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Preparing Your Vehicle for a Spring Break Road Trip

Are you ready for warmer weather and faraway places without the humdrum of the daily routine? If you’re gearing up for a spring break road trip, it’s a good idea to make sure your vehicle is ready for the task.

Nissan Spring Break Road Trip

Catch Up With Routine Maintenance

If you haven’t already, schedule a routine check-up with your dealership’s service department in order to have a professional look over your vehicle and make sure everything’s good. Have them perform regular maintenance like topping off fluids, changing oil, and checking your tires.

 Your Playlist

What’s a road trip without a proper playlist? Use your Nissan’s NissanConnect™ infotainment system to sync up your music library and put together the ultimate spring break mix.

Have Games on Hand

Sometimes, road trips just get boring on the way. Curb the boredom – and the whining – by having your loved ones play fun and simple road trip games.

Load Up On Snacks

It’s important to keep everybody fed and happy on a road trip, too, to prevent grouchy moods.

Drive Defensively

When you’re on a long trip, sometimes it’s better just to assume everyone else on the road has no idea what they’re doing. Drive with an extra bit of caution and implement defensive driving tactics to stay safe.

Our team at Blackburn Nissan fun on your upcoming spring break road trip with these five tips!

Check Out These Thanksgiving Travel Tips While It’s Still Early

Be Safe this Holiday Season!

Do you have a long family trip ahead of you this holiday season? You are going to want to make sure that – before you dig into that turkey – your family’s trip to grandma’s is as efficient, safe, and short as possible.

Here are some Thanksgiving travel tips to help you prepare:

  • Be sure that every member of the family has everything they need by creating a separate packing list just for them.
  • Research your route ahead of time before hitting the road. If you rely entire on a GPS system to get you there, you may find yourself delayed or lost if there is traffic, construction, etc.
  • Pack non-perishable, healthy snacks for the road so that you will be less tempted to stop for fast food, which can make you sluggish behind the wheel.
  • If you’re taking to the skies, be sure to pack refillable water bottles that you can get through security and then fill up with fresh water before boarding.
  • Lastly, plan any air travel as far in advance as you can, ensuring that you have plenty of options and can make the right financial decision.

For more family driving tips or to check out our many available, spacious vehicles, visit us anytime at Blackburn Nissan.

Holiday Season Tips For Traveling with Pets

traveling with petsThe holiday season is almost upon us, and, just like the retail stores preparing for Black Friday, it’s time for you to prepare for your holiday road trips. Whether you are going over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house or merely down the street, you don’t want to leave your beloved pets behind. To make sure your road trip this year is comfortable for both you and Fido, follow these tips on traveling with pets and stay safe this holiday season!

Take your pet on practice runs. Before you leave for your six-hour trip to your Auntie Sue’s, make sure your dog or cat is used to being in the car. Short practice runs completed before leaving for your holiday vacation are a great way to ensure that your pet is comfortable with being in the car for long periods of time.

Use a crash-tested pet carrier. A dog or cat roaming free in your car while you are driving is just an accident waiting to happen. To keep both you and your pet safe on your road trip, make sure you put Garfield and Odie into crash-tested pet carriers or seat restraints. This will eliminate the distraction of a loose animal, while also ensuring your pets’ safety if an accident were to occur.

Stop for frequent bathroom breaks. Just like humans, pets can’t handle long car rides without frequent breaks. Stop frequently for bathroom breaks and to allow your animal to stretch its legs before continuing on your journey. Every two to three hours should be perfect.

Don’t leave your pet by itself in your car. Whether it’s freezing cold or scorching hot, you should never leave an animal in your car by itself. There are a multitude of things that can go wrong, concluding in your pet’s injury or death. Be sure to find pet-friendly accommodations and restaurants along your route so your pet can stay with you when you stop overnight.

Follow our tips regarding traveling with pets, and you are guaranteed a great holiday season. If you’re looking for a fun activity to do with your pets this holiday season, besides taking a road trip, you can enter our Pet Halloween Costume Contest! At Blackburn Nissan you have the opportunity to win a $50 Visa gift card!

Best Places to Visit in the U.S.

Best Places to Visit
Yellowstone National Park

Everyone needs a vacation, and what better time than the summer? The kids are out of school and the weather is perfect for a family adventure. Here is a list of some great road trip stops if you are looking for something new and exciting to do!

Yellowstone National Park – Take in the view and enjoy a nice hike at this national park. From our dealership it will take just over a day to get there, but you can break up the ride and visit some other great cities on the way.

Washington D.C – There is more than just politics in the nation’s capital. Take in the history and beauty of old buildings and monuments. You can get there in 15 hours if you drive straight through.

Orlando – This is great place for families. Adults will feel like children again as you visit Disney World and Universal Studios. You won’t experience anything else like it! If you plan on driving, it will take a little under 11 hours to get there.

New Orleans – Take a long weekend and head south to Mardi Gras central! Experience an excellent atmosphere, great food, and unique culture. It will take just a little over 3 hours to get there from Vicksburg!

Charleston – Looking for a beautiful beach? Check out Charleston, South Carolina. There you can experience beautiful architecture and a little rest and relaxation. It is an 11 hour drive from our dealership in Vicksburg.

Are you headed somewhere for summer vacation? Let us know in the comment section below!