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Top 5 Tips To Save Money While Driving Memorial Day Weekend

It is pretty simple when it comes down to it; find ways to maximize your MPG. Driving a car can be analogous to a video game. For example, you can drive from point A to point B exactly as stated by your Navigation or Google Maps just like you can play Zelda on Nintendo from beginning to end, but Google Maps and your vehicle do not tell that there are tons of ways to manipulate your car that will save you real money and time by earning an extra 50 miles on the road compared to your previous full tank of gas in your 2013 Nissan Rogue.

Whether you are visiting family, heading to the beach or camping in the mountains, you are probably driving, as it is far more convenient then having to strip down at airport security and that is after paying United Airlines $25.00 for your bag. Considering 31.2 million people hit the roads on Memorial Day Weekend, US drivers will spend approximately $1.44 billion filling up at the pump.

So, in an attempt to save you some of your hard earned wages and to make a small impact on our environments (come on….every bit helps), here are the Top 5 Fuel Saving Tips that will enhance the amount of miles you will achieve while driving per gallon of gasoline this Memorial Day Weekend (and obviously anytime that you are driving your vehicle).

1. Plan Ahead & Pick Your Route Wisely

Most people are fairly lazy when it comes to this specific topic since vehicle navigation is becoming as standard as a CD player in new vehicles. Combine that with the prevalent use of smart phones and map applications and you fill find that most people simply get into their vehicle and then figure out how to get to their end point from the driver’s seat. Yet, since everyone relies on this method, the end result is having everyone on the same road at the same time in a gigantic traffic jam…..wasting fuel.

If you plan ahead, you can avoid this nightmare and waste of expensive fuel. It might mean taking the road less-traveled, but it could result in a more pleasant, scenic route, free of traffic and even if it’s longer, in terms of actual miles driven, it might prove quicker. A moving car that spends less time on the road is more efficient than one stuck in traffic for hours.

2. Check Your Tires

To start, make sure you tire is wearing evenly across the tread because if it is not, you may find yourself an unfortunate situation and/or with a much larger service bill the next time you visit your local Car Dealership. For example, if your tire tread is uneven, this might be a direct result of your vehicles alignment being off.

Or, your tire could just be under-inflated (I know that sounds awkward), which is a quick fix you can accomplish by yourself at any gas station in a matter of minutes. This is an easy fix and it will pay huge dividends.  Lower tire pressures can adversely affect wear and increase drag, reducing gas mileage. From a safety standpoint, low pressure tries are my susceptible to overheat at high speeds, and will increase the potential for blowouts.

Tire pressure gauges are inexpensive, and a weekly check will ensure you are always at a safe, economical pressure.

Tires don’t have to cause you much stress, and confirming that yours are always in tip-top shape will both improve safety, and save you money on gas.

3. Check Your Car

Do a few quick checks over your automobile. By checking that the engine has sufficient oil, confirming all the lights work, and cleaning your vehicle before your departure are easy and inexpensive to do and increase the fuel efficiency of your ride.

Although you’ll likely be loading the car up with people and luggage, do a check around to make sure your car isn’t full of junk or unnecessary paraphernalia, like mine is, because it all adds weight, and weight is the enemy of efficient driving.

4. Timing Is Everything

Set off earlier and travel during off hours. No, really. New Yorkers know not to head to the Jersey Shore, Southampton, or the Catskills Friday night. If you have any control over your schedule, take an extra day off or travel at night. After dark, it will be cooler in the car, less taxing on your engine and you will burn less fuel.

Big rigs also take a break in the evening, so fewer trucks on the highway will give you peace of mind over your precious cargo…your loved ones and/or friends. Otherwise, avoid city centers and major interstate exchanges during rush hour or the hours right after lunch.

Finally, you will be able to drive slower (saving fuel) without the anxiety of sitting in traffic.

5. Drive Smoothly

Now we’re onto specific driving techniques. First, treat all the car’s controls with some respect so use smooth, measured inputs. Not only will it make things more pleasant for your passengers, but accelerating, braking and steering smoothly will mean less engine, brake and tire wear, which increases your vehicles fuel efficiency.

That is not to say you need to travel everywhere at a snail’s pace either. It’s better to accelerate briskly, but be sure to change gears earlier. In addition, reach your economical cruising speed sooner.  Hence do not draw out your acceleration. The more time you spend in the process of accelerating, the less time you will spend at low revs in top gear, where the best economy can be had.

 

I hope these tips help you save a few bucks this weekend and whenever you decide to go on your next road trip.

Happy Driving This Memorial Day from everyone at Windsor Nissan!!!!

St. Patty’s Day Bonus Cash, and a little history on the holiday

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For the first time, Windsor Nissan is offering St. Patricks Day Holiday Bonus Cash. You can save up to an additional $1250, in additional to all other rebates on your new Nissan. This is your lucky sale being offered only for a limited time.  Regardless of your heritage, you’re prob­ably very aware of St. Patrick’s Day — the traditional Irish holiday celebrated each year on March 17. And maybe you observe this festive day by sporting your best bright green shirt and meeting up with friends at your favorite local Irish pub. But — believe it or not — there’s a lot more to St. Patrick’s Day than simply wearing green and knocking back a pint of Guinness.

­­For instance, who was Saint Patrick? Is it true that he was taken ­prisoner by Irish raiders? Why do we devote an entire day to him? And how do shamrocks and the Blarney stone fit into this holiday’s history?

As the luck of the Irish would have it, we’ve got the answers to these questions as well as lots more information about this historic holiday.

Who is Saint Patrick?

­Important historical figures are frequently shadowed by the myths and legends attributed to them over the course of centuries, and St. Patrick is no exception. He is believed to have been born in the late fourth century, and is often confused with Palladius, a bishop who was sent by Pope Celestine in 431 to be the first bishop to the Irish believers in Christ. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, St. Patrick was the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland who is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. Most of what is known about him comes from his two works, the Confessio, a spiritual autobiography, and his Epistola, a denunciation of British mistreatment of Irish Christians. Saint Patrick described himself as a “most humble-minded man, pouring forth a continuous paean of thanks to his Maker for having chosen him as the instrument whereby multitudes who had worshipped ­idols and unclean things had become the people of God.”

­Saint Patrick is most known for driving the snakes from Ireland. It is true there are no snakes in Ireland, but there probably never have been — the island was separated from the rest of the continent at the end of the Ice Age. As in many old pagan religions, serpent symbols were common and often worshipped. Driving the snakes from Ireland was probably symbolic of putting an end to that pagan practice. While not the first to bring Christianity to Ireland, it is Patrick who is said to have encountered the Druids at Tara and abolished their pagan rites. The story holds that he converted the warrior chiefs and princes, baptizing them and thousands of their subjects in the “Holy Wells” that still bear this name.

There are several accounts of St. Patrick’s death. One says that St. Patrick died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, on March 17, 460 A.D. His jawbone was preserved in a silver shrine and was often requested in times of childbirth, epileptic fits, and as a preservative against the “evil eye.” Another account says that St. Patrick ended his days at Glastonbury, England and was buried there. The Chapel of St. Patrick still exists as part of Glastonbury Abbey. Today, many Catholic places of worship all around the world are named after St. Patrick, including cathedrals in New York City, USA, Dublin, Ireland, and Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia.

Origins of St. Patrick’s Day­

­Saint Patrick’s Day has come to be associated with everything Irish: anything green and gold, shamrocks and luck. Most importantly, to those who celebrate its intended meaning, St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional day for spiritual renewal and offering prayers for missionaries worldwide. The Irish are descendants of the ancient Celts, but the Vikings, Normans and English contributed to the ethnic nature of the people. Centuries of English rule largely eliminated the use of the ancient Gaelic, or Irish, language. Most Irish are either Catholics or Protestants (Anglicans, members of the Church of England).

So, why is it celebrated on March 17? One theory is that that is the day that St. Patrick died. Since the holiday began in Ireland, it is believed that as the Irish spread out around the world, they took with them their history and celebrations. The biggest observance of all is, of course, in Ireland. With the exception of restaurants and pubs, almost all businesses close on March 17. Being a religious holiday as well, many Irish attend mass, where March 17 is the traditional day for offering prayers for missionaries worldwide before the serious celebrating begins.

In American cities with a large Irish population, St. Patrick’s Day is a very big deal. Big cities and small towns alike celebrate with parades, “wearing of the green,” music and songs, Irish food and drink, and activities for kids such as crafts, coloring and games. Some communities even go so far as to dye rivers or streams green!

The Shamrock and the Blarney Stone

­According to Encyclopedia Britannica, a shamrock is “any of several similar-appearing trifoliate plants (plants whose leaves are divided into three leaflets). Common shamrocks include the wood sorrel (Oxalis acetosella) of the family Oxalidaceae, or any of various plants of the pea family (Fabaceae), including white clover (Trifolium repens) and suckling clover Trifolium dubium.” According to Irish legend, St. Patrick chose the shamrock as a symbol of the church’s Holy Trinity because of its three leaflets bound by a common stalk. Wood sorrel is shipped in large quantities from Ireland to other countries for St. Patrick’s Day.

The Legend of the Blarney Stone

There is a stone there, That whoever kisses, Oh, he never misses To grow eloquent. ‘Tis he may clamber To a lady’s chamber, Or become a member Of Parliament.

Just northwest of the Irish village of Cork is the village of Blarney. The name Blarney is derived from the Irish An blarna, “the plain.” Blarney is home to the 90-foot-tall (27.4-meter) Blarney Castle. The castle visited today is the third one built at the site and was erected in 1446.

Built on a rock, above several caves, the tower originally had three stories. On the top story, just below the battlements on the parapet, is the world famous Blarney Stone. While its origins are unknown, the Blarney Stone is said to give the gift of eloquence (beautiful speaking ability) to all who kiss it. Today, “Blarney” means “the ability to influence and coax with fair words and soft speech without offending.”

Kissing the stone is quite a physical feat. You have to sit with your back to the stone, and a local guide or friend sits on your legs or firmly holds your feet. Then you lean back and down into the darkness between the castle’s 18-foot-thick (5.5-meter) walls and, grasping the iron rails, lower yourself until your head is even with the stone.

One local legend claims that an old woman, saved from drowning by a king of Munster, rewarded him with a spell that if he would kiss a stone on the castle’s top, he would gain a speech that would win all to him. It is not known, however, when and how the word Blarney entered the English language and the dictionary.

 

A Chevy Dealership Goes GREEN

LaFontaine Chevrolet is “going green” with plans to install a 20-foot wind turbine in the coming months as part of the dealership’s expansion.

Matt LaFontaine, who addressed the Dexter Village Council at their meeting Monday, said the wind turbine would generate power for the lights on his property.

According to LaFontaine, he plans to incorporate the turbine with a permanent artwork display at the front of the dealership in order to create an environmentally friendly and eye-catching entrance to the community of Dexter.

“We want something that would almost be like a trademark for Dexter,” LaFontaine said.

LaFontaine also updated the council on the construction progress of the facility. Despite construction delays due to rain, phase one of the project is still on schedule for completion in April.

“We should have the building enclosed in the next few weeks,” LaFontaine said.

The floors will be poured by the end of January when crews will begin work on the interior. Phase two of the project, which includes the dealership’s service center, will begin construction in late spring.

 

How do you think Bob Maguire Chevrolet should go green? Send us your suggestions at our website: www.BobMaguireChevrolet.com

 

-a special thanks to Christy Vander Haagen from DexterPatch.com for this article!!

VOLT Technology & Facts

Curious as to how the Chevy Volt works?

2011 Chevrolet Volt


Here are ten facts to ease your mind:

  • When fully charged you can drive up to 40 miles on the electricity stored in the battery (this is called “electric mode”)
  • After the battery is depleted, the Volt automatically uses gas to generate its own electricity, which can travel up to 300 additional miles (this is called Extended-Range Mode)

2011 Chevrolet Volt Hook Up

  • Who will get the most benefit from driving the Volt?
    • Around 75% of people commute less than 40 miles a day or less. This means that you may never have to gas up in order to drive to and from work if you are one of those people.

2011 Chevrolet Volt Hatchback Open

  • Will I always get 40 miles on an electric charge?
    • No. Like every electric vehicle, electric miles per charge, day-today, will vary based on Terrain, Temperature and Technique.

2011 Chevrolet Volt Interior

  • Is it easy to use?
    • Yes, the Volt is extremely easy to use. It drives just like a conventional car and you can charge it up in the convenience of you own garage.

2011 Chevrolet Volt Screen Display

  • What happens if I never charge the battery?
    • No worries if you never charge the battery. You are not going to get the full effect of having an electric vehicle, but the vehicle can run up to 300 miles on a single tank of gas.

2011 Chevrolet Volt

  • Why electricity?
    • Electricity runs clean in a vehicle. With electricity comes the concept of ‘no emissions’ – which is extremely beneficial to our eco-system. With the advancements in the way we generate electricity = advancements in canceling out almost all of our harmful emissions.

Chevrolet Volt

  • Is there a special outlet required to charge the Volt?
    • No, you can plug it into any standard dedicated 120V household outlet. Or, if you want, you can have a 240V charging station installed in your own garage.

Chevrolet Volt Headlight

  • How long does the Volt take to charge?
    • If you use the 120V it will take you ten hours for a full charge. If you use the 240V it will take you only four hours for a full charge.

2011 Chevrolet Volt

  • How much will the Volt cost?
    • The purchase price has yet to be completely determined – but you can get up to &7,500 back in federal tax credit. Visit our Volt page for the latest information!

Chevy CRUZE

Starting as early as this September you will be able to get your hands on Chevy’s newest and hottest car: the 2011 CRUZE. Derived from the Cobalt (which was derived from the Cavalier…so, by process of elimination, the CRUZE is derived from the Cavalier), the CRUZE is one of the few Compact-cars that can create a Midsized-car presence, but stay priced in the Compact-car range.  As of now, you can pick up a CRUZE for as little as $16,995. Prices do vary by trim level, with the highest trim level starting at $22,695, but for the most part the 2011 Chevy CRUZE will stay priced between $16,995 and $18,895.

2011 Chevrolet CRUZE

“We believe the CRUZE can redefine the expectations for Compact-car owners and shoppers who are new to the segment, ” said Chevy’s Vice President of Marketing, Jim Campbell. “For the price of a compact car, CRUZE offers styling, safety features, roominess, amenities, and refinement of a much more expensive car.”

CRUZE Interior

The base 2011 Chevy CRUZE features:

  • 1.8 Ecotec engine
  • Six-Speed manual transmission
  • Ten airbags
  • StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover sensing
  • Traction control
  • Anti-lock brakes
  • Collapsible pedal system
  • Power rear-door safety locks
  • OnStar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power windows and locks
  • Keyless entry
  • Driver information center
  • XM Radio

CRUZE Vehicles by the Side of a Cargo Ship

Some of the plethora of options the CRUZE offers:

  • In-dash navigation system
    • 40-gigabyte hard drive
    • Pause and Play radio
    • Downloading of audio CDs
    • Transferring MP3 files from a USB memory device
  • Pioneer Audio System
    • Nine speakers
    • 250-watt amplifier
  • Heated leather seats
  • Ultrasonic rear park assist
  • RS appearance package
    • Rocker moldings
    • Rear spoiler
    • Front fog lamps

2011 CRUZE Eco Edition

Be on the look-out for this new, eco-friendly Compact-car! The arrival date for the 2011 Chevy CRUZE will be early September of this year, so stop by your local Chevy dealer to ask a Salesman about all of the CRUZE’s details.

Nissan Brings New Jobs To Tennessee

2011 Nissan LEAF

Along with the launch of Nissan’s electric vehicle, the LEAF, came an opportunity for the company to expand its labor force. In order to produce the 2011 Nissan LEAF, Nissan needed to manufacture lithium-ion batteries (the main power source for the electric vehicle) – a practice that Nissan’s standard manufacturing plants were unable to perform.

Nissan Manufacturing Plant

So in order to  produce the much needed batteries  Nissan decided to open a new lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant in Smyrna, Tennessee. Ground was broken for the plant this past week and, in just a few short months, the plant will soon be open … creating over 1,300 jobs! That’s right, I said: 1,300 jobs!

Lithium-Ion Battery

The Smyrna plant will be 1.3 million square feet and will have a maximum capacity of producing around 200,000 batteries a year – this makes the plant one of the largest vehicle battery manufacturing plants in North America! In 2012 the plant will begin to manufacturing the body of the Nissan LEAF, in addition to the lithium-ion batteries. Nissan anticipates that the plant will produce around 150,000 LEAF vehicles in a given year.

Hertz & the Nissan LEAF!

2011 Nissan LEAF

2011 Nissan LEAF

Early next year Hertz will be adding the all electric Nissan LEAF to its line-up of rental cars available in the US and Europe.

HERTZ Logo

HERTZ Logo

The car will start out in select cities, and then gradually grow to a larger span of places. The first cities in the US will be in the
California area (thats where the Toyota Prius did the best when it was introduced into the Hertz line-up).

2011 Nissan LEAF Interior

2011 Nissan LEAF Interior

Be on the look out for them! Renting a Nissan LEAF from Hertz for a day or two is a great way to test drive the vehicle and see if it is for you!

2011 Nissan LEAF Gears

2011 Nissan LEAF Gears

NYPD Deploys 40 Nissan Altima Hybrids

While Americans have been seizing hybrid vehicles for years now, these vehicles are now also seeing use as taxis across Canada and soon in the United States. The NYPD has now decided to have a new fleet of hybrid police cars. The NYPD will be adding a total of 40 new Altima Hybrid vehicles to their fleet, 18 marked units and 22 unmarked units. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, “Through savings in fuel, these Altimas can quickly cover their additional cost, from then they will save taxpayers money — another example of how going green is good for our environment and our pocketbooks.”

NYPD Deploys 40 Nissan Altima Hybrids

While Americans have been seizing hybrid vehicles for years now, these vehicles are now also seeing use as taxis across Canada and soon in the United States. The NYPD has now decided to have a new fleet of hybrid police cars. The NYPD will be adding a total of 40 new Altima Hybrid vehicles to their fleet, 18 marked units and 22 unmarked units. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, “Through savings in fuel, these Altimas can quickly cover their additional cost, from then they will save taxpayers money — another example of how going green is good for our environment and our pocketbooks.”

2009 Saturn Vue Used to Showcase Future Green Powertrain Solutions in EcoCAR Challenge

Nearly 200 future engineers from 17 universities are getting an opportunity to show their talents and knowledge in developing a next generation propulsion system for the EcoCAR challenge. The competition is a three-year engineering competition headlined by General Motors and the U.S. Department of Energy. Each team will focus on the execution of an alternatively powered powertrain system while maintaining the performance, safety, and consumer appeal of their 2009 Saturn Vue crossover. Each Vue will have the following common characteristics:

 

•Plug-in capability

•Lithium-ion battery technology

•Use of a renewable energy source

•Vehicle must retain the safety and real-world performance characteristics of the Saturn Vue

 

Each team has revealed their architectures of choice for their Vue crossovers. There are four different types which are: Extended Range Electric Vehicles, Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Full Function Electric Vehicle, and Fuel Cell Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle.

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