Don’t Let the Weather Slow You Down: Prepare Your Car for Fall

Nissan Pathfinder

As temperatures drop, fall is the time to roll the windows down and go for a scenic drive. But, don’t forget that winter is right around the corner, and that means increasingly unpredictable driving conditions. Follow these simple steps to prepare your car for fall and make sure you’re ready for anything.

 

Check Your Tires

Even the best all-season tires will underperform if they’re not properly aligned and inflated. This is especially true in fall and winter when there’s an increased chance of wet, icy, or snowy roads. Check your tires to ensure they have plenty of tread. And, if you notice your car pulling to one side, have the tires aligned.

 

Charge Your Battery

Cold mornings put extra strain on your car’s battery. Before it’s too late, make sure your battery is fully charged. If the terminals are excessively corroded, it could be time to replace the battery altogether.

 

Stow Useful Emergency Items

There’s no telling what the weather will do in the winter. Before it arrives, stow some important emergency items in your vehicle such as blankets, gloves, water bottles, and a cell phone charger.

 

Follow these simple tips for preparing your car for fall, and you can drive with confidence all season long. For a new vehicle perfect for those fall drives, stop by Bates Nissan today.

Back-to-School Tips for Students of All Ages

young studentHeading back to school can be stressful regardless of your age. College students and middle schoolers alike share a range of experiences, from jitters and nervousness to finding the right supplies. That’s why we at Bates Nissan have written this guide of back-to-school tips.

While many students are nervous heading back to school, one way to lower anxiety levels is to stay prepared. According to the Huffington Post, even if you’ve already started the school year, it’s not too late to stock up on pencils, paper, binders, and more. For college and high school students who know they’ll have research papers due at the end of the semester, it can also help to start your research and writing now.

Get involved. Joining a sports team, club, or other extracurricular is a great way to participate in the school community and culture. Not only will you feel more engaged, but getting involved also tends to give you a leg up when it comes to making connections in the future (this is especially relevant for college students who understand how to network).

Finally, create goals. Earn that varsity letter, get better grades, or learn a new skill—these are all realistic goals for students of all ages. It sounds simple, but you’re considerably more likely to excel when you have clear goals for each semester or quarter.

School is never easy, but with these tips, you’ll be better prepared to tackle the task at hand. Stay prepared, get involved, and create goals to truly succeed during the school year.