Distracted Driving? There’s a Few Apps for That


It is easy to tell ourselves that we won’t get distracted while driving, but it still happens. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “… in 2012, 3,328 people were killed and 421,000 were injured in distraction-affected crashes.”

The truth is, many drivers today are more distracted than ever before and cellphones have a lot to do with that. In an attempt to combat distracted driving, some states have created laws banning cellphone use while driving, but Florida is not one of these states.

So, what can be done to alleviate distractions while driving? Here are five phone apps devoted to driving safety.

Text Arrest: Text arrest is an application available on Android phones. It can tell when the vehicle (and, therefore the phone inside the vehicle) is moving more than 5 mph and the app shuts down phone functions. This way the driver doesn’t run the risk of even getting distracted.

Safe Drive: Safe Drive is available on both Androids and iPhones. This app rewards users with points for not texting and driving. The points add up to give users coupons that can be used on other apps like Uber. The goal is that the app’s incentives will encourage drivers to focus only on the road. >


Boost Your “Dad Brand”



The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan has quickly established itself as “safe” minivan brand. However, the brand has also established itself as the comedic “dad brand”. If you haven’t seen the Jim Gaffigan Pacifica commercials, you should. Who knew a minivan brand could be so funny.


This commercial is truly hilarious. However, through the humor Jim Gaffigan displays several key features on the Chrysler Pacifica that make it a great vehicle for traveling or moving, like Stow ‘N Go seating and Stow ‘N Vac and a lot of extra storage space.

Stow ‘N Go seating allows the second row seats to fold into the floor, which creates a flat surface for cargo. The Stow ‘n Vac is a great feature for families because the vacuum is built into the minivan allowing for an easy and fast clean. Next time you move, the van can be loaded up with the family, boxes and your pets, and still be comfortable

Earn It

This Jim Gaffigan commercial highlights some of the Pacifica’s available safety features — the lane departure warning plus system. LaneSense Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist+ measures the vehicle’s position within lane boundaries and monitors the vehicle’s movement. The system alerts the driver during unintentional lane drifts and, using the electric power steering system, will help course correct the vehicle back into the lane if the driver does not respond.

Other available tech safety features include forward collision warning, 360 degree surround camera, adaptive stop and go cruise control, and rear park assist. These features are available options for all trims and models, but come standard on the Pacifica Limited

Tennis Best Gift

One of the minivans coolest and most convenient safety features is displayed as Gaffigian parallel parks like a champ with the help of parallel park assist. With just a turn of the transmission “knob,” the van is able to basically parallel park itself. This feature is available on any trim of the van and it is a great feature for those who either don’t like to parallel park or want assistance when parallel parking in a larger vehicle.

UConnect Theater

This commercial shows only some of the excellent entertainment features that are included with the Uconnect Theater Package, which is included on the Pacifica Touring L Plus and available on the Pacifica Limited.  Unlike entertainment systems on other minivans, this system provides watching and gaming entertainment, great for long road trips.

The Uconnect Theater Package comes with a Blu-Ray DVD Player, USB port and has an HDMI port that allows passengers to connect to gaming devices and other display controllers. The system includes wireless headphones and a remote control, so what one passenger is listening to won’t bother other passengers or the driver. Additionally, the system’s alternator charges the vehicle’s battery whenever the engine is running and supplies additional electric power for the vehicle’s electrical systems.

Check them out and let us know what you think. Come down to Miami Lakes Automall, and get a Pacifica to have family fun in, and increase your “dad brand”.


Pacifica Takes Home an Award at Topless in Miami


Topless in Miami is an annual convertible car competition organized by the Southern Automotive Media Association. This year, a new category was added for vehicles with a panoramic sunroof. These sunroofs allow not just the driver, but the rear passengers as well enjoy the view and open air feeling that a standard sunroof provides.

The Southern Automotive Media Association is a group of media professionals who focus on automotive news and subjects. They are professionals that include: journalists, advertising and marketing professionals, and corporate communications specialists. These are the individuals who come together to judge the Topless in Miami contest.
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New Hybrid Vehicles Pacifica Outlander Miami Lakes Automall

New SUV and Minivan Hybrids Soon Arriving at Miami Lakes Automall

New Hybrid Vehicles Pacifica Outlander Miami Lakes AutomallGet ready to plug-in folks, Miami Lakes Automall will soon have two new hybrids, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid and the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV should be available first, and we hope to see it by late summer or early fall. While we have had the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica available since the spring, it’s more fuel-efficient sibling, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid will come to our showroom during the second half of 2016.

These hybrids are particularly exciting because they are both products that have never been seen in the U.S. before. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a 4WD SUV that can be powered by an all-electric, hybrid or gas engine. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the first ever hybrid minivan.
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