The Best Fall Road Trips in North Carolina

best fall road trips in North Carolina Snacks? Check. Water? Check. Music? Camera? Check, check. Pack up your Nissan and get ready to hit the road. Autumn is coming and the roads are calling, so check out this selection of some of the best fall road trips in North Carolina to take in your Nissan.

Coast the Coast

North Carolina brings people from all over the states to visit its beaches during the summer, so fall is a great time to take in the sites without a huge swarm of tourists. Start at the northeast corner of the state and head down the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway. This drive is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Intercoastal Waterway, and will take you by some gorgeous dunes, towering lighthouses and plenty of charming beach towns to explore. Or, head south on Route 421 to explore the city of Wilmington. Stroll through its historic downtown, walk along the Riverwalk or tour World War II battleship USS North Carolina.

Admire the Foliage

Drive an hour and a half west to visit Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve. Home to many longleaf pines, North Carolina’s state tree, this nature preserve is also a great place for bird watching or exploring wildflowers. Don’t worry—among these evergreens are deciduous trees, too, with boldly changing foliage for you to enjoy.

Sip Some Wine

North Carolina is also home to some fine wineries. October is filled with several festivals that pay homage to the beverage, including Great Grapes! on October 1st in Charlotte. Head over to taste plenty of wines from local vines. (But maybe plan to stay the night for this one!) Or, drive 30 minutes southeast to Duplin Winery, where you can tour the vineyards and enjoy a glass or two.

What To Do When You Hydroplane

what to do when you hydroplane Hydroplaning is a common and scary experience for drivers of all ages. Whether it’s raining, pouring or just a little damp out, it’s a real possibility. Hydroplaning happens when your tires lose their traction with the road and begin to roll on water instead. It can be scary to feel like you’ve lost control of your vehicle, even if only for a moment. Learning what to do when you hydroplane will make you a better, more confident driver.

If you begin to hydroplane, the most important thing to remember is not to panic. Do not overcorrect, and avoid the temptation to hit the brakes. Sudden braking may cause you to lose more control. Instead, ease off the accelerator gently until you feel you’ve regained control. If necessary, gently steer your vehicle towards an open space, or to the side of the road. If you’re shook up from the event, pull over for a few minutes to rest. But, be sure not to brake until you feel your car make contact with the road once more.

To decrease your chances of having to manage a hydroplaning vehicle, be sure to regularly check your tire pressure and treads. Bald tires are one of the biggest causes of hydroplaning. Proper tire maintenance makes for safer driving in wet conditions.

Nissan BladeGlider Sport EV Prototype

Nissan first revealed the all-electric BladeGlider Sport concept in 2013 in Rio, Brazil. The car quickly generated plenty of hype all on its own as Nissan, known for staying away from more creative designs, seemed to be thinking outside the box. The hype died down in the following years but now Nissan is proving its mettle. Say hello to the Nissan BladeGlider Sport EV prototype!

That’s right—Nissan is going full throttle with its futuristic hotrod, and that isn’t just a figure of speech. Under the hood of this all-electric sports car are twin 130 kW motors that can produce a whopping 268 hp and 521 lb-ft of instant torque. That gives this crazy car a zero-to-60mph time of under five seconds. Boasting a top speed of 115 mph, things are about to get exciting with the Nissan lineup.

Best of all, Nissan has revealed not just one, but two working prototypes, proving the automaker is serious about futuristic designs. While the BladeGlider Sport EV still isn’t heading to the production line, it does hint at what’s yet to come, perhaps what is to be under the hood of the Nissan LEAF.

We here at Nissan of Clinton can’t helped but be amazed at the technology behind the Nissan BladeGlider Sport EV prototype!

Essential Items to Bring on Road Trips

Essential Items to Bring on Road TripsIf you’re going on a road trip soon and you’re not sure how to avoid packing too much or too little, just follow this list of essential items to bring on road trips!

First: food and water. Especially during the summer, it’s important to stay hydrated. Bring foods that won’t go bad quickly like granola bars, trail mix, and dried fruit, and avoid eating heavy food. You don’t want to be sick to your stomach when you’re driving a long distance. Pack up a cooler to bring some more substantial things like sandwiches, grapes, and carrots—healthy stuff that won’t make a mess.

Obviously, pack whatever clothes you need, electronics you want to bring, and chargers you need for them. And entertainment is key! If you have rear-seat DVD players to keep the kids occupied, great! If not, pick up some handheld games, books, and audiobooks for the ride, and brush up on your car games.

You’re going to want to be comfortable on the drive, so bring pillows and blankets along, as well as a first aid kit, and any medicine you or your passengers need to take regularly! And come prepared. Bring spare keys in case you lose yours, paper products and wet wipes to clean up spills, and emergency supplies for if you break down like a flashlight and tire jack.

Nissan LEAF Technology to Include Range Extender, Semi-Autonomy

Nissan LEAF technologyLately, between hype over upcoming vehicles like the Chevy Bolt or the new Tesla 3, it seems like automakers are racing to compete in the increasingly more popular electric vehicle segment. Now, the next-generation LEAF is preparing to hold its own against the competition. New Nissan LEAF technology will include a new-and-improved 60kWh battery, which boosts the upcoming LEAF to an over 200-mile electric range and puts it neck-and-neck against the other two big contenders in the segment.

While a launch date has yet to be revealed, the new battery is a major upgrade from the current model’s 24kWh battery and 70- to 80-mile range. Nissan’s global director of EV and HEV engineering Kazuo Yajima announced the new battery in talks with AutoblogGreen, stating, “It’s coming. I’m sorry I cannot say when,” and “In the near future, I believe, we can produce an electric vehicle that doesn’t have any driving range problem.”

Advances in Nissan LEAF technology is just another stride for the brand towards a greener future. Gareth Dunsmore, Nissan’s zero-emission business unit director, expresses hopes that by 2020, twenty percent of the Nissan-branded vehicles on the road will be electric vehicles. Those are big dreams, but with the strides being made in the EV segment, they may be a possibility after all.

Experience Downtown Clinton in North Carolina

Experience Downtown ClintonClinton, North Carolina sits at the heart of Sampson County, where a host of activities and attractions ranging from local businesses and restaurants to a taste of North Carolina culture to a friendly, tight-knit community await you. Whether you like the arts, the outdoors, shopping, or local cuisine, you don’t know Clinton until you experience Downtown Clinton.

For those wanting a bit of a cultural experience, places like the Sampson Theatre or the public art piece known as “Milling Around” might be good stops for you. The Theatre has been in operation for forty years and boasts historical architecture, while “Milling Around” presents a stunning visual centerpiece for the downtown area for passersby to admire. There’s also the Sampson County History Museum and the Historic District for history buffs.

Also make sure to stop by the Farmer’s Market & Tree Park. It’s a great way to experience locally-grown produce while supporting nearby farmers. Plus, the park is beautiful as well! Even if you stop by on a day the market isn’t open, the park is available for a leisurely stroll or a nice picnic.

Experience Downtown Clinton and get a taste of the charming regional atmosphere unique to the city of Clinton, North Carolina. There’s nothing quite like it.

Messy Gardening: Tips for Cleaning Your Car Interior

tips for cleaning your car interiorIf you’re an avid gardener, then odds are the interior of your car always has patches of mud and dirt caked to the floor and vinyl. Although this time of year is a great time to do landscaping, it is important to keep your interior clean. That’s why we’ve put together tips for cleaning your car interior.

According to Garden Rant, one of the best things you can do while gardening is to carefully lay down plastic before loading up on supplies and materials. Looking for large sheets of plastic? Consider buying furniture and mattress covers. These large, cheap sheets will create a layer between car fabric and dirt. Your local U-Haul sells sheets like this for a couple dollars apiece.

Some gardening materials stink, especially mulch and manure. The best policy is simply not to put these in your car; however, if you must you should definitely follow some additional steps. Consider buying plastic totes with sealable lids, and load up on baking soda. Simply open a box of baking soda and sit it in your car to absorb odors.

Finally, take your time and always carry thick blankets. Some gardening tools look like they came out of a medieval dungeon, and they can do serious damage to your car. Move slowly and lay down thick blankets when transporting tools like hoes, edgers, shears, shovels, and trowels, among other things.

Nissan Green Technologies: Breakthrough Eco-Friendly Design

Nissan green technologiesNissan is gearing up for the summer with some great new green technologies. These include an advanced lithium-ion battery system and analysis method, something capable of drastically expanding the driving range of electric vehicles. Nissan is redefining the future of mobility.

According to Nissan, the research and development branch recently teamed with the Tohoku University, the National Institute for Materials Science, the Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute, and the Japan Science and Technology Agency in order to develop an atomic analysis methodology to boost the performance of batteries.

“The invention of this new analysis method is essential to further develop the next generation of high-capacity lithium-ion batteries. It will certainly become one of our core technologies. The utilization of this analysis method in our future R&D will surely contribute to extending the cruising range of future zero-emission vehicles,” said Takao Asami, senior VP of Nissan.

While Nissan green technologies might sound a little technical, the good news is that battery-powered vehicles will now have a significantly longer range. The company was basically able to rapidly test a range of materials for new batteries, determining that certain silicon compounds work better than others. In short, models like the LEAF will have better performance and better range in the coming years.

Nissan Named 2016 Energy Star Partner of the Year

2016 energy star partnerReducing energy consumption and costs is a major part of modern life. Nissan knows this, which is why it has been working hard for years to cut its energy use. For the fifth year in a row now, Nissan has been recognized as a 2016 Energy Star Partner of the Year.

“Nissan is honored to once again be recognized as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the year,” said Rebecca Vest, vice president, Corporate Development and Social Responsibility, in a statement. “We continue to make improvements to our operations that reduce our environmental footprint as we manufacture the highest quality vehicles sold in North America.”

Over the years, Nissan has made continuous efforts to reduce its energy use and has it energy consumption by 30% by using more efficient LED lighting, improving industrial motor efficiency, repairing compressed air leaks, and using a more efficient environmentally-friendly painting process.

Nissan made these and other improvements at its Smyrna, Tennessee Assembly Plant along with its plant in Canton, Mississippi.

Here at Nissan of Clinton, we are proud to be part of a company that works hard to reduce its environmental impact.

Celebrate National Bike Month with These Great Bike Trails near Clinton

bike trails near ClintonMay is National Bike Month and we couldn’t think of a better time of year to head out and explore the beautiful world all around us. If you’re in need of a new vehicle to transport your bike, here are some of the best Nissan vehicles for carrying bicycles.

  • Nissan Frontier. This smaller pickup truck is a great option for packing up your bikes and your gear.
  • Nissan Armada. When you need maximum space for both passengers and cargo, the full-size Armada will fit the bill.
  • Nissan Rogue. The spacious interior gives you lots of space for either passengers or your gear. You can even attach a bike rack to the rear end for maximum versatility.

Once you have your bike-carrying vehicle of choice, it’s time to head out. Try out some of the scenic bike trails near Clinton.

  • Buffalo Creek Greenway. This paved path runs through both woods and waterways in nearby Johnston County. Along the way you’ll find picnic areas, restrooms, and parks.
  • Cape Fear River Trail. Head west to Cumberland Country to take a ride on the beautiful Cape Fear River Trail that winds through woodlands and marshes.
  • Raven Rock Loop Trail. For some mountain biking, you can head up to Raven Rock State Park. Improve your skills and enjoy the beauty of nature all around.

Where are your favorite bike trails near Clinton?