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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!).

Items for Your Spring Bucket List

Father and son play soccer on a Spring day

Spring really is a wonderful time of year. It’s finally getting warmer outside, days are a little bit longer, and we are able to enjoy newly green leaves and colorful blooms of plants and flowers. Don’t let this glorious season pass you by! Enjoy every minute with activities from our Spring bucket list.

  1. Go for a bike ride
  2. Visit a farmer’s market
  3. Go hiking
  4. Give your house a Spring cleaning
  5. Watch the sunrise
  6. Play outside
  7. Start a DIY project
  8. Visit a museum
  9. Go to a baseball game
  10. Have a picnic
  11. Buy (or pick) some fresh flowers
  12. Swing at the playground
  13. Look for shapes in the clouds
  14. Go outside and dance in the rain
  15. Set up a gardening space
  16. Go for a nighttime stroll and stargaze
  17. Walk barefoot in the grass
  18. Go on nature scavenger hunts
  19. Look for four-leaf clovers
  20. Paint a picture of flowers
  21. Play outdoor games with friends
  22. Feed ducks at a pond
  23. Visit a local farm
  24. Sing in the car with the windows down

Another thing you could add to your Spring bucket list is visiting us at Lancaster Nissan! We are always more than happy to help find you the vehicle you’ve been looking for.

Free Fun Spring Activities

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Free spring fun can be just a short drive away!

Spring tends to be the first time many families take to the great outdoors, especially if winter was particularly harsh. Even families on a budget can find some fun things to do in the warmer weather. Here are some free fun spring activities as suggested by us here at Lancaster Nissan.

  • Fly Kites – There are few spring activities as classic as flying kites with the kids. Grab some string, your kite, and an open area to let the kite take to the skies! Do your best to avoid areas with trees and bushes as they can damage kites beyond repair.
  • Ride Bikes – Whether the kids can already ride a bike or they have yet to learn, spring is the perfect time to take to the streets. Whether you’re hitting the local trails or sticking to neighborhood sidewalks, families of all ages and sizes are sure to have a blast!
  • Camping – Taking to the great outdoors in summer can be miserable, what with all the heat and humidity. Fortunately, spring offers the perfect weather for camping. Set up the tent in the backyard, prepare a small fire, roast marshmallows, and tell scary stories. Just be sure to check the weather first to ensure it isn’t going to rain!

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.

This Year, Prepare Your Car for Spring in Advance with These Easy Tips

Prepare Your Car for Spring

Believe it or not: Spring is already just around the corner. Here are some quick tips we’ve put together to prepare your car for spring.

Believe it or not: Spring is already just around the corner. Whether you’ve noticed the rising temperatures or the chirping birds, it’s time to alter your vehicle to prepare it for spring weather, as opposed to the chilly hazards of winter.

Here are some quick tips to prepare your car for spring:

  • Examine your tires, looking for pressure, tread, and alignment. If you’ve been using winter tires, consider switching back to all-season.
  • Refill your windshield wiper fluid, which will be desperately needed in the upcoming buggy season.
  • Make sure that you are up to date on your latest oil change, and if not, be sure to get your oil changed properly, and perhaps even your oil filter.
  • Double check that your air conditioning is working and that the air it provides is fresh and clean. You won’t want to find yourself stuck in a stuffy car.
  • Explore how your battery has held up after a long winter. If you’re not sure what to look for, consider the help of a professional.
  • And lastly, take “spring cleaning” seriously, giving your car a thorough cleaning both inside and out.

For more spring preparation, or to simply start your season out with a brand new model, give us a call or pay us a visit at Lancaster Nissan!

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.

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!

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.