Increase Your Fuel Economy with These Easy Efficiency Tips

Fuel Efficiency Tips

Whether you’re trying to save the planet or just a couple bucks at the pump, increasing your fuel efficiency is always a good idea. From under the hood to behind the wheel, there are plenty of ways to make your ride more efficient; here’s our quick list of easy efficiency tips to help you get where you’re going for less:

  • Make sure you’re at the proper tire pressure. Adjusting your tire pressure to the correct PSI once a month can up your efficiency up to 3%.
  • If you notice any issues with your vehicle, fix them ASAP. Getting a tune-up to right those little problems can give improve your efficiency up to 4%. If you’re experiencing a serious issue, fixing it can save you a whopping 40% in terms of gas mileage.
  • Hard braking and extreme acceleration can destroy your efficiency. Drive slow and smart and you’ll get about 33% further on the freeway.
  • Similarly, use your cruise control on the highway when possible. Keeping your car at a steady pace will save you fuel.
  • This might be the easiest of our easy efficiency tips: if you don’t need something in your car, lose it. Extra weight takes a surprising toll on your fuel efficiency. Minimize what you’re carrying and maximize your fuel economy.

Contact us at Bates Nissan if you are looking for more ways to save on fuel, such as checking out a fuel efficient Nissan Sentra!

Nissan Takes Home 4 IIHS Top Safety Ratings

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It’s safety sweeps season for the auto industry, and Nissan is cleaning up nicely!

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is one of the foremost rating organizations in America. When it comes to safety, their word is law. Luckily for Nissan (and Nissan drivers), four Nissan models have received IIHS Top Safety ratings.

The Top Safety Pick+ is the highest honor of all the IIHS Top Safety ratings, and two Nissans took this title home: the 2016 Nissan Maxima and the 2016 Nissan Murano. These sedans are going to be big deals next year!

Just below Top Safety Pick+ is the Top Safety Pick. Two more Nissans scored this award: the 2016 Nissan Rogue SUV and the 2016 Nissan Sentra.

To earn a Top Safety Pick rating, a vehicle must score “Good” or better in all five of the IIHS’s crashworthiness categories. To earn that ultimate plus-sign, a vehicle must also earn an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating for front crash prevention.

Congratulations, Nissan!

Lesser-Known Car Facts: the Bizarre Truth of the Auto

For over one hundred years, cars have been revolutionizing the world, helping us stay connected and travel the globe. See what makes automobiles so special.

According to AutoNet, there are over one billion cars in the world. That means roughly one in seven people have a car. In the US, around 250 million people own a car that is registered, which means that more than seventy-percent of Americans have a car.Lesser known car facts

Cars have more than 30,000 parts total. This number includes bolts, nuts, and screws, but it’s still an impressive network of moving and stationary parts. One of the most complex parts is the transmission, which has roughly 1,000 individual components.

In Utah and some other states, birds and other animals have the right away. That means if a bird decides to sit in the road, you have to wait until they move before you may proceed.

A Long Island resident broke the record for car mileage, racking up over 3 million miles. He did it all in his trusty 1966 Volvo P1800 over the course of 47 years.

The first car radio was marketed in 1930 by the Galvin Manufacturing Corporation. One of the first models, a Motorola 5T71, went for around $130 (nearly $1,740 today). It was a basic radio and speaker, and often broke.

Finally, the most expensive sale price for a car at auction was $29.6 million for a 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196. This classic racing model was purchased by Formula 1 legend Juan Manuel Fangio.

Nissan Donates Electric Vehicles for COP21 Climate Change Summit

Nissan LEAF

Nissan is helping to eliminate pollution and cut dependence on oil by providing an all-electric vehicle shuttle service for the COP21 (Conference of Parties) Climate Change Summit. Recognizing the importance of alternative energy designs, Nissan has become a leader in green technologies.

According to Nissan, 200 Renault-Nissan employees were specially trained for the event in Paris. These workers will man around two hundred vehicles, a fleet composed of the Nissan LEAF, the Renault ZOE, and the Nissan e-NV200. These will help conference attendees get around the city in a flash.

“Helping negotiators get to their meetings, riding in quiet and smooth EVs that can be 100 percent recharged with renewable and extremely low-carbon electricity, sends a powerful message about our corporate commitment to the environment – and about our employees’ desire to be part of the solution to climate change,” said Marie-Francoise Damesin, Renault-Nissan’s global head of human resources.

The COP21 Climate Change Summit is the 21st annual conference addressing the need for more research on climate change, as well as action. Nissan is one of a handful of global automakers seeking to redefine mobility by incorporating the latest alternative energy designs.

How to Prevent Car Rust

How to Prevent Car Rust

With winter coming up, your car’s odds of getting rusty go way up thanks to the chemicals and moisture all over the place. Follow these tips on how to prevent car rust to keep your beauty in tip top shape.

One of the best things you can do is to keep your car clean. Washing might seem like a miserable thing to do in the winter, but hosing off the salt and chemicals will help a lot, and you can always take it through a car wash so you don’t have to get out.

If you’re surrounded by salt, either from nearby oceans or salted roads, you can spray the underside of your car with a car-safe lubricant or special rust coating to keep the ice from sticking. Salt makes metal rust faster, so clean it off!

Obviously the ideal is to park your car in a garage and away from wet parking lots, but if this isn’t possible, go the extra mile and get a cover for your car and, again, hang onto that rust coating spray. Remember, if you do get rust, it spreads like wildfire, so remove it as quickly as possible!  Contact our service department if you have any more questions about preventing or removing rust from your vehicle.

Nissan Titan XD Named 2015 Truck of Texas

2016 Nissan Titan XD

The new diesel 2016 Nissan Titan XD was named the 2015 Truck of Texas by the Texas Auto Writers Association, which holds the Texas Truck Rodeo once a year to determine the best trucks of the year. The 2016 Titan XD hasn’t even been released yet, but Nissan chose to include it in the 2015 Rodeo, and it definitely paid off.

The Texas Truck Rodeo took place outside San Antonio this year in the state with the most truck drivers in the US, and the new diesel Titan XD outstripped every other truck in terms of efficiency, power, handling, and a variety of other criteria.

The winning Titan XD has a 5-liter V8 turbo-diesel engine, which won the best powertrain award in addition to helping the Titan win the Truck of Texas award. Two other Titans also won the award, including the Pro-4X, which took the best off-road category, and the Titan XD Platinum Reserve, which won best luxury pickup.

How to Decorate Your Car for a Trunk or Treat

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Every year, Trunk or Treat events are becoming more and more popular. These events are held as an alternative to the traditional door-to-door trick or treating. They are usually hosted by a church, school, or other community organization and offer a safe environment for children to fully enjoy Halloween.

The key to a great trunk or treat event is good decorations and costumes. Here are a few great suggestions on how to decorate your car for a trunk or treat.

  1. Pick a cohesive theme. Choose a theme that your whole family and car can work with, for example, your family could dress up as characters from The Wizard of Oz and the trunk of your car can be the yellow brick road, Munchkinland, or The Emerald City.
  2. Choose a vehicle with a spacious cargo area. The more room you have for decorations, the better. If you have a vehicle with a hatch opening, like a minivan, these are ideal, since you can hang overhead decorations from the hatch.
  3. Use kid-friendly decorations. Most trunk or treat events are geared towards young children—think elementary school age—and scary decorations are not allowed. If you use monsters, try to avoid things that are overly gory and spooky.
  4. Incorporate games. To make the event even more fun for kids, try to add some kind of game or activity that the kids have to try before they get their candy, like “I Spy” (they have to find hidden objects in your decorations) or a fishing game with magnetic fishing poles.

Get the kids dressed up and join us at Bates Nissan this Halloween, Saturday, October 31st, from 12-4pm to trick or treat with us at Bates Nissan!  Our friendly staff will be dressed up like pirates, handing out lots of delicious treasures!  Treat the kids to some candy and treat the adults to some fun test drives in a new Nissan, such as the luxurious 2016 Nissan Maxima!  We can’t wait to see you there!

Redesigned 2016 Altima Revealed in New York

The best-selling Nissan in the United States is the mid-size Altima sedan, and now it is all-new. Nissan CEO, Carlos Ghosn, recently unveiled the redesigned 2016 Altima in New York City.

“Altima has experienced five consecutive years of sales growth, the only vehicle in the mid-size sedan segment to do so, with sales growing more than 60 percent since the start of the economic recovery in 2009,” said Ghosn, in a statement. “With this new, redesigned 2016 Altima, we expect to be more competitive in the marketplace.”

The updated Altima features a new exterior and interior design, new technology and connectivity features, a new SR sports model, new active safety features, and better highway fuel efficiency at 39 mpg.

The new available safety feature is called Predictive Forward Collision Warning. This advanced technology is able to see two cars ahead of you and can warn the driver when a vehicle slows down suddenly, even when the driver can’t see it for themselves.

The new 2016 Nissan Altima will be coming to Bates Nissan in November.

 Get a preview of the redesigned 2016 Altima before it arrives:

New Nissan Navara Reveal Runs Early, Showcases New Platform

Nissan had planned to reveal the new Nissan Navara at the Frankfurt Motor Show – but it seems as if the company just couldn’t wait any longer, giving the new Navara an early debut for fans all over the world.

The automaker says that while the vehicle is currently going under the model number of “NP300,” it’s actually going to be the first model of a new platform, of the crossover variety. However, they’re keeping most of those details under wraps.

From the reveal’s images, we can see that the Navara has a bold, rounded appearance, and it’s surely no coincidence that Nissan introduced this fun and quirky truck in a bright orange exterior shade. But of course, the Navara is no pushover, able to tow up to 7,700 pounds.

What do you think of the new Nissan Navara reveal? Let us know your thoughts in the comments, and if you’re looking for your new favorite car, visit us at Bates Nissan.

 

Check out the 2015 Nissan Navara after its reveal in Thailand in 2014:

Make a Difference This Year by Helping to Purchase Flags for Veterans’ Graves

 

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Chapter 147 of the Disabled American Veterans needs your help, with a small gesture that will make a big difference: They need about 2,000 American flags to decorate the graves of those buried at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery.

These small flags are a mere 58 cents each, making it incredibly easy for anyone to pitch in and help out. It doesn’t seem like much, but in mass quantities, 58 cents adds up quickly. You can help save the veterans group more than $1,000.

The veterans group has been historically purchasing the flags and then re-using them until they wear out, but recently, cemetery growth has caused a high demand that’s become too difficult for the group to bear on its own.

If you’d like to help purchase flags for veterans’ graves, you can send a check, made out to DAV Chapter 147 at P.O. Box 1149, Killeen, TX, 76540, and you can call Randy Brumagim at (254) 681-4515 for more information.