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Protect Yourself from 2018 Gas Prices

Protect Yourself from 2018 Gas Prices

2017 was a volatile year for the average price of gas, and experts are predicting much of the same for 2018. All of us here at 171 Nissan want to assure that our friends and family in the greater Lake Charles community are getting the most bang for their buck every time they visit the pump. If you want to make the most of 2018 gas prices, just follow these few easy tips for increasing your vehicle’s fuel efficiency:

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Unload everything you’re not using from your vehicle, whether it’s luggage, soccer bags, or fishing gear. Extra weight equals miles lost.

Maintain Proper PSI

If your tires are over- or under-inflated, you might lose a whole lot of miles per gallon. Check your owner’s manual for your car’s proper PSI and remember to check your tire pressure regularly.

Keep a Clean Engine Air Filter

Your engine is forced to work harder when it has a dirty air filter. Make sure you replace your air filter regularly, approximately every other time you get an oil change.

Don’t let 2018 gas prices get the best of you. Be proactive in your regular maintenance and you’ll start seeing the savings, no matter what the numbers say at the gas station. If you have further questions about how to keep your beloved ride operating at peak efficiency, call 171 Nissan today to speak with one of our experienced staff members.

Tire Maintenance Tips for a Safe Spring and Summer

TiresThe winter months can cause serious damage to your tires – tires that will need more tread than ever during the rainy spring season. Proper tire maintenance can help you prevent hydroplaning, fuel waste, and the dreaded flat tire.

Here are some tire maintenance tips to get you started:

  • Be sure to get your tires (and entire vehicle, for that matter) looked over regularly by a professional, who will notice things that you do not.
  • Keep your tires inflated to the amount indicated inside the car door. Try to get as close to the appropriate number as possible, and remember that over-inflation and under-inflation are both bad for your tires.
  • If you are noticing that your vehicle seems to be pulling to one side, the problem is likely due to one or more of the tires. Be sure to identify the culprit and get the issue solved.
  • Learn the penny trick to evaluate your tires’ tread, and be sure to get new tires if necessary.

How do you make sure your tires are well-maintained? Let us know at 171 Nissan your ideas in the comments. We hope that these tips will help you keep your car in the best shape possible!