Stay Safe with These Winter Driving Safety Tips

Winter Driving Safety | Nissan Downtown | Toronto, ON

Roads in winter can be dangerous when there’s ice, sleet, or snow. To help you navigate these conditions, we’ve put together some safety tips for winter driving in Toronto. Keep these driving pointers in mind as you head out on the roads this winter.

Go easy on your brakes and acceleration

When you’re driving in the winter, you never want to make sudden movements. This means you shouldn’t slam on your brakes or quickly accelerate. Doing so can cause you to lose traction on the road.

Increase your following distance

Give yourself plenty of time to react if something happens ahead of you by increasing your following distance.

Understand skids

Losing traction while driving can be scary, but if you remain calm you can drive your way out of it. If you find yourself in a front-wheel skid, ease off the gas pedal and turn your steering wheel in the direction you want to go. For a rear-wheel skid, make sure you turn your steering wheel in the direction your rear end is sliding. Don’t touch the gas or brake pedal until your vehicle has straightened out.

Clean your car off well

Visibility is crucial when you’re driving, no matter the time of the year. Because of this, you should make sure that you clear of all of your vehicle’s windows, along with the hood, taillights, and headlights. Also, remove all snow from the roof of your car so you don’t impair the vision of the driver behind you.

Keeping up with your vehicle’s regular maintenance is another key way to stay safe this winter. For oil changes, brake checks, and all other routine service, turn to our service department here at Nissan Downtown in Toronto.

Taking Care of Your Vehicle While It Sits Idle

Vehicle Sits Idle | Toronto, ON

Has it been awhile since you’ve taken your Nissan out for a spin around Toronto? The longer your vehicle sits idle, the more its reliability and safety can be impacted over the long term. To ensure that it still stays in good working condition, just follow these tips.

Keep your battery charged. Over time, your idle car can discharge its battery, which means you will quickly have a car that doesn’t start. If you can, use a battery tender that attaches to the battery’s terminals to keep it charged.

Check your tire pressure. Flat spots can form on your tires if your vehicle sits motionless for too long. Checking your tire pressure frequently will keep them properly inflated, therefore combating these spots.

Drive around the block. Many issues that come up because your car sits idle can be prevented. All you need to do is take it out for a 20-minute drive to get your car’s battery charged and its fluids circulating. This will also help remove any rust that could be forming on your car’s brake rotors. Plus, it can help fight the cabin fever you might be feeling from staying at home.

If your vehicle is already experiencing problems from sitting idle for too long, don’t worry — our service department at Nissan Downtown is here to get it running smoothly again for you.

3 Ways to Sanitize Your Car More Effectively

Sanitize Your Car | Toronto, ON

There’s no time like the present to ensure your car is clean. As you might suspect, your car can be a hub for germs — but it doesn’t have to be. There are many ways to keep your vehicle safely sanitized, and you can start by following these tips.

Wear gloves. Before you start cleaning, make sure you put on some disposable gloves. These gloves will help protect your hands against any harsh chemicals you might be using. They will also help prevent the spread of germs. If you’re wearing gloves, remember that you shouldn’t touch anything but your car and cleaning supplies. If you want to scratch your nose or touch your phone, take your gloves off first.

Scrub it down. Your car’s hard surfaces should be scrubbed with either disinfectant wipes or warm, soapy water. Pay attention to any hot spots where germs might be more prevalent, including your centre console, dashboard, and interior and exterior door handles.

Pay attention to soft surfaces. Soft surfaces can absorb dirt and germs easily, making them one of the most important parts of your vehicle to clean. Use the proper cleaner for your car’s upholstery and really give it a deep clean. Also, consider using carpet cleaner on your car’s floor mats to ensure any dirt is gone after you’re finished. It will leave your car’s interior looking — and smelling — like new.

For more tips on keeping your ride sanitize, get in touch with our service department here at Nissan Downtown in Toronto.

Refresh for The New School Year: Back-to-School Safe Driving Tips

Refresh for The New School Year: Back-to-School Safe Driving Tips | Toronto, ON

Summer is winding down, turning many parents’ minds to the school year ahead. Along with getting new backpacks, school supplies, and clothes sorted for your children, you should also be thinking about how to best keep you — and those around you — safe during school pickup and dropoff. Here at Nissan Downtown, we’ve put together some back-to-school safe driving tips for you to keep in mind this year.

  • Keep to the posted speed limit. School zones have specific speed limits for a reason — to keep everyone safe. These lower speed limits will give you enough time to react should a child dart out onto the road.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings. Driving distracted is unsafe no matter where you’re driving, but especially in a school zone. Children can run into the road without looking, so make sure you’re continually looking for pedestrians and other potential hazards.
  • Remember the laws around school buses. If you see a school bus stopped with its red lights flashing or its stop sign out, then you need to stop. Keep your car stopped until the driver turns off the flashing lights and pulls the stop sign in. Then, cautiously move forward, looking for any potential stragglers.

Keep Summer Fun with These Road Trip Safety Tips

Summer Road Trip Safety Tips | Toronto, ON

Summer is the perfect time to head out on a road trip through Canada’s beautiful landscapes. To ensure that your journey stays enjoyable, keep these summer road trip safety tips in mind as you head out.

Don’t let yourself get fatigued — or bored. Tiredness can be just as dangerous while driving as texting. When you’re driving long distances, make sure you take plenty of rest stops along the way. Also, bring some form of entertainment, such as podcasts, audio books, and car-friendly games, to prevent you from getting bored behind the wheel.

Know your terrain. Canada has a vast array of terrains to tackle when you’re exploring, from mountains to prairies. Make sure you know how to drive in each type. For instance, try not to overheat your engine or your brakes when you’re driving in the mountains.

Watch for wildlife. Animals tend to be more active during the summer, so make sure you’re constantly on alert for wildlife crossing the road ahead. Dawn and dusk are prime times for animal activity, so be extra aware then. Also, keep an eye out for flickering road reflectors. These can indicate that animal is moving in front of them and onto the road.

Visit Nissan Downtown this summer and check out our new selection of Nissan Models.