New Year’s Driving Resolutions to Make Yourself a Better Driver

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If you’ve already got your New Year’s resolutions lined up, you’re likely focusing on starting better habits and shedding bad ones. You can apply this principle to your performance on the road by picking up a few common New Year’s driving resolutions, which will help make you safer and smarter behind the wheel in 2019.

Indicate!

Communication between drivers is essential to the safety of everyone on the road, and the only way to achieve clear communication is through the use of indicators. Whether you’re turning on a busy street or sliding into a new lane on an empty highway, always use your turn signals.

Stay alert!

Put down the phone and keep your eyes on the road. It’s so easy to pick up your device when you hear it chirp with some notification or another, but this is a dangerous habit for yourself, other drivers, and pedestrians. Consider updating your car to one with full device integration at Bates Nissan. We already have a wide selection of 2019 models with advanced technologies to choose from, and they’ll allow you to stay better connected without having to look down at your phone.

Stay on top of your maintenance!

It’s easy to skip regular vehicle maintenance, but not if you resolve to be a better car parent for the New Year! Don’t put off oil changes. Get new wiper blades when the time comes. Take your ride in for a tune-up when it’s due. Check your tire pressure. These are just some of the things you can do, and the service team at Bates Nissan would be more than happy to help.

From our team to you and yours, have a safe and happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you at Bates Nissan very soon.

How to Transport a Christmas Tree This Holiday Season

How to Transport a Christmas Tree

There’s nothing quite like having a real tree in the house for the holidays. For many drivers, getting one home is a particularly intimidating task. With a bit of planning and preparation and the right vehicle for the job, getting a Christmas tree home for the holidays is easy.

Plan ahead

Like most things in life, planning ahead is key when bringing a Christmas tree home. Don’t forget to measure the space in your home where you intend to put the tree beforehand. When you are at the nursery or Christmas tree lot, always measure the tree itself before you strap it to your vehicle.

Wrap it up

If your tree doesn’t come wrapped neatly in netting, you should wrap it up yourself with a tarp or old blanket. This keeps the tree from scratching your vehicle and makes it easier to handle as you load and unload it from the car. Doing this will also keep hundreds of pesky pine needles from falling all over your home.

Situate aerodynamically

You should always arrange the tree facing stump forward on the roof of your vehicle. This will help keep the tree in good shape and prevent the wind from snapping off any branches.

Tie it down

Tie the tree down with rope, straps, or bungee cords. Whichever you use, you should use at least three to ensure that all parts of the tree are safe and snug.

If your holiday gift list has something on it that’s a bit too big to fit under the tree, like a new Nissan Rogue or Maxima, you might be better off looking in the showroom at Bates Nissan.

Traveling for Thanksgiving: What You Need to Know

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Traveling is a major part of Thanksgiving for many families, which means busy roadways and a lot more stress than what you’re typically used to behind the wheel. To rise above the rabble on the way to grandmother’s house this Thanksgiving, keep the following tips in mind.

Have a plan

Know your route in advance, including toll booths and congested areas. Avoid high-traffic days and times (such as the Wednesday before and the Sunday after Thanksgiving). Don’t forget to check the weather ahead of time as well and leave yourself plenty of extra time if conditions don’t seem agreeable.

Be smart about packing

You don’t need all those extra pairs of socks. Be ready with a checklist, but don’t overdo it; the less you pack, the less there is to keep track of on your trip.

Prepare your car

Have your car checked out and catch up on any routine maintenance before hitting the road. Fall is one of the most crucial times of year to have your vehicle serviced, so make sure all your fluids are filled, tires are properly inflated, and everything under the hood is in working order.

Keep your passengers entertained

Stave off the “are we there yet” questions by providing snacks, handheld gaming consoles, chargers for mobile devices, fun music playlists, and books. An occupied backseat is a happy backseat.

Have an emergency kit

It’s good to have two kits on hand: a first-aid kit for your family, and an emergency kit for your vehicle with items such as a flashlight and jumper cables. Having these crucial kits will come in clutch if you have an emergency in transit.

If you’re not particularly thankful for your old clunker, then stop into Bates Nissan and feast on our selection of new Nissan vehicles.

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!

Independence Day Safety from Bates Nissan

This is an amazing time of the year for America. We get to celebrate our freedom from the king that we fought for so long ago. Independence Day is a time to celebrate with family, watch some fireworks, and enjoy a day that is all about the United States. Be sure that you follow some Independence Days safety tips, though, because you do not want to end up regretting your decisions on the 4th of July.

Independence Day Safety – FireworksIndependence Day Safety

Fireworks are lots of fun to enjoy with the kids, but they can also be dangerous. Amateurs setting off fireworks can run the risk of skin burns, fires, deafness, and overall bodily harm. Please make sure you seek a professional’s help if you really want a private showing, otherwise we suggest heading somewhere to see fireworks, not setting off your own.

Independence Day Safety – Grilling

Grilling out is a tradition on the 4th of July. The smell and sound of hamburgers and hot dogs is as American as apple pie. However, it can also be dangerous. Make sure to never leave your grill unattended and try to keep children away. Also, check to be sure that the gas line is hooked up properly in a gas grill. These and other grill tips will help you to remain safe in the privacy of your own backyard.

Independence Day Safety – Drinking and Driving

With celebrations, come celebratory drinks. If you are someone who plans on drinking alcohol on the 4th, then make sure you have a designated driver, a taxi you can call, or a couch you can sleep on, because drinking and driving is never the answer.

We here at Bates Nissan hope that these Independence Day safety tips have helped you prepare for a safer holiday this year, and if you feel like stopping by to celebrate with us, then we would be glad to have you!

Bates Nissan Holiday Hours

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Make sure to check out our Holiday hours before stopping in.

Happy Holidays from everyone at Bates Nissan! We know this holiday season can become hectic, but we wanted to let you know our hours for the next two weeks.

Christmas Eve will be based on if we’re busy or not, however we will most likely close around 3:00pm. Christmas day we will be closed so we can spend the day with our families. New Year’s Eve we will have regular hours, and New Year’s Day we will be closed.

Don’t forget to come in and check out the last week of Nissan’s Season to Choose specials and test drive an Altima or Maxima today.

No Labor Day Plans? We’ve Got You Covered

Labor DayStill looking for stuff to do with your holiday weekend? No worries, Bates Nissan has you covered.

At our dealership this weekend, we have Z92.3 playing music and entertaining customers Saturday and Nissan is having their Holiday Bonus Cash on select models.

However, if you’re not in the market for a new car, we’re here with another option as well. Westfest is this weekend, located just north of Waco. In case you don’t know what this event is, it’s one of the largest Czech Polka festivals in the state of Texas. The festival includes polka bands, dancing, the Miss Westfest contest, a fun run, art and crafts, a parade and more. This festival has been held annually since 1976 and draws more than 20,000 visitors each year. Westfest is held at West Fair and Rodeo Grounds in West, TX and admission for adults Friday night is $12, children 12 and under are free. Saturday and Sunday admission is: Adults – $8; Military – $4; Seniors – $4; Children 6-12 – $4; Children under 6 – free and parking is $3 per vehicle.

Do you have other Labor Day plans? Tell us about them in the comments section below! Have a safe and fun holiday weekend from everyone at Bates Nissan.

Firework Fails – Bates Nissan’s Top Favorites

In today’s society, we all know we love to see other people fail and we even think it’s funny from time to time. Today, Bates Nissan is bringing you what we think are the top five firework fails from over the years. Happy 4th of July! Enjoy!

Fireworks Explosion Gone Wrong

Fireworks record attempt 55,000 rockets

San Diego Independence Day Firework Fail

Fireworks gone wrong: Safety tip 101

New Year Fireworks Fail Compilation

Hopefully your 4th of July goes smoother than these did! Happy Independence Day from everyone at Bates Nissan!