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Month: June 2015

Juneteenth and Jazz and Shrimp Festivals in Lake Charles Civic Center Events


It’s going to be an exciting weekend in Lake Charles! At 171 Nissan, we can’t wait to make it out to the Lake Charles Civic Center events on Saturday, where the Juneteenth Celebration Family Fun Day and the first ever Shrimp and Jazz Festival will be held. Juneteenth will take place in the sports facility of the Civic Center and costs $10 to attend. The Shrimp and Jazz Festival will be held from 11 AM to 7 PM.

17104616399_069340d6b2_zJuneteenth is a celebration of the end of slavery, which ended 151 years ago on Friday. The event will include lots of fun games and activities for kids, performances from both local and nationally recognized musical artists, and a celebrity barbecue cook-off.  For those of you who’ve been to this festival in the past, you remember just how fun this event can be!

SaxophoneThe Shrimp and Jazz Festival is intended to make jazz music more available in Lake Charles and will feature Grammy-nominated artist Mickey Smith, Jr., along with many other musicians and, of course, lots of shrimp and food! This festival is a perfect pair to Juneteenth, as both will celebrate Black history and the impact of Black culture.  So come out and see what we’ve got going on in Lake Charles this month and share it with us here at 171 Nissan!

How to improve fuel efficiency

Pumping GasCars these days are becoming more and more fuel efficient, but if you’ve got an older car or a huge SUV, your car might be a gas guzzler. However, you’re not doomed to those low mpg ratings! There are plenty of ways to improve fuel efficiency while keeping the spacious interior and solid body you’re used to, and we are going to share some with you!

An easy way to use less gas (as it’s the whole reason cars get better mileage on the freeway than in town) is to use your brakes less. In stop and go traffic, there’s no need to speed up so fast if you’re just going to have to punch your brakes in a few seconds. Speed up gradually and you’ll save more gas than you’d think.  Also, give yourself plenty of time when you are coming up on a stop sign or a red light.  This will also help you use your brakes less and save on gas.

Don’t be afraid to lose a few mph on hills—let the car slow down, and coast down the hill on the other side to speed up. Pick a route with as few traffic lights as possible and, if you possibly can, take back ways home from work to avoid rush hour traffic. Driving in rush hour might as well be driving with your gas cap off.  If you are looking for more ways to take care of your car, check out our Common Car Maintenance FAQ’s here at 171 Nissan!