Now that the school year has started, it’s time to refresh our memories with some back to school driving safety tips. Whether you drive your kids to school, they ride the bus, walk, or ride their bicycle, these tips are important for everyone.
Undeniably, the safest way for your child to get to school is by riding the bus. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, children are about 50 times as likely to get to school safely when riding a bus than if driven by a teenage driver. They are even safer on a bus than riding with their parents.
For those of us not on the school bus, it is important to follow the following rules.
- If you are driving on an undivided road, you may never pass a school bus if it is stopped to load or unload children.
- You are required to stop for a school bus when it has its yellow or red lights flashing and the stop arm is extended.
- Allow plenty of room for children to enter and exit the bus by stopping at least 10 feet away from the bus.
When driving near schools, be extra cautious. Do not block crosswalks and do not honk your horn at pedestrians.
With these simple rules, we can all make the school year safer for everyone.
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.
You probably don’t realize it, but your tires are the most important safety feature on your vehicle. Think about it. If your tires fail, your brakes won’t be much help and neither will your stability control. That is why it is so important to get the right tires for your car, and when you buy your tires at the dealership, that is exactly what you will get.
If you purchase tires here at Cronic Nissan, we will make sure the tires you choose are the right size for your vehicle and will work with the type of driving you do. Of course, tires come in a wide range of price options, so we will give you variety of tires to choose from, usually good, better, and best options.
Once you have chosen the tires you want, we will install them for you. While doing that, our trained technicians can check for any potential problems like poorly aligned wheels or brake issues.
Visit us at Cronic Nissan for all of your tire needs.
For years, former NASA scientist Maarten Sierhuis worked on technology that would help the human race reach out to the stars. However, for his next project, Sierhuis is focusing on technology that is a little more grounded. According to a press release from Nissan, Former NASA scientist Maarten Sierhuis will help develop Nissan autonomous vehicles.
During his time at NASA, Sierhuis worked to develop a series of robotics-based intelligence systems to help aid the organization with their pursuit of space exploration.
Maarten Sierhuis will now take the knowledge and expertise that he used at NASA to help Nissan with a goal that they are currently trying to pursue: autonomous vehicle technology. Autonomous driving systems allow for vehicle to drive themselves without the direct aid of the driver. Even when the driver is in control of the vehicle, autonomous driving would serve as a monitoring system to help optimize vehicle safety.
Maarten Sierhuis is currently working on a project at the Nissan Research Center that uses autonomous vehicle technology to help navigate during travel on the highway.
“Bringing this new technology to society, it will change so many things,” says Sierhuis. “And call me crazy, but for me part of my drive of wanting to be thinking about these kinds of problems is that I want it to be done right.”
For Maarten Sierhuis, space was not the final frontier. Rather, his exciting journey continues with Nissan and their autonomous vehicle project!
This summer has already been pretty hot and humid, and it’s only going to get hotter! With the dog days of summer headed our way in August, we could really use a nice, refreshing drink. No drink is better during the summer than lemonade! Try mixing up your summer drink flavors with these 4 varieties of lemonade.
Perhaps the most famous spin on lemonade is the Strawberry lemonade. Often referred to as pink lemonade, this variety is often more popular than even the classic lemonade.
For another type of berry added to your summer drink, try and sample raspberry lemonade. However, unlike the sweet strawberry lemonade, this flavor pairs the sour lemon flavor with the tart flavor of raspberries.
For a splash of the South added in your glass of lemonade, try a Peach Lemonade. It’s a sweet way to try and beat the heat outside.
Lemonade Ice Tea
Ice tea may be the only other drink that is as iconic during the summer as lemonade is. So it only makes sense to combine the two drinks for a refreshing beverage.
When it comes to lemonade, it’s OK to drink and drive, just don’t spill!
Two years ago, Nissan launched a “No Charge to Charge” program that changed the way we drive electric cars. And now, their program is expanding!
Nissan started their “No Charge to Charge” program in just 10 markets in July 2014. This program gave great benefits to Nissan LEAF owners. It set up complimentary public charging stations and gave LEAF owners free use of these stations for two years from their purchase date.
After the popularity and success of the program, Nissan has decided to expand on the program. Recently added are 28 new charging stations in the top markets for Nissan LEAF. And Nissan is all about rewarded LEAF drivers and giving them additional confidence.
“We know that public charging is a key element in providing additional range confidence for electric vehicle drivers, and free public charging is a great way to make Nissan LEAF an unrivaled value for the average American driver,” said Brian Maragno, director of Nissan Electric Vehicle Sales and Marketing.
Near Cronic Nissan, you can find a charging station in Atlanta, Chattanooga, and Knoxville. You can download a map here so you can find charging stations along your road trips, too!
It’s the summer, and you want to experience the great outdoors. Thankfully, Georgia is full of natural beauty, and there are plenty of awesome hiking trails near Griffin for you to check out.
Line Creek Nature Area
Line Creek is hiding inconspicuously behind a shopping area, but the crowds don’t transfer to the park! Here you’ll find serene trails nestled among a creek and rock clusters.
This is a great place for adults and kids. You’ll not only be able to hike, but you can go on a nature walk where you can see rescued animals in their habitats. And after you see all of the animals, you can hit up the hiking or biking trails.
Whitewater Creek Trail
These trails are nestled within the mountains and the gorgeous Chattahoochee River. What’s nice is that these trials provide lots of shade so your hiking will be enjoyable even in hot temperatures.
Stone Mountain Park
Get to the top of this mountain for a great workout. There’s also a pavilion halfway up so that you’ll be able rest if you need to. There’s also a cable car that’ll take you to the top!
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.
In-car smartphone connectivity is the way of the future as automakers continue to prove with innovative technology to make driving safer and phone use more hands-free. Nissan is no different and, with the one-year-old redesigned Maxima to work with, there’s a lot to expect. The 2017 Nissan Maxima is on sale now and with five available trims and quite a few new standard features.
Starting at $32,560, the Nissan Maxima S comes with Apple CarPlay as a standard feature. Working with NissanConnect and the Maxima’s eight-inch touchscreen, that increases a driver’s control while on the road without taking their eyes off the wheel.
As you’d expect, all Maxima trims get the technology as a standard feature. At the top of the line is the Maxima Platinum with a starting price just under $40,000. All models come stocked with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that puts out 300 hp and 261 lb-ft of torque.
Now stocked with Apple CarPlay, the Nissan Maxima, the brand’s flagship sedan, may have gained the upper hand on competitors. Combined with the powerful yet efficient engine, this full-size, four-door sports car could have the edge it needs take down its rivals.
We here at Cronic Nissan are happy to see the Maxima staying at the forefront of connectivity!
All MSRP prices accurate at time of publication.
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.