How to Stick to Your Resolutions During the Year

stick to your resolutions

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!

Nissan’s Self-Driving Technology Becomes Available in UK

Nissan’s Self-Driving Technology

For the past few years, automakers have been scrambling to be the first one on the market to introduce self-driving technology. However, a lot of brands have resolved to team up with ride-hailing services due to the expensive nature of autonomous driving. However, it seems Nissan will be the first-ever manufacturer to offer a new self-driving option on a production vehicle as soon as this year.

Considering big names like Ford weren’t even planning to have self-driving vehicles on the road until at least 2020, Nissan’s self-driving technology is a big deal. The option will be available on the 2017 Qashqai in the UK market for a relatively small additional fee of £1,500 or, in USD, about $1,910. The system in the Qashqai will be called the ProPILOT and is the first of three different versions that will roll out across Nissan’s lineup in the next four years.

The next version of ProPILOT, Highway Pilot, is coming next year in 2018 and will provide features like the ability to switch lanes and pass other cars, while the third version, Intercity Pilot, will be able to drive autonomously in urban areas. This new self-driving option is a major step toward technology and innovation in Nissan’s lineup and is very exciting to experts and enthusiasts everywhere.

The Haddad Nissan team is very excited about Nissan’s progress towards autonomous vehicles!

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

keep your car organized

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

items to keep in your car

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.

Tips for Driving in the Snow

Driving in the Snow

Now that fall is finally here, it’s a good time to freshen up on how to drive when the harsh winter weather strikes. Driving on snow- and ice-covered roads are no laughing matter and can easily lead to an accident if you don’t know what you’re doing. Here are a few tips for driving in the snow.

  • Prepare – It never hurts to prepare for the worst. Pack your car to ensure that you have everything you need if you break down on the side of the road. Bring plenty of food, water, blankets, extra clothes, and cat litter, just in case you get stuck in the snow. Make sure you have at least a quarter of a tank of gas as well.
  • Cruise Control – If your car comes equipped with cruise control, winter is not the time to start using it. Using cruise control on a slippery surface can lead to a decreased reaction time or fishtailing all over the road. The end result can be disastrous to say the least.
  • Slow Down – Telling drivers to slow down is something everything says but few actually do. Accelerating, stopping, and slowing down all take longer on slippery roadways. Give yourself plenty of time to maneuver your vehicle by slowing down.

Another option that will help with driving in the snow is winter tires. Make a service appointment today, and get some extra traction for the snow!

Reap the Benefits of Purchasing a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle from Haddad Nissan

Nissan CPO

In your search for a new car, have you considered buying pre-owned? At Haddad Nissan here in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, we have an extensive inventory of Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles that are just like new, only without that new car smell. Buying pre-owned can seem like risky business, but we are here to assure you that a pre-owned vehicle may be an option better suited for you. Let’s take a look at some of the significant benefits that come with buying a Certified Pre-Owned from Haddad Nissan:

Price:

When you look past the allure of having a brand new car, you will realize that buying pre-owned is a definite option to be considered. A lot of money can be saved if you are willing to give up the flawless upholstery and single digit mileage that comes with a new car. According to Edmunds.com, in a 6 year period (average car ownership period), buying a pre-owned vehicle results in the smallest total out-of-pocket cost when compared to both leasing and buying new. This is an ideal option for many, and purchasing from Haddad Nissan assures that you are purchasing a high quality vehicle. Also relating to price, a pre-owned vehicle depreciates in value at a much slower rate than a new vehicle. New vehicles depreciate in value very quickly upon purchasing, whereas used cars have a slower rate of depreciation since they have already passed their “new car phase.”

Nissan Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles

One concern for many people is that a pre-owned vehicle may be in poor condition, which would mean significant money would need to be spent on servicing the vehicle. At Haddad Nissan in Pittsfield, this is not an issue, as each vehicle must pass through an intense inspection process before they can be sold as a Nissan Certified Pre-Owned. Some of the benefits of purchasing a Nissan Certified Pre-owned include:

  • 7-year/100,000-mile Warranty
  • 24-hour Emergency Roadside Assistance
  • Car Rental Reimbursement and Towing Benefit
  • 167-Point Inspection
  • Genuine Nissan parts
  • CARFAX® Vehicle History Report™
  • Optional Security+Plus® Extended Protection Plan
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 3-month trial subscription

One of the most notable aspects of the Nissan Certified process is the 167-Point inspection. This intensive vehicle inspection process will put to rest any worries you may have about the quality of the pre-owned vehicle you are thinking of purchasing. Alongside this, the CARFAX® Vehicle History Report™ acts as a resource for you to ensure that you aren’t purchasing a vehicle with expensive hidden problems. The Nissan Certified standards allow our customers to shop confidently.

Dealer vs. Private Seller

There are numerous benefits to buying used from a dealership instead of a private seller. By choosing a dealership instead, you are giving up a casual atmosphere for an experience that is more beneficial to you as well as practical. By choosing a dealership, you are subject to specialized financing options, service promotions, a larger vehicle selection, and reassurance that you are purchasing a top quality pre-owned vehicle. Buying a lemon will leave a sour taste in anyone’s mouth, but at Haddad Nissan, we guarantee that our Certified Pre-Owned vehicles will exceed your expectation of quality and be priced very reasonably. It is also worth mentioning that many lending companies will not finance a car from a private seller, which could prove to be a major issue for some. Why subject yourself to a time consuming and risky process by buying from a private seller when we’re right here in Pittsfield, Massachusetts waiting to get you into the pre-owned vehicle of your dreams.

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!

Nissan Now Has America’s Best Truck Warranty

Best Truck Warranty

It’s official: Nissan has “America’s Best Truck Warranty.” The 5-Year/100,000-Mile Bumper-to-Bumper warranty comes on the 2017 Titan and Titan XD full-size pickups. Most automakers only offer limited powertrain warranties for this long, but Nissan is standing behind the quality of its product. Now you can drive with added peace of mind knowing that you have better coverage.

According to Nissan, the vehicles covered by the warranty include all Titan V8 gasoline-powered models, as well as diesel and V8 gasoline-powered 2017 Titan XD models in Crew and Single Cab configurations. Naturally, this includes both 4×2 and 4×4 models for the Titan XD. Nissan vehicles are already known for their longevity—this just proves how important quality truly is for the automaker.

“We’re pleased to now offer the same confidence-inspiring protection as our commercial vehicles for our entire range of 2017 Titan and Titan XD full-size pickups,” said Fred Diaz, division vice president and general manager, North America Trucks and Light Commercial Vehicles, Nissan North America, Inc. “The new bumper-to-bumper coverage shows customers that Nissan stands behind the quality of its vehicles – including the ones that are subject to the hardest use.”

This new warranty isn’t the only feature that’s new on the Titan. This model also gets a new Single Cab configuration, King Cab configuration, and V6 engine. With all this and state-of-the-art technologies, it’s easy to see why so many are choosing the Titan and Titan XD.