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DIY Christmas Gifts

giftsBuying a Christmas gift will do for most of your loved ones but some family members might prefer a more personal gift. Arts and crafts may not be your forte but there’s still plenty you can do for the holiday season. Here are some interesting DIY Christmas gifts recommended by us here at Blackburn Nissan. Have a very merry Christmas, everyone!

  • Knit Blanket – If you have a knack for knitting, use your talent to create an oversized blanket. The technique is rather simple to learn so even those with limited or no knowledge of the craft can create a wonderful Christmas gift that will keep your loved ones warm and cozy for years to come. Such a large project actually takes very little time, just a few hours, compared to many other DIY gifts.
  • Festive Pillow – Arguably the simplest gift to make on the list, a festive pillow is perfect for adorning your loved one’s home. Take a plain red, green, or white pillow and simply wrap it like a present, bow and all. Forego the wrapping paper and add a festive sprig or ornament to really set the holiday tone.
  • Bookmarks – If there’s one thing bookworms love more than books, its bookmarks. Create your own by cutting ribbon into nine-inch lengths, add ribbon clamps to both ends with jewelry pliers, and finish by adding charms, trinkets, or other items with jump earing clamps.

The One, Easy Tip to Prevent Your Engine from Overheating

overheating engineIn the summer, the engine of your car is at a higher risk than ever for overheating. Do you know how to prevent your engine from overheating? Will you be prepared if it does?

Fortunately, preventing the overheating from ever happening in the first place is pretty easy. All you have to do is practice regular maintenance on your car. This means regularly checking your oil, coolant level, cooling system, and thermostat.

If your car is getting a once-over from a quality mechanic, or if you’re able to evaluate these things properly by yourself, you should be in good shape. However, if your engine does overheat, it’s important to know how to react.

Safely pull over and stop your car. Lift up the hood to allow air to vent the overheated system. Do not touch the radiator cap, which will almost certainly burn you. Take a look at the major players, such as the coolant, and then call an expert.

This Season, Remember These Home Pool Safety Tips

At public pools, there are typically rules and lifeguards ensuring the safety of all the swimmers. But what about at home pools? You can help prevent accidents at your home pool by establishing your own rules.

Here are a few home pool safety tips to get you started:

  • underwaterSecure your pool with some sort of fencing so that unattended intruders can’t get inside.
  • Be sure that all swimmers know how to swim efficiently, and never leave any swimmers–especially children–unmonitored.
  • Keep the proper chemical levels active in your pool to make sure the water stays safe and hygienic.
  • Enforce basic rules such as “no running” and “no diving in shallow area,” which can truly make a difference, especially for those who aren’t strong swimmers.
  • Have an emergency first-aid kit nearby, just in case it is needed.

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

How to Decide Between Manual Vs. Automatic

manual transmissionCars with manual transmissions—the fearsome “stick shift”—get a bad rap. But once you learn to drive one, there are plenty of advantages to a manual transmission—just as automatic transmissions have their pros and cons. Here’s a rundown of how to decide between manual vs. automatic.

Automatic cars are easy. You brake to put the car into drive or park, and the car shifts to the right gear for you as you speed up. It’s convenient and lets you keep your full attention on your surroundings. However, automatic cars are more expensive than manual cars, and their fuel economy and acceleration tend to be worse.

automatic transmissionSo while you get more bang for your buck with a manual, there are also plenty of drawbacks. Most cars are automatic, so your choices for a manual are limited, and they can be difficult to handle, especially in dense stop-and-go traffic that requires a lot of shifting. Plus, since most people aren’t looking to buy manual, you might have trouble reselling it.

If you have the time to develop the skill, manual could be a better, cheaper option for you, but automatics are great too! It all depends on your preference.