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Our Four Favorite Ice Cream Stops in One Easy Road Trip

Favorite Ice Cream - Lancaster, PA
Ice cream season has finally arrived, and if you’re anywhere near as big a fan of the stuff as we are here at Lancaster Nissan, you’ve probably sampled (and/or binged at) every ice cream shop, parlor, or truck in your hometown. There’s nothing wrong with the tried-and-true; everyone has their favorite ice cream spots. But, if you’re in the mood for something shiny and new, consider taking our “ice cream road trip” across Pennsylvania this weekend.

 

  1. Franklin Fountain — Philadelphia
    As rich in history as its ice cream is in flavor, the Franklin Fountain is an old-timey ice cream parlor with dozens of flavors, bowtie-clad staff, and a beautiful location in the heart of the Old City neighborhood of Philly. Head’s up: they’re cash only.
  2. Lewisburg Freez — Lewisburg
    This might appear to be a simple roadside ice cream shop, but there’s something undeniably special about the simple soft serve cones coming out of the Lewisburg Freez.
  3. Eder’s Ice Cream — Montoursville
    When a business has been booming since 1927, you know it has to be good. Eder’s whips up some of the tastiest ice cream concoctions you’ll ever have the pleasure of tasting. This one might just become your new favorite ice cream parlor — don’t skip it!
  4. La Michoacana Homemade Ice Cream — Kennett Square
    Family-run and friendly, La Michoacana is destined to delight any customer with their down-to-earth handmade ice cream. Feeling adventurous? Ask for their classic sparkling of chili powder on your cone.

The Great Taco Trek: Pennsylvania’s Tastiest Taco Spots in One Easy Taco Road Trip

Taco Road Trip - Lancaster, PA
You can find a Taco Bell a few miles off almost every highway exit in America, but that’s hardly a good reason to hit the road. So we’ve decided to make it easy for friends of Lancaster Nissan to think outside the Bell and take to the freeway with one easy taco road trip across Pennsylvania.

  1. Taqueria la Veracruzana — Philadelphia (Passyunk Square)
    If authenticity means anything to you, you better find your way to Taqueria la Veracruzana for an honest Mexican taco. Pro tip: order the carnitas tacos; you won’t be sorry!
  2. Pipeline Taco — Wayne
    Pipeline Taco takes the cake (or pastel) for unique menu options. Hawaiian-inspired in decor and flavor, Pipeline offers the best fish tacos in PA, like the Tatonka buffalo shrimp. Not a fan of fish? Go for the Bonsai BBQ slow-roasted pork taco.
  3. Taco King — Harrisburg
    Some titles can be deceiving, but not when it comes to Taco King. Simple, no-frills tacos that are a guaranteed yum every time. For those of you feeling extra-hungry, get the taco platter with refried beans and rice.
  4. Let’s Taco Bout It — Reading
    A college-kid favorite, Let’s Taco Bout It’s fare is as charming as its quirky name. This luchador-themed restaurant offers tasty tacos for just $2.50. Explorers should try the esqueleto cactus taco (and we know you’re explorers — you’re on a taco road trip!).

Tips for Spring Cleaning

Tips for Spring Cleaning

Tips for Spring Cleaning

Warmer weather is finally rolling in across the country which means it’s time to start spring cleaning. From the windows to the cabinets, there’s a lot to do and most people don’t have a lot of time to clean. We here at Lancaster Nissan have a few tips for spring cleaning that will help you get a great start to a wonderful season!

  • Windows – While you may want to start with something easy on a sunny day, the windows aren’t the place. Warm sunlight can dry window cleanser before you have the chance to wipe it away, dirt and grime in tow. Dry window cleaner tends to leave ugly streaks that can put a damper on anyone’s drive for spring cleaning. Wait for a cloudy day to tackle the windows.
  • Doormats – There are few places that see more dirty shoes than doormats. If you haven’t already, adding a doormat immediately inside the house can catch any lingering dirt that didn’t come off on the outdoor mat. Make sure to shake and wash the mats thoroughly!
  • Brooms – A broom is generally thought of a tool used to clean, not something that needs cleaning. Even so, a broom still needs to be cleaned thoroughly. Use warm water or a vacuum to get rid of any dirt embedded in the bristles.

Winter Car Care Checklist: The Essentials

winter car care

Winter can be especially harsh on your vehicle. That’s why we’ve put together a list of winter car care tips to help you keep your car running in the cold temperatures and snowy conditions. From wipers to tires, there are some helpful reminders for winter driving. Read on to learn more.

According to AutoTrader, one of the most important things to do is check your lighting. Many drivers forget that the sun sets earlier in the winter, which means you’ll rely on lighting more than ever. The lighting also operates on the electrical system, which takes a particular toll in cold temperatures. Replacing bulbs and taking a few minutes to make sure everything is working could make a huge difference.

Next, top off your fluids. This includes the basics like oil and transmission fluid. However, you should also be sure to get antifreeze/coolant for the winter. While water will do in warm climates, you’ll need an antifreeze mixture for winter to prevent the engine block from cracking. Most antifreeze actually works better when mixed with water (as opposed to pure antifreeze), so check for 50/50 mixtures when shopping around.

Finally, check the tires. Tire pressure dips in cold temperatures, so be sure to top off pressure when the winter comes around. Also, look for cracks, bulges, and low tread. Consider buying winter tires for the season, tires made with special rubber compounds to hold up in low temperatures. Winter tires also have deep grooves to divert water and thick treads for added grip.

Looking to winterize your car properly? Stop by our Service Center for a checkup. We can do all this and more, ensuring you’re ready for harsh weather and cold temperatures.

How to Test Drive a Car

Tips for your next test drive.

Tips for your next test drive.

Taking a car on a test drive seems like a pretty simple thing, but there are things you can do to get as much information about the car as you can from your short spin around the block. Here are some tips on how to test drive a car.

You should always schedule your test drive in advance so you know they’ll have the car you want to test drive, or one close to it. This also gives you a chance to get in and out more quickly and gives you more time to drive a few different cars for comparison.

If you have family or someone you drive regularly, bring them with you to see how they like the ride. The vehicle you choose needs to work for everyone who rides in it. Check the amount of cargo space, seat comfort, how easily accessible the controls are, and test out any other features that are especially important to you.

Actually driving the car is a chance to find out a lot about the vehicle. Pay attention to the ride quality, and try out the navigation system if there is one, connect your mobile device through Bluetooth or Apple CarPlay/Android Auto if they’re available, and listen to how noisy the cabin is.

Make sure visibility is ideal for you. If you have trouble seeing or you’re not comfortable with how much you can see, try another vehicle. Make sure you have enough power to quickly merge into traffic, can turn easily, and won’t have trouble parking it.

It’s a lot to think about, so if you need to, ask your salesperson if you can extend the drive a little, and never be afraid to ask questions about features you aren’t familiar with.

Easy Ways to Increase Your Fuel Economy and Save Money

Tips on how to increase your fuel economy.

Tips on how to increase your fuel economy.

Gas prices may be low, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t save even more money by improving your vehicle’s gas mileage. Here are some easy tips to increase your fuel economy:

  • Drive slowly. Not only is it safer to drive at lower speeds, but also, it’s remarkably more efficient. Studies show that you can save 2-4 miles per gallon, just by driving at 60 mph instead of 70 mph.
  • Turn off your car whenever possible. If you’re waiting to pick someone up, find yourself stuck behind a train, etc., you’re wasting fuel by leaving your vehicle on.
  • Empty out your trunk. The heavier your car is, the most gasoline it uses – so all that luggage from vacation is, in fact, hurting your wallet.
  • Clean out your air filter. It may seem surprising, but this does affect your fuel efficiency. The inner mechanisms of your vehicle cannot work efficiently, if they’re being held back by debris.

For more tips and ideas to improve your driving experience, visit us anytime at Lancaster Nissan of Lancaster, PA.