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How to Keep Your Car Cool in the Summer

Summer is just around the corner, and the heat is already starting up, so it’s a good time to start thinking about how to keep your car cool during summer. Buy some stuff and find the best parking spots before it gets too hot! Here are some easy tips to follow and products to buy.

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Park in the Shade

One easy way to keep your car from getting too hot is to park in the shade. Whether that’s in a garage or under a tree, look for any spot where you can avoid direct sunlight. And if you feel comfortable in the area where you’re parking, leave your windows down so the heat doesn’t get trapped inside.

Buy a Sun Shade

Another thing you can do is buy a sun shade. Sun shades have reflective surfaces that bounce the light back and away from your car, so less heat can get inside. Sun shades will also keep your seats from getting too hot and burning you when you sit down. Another way to prevent hot seats is to cover them with blankets or towels.

Use Your AC Settings

Finally, use your car’s AC settings and vents to your advantage. Set your AC to “fresh air” when you first turn it on bring in new air instead of recirculating the hot air already in the car, and use your bottom vents, which will push the hot air up and out. Then you can switch over to the top vents.

For more tips on keeping your car cool in the summer, call Cronic Nissan!

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Topping Off Vehicle Fluids: Simple Maintenance Tips

One of the best ways to take care of your vehicle is to regularly top off the fluids. This is an easy task that you can do at home. We’ve put together a guide for topping off vehicle fluids, as well as information about which components need checking. From oil to antifreeze, it’s easy to take care of your car.

According to Consumer Reports, engine oil is one of the most important fluids to top off. To do so, simply remove and wipe clean the dipstick. This will help you get an accurate read. After reinserting it, take it out again and look to see that the oil levels are at a normal range. Be careful not to overfill, and try to use the same exact oil. Oil can burn off in the engine over time, so it’s likely that you may have to top it off.

You should also check coolant every three months at the very least. Coolant is just what it sounds like—it cools the engine and moves heat away from moving parts. It’s usually a mix of antifreeze and water, and it is often in a clear reservoir under the hood. There may be two fill lines—hot and cold—so be sure to fill to the right one.

Washer fluid is also essential, especially because you may need it for visibility. This is easy to top off, but it should be noted that many companies also make de-icer for colder climates.

Finally, check transmission fluid with the engine running and warm. This can be dangerous to check, because of moving parts, so be especially careful. Read the dipstick to see which type of fluid to use (there are a range to choose from), or check the owner’s manual. Transmission fluid is essentially a hydraulic oil that needs checked at least twice a year.

Tips for Driving in the Snow

Winter brings the most dangerous roadways of any season due to the constant variations in the weather. Fortunately we’re in the early weeks of fall which means there’s plenty of time to freshen up on driving in winter. Here at Cronic Nissan, we have some helpful tips for driving in the snow that will help you arrive at your destination safely this winter.

  • Hills – Hills can be a driver’s worst enemy and winter only makes them worse. Avoid powering up hills as that will just leave your wheels spinning. Don’t stop on a hill if possible as you’ll likely end up at the bottom and have to start over again. In order to reach the top of a hill, start moving prior to reaching the hill and allow the inertia to carry you to the top.
  • Braking – Drivers who don’t know how or when to brake often end up struggling to get moving in winter. Instead of stopping at a light, try to slow down just enough to roll through it. Doing so will allow you to keep moving and forego any fishtailing or spinning wheels.
  • Preparing – Put together an emergency kit before winter, just in case something does happen. Bring a first aid kit, plenty of food and water, blankets, extra clothing, and ensure your gas tank is always at least a quarter full.

Tips for Driving in the Snow

Affordable Vacation Destinations

Summer is finally here and if you haven’t planned a vacation getaway, it’s never too late to start. While many assume any vacation is costly, there are plenty of affordable vacations anyone can take. Here are some of the best affordable vacation destinations in the United States from us here at Cronic Nissan!

  • Nashville, Tennessee – Home to some of the lowest hotel prices in the South, Nashville is the perfect getaway for down-to-earth adventurers. While some of the attractions are predictably country, others, like Hillsboro Village, are incredibly modern. Complete with the Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville is incredibly accessible to those on a budget.
  • New Orleans, Louisiana – For those with more room in their budget, New Orleans is the perfect spot for a cultural experience. Boasting rock ‘n’ roll, Jazz, blues, and other types of music in a city with a European-style design, there’s something for everyone. As long as you avoid Mardi Gras, New Orleans is surprisingly affordable!
  • Yellowstone National Park – Spread across three states, Yellowstone National Park was founded over a century ago. Home to hot springs, meadows, geysers, forests, peaks, lakes, and more, this a place everyone should visit at least once in their life.

Affordable Vacation Destinations

Ways to Keep Your Car Running Forever

We at Cronic Nissan know that buying a car should be a long-term investment. If you treat a vehicle well, it can last you for many years and many miles. The following tips are basic ideas that can be applied to any vehicle to extend the life of the car.

  • Follow your vehicle’s service schedule. This includes things like getting the oil changed, checking the brakes, changing the air filter, etc. The best schedule to follow is the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule, which should be found in the owner’s manual.
  • Check tire pressure and fluids regularly. Once every other week, inspect your car thoroughly. Check the level and color of the engine oil in between changes. Visually look over the belts and hoses for wear and tear. Monitor your antifreeze, coolant, and other fluids. Ensure proper tire pressure and tread depth. These inspections will help you find potential problems immediately before they damage the car.
  • Start up gently and drive smoothly. When starting your car, do not let it idle for long amounts of time nor floor the gas to warm it up. It is best to let your car slowly warm up while you drive. Go easy on the brakes and avoid full-throttle acceleration as much as possible. When switching gears, such as drive to reverse, make sure your car is completely stopped to avoid damaging the transmission. Driving calmly will reduce wear and tear on your vehicle.
  • Be aware of your car’s ‘normal’ behavior. Know how your car normally drives and be alert to noticing if something does not seem right. Listen for odd noises and observe how your car shifts, turns, and brakes.

There are many more ways to keep your car running forever, but the number one thing you can do is drive your car as though you love it. If you love your car, you will want to take good care of it. If you want to find a car you can love long-term, stop by Cronic Nissan and we will help you find the perfect vehicle.

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Spring Car Care Tips

The harsh winter weather has finally gone away – until next year, anyway. Winter has left spring in its midst and with warmer comes a whole new to-do list. While you’re likely bustling around with spring cleaning, it’s important to give your car the attention it needs as well. Here are a few important spring car care tips.

  1. Interior Cleaning – With how cold winter was, it’s likely a good amount of trash has built up in your car. Now that the weather is warmer, pull your car out of the garage and give your interior a good cleaning. Remove all the trash, clean up the dust, and don’t forget to clean the windows.
  2. Wash and Wax – Dirt, grime, and, worst of all, road salt can build up on your car over winter and with freezing temperatures, a good scrub was out of the question. Now is the time to take a few minutes and clean up all the leftover residue. If left untreated, salt, dirt, and grime can do a number on your paint and cause rust. Don’t let your vehicle’s trade-in value take a hit.
  3. Under the Hood – Take some time to do a full inspection as well. Look at all the belts, hoses, and engine as a whole. If you aren’t sure what to look for, make a call to your local dealership’s service department.

Spring Car Care Tips

How to Free Yourself if Your Car is Stuck in Snow This Season

Nothing is more frustrating that when you’re about to leave for work and realize that your car is stuck in snow or mud. Except for, perhaps, almost making it to your destination and realizing that you’re stuck.

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The best thing you can do, especially if you are located in a snowy, muddy, or sandy area, is be prepared. Keep a strong, lightweight shovel available, as well as some sort of canvas-like material, like a large, tough tarp.

The first step to hopefully freeing your vehicle is to shovel away as much offending muck as you can and then placing your canvas slightly under and in front of the tires. Ideally, you will be able to drive away at this point.

Keep in mind – you should be accelerating slowly, which will give you the most traction possible. If you still find yourself stuck, it may be best to simply call for help. Whatever you do, don’t strain yourself and risk personal injury!

For more tips or to check out our winter-ready vehicles, visit us anytime at Cronic CDJR.

Is It Necessary, Or Even Safe, To Warm Up Your Car During the Cold Months?

Now that the temperature is really starting to drop, it’s more tempting than ever to step outside a bit earlier than usual – just to “warm up” your car before it’s time to go.

But is idling your car until it’s warm worth the negative side effects? And is this even the best way to get your car warm on the inside?

In reality, vehicles are designed with cold temperatures in mind and do not need to be “warmed up.” In fact, actually driving your car will warm up the various components (such as your oil and engine) faster than idling would.

Plus, idling your car not only wastes gasoline – and therefore, money – but also, frequent, prolonged idling can damage the engine and its components, lead to failure of the catalytic converter, and contribute disproportionately to pollution.

As long as your car is less than 20 years old, it’s a safe bet that your engine, oil, etc. will only need about 30 seconds of “warming up,” and your vehicle’s interior will be cozy and snug faster than you would expect.

For more winter weather driving tips or to explore our available models, visit us anytime at Cronic Nissan.

How to Change a Flat Tire

Change a Flat Tire

Getting a flat tire on a long road trip isn’t ideal, but it doesn’t have to ruin your trip. You can get back on the road before roadside assistance even arrives with a simple do-it-yourself maintenance. All you need is your owner’s manual, a spare tire, a jack, and a wrench. We here at Cronic Nissan have the know-how to easily change a flat tire!

  • Pull off to the side of the road. Aim for a flat surface on a straight road. Curves and hills can be dangerous.
  • Remove your hubcap and loosen each lug nut. Don’t remove them entirely and keep the car on the ground. You may need some leverage.
  • Jack up the car. Consult your owner’s manual to see where to place the jack on your particular vehicle.
  • Once your car is raised, remove the lug nuts and store them somewhere you won’t lose them.
  • Remove the flat tire by pulling out and away from the car.
  • Line the spare tire up with the lug nut posts then push the tire in towards the car.
  • Replace the bolts.
  • Lower the car back to the ground and tighten the lug nuts.
  • Replace the hubcap and put away your tools.
  • Remember to pick up a new spare tire!

Five Distracted Driving Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make

Every time each of us gets behind the wheel, it’s easy to forget that we’re essentially driving a 4,000-pound weapon. With a single distraction, we are capable of destroying lives – and not just our own. It is our responsibility and duty as drivers to avoid these deadly distracted driving mistakes.

Using the phone. Time and time again, cell phones rank as the number one cause of distraction for drivers of all ages. Talking on the phone, browsing social media, searching for nearby restaurants, and texting takes our minds, hands, and eyes off the road, making cell phone use while driving as dangerous and deadly as drinking and driving.

Daydreaming. Do you ever get lost inside your own mind? It happens to the best of us, especially when we are bored or have a lot on our mind. If you have ever missed an exit or can’t recall exactly how you got from point A to B, you were probably daydreaming. When you’re behind the wheel, it’s important to keep your focus on the road.

Driving while drowsy. Drowsy driving is an epidemic in the U.S., thanks to our hectic schedules. Drivers need to be able to identify when they are too tired to drive, and pull over for a quick nap.

Grooming. Applying makeup, cutting nails, and eyebrow plucking are just a few of the personal grooming habits that are better left for the bathroom.

Eating and drinking. Eating and drinking may seem harmless enough, but keep in mind that anything that takes your eyes and hands off the task at hand is a distraction. Something as simple as drinking a coffee can become a disaster when some spills in your lap while travelling at 70 mph.

Here at Cronic Nissan, we hope you’ll join us in ditching the distractions, and getting back to basics behind the wheel.