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!

2013 Nissan Altima Made the List of 10 Best Family Cars!

With its new look and tech-savvy features, the 2013 Nissan Altima made the 10 Best Family Cars by Kelley Blue Book’s editors of KBB.com. The 2013 Altima was redesigned and given a more modern feel than ever before. It is larger and lighter than its predecessors. It has an EPA estimated 27 mpg city and 38 mpg highway.  With room to seat five, the Nissan Altima is surely making its way onto families desired cars list.

The Kelley Blue Book KBB.com editors said “Completely redesigned for 2013, the Nissan Altima comes with a sharp new look, tech-savvy features, refined driving characteristics and class-leading fuel economy. Comfortable seating for five and a host of safety features including blind-spot monitoring and lane-keep assist make this revamped sedan a newly notable choice for families.”

Lewis Nissan is proud to carry the 2013 Altima. For more information on the Altima and its seven trim levels, click here. To see our 2013 Altima Inventory, click here.

2013 Nissan Sentra is named the “Most Affordable Compact Sedan” by Cars.com

The 2013 Nissan Sentra is newly redesigned and Cars.com named it the “Most Affordable Compact Sedan of 2013”. The criterion that each of the eleven compact sedans that were assessed include automatic transmission, cruise control, USB input, remote entry, tilt steering, and steering-wheel audio controls. The Sentra SV with the Driver Package was the trim level that Cars.com decided to use to assess.

Jon Brancheau, vice president, Marketing, Nissan North America, Inc., said “Pairing value and best-in-class fuel efficiency with style and comfort, the all-new Nissan Sentra truly stepped up its compact car game in 2013”. He went on to say the “Sentra is a solid offering in Nissan’s most innovative, highest-quality, highest-value sedan lineup ever, and we are excited to see it on top of this year’s Cars.com ‘Most Affordable Compact Sedan’ list”.

The 2013 Nissan Sentra is available at Lewis Nissan now! Shop our inventory of new cars, or if you’re looking for a pre-owned vehicle, shop our pre-owned inventory. The 2013 Sentra is an industry leader in fuel efficiency. You’ll definitely get your bang for your buck when you buy the Nissan Sentra.

Nissan’s NISMO Line is Expanding!

Nissan held a special NISMO event for the media at the Nashville Superspeedway. This was an event to allow the media to see what is new at Nissan and what they plan on doing next.

At the event were the 2013 and 2014 Nissan 370Z NISMO, the JUKE-R, the 2013 Nissan JUKE NISMO, and the 2014 GT-R Track Edition. These are all part of the performance line. They all sport uniform, race-inspired exterior and interior styling.

Carl Phillips, chief marketing manager, NISMO and Nissan sports car marketing – Nissan North America, said “We think the track is a perfect place to showcase NISMO because NISMO is Nissan Motorsports. It’s the racing, the motor sports heritage that has inspired cars like the new JUKE NISMO, and it’s about bringing that excitement from the track to the street”.

The Juke NISMO is the first to go on sale in Europe and Japan but it will launch here in the United States soon. The 370Z NISMO is in its second generation in the United States, but the 2014 370Z NISMO will be on sale this summer and is a revised model.

Nissan is now promising a more rapid pace of the introduction of more NISMO models.

The video below shows the highlights from the media event and the NISMO models racing around the track!

West Virginia’s Safety Laws

It’s always good to have a refresher on the safety laws, so here are a few reminders!

Seat Belts:

-All drivers must wear a seat belt in the front and passengers under the age of 18 in back must wear one. Violators can be fined up to $25.00.

Cell Phones and Texting:

-Any driver who is under the age of 18 that holds wither a learner’s permit or an intermediate license are banned from all cell phone usage while driving. All drivers, regardless of age, are not permitted to use a hand-held cell phone.

-Any driver who is under the age of 18 that holds either a learner’s permit or an intermediate license are banned from texting while driving.

Headlights:

-Every vehicle must have two headlights in the front, one on each side.

– Every motor vehicle must use headlights from sunset to sunrise, and when lighting is poor enough that you can’t see other drivers or vehicles that are within 500 feet.

-If your windshield wipers are in use, your headlights must be on.

There are some good safety reminders! Make sure you follow them so you don’t get a ticket!