What Should You Keep In Your Trunk?

Car Trouble- what to keep in the trunkIf you’ve ever watched a scary movie, you know that the car always breaks down in the middle of the woods right before a storm and your cell phone isn’t going to work. Thankfully, cell phone towers are pretty strong nowadays, and most scary dark roads aren’t on your way home, but it’s still smart to be prepared in case of an emergency. There are a few things you should always carry with you.

Probably one of the most important things you can have with you is a good flashlight. With battery-less options out there now, you won’t have to worry about them going dead (like they do in those same scary movies). Check out wind-up emergency lights that also have built in red blinkers to signal for help. If you do prefer to have a flashlight with batteries, invest in a Maglight® . Not only are they super powerful, but the heavy weight can be used as a weapon if need be.

Jumper cables better be hiding in your trunk as well. While you may have a membership to a company like AAA, a quick jump from a friend could save you a lot of waiting time. Just make sure you know how to use them safely. Remember- positive to positive (red to red) and negative to negative (black to black). Trust us; you’ll know if you do it wrong.

Lastly, pack a little survival kit just in case you are stranded for a while. A few water bottles, packets of crackers or imperishable food, a blanket and a jacket could make a huge difference for you if you end up staying the night in your car.

Whatever else you have rolling around the trunk of your Nissan is up to you, but make sure to have these things handy and you won’t regret it. With great cargo space, the Altima would make for an easy travel companion and leave plenty of room for the less important stuff, like those shoes you kicked into the back one day and forgot to take out….. Just remember to watch out for those ax murders on dark and stormy nights!

More Drivers Dying Than Ever Before

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We don’t care if we come across sounding like your mother, please be careful out there on the road! It’s been reported that more US drivers are dying in accidents than ever before. Fatalities jumped by over 5% last year, totaling to over 34,000 deaths. It’s the first time in seven years the number has increased. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the increase could be due to the face that Americans are also driving more than ever before. Modern vehicles have been offering better fuel efficiency, so drivers can cover greater distances for the same money.

Motorcycle fatalities account for almost 15% of all traffic deaths, with 5,000 riders dying last year alone. If you drive a motorcycle, please make sure to drive with caution and always wear the correct protective gear, including a helmet. No one cares how bad your helmet hair looks; the alternative will look a lot worse!

“A comprehensive strategy is needed to keep motorcyclists safe,” said Barbara Harsha, executive director of the GHSA. “Most crucial in this strategy are universal helmet laws, which 31 states currently lack.”

NHTSA is looking to change some safety laws, and is looking for public input on those changes. To check out the proposed changes, follow this link.

Teen Car-Related Deaths on the Rise

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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 www.jamescerantinissan.net/Preowned-CI.aspx.