Nissan, NHTSA & IIHS Agree on Standard Automatic Emergency Braking by 2022

automatic emergency braking

In the future, a good part of what makes our cars safe will come from active driver-assistive technologies. As part of a pact between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and most automakers selling cars in the US market, one of these technologies will become standard by 2022—specifically, automatic emergency braking.

Nissan is part of the group of automakers that has agreed to make automatic emergency braking standard on all of its vehicles by 2022, but you won’t have to wait that long to benefit from the technology. Most of the vehicles in our lineup at James Ceranti Nissan are already equipped with many advanced safety features, which includes automatic emergency braking, stability and traction control, antilock brakes, and numerous other safety technologies.

In fact, it’s likely that Nissan will make it standard across most, if not all, of its vehicles long before 2022 comes around. Other auto brands will just have to catch up.

3 Reasons You Need Car Insurance

Benefits of Having Car Insurance

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are more than six million accidents every year. That’s an incredibly high number and it only gets worse once you learn that one-eighth of drivers don’t have insurance. In today’s world, insurance is a necessity, not a luxury. While you may think otherwise, here are three fantastic reasons you need car insurance from us here at James Ceranti Nissan.

  1. Out-of-Pocket Cost. The average cost of an accident is over $9,000. That’s not counting any medical bills or disabling injuries. It only goes up from there. If you don’t have thousands of dollars available to fix your vehicle or pay medical bills, car insurance is an excellent way to take care of unforeseen expenses should you be in an accident.
  2. Confidence. Driving is all about confidence. Shaky drivers tend to panic and that can easily result in an accident. If you’re constantly scanning the road for potential threats, you aren’t really paying attention to what’s in front of your car. With insurance, you won’t need to worry about getting into an accident. While you should definitely try to avoid it, you’re covered should something happen.
  3. Consequences. When you drive without insurance, you run the risk of serious consequences if your state requires a minimum amount of coverage. Fines, vehicle impoundment, and license suspension are just a few potential consequences should you get caught without insurance.

Can you think of any more benefits of having car insurance? Leave us a comment below and share your thoughts.

Steer Clear of Hydroplaning

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Driving in the rain can be stressful for many drivers. Rain can cause decreased visibility and control while out on the road. Loss of control can happen when a car hydroplanes and it can be very dangerous for drivers. Knowing when hydroplaning can occur and how to avoid it can help you build confidence while driving in poor conditions.

Hydroplaning occurs when your car loses traction with the road, due to a wet surface. The result of this loss of traction is decreased steering, braking and overall control of your vehicle. However, knowing the right things to do can save yourself and others from an accident.

1)      Make sure your tires are properly maintained: This includes checking the tire pressure, inflation and traction.

2)      Slow down: high speeds can cause drivers to lose control more easily. Slowing down can increase tire traction. In addition, hard braking can cause you to lose control.

3)      Avoid standing water: water can accumulate in outer lanes, so drive towards the inside lanes to avoid this danger.

4)      Follow the car in front of you: You should try to stick to the tire tracks ahead of you. The driver has already pushed much of the water out of the way.

Although these are intended to help avoid hydroplaning, it can still happen. If you do begin to hydroplane, make sure you stay calm. Do not hit your breaks or attempt to overturn your steering wheel. Ease off the accelerator and aim towards an open spot on the road. We hope that these tips will help you remain confident and calm while driving in the rain.

Is Your Car Emergency Kit Fully Stocked?

Car Battery Cables

You’re probably beginning to read this blog post and thinking to yourself either 1) Nothing has ever happened to me, so it won’t ever happen to me or 2) this is all common-sense so why should I bother? Well, at James Ceranti Nissan, we care about our customer’s safety. Everyone needs to have a car emergency kit prepared for that just-in-case moment.

You may or may not already have items such as car battery cables cables, a tire pressure gauge and/or a spare tire (and if you don’t, these should definitely be on your next shopping list), but we have compiled a list of things that you may not have thought of.

  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Water bottles
  • Snack bars
  • Emergency Cash (bills and change)
  • Tissues/Paper Towels
  • Duct Tape
  • Multi-Purpose Utility Tool
  • Change of Clothes
  • Blanket

This may sound like a lot, but this is not even everything that you could possibly have. You’ll be thankful if you’re ever in a situation where you need one of these items. There are even handy trunk organizers that can be purchased so these aren’t just lying around your car.

Go out there and be safe. You’ll thank us later!

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!