vehicle in a safe place. To avoid temptation, power down or stow devices before heading out.

10. As a general rule, if you cannot devote your full attention to driving because of some other activity, it’s a distraction. Take care of it before or after your trip, not while behind the wheel.

Source: AAA

Subaru Loves Learning

We know the deepest learning happens when students have the tools they need to inspire new ways of thinking and seeing the world. We are proud to be participating in our Subaru Loves Learning initiative.

We are partnering with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to donate award-winning science books to local schools.We will be donating books to the Wappingers Central School District
• Over 50% of the fastest growing jobs in the U.S. are in the fields of science and only 26% of high school students are ready for college level science.
• Subaru retailers will donate a diverse array of award-winning science books to schools with the goal of engaging K-12 students.

Thanks to all who contributed to success of ThinkDifferently Day in East Fishkill: Letter

Poughkeepsie JournalPublished 1:24 p.m. ET Aug. 2, 2017


Congratulations to the Town of East Fishkill for its ThinkDifferently Day at the Beach, held July 29, at Red Wing Park in Hopewell Junction. This was a community celebration of what we all have in common: Love of sun, beach and the ability to feel free to enjoy accessibility to the lake and great music.

Special thanks to Councilmen Tom Franco and Nick D’Ellasandro; Bill Green, Jan McHugh from the town Parks and Recreation; Supervisor John Hickman and Dutchess County Legislator Marge Horton.

To Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, state Sen. Sue Serino and Dutchess County Deputy Commissioner for Special Needs Toni-Marie Ciarfella thanks for your consistent support.

And a big thank you to the sponsors, including: McHoul’s Funeral Home, East Fishkill Rotary, Healey Brothers Chevrolet, Tompkins Mahopac Bank, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Kiwanis Club of Poughkeepsie, M&T Bank, Access Physical Therapy, Mid- Hudson Subaru, Sons of Italy, Pro Painting Services and Royal Carting.

Randy Ross 

A clear path to a better planet.

We believe in making the world a better place. That’s why we build fuel-efficient vehicles in eco-friendly plants. And why over the past 20 years, we’ve donated more than 90 million dollars to causes we all care about.

Not long ago, we introduced the Subaru Love Promise. It’s our misson to do good, love and respect others and be a positive force in our communities.

Love defines our brand and how we treat people. So when you drive a Subaru, you get more than a safe, reliable vehicle. You’re giving back and doing the right thing, too.


Our Causes and Passions
It’s our aim to spread the Love Promise as far as possible. That’s why we work with a diverse range of partners and organizations.

Subaru Loves the Earth Subaru Loves to Help Subaru Loves to Care Subaru Loves Learning Subaru Loves Pets

The Impreza

Since its launch last September, the all-new Impreza has achieved record sales. With the redesign for the 2017MY, featuring the all-new Subaru Global Platform, this new Impreza has quickly become a shining star.
The Impreza has always received positive reviews and numerous awards since its introduction in 1993, and this new Impreza is no exception. Positioned as the intelligent alternative to the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla, Impreza has led the way with outstanding safety, performance and value. Here’s what some of the automotive media have said about Impreza:
• Car and Driver magazine: “…the Impreza is a delight because of its stiff, well-tuned chassis and also its firm brake pedal.”
• TheCarConnection.com said “Standard all-wheel drive and well-equipped, the 2017 Subaru Impreza is a compelling value for compact shoppers.”
• Cars.com was equally impressed: “The Impreza’s comfort and driving dynamics impress. Bumps are well-damped, and it handles well, with reactive steering, a planted feel at highway speeds and flat cornering.”
• The Wall Street Journal’s Dan Neil commended the Impreza 5-Door model, saying, “When the seatbacks are in place, cargo capacity is good (20.8 cubic feet). When they are down, it’s great: 55.3 cubic feet – about as much cargo capacity as a Ford Expedition with the third row folded.”
• And Motor Trend magazine said this about the updated SUBARU STARLINK Multimedia
system: “And speaking of infotainment, it’s hard to overstate what a big leap forward this
system is for Subaru. It was intuitive, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto make using the system as simple as using your smartphone.”

The toughest critic of all, Consumer Reports, had this to say about the Impreza in their July 2017 issue: “Subaru knocks it out of the park with its redesigned 2017 Impreza sedan and hatchback — now the top-rated car in the compact class.”
Safety is an important purchase consideration for buyers in the Compact Car segment, and safety is the cornerstone of the Subaru design philosophy. With the new global platform introduced with the ‘17MY Impreza, new levels of safety are achieved due to the rigidity of the new chassis design. In addition, safety is further enhanced with available EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, Blind Spot Detection, STARLINK Safety and Security, Steering Responsive Headlights (SRH), Reverse Automatic Braking (RAB) and standard Rear-Vision Camera. The list of safety awards and accolades is lengthy:
• The Impreza has been an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ for five years running (2013 – 2017) and we expect it maintain a Top Safety Pick+ rating for 2018!
• The 2017 Impreza is the only small car to earn top ratings in all IIHS evaluations.
• The Impreza has earned an Overall 5-Star safety rating from NHTSA for the past 5 consecutive years.
• The Wall Street Journal’s Dan Neil says, “Unlike on-demand (AWD) systems, the Subaru AWD system is always working, always on guard, ready in an instant. New parents should know that when it comes to babysitting traction, only Subaru keeps so watchful an eye.”

Impreza is not only the best-selling all-wheel drive vehicle in its class but it’s also the longest lasting vehicle in its class! And when it comes to value, the Impreza delivers.
• Named Best Resale Value in its class for 2017 by Kelley Blue Book.
• Retains its value better than any other vehicle in its class for 2017, according to ALG.
• Named one of the 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000 for 2017 by Kelley Blue Book.
• One of Wards 10 Best Interiors of 2017.
• The 2017 Subaru Impreza was named a Must Test Drive car by Autotrader.

We can’t wait to see what 2018 brings!

8 insurance points to consider before buying a car

From Nationwide Insurance –  https://www.nationwide.com/insurance-tips-for-car-buyers.jsp

Most people know they need insurance for their new car, but in the excitement of buying a vehicle they may not research it as carefully as they should. Skipping over this detail may cause financial problems almost as soon as you drive off the lot.

“You need to shop for insurance before you ever step foot on the lot to negotiate buying a car,” says Penny Gusner, consumer analyst at Insure.com. “Sure, look at cars and narrow down what exact make and model you may buy, but keep your car insurance costs in mind during this time as well.  When you have your choice of car narrowed down to a few, it’s time to shop around for insurance.”

Waiting to buy a vehicle until you’ve sorted out your insurance needs may save you hundreds of dollars because some vehicles, such as sports cars, can carry higher insurance rates. While a new vehicle payment might be affordable, you need to consider auto insurance as part of the cost. Protect yourself, your car and your finances by considering these key points from Gusner before you buy:

  1. Determine how long your current car insurance will cover your newly purchased car. “If you’re replacing a vehicle on your policy, typically the same coverage will extend to your new car,” says Gusner. “It can be as short as 24 hours or as long as 14 days, so check before you buy to find out what it is rather than assuming you have coverage. Also, if you’re not replacing a car, then you may not have any coverage at all.”
  2. Don’t assume the dealership will take care of the insurance paperwork for you. Not only is the staff busy, it is not its responsibility to call and add a car to your policy.  “If they look at your insurance card and let you drive off, it’s because they are assuming you checked and know that there is coverage under your current policy,” says Gusner. Keep in mind that, if you’re financing or leasing a car, the lienholder will mandate that you have not only liability insurance but also comprehensive and collisioncoverage,” she adds. ” So if you have liability-only coverage but need comprehensive and collision with your new car, get it added before you leave the lot – it doesn’t get automatically added for you.”
  3. Understand what’s needed. When buying a car, you need to know the cost of the car, of course, but you also need to understand what coverage, limits and deductibles you must buy. For example, lienholders usually ask for deductibles that are $500 or below, say Gusner. Talk to your insurance agent.
  4. Liability coverage is the basic insurance you need to drive on the roads. Most states require you to have this coverage to pay for damages or injuries to others you may be responsible for when driving your car, says Gusner.
  5. Personal injury protection (PIP) PIP is required in no-fault states as part of your basic car insurance policy. It pays for your medical expenses up to its limits, regardless of fault in an accident. Again, talk to your agent. Also, make sure you know what coverage, limits and deductibles are (comprehensive and collision have deductibles you must choose) when shopping for insurance so you get the correct rate quotes, she said.
  6. Gap insurance is a must if you owe more than your vehicle is worth. Cars depreciate as soon as you drive off the lot. There are many examples of car buyers having their cars totaled soon after purchase and owing thousands more than their insurance covers. “Gap insurance  pays the difference between the value of the vehicle at the time of its total loss and what you still owe on it,” says Gusner.
  7. Protect yourself with collision insurance. What if you drive off the lot and are hit by another vehicle or object such as a shopping cart? Collision insurance  protects your car. That’s why lienholders require that you carry it: the car is still the asset of the lienholder, says Gusner.
  8. Comprehensive insurance covers your car for weather-related damages. Live in an area often hit by tornados? In a flood zone? Comprehensive coverage  is a smart buy, even if you don’t experience extreme weather. It protects you in case the car is damaged by fire, theft or vandalism. Again, expect the lienholder to insist you have this coverage so the vehicle can be repaired or paid off if it is a total loss.

Teaching your teen to drive

From Nationwide Insurance – https://www.nationwide.com/teen-safe-driving-tips.jsp

Just like a sports coach, your job as a parent and driving coach is to teach and stay cool under pressure.  Being a good partner and co-pilot will help your teen driver keep it together, too.

Experience is key to teen driving safety

According to the CDC, Driver inexperience is the main cause for teen driving deaths every year.1 Help your teen get as much behind-the-wheel time as possible in a mix of situations and road conditions. The more time they get to practice driving before they get their license, the better off they will be.

Reinforce driver’s ed rules

Your teen will likely learn driving rules in an official driver’s ed class. But it’s your job to help them apply those rules in real-life situations. Need some direction? Here are 7 tips to make your teen a better driver.

Handling your teen’s driving mistakes

When your teen practices driving, be sure to remain calm and focused. And expect some mistakes.

To help your teen avoid making mistakes and reduce stress, keep these tips in mind:

  • Make sure only you and your teen are in the vehicle to avoid teen driving distractions.
  • Try different situations, starting with daylight hours and good weather.
  • Drive in low-risk areas, such as parking lots, parks and quiet streets.

Be a driving role model

The best way to reinforce good driving habits is to display them. Don’t just talk or preach about them – show them. If you show good driving technique and avoid distractions – like texting, talking & eating – your young driver might, too.

Does your family have several drivers? Share discounts and benefits with the Nationwide Family Plan.

Subaru Loves to Care

Peter visited Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in June to distribute blankets and art kits for children fighting leukemia and lymphoma.


Through the Subaru Loves to Care initiative, Mid-Hudson Subaru partnered with the Leukemia and Lymphoma society out of Connecticut. Together they brought over 80 blankets and 20 art kits to children at the hospital. The goal was to spread hope, love and warmth to cancer patients through small gestures of hope.

Peter was treated to a personal tour of the facility. He got to visit different “neighborhoods” – age-specific hospital wings, each with its own theme, décor, and snack center. He saw sailing, history and art. To say he was impressed is an understatement. He got to visit the fire truck that is actually part of the hospital structure.

The hospital is so geared to make the patient’s and their families experience as easy and as normal as possible. Video games, play areas, counselors, massage therapists, and translators all play a part in making a very trying time a little bit easier.

2018 Crosstrek

Most sensible people run for shelter when facing Mother Nature’s fury. Not Brandon Clement. He and his Subaru Crosstrek head straight for it.

Based in Terry, Mississippi, Clement is a storm chaser. He owns a garden art business, but he spends the spring storm season tracking severe weather across the Plains. He trusts his specially equipped Crosstrek to carry him through severe weather conditions. “The Crosstrek has the reliability I need with All-Wheel Drive (AWD),” he says. “I like its excellent safety record and fuel efficiency. It’s had to get me through rough conditions − everything from snow to pretty deep water. The day I bought it, I got no farther than 10 miles down the road before I ran into a hailstorm.”

Clement was in Oklahoma last spring, out in the middle of nowhere, when the weather services posted a tornado warning. “The only access I had to the storm cell was through muddy, rutted roads,” he says. “The Subaru ran through them with no problem.”

Heading into harm’s way to keep tabs on some of the planet’s most deadly phenomena is a lifelong fascination for Clement. “I chase because when I was a kid growing up in Louisiana, I was fascinated by storms,” he says. “When I was old enough to drive, I took myself to them.”

Clement’s Crosstrek will soon have heavier tires and a supercharger, but for this trip, he was fully equipped for what turned out to be the most active stretch of the season. The photos speak for themselves.

2018 Forester

Consumer Reports had a lot of nice things to say (click here to read the full article):

Road Test
Subaru’s popular Forester continues to put function in front of
form. It stands out from the crowd, resisting the contemporary trend
toward making SUVs look like sports coupes with descending
rooflines and curvaceous bodies. Instead, the Forester aces the
fundamentals with a space-efficient design, large windows, and
big square doors. That recipe has resulted in the easiest access
and the best view out of almost any vehicle, and one of the roomiest
rear seats in the class, with copious head and leg room.

A 2017 update includes updated exterior styling, improved sound
deadening and more upscale options like a heated steering wheel
and blind-spot monitoring. Engine tweaks slightly boost fuel economy,
and the X-mode off-road traction assist system now comes on
every trim level with the CVT, except the base 2.5i.