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!
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!
We at Haddad Nissan know how important it is to service your vehicle seasonally. Winter is coming to an end, so we’ve put together this spring car care checklist to get your vehicle in tip-top shape for the new season.
Catch up with routine vehicle service
If you have not been doing this already, all drivers should be keeping up with the routine service schedule as outlined in their owner’s manual. This can range from replacing burnt out bulbs to streaky windshield wipers to checking the tread on your tires.
Correct any seemingly minor mechanical issues
Sometimes, drivers will dismiss minor issues such as stalling, rough idling, or hard starts as something that can be ignored. Instead, make sure to have these problems checked before they turn into potentially major repair items.
Change oil and coolant fluids
Both oil and coolant fluid help your engine function more efficiently and safely.
Inspect belts and hoses
The engine contains networks of belts, hoses, clamps, and other moving parts that can become worn out or damaged. Make sure to replace these when needed.
Have your air conditioner checked
Air conditioning may not feel like a “necessary” part of spring car care, but keeping yourself cool in the warmer months is a must.
Call us at Haddad Nissan to schedule your springtime maintenance appointment, or to find answers to your vehicle upkeep questions.
Tires are the only point of contact between your vehicle and the road, making them extremely important. However, they’re often a neglected component of our cars. Many don’t realize the importance of having a dedicated set of tires for winter weather, which can make tackling the colder months potentially hazardous. Read on to learn more about the benefits of winter tires.
Superior traction in winter weather
Winter tires have special tread patterns that improve performance in cold, wet, and snowy conditions. They greatly reduce the likelihood of getting stranded because of inclement weather and enhance your vehicle’s grip on the road when the weather turns ugly.
Exceptional durability in the cold
Winter tires are also made of special rubber that remains durable when the temperature drops. Even with no snow on the ground, all-season tires tend to underperform when temperatures drop to around freezing. Winter tires, on the other hand, are specially designed to retain superior grip on the road despite cold temperatures.
Better braking power
It’s important for a vehicle to be able to stop on short notice, especially in the winter. Winter tires handle abrupt stops on slippery roads exceptionally well, to help minimize the likelihood of a collision.
While an extra set of tires may seem like an unnecessary expense, buying winter tires is much cheaper than repairing a car that’s been damaged from driving in snowy conditions with the wrong type of tires. Come in to Haddad Nissan today to ask more about our winter tire specials; we’ll be glad to help you find the right tires for your vehicle.
Halloween is usually considered an event for the little ones—trick or treat and most local activities involve the whole family. But sometimes, you just have to throw an adult Halloween party and get in the spirit of the holiday with your friends. Here’s some tips for hosting the best party for festive adults.
Send Invites Early
Even if it’s a chill gathering, you want to send out invitations early so that guests have time to get a costume ready, as well as find someone to watch their kids.
Pick a Theme
Halloween is more fun with a theme. Go for a witch’s cottage with bubbling punch bowls, or a noir murder mystery, or a decrepit haunted house—your imagination is the limit.
Have a Costume Contest
In order to encourage people to come dressed up, you might want to promise some prizes for the best costumes! Have prizes for first, second, and third place, or if the party is big enough, rate by category!
Have Fun Games
Bobbing for apples, a murder mystery game, and even thematic activities like fortune-telling or, if you have trees in your backyard, a haunted trail go a long way.
Having cocktails? Looking up a few recipes for some drinks that fit the mood can make all the difference.
Throw an adult Halloween party with these tips from us at Haddad Nissan.
Football season is winding up which means it’s time to get your trucks packed and grills ready. Nothing will help you enjoy the football season more than some helpful tailgating technology tips.
Almost everyone has a smartphone, which means finding all the pertinent information about game day is just a tap of a finger away. Many teams have apps that provide fans with information required to streamline the experience, usually including weather forecasts, stadium parking, seat locations, and more. Some apps even provide real-time traffic updates to help fans get to the game on time.
For the most diehard of fans, many apps offer coach and player press conferences after the game.
Power inverters are a fairly cheap way to keep your gadgets charged and ready to roll. Most inverters connect to a vehicle’s battery and convert the output to AC power. From there, users can connect their compatible devices to USB ports so they’ll never be disconnected.
Tailgating can get cold midway through the season. Staying warm is as simple as connecting a propane heater to get the job done. The heaters usually sit on top of a propane tank and push out a constant stream of warm air to keep your comfy on game day.
Take this helpful advice from us here at Haddad Nissan and be ready for game day!
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!
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.
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.
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!
While 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.
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.