Know the Hazards of Bulky Winter Coats in Child Safety Seats

Winter Coats in Child Safety SeatsYou’ve already heard everything you need to know about car seat safety thanks to Child Safety Protection Month in November: types of car seats, which one is best for you, and how to install it. What else could there be to discuss?

As with everything, winter makes a big difference.

Our instinct in the cold season is to wrap our young children in the biggest, puffiest winter coats to keep them warm. While that may be useful outdoors, inside the car a bulky coat can be dangerous when paired with a car seat. If it makes the harness too loose, and there won’t be enough constraint during a crash, which could result in ejection.

First, check to see if the coat is too big to wear under the harness. Consumer Reports explains how to do this: put your coat on your child, place him/her in the car seat, and tighten the harness until you can’t pinch any more of the strap. Remove your child from the seat without loosening the harness. Remove the coat, and then put your child back in the seat. Once he’s buckled, if you can now pinch webbing from the harness strap, the coat is too bulky.

If you find the coat is too bulky for proper safety, you can still keep your child warm. After securing your child (minus the coat) in the safety seat, put the coat on backward so it acts like a blanket with arms. Or take the coat off the child and lay a blanket snugly across the seat.

We at Nissan of Clifton want to keep our children warm as much as you do, so remember our instructions when putting winter coats in child safety seats

Techniques for Saving Gas on Your Summer Road Trip

2014 Versa If you’re planning a summer road trip, we at Nissan of Clinton have some tips on what you can do, short of setting the gas prices yourself, to get the most miles per gallon from your vehicle. For any vehicle, large, small; old, new; alternative fuel, old-school gas guzzler; these techniques will help them all.

  1. There is no need for speed. Part of taking a road trip is enjoying the actual trip, not just the destination. Besides, if you ease your foot off the gas pedal a bit, you’d be surprised how much further you could go on a gallon of gas.
  2. Steady wins the race. Be careful not to accelerate too quickly or brake too abruptly. This not only decreases your fuel efficiency, but it’s also damaging to several vital parts of your car, including the engine and transmission.
  3. Pack lightly. Obviously, you’ll have to use your own discretion, but the more junk in the trunk, the more gas it will take to move you down the road. Also, if you absolutely must tie luggage, etc. to the top of the vehicle, try to keep it as flat as possible. If you aren’t using your bike rack, take it off. All of these factors will increase wind resistance and decrease your vehicle’s fuel efficiency.

There’s no need to let fuel prices get in the way of your summer fun. Keeps these tips in mind as you drive, and go have a great time! Let us know how far your summer travels take you.

How to Wash Your Car by Hand

How to wash your car by handWashing your car by hand can be a relaxing way to spend your summer weekend. Not only does it give you a way to cool of in the scorching summer heat, but it also gives you a car that shines like new. If you find that your car ends up with splotchy water spots and crusty soap, follow these tips on how to wash your car and make sure your car stays spot-free!

Park it somewhere shady. Not only will parking in the shade keep you from getting sun burnt, but it will also prevent premature drying, which causes the majority of water spots that show up on your paint.

Gather your supplies and prep. Gather two buckets, soap (preferably special car washing soap), a sponge, and rags. Combine the water and soap according to the bottle’s directions in one bucket, and then fill another bucket with plain water. After you’re done filling the bucket, hose off the car to rinse it off, pointing the hose downwards on the surfaces to avoid scratching your car.

Begin washing. Soak your sponge or large wash mitt in the soapy water and begin cleaning your car. Don’t use a brush on the car, since it will scratch. Be sure to start at the top and work your way down, circling around the car several times. When you’re done washing one area, make sure you rinse it out to avoid the soap drying. This will also prevent droplets from drying and leaving water spots.

Keep your sponge or wash mitt clean. Make sure you frequently rinse the sponge or wash mitt in the bucket with plain water to keep it clean.

Save the lower body and wheels for last. These are the dirtiest part of the car, so make sure you use a separate sponge or mitt when washing them. For the wheels, use a wheel-brush to clean the spoke openings and the sides of the wheels.

Dry the vehicle. Use your fresh towels to dry the vehicle, making sure to use a new towel once the one you’re using gets damp. This will prevent streaks from forming, keeping your car squeaky clean.

Do you have any tips on how to wash your car? Share them with us below!