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.

Tips for Packing Presents in the Car

packing presents in the car

Pack presents in your car like the pro with these tips!

Packing presents in the car is one of the most head-scratching parts of holiday travel, but there are easy and efficient ways to get it done. Follow these tips and make your holiday a little bit easier.

One of the best ways to save space is waiting to wrap the gifts until you get to your destination, but only do this if your hosts don’t mind you stealing a room for a couple hours to do your wrapping.

If you’d rather pack first, you’ll want to fit as much as you can in totes or laundry baskets, any hard plastic carrier that won’t get squished and fits in your trunk. This makes it a lot easier to carry the gifts to and from the house, and it also lets you pack inside without freezing your extremities off in the cold.

Put heavy things on the bottom, with flat packages on the sides of the tote and tall, thin boxes in corners. Gift bags can sit on top of the heavier boxes on the bottom, and extra gift bags that don’t fit in the totes can be shoved into crevices.

James Ceranti Nissan is wishing you safe travels and a happy holiday!

5 Ways To Make Driving Fun Again

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Remember when you first got your drivers license? You knew the power that driving gave you. It was a feeling of freedom, the thrill of knowing that so many adventures were now in your hands. Have you lost that? Here are five ways to make driving fun again!

# 1 – Podcasts. A fascinating or funny podcast can turn any mundane drive into a fun outing. The trick is to find podcasts that interest you? Are you a history buff? Do you like murder mysteries? You can find lots of cool podcasts here.

# 2 – Hypermiling. According to the very man who coined the term, hypermilers are people who strive to “to exceed their vehicle’s EPA fuel economy rating.” Prove those EPA dudes wrong by leaving the air-conditioner off, performing easy and gentle acceleration and braking, avoiding idling and driving slow. Get other tips here!

# 3 – Explore New Music. We spend a lot of time in our vehicles. With the advent of great music streaming services like Spotify, Pandora and Apple Music, coupled with smartphone integration like you find with NissanConnect, exploring new music has never been easier!

# 4 – Hit The Road. Nothing can make you feel young again and make driving enjoyable like taking a road trip. It doesn’t have to be halfway across the country either! Just make sure the scenery is nice and the destination is worth the drive.

# 5 – Drive A Cool Car. Like the Nissan Versa Note, for instance.

Prepare for Changing Seasons with Fall Car Care Month

Fall Car Care

October is Fall Car Care Month, reminding us to make regular maintenance and preventative maintenance a priority before winter settles in. To keep your vehicle operating at its best and avoid issues in the cold months ahead, add these basic car care items to your to-do list this month.

Check the battery. Check the connections to ensure they are clean, tight, and corrosion-free. Also have the battery tested, and replace it if needed.

Check the fluids.  Make sure to top off any fluids that are getting low (like windshield wiper fluid and antifreeze/coolant) and replace fluids that are dirty (like engine oil and brake fluid).

Have the brake and exhaust systems checked. Have the brake rotors, pads, innings, and drums inspected at each oil change. Also, before winter, have the exhaust system inspected for leaks and damage, which can prove dangerous.

Check the tires. Good tires are critical to safety in poor driving conditions. Snow, sleet, and rain can pose particularly hazardous driving conditions for worn, flat or over-inflated tires. We recommend opting for snow tires during the winter months, but at a minimum, make sure you have good all-season tires.

Check the wipers and lighting. Now that it’s getting darker earlier and the sun is coming up later, it’s time to make sure that you replace any burned-out light bulbs, both on the inside and outside of the car. Also be sure your wipers are in good condition, and replace the blades if needed.

For more information on Fall Car Care month, visit carcare.org.

Here at James Ceranti Nissan, we want to help you get your car ready for the changing seasons. Make an appointment today in honor of Fall Car Care Month!