Driving Tips

Most of us would probably rather be thinking worrying about their next trip to the beach than driving in rainy, foggy weather. While we totally get that, we still want to give you some tips for driving under those conditions – so you have more time to plan your next summer.

– Use your regular headlights or fog lights, not the high beams. High beams will actually worsen your visibility when it’s foggy out. Only use your fog lights in extremely foggy areas, the rule of thumb is use the fog lights only if you cannot see two or more reflecting road markers.

– Slow down. Keep an eye on your speedometer to regulate your speed, as the fog can impair your perception of speed. You also won’t be able to stop as quickly when the roads are wet, so adjust your distance to other drivers accordingly.

– There’s a natural tendency to wander into the middle of the road when visibility gets bad, so use the white line on the right side of the road as your guide.

– Use your headlights when driving in bad weather during the day. It not only helps you see other drivers, but also helps them see you.

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Ansbach Community Showcase

The community we live in has a big influence on our daily live and that is why we at MIRASCON were happy to help sponsoring the Ansbach Community Showcase held by the U.S. Army Family and MWR. The event was definitely a success, featuring vendors, community information tables, entertainment, and the Back to School Fun Run.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 USAREUR Best Warrior Competition

The competition was held from August 13th until August 17th in Grafenwöhr by the US Army in Europe and honored the Best Warrior Soldier, Best Warrior NCO and Best Warrior Junior Officer.

We are proud to be able to sponsor this competition and to say that MIRASCON Military Affairs Representative, SGM (USA Ret.) Geoffrey O. Carter got the chance to be part of the awards ceremony. Congratulations to all participants for their incredible performances.


Car Technologies

It’s that time of the year again – It’s back to school season.

This is a busy time for the entire family and we’re happy for all the help we can get between running errands for the kids and the approaching holiday season.

Here are some of our favorite car technologies that help us be a little less stressed while we’re on the road.

What is your favorite feature?

1. Air conditioning
This feature may have been around for a long time, but that doesn’t make it less awesome. No matter if it is a hot summer day or the freezing winter – this technology makes bad traffic much more bearable!

2. Navigation
The fist GPS units were incredibly slow and inaccurate, but they have come a long way! And even if they still make mistakes sometimes, they’ll certainly get you out of asking for directions, or even worse – looking at a map 😉

3. Backup cameras and parking sensors
Remember when, to see what’s behind you, you actually had to turn and look? We still think that is a good idea, but with these technologies, you technically wouldn’t have to.

4. Keyless entry and push-button start
Old-school car keys are going out of fashion like perms. These features allow drivers to open car doors while carrying heavy bags or children

5. Wifi
Built-in Wi-Fi hotspots allow drivers to stay connected, no matter where they are on the road. While we strongly advice you not to use your smartphone or tablet while you drive, this may come in handy for the person sitting in the passenger seat or the driver who doesn’t have any high-speed left when the GPS needs to reload after a wrong turn in the middle of nowhere –  we’ve all been there

6. Automatic Liftgates
If your hands are full of grocery bags in the pouring rain, this one is a life saver! While the first models required Taekwondo skills, the new versions recognize your key fob when you walk up to your vehicle.

7. Massaging seats
Sitting in a car for a long period can become fairly uncomfortable. This technology is admittedly a little bit extravagant, but definitely comes in handy on a long road trip!

8. Adaptive Cruise Control
This is one of the more modern features. This technology holds the car at a steady speed until the driver intervenes and also speed up or slows down depending on the position of the cars in front to reduce fatigue on long drives.

9. Voice Recognition
When used properly, this is one of the most convenient features on this list, as well as one of the most advanced ones. This technology can get directions, draft and read texts, initiate calls, play songs, and search for local points of interest. This way the driver doesn’t have to type a single word and can keep his eyes on the road!

10. Electric Fast Charging
Long charging times made road trips in electric cars initially very impractical. Though the modern DC fast-charging systems still have a long way to go, especially regarding the price, they can recharge a battery to 80 percent capacity within 30 minutes, making a big step into the direction of practical electric cars.

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Car Safety

Drive safe, be safe. The products we use every day have a big impact on our well-being, so safety should play a key role. For example, did you know that 80 percent of car seats are installed incorrectly? Your safety is important to us. Check out our tips on how to avoid an accident and other safety advice:

Always wear your seatbelt. You’re legally required to wear it, no matter where you are, what car you’re driving or where you’re going. Besides that they are lifesavers.

Engine oil
You should check the level of your engine oil at least once a month with a cold car on level ground.

According to a new study, a quarter of all accidents is caused by the use of a smartphone while driving – that is around 50.000 accidents in Germany per year. It only takes one or two seconds to miss something that causes an accident, so put your phone away while you’re on the road!

Safety Distance
Don’t drive up too close to the car in front of you. Give yourself enough time to react, at least two seconds, in case of a sudden incident. In addition, don’t forget to tur on your hazard lights in a traffic jam.

Inspect your car belts and hoses
Check your car belts and hoses for signs of stress, or cracks among the hoses.

Check your brakes
Get your brakes checked regularly. Breaks that don’t work properly are the easiest way to get into a horrifying accident.

Check the tire air pressure
Use an accurate tire-pressure gauge to check the pressure in each tire, including the spare one, once a month and before any longer trip. The segment of the tire which touches the ground shouldn’t be bigger than a post card.

Assess the Air Filter
Remove the air-filter element of your car and hold it up to a strong light. If you don’t see light shining through, replace it.

Overtake left
Only pass other cars on the left side when you’re on the Autobahn.

Use your hands
Keep both hands on the wheel to have more control while you’re driving.

And, last but not least, the most obvious, but also incredibly important ones:

  Don’t drink and drive and don’t drive when you’re too tired!

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Cologne Tips

Mirascon‘s headquarter is located in Cologne, Germany.

We love our city for it‘s people, beer and – of course – the Dom.

If you’re planning a trip to Cologne, we have some insider tips on what you definitely have to do while you’re here:

  • The Altstadt (old town) in Cologne has really pretty buildings, which lie right at the river Rhine. At night, this is also one of the places-to-be for a fun night out.
  • Just next to the old town is the Cologne cathedral, a UNESCO world heritage site. It’s what Cologne is famous for and worth the climb up into one of the two towers.
  • After you’ve visited the Dom, walk across the railroad bridge to get the perfect picture of Cologne.
  • There is no way around it, you have to visit a brewery. You’ll sit down and get a Kölsch (Cologne beer) right away without asking for it.

  • Cologne is full of cafes & bars. A few nice ones are:

– Salon Schmitz for tasty ice-cream and a beautiful location

– Café Buur for good breakfast all day long

– Früh am Dom (This is one of the breweries that also has amazing German food)

  • If you’re younger and looking for places for a fun night out, you should check out the Zülpicher Straße and “Ringe” for all kinds of locations.
  • You want to go shopping? Check out Ehrenstrasse for smaller boutique shops or the Hohestraße and Schildergasse for the main shopping streets
  • Cologne is always fun, but if you’re looking for special events you should check out the many Christmas markets that take place in December, which are spread all over the city

Make your own experience and discover the spirit of Cologne!

New MIRASCON Agency In Baumholder

Have you seen our new MIRASCON office in Baumholder? Whether you want to insure your new vehicle or you wish to cover your household effects, our sales agent Trey Hebert is happy to welcome you and assist you with your insurance needs.
The office is open Monday – Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. You can also reach him via +49 6783 99988-91.

We are here to serve you. Roll on with MIRASCON!

MIRASCON Insurance Agency
Kennedyallee 9
55774 Baumholder

Charity Event Paderborn

MIRASCON sponsored the Christmas Charity Event in the name of the Lourdes RC Church at Normandy Barracks in Paderborn-Sennelager in December 2017.

The charity raffle was in support of a retirement home in Syria.

Ramstein Freedom Fest 2017

Thanks to all the guests of the 4th of July Freedom Fest 2017 in Ramstein!

It was a great event and we thank all the visitors at our MIRASCON tent.

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