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.
St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, a holiday synonymous with good cheer and Irish celebrations. However, this time of year is also one of the worst when it comes to impaired driving. At 171 Nissan we want everyone to have a great holiday, but we also want everyone to have a safe one as well. Statistically, someone is killed every 51 minutes in a drunk driving crash, a number that increases this time of year.
Last year, roughly 9,878 people were victims of alcohol-impaired drivers, demonstrating the dangers of drunk driving. According to the CDC, the two groups most at risk are young people and motorcyclists. In fact, one of the leading causes for the deaths of young people is alcohol-related vehicle accidents.
So, what can you do to prevent these drunk-driving numbers from increasing?? If you’ve been drinking, don’t drive. There is no way to become sober other than through time, which means that cold showers, coffee, and other remedies are just myths. To put it simply, your body must digest and eliminate the alcohol in your system. Impairment is directly related to the rate of alcohol consumption, as well as the percentage of alcohol consumption. That means that your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is affected by both how fast/often you drink a beverage, and by how much alcohol is in a beverage.
Knowing what is in your drink is also important. Beers tend to have 3.5% to 6% of alcohol (some have up to 12%), wines have 8% to 20%, and distilled liquors can have up to 95% alcohol (though most top-shelf brands have 45% to 80%). You should also be aware that fortified beers and wines tend to have much higher alcohol content than normal.
Everyone is different, which is why it is important to know you limits. If you have been drinking at all, you need to get a ride or call a taxi. Drink and drive responsibly. For more information on drinking and driving, visit DoSomething.org.[Top]
Many recent high school graduates are headed off to college. For these students, the transition to college can be a difficult one. One of the most difficult things about college is finding somewhere to park on campus. Nissan is determined to help out with that.
According to a press release from Nissan, the automaker has teamed up with Enterprise CarShare to supply universities around the country with Nissan vehicles.
“The Enterprise CarShare program offers a convenient way for college students, faculty and staff to enjoy an extended test drive of a wide range of Nissan vehicles and to experience ‘Innovation that excites’ firsthand,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president of Sales & Marketing and Operations for Nissan North America, Inc., in the press release. He goes on to say that, “for those about to graduate and recent graduates, we’ll be there to support the transition into the working world with our College Grad program when they are ready to purchase a new Nissan car, SUV or truck.”
The deal with Enterprise will supply over 90 campuses nationwide with Nissan vehicles that can be used for car sharing. What makes the deal even better is that through December 31, students can rent these vehicles for just $5 an hour.
Over the last few years, the number of Enterprise CarShare vehicles on college campuses has dramatically increased by 20%. With Nissan’s help, it looks like this number will continue to grow! Tell us at 171 Nissan what you think about Nissan’s latest endeavor![Top]