Spring comes with warm weather, but there are also some dangers to be aware of while you’re on the road. These include things like potholes from the winter, more pedestrians, and spring showers—each of which can prove to be serious hazards. Below are just some of the many things to be aware of this spring as you drive.
According to AARP, one of the biggest spring driving dangers is wet driving conditions. The first 15 minutes of a downpour are the most dangerous, because rain water mixes with residual oils on the road. This can create an incredibly slippery surface. When it rains be sure to reduce your speed, provide extra space between you and other cars, especially your new Nissan, and avoid slamming on the brakes.
Additionally, you’ll have to share the road with more pedestrians and bike riders. Warm weather means more people will be out, creating added dangers. Remember to slow down when you’re in town or near schools, and avoid following bikes too closely. As vehicles, bikes are required to ride on the road (unless riders are under 10 years old), so be sure to have patience.
Finally, avoid taking allergy medication if you’re getting behind the wheel. If you must take medication, talk to your doctor about possible side effects. Many antihistamines cause drowsiness and delayed reaction time—two dangers when operating heavy machinery. These are just some of many dangers we at Cronic Nissan want you to be wary of.
Nissan was recently named the Energy Star Partner of the Year, making this the sixth year in a row the brand has earned this award. Energy Star recognizes brands that protect the environment by making their operations as efficient as possible. This includes simple steps as well as major changes to the company’s structure.
According to Nissan, some of the efforts to reduce greenhouse gasses include switching to LED lighting in buildings, enhancing compressed air leak production programs, and using a more efficient painting process. In fact, the new paint system reduces energy use by a whopping 30%. Nissan has received Energy Star Certification for 11 years in a row, performing so well in the past six years it won awards.
“Nissan remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint as we manufacture some of the highest quality vehicles sold in North America,” said Rebecca Vest, VP of Corporate Development and Social Responsibility. “We are honored to be recognized once again with the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award.”
Here at Cronic Nissan, we’re proud to be a part of a company that truly cares about the environment. In addition to company operations, Nissan also offers a range of efficient vehicles, especially the Nissan LEAF. Stop by today to test drive one of the many eco-friendly vehicles offered by Nissan.
Nissan is shaking things up this year before the Los Angeles Auto Show. Rather than waiting for the auto show, the Japanese carmaker has decided to take the cover off two 2017 Nissan models—the 2017 Nissan Versa Note and the 2017 JUKE Black Pearl Edition.
“The Nissan new product onslaught for the 2017 model year is so extensive, we’re bringing out the new Versa Note and JUKE Black Pearl early,” said Michael Bunce, vice president for Product Planning with Nissan North America. “The four latest additions to the lineup follow our ongoing ‘Year of the Truck’ campaign, which has seen the introduction of an all-new Armada, new Rogue, revised Pathfinder, and new Titan half-ton and Titan Single Cab.”
The 2017 Versa Note showcases a new design and a variety of interior changes that were driven by customer input. With these changes, Nissan is hoping the Versa Note will become even more popular this year.
The JUKE Black Pearl Edition is looking to appeal to those consumers that love aftermarket looks. Nissan has turned the JUKE SV into a limited-edition model that has exclusive white bumper accents and trim, along with a number of black-and-white accents in the cabin.
These models are the first of four new Nissan vehicles that will debut during the LA Auto Show. Along with the JUKE Black Pearl Edition and the 2017 Versa Note, the Japanese carmaker also unveiled a new NISMO product on November 15th and the 2017 Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition model during a press conference on November 16th.
The holidays are fast approaching, which means it is time to decide on those final presents you’re going to get your friends and family. If you’re not sure what to get the car enthusiast in your life, never fear—Cronic Nissan is here to help. We’ve put together a short list of the top gifts for car lovers that you can use to help finish your holiday gift list.
Personalized garage sign. For someone that spends a lot of time tinkering on his or her car in the garage, a personalized garage sign is a great choice. There are plenty of options to choose from to fit your loved one’s unique style.
Car speedometer cuff links. Everyone has to dress up every now and then, so purchasing cufflinks for the car-loving man in your life is the perfect way to make sure he isn’t wearing a pair of boring cufflinks when he does. Shaped like a car’s speedometer, this gift is a subtle way to showcase how much he loves to drive.
Authentic Morgan three-wheeler. If you want to go big this holiday, then there is no better way than to get your car-loving friend or family member an authentic Morgan three-wheeler. This gift has a very high price point, but will make any car enthusiast weak in the knees. This motortricycle can even be legally driven on the road in the United States!
When it comes to going green, there are two major factors consumers consider—price tag and battery range. Because of this, Nissan has decided to increase the range of its base trim level, making the Leaf more environmentally friendly than ever before.
This base Nissan Leaf battery upgrade provides the Leaf S with a larger 30 kWh unit, which is usually seen in the SV and SL models. The larger battery replaces the old S trim level’s 24 kWh unit. With its beefier power, the 30-kWh battery helps increase the EPA-estimated maximum range from 84 miles to a much more impressive 107 miles. This means you don’t have to worry as much about getting a good charge on your daily commute.
While this boost in range is significant and impressive, it does have one minor side effect—the cost has also increased, too. Before, this electric vehicle’s starting price was around $29,000, but it is now at $32,450. While this might seem like a major increase, the Nissan Leaf is still one of the most affordable electric vehicles in the market.
If you’re interested in getting your hands on a cheaper 24-kWh Nissan Leaf, never fear—there are still plenty hanging around dealership lots.
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.
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!
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.