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!

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 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.

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!

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!

Black Ice Safety Tips to Keep in Mind This Winter When Driving

One of winter’s most hazardous road conditions is also the most difficult to see, making it particularly sinister: black ice, or the thin layer of ice that forms at the beginning of snowfall or freezing rain.

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Here are some black ice safety tips to remember:

  • Remember that black ice forms before snow even begins to pile up, so as soon as you notice that it has begun to rain or snow, slow down.
  • Increase the distance between your vehicle and the other vehicles around you. You’ll be glad you did if someone slams on their brakes.
  • Never make a sharp turn or a sudden stop, which will likely cause you to lose control.
  • If you do find yourself sliding, steer towards the direction that you are sliding in, and don’t hit the brake. This is the best way to get control of your car.
  • Lastly, do some extra preparation before leaving the house and research the forecast. If it says freezing rain is on the way, you may want to skip your trip!

For more helpful winter driving tips, visit us anytime at Lewis Nissan.

Stay Safe This Halloween with These Tips!

Trick-or-Treat Safety TipsHalloween is almost here and we want to make sure you and your children are set for safety when trick-or-treating! Trick-or-Treat is your kids favorite part of Halloween, except for their costume of course! Below are some great tips for Halloween and trick-or-treat night!

  1. Walk Safely – When you cross the street, make sure you cross at corners and use traffic signals and sidewalks if they are there. Always look left and right before crossing the road! If there is a sidewalk or path, make sure you use that instead of walking in the street. This will keep you and your children safe from drivers.
  2. Go with an Adult – Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without an adult. If your child is mature enough to go out without an adult, have them trick-or-treat in a group with friends.
  3. Keep Costumes Safe – If possible decorate their costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers so that drivers can see them. Choose face paint and makeup over masks so that your kid’s vision is not obstructed. Make sure that the costumes fit them so they don’t trip and fall.
  4. Drive Safely! – Slow down and be especially alert during prime trick-or-treat hours. Kids are excited on Halloween and can be unpredictable. Take extra time to look for kids at intersections and on curbs.

Those are just some great tips for trick-or-treat and Halloween! Be safe this Halloween!

Fall Driving Tips from Lewis Nissan!

With summer gone and autumn officially here, we want to make sure your Nissan is in its best shape for fall and make sure it stays that way! With some fall driving tips, you’ll be ready for whatever Mother Nature has in store for us!

  1. Leaves on the Road Can Be Dangerous! – When leaves accumulate on the road and become wet, they become extremely slippery making driving conditions similar to when ice is on the road. If the temperature drops below freezing the wet leaves will freeze and turn into dangerous icy leaves! They can also cover the painted road markings making it difficult to know the locations of the lane.
    1. Slow down if you are driving on a road that is covered with leaves especially around turns and bends in the road.
    2. Leaves can fill potholes making it difficult to find them.
    3. A pile of leaves is very inviting to children, who often like to jump in them. Don’t drive through a leaf pile to avoid a child, or even an animal getting injured.
  2. Changing Weather Conditions – Here in West Virginia, we know that fall typically means a wet season. This can cause other weather conditions such as fog.
    1. When driving fog make sure that your headlights are set on low beams. This setting aims the beam of light down the roadway.
    2. Frost can often form on roadways when the temperatures drop. Drive slowly and carefully on overpasses and bridges since these areas frost over more quickly than other surfaces.
  3. Vehicle Maintenance is Important – Keeping your Nissan in its best shape will help for a smoother transition into autumn and from autumn into winter.
    1. Keep your headlights cleaned and working properly.
    2. If your windshield wipers are showing any signs of wear, make sure to replace them.
    3. Keep an emergency safety kit in your vehicle at all times.

We hope you found our fall driving tips helpful and useful! If you Nissan is needing tuned up and ready for autumn, visit us!

Winter Driving Tips

Winter Driving TipsHere in West Virginia, the winters can be pretty harsh. Knowing how to drive safely in the winter weather is an absolute necessity. Here are a few winter driving tips to keep you on the road.

  • Check your tires. Make sure your tires have adequate depth and you may want to consider switching to snow tires since our roads are regularly covered in snow.
  • Check your windshield wipers. Being able to see is paramount to driving safely. If your windshield wipers can’t clear the snow and ice off your windshield, you’ll be stopped in your tracks. Think about using wiper blades specifically designed for snow. Also apply a water-shedding material to the outside of your window to help keep it clear and switch to anti-icing washer fluid.
  • Use the air conditioner. Air conditioning is not just for cooling down your car. It also removes moisture from the air and helps keep your windshield clear. You can still set the temperature to “warm.”
  • Use you brakes. When roads are wet or snowy, brake earlier and keep more space between you and the car in front of you. If you hit a slick spot and start to skid, stomp on your brakes (as long as you have anti-lock brakes) and look and steer in the direction you want to go.

If you need any help getting your car ready for the winter, give our friendly service department here at Lewis Nissan a call and we’ll get you all set. Make sure you pass on these winter driving tips to your family and friends!