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.

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!

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.

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!

CEO Says Self-Driving Nissan Models Will Definitely be Available by 2020

self-driving NissanWhile most major automakers have some sort of plan in place to eventually get autonomous, self-driving vehicles on the road, Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn isn’t worried that he will be beat.

In a new interview, Ghosn expressed his firm belief that not only will commercial autonomous vehicles his the road for the average driver by 2020, but most people can expect to slowly see autonomous features phased into their new cars.

His statement, “by 2020, we’ll have fully autonomous driving cars,” comes during a time when self-parking cars, self-braking cars, and cars equipped with 360-degree cameras are starting to be come the norm with each new year’s line-up.

In fact, the automaker recently debuted a self-driving Nissan LEAF prototype. While it’s not about to appear on dealership lots anytime soon, it shows you just how close Nissan is to this promised tech.

In the meantime, we’ll have to continue to drive the old-fashioned way. To check out some of Nissan’s many innovative current models, visit us anytime at Lewis Nissan.

Nissan Wireless Charging Aims to Improve EVs

At the recent Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan unveiled the new IDS concept car, which included a number of innovative and futuristic technologies, such as a mobile app that syncs car owners with the vehicle and autonomous driving. Among these innovations was a Nissan wireless charging feature, which allows the IDS concept to charge without cables.

Nissan wireless chargingThe technology works by the use of a designated parking spot. Once the IDS is parked in the spot and aligned with the receptors, the vehicle begins charging wirelessly. This technology is still being developed by Nissan and carries the possibility of being implemented in future vehicles, eventually spreading to production models in the company’s EV lineup.

Nissan wireless charging is just one of many innovative systems being researched and developed by the company’s engineers. Another feature being worked on is the EV lanes feature, which will allow electric vehicles to charge in small increments while they are on the road. Nissan predicts that these features may be available as soon as a decade from now.

4 Haunted Destinations in West Virginia

Halloween may be over. However, there are still several locations in West Virginia where you can get in touch with the paranormal. Here are 4 Haunted destinations in West Virginia.

Point Pleasant

A small town on the banks of the Ohio River, Point Pleasant wasn’t always so pleasant thanks to a mysterious creature called the Mothman. Standing over seven feet tall with glowing red eyes, the monster was reported to be seen flying over the town in the late 1960s.

The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum

When the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum opened its doors in 1864, it was one of the largest asylums in the country. However, overcrowded conditions caused it to be shut down in 1994. Nevertheless, some people say the patients never left!

West Virginia State Penitentiary

Once home to some of the most vicious criminals in the entire country, the West Virginia State Penitentiary in Moundsville, West Virginia was the location of several violent prison riots!

Harper’s Ferry

Harper’s Ferry was the location of one of the bloodiest chapters of American history: John Brown’s raid. There are legends that those who died during the event still call Harper’s Ferry their home.

Before you head out on your haunted destination in West Virginia, get your Nissan tuned up with our service department!

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!