Proper Tire Maintenance Can Increase Fuel Economy

Proper Tire Maintenance

Proper Tire Maintenance

What do tires and fuel economy have in common? You would be surprised. Believe it or not, proper tire maintenance can save you serious dough in terms of fuel economy, ensuring that your cars rides just right. Not only does this include tire pressure, but proper grip is also important.

According to the EPA, you can increase fuel economy by about 3.3% if you keep tires inflated properly. Although that doesn’t sound like much, over the course of ten years it can lead to thousands of dollars, depending on how much you drive. Tire pressure changes with every 10 degree change in temperature (a rise increases psi, while a low temperature decreases psi). That’s why it is important to keep track regularly.

Why does tire pressure affect fuel economy? Tires are the only part of your car that comes in contact with the road. Flat tires can lead to added friction, which slows down your car very slightly. Overinflated tires can stress the rubber compounds, leading to bulges and cracking. Check your manual to see the proper pressure.

Having the right tires is also important. Plenty of tread ensures proper control. Bald tires can lead to tire spin, sliding, and a host of other problems. To avoid bad fuel economy and to stay safe on the road, perform proper tire maintenance frequently. For these and more helpful tips keep checking back to the Economy Nissan blog in Durango, CO!

Remember These Holiday Decoration Guidelines for a Safe Season

Holiday Decoration Guidelines

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Now that Halloween is behind us, many people are already looking towards the future of holiday decorations. However, we urge you to remain safe this year with your festivities, by following these holiday decoration guidelines:

  • If you purchase an artificial tree, be sure to get one that is labeled “fire resistant,” and keep natural trees away from your fireplace.
  • Only hang lights that have been tested for safety by a recognized company, and be sure that none of your old lights have fringed wires.
  • Turn off your holiday lights at night, once everyone has gone to sleep, as they could short out and start a fire.
  • Be careful with candles, and be sure not to place candles near any evergreen accents, be they real or fake.
  • Lastly, be careful when decorating the mantle above your fireplace, as those objects are more likely than other decorations to catch on fire.

Do you have any other safety tips? Let Economy Nissan know your thoughts in the comments below. Visit us in Durango, CO to check out all of our great holiday Nissan sales today!

Avoid These Dangerous Driving Habits!

If you’ve been lucky enough to avoid a traffic collision so far, this can lull you into a false sense of security. It’ll never happen, you start to think. But if you maintain certain dangerous driving habits, you are really only increasing your chances. Here are a few dangerous driving habits that you should stamp out immediately should you find yourself practicing them!

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Tailgating

Following the vehicle ahead of you too closely dramatically reduces your reaction time. Leaving space between you and the car in front of you opens up your perspective and allows you to better judge the changes in speed.

Use the two-second rule at all times. Pick a stationary roadside object. Once the car in front of you passes the object, start counting. By the time you have reached the object, your count should have reached at least two seconds.

Go with the Flow

The last thing you want on the road is unpredictability. To do your part in maintaining a predictable situation, go with the flow of traffic. This means slowing down or speeding up, depending on the situation.

Use Technology

There are a lot of ways you can use technology to help your commute. An app like Waze can alert you when you are approaching a traffic jam and even help you reroute. But you can also use apps to make your commute more enjoyable, which makes you less apt to practice dangerous driving habits. Podcasts and music streaming apps are great for passing the time.

As life gets hectic, and you seem to have less and less time to get where you’re going, it can be easy to develop dangerous driving habits. Use these tips to stay safe and if you need a car with extraordinary safety built into it, come see us at Economy Nissan.

Economy Nissan Winter Driving Tips

Winter is one of the most hazardous times for drivers. Not only do weather conditions create visual and driving hazards, but you could also be stranded with no power in the middle of a snowstorm. Driving in the winter can be very dangerous, especially in Colorado, so here at Economy Nissan in Durango, CO we have created Winter Driving Tips!

Winter Driving Tips

  1. Stick to the route you know best: sometimes it can be a good idea to check the web for current weather conditions before you leave for your daily commute. This way you can avoid accidents and if you get stuck, describe exactly where you are.
  2. Drink lots of water and eat lots of food: keep an extra water bottle and snacks in your vehicle in case you do become stuck somewhere. Dehydration in winter is very common and can also cause fatigue. If you are stranded in your car for a few hours it is best to have high-energy food available.
  3. Pack a winter travel safety bag: safety bags can come in handy when you least expect it. An extra phone, charged phone battery, heavy blankets, Advil, flashlight, matches, portable radio, first  aid kit, and even a map can help save your life.
  4. Slow down: leave early and don’t rush. Reducing speed by 50% is usually a good rule, as long as you are not going too slow and lose momentum.
  5. Use your lights: turning your lights on is a good idea to help others see you.
  6. Lighten up your grip: if you are too nervous you may start gripping your steering wheel to hard and lose control. Make sure to breath and keep a loose grip on the wheel.
  7. Schedule a car maintenance checkup: you will want to make sure your spark plugs are new, your battery is strong, lights are working properly and there are no cracks in your timing belt. For a full list visit our Economy Nissan Dealership or call (877)500-5904 for more information.
  8. If you are stuck, do not leave your vehicle:  it is best to stay as warm as possible. Do not chance getting lost in a snowstorm. Also, make sure that nothing is blocking your exhaust pipe so the carbon monoxide does not build up in your vehicle.

The best tip of all is to not travel in these hazardous conditions. Although, if you find you have to drive in these conditions make sure you are prepared. This knowledge and preparation could help save your life or even someone else’s.

If you have any more tips, feel free to comment below!

Steps to Take After an Auto Accident

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Just how common are car accidents? You may be surprised! The National Highway Traffic Administration claims that every minute of the day there is an auto accident in some part of the world. In 2009 there were over 10,800,000 accidents in the USA alone and that number has only risen. Are you prepared if you were to get into an accident? Do you know the steps to take?

Economy Nissan of Durango, CO would like to make sure you know what to do in case you are ever in an automobile accident.

Step 1) Check for injuries on yourself and others and call 911.

Step 2) Exchange contact information (names, addresses, phone numbers, vehicle, license number and plate)

Step 3) Try to draw to recreate the scene while it is still fresh in your head. Take pictures of the cars, damage, license plates to help later with your claim.

Step 4) Once a police officer arrives, complete a report and don’t forget to ask the officer for a report number.

Step 5) Contact your insurance company as soon as possible to let them know about the accident and if any damage occurred.

After a wreck there are a lot of things to consider and it things can become very hectic. By following these helpful tips, you will know what to do and be covered after an accident. The most important step is to stay calm and know help is on the way. If damage should occur, Economy Nissan has a full service repair shop and can fix any damages on any make in stock from Nissan, Chevy, Ford, Honda, Toyota, Mercedes and many more. Fill out a service request for specific inquires or call 800-846-0205 for more information.

Easy Ways to Be Healthy for the Spring

It’s about time… winter is almost over. Now, you may love winter, but here at Economy Nissan, we love the warmer weather. It’s great for driving and vacationing, and just being outside and enjoying the sunshine. During the winter it’s easy to put on a few extra pounds or get out of shape because of less activity, and so today we’ve got some easy tips to feel better and prepare for the warm weather ahead!

 

  • Eat a big, healthy breakfast – everyone always says breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and there’s truth to that. Eating a large (but healthy) breakfast in the morning will fuel you up for the day ahead, and make you less likely to snack on bad things later.
  • Take the stairs – walking up stairs when possible instead of taking the elevator will lead to better circulation and heart health (and it’s good for waking you up in the morning!)
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day – this will keep you hydrated, full of energy, and alert. Drinking lots of water will also simply make you feel better and cleaner, since it flushes out lots of toxins that your body builds up.
  • Drink coffee – that’s right! Coffee is actually good for you, and research in recent years shows it can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and other diseases. That is, it is good for you only if you skip on the sugar and creamer…
  • Take a walk periodically – it will improve your circulation and will also improve your digestion if you take one shortly after meals. Not to mention that it’s some good exercise and will keep blood sugar and pressure at healthy levels.

 

Really, these tips are simple to remember to do every day, and they’ll have amazing effects not only on your actual physical health, but also how you feel. Feeling good does more good for your mind and body than many people realize.

Save Money and Get Better Gas Mileage

As gas prices climb higher and higher, it gets harder to keep a positive outlook on driving. But being a car-driving nation, we have to put up with the prices. That doesn’t mean you can’t save a good amount of money while doing that, though. Here are some tips and tricks for increasing your car’s mileage and making sure you get the most out of your car for the least out of your wallet:

  • Drive at a reasonable speed
    • About 5 miles per hour over 60 mph you go, you are paying approximately 24 more cents per gallon for gas (according to fueleconomy.gov)
  • Use the air conditioner sparingly
    • Air conditioning gobbles up fuel economy like crazy – use the recirculation option or “maximum” setting if you have to, though. Your car will have to cool less hot outside air that way.
  • Remove excess items in your car to lighten up the weight
    • The more weight your car carries, the worse its mileage will be. Lots of little things add up to a lot of weight!
  • Replace your spark plugs and air filters as soon as they start to wear out
    • These can cause drastically better mileage if kept fresh and in good condition
  • Keep your tires inflated and aligned
    • Refer to the owner’s manual for your car or the data plate on the door jamb for proper tire pressure.

If you follow these simple steps, you should be able to increase your gas mileage and your savings. Nobody likes an empty wallet, so take care of your car!

The Great American Road Trip from Economy Nissan

I’ve gone on many road trips in my life. Some have been all the way across the U.S. and some have been only a couple states away. One thing they all have in common is that they’ve all given me an open view of our country and kept me out of the trap of never leaving the city or state that so many people fall into.

Of course it’s a great chance to bond with your family, but my family has always been close. For me, it was always more about being with my family to see all these amazing places many of my friends had never seen (and still haven’t).  I feel strongly that everyone should be on a road trip at least once, the further the better. The destination is always great, of course, but the stops along the way and the time inside the car are what it’s really about. Yes, even bickering with siblings – it’s all part of the experience.

Hopefully if you haven’t already, you’ll take your family on a classic American road trip and experience what has always been a huge part of my life.  If you have any vehicle questions or need to make sure your vehicle is all tip-top and ready for the road, don’t hesitate to stop in to our Nissan dealership or visit us online at http://economynissan.com.

Nissan New Year’s Resolution

Happy New Year! 2012 has been a big year. Nissan released some awesome new technology, made the world greener, all while producing amazing cars. How is that for keeping a resolution? What about you did you manage to keep your 2012 resolution? If you are like us, the answer is sorta. We kept some, and well “forgot” others.

But this year what if we tried something different? Maybe we won’t make a resolution the changes us, maybe rather something that just makes life better for us. Plus it doesn’t take much work, which honestly who doesn’t like that. So this year, maybe resolve to take care of your car!

It doesn’t take much its three easy steps that we think anyone can manage without any trouble!

  1. Get your car looked at twice a year. Take a day out and just have a mechanic look over your car. Nothing may be wrong but it’s easier to pay for an oil change then and new engine!
  2. Clean it up. Make sure you take time to wash the outside, and clean the inside of your car! This will not only help keep it looking sharp, but the clean inside will help you save money on gas and help avoid break-ins
  3. Leave a paper trail. Be sure to document everything you have done to your car. This will not only help when you go to buy a new Nissan ( hint hint) but it could also help you save on your car insurance!

So while it may not help you lose the few extra Christmas pounds, or even get the basement cleaned, these tips will help save you money and hassle making your year great no matter what other “resolutions” slip!

Safer driving = Happier Holidays

Thanksgiving is one the horizon, and soon after that comes Christmas and New Years!  More cars will be on the road this year than ever before so it’s especially important to pay attention so that everyone has a safer happier holiday. Here at Economy Nissan we’ve put together some tips that we think will help drivers dive safer.

First: Keep your eyes moving. Don’t fixate to long on one position of the road. If you keep your eyes active you will be better able to see what happens at any one moment. Keeping your eyes fixed to one point will make you tired.

Holiday tips for driving safer!

Second: Give yourself an out! Don’t follow to close or get caught up in a place that you can’t get out of. Leave at least one side to get out. If this means you won’t be able to drive in the fast lane, then that may be that case. Safer is better than sorry.

Third: Aim high when steering. Look as far head as possible, so you can keep you car centered in the lane and see everything going on around out.

Fourth:  Maintain a safe distance and keep an eye on the big picture. If someone is tailgating you or causing you a problem; don’t just focus on them. Make sure you take time to see the whole picture.

Fifth: Make sure other drivers can see you. Don’t forget to use your head lights or other signals. Make sure the other drivers can see you.

These may seem like common sense but people tend to forget them sometimes so it’s important make sure that you are following all these so that you are able to make the most of your holidays. Staying safe on the holidays is one of the best gifts a family can get so be sure to pay attention to give everyone a safer holiday.