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.

How to Fix a Car Dent

Fix a Car DentFixing a dent in your car doesn’t have to be expensive. Odds are you can do it yourself without leaving the garage, provided you have the right tools. By using common household items, you can likely avoid the repair shop and save a good amount of money. Here are a few ways to fix a car dent from us here at Haddad Nissan.

  1. Boiling Water – If you got a dent in your rear bumper, you already know the plastic isn’t very flexible. To help fix it, remove the bumper and apply hot or boiling water to the dent. The heat should make the plastic more malleable, allowing you to push the dent out.
  2. Plunger – If you have a sink plunger, called a cup plunger in stores, lying around, you already have everything to remove small and medium-sized dents. Apply water to both the plunger and the dent. Push and pull like you would on a clog. The suction should pop the dent out.
  3. Hot and Cold Air – By using a hair dryer to heat the metal then using an upside down can of compressed air to cool it, you can remove a dent without even touching it. The heat causes the metal to expand while the cold air makes it contract, effectively removing the dent.

Happy Travels: Summer Road Trip Tips

Summer Road Trip Tips

The advent of the summer season is finally upon us–and with it come festivals, parades, celebrations, and of course, family road trips. So to help our patrons, here are a few summer road trip tips to remember while embarking on your next motorway adventure.

  1. Get your car checked: Whether perusing over items yourself or choosing to have a thorough examination by a trusted professional at Haddad Nissan, be sure that wiper blades, fluid levels, belt and hose connections, tire pressure, turn signals, headlights, and your spare tire are all in working order and roadworthy before leaving.
  1. Take the essentials: This includes important documents like an up-to-date driver’s license, proof of insurance, wallet with money and credit cards, printed maps—in case you lose satellite reception, phone charger, and GPS. You also don’t want to forget snacks, games, and a musical playlist.
  1. Be ready for the unexpected: For those just-in-case scenarios, here are some “how to” videos to change a tire and jump-start your car battery. You also want to make sure you have a tire iron, jumper cables, bottled water, and a first-aid kit stowed somewhere in your vehicle.

Wherever your journey may take you, we wish you safe travels and hope that you will plan a visit to Haddad Nissan to see the latest Nissan fleet available to you!