Spring Car Cleaning Tips

So, the “ice is finally melting” and the “smiles are returning to their faces.” This can only mean one thing: you’ve been listening to “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles. Or, maybe, spring is really here. And in that case, a little spring car cleaning is probably in order. Here are some tips!

spring car cleaning

Scrub a dub dub!

The interior part of your vehicle that has likely suffered the most abuse over the course of the winter is where you put your feet. Pull out all of your floor mats and shake them out thoroughly. You may need to get them wet in order to work out the crud wrought of salt and sleet. Next, comes the shampoo and hand-brush. Scrub vigorously, rinse, and hang out to dry.

Of course, the most obvious victim of the cold weather and snow is your vehicle’s exterior. The first step is getting all of the salt residue off the finish before you start scrubbing, otherwise, you may push salt into the scratches in your exterior. Try squeezing soapy water all over your vehicle and then rinsing it off. Then you can use a soap and sponge and scrub to your heart’s desire.

Don’t worry about cleaning your windshield wipers. Just replace them! If only everything in life were that easy…

Looking to replace your current vehicle? Stop in at Haddad Nissan and take a test drive today.

How to Stick to Your Resolutions During the Year

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So you rang in the New Year, made your New Year’s Resolutions, and you may have been at it for a week or two—but you can already feel yourself falling a little behind. Making a plan for ways to stick to your resolutions throughout 2017 can cause you to be more likely to keep up with and achieve your goals.

Add a Behavior Instead of Taking Away

A lot of times people will set goals that require them to restrict or take away something they enjoy. Instead, trying adding a new behavior—like adding more vegetables to your diet or taking a walk every afternoon.

Track Your Progress

Instead of using external factors like a scale or a food diary, focus on how much better you feel as you accomplish goals in your resolution.

Find a Support Network

Having friends who are also committed to their resolutions makes a difference, or even just recruiting the help of friends who can keep you on task.

Be Realistic

Ultimately, people fail when they feel like they can never reach their goal, so it’s important to have a more realistic approach rather than an ambitious one. Accomplish your goals a little at a time.

It doesn’t have to be hard to stick to your resolutions for the New Year. A little bit of careful planning and revisiting your resolution to see if it’s a good fit goes a long way.

Good luck on your New Year’s Resolution from Haddad Nissan!

Check Out These Winter Weather Driving Tips Before Your Snowy Trek

Winter Weather DrivingWhile the snow is surely festive, it can also cause the most hazardous driving conditions of the year. Fortunately, there are measures you can take to decrease your likelihood of danger when driving on snowy roads.

Here are some winter weather driving tips to keep in mind:

  • Ensure that your vehicle is in top condition before driving in winter weather – inspecting the tires, brakes, and windshield wipers.
  • Similarly, prepare yourself for the inevitable icy windshields and snowy banks you will encounter by keeping an ice scraper and shovel in your trunk.
  • Always drive slowly on snowy and icy roads, and when you change speeds, be sure to either accelerate or decelerate gradually.
  • Increase the distance between your vehicle and other vehicles around you.
  • Turn your headlights on, even if it’s still daytime, to improve visibility.
  • Does your car use all-wheel drive, front-wheel drive, or another system? Consult your owner’s manual and figure out how to use what you have.
  • Avoid going up hills if possible, by planning alternate routes. Familiarity with the area around you will allow you to improvise.

For more winter driving safety information, or to test drive an all-wheel drive vehicle perfect for the season, contact us or visit us any time at Haddad Nissan.

How Does All-Wheel Drive Work?

All-Wheel Drive

As the snow begins to fall and drivers begin to rely on their all-wheel drive more than ever, they may ask themselves, “How does all-wheel drive work?” In a world where every new SUV seems to have all-wheel or four-wheel drive, it may seem confusing.

Fortunately, all-wheel drive is actually a simple system, allowing you to cruise over ice and snow with ease.

Vehicles that are equipped with all-wheel drive use a center differential, which splits the transmission power between the front and rear axles. When wheel sensors notice a loss of traction in one of the wheels – like if a wheel is slipping on ice – more transmission power will be sent to the wheels with more stability.

Most all-wheel drive vehicles are in all-wheel drive mode at all times, which is different than four-wheel drive – which usually only activates when necessary. When you are driving an all-wheel drive vehicle, you can be sure that your vehicle is constantly shifting power to the most reliable wheels.

Of course, some all-wheel drive systems are different than others. On-demand all-wheel drive keeps the focus on the front wheels until an issue is detected, whereas symmetrical all-wheel drive splits the focus four ways, at all times.

To learn more about all-wheel drive, or to check out a new all-wheel drive vehicle just in time for winter, contact us or visit us any time, here at Haddad Nissan.

How to Keep Your Car Organized

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Keeping your car clean and organized will make your commute much more bearable!

While cars are one of the most convenient inventions in the history of humans, they are also an extension of our personalities. For many people, this means that they get just as cluttered as their bedrooms at home. Here’s how to keep your car organized.

Organize Your Trunk

One way to do this is to keep collapsible bins in your trunk. You can store all types of stuff in each section of the bins to keep your trunk from becoming a cluttered mess.

Clean Out Your Glove Box and Console

These tend to be places where junk just gets tossed in. They get messy quickly, so one way to fix that is to keep pouches inside each of them to store different items. One pouch can be for money, another for important documents, etc.

Repurpose Household Items

Remember that caddy for remote controls that you never use anymore? Put it to use in your car by attaching it to the back of your seats to hold extra items.

Have a Tissue Holder

You can use your cup holder for this. Fill a cup with a lid with tissues, and then you have a permanent home for them.

Keep a Small Trash Bin

If you create a lot of trash in your car, keep some sort of little bin in your vehicle so that your trash doesn’t end up strewn about the floor.

It all comes down to using your imagination. You can put anything to use if you think about it enough.

Important Emergency Items to Keep in Your Car

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Cars are one of the greatest inventions in the history of humans. However, they don’t always treat us the way that we want. Here are some of the most important emergency items to keep in your car just in case.

Maintenance Items

In the event that you experience a mechanical problem with your car, be prepared with the right tools. This includes things like a fully inflated spare tire, a car jack, jumper cables, the car manual, a tire pressure gauge, duct tape, and car repair information (mechanic or AAA phone number).

Safety Items

While most people will never find themselves in a life or death situation, it does happen. Those who are prepared for it are the ones who survive. That’s why every car should have emergency items like a first aid kit, a flashlight, a multi-tool, energy bars, water bottles, and a radio.

Comfort Items

While these items may not save your life, they make your life much easier. A few simple items go a long way. Stock your car with napkins or paper towels, tissues, pens and pencils, spare change, an umbrella, a blanket, a change of clothes, and an extra charger for mobile devices.

You will thank yourself the next time you find yourself in any of these situations.

Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips

Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips

It may still be early in October but Halloween will be here before you know it which means it’s time for a refresh on trick-or-treat safety tips. Trick-or-treat night can be one of the most enjoyable nights of the year for kids, but it could easily end in an accident if you don’t take precautions. Here are a few trick-or-treat safety tips.

  • Supervise – If your kids are younger than 13, they need to be supervised. Kids from around town are likely to be dropped off in your neighborhood and the last thing any parent wants is a missing child. Keep an eye on your children at all times. Those older than 13 should stay in well-lit areas that they’re familiar with.
  • Visibility – Go the extra mile to keep track of your child by making them more visible. While unique costumes can work, attaching a glow stick to any costume is likely a cheaper solution. As a result, it will be easier to spot your child in a crowd.
  • Driving – There’s no doubt in any driver’s mind that trick-or-treat night means streets full of children. That’s why drivers should avoid getting distracted behind the wheel and make sure they keep their lights on at all times. Slow down to avoid any wandering children!

Fall Service Tips: Prepare Your Car for the Season

Fall Service Tips - Nissan

Fall Service Tips - Nissan

Fall signals a change of seasons, including shorter days, cooler temperatures, and dreary weather. That means it’s the right time for car maintenance, including tire service, new wipers, a new air filter, and more. Read on to see a list of fall service tips.

According to Bankrate, you should always change your wipers in the fall. Most wipers begin to wear out this time of year, and it’s important to change them before the rain and snow start falling. While you’re at it, consider changing the washer fluid as well.

Check tire pressure. Cooler temperatures cause a decrease in tire pressure. That means your tires could be underinflated as the fall sets in. Underinflated tires cause unnecessary friction, reducing fuel economy and increasing wear. Be sure to check your spare tire as well.

The fall is the perfect time to change your air filter. Air quality tends to dip in the fall, which can decrease performance. If you don’t want to entirely replace your air filter, you should at least blow out the filter with compressed air.

Finally, check your battery for corrosion. Colder temperatures affect electrical systems negatively. Make sure that your battery is not expired and that it is corrosion free. Carefully take a wire brush to the terminals if they are in poor condition. Use extra caution, as live electrical currents can be very dangerous.

What It Feels Like to Get a Flat Tire

What It Feels Like to Get a Flat TireGetting a flat tire is a sure way to ruin your day, especially if you’re on your way to somewhere fun. While flat tires can be unpredictable, there are certain ways to tell if you have gotten one while driving. Here are a few signs that your car has a flat tire.

Wonky Steering. Do you suddenly feel like your steering wheel is being pulled to one side? If you’re fighting to keep it straight, then you probably have a flat on one side. If you notice any unusual vibrating or pulsating, this also might be a warning sign of a flat.

You’re Losing Speed. If you notice you’re slowing down more easily than usual or it’s taking longer to accelerate, that might be because you have a flat slowing you down.

Sinking. A sinking feeling can occur in your car when you get a flat. It can be subtle but when it’s your driver’s side front tire, you can feel a significant change, especially if you have a vehicle that’s high off the ground.

Loud Noises. A loud bang is typically an indication that you just experienced a blowout. There can also be scratching, grinding, or flapping sounds when you have a flat.

Remember, if you ever need new tires or any other service, contact our Haddad Nissan Service Center! 

Summer Car Maintenance and Service Tips

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Checking your tire treads is one thing you should do to get your car ready for summer. Learn about “the penny test” here!

Summer is a hard season for cars. The heat can mess with the engine and is definitely hard on the cooling system, among other issues, so it’s important to pay attention to your owner’s manual and determine when you need to do certain kinds of car maintenance or go in for service.

There are plenty of small maintenance tasks you can do at home yourself even if aren’t very car-savvy. You can check your fluid levels, which could easily be low after the harsh winter, and do this regularly, about once a month. If you notice your fluids seem to be dirty, it may be time to schedule a dealership appointment and get an oil change or coolant flush.

You can also check your tires for cracks, high or low pressure, or bulging, and look at your brake lines and hoses for damage, and clean your radiator. If you notice any damages, make an appointment ASAP. Finally, change your windshield wipers if you haven’t already! If you aren’t comfortable performing some kind of maintenance, leave it to the professionals.