Should You Buy Winter Tires?

Winter Tires

When it comes to tires, many drivers are clueless about what the difference is between all-season tires and winter tires. There are several significant differences and those difference make one set of tires better than the other at certain points throughout the year. This winter, do yourself and your car a favor by buying a set of winter tires.

All-season tires are the tires vehicles roll off the production line with. They’re designed to provide excellent fuel economy, a smooth ride, and generally last a long time. The tires are versatile in that they provide optimal performance on wet roads and light winter driving. While all-season tires combine the benefits of summer and winter tires, they come up short once the heavy snowfalls lands on the road.

Winter tires are specifically designed to take on the heavy snowball, black ice, and lack of traction that winter generally brings. The tire tread remains flexible, unlike all-season tires, and allows the tire to grip the road. The depth and patterns are deeper and channel the snow and slush rather than absorb it.

Winter tires also feature more biting edges, tiny slits in the tread, that offer optimized traction on ice-covered roadways. Some tires even act as a sponge to remove a thin layer of water from the tire to further optimize traction on slippery roads.

Head to Haddad Nissan’s service center before the harsh weather hits to get your set of winter tires.

Nissan ProPILOT Assist Technology

Nissan makes passenger safety a top priority in all of its vehicle designs. That dedication to protection resulted in the development of the Nissan ProPILOT Assist system. The autonomous drive technology works to make drivers more comfortable on long commutes and road trips.

Nissan ProPILOT Assist

Nissan ProPILOT Assist is an autonomous drive technology that combines steering, acceleration, and braking technologies. The full system is user-friendly and understands numerous road and traffic situations. Drivers can activate and deactivate Nissan ProPILOT Assist with a simple flip of a switch located on the steering wheel.

The autonomous driving technology is capable of maintaining a set distance between vehicles within a preset speed range. It can keep the car in the middle of its lane and maintain speed as well.

The system can control the throttle and brakes to keep a safe distance from other vehicles. Nissan ProPILOT Assist can come to a complete stop in traffic, and remain stationary until the driver releases the brakes with a push of a button.

Keeping the car in the middle of its lane on straight roads is one thing, but Nissan ProPILOT Assist goes one step further. The technology is capable of keeping the vehicle in the middle of its lane while cornering too.

Nissan ProPILOT Assist is just one of the many excellent technologies available in Nissan vehicles. Check them out at Haddad Nissan!

Meet the All-Electric Nissan Camper Van

If you spend anytime browsing through suggested content and popular themes on social media platforms like Instagram, you have likely come across the trending #vanlife hashtag. With innovative and creative ways to make money remotely, more and more people are taking to the road for mobile living.

Nissan Camper Van

Nissan debuted two new camper vans at the Madrid Motor Show in Spain, including a fully electric camper. | Courtesy of Nissan

To make something like this work, one has to have a sustainable plan, and the new all electric Nissan camper van would be a great part of such a plan. Nissan debuted this new model at the Madrid Motor Show in Spain earlier this summer. The e-NV200 Camper is modeled after the all-electric cargo van, but modified for camping and living on the road. While some van dwellers have already chosen the Nissan electric cargo van for their travels, this new model allows them to skip the process of converting it themselves.

The e-NV200 Camper features an elevated roof, a table, a full working kitchen, and bedrooms. Amenities like stationary heating and window shades make if feel like a true, cozy home. It’s perfect for living on the road, whether it be long term or just for a weekend getaway.

For now these all-electric campers are only available overseas, but it’s still exciting to see a brand like Nissan finding ways to bring zero-emission options to niche segments like camper vans. Let’s hope the van makes its way to Haddad Nissan eventually!

Nissan Brain-to-Vehicle Technology

Nissan Brain-to-Vehicle

Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the Nissan branch that works on developing innovative technologies and designs that are paving the way for better driving in the future, has just come out with a new imaginative project: Nissan Brain-to-Vehicle technology.

Also known as B2V, the new tech is being designed to read and react to signals in the driver’s brain. The goal is to create a faster reaction time and increase comfort. B2V technology can do this in two different ways. First, it will be able to predict. Driver assistive technologies connected to B2V will look for signals from the driver’s brain that indicate an upcoming movement, like a turn, and the autonomous setting will then start the turn on the driver’s behalf.

B2V is also designed to detect, meaning it will look for any brain signals that indicate discomfort. At such a sign, the autonomous system will be able to adjust things like the driving configuration to make the driver more comfortable.

As Nissan Intelligent Mobility works to develop B2V, the company will be looking for more ways in which this feature can be used to enhance the precision, safety, and comfort of each ride. Though at Haddad Nissan we have to wonder how B2V technology will be able to detect anything meaningful in our brains past the overwhelming layer of satisfaction that inevitably comes from driving a Nissan vehicle.

3 Reasons to Buy Used

Let’s be honest — buying used can have a spooky connotation. Everyone has heard used car horror stories of over-paying, non-stop maintenance, and lemons. Used cars have gotten a bad rap. In reality, shopping used can be a much better buying experience. Here are just a few reasons to buy used.

reasons to buy used

1. Higher Selection

The used car market is broad and diverse. Think of it this way: every car that is on the road — by virtue of it having been purchased and driven — is a used car. And as technology and engineering improve, cars stay on the road longer — deepening that already vast pool and improving choose for consumers. Rather than limiting yourself to the couple of hundred vehicles on a car lot, buying used opens up the marketplace and increases your odds of finding a perfect fit.

2. Lower Premiums

In many cases, car registration fees and insurance premiums are determined by car value. When you buy used, you’re saving money upfront and in the long run — since your car has lesser monetary value, there is less risk for insurance companies related to potential payouts, and you get charged less in premiums.

3. Value Buys

It’s amazing the difference a word makes. When a car is “used,” its market value is a fraction of its “new” sticker price. When a new car is driven off the lot, its value immediately depreciates by as much as 50%. As a used car shopper, you can find vehicles that are one and two years old featuring minimal wear and tear that are half the price of its new, un-driven counterparts on dealer lots. When shopping used, drivers can find excellent value buys on high-quality vehicles without breaking the bank.

Buying used is also a much less stressful process when you do it at a trusted dealership like Haddad Nissan. Check out our extensive inventory of quality used cars today!

How to Melt Rubber Tires

How to melt rubber tires

Automobiles are constant sources of scientific and engineering marvel and innovation. Airbags were a creative answer to the question: “How do we make this safe?” All-wheel drive endeavored to solve rugged conditions. The list goes on and on. Here’s one that most of us take for granted: why don’t our rubber tires melt in high-temperature conditions?

Again, the answer is creative engineering. All tires on the market go through a chemical process called “vulcanization” that combines the rubber in the tires to a number of other ingredients to ensure they’re heat-resistant, fireproof, and virtually un-melting.

It’s a lot like baking a cake. When the eggs, flour, sugar, and everything else are baked, they create cake—a new substance with entirely different traits than its ingredients. When the tires are “baked,” the meltable rubber becomes something else that’s new and impervious to heat.

How, then, do you melt rubber tires?

Companies who recycle rubber have figured this out. It’s done by a process called “pyrolisis,” where the tires are heated in an oxygen-less furnace—meaning without flames—and at over 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit the gases in the furnace cause tires to melt down into its original, independent components, yielding a rubber that is very near its original consistency and can be used again.

Haddad Nissan definitely does not recommend trying this process on your own. If, for whatever reason, you need to get your tires melted, consult a professional.

Follow These Tips to Learn How to Pack for a Road Trip the Right Way

Nissan Rouge

Whether you’re a seasoned road trip pro or are planning out your first extended drive, the importance of packing well is hard to overemphasize. And since starting off on the right foot can determine the whole tone of your next drive, be sure to check out these tips on how to pack for a road trip before you hit the road.

Use all available space

No matter what kind of car you’ll be driving, it’s easy to overlook a lot of space that you can use to pack for your road trip. Items that you need easy access to can be stowed in the doors or behind the seats while less important items, such as an extra pair of shoes, can easily be tucked under the seats, freeing up space in the cabin for a more comfortable ride.

Consider compression bags

As you load in larger items like pillows and blankets, you’ll quickly realize that space fills up face inside of a car. To help with this problem, compression bags can be a huge help. These bags are great for durable items like clothes and blankets you won’t need to access everyday while on the road.

Keep it organized

Organization is key during all stages of your road trip. To keep things tidy, consider packing items into plastic bins that can be labeled and stacked. Not only does this make good use of space, but it makes items easy to find.

Before you head for a road trip, you should also make sure to get your car serviced. Schedule a service appointment at Haddad Nissan before you go!

How to Detail Your Pickup Like a Pro

2018 Nissan Titan - Haddad Nissan

Let’s be honest: driving a pickup that’s clean inside and out just feels better. Even if you’re behind the wheel of an advanced pickup like the 2018 Nissan Titan, clutter, grime, and dust can all build up over time. This summer, follow these tips for how to detail your pickup truck and get ready to breathe some fresh life into your ride.

 

Top Down, Center Out

 

When detailing the interior of your pickup, it’s best to go about things methodically. Specifically, we recommend working from the top down, and from the center out. Not only will this ensure you don’t miss a spot, it will also prevent you from simply spreading any of the mess around.

 

Use the Right Tools

 

While it may be tempting to use the all-purpose cleaner and a rag you have lying around, it’s important to use the right cleaning products when detailing your pickup. Special car interior cleaners are available that remove dirt and grime without damaging your vehicle’s materials. When detailing the seating surfaces, be sure to use a dedicated upholstery cleaner, or else you might end up doing more harm than good.

 

Attention to Detail

 

It’s called detailing for a reason, after all. A clean interior will make any missed spots glaringly obvious, so make sure you get even the hard-to-reach places around the steering wheel and center console areas before you call it a day.

 

Once your pickup truck is spotless, make sure to bring it into Haddad Nissan for an inspection. After all, the only thing better than a flawless-looking truck is one that also runs flawlessly!

Nissan ProPILOT Assist System is Just the Beginning

Nissan ProPILOT Assist is a driver-assist system that’s extremely user-friendly, and offers the next generation of safety technology today. The hands-on system helps keep Nissan vehicles in their lane, handle traffic, and keep a set speed and distance. ProPILOT Assist technology is a huge hit, but it’s just the beginning of what Nissan has in store for the automotive industry.

Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa was more than happy to discuss the success of ProPILOT Assist earlier this year. The technology launched on a minivan in Japan, then made its way to the all-electric Nissan LEAF.

The array of systems proved extremely popular amongst drivers of all ages, and continues to make its way to more models on the Nissan lineup. The all-new 2019 Nissan Altima, for example, will feature the ProPILOT Assist system.

“[Nissan ProPILOT Assist’s] acceptance by consumers has been beyond expectations, and we’re pleased to expand its availability to more popular models such as Altima, X-Trail and Rogue Sport,” said Philippe Klien, Nissan chief planning officer.

Part of what has made the technology so successful is its user-friendly design. Activating the technology is as easy as pushing a button on the steering wheel. Deactivating the safety system is just as simple.

In addition to making the roads safer, the Nissan ProPILOT Assist system takes the boredom out of long road trips. See it in action today with a test drive at Haddad Nissan!

2018 Nissan 370Z First Drive Review

2018 Nissan 370Z

The 2018 Nissan 370Z is a sporty roadster that brings nimble handling and a powerful engine to the road. In short, it’s everything a driver could want in a sports car. Digital Trends took the Nissan 370Z for a spin and found that it offered an exhilarating drive from start to finish.

The 2018 Nissan 370Z Heritage Edition coupe was the test car the publication took to the streets and highways of California. The interior is fairly modern, and includes comfortable seats with plenty of bolstering to keep the driver in place while cornering. The two-seat roadster offers more interior room than comparable competitors.

When it comes to performance, the 2018 370Z excels beyond belief. The 3.7-liter V6 engine generates an astounding 332 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. Drivers have their choice between a sporty six-speed manual transmission and a smooth-shifting seven-speed automatic transmission. That powertrain is rated for an EPA-estimated 18 city/ 26 highway mpg, making the 370Z one of the more efficient sports cars on the market.*

When it comes to finding the most exhilarating driving experience at a value, the 2018 Nissan 370Z is the sports car of choice. For drivers serious about performance, the 370Z NISMO boasts 350 hp and 276 lb-ft of torque that meshes well with its sportier exterior styling.

The best way to review the 2018 Nissan 370Z is behind the wheel. Come to Haddad Nissan for a test drive!

* EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary.