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Valentine’s Day Gifts for Car Lovers

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Valentine’s Day Gifts for Car Lovers

Looking for the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day? It can be difficult to shop for the car lover in your life, which is precisely the reason we’ve provided a list of gifts for car lovers. Whether you’re at the beginning of a relationship or you’ve been married for years, we’ve got some useful recommendations in mind.

According to Safelite, one of the best things to buy for your significant other is a car wash kit. Include things like a chamois cloth, wax, premium wash, and microfiber cloths. These things can help to make your valentine’s ride shine. Also, think about getting alloy or chrome polish as well.

Next, consider buying a night or two at a hotel a few hours away. Car lovers usually love road trips, so this may be the perfect opportunity to drive all day and spend some quality time together. Road trips are great for seeing the world, and when there is no rush it’s nice to enjoy the scenery and stops. Plus, it can be especially romantic around dusk.

Finally, consider a remote car starter. Mornings can be cold, and a car starter is a great way to show consideration. Your loved one can set the controls to warm and start the car from a distance, providing a warm atmosphere as soon as you start driving. Though seemingly small, this gift will show how much you really care.

Proven Tips for Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

Keeping New Year's Resolutions

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New Year’s resolutions are a tradition all around the US. However, many people fail to keep their resolutions, even past the end of January. While that might shock a few, many of us have tried and failed to keep resolutions in the past. That’s why we’ve put together a list of tips for keeping New Year’s resolutions.

Believe it or not, medical experts have suggestions for helping you keep your resolutions. Many psychiatrists, according to WebMD, suggest exercising to help you kick bad habits. This suggestion is for people who are resolved to give up smoking, eating junk food, or drinking, for example. Whenever you get the urge to break your resolution, try working out. Believe it or not, it can increase the likelihood that you are successful by up to 27%.

Next, take it slow. By this we mean make one resolution at a time. If you’re initial goal is to get in shape by losing 20 pounds, quitting smoking, and quitting junk food, this may make realistic goals harder to achieve. Focus on one small task at a time—by breaking it up, you’re much more likely to succeed at all of your goals.

Finally, use visual cues. As evidenced by researchers at Tufts University, keeping a photo of your goal can increase the odds that you’ll achieve it. For example, get a photo of a thinner you (perhaps from years ago) to put on the fridge as motivation. Get a photo of a vacation destination for your wallet to help you reduce unnecessary spending. You get the picture.

These tips are statistically proven to help you succeed at your New Year’s resolutions. Nevertheless, the most important thing to remember is persistence. If you failed last year, be sure to try again. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you fail—those who persist tend to succeed.

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.

Best Christmas Movies

Watching Christmas MoviesWho doesn’t love the holiday season? It’s all about family and fun. So if you’re getting ready for a night in with family and Christmas cookies, we have a list of the best Christmas movies to watch during the holidays.

Here are the best movies broken down into a few categories so you can find the perfect one for your movie night.

Kids’ Movies

All of these movies are sure to spread plenty of Christmas smiles to the kids thanks to adorable animations and voices:

  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas

 Comedies

If you want plenty of laughs along with the Christmas cheer, these movies are sure to do the job:

  • Home Alone
  • The Santa Clause
  • Elf
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Classic Family Movies

It’s the age-old argument: are you a Christmas Vacation family or a Christmas Story family?

  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  • A Christmas Story

Feel-Good (And Cry a Lot) Movies:

Share your appreciation of classic Christmas movies and get ready to pass around the tissue box:

  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Miracle on 34th Street

 

Have fun watching all of these classic holiday movies. Stop by and see us at Lancaster Nissan to tell us which one of these is your favorite Christmas movie!

Awesome and Inexpensive White Elephant Gifts

White Elephant Gifts

When it comes to gift-giving time around the office or with your friends, the white elephant gift exchange is a common activity. To make sure your white elephant gifts are memorable and inexpensive this year, here are some fun ideas.

For the Practical Joker

If you’re a lover of pranks and your friends appreciate your sense of humor, go for these gifts:

  • Bush’s Baked Beans and Dad’s Old Fashioned Root Beer for a “Tootin’” Holiday
  • Poopin’ Reindeers and Elves
  • Whoopie Cushion
  • “Million Dollar” Chocolate Bar (captioned “you’re a million dollars”, of course)

For the Holiday Lover

If everyone knows that you’re obsessed with the holidays, you might as well put that into your gift, too.

  • Cookie kits (there are some really cute ones that make “Ninja Bread” and “Ugly Sweater” cookies
  • Dancing Christmas animals (Snoopy, Frosty)
  • Ugly Christmas sweater – simply go to a thrift store for this one!

The Practical Friend

If you want to give fun and useful gifts, here are some ideas you could go with:

  • “As Seen on TV” gifts. Not only are these fun, but in general, they end up being pretty useful!
  • Coffee mug – decorate it with holiday cheer
  • Knit hat – this is just good for those cold nights out on the town

 

Now get out there and rock the holiday gift-giving season!

Common and Unusual Thanksgiving Traditions in the US

Enjoy these Thanksgiving traditions with your friends and family.

Enjoy these Thanksgiving traditions with your friends and family.

If you’re looking for inspiration for your Thanksgiving celebration, we’ve put together a list of some of the biggest Thanksgiving traditions practiced across the country every year, as well as some not so common ones you might want to try out.

Everyone has a big Thanksgiving feast every year, and it’s almost always centered around the Thanksgiving turkey. The way Americans eat is always evolving, so if you have vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, or allergic relatives, use Thanksgiving as a way to stretch your cooking skills.

Many people use Thanksgiving as a chance to volunteer at homeless shelters and foodbanks. If you’re looking for something to do as a family on Thanksgiving that will enrich your children, or just yourself, try it out!

Don’t forget the ceremonial breaking of the wishbone. Two people pull on opposite ends of the wishbone from the turkey and whoever gets the bigger half makes a wish. This is especially fun for kids. Before dessert, try taking a walk around the block or tossing a ball around to digest a little before digging in. This gives you a chance to spend quality time with family.

If you have relatives who live far away, you can still include them in the Thanksgiving conversation and games by setting up a Skype session or Google Hangout. If you’ve never done this before, this year is a great time to enlist the technological skills of younger relatives.

Thanksgiving is all about traditions, but it’s never too late to start a new one!

August Lititz Events: Something for Everyone

Check out these August Lititz events.

Check out these August Lititz events.

In Lititz, Pennsylvania, there are tons of events coming up before school starts, ensuring that you can end your summer with a blast. Here are just a few August Lititz events to consider:

 

  • Lititz Lions’ Car Cruise, Aug. 17 – More than 200 vehicles will be on display, and there will also be music and food available.
  • Movie in the Park, Aug. 19 – There will be a free screening of “Shaun the Sheep Movie” in Lititz Spring Park, with refreshments available.
  • Mela Community Festival, Aug. 20 – This unifying event is open to the entire community and will include delicious Indian food and much more.
  • UZRC Car and Motorcycle Cruise, Aug. 31 – This annual car and motorcycle cruise is free to the public, and you can register your vehicle by calling 717-626-2071, ext. 1006.
  • Lititz Farmers Market – And of course, don’t forget that the local farmers market is open every Saturday, until sometime in October.

 

Learn more about some of these great events or share your experiences with us by coming into Lancaster Nissan of Lancaster, PA.

Things to Do in Elizabethtown this August

Enjoy some of these great things to do in Elizabethtown this August.

Enjoy some of these great things to do in Elizabethtown this August.

There are plenty of things to do in Elizabethtown, PA, regardless of what you are looking for. You can visit one of the many restaurants, museums, or trails in the area, or you can simply enjoy the cool August air in the city. There’s truly something for everyone.

According to the town planner, there are many featured events in August. Starting on August 1, you can take a 45-minute sight-seeing tour of the Pride of Susquehanna. This beloved riverboat is even more enjoyable in the late summer and early fall, a true spectacle for many. You can also take a Landscape Study Group at the Susquehanna Art Museum (1401 N 3rd Street) on the same day in nearby Harrisburg.

The 14th Annual Senators Family Run/Walk for Epilepsy is on Saturday, August 6, from 8:00am to 12:00pm; epilepsy can be a debilitating seizure disorder that often limits an individual’s lifestyle. The event will be held at Metro Bank Park, City Island, where you can run a 5k or walk two miles. The 5k begins at Carousel Pavilion at 8:00am, while the walk starts at 9:30am.

Finally, stop by the Lucky Ducks Bar and Grille on August 28 for a local charity event. This celebration supports the Children’s Miracle Network at Penn State Hershey, and it will begin at 2:00pm. There will be food, drinks, a DJ, and a duck derby race in the afternoon. All proceeds benefit patient services, research, equipment, and education.

Learn more about all of these great events by coming in to Lancaster Nissan of Lancaster, PA.

Say Goodbye to Winter: Spring Car Cleaning Tips

With these tips get your spring car cleaning done right!

With these tips get your spring car cleaning done right!

Warm weather is right around the corner, and it has even appeared in some places around the country. That means it is time for spring car cleaning, the one time of year for driver’s to detail their cars from bumper to bumper. Although it is better to clean your car as often as possible, doing a detailed job once a year can increase resale value and make driving more enjoyable.

The first thing to do, according to Fox News, is to clean the underbody. Salt, dirt, and even sand accrue in the winter, leading to corrosion if you are not quick to remove it. If your local car wash doesn’t have an underbody option, simply hose off the bottom of your car, lifting it off the ground as much as possible. Do not use soap – simply spray it clean.

Get the hard to reach places. Make sure to scrub the bottoms and edges of the doors, under door handles, and clean window channels. When you are finished cleaning your car, give it a wax and apply silicone spray where necessary to add an extra protective layer.

Always replace wiper blades in the spring. Winter does serious damage to your wipers, making it essential to get new ones. Also, take this time to top off your washer fluid, and consider applying RainX or any other rain-resistant formula.

Finally, top off fluids and check tires. Ok, this isn’t exactly cleaning, but it is standard vehicle maintenance. Make sure you are not running low on oil, transmission fluid, hydraulic brake fluid, coolant, or power steering fluid. (Low brake fluid may mean it is time for new brake pads.) Make sure there are no uneven wear patterns or bulges on your tires, and check the pressure.

Prevent Your Car From Getting Stuck in the Mud or Snow

Tips to prevent your car from getting stuck.

Tips to prevent your car from getting stuck.

Whether you’re finally about to arrive at work or are just about to leave the house, few things are more frustrating than realizing that your car is stuck in mud or snow, unable to gain the necessary traction for lift-off.

It can be a problem for any driver, even if you don’t plan to park outdoors. You just never know when you’re going to find yourself stuck, especially when headed somewhere new. Make sure you know how to prevent your car from getting stuck with these tips.

We recommend that you keep a lightweight yet strong shovel available in your trunk, as well as some sort of tarp or mat that you can hopefully use to free your vehicle. It’s also a good idea to consider snow tires or snow chains, which can prepare you ahead of time and hopefully prevent your car from getting stuck in the first place.

Whatever you do – don’t strain yourself and risk injury by trying to push the car, and when in doubt, call a professional! Learn more at Lancaster Nissan of Lancaster, PA.