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.

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport Revealed

2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

The Nissan Qashqai saw great success in Europe, and now the Japanese automaker is bringing the model to the United States. While the model itself will be rolling onto our shores this spring, the name will be left across the pond. The small crossover will join the bestselling Rogue line instead.

The 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport, as it will be called, is similar to the Rogue in everything but size. The standard Rogue is a foot longer and has a 2.3-inch longer wheelbase. The new Rogue Sport will sit just above the Juke and other crossovers, like the Kia Soul.

Like the standard Rogue, the Rogue Sport will boast a multilink rear suspension. The two models will also share the same grille design, wheels, and paint colors. Much of the interior is relatively unchanged between the two models as well. The smaller Rogue Sport has 61 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded compared to the 70 cubic feet of space in the standard Rogue.

The new Rogue Sport will boast a standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 141 hp. The sole powertrain comes mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

We at Haddad Nissan can’t wait for the new Rogue Sport to hit our lot later this spring!

Learn the History of St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick's DaySt. Patrick’s Day is the most celebrated Irish holiday with parties and cultural recognition occurring around the globe. The holiday’s history stretches back more than 1,500 years and has been so storied that facts and legend have merged. While the history of St. Patrick’s Day may not be the clearest, the founding certainly is.

Patrick, also known as Maewyn Succat or Patricius, was likely born in Roman-England or Scotland around the year 400 to his father Calpurnius, a Roman-British army officer. He was kidnapped by pirates and sold into slavery in Ireland. He spent six years in prison before dreaming of God telling him to escape.

He escaped and ventured to France where he joined a monastery. He became a bishop after 12 years of training, after which God told him to return to Ireland. With the Pope’s blessing, he set out to aid the Irish.

Once there, St. Patrick converted many of the Irish to Christianity, including many royal families. Although he was arrested on more than one occasion, he escaped to continue setting up schools and churches as a foundation for the Ireland we know today.

We at Haddad Nissan can’t wait to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day next month!

 

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!