With the holiday season almost upon us, it means that many Americans are hitting the road or hopping on flights to visit loved ones near and far. Traveling during this time of year can be remarkably stressful, especially if you’re in charge of coordinating a lot of people. To make holiday travel as seamless and stress-free as possible, here are some thanksgiving travel tips.
- Plan ahead: Although it’s already November, it doesn’t mean it’s too late to plan your trip home for Thanksgiving. Whatever planning you do beforehand means less stress while on the road or at the airport. If possible, avoid traveling on the Wednesday before and the Saturday/Sunday afternoon after Thanksgiving, since these are the busiest travel times.
- Consider alternative routes and airports: If possible, try to plan your travel to avoid the busiest airports and highways. If this is not possible, simply build more time into your travel plans and expect delays. If you know what you’re in for, you’ll have less stress while traveling.
- Have entertainment options: It’s important to have entertainment options while traveling to help the hours past more quickly and enjoyably. Load up your phone with music and podcasts or pack a good book if you’re flying. You will also want to make sure you have charging cables for your devices while on the go, so you can keep them charged up and connected.
Contact us at Cronic Nissan to schedule a pre-holiday maintenance appointment for your vehicle to ensure that it functions safely and smoothly on your upcoming trips.
With September in full swing and October on its way, autumn is upon us. Fortunately, there are plenty of family-friendly fall activities to participate in. We at Cronic Nissan suggest you add these to your family’s fall bucket list.
Go to a Farm
In the fall, lots of farms open their doors to visitors for activities like corn mazes, picking pumpkins, going on hayrides, and more. Check out some of the local farms near you to see if they’re holding any fall festivities.
While autumn has become associated with pumpkin-flavored foods and drinks, apples are also coming in for the harvest season, which means plenty of apple pie, apple cider, caramel apples, and other seasonal treats.
Have a Bonfire
There’s nothing quite like building a bonfire on a crisp evening. Sweaters, blankets, cups of hot cocoa, and s’mores—what more could you want?
This can be a fun way to teach the kids life skills. While there are plenty of fun fall treats you can buy from the store or from local farms, it’s also fun to make your own treats, like pumpkin pie or Halloween-themed sugar cookies.
Jump in Piles of Leaves
Simple, but a classic. Have the little ones help you rake the yard, then spend the day jumping in the piles of fallen leaves.
Try these family-friendly fall activities for an autumn you won’t forget.
One of the most important safety features on your car has been standard issue since the very first automobile was invented. In case you have not guessed what it could be, it is the tires. Those four pieces of rubber are what keep you connected to the road. And, of course, they wear out over time. So, how do you know when you need new tires?
One of the key signs of a worn-out tire is the tread depth. A simple way to see if the tread is still deep enough is to place a penny head first into the grooves. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, it is time to replace your tires. Do this test in several spots on all of your tires since tread doesn’t always wear evenly.
More signs of old tires are cracks or bulges in the sidewall. If you see any signs of this, you definitely need to replace the tires. When tires are worn out, do they do offer as much traction, especially in wet weather.
If you are worried about the condition of your tires, schedule a service appointment with us here at Cronic Nissan and we can inspect your tires and tell you if it is time to replace them.
Buying a new car can be stressful, and it makes many people anxious. At Cronic Nissan, we’re dedicated to making the car-buying process as enjoyable and stress-free as possible. That’s why we’ve put together a resource on what to bring when buying a car. Not only will the proper paperwork speed up the process, but it will also ensure you’re getting the right car and financing.
First, according to the Car Connection, you should have your driver’s license and registration. You’ll need a license before you can drive off the lot in your new car, and the registration is sometimes required if you’re trading in a new vehicle. Even if you’re just test driving a car, be sure to bring your license for confirmation.
Next, insurance can be tricky. You need to have insurance for your new car, but that sometimes means you’ll have to wait a day or two. It’s best to call your insurance company ahead of time to let them know you’re buying a new car. Then, you can call them at the dealership when signing the paperwork and they can fax or email your new insurance card. This will really streamline the process.
If you’re trading in a car, you should also bring the title of your old car. This is different from the registration, as the title is often called the “pink slip.” A title is proof of ownership, and it’s needed to transfer the car from your name to the dealership’s name.
Finally, bring a friend along. We try to make the car-buying process as quick as possible, but it can still take a while to sign papers. A friend or family member will make the process much more enjoyable, and they can often help you make important decisions about your new car. For more information about what to bring, call or stop by the Cronic Nissan finance department.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.