How to Entertain Yourself on a Solo Road Trip

Solo Road TripWhile it certainly isn’t ideal, we all find ourselves on a solo road trip from time to time, especially if you travel for work. Unfortunately, there is no escaping the mindlessness of eight hours on the road without someone to talk to. However, we have a few tricks to keep you awake and as entertained as possible.

A Strong Playlist

This is the foundation of any solo road trip. Without a nice playlist, you’re going to be stuck listening to the same songs on the radio for hours and hours.

Audiobooks and Podcasts

These are a great way to learn something new or get lost in a story. Some can get a bit tedious after a while though, so don’t listen for so long that you start to nod off.

CB Radio

This is a bit of a different way to get your entertainment, but listening to truckers and other travelers talk on the radio can be highly entertaining. You can even join in if you feel inspired.

Exercise on Breaks

If you’re pulling over for gas or a bathroom, get in a little bit of exercise while you can. Going on a short walk or doing some pushups and jumping jacks can get your blood flowing and loosen you up.

While solo road trips aren’t always ideal, there are plenty of ways to keep yourself entertained so that you don’t go crazy in your car. Do your best to have fun and enjoy the scenery around you.

Getting Your Car Ready for Fall

It may still be warm outside, but with Labor Day past, it’s time to start thinking about fall and getting our cars ready for when the weather turns cool. Here are some tips for getting your car ready for fall.

Fall maintenance is basically pre-winter maintenance. For fall, you want to make sure you check your oil and get an oil change if necessary—and if you do get an oil change, make sure you’re getting a multi-grade viscosity oil that will be good for winter driving.

Car Ready for FallGo for a battery test at a parts store where you can do it for free. Extreme temperatures are hard on your battery, so you want to make sure the summer heat hasn’t killed it and that it’s in good shape to withstand the winter cold.

Now is also a good time to get new windshield wipers. Winter is the hardest time of year on your blades, so it’s a good idea to get some that are designed for good winter performance.

Check the coolant levels. Antifreeze is hugely important in winter, and if you have low levels or some kind of leak, you want to get it fixed ASAP.

Check the tire pressure. It’s still warm right now, but as it gets colder you might start to lose pressure, which reduces your tire traction.

Just remember, winter is coming…

2017 Nissan Maxima Safety Features and Technology

The 2017 Nissan Maxima is one of the safest cars on the road. Earning a 5-Star Safety Rating from the NHTSA, the Maxima performs well in crash tests and is also equipped with a variety of safety features and technologies that will keep you safe during every drive.

2017 Nissan Maxima Safety - Lewis NissanThe new Maxima is equipped with all the latest active safety features at certain trim levels. The SV trim, one step up from the base S, has front and rear parking sensors. If you go up another step to the SL, you get even more advanced features like Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Warning, Intelligent Cruise Control, Emergency Braking, and more. The highest Platinum trim even comes with Driver Attention Alert and Moving Object Detection.

But driver assist features aren’t all the Maxima has going for it. Its standard safety features include an advanced airbag system with occupant classification sensors, dynamic control with a traction control system, front and rear crumple zones, and a tire pressure monitoring system, among others.

Then there’s the infotainment tech that lets you stay connected without taking your eyes off the road. Standard Nissan Connect with Navigation and Apple CarPlay lets you use Siri Eyes Free technology and voice commands to make calls, send texts, and access apps.

If you’re looking for a sedan you can count on to keep you from crashing and protect you if you do, the 2017 Nissan Maxima safety features and technology will give you the peace of mind you’re looking for.

New Nissan Sentra Gets New Features, No Price Bump

Most cars get a slight refresh each year, even if they aren’t entering a new generation, but many of these improved vehicles still get a small price hike due to the inclusion of new tech and features for the new year. However, the new Nissan Sentra for 2016 just received a number of brand-new features, as well as a tweaked exterior design, and brand representatives have announced this 2016 model will not be more expensive than the previous one.

New Nissan Sentra - Lewis NissanAside from the new styling, the majority of the Sentra’s new features are available smart safety systems. Rear cross traffic alert, which detects other cars while backing up, and blind-spot monitoring are brand new to the Nissan Sentra’s repertoire, boosting the compact sedan’s safety score. Buyers can get these new features by adding on the new driver’s assist package, which is an additional $1,020 and includes integrated navigation.

The new Nissan Sentra is an attractive option to budgeting buyers who find the standard Sentra’s $17,650 price tag appealing. Additionally, the new Nissan Sentra helps drivers save on gas as well with a 40 mpg highway fuel rating according to the EPA. Because of the base Sentra’s low price, add-ons such as the driver’s assist package are significantly less costly and easier to obtain.

New Nissan Pathfinder Debuts in Dallas

After joining forces with the city of Dallas in a new sponsorship agreement, Nissan took over Klyde Warren Park in the city in order to make a major announcement — the reveal of the new Nissan Pathfinder for 2017. Expected to go on sale in the States sometime this fall, the Pathfinder was unveiled in a dramatic event featuring a pop-up urban maze. Nissan called the event “#FindYourNewPath.”

new Nissan PathfinderPresent at and participating in the event were Dallas city officials and representatives from the Parks and Recreation department. Nissan is now a Premier Sponsor of Klyde Warren Park, as well as a Presenting Sponsor of park events, and a sponsor of the park’s free Wi-Fi service. Nissan will also be considered the park’s official vehicle brand.

Jose Munoz, executive vice president of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and chairman of Nissan North America, Inc., commented, “Nissan has had a 35-year presence in Texas with a longstanding commitment to supporting activities at the local community level, whether school activities or Habitat for Humanity housing builds.”

The new Nissan Pathfinder offers a refreshed exterior, a new 3.5-liter V6 engine, and other features including an available motion-activated power liftgate. The new Advanced Drive Assist Display gives drivers access to new high-tech safety features.

Road Trip Games to Play this Summer

Going on a long road trip this summer and think your family might get bored? Don’t worry! Lewis Nissan is ready to provide you with fun road trip games that the whole family will enjoy! But remember, safety first! So if you’re the driver, you might want to opt out of playing while you’re behind the wheel.

I Spy – Probably the most well-known road trip game to play, I Spy is a classic. Family members of all ages will enjoy guessing what other people are seeing! Have one person look around and choose an object that the others have to guess. The only clue they give is “I spy with my little eye something that begins with (insert the first letter of the object’s name)”. You can also do colors instead of the objects first letRoad Trip Games to Play this Summerter of its name.

20 Questions – Another classic, 20 questions can help pass the time quickly. Whoever goes first thinks of anything. Each member of the car asks one question at a time and you go around in a circle. You can ask if it barks, can you peel it, anything! All of the questions have to be able to be answered with a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’ response. If you reach the 20th question and don’t have a winner, everyone has one last chance to figure it out before the answer is revealed.

License Plates – This one is pretty self explanatory but still a crowd pleaser! You can have younger kids find the letters of the alphabet on difference license plates and the first one to Z wins. You can have older kids “collect” out-of-state plates they see while on the road. The one with the most when you get back home is the winner!

Try some of these fun games for your last-minute road trips this summer or your weekend getaways after school starts back up. Make sure your car is always ready and stop in and see our service department today!

Summer Car Maintenance Tips

Keeping your car in good shape throughout summer is just as important as during the winter, since hot weather can have a big impact on your car’s fluids, tires, and engine. Follow these summer car maintenance tips and your summer will be smooth sailing!

Summer Car MaintenanceInspect your tires fairly regularly, about once every two weeks. Check the tread and the tire pressure, as tires might become overinflated during the summer, and make sure there are no bulges or cracks in the tire.

Get your oil and oil filter changed, or do it at home if you know how. Clean motor oil will keep your vehicle running more smoothly. You should also check the coolant levels and consider whether it might be time to do a coolant flush. Coolant lasts much longer than motor oil, though, so it may not be necessary.

Check your belts and hoses for leaks, cracks, and fraying, and measure the width of your brake pads to see if they need to be replaced. Finally, keep your battery clean. Disconnect the battery cables and wipe the terminals down. This will keep the battery from overcharging.

Get Your Vehicle Ready for a Hot Summer!

There’s no denying that we’re in for a hot summer this year. Make sure you get your Nissan ready for the warm weather before it’s too late! Here are some tips to use as a guideline on how to get your vehicle ready for a hot summer!

Get your vehicle ready for a hot summer - Lewis Nissan Air Conditioning – If your AC is only marginally operating, it will fail during hot weather. Bring your vehicle in to our service department and have one of our technicians look at it.

Cooling System – One of the greatest causes of summer breakdowns is overheating. Your cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months. You should periodically check the level, condition and concentration of the coolant.

Tires – Make sure you get your tires rotated about every 5,000 miles. Check your tire pressure often and check them while they’re cold before driving far distances. Always make sure your spare tire is properly inflated and that the jack is in good condition.

Battery – While a battery can fail anytime of the year, you should check and see the condition your battery is in. Clean the battery from corrosion and check the cable connections. Re-tighten all connections as necessary to ensure your battery is ready to go.

These are just a few tips you can follow to get your vehicle ready for a hot summer. You can always stop in and see our service department to get your vehicle checked out. Or give us a call and schedule a service appointment!

Places to Visit in Charleston, West Virginia this Summer

Whether you’re a native or just passing through, you’ll definitely want to know about all the great places to visit in Charleston, West Virginia this summer and all the exciting events we hold. There’s so much going on, there’s bound to be something for everyone!

Places to Visit in Charleston, WV

In June, visit the Clay Center to hear seven-time Grammy nominees Wilco perform live. The month of June will host a variety of events leading up to the Pride Festival, which will take place on June 4. Don’t miss Dolly Parton live at the Civic Center on June 7. RibFest, the Capital City Biker Bash—all these events are happening just in the first two weeks of June.

Of course, those are just events—Charleston has plenty you can see year round, any time of day. The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences is a great stop for families, and the Riverfront Park is a great place to spend the day and take a picnic along. The Wallace Hartman Nature Preserve is another fun place to visit, especially in summer when everything’s in bloom.

If you’ll be in Charleston this summer, don’t pass up on these fun events and destinations!

Travel Tips for the Memorial Day Weekend

Travel Tips - Lewis NissanMemorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff to summer which means plenty of people are hitting the roads to welcome summer. This Memorial Day Weekend before you take off for your long weekend, make sure you read these tips on holiday travel.

Allow Extra Travel Time – Make sure you allot yourself plenty of time to reach your destination. Account for heavier traffic than normal since it is a holiday weekend and lots of people are traveling. Don’t push traffic lights or your speed to reach your destination early.

Stretch Your Legs – Make sure you get out of your car and stretch your legs. Walking every couple of hours will help you stay alert while you’re driving. An easy way to do this is when you stop, park a little further away than you normally would so you can take a longer break walking in.

Know When the Highest Times of Risk Are – The greatest risk for traveling on a holiday weekend is Friday afternoon as people are getting off of work and are ready to enjoy their long weekend. The sun will be setting and travelers will be tired from work that day so make sure you stay alert!

These are just some tips before you head out to enjoy your Memorial Day weekend. If you need to get your car serviced, bring it to Lewis Nissan today!