Essential Back-to-School Driving Safety Tips

Though it may be hard to believe, summer is almost over, which means it’s time for another school year to begin. Even if you don’t have a child in school, you’ll be sharing the road with parents and bus drivers who are responsible for getting children to and from school safely. Here are some essential back-to-school driving tips to ensure that happens, courtesy of Nissan of Clinton.

  • Be alert. We tend to be our sleepiest first thing in the morning, when millions of American students are commuting to school. Make sure you’ve given yourself enough time (or coffee) to wake up before getting behind the wheel.
  • Slow down. Drive the speed limit always, but especially during school commute times and especially in residential areas and in school zones, where children will be more likely to be walking along the streets.
  • Watch out for bicycles. Many children ride their bikes to school. Keep alert for bicycles, which can be more difficult to see without keen eyes.back-to-school driving safety tips
  • Reverse with care. Always check your rearview mirror and backup camera before reversing, but still take the care to physically look behind you. When backing up, especially into a residential street, do so slowly.
  • Follow all school bus laws. Abide by all school bus laws, stopping when indicated. Never pass a stopped school bus and exercise extreme caution when driving near them.

How to Beat the Summer Heat

When it starts to get hot outside, it starts to get hot in your car, too! Here are some ways to beat the summer heat and cool down your car.

Air Ventilation

Letting a little air into your car might help keep it cool when it’s parked. If you have a sun roof, open it a bit or leave your windows cracked. Just be careful of the rain!

Beat the Summer HeatSun Shades

Use sun shades on your windshield to stop sun from heating up your car. Sun shades are especially helpful when you can’t find shade on your own.

Find Shade

When you can find shade, use it! And if you can’t find enough shade to cover your entire vehicle, make sure you at least cover your driver’s seat with the shade so the heated-up steering wheel won’t burn your hands.

Use Remote Start

Many cars (including Nissans!) have remote start key fobs with A/C. Use it to your advantage by starting your car and A/C before you get in so it’ll already be cooled down by the time you get to it.

If you’re looking for more tips on how to keep your car cool, Nissan of Clinton is always here to help!

Best Nissans for Recent Grads: Altima, Rogue, Sentra

Looking for the best Nissans for recent grads? There are a number of options to choose from, and the Altima, Rogue, and Sentra are among the best for several reasons. Not only are they affordable, but they are also safe, versatile, and advanced. When you drive any of these three Nissan models, you get all the great features of a luxury or high-performance car without breaking the bank.

The Altima is a sporty sedan that has the perfect combination of athletic appeal and quality design. Recent grads have a lot on their mind, including student loans, job applications, and more. According to Nissan, the Altima is an ideal car for these buyers because it comes with features like a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with an Xtronic CVT—a fuel-sipping powertrain that saves you money without sacrificing performance. So, while you’re making payments on student loans and driving to interviews, you’ll save at the pump while also truly loving your ride.

Additionally, the Rogue is perfect for those who want an SUV. Many recent grads are migrating to big cities, which makes the Rogue—a compact SUV—an ideal choice. You can easily fit a bike, camping equipment, or whatever else you need for your next adventure without buying a massive SUV. The Rogue is the perfect SUV for recent grads.

Finally, the Sentra is a practical sedan that looks fantastic. You can get up to 37 mpg highway* when properly equipped, while the contoured exterior is bound to turn some heads. This model also has Bluetooth®, NissanConnect℠, and more. Stop by Nissan of Clinton to test drive the Sentra, as well as the Altima or Rogue.

*EPA estimates only. Actual mileage may vary.

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.

Nissan Leaf Connectivity to Public Cloud

Nissan Leaf Connectivity Nissan and its CIO Celso Guiotoko are banking on cloud computing with the Nissan Leaf. The Nissan Leaf is one of the company’s most important vehicles, and the cloud will be helpful with operational functions in both marketing and engineering.

Guiotoko says that the cloud has proven to be valuable by offering more flexibility, providing additional capacity, improved security, and allowing more investment to innovation.

The Leaf is fully electric, and designed to be a connected vehicle, using the Microsoft Azure as the public cloud platform of choice. Several of its components are cloud-connected and have features that allow owners of the Leaf to do things such as remotely trigger the air conditioning or heat.

Guiotoko states that Nissan is expecting the electric vehicles to continually increase in popularity over the years. Therefore, Nissan has put the whole backend platform for the Leaf in the public cloud. This gives the company “the flexibility to provision more capacity when needed.” This also allows Nissan to quickly implement and take advantage of new technologies, including the possibility of autonomous driving.

If you want to learn more about the Leaf, come into Nissan of Clinton. We’ll be happy to answer any questions about the Nissan Leaf connectivity.

Celebrate Great American Pie Month with These Unique Pie Recipes

PieWho knew that February was recognized as Great American Pie Month? We sure didn’t, but now we have the perfect excuse to whip up some delicious pies for our friends and family. If you’re ready to try something new, bake up one of these delicious unique pie recipes to impress everyone you know.

  • Monster Snickers Pie. The crust of this pie is essentially a giant cookie. This is then topped with caramel, chopped up Snickers bars, chocolate ganache, and whipped cream. Sounds like the perfect treat for any Snickers lover.
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Pie. This pie is essentially a no-bake cheesecake, but is lightened up with some whipped cream added to the filling. It delivers a delicious balance between chocolate and peanut butter paired with a crisp, buttery graham cracker crust.
  • Lemon Macaroon Pie. This pie delivers a delightful lemon taste and is topped with whipped cream.
  • Bacon Cheesecake. Yes, you read that right, BACON cheesecake. It uses crumbled bacon along with a touch of bacon grease in the crust and then adds more bacon crumbles to the filling and for garnish.

Will you be trying your hand at one of these unique pie recipes this month?

Nissan Note Goes Zorbing Inside World’s Largest Zorb

What is carzorbWe know what you’re thinking. The Nissan Note goes whating in what? We’ll back up. What is CarZorb?  A zorb is one of those giant inflatable balls that people crawl into, and zorbing is the act of rolling down a hill in said ball. Call it a sport or call it a recreational activity, zorbing looks seriously fun.

Apparently Nissan agrees, because they took a Nissan Note, lovingly put it in the world’s largest zorb, pushed it down a hill, and filmed the whole thing for our viewing pleasure. The CarZorb took more than two months to build, measures 60 feet in diameter, and weighs a metric ton.

The Nissan Note’s zorb is a metaphor for the Note’s “Safety Shield,” and the stunt is a way of demonstrating just how effective the safety shield technology is.

“The Nissan Note has been carefully engineered to provide motorists with a whole range of technology that creates a protective bubble around you and your car. Our Safety Shield technology in particular is unrivalled amongst other small family cars,” said Bastien Schupp, Vice President Strategy Marketing in a recent news release. “Creating a life size CarZorb to highlight the technology is an exciting and memorable way of reminding people about the benefits of Nissan’s Safety Shield.”

Nissan’s Safety Shield is the result of several Nissan safety technologies packaged together, including Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and Moving Object Detection technologies. Stop by Nissan of Clinton to put the Note to the test (though we have to admit, there will be no zorbing involved).

New Nissan Kicks Concept Vehicle Honors the Spirit of the People of Brazil

Nissan is a global brand. That might seem like an obvious statement since the company is based in Japan but does much of its business in markets like North America and Europe. However, Nissan was apparently unsatisfied with its global footprint and has been searching for new was to forge a better connection with its customers in far-flung markets. Enter the new Nissan concept vehicle, the Kicks Concept, which aims to directly reflect the people of Brazil, its target audience.

The Concept premiers at the Sao Paulo International Motor Show on November 9, a fitting location for the vehicle designed to mirror the lives and spirit of Brazilians. “This concept is a product of global collaboration, but it was inspired by the streets of Brazil and designed for its people,” said Mamoru Aoki, Executive Design Director of Nissan’s Global Design Strategy Department.

Like a true global company, though, Nissan isn’t just stopping in Brazil, though. They are hoping to make the Kicks Concept—or at least its design principles—available all around the world. “It’s not only just for the Brazilian market, but we capture the idea of Brazil and then we apply it to our global design improvement, making a stronger design lineup for future Nissan designs,” said Ueda.

To learn more about the new Nissan Kicks Concept and more innovative style, come see us at Nissan of Clinton.

Nissan Navara Might Prefigure the Next-Generation Frontier

Nissan FrontierNissan recently revealed the new, twelfth generation of their global pickup truck, the Navara. While in places and countries all over the world, Nissan enthusiasts and customers drool over the Navara, here in the states we’re left to wonder if the new Navara gives us ideas about what to expect for the next-generation Frontier.

The 2015 Nissan NP300 Navara has not been officially revealed as the new Frontier pickup yet, but Bold Ride claims “but the design, features, and packaging look almost too perfect an evolution for it not to be destined for these shores.” If the experts are right, there is a lot to look forward to with the 2015 Frontier. The Navara offers either a 2.5L turbodiesel or a 2.5L gas engine, and that diesel engine especially posts awesome numbers—188 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque.

Plus, the new Navara features a rounded, stylish new exterior design that is sure to turn heads on the roads—whether those roads are in India or North America. The new Navara even boasts special technologies like Active Limited Brake Slip, Hill Start Assist, and Hill Descent control, giving you ultimate control over this truck. Hopefully, we’ll see the Navara here at Nissan of Clinton, labeled as the 2015 Frontier, sooner rather than later.

Nissan and CarCharging Plan to Expand EV Charging Network

Nissan has announced a collaborating initiative alongside the Car Charging Group to make EV charging more readily available and to expand consumer awareness of the electric car market.

Nissan LEAF Charging PortBrendan Jones, Nissan director for EV Infrastructure, said, “Nissan’s commitment to expanding EV charging infrastructure—including quick chargers with businesses such as CarCharging—not only supports today’s Nissan LEAF and other EV drivers, but also helps prepare communities for the increasing use of EVs. With more than 25,000 Nissan LEAFs already on U.S. roads, bolstering infrastructure further accelerates the adoption curve as it provides range confidence and promotes additional zero-emissions driving.”

The first goal for the initiative is to deploy nearly 50 Nissan quick chargers on the East Coast as well as in California. CarCharging and Nissan will continue to educate consumers about the EV charging infrastructure and the ease and benefits of public EV charging. CarCharging is also developing a mobile application that provides charging station location information with turn-by-turn directions included.

“CarCharging is thrilled to enhance our products and services by including Nissan’s quick chargers in our public EV charging network and to offer our evCharge card to consumers who purchase a LEAF at a Nissan dealership,” said Michael D. Farkas, CEO of CarCharging.

For more information on this new initiative, visit http://nissanofclinton.com.