Gas Saving Tips!

With gas prices climbing this summer, we wanted to share with you some great tips on saving your fuel!

  1. Avoid High Speeds – When your speed increases, your aerodynamic drag decreases. Therefore driving at 62 mpg vs. 75 mph can reduce fuel consumption up to 15%.
  2. Do Not Accelerate or Brake Hard – If you anticipate the traffic and apply a slow steady brake or acceleration, fuel economy can increase by as much as 20%!
  3. Keep Tires Inflated Properly – Keep your tires inflated at the recommended level by Nissan, or other vehicle manufacturer. If a tire is under inflated by 2 PSI it can increase fuel consumption by 1%.
  4. Use the A/C Sparingly – When you turn on the A/C it puts extra work on the engine forcing your car to use about 20% more fuel than normal.
  5. Keep Windows Closed – When you’re driving on the highway with your windows open, it increases the drag on the vehicle and increases your fuel consumption.
  6. Service Vehicle Regularly – Keeping your Nissan with proper maintenance helps avoid poor fuel economy by replacing old air filters, spark plugs or low fluid levels.
  7. Use Cruise Control – If you maintain a constant speed over longer distances, it will help save on fuel.
  8. Avoid Heavy Loads – The sand bags you put in your trunk or truck bed for winter should be removed for spring and summer. Try to pack lightly for long road trips; I know, easier said than done.
  9. Avoid Long Idles – If you think you are going to be stopped longer than a minute, like in line at a fast food restaurant, turn of the car. Restarting the car actually uses less fuel than letting it idle for an extended time.
  10. Purchase a Fuel Efficient Vehicle – When purchasing a new vehicle make sure that the vehicle’s rated fuel efficiency is what you are looking for.  Usually a small vehicle with manual transmission will provide you with great fuel economy!

There are some helpful tips and tricks on how to pay less at the pump!

Car Temperature Safety for Pets!

Summer is fast approaching which means the temperatures will be rising soon too. While we all love to take our favorite pets on drives with us, leaving them in the car can be dangerous, even for just 10 minutes! If pets are left in the car too long can cause serious health problems or even death for our four-legged best friends. Even when it’s nice and breezy on a moderate day, the inside of your vehicle quickly becomes a hot box to our pets.

Here’s a chart from VeterinaryClinic.com that helps you know just how hot your car will be in ten minutes to a half hour.

Pet Safety

It doesn’t take long for your car to become dangerous to your pets and don’t forget to take into consideration the fur coat they’re wearing too. If you are traveling with your pet, make sure there is plenty of water available for them. Make sure they are in a well ventilated area, so crack your windows more than just an inch! Never park your car and leave without at least cracking the windows for our friends, our pets need that fresh air too!

For more tips on ASPCA on Hot Weather and Pets, visit their website!

Summer Driving Tips!

After Memorial Day weekend, the family vacations start taking place and that means more drivers on the road. Here are some good tips to make sure you and your passengers are safe on all your adventures this summer!

Always have a designated driver for safe fun

According to the NHTSA, almost 11,000 people die in drunk-driving crashes every year. That is roughly one about every 50 minutes. If your plans for the day include drinking or being somewhere where alcohol is being served, make sure you and your friends have a designated driver – someone who will avoid alcohol to remain able to drive safely.

Sometimes it can be hard to find a designated driver for the evening. If that’s the case, you and your friends can always hire a taxi to travel safely from one stop to the next.

Navigate Severe Storms Safely

Driving in severe or inclement weather is not fun for anyone. Whether it is a storm that’s been on the radar for hours or a pesky pop-up, you’re bound to run into one on your summer drive. If you can’t stay where you are and you have to drive, make sure you stay tuned in to your radio so you are able to monitor its whereabouts and the progress of the storm. When it’s raining make sure you use your headlights, slow down, and keep extra distance between you and the car in front of you.

Remember to never drive when you’re tired and watch out for motorcycles, bicyclists and pedestrians on the road!