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.
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.
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.