Best Nissans for Tailgating

Best Nissans for Tailgating - Nissan RogueNothing makes a football game complete quite like a tailgate party. And, having the right vehicle can be the difference between a good tailgate party and a great one. Here are three Nissans for tailgating that will make your parties stand above the crowd.

Nissan Titan

For obvious reasons, pickup trucks are the preferred vehicle for tailgate parties and the 2017 Nissan Titan is an ideal choice. It comes with a great 5-year/100,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty to make sure your parties last for years to come. In addition, its bed features a unique Utili-track Channel System to keep items locked in place, removable in-bed boxes with drain plugs, and in-bed lights for when the sun goes down.

Nissan Murano

Take the Nissan Murano to your next tailgate party and you might have the most stylish vehicle there. It has plenty of interior room for both passengers and your cargo needs. And, if you choose the Premium package, you’ll get an 11-speaker Bose audio system and instantly become the life of the party.

Nissan Rogue

The Nissan Rogue may not be big, but it can still take on the biggest tailgate parties. It has plenty of interior space, including a lot of unique interior storage options. And, with its user-friendly technology, it will be easy to listen to the game.

Thanksgiving Travel Tips

Thanksgiving Travel TipsThanksgiving is a great time of year to visit far-flung family. However, travelling to see them during the holiday rush can be a big hassle. AAA estimates that nearly half of all Americans will travel more than 50 miles from home for Thanksgiving. Here are a few Thanksgiving travel tips to help you along the way.

  • Stay positive. Whether you’re flying or driving, keep in mind that everyone else is going somewhere, too. Be courteous, be patient, and stay positive.
  • Stay charged. Make sure all your devices are fully charged when you hit the road. Bring along portable chargers for when you don’t have access to an outlet.
  • Pack lightly. Overpacking can cause big problems, especially if you’re flying. If you pack light enough you can avoid checked baggage fees.
  • Bring food. You want to stay energized for your trip. Pack high-energy, healthy snacks and you won’t have to overpay for overpriced junk food along the way.
  • Leave early. If you’re driving, avoid leaving during rush hour. Try to leave early in the morning or later in the evening to skip out on most of the traffic.
  • Use travel apps. There are numerous apps that can help save time, money, and stress, whether you’re flying or driving. Apps like GasBuddy, Waze, and others will come in handy.

What are your tips for travelling during Thanksgiving?

How to Be Prepared for Winter Weather

Prepared for Winter WeatherSometimes life hits you with unexpected circumstances. With winter just around the corner, car owners everywhere need to be prepared for when the snow falls and the roads freeze over. Here are some tips and tricks for when winter deals you a bad hand.

Keep Your Car Fueled

You should always drive with at least three quarters of your gas tank filled just in case you slide off the road or find yourself in an emergency situation. Having plenty of fuel could save your life.

Have an Emergency Kit

Having an emergency kit with a fleece blanket and first aid supplies inside your car is better than having it in your trunk since you may not be able to access your trunk in an emergency. Fleece is one of the few materials that keeps you warm even if it’s wet.

Have a Container on Hand

If you need to stay hydrated, prepared for winter weather by having a container in your car to collect snow will allow you to use the snow to hydrate yourself.

Most importantly, if you find yourself stranded in an emergency situation, don’t panic. When you panic, you make poor decisions that don’t help you in the long run. Take a few deep breaths, and think about what you need to do to survive.

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.