Tips for Dogs in Cars – Always a Danger

Tips for Dogs in CarsIt’s important to remember that during the summer, temperatures inside of a parked vehicle can become extremely hot. In fact, if it’s roughly 85 degrees Farenheit outside, the interior of a parked car can shoot up to more than 120 degrees in just ten minutes.

This is why you should never keep a dog inside of a parked car in the summer. If you find yourself stuck in a sticky situation, here are some tips:

  • Ask if you can bring your dog into whatever location you are headed to.
  • Call a friend or family member and ask them to watch the dog.
  • Tie the dog up outside of the vehicle – if you are in a safe location.
  • Try to park in the shade, where the vehicle won’t get as hot.
  • If it isn’t very hot outside, and your dog will be in safe but uncomfortable conditions, offer it extra clean, cool water.
  • Simply turn around, and go home. It’s not worth it!

Do you have any other tips for dogs in cars? Let us know your ideas in the comments.

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!