How to Change Your Car’s Wiper Blades

change your car’s wiper blades

Spring is known for its rain showers, but no matter which season it is, you should always be prepared for precipitation. Make sure you know how to change your car’s wiper blades when they begin to wear out and you’ll be grateful for the clear visibility when the rain does fall.

When to Change The Blades

If your car’s wiper blades are squeaking or leaving streaks and residue behind, then it’s time to replace them. Wiper blades should create a clear, clean path on the windshield.

How to Change the Blades

Changing the wiper blades on your vehicle is easy and inexpensive. Your owner’s manual will tell you which size and type of wiper blades your car needs.

To remove old blades, you can pull the wiper arms up so that they’re perpendicular to the windshield, then push down on the tab that connects the arm to the blade. When the tab is released, pull the old blade down and off of the arm.

To replace with a new wiper blade, pull the blade up the wiper arm and into position until you hear the tab click. This will mean that the wiper blade is secure and ready for use.

For more information about replacing your windshield wiper blades, or if you’d like them replaced by a professional, stop by Bates Nissan.

 

What to Do If You Get in a Car Accident

what to do if you get in a car accident

Car accidents can be frightening, but it is important in this scary moment that you remain calm, prioritize safety, and take the proper steps to ensure you and all other drivers and passengers recover quickly and get back on the road.

Here is what to do if you get in a car accident:

  1. Move your car to a safe area: If you are on a busy road, the safest thing to do, if you are able, is to immediately pull off onto the shoulder or a place where traffic will not put you at further risk.
  2. Make sure everyone in your car is okay: Assess the health of you and your passengers quickly and call 911 if there is an emergency.
  3. Check on other people involved in the accident: Again, call 911 immediately if someone is in poor condition.
  4. Call the police: If you haven’t had to call the police due to medical issues yet, be very thankful—but you’ll still need to call them to file a police report.
  5. Exchange info: Trade information with the other driver, including names, phone numbers, license plate and driver’s license, insurance info, etc.
  6. Take pictures: Document everything you can.
  7. Contact insurance: Begin filing your claim with your insurance representative.
  8. Go to the doctor: Just in case, it is important that you and your passengers see a doctor to make sure you are okay.

If your vehicle needs repairs after a collision, don’t hesitate to contact us at Bates Nissan. We’ll be happy to schedule a service appointment for your vehicle to get you back on the road as soon as possible.

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.