Holiday Driving Tips: Surviving the Road This Winter

Travelling home for the holidays isn’t always a breeze, especially with cooler temperatures and busy traffic abounding. To ease the stress of the season, keep these holiday driving tips in mind, from maintenance advice to emergency preparedness. You can also improve driving habits to help you travel safely this time of year.

According to AAA, one of the most important things to remember is that your vehicle should be properly maintained during winter. Change the oil, check the tire pressure, and top off any fluids if necessary. While there’s less of a chance that we’ll see snow and ice in Texas than in other parts of the country, it’s still important to prepare for the worst by making sure the tires aren’t worn.

Stick to the speed limit to ensure you get better fuel economy and take precautions to avoid bumping into other cars. It’s smart to leave before busy times of the day. Consider leaving an hour earlier than you normally would to avoid heavy traffic, and avoid driving on December 24 and December 31 altogether if possible.

Pack a roadside emergency kit to keep in your car. Stock it with water, a spare gas can, and a first aid kit. AAA suggests that you sign up for an emergency roadside service in case you lock your keys in the car, get a flat, or need towing.

If you need help getting your car ready for this time of year, contact Hiley Mazda of Fort Worth.

Holiday Events in Fort Worth You Should See with Your Family

While we might not get much snow in Texas, we still love to celebrate Christmas. If you want to add some cheer to your life, here are some great holiday events in Fort Worth.

Panther Island Ice

Join the crowd ice skating in downtown Fort Worth at Panther Island Ice. The outdoor rink is opened through Jan. 14.

Gift of Lights

Drive through the Texas Motor Speedway’s Gift of Lights. This fantastic display is open Nov. 22-Dec. 30.

Santaland Diaries

This adults-only Christmas show will have you laughing all night long. It is presented by Casa Manana and runs Dec. 6 – 22.

Christmas in the Stockyards

We all love visiting the historic Fort Worth Stockyards. On Dec. 1, visit again for some holiday charm. The fun starts with a cattle drive at 11:30 a.m. There will also be live music, a parade, a Wild West Show, and other holiday activities.

The Nutcracker

The Texas Ballet Theater will present this holiday classic at Bass Hall Dec. 7-24.

Go Running

If you want to combat all the holiday calories, sign up for a running event. There is the YMCA Turkey Trot on Nov. 22 and the Jingle Bell Run on Dec. 1.

We at Hiley Mazda of Fort Worth wish you and your family a happy holidays!

October Events in Fort Worth, Texas

Now that fall is here, we are getting a small break from the heat. This makes it the perfect time of year to head outdoors and have some fun. Here are some of the best October events in Fort Worth for some family fun.

Clearfork Fall Market

Come get a taste of the season at the Clearfork Fall market. There will be over 30 local artisans, merchants, and regular farmers market vendors. The market takes place October 13th from 8am to noon at the Heart of the Ranch at Clearfork.

Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering & Western Swing Fest

This family-friendly event is the most fun you can have in Fort Worth. It will be held October 26th through the 28th this year and will be held at the Stockyards National Historic District. Here you can watch the rodeo, listen to the youth fiddling contests, and enjoy some delicious chuck wagon food.

Fort Worth Alliance Air Show

Come watch some spectacular displays of aerial acrobatics at this amazing air show. This year, it will run October 28th and 29th at the Fort Worth Alliance Airport. Some of the stars of the show this year will be the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron and the U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper Demonstration Team.

If you need a better vehicle to get you to all of these fun events, contact us at Hiley Mazda of Fort Worth.

How to Throw a Costume Party This Halloween

There are a number of activities that come to mind when fall approaches. If you’re a fan of Halloween, you might already have your sights set on a spooky gathering. With a few tips and tricks, you can throw a costume party with memories so good they will haunt you until next fall.


You can spend a lot of money on Halloween decorations like fancy lights and scary skeletons that jump out at you when you walk by. But it’s possible to do decorations on a budget, too. Consider buying some candles and colored light bulbs to set a dark mood. Cut out bats and spiders from black construction paper to decorate walls and ceilings, and look for inexpensive tablecloths, dishes, and utensils in black.

Costume Contest

The more elaborate the costumes, the more fun the costume party. Encourage your guests to go all out by organizing a costume contest with prizes like scary movies or bags of Halloween candy.


You can’t have a Halloween party without some creepy tunes. You’ll find plenty of premade playlists on music streaming services, or you can craft your own collection of classics like “Monster Mash” and soundtracks from horror movies.


You can’t go wrong with most foods, but it’s always good to include some fall favorites guests like caramel apples and pumpkin-centric items. If you’re throwing you party on a budget, provide a main course and asks guests to bring sides, drinks, and treats.

If you need a bit of extra help gathering all the supplies for a Halloween party, come see us at Hiley Mazda of Fort Worth for some spooky good deals.

New 2019 Mazda CX-9 Features Improve Comfort, Safety, and Infotainment

The 2019 Mazda CX-9 is set to hit the market soon, and the latest model year features several exciting updates. The new 2019 CX-9 features include available factory-equipped Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, ventilated seats for comfort, and improved driver assist technologies. With better infotainment, comfort, and safety systems, the new CX-9 is redefining the crossover SUV driving experience.

According to Mazda, the CX-9 Sport will come with a 7-inch MAZDA CONNECT™ infotainment screen with an intuitive Commander control knob. There’s also cloth seating and three-zone automatic climate control to improve comfort behind the wheel, and LED headlights and 18-inch alloy wheels serve to make the CX-9 more stylish. You can also opt for a Sport Package with smart systems like High Beam Control, Lane-Keep Assist, and Mazda Radar Cruise Control.

“With each successive model year, the second-generation Mazda CX-9 midsize crossover SUV has benefited from refinements, technology updates and performance improvements,” reads the Mazda press release. “The 2019 Mazda CX-9 is no different, with a host of improvements led by the addition of factory-equipped Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ infotainment technologies as standard equipment in Mazda CX-9 Touring trim level and above.”

The Touring trim also has some smart features available through the Premium Package, like factory-installed smartphone connectivity and a BOSE® Premium 12-speaker audio system. Every CX-9 comes with an award-winning SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter turbocharged engine and an automatic transmission with i-ACTIV AWD®.

Watch this space to learn when you can expect to test-drive the new 2019 Mazda CX-9 at Hiley Mazda of Fort Worth.