The Dangers of Leaving Your Furry Friend in a Hot Car

Dog in hot carWith the dog days of summer right around the corner it is important to take a second to think about the safety of man’s best friend. Unfortunately, every year countless dogs perish as a result of being trapped in a hot car.

By now most all pet owners have heard “never leave your pet in a parked car on a warm day,” unfortunately; some choose to ignore this lifesaving advice. Most of these cases start off innocently enough with owners cracking the windows and thinking they will only be gone a few minutes. Then, next thing they know a few minutes has turned into 30 minutes. In this time the interior of a parked vehicle can reach temperatures in excess of 120 degrees.

For dogs, exposure to this type of high heat can become dangerous in a matter of minutes. Unlike humans, dogs cannot sweat, leaving them unable to cool down. Without the ability to cool off dogs are easily susceptible to experiencing dangerously high core body temperatures, brain damage, and eventual death.

Just recently Dr. Ernie Ward, a veterinarian from North Carolina and pet advocate, shut himself in a hot vehicle and documented his experience. From the video, you can see that after almost 30 minutes the conditions inside the vehicle had become unbearable. Dr. Ward hopes this project will serve as a reminder to pet owners everywhere to “never leave your pet in a parked car on a warm day.” James Ceranti Nissan would like to remind you to think smart this summer when taking your pets along for a ride.

Sidewalk Safety- Be Aware!

Bike Safety

Late spring and early summer automatically brings everyone out of their houses since most people have been going stir crazy during the winter. With that, you’ll see more people on the streets walking, running and bicycling. Many people enjoy a leisurely stroll after work with their pets and family. Which means it’s your job to keep an eye out for these extra pedestrians!

Make sure to drive slowly through neighborhoods and be cautious heading around corners. It’s best to always assume the pedestrian will make an unexpected move and end up right in front of you. With so many people owning smartphones and mp3 players, several of them could have headphones in and not hear or see you, especially if they have their back to you. Remember, stay on the defensive.

For those of you out for a jog or walk later in the evening, remember to wear reflective gear and always use your bike signals when turning. It’s a great way to teach your kids safety by teaching them these signals early, and by encouraging safe practices such as looking both ways before crossing the street.

If you are looking for a place in town to walk to, we would love to have you stop in and walk our lot!

Teen Car-Related Deaths on the Rise

Teen Driving

With all of the available auto technology today, it’s sad to see that car-related deaths among new drivers are continuing to rise. Here are some tips to help keep your new driver safe.

  • If you aren’t comfortable turning left in busy intersections, go down a block or two and turn around. It can take a while to learn how to gauge incoming traffic.
  • Watch out for other drivers, especially aggressive ones. It’s best to stay out of their way. Never make an assumption about what other drivers are going to do. For example, just because someone has their turn signal on, doesn’t mean they are turning. They could have simply forgotten to turn it off.
  • Don’t do anything that will cause another car’s driver to slam on the brakes such as pulling out in front of him or swerving into his lane. In return, always brake gently.
  • Turn your headlights on anytime you need to turn your windshield wipers on–in rain, fog, sleet, freezing rain, or snow. Always keep a scraper in the car in case it snows.
  • Listen to radio traffic reports and adjust your travel plans accordingly.
  • Always wear your seat belt–and make sure all passengers buckle up, too.
  • Follow the speed limits! Going too fast gives you less time to stop or react. Excess speed is one of the main causes of teenage accidents.
  • Don’t run red lights, and don’t race yellow ones.
  • NEVER drink and drive, and don’t ride with anyone who has been drinking. Call parents or friends to take you home if you need a ride.

At James Ceranti, we care deeply about your safety and the safety of others on the road. We can only promise to put you in a safe car, but driving safely is your responsibility. For more information about car safety, model specifications, and great “first time” cars for teens, visit our inventory page at

Winter Driving Tips

Winter DrivingThe snow is falling, holiday cheer is in the air, and colder temperatures have moved in; yes, winter has officially arrived. Winter driving can be one of the most intimidating experiences for both new and seasoned drivers. We recommend the following winter driving tips to help make your everyday winter travels safer:

–          Never warm up your car in a garage or other enclosed area. The trapped carbon monoxide gas can cause serious consequences for your health.

–          Gas is a liquid and as we all know liquids can freeze. Be sure to keep at least half of a tank of gas in your car to avoid gas line freeze up.

–          Be sure you are driving with properly inflated tires.

–          Avoid using cruise control when driving on icy or snow covered roads. If you happen to skid, your car will accelerate as its tries to maintain whatever speed you have the cruise control set at, causing you to lose control of the vehicle.

–          Always use your seatbelt. This should be a no brainer and you should really be wearing your seatbelt at all times, but especially during the dangerous driving conditions of winter.

–          Try not to use your parking brake in snowy weather if possible.

If the weather is severe, use your best judgment to determine if you need to leave your house. Even the biggest trucks and four-wheel-drive vehicles can be defeated by winter weather, so if it seems dangerous to drive, just stay home.