Russians Break Record for Driving on Ice

If you want to set out to break the world record for the fastest speed driven on ice, which car do you pick to do it? That’s right! The Nissan GT-R!

Russian race car driver Roman Rusinov set out with Russian auto journalist Andrey Leontjev to attempt to break the world record for the ice-speed record which was set by Juha Kankkunen in a Bentley Supersports Convertible at 205.48 mph.

While the Russians only reached 294.8 kilometers/hour (182.8 mph), they set a new Russian record for the fastest speed reached on ice. In case you were wondering, the ice they were racing on was estimated to be 1.4 meters thick.

Check out the video below to see their adventure!

April Fool’s Day Jokes for Any Office

With April 1st right around the corner, we thought it would be funny to take a break from car related events and post some easy, harmless office pranks to get some inspiration for the upcoming April Fool’s Day.

While we all wish we could pull off a prank like the one below, we may not have the time to do it, so we’ve given you some simple pranks to try instead!

Warning: Nobody should be injured while doing these or any pranks on April Fool’s Day!

  1. Mouse Trap – This is a classic. You place a piece of clear tape over the laser tracker on the bottom of the mouse and your coworker will wonder why their mouse isn’t working!
  2. Invisible ink – For this, you use clear nail polish and put a little bit on the ends of every pen so they won’t write. It can easily be removed with a little nail polish remover.

    April Fool's Day Office Pranks

    Placing tape over the laser tracker will temporarily disable a mouse and leave its user wondering why it’s not working.

  3. Kidnapping – This involves a little creativity. You must come up with a ransom note to place in the object’s place. This could be a photograph or pencil jar, but it would be funny to lead the person on a hunt to get their object back!
  4. Paper clips – This is also a classic. You get to work before everyone else and put a paper clip in the copy machine and make a bunch of copies with a paper clip in the middle of the paper. Then you take the papers that have printed and return them to the paper drawer. People will spend time looking for the imaginary paper clip in the copier that has printed on their page!
  5. It’s raining, it’s pouring – Everyone loves afternoon showers, right? Use a squirt gun and give your neighbor one. Make sure to offer them a towel after.
  6. Under pressure – For this, you only need some tape and an office chair. Take the take and secure the lever that adjusts the chair’s height so it will fluctuate when the person sits in it or stands up.
  7. Paper clip strip – This simple prank can become a pain when you go to pull one paper clip and instead get an entire strand!
  8. While you were out – Every time your “victim” leaves their desk, call their phone and hang up right before they can return to answer. You can even leave a message saying you’re “Mr. Lee Muhr” from the Iowa Blank Park Zoo and leave a phone number. They have designated lines just for these prank calls: Ms. Diane Osaurus 515-974-2670; Mr. Lee Muhr 515-974-2671; Mr. Al Gator 515-974-2673
  9. Delicious but Suspicious – Bake a tray of brownies or some cookies and put a sign that says “Happy April Fool’s Day!” with them in a common area for your coworkers and watch as they’re too nervous to eat them.
  10. Smirk – Even though you haven’t done anything, you can act as if you have. Throw in phrases like “I hope you enjoy your coffee,” or “are you really going to eat that?” to make people worry.

While most everyone likes a little harmless fun every now and then, some people do not so make sure you’re choosing your “victims” carefully. The last thing you would want is to make someone mad at you.

Record your pranks and make sure to share them with us at Bates Nissan on our Facebook page! Happy pranking!

Bumper Sticker Madness

Have you ever been driving down the highway and seen a car that was completely covered with bumper stickers and wondered where those actually came from?

It all started in the 1930s with a guy named Forest P. Gill. Gill worked for a company called Crawford Manufacturing Company in Kansas City, Missouri. When the company went out of business in 1934, Gill moved his own business to the basement of his house after receiving printing equipment from his previous employer.

Bumper Sticker History | Bates Nissan | Killeen, TXDuring the depression, Gill was an independent screen printer trying to make ends meets by printing canvas ads for cars.

During WWII business boomed for canvas printing. Gill was being subcontracted by other canvas companies to help with printing gun and truck covers for the military. While doing this, he gained experience with many different materials.

In 1944 he started making bumper signs. These were cardboard pieces tied to car bumper with wire. Unfortunately they didn’t last very long because the materials weren’t weather proof. But in 1946, Switzer Brothers Inc. started creating bright inks which they called DayGlo. These inks were very eye catching to advertising companies for the reason of the colors. Gill used these inks and a newly designed self sticking paper to create the first bumper sticker.

As of lately, bumper stickers are becoming less popular and window decals are on the rise. Paul Rosa, owner of Idiot Ink in New York, believes this is due to people’s fears of having their cars vandalized for their thoughts, but it could also be because of the price of cars being so high.

However, Rosa doesn’t believe car owners are going to stop sharing anytime soon due to the popularity of window decals, magnetic stickers and custom license plates.

“People are still expressing themselves, just in different ways,” he says.

Trivia about Bumper Stickers:

  • In other countries a bumper sticker is attached to a car that travels from one country to another
  • A bumper sticker or window decal can be found on one in three cars in the US
  • In 2008, a Colorado State University study found the more bumper stickers a person has on their car, the more prone they are to having road rage

Nissan How To: Get Your Car Stolen

Did you know on average, every 30 seconds a motor vehicle is stolen somewhere in the United States? Well, if you’re looking for some tips so this can happen to you, you’ve come to the right place! Now, obviously we know you really don’t want to get your car stolen, but if you do, here are just a few tips and tricks the thieves love! Car Thief

The odds of dying in a car accident are 1 in 18,585; however the odds of having your car stolen are 1 in 186 and if you own one of the following cars, you better watch out!

  1. 1994 Honda Accord
  2. 1995 Honda Civic
  3. 1991 Toyota Camry
  4. 1999 Chevy Pickup
  5. 1997 Ford F150 Series
  6. 2004 Dodge Ram
  7. 2000 Dodge Caravan
  8. 1994 Acura Integra
  9. 2002 Ford Explorer
  10. 1999 Ford Taurus

If you own one of these cars and you’re looking to get your car stolen or even broken in to, a sure way to achieve this is to leave your doors unlocked. Why would a thief try to break into a car when all they have to do is open your door? You should also try to leave valuables in plain sight. It makes it a lot more appealing then to break into your car. A prime example of this is Julianne Hough’s $100,000 worth of jewelry that was stolen from her car last week in Hollywood.

If you really are trying to get your car stolen, or at least broken into, you should consider living in California. 7 of the top 10 cities for car theft are located in central CA, check them out:

  1. Fresno, CA
  2. Modesto, CA
  3. Bakersfield-Delano, CA
  4. Spokane, WA
  5. Yakima, WA
  6. Bay Area, CA
  7. Stockton, CA
  8. Anderson, SC
  9. ValleJo, CA
  10. Visalia-Porterville, CA

Half of all stolen cars were unlocked at the time; 15% of those had the keys in the ignition. This is one of the last few sure ways to let thieves have access to your car. Even if you don’t think about it and have a spare key in a magnet box on the bottom of your car, if they really want to, they’ll find it. I can shamefully admit that I am guilty of this. I am a repeat offender of forgetting my keys after getting home from work and leave them in the ignition of my unlocked car. Car thieves, find me if you can!

Simple Tips to Photographing Your Car

Whether you want to show off your new car you just bought on Facebook or you’re posting pictures on Craigslist to sell an old car, there are many photography tips and tricks to help you show your car off just the way you want. We mention six simple things to keep in mind when photographing your car, truck or SUV here.

Learn from others

Before you start planning or even setting up your shoot, you should look through different car magazines or advertisements online to get a feel for the type of photography session you want to achieve. Getting inspiration from the big leagues never hurts your imagination when coming up with something you’re trying to do. You do have to be hesitant not to expect your images to look identical to these images. They are from companies who have a very large budget to work on large scale shoots which are nearly impossible to duplicate.

Location

There are a lot of factors that go into choosing a location to photograph your car, the first being the background. When choosing a location, you want to try to make it as clean as possible. You want to avoid things that will pull attention from the car. These sorts of things can be electricity poles and wires, trashcans or dumpsters, bright colors or even parking lines.

An example of how to choose the right location for your car.

An example of how to choose the right location for your 2013 Nissan Xterra.

The next thing to think about is the physical location. You don’t want to make your car look too out of place from its surroundings. A good way to think about this is to consider your car. Do you drive a Z Coupe or GT-R? If so, you probably don’t want to photograph it in the wild with mountains and snow in the background; whereas if you drive an Xterra or a Frontier, those would be the perfect settings. If you’re not sure what location fits your car best, don’t be afraid to have multiple locations to photograph at. You can always delete the bad pictures later.

Timing

While the location of your shoot is important, the time of day you do it is almost more important! Taking the time of day into consideration will save you a lot of hassle later.

You always want to try to shoot with natural light as often as possible because you don’t want to use your flash and create weird reflections off your car. The best time of day to photograph with natural light is at the peak hours right before and during sunrise or in the evening as the sun is setting. These times are best because you won’t have the harsh sun glaring down and causing bad shadows or areas that are too overexposed.

Clean your car

This may seem like an obvious thing to say, but the camera lens will pick up details that your eye might not see. However, with that, if you’re driving a car that is meant to be dirty and you’re showing it off, by all means, the dirtier the better.

One thing to keep in mind that you might not normally notice is the clutter inside your car. Any maps or trash in the door bins will be very distracting to a viewer and is hard to remove in post production.

Angles

This is when you start to take things into your own hands. You are in charge of the camera and therefore have the control to photograph your car at any angle you want. Even if you’re not sure about something, you should still try it because that’s the joy of digital, you don’t have to worry about taking up space on film! You just want to make sure your memory card has enough storage to hold all the pictures you’ll be taking.

An example of a front 3/4 view of the 2013 Nissan 370Z Coupe.

An example of a front 3/4 view of the 2013 Nissan 370Z Coupe.

There are the few shots that you need to make sure you have: front ¾ view, rear ¾ view, full side view, full front view, full rear view, engine shot, and dashboard and interior shots. You shouldn’t be afraid to shoot above the car or from below. One thing to keep in mind when shooting from below is to make sure the sun is at your back; this will make the sky behind your car blue!

The main thing here is to not be afraid to try different angles and vantage points. You never know what you’ll get until you try it. The worst that happens is you don’t like the picture and it can be deleted later.

Interior shots

When photographing the interior of your car, you want to make sure you have enough light. If it is getting to be too dark, wait until later to photograph this. You want to avoid using a flash whenever possible to avoid the flash reflecting off the materials inside your car.

The last thing to remember when photographing the interior is for the manual drivers. Instead of putting on the hand brake, put your car in first gear. It’s one less distraction to worry about!

Always remember if you don’t get what you want, don’t be discouraged to go take more pictures until you get what you really want! For more examples, check out any of our new or used cars. Also try not to delete any images until you have them on your computer. The small image you see on the back of your camera could look so much better on a bigger screen. If you happen to use any of these tips, please share your photos on our Facebook page! Happy shooting!

2013 Nissan Pathfinder Launch Party in Killeen, TX

2013 Nissan Pathfinder, Killeen, TX

2013 Nissan Pathfinder

Bates Nissan of Killeen is celebrating the official arrival of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder with a Pathfinder Launch Party!

Visit our Nissan dealership in Killeen, Texas for fun and festivities, including snacks and prize giveaways. Some prized to be awarded include drawings for free oil and filter changes and a flat-screen television to one lucky winter.

While new to consumers, the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder has been reviewed by all the industry experts. Here is what a few of them had to say:

“Adapt or die. This Darwinian adage applies to birds, business and, well, family SUVs. And so the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder adapts to the needs of consumers by breaking away from its trucklike, off-road-ready roots to become a more comfortable, car-based, family-ready crossover SUV.” (Edmunds.com)

“From a design standpoint, the interior has indeed made the transition from traditional SUV to more refined crossover. The outgoing cabin was awash in cold colors and sharp angles, giving it a work-before-play feel. On the other hand, this 2013 Pathfinder offers an inviting interior, especially when outfitted with the nicer leather upholstery available on the SL and Platinum trims. The sharp edges of the old dashboard have been smoothed out, hands find soft-touch materials on nearly every surface, and thoughtful touches like padded leather on the doors go the extra step to make this Pathfinder seem more like a tall luxury sedan than a rugged all-rounder.” (Autoblog.com)

“A longer wheelbase, wider stance and lower overall height give the SUV a more stable feel, while a retuned suspension and advanced traction and stability systems help keep body roll in check through corners. The revised Pathfinder suspension setup does an equally commendable job of soaking up road imperfections when you’re in cruise mode. The latest iteration of Nissan’s Xtronic CVT automatic matches well with its new V6, endowing the Pathfinder with a responsive character that complements its newfound economy and still provides a standard 5,000-pound towing capacity. Also noteworthy is the optional All-Mode 4×4-i intelligent 4-wheel-drive system that enhances all-season security and also offers a full-lock setting for use on particularly challenging surfaces.” (kbb.com)

To see the new Nissan pathfinder for yourself, join Bates Nissan at our Pathfinder Launch Party on Thursday, January 24 from 4:30-7:30pm. We can’t wait to see you!

Bates Nissan
5501 E. Central Texas Expressway
Killeen, TX 76543
254-699-7181