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.
The Nissan Rogue has always been considered a leader in its segment, and for the 2018 model year, it’s getting even better. There are plenty of 2018 Nissan Rogue safety tech features to choose from, all of which help give you peace of mind when you’re out on the road.
When you opt for the Rogue’s highest trim level, the SL, you get a long list of standard safety technologies. Here’s a quick look at just what innovative tech you’ll find:
- Nissan ProPilot Assist: A Level 1 self-driving system which moderates the distance between your car and the car in front of you, while also keeping you in a lane.
- Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection: Similar to ProPilot, this system helps you maintain a specific distance between your vehicle and the car ahead, monitoring your speed and letting you know if you need to slow down. It can even help lessen the severity of an impact by automatically engaging the brakes and will stop you in your tracks if it detects a pedestrian.
- Intelligent Around Viewâ Monitor: Using four cameras, you can get a complete 360-degree view of your vehicle, allowing you to get a better look of the front, rear, and curbside of your car. It will even let you know when there is a moving object near your vehicle.
Other available safety tech on the Rogue includes Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Intelligent Lane Intervention.
Safety is a top priority for Nissan, inspiring the addition of driver-assist and safety technology features on the new Nissan Rogue. To test out the new features for yourself, stop by Bates Nissan or give us a call to schedule a test drive.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Check on other people involved in the accident: Again, call 911 immediately if someone is in poor condition.
- 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.
- Exchange info: Trade information with the other driver, including names, phone numbers, license plate and driver’s license, insurance info, etc.
- Take pictures: Document everything you can.
- Contact insurance: Begin filing your claim with your insurance representative.
- 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.
Whenever we sell a new Nissan Altima at Bates Nissan, we ask the driver where they hope to take their new car. A good number of drivers are planning for a fun weekend road trip to Austin, which is only about an hour’s drive from Killeen and has plenty of fun activities.
Here are our favorite things to do in Austin, Texas:
- Zilker Metropolitan Park: If you love the outdoors, you will want to spend an afternoon at this park, hiking, kayaking, or just enjoying the sun.
- Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum: Bookworms and history buffs alike will want to visit this museum, dedicated to our 36th
- Bar Crawl: Austin is known for its abundance of breweries. Leave your Altima at the hotel and walk to breweries such as Hops and Grain Brewing, Austin Beerworks, and Adelbert’s Brewery.
- The Moody Theater: Austin is challenging Nashville as the best city for live music. Head to the Moody Theatre for a fantastic concert.
- Congress Avenue Bridge: If you like to get spooked, visit the Congress Avenue Bridge in the evening—1.5 million bats have made the bridge their home, and they come out to play at night.
- State Capitol: Of course, no trip to Austin is complete without a visit to the State Capitol. Check out the website for more information about guided tours.
For even more ideas for keeping busy in Austin, call us at Bates Nissan.
Great events and activities in Killeen to look forward to this month!
Killen always has fun events and activities. Whether you’re looking for a place to take your family or friends, a fun night out, or a great place to eat, you’re bound to find it in the city. Getting a new Nissan model can help you get out and explore the area, working to bring the community closer together. Some fun events and activities in Killeen include a fun running event and a citywide celebration.
Hosted by Pro-Fit Event Services, the Retro Run will be held on October 15. This Cen-Tex Race Series is great for serious runners, as points will be accumulated over the summer to go towards an overall winner. Sponsored by the Carlson Law Firm, the 2016 Cen-Tex Series will give overall awards sometime in January 2017. Be sure not to miss the event on October 15!
According to the Killeen city website, October 22 will be Make a Difference Day. This celebration is designed to bring communities together in order to do some good. Thousands of local volunteers will team up with millions across the nation in order to complete projects. Last year, the team collected items for Families in Crisis, the Food Care Center, and performed maintenance. Thinking about joining the volunteers? Call the Killeen Volunteer Center at 501-7878.
These are just some of the upcoming events and things to do. Stop by the new dog park or participate in Make a Difference Day. Either of these things is bound to be a blast.
Explore great things to do in Killeen.
Looking for things to do in Killeen? There’s something for everyone in the area. With a new Nissan model, you can easily explore the city to find events and activities. These might include things like Food Truck Fridays or the Retro Run Central Texas Race Series that are happening at the beginning of October. Stop by one of these events in the near future.
According to the Killeen city website, Food Truck Fridays happen every Friday throughout the month. The downtown area, including the Green Avenue pavilion, hosts a range of food trucks and good eats throughout the month from 11am to 2pm. Roughly nine food trucks participate, offering everything from Asian food, hot dogs, funnel cakes, and classic Texas barbecue. Why not forget about your bagged lunch and stop by the Food Truck Fridays event? You’re bound to find some unparalleled food.
The new Mickey’s Dog Park recently opened as part of the Killeen Community Center Complex. Located just northwest of Veterans Memorial Boulevard and WS Young Drive, the park will be open from 7am to 11pm. There are over two acres for your furry friend to enjoy, and you can also play on the equipment. A fence separates small and large dogs, so you can let your dog have fun without worrying.
These are just some of the fun things to do in the Killeen area at the beginning of the month. Stop by a race or get some food at the food truck event. You’re bound to have a blast at either.
Advancement in the Go Green movement with soild-oxide fuel cell vehicle.
When you think of automakers that are dedicated to developing cleaner, greener vehicle options for the market, Nissan is probably in your top three. The company has been making major strides in the industry in the way of making their production processes more eco-friendly and their vehicles more eco-conscious. The development of a brand-new type of fuel is no laughing matter, which is exactly what happened when Nissan revealed the first-ever Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell vehicle recently.
The vehicle is said to run of bio-ethanol electric power, according to Nissan representatives. Not only will ethanol-blended water be safer and easier to handle than other forms of fuel, it also produces zero emissions. The ethanol will be used by the vehicle to power its 24kWh battery, which in turn will allow the vehicle’s charge to last for a whopping 600km (almost 373 miles) without refueling.
Research and development on the Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell vehicle has already begun at Nissan’s plant in Yokohama, Japan and further field tests will be conducted in Brazil. Due to its low running costs, clean carbon-neutral fuel consumption, and highly efficient powertrain, Nissan is hopeful that the powertrain will revolutionize the auto industry for a cleaner, better, more environmentally responsible future.
Nissan BladeGlider prototype is making advancements into the future.
While times are changing and electric vehicles aren’t necessarily still associated with the strange-looking, niche cars of yesteryear, “zero emissions” still isn’t a phrase you’d expect to hear in the same sentence as “high performance.” Nissan is hoping to dispel that stereotype by introducing a new kind of sports car to the world. The Nissan BladeGlider prototype, which debuted recently in Rio de Janeiro, features a full-electric battery powertrain with emphasis on dynamic handling and powerful performance.
Nissan first showed off similar concept cars back in 2013 at the Tokyo Auto Show. The Nissan BladeGlider is the fruit of those labors, employing a philosophy Nissan is calling Intelligent Mobility to optimize driving pleasure and sporty capability while drastically reducing environmental impact. The aerodynamic shape and silent engine make for an enjoyable ride, and while the BladeGlider is strikingly futuristic, something similar may not be too far off from mass-market production.
The Nissan BladeGlider prototype follows in the footsteps of the Nissan LEAF, the most popular zero-emissions vehicle in the world. With the company also working on autonomous driving technology and increasing their efforts in the realm of environmental responsibility, the innovation of the Nissan BladeGlider seems like a natural development for Nissan. No announcements have surfaced about whether or not this vehicle will eventually be redesigned for a mainstream market and greenlit for production, but Nissan seems to be pursuing this concept long-term.
Explore some of these great things to do in Austin.
Looking for something fun to do in Austin this summer or fall? Check out one of the many events and attractions in the area. As one of the largest areas in the south, Austin has tons to do for all ages. Hop in your new Nissan and explore the area.
According to Austin Top 50, there are a number of natural springs and pools that you should swim in to escape from the heat. Check out the Lost Creek Swimming Hole in South Central Austin, as well as Hamilton Pool Preserve. Hamilton even has a 50-foot natural water fall, which is as breathtaking as it is fun to swim around. For those willing to drive a little further, see Jacob’s Well in Wimberly (40 minutes west). At a constant 68 degrees, this natural “well” is perfect for hot days.
See the Cathedral of Junk in Austin. We’re not poking fun—that’s it’s actual name. This location is free to all, and it has some truly bizarre sculptures and pieces made from everyday materials. Scrap metal composes most of this memorable site, a tribute to local artists and Austin’s one-of-a-kind atmosphere.
Visit the Zilker Botanical Garden. Cut off from the downtown area, you can reach a secluded 30-acre retreat that has multiple themes and plants from around the world. There is a rose garden, historic garden, and native garden to name a few. Plus, kids will have a blast exploring the area.
These are just some of the things to do in Austin this summer. Still can’t find anything you might enjoy? Hop in your car and explore and make sure to stop by Bates Nissan of Killeen, TX.
Are you ready to see the design of the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder?
The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder is here. This model comes with some great new features and design, promising to make this model one of the most popular on the market. Fans can’t stop raving about the new design and the breakthrough technologies, each of which work to make this model better than ever.
The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder design is what first strikes you, according to the NY Daily News, with new features like sharp headlights, tail lights, a revamped front fascia, and added body lines. The new Nissan Pathfinder is made to make a statement on the highway. Designers have thrown subtlety to the curb—if you want bold and refined styling, get the Nissan Pathfinder.
Notably, the new 2017 model year has a V-Motion front grille that echoes the bold look of the Nissan Titan XD pickup, as well as signature LED lighting. Plus, the exterior has been reengineered to be more aerodynamic, with less drag than ever before.
Other tweaks include a new suspension and chassis components, adding 1,000 pounds to the towing capacity for a total of up to 6,000 pounds. These changes also improve handling and the ride quality, giving you comfort and added control. These are just some of the great new design and exterior features on the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder. With new looks, better performance, and better handling, it’s hard not to fall in love with this model immediately.
Contact us at Bates Nissan of Killeen, Texas for more information on this great model!