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Holiday Travel Tips

Happy family in SUV

Holiday travels can be a hassle, but for many Americans it’s something of a holiday tradition. Crowded airports and congested roadways can cause stress, and that’s not something any traveler wants to experience during the holidays. We here at 171 Nissan have some stress-reducing holiday travel tips for those planning to visit family and loved ones during this festive season.

  • Breathe – The main point of traveling is to arrive at your destination. Things are bound to go wrong, but it’s up to you not to let those unfortunate events ruin the holidays. Take a step back, breathe deeply, and then continue on your way. Don’t let something ruin the most wonderful time of the year before you even make it to your destination!
  • Eat – A hungry stomach makes for a short temper and a grumpy traveler. Make sure to grab a bite to eat, even if it’s something small. While full meals would be ideal, time clinches can make them impossible. Either way, avoid going hungry during your travels.
  • Sleep – Sleep is important to keep your stress levels low. Make sure to get a good night’s rest before you head out on the road or to the airport. Stress is bound to find you but a brain operating at peak efficiency is better than a bogged-down mind!

Volunteer During the Holidays at Deridder Food Pantries

DeRidder Food Pantries

The holiday season is the perfect time to give back to the community. That’s why we’ve written a post on local food pantries, listing some of the great organizations that work to help those in need in the area. There are many Deridder food pantries that can use donations and volunteers this time of year, so volunteer your time today.

According to FoodPantries.org, one of the top food pantries in the area is God’s Food Box. Collecting and distributing food for those in need is this organization’s main goal. You can help by giving time, money, or food. Contact Boca Helping Hands if you would like to volunteer here over the holidays.

The Beauregard Community Action Association also provides support in the Deridder area. This location is for low-income families and individuals, providing USDA commodities, Medicaid, emergency shelter, community housing development, and more. Open from 8am to 4pm, you can call for more information.

Located a short drive away, the Vernon Community Action Council also helps those in need in the area. This non-profit social service agency can help low-income families, the homeless, the crisis-stricken, and more. Providing emergency assistance, crisis intervention, clothing, food, medical transport, and budget management among other things, the Vernon Community Action Council is glad to take donations and support.  For more information, feel free to reach out to us at 171 Nissan! We would be glad to help!

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Nissan and Habitat for Humanity Campaign: Giving Back

Nissan and Habitat for Humanity

Nissan is working harder than ever to partner with Habitat for Humanity, an organization that creates affordable housing for those in need. Nissan has pledged millions of dollars to the organization over the years in order to help those in the community, and it has also recently renewed a specific campaign in the Nashville area.

According to Nissan, the brand recently launched the House the Media Built campaign by drawing over 50 prominent journalists from around the globe in order to cover a new story on a house being built in Nashville. In addition to donating funds over the years, the Nissan brand has also managed to donate vehicles and volunteer, helping to build over 71 homes across the US in the past decade.

“Nissan began its relationship with Habitat for Humanity more than a decade ago with a donation of $1 million, 50 TITAN trucks and an abundance of employee volunteer time following Hurricane Katrina,” said Dan Bedore, director, Nissan Division Communications. “This relationship goes to the heart of our values, not only as a corporate citizen, but as neighbors in the communities in which we live, work and serve.”

The Nissan and Habitat for Humanity partnership is stronger than ever. The organization has managed to build more than 770 homes in the greater Nashville area, many of which were paid for in part by funds from Nissan. This is just one more way the company is giving back. Find out more about how 171 Nissan is helping to give back as well!

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Proper Fall Car Care

Fall Car Care

Summer is gone and fall has arrived, which means it’s time to take care of your car’s regular maintenance! Take the time to ensure your vehicle is up and running smoothly, especially before winter arrives—the cold weather will only make problems worse. If you aren’t sure what to do, here are some proper fall car care tips from us here at 171 Nissan.

  • Oil – There’s a reason oil usually makes it onto car care lists. Oil plays three major, crucial roles in your engine, which is why it’s important to keep up with proper maintenance. Check your owner’s manual to see when your car needs an oil change. Old oil won’t perform as well as the weather grows colder and that can cause major problems.
  • Engine – Speaking of the engine, have any problems like rough idling, stalling, and hard starts, address it immediately. Doing so will save you a bundle of money and a good amount of headaches as it gets later in the year.
  • Lights – Fall and, subsequently, winter are a good time to address your headlights. Replace any burnt-out bulbs, clean the lenses, and inspect areas around the lights for chips, cracks, dents, or other possible problems. You’ll be glad you did!
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Improvements Coming to the 2017 Nissan Rogue

2017 Nissan Rogue

2016 Nissan Rogue Pictured

Among the vehicles in the Nissan lineup, one of the most popular is the Nissan Rogue. The Rogue has continued to appeal to drivers looking for economic crossovers, one of the largest growing segments in the automotive industry. However, Nissan is never one to rest on the laurels, always looking for new ways to improve—and they have some pretty impressive improvements coming to the Nissan Rogue.

A press release recently published by Nissan outlines all of the improvements coming to the 2017 Nissan Rogue. Among those improvements are additions to the Nissan Rogue’s safety systems. As a part of the Nissan Safety Shield Technologies, the 2017 Nissan Rogue will see the addition of systems like Forward Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Detection.

However, perhaps the most exciting change coming to the Nissan Rogue is the addition of the Nissan Rogue Hybrid to the vehicle lineup. This new model can achieve a fuel economy of 35 mpg on the highway!

“There are so many enhancements to Rogue for 2017, with every one of them designed to enhance its appeal with the fastest growing segment of buyers in the industry,” said Michael Bunce, vice president, Product Planning, Nissan North America, Inc.

Don’t miss your chance to get a hold of the 2017 Nissan Rogue, which improves on what was already great. Stop in to 171 Nissan today to find out more about the Nissan Rogue.

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Tips for Better Fuel Economy in the City

fuel economy in the city

If you drive to the city every day for work, you know better than anyone that cities are the worst place for fuel economy. Backed up traffic and all those stop lights seriously work against you (unless you drive an EV). Here are some tips for improving fuel economy in the city.

Fuel efficiency tips are different in the city than on the freeway. Using cruise control and avoiding idling aren’t that easy in the city. If you can take an alternate route, do it, even if it’s a little more scenic or takes longer—in the end, avoiding the thicker city traffic will save gas and probably time. But if you have to sit through city traffic, it’s a little trickier to save fuel.

If you can avoid it, don’t use the air conditioner. It uses extra gas, and the air doesn’t even stay very cool while you’re idling. You should also make sure your car is as light as possible—excessive cargo, especially on the roof, uses more gas to move and can reduce your car’s aerodynamics.

Drive sensibly. Avoid slamming on the brakes or speeding up quickly after idling. You’re going to have to stop again soon anyway. Give yourself time to coast a little and brake gently, and speed up after a light slowly.

It’s also important to get routine maintenance done so that your car is in its best shape. A car in bad shape uses more fuel than one in good shape!

For more tips or to get your car checked for its regular maintenance, stop by 171 Nissan today and come into our service drive!

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Back to School Driving: Staying Safe this Fall

back-to-school driving

Whether you are a teen, parent, or college student, back to school driving is always hectic. That’s why it’s important to keep in mind some of the following tips for safety, helping you to stay aware of pedestrians, buses, and other cars on the road.

The following tips are designed to reduce accidents and injuries that frequently occur in the back-to-school season, as recommended by Warren County, New York and the National Safety Council.

Slow down. Though you may have gotten used to zooming down the road during the summer, now that school is in session, you’ll need to slow down your speed. The speed limit in school zones is typically set at between 15 and 25 mph, with significant traffic fines if you choose to speed. Have patience, never roll through stop signs, check for kids at crosswalks, and always stay alert.

Eliminate distractions. Teens and college students are particularly notorious for texting and driving, though parents often do it too. It’s important to put down the phone when you’re behind the wheel. Texting is illegal for all drivers in Louisiana; however, calling or accessing social media while in a school zone is also against the law.

Finally, watch for bicycles. Many students rely on bikes to get to school, adding another obstacle for drivers. Always look twice when making a turn to be sure you didn’t miss a bicyclist, and never drive or park in a bike lane. Bike riders over 10 years of age are legally required to use the road, so be sure to have patience. Always give at least three feet of space when passing a bike.

To find the perfect new vehicle for you this back to school season, stop by 171 Nissan and check out our newest Nissan models!

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New Car Care Tips

New Car Care Tips

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
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iPhone Users Can Rejoice for the 2017 Nissan Maxima will have Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay

2016 Nissan Maxima

Nissan has extended their range for which phones can connect to their newest Nissan Maxima.  For the 2017 Nissan Maxima, Nissan will be including Apple CarPlay!  We can’t tell you how excited we are for this here at 171 Nissan!

For those of you who don’t know, Apple CarPlay basically turns your car into an iPhone.  All the cool things you can ask of Siri (be sure to ask what Zero divided by Zero is) can now be done while you are driving your vehicle, in a way that keeps you and other drivers on the road safe.  Just like your iPhone, when your car features Apple Carplay, you can talk to Siri using voice commands, which keeps your eyes on the road and hands on the steering wheel.

Currently, many other automakers already include Apple Car Play in their vehicles, including Ford, GM, Honda, and Mitsubishi.  Now adding to this list will be Nissan with its integration into the new 2017 Nissan Maxima.   The best part about Nissan including this new technology, it’s doesn’t hike up the price like it might with other carmakers!  The price difference between the 2016 and 2017 is no more than $50 for any trim level!  That’s less than buying a new iPhone!

As you can tell, we are pumped about the latest addition to the Nissan Maxima and can’t wait to try out this new feature at our dealership!  Be sure to stop by and check out the technology yourself and see how cool and easy it can be!

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GT Academy 2016 Is Open for Competition

The dream of gamers around the world is about the come true, with the chance to turn their virtual driving skills into real life racing credentials. Welcome to GT Academy 2016. This is a collaborative project between Nissan and PlayStation where gamers can compete for the best lap times while playing Gran Turismo Sport.

Currently, the competition is open to gamers in Australia, Indonesia, Mexico, North Africa, the Philippines, and Thailand. More regions will have their own competitions when Gran Turismo Sport officially launches on the PlayStation 4 on November 15th. Here at 171 Nissan, we anticipate (and very much hope) that North America will be part of that release.

GT Academy 2016

Gamers from each region with the fastest lap times are invited to the GT Academy, where they go through intense, face-to-face, real world race challenges where the winner of that competition gets the opportunity to become a NISMO Athlete.

The first GT Academy competition was held in 2008 and since then the program has stunned the racing world with its success. GT Academy winners that are current NISMO Athletes include Jann Mardenborough, Lucas Ordonez, Ricardo Sanchez, Romain Sarazin, Matt Simmons, and others.

While the competition currently isn’t open for North America, that doesn’t mean you can’t start practicing!

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