Looking to get better fuel economy? Here are a few tips:
Accelerate Gradually and Don’t Speed
Even the most aerodynamic, well-designed vehicle will experience increased drag at higher speeds, which requires more fuel to move the same distance. Couple this with the fact that accelerating quickly burns more fuel than slowly applying the gas, and you’ve got a fuel economy disaster on your hands if you’re the type to rush during your drive.
Pay Attention To Your Tires
It may not be the most obvious thing in the world, but having improperly inflated tires can actually negatively impact your fuel economy! This is because poor tire health causes your vehicle to need more fuel to push it the same distance.
Stay On Top of Your Maintenance Schedule
We all slack a little when it comes to routine vehicle service, but keeping your powertrain healthy is crucial to maintaining top fuel economy numbers. So get that oil change on time and have your engine tuned periodically; your gas tank, and your wallet, will thank you.
Buy an Efficient Car – Like the Nissan Altima!
Probably the most obvious way to save on gas is to buy a vehicle that doesn’t use much. The 2017 Nissan Altima gets an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 27 mpg in the city and a staggering 39 mpg on the highway,* making it one of the most efficient non-hybrids you can get your hands on.
Head to 171 Nissan so you can test drive the new 2017 Altima. Not only does it get better fuel economy – it’s an all-around quality car.
*All fuel economy numbers are based on estimated EPA averages.
Do you have a canine companion that you consider a member of your family? You aren’t alone. All across the U.S., there are plenty of people who love their pet like their own child. However, car safety is a big issue when it comes to bringing Fido along with you. According to a recent survey conducted by Nissan, 90% of dog owners want a car with more dog-friendly features, so Nissan decided to pursue the obvious solution: engineering a concept car for dogs, the XTrail 4Dogs.
Some more numbers were included in the survey: 98.7% of survey respondents use their car to transport their pet, and of that number, 88.7% of them bring their dog along for the ride at least once a week. That’s a lot of dogs riding in cars on a weekly basis!
Responders tended to agree that the trunk or backseat was the best place to keep a dog during these weekly excursions, but voiced concerns about canine accessibility when it came to actually getting their beloved furry family members into the vehicle. The XTrail 4Dogs concept includes a ramp to make getting in and out of the trunk easier than ever. What’s more is that the trunk can easily fit not one, but two dogs with plenty of space leftover, and even includes a shower, dryer, no-spill water bowl, treat dispenser, and more.
Unfortunately, Nissan’s car for dogs isn’t making its way to the mainstream market, but we at 171 Nissan think it’s a good way to spread awareness for dog safety in your car.[Top]
After you’ve picked out and gained financing for a new car, the next step is to properly take care of it. While a new car doesn’t need much immediate maintenance, taking care in the beginning of the car’s lifespan will make the years to come much easier and more problem-free. Here are a few new car care tips from us here at 171 Nissan.
- Insurance – Required to legally drive in most states, car insurance is the best way to make sure your purchase is protected. Considered you likely just dropped thousands upon thousands of dollars on a new car, getting more than the minimum required insurance doesn’t seem like a bad idea. The last thing you want is to get into an accident and find out you still owe money on a car you no longer own. If a dealership or your insurance company offers gap insurance, go for it.
- Owner’s Manual – A long, boring read sounds like the perfect way to spend the afternoon, right? Of course not, but reading your owner’s manual could save you a good chunk of change down the road. Make sure to mark the service schedule for easy access later on!
- Driving – Rather than floor it or drive like a grandma, simply drive the speed limit and obey the rules of the road. Doing so ensures that your car will be able to maneuver and accelerate under those conditions for years to come.
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, which means now is the time to decide what you’re going to do for that special someone in your life. If he or she spends more time with their car than they do with you, consider one of these Valentine’s Day gifts for car lovers.
- Satellite radio subscription. Once you’ve experienced commercial-free radio, it’s hard to go back. If your love spends hours commuting each week, get him/her a subscription to SiriusXM Satellite Radio. They have a variety of packages
- Car detail. There’s nothing quite like driving a car that has been expertly cleaned inside and out. Even if you can’t give your sweet someone a new car, you can make their old one feel new again with a good ole’ car detailing.
- Accessories. Get your love some sweet accessories to make their car even more awesome. Or, if they’re working on a custom job, get them the part they have been saving up for. Here at 171 Nissan, we have a fully-stocked parts department for all of your Nissan accessory needs.
- Exotic car experience. If your significant other has been dreaming of Lamborghinis and Maseratis his or her whole life, get them an exotic car experience, from someplace like Cloud 9 Living. They can experience the thrills of driving a variety of high-performance cars.
Will you be giving your special someone a car-themed gift for Valentine’s Day this year?[Top]