Fall Car Maintenance

car maintenance

Always check your car’s battery

With the hustle of the start of the school year, most people’s schedules are about to get a lot busier. But, as always, it’s important to remember to take care of your car in the midst of it all. Use these car maintenance tips from Lewis Nissan to get you and your car ready for the fall season.

Tires

The condition of your tires is largely responsible for how efficiently your car is performing as well as for how safely it can drive in inclement weather. That being said, the beginning of fall is a good time to give your tires a closer look before the cold weather rolls in. Check to see that the tread isn’t too worn and that there are no visible signs of wear, like bumps or cracks. If you really want to play it safe, bring your car in to have a professional take a look and give your tires a rotation.

Wipers

Fall tends to bring a lot of rain along with it, as well as fog, frost, and even snow. Be ready for the weather by replacing your wiper blades. It’s easy, inexpensive to do, and will make a huge difference when it comes to visibility.

Battery

An old battery can sometimes work fine in mild weather, but once it starts to get cold it may have trouble starting. Get your battery checked now so that you can replace it if it’s time. Otherwise, you may be stuck needing a jump unexpectedly.

Don’t’ forget to check out our other seasonal car maintenance tips and visit our DIY tips for year-round services!

Fall Traditions to Start This Year

fall traditions

Summer is often filled with pool time, beach vacations, and cookouts. But what about fall? As the cooler season approaches, consider starting some new fall traditions that you and your family can look forward to every year.

Camping

Car camping is a great way to spend quality time with the family. When you spend a few days out in nature, you’re forced to take a break from phones, computers, and televisions. Many of the vehicles at Lewis Nissan are perfect for camping, or even towing your own camper; so pack up your tent, your snacks, and your favorite ghost stories and enjoy a few nights under the stars.

Apple Picking

If summer is for picking berries, fall is perfect for picking apples. Find a local orchard and spend an afternoon collecting crisp apples. Then, take the evening to bake a pie together, or have apple French toast for breakfast.

Pumpkin Carving

This is a classic fall tradition that everyone can enjoy. Stores offer plenty of carving kits this time of year that makes it easy to create a masterpiece.

Bonfires

If you live in a place where it’s possible, a bonfire is another great way to pull the family away from the normal routine and enjoy the crisp weather. Cook dinner over the fire, sip on hot chocolate, roast some marshmallows, and enjoy some intimate conversation together.

If you’re itching to drive out a bit to do any of these, drive safely and be sure to check out which Nissan vehicles are best for your family with our team!

Top West Virginia Festivals in August: One Last Summer Road Trip

Top West Virginia FestivalsIf you’re looking for a great way to end the summer, check out one of the many West Virginia festivals in August. There is a lineup of activities throughout the state this time of year, including music shows, cultural events, and the best food around. Discover any one of these top West Virginia festivals by taking one last road trip this summer.

The Appalachian String Band Music Festival will be celebrated from August 2 to August 6 in Clifftop. This is the 28th annual celebration of regional music and culture, and it also features workshops, dancing, camping, and more. There will be an estimated 3,000 people in attendance this year, and musicians from previous years have represented over 20 different foreign countries and 48 states. For any music lover, the Appalachian String Band Music Festival is a must.

According to West Virginia Festivals, the Rails & Ales Craft Beer Festival will also be this summer, taking place August 12 from 12 pm to 10 pm. Located at the David Harris Riverfront Park in Huntington, WV, this festival is the 5th annual celebration for beer lovers. Craft beers have taken off in recent years, making this one of the fastest growing festivals in the area. Just make sure to get a designated driver if you plan on drinking.

Finally, the Appalachian Festival in Beckley takes place from August 25 to August 27. You can learn about the history and culture of coal country, see artisans, and eat some great food. Home to the Beckley Exhibition Coal Museum, Beckley also offers tons of other things to do for anyone looking to turn the festival weekend into a mini-vacation.

These are just some of the many festivals in August we here at Lewis Nissan are excited about, though there are several more we didn’t list and some great attractions too. We can’t wait to visit some of these great summer events.

Tailgating Tips For Your Nissan Titan

Tailgating Tips in Your Nissan Titan

Make your life even easier this season by setting up the ultimate tailgate! No one is happier than a person driving their new Nissan Titan to the big game and starting with a cookout. By following these tailgating tips you can stay organized, remember everything you need and have more fun instead of taking the time to clean.

  1. Prep your food before you get there – By skewering meat, shaping burgers, cutting up veggies and more before you arrive, you can spend less time preparing and more time celebrating!
  2. Pack the essentials (and backups) – Go through your whole meal and day to make sure that you have what you need, and enough of it. You know you’ll need charcoal, tongs, can openers, condiments, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, etc.
  3. Think of the cleanup – When packing your food, bring items in a plastic tub that can be used to store dirty dishes when you’re done. You can also make a cardboard box into a makeshift cooler (just add a couple trash bags inside for waterproofing) and you can just throw it away at the end!

In the end, you want your tailgate to be about having fun, not stressing about every detail. Make sure to find the perfect truck for your tailgating needs at Lewis Nissan in Beckley, WV. Let us find you the pickup of your dreams!

Things to Do For 4th of July in Charleston, West Virginia

Celebrate 4th of July in CharlestonIndependence Day is all about coming together to celebrate America with family, friends, and of course, fireworks! Here are some ways you can celebrate 4th of July in Charleston this year.

Charleston July 4th Firework Celebration at Riverfront Park

This event is the biggest in the area and is sure to deliver some of the best fireworks. It happens every year at Haddad Riverfront Park. The event starts at 3pm on July 4th and isn’t just about fireworks. There’s musical guests, activities for children, crafts, and food trucks.

Live on the Levee                      

Live on the Levee happens every Friday night from May 26th to September 1st, 2017. So the weekend of July 4th is the perfect time to head down and check this concert out. Every week, there are new musical guests. On July 1st, the music starts at 6:30 and the headliner at 7:30. Plus, it’s free of charge!

West Virginia Power vs. Hickory Crawdads

Celebrate the 4th by attending something very American – a baseball game! The minor league team, the West Virginia Power, faces off against the Hickory Crawdads on July 3rd. It’s the perfect activity for the family the night before Independence Day.

Now get out there, soak up the sun, and wave that flag, like we will be at Lewis Nissan.

Beat the Summer Heat

Woman's Car Blown From Summer Heat

With summer steadily approaching, the temperatures in your car can be 20 to 30 degrees hotter than the actual air temperature, so here are some ways to keep your car from baking in the summer heat.

Use Sunshades

Investing in some sun shades will help keep your car much cooler. They prevent the sun from coming through the windows and windshield, which can keep your car much cooler.

Find the Shade

Parking in the shade will keep the sun from heating up your interior. When there’s no shade around, try to park your car in the direction that would keep the most sun from heating up your steering wheel and driver’s seat.

Window Tinting

If you are willing to modify your car, window tinting is a way to permanently keep your car cooler. Just be wary of your state’s regulations on how much tint you can have.

Use Remote Start

If you have a remote start system (like many Nissans do!), start your car before you get into it. You can also start your A/C system with many remote start key fobs, so blast that a few minutes before you get into your car.

We’re always here with more tips at Lewis Nissan!

Road Trip Games for the Whole Family

Road Trip GamesKeeping your kids occupied in a car for a long road trip can be difficult, especially because there’s not a lot to do in the car. Fortunately for drivers, kids can be easily distracted with a fun family game. Kids both young and old enjoy some fun road trip games, and you may end up enjoying yourself too! Lewis Nissan has you covered with some fun road trip games we’re sure the whole family will enjoy!

The Theme Song Game

Playing the theme song game is as easy as humming the tune to a TV show. Other passengers in the car then try to guess the show. The first person to guess correctly gets to hum the next theme song! You can set a time limit on it or play until someone reaches a certain number correctly.

The License Plate Game

It seems as though everyone has played this classic game. As you’re traveling along, write down the name of each state as you spot it. The goal of the game is to find all 50 states and maybe even some Canadian provinces too. You can find fun printable versions online where kids can cross them off or if they’re learning their geography we recommend going to the map version where they can write the state name down once it has been spotted!

Telephone

Another one of our favorites is the classic game of telephone. This is when you have one person start with a story, phrase, sentence, etc and they whisper it to the next person. That person is then responsible for repeating what they heard word for word. This keeps going until it gets to the last person where that person has to say out loud what they heard. This is sure to get the whole car laughing as the end result is usually not what it was when they started.

Those are some of our favorite road trip games! Make sure you stop by Lewis Nissan before you head out on your road trip to make sure your vehicle is in tip-top shape!

Things to Check Before a Road Trip

Things to Check Before a Road Trip | Lewis Nissan | Beckley, WVGetting ready to take a summer vacation usually means a long road trip ahead of you. Before you take off to your premier destination for some rest and relaxation, it’s best to check some things in your vehicle. After all, there’s no rest for those who experience the stress of long delays and car repairs ruining their vacation. Here are some things to check before a road trip as suggested by us here at Lewis Nissan!

  • Fluids – Take the time to make sure all of your oils are at the right level and fresh enough to stand up to the summer heat and a long journey. Have the oil changed prior to any long road trip. It wouldn’t hurt to have the coolant flushed and replaced to avoid any potential overheating problems.
  • Tires – Double check to make sure you have enough tread to ensure optimal traction on the road. It pays to make sure the tires are properly inflated according to the manufacturer’s specifications, too. Doing so will increase both handling and fuel economy, two factors that can make any trip a little easier.
  • Lights – Make sure all the lights are working properly. Turn on all the lights, including the turn signals. Replace any dead bulbs before the day you plan to leave on your trip.

2017 Rogue Trail Warrior Project Unveiled at New York Auto Show

2017 Nissan Rogue Trail Warrior ProjectAt the 2017 New York International Auto Show, Nissan showed off a hardcore off-road machine unlike any other—the Rogue Trailer Warrior Project. This unique vehicle was designed just for the show, so, unfortunately, you won’t be seeing it at Lewis Nissan.

The most noticeable feature is the snow/sand track. These tracks let the Rogue Trail Warrior glide right over the trickiest terrains. They are 30 inches high, 48 inches long, and 15 inches wide and are used in place of the Rogue’s normal wheels. While the suspension and wheel wells were modified for the tracks, all other powertrain components are standard, including the Rogue’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine.

In addition to the amazing khaki-painted tracks, the Trail Warrior has a custom camouflage body wrap and military-style yellow glassworks.

“This new Rogue Trail Warrior adds a new dimension to family adventures with its snow/sand tracks, gear basket, winch and camo paint,” said Michael Bunce, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc. “If you want to stand out from the crowd during a day on the slopes or the beach, this is the vehicle to take.”

If you could have an adventure in the Nissan Rogue Trail Warrior Project, where would you go?

Spring Events in Charleston, West Virginia

spring events in CharlestonNow that spring is here, the world is in bloom and it is a great time to head outdoors and have new adventures. Here are some spring events in Charleston, West Virginia that you should consider attending.

  • April 27th – Hampstead Stage Company: The Secret Garden. Come to the Elk Valley Express Library for a free performance of this magical stage play. The performance will start at 6:30pm and is recommended for ages 5 and up.
  • April 28th-30thWest Virginia Dance Festival. This program is designed to encourage young dancers throughout West Virginia and features both classes and performances. It will be held at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston.
  • April 29th Literary Basket Silent Auction. Bid on literary-themed baskets to support the Kanawha County Public Library. The auction will be held at Temple Israel from 6pm-9pm.
  • May 1st – May 6th. Seed & Plant Exchange. Expand your garden and share extra seeds from your own with this community exchange at the Dunbar Branch Library.
  • May 4th-May 7th. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Baily Circus. This is the final tour of this legendary circus group. They will be performing at the Charleston Civic Center Coliseum.
  • May 13th. East End Yard Sale. Bargain hunters rejoice! This is West Virginia’s largest one-day community yard sale. It will be held in Charleston’s east end neighborhoods. Get out early for the best deals.

Here at Lewis Nissan, we love living and working in Charleston and hope to see some of our customers at these events with us.