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Traveling with Pets: Tips and Tricks for the Road

traveling with petsTraveling with pets is a great way to make the most of your summer vacation. However, there are some important things to keep in mind when driving on the road with a furry companion. For instance, you should never leave pets unattended and always provide the proper restraints.

According to the DMV, there’s the window issue. Despite the many ads we see of dogs sticking their head out the window, this is a bad idea. In addition to the possibility of debris hitting your pet’s head, heavy airflow can damage respiratory systems. Also, many animals can escape onto the road at low speeds. It’s simply not a good idea to let your pet stick its head out the window, regardless of how much they enjoy it. Instead, crack the window just enough for them to stick their noses out. This way, they will be able to enjoy the many scents flying by and you won’t have to be concerned about them getting hurt.

Find the proper restraints for your pet. It can be tempting to ride with your pet in your lap, but this is dangerous for both you and the animal. Pets can be a major distraction; plus, the animals could get hurt if there is an accident. Look for carriers that strap securely to the seat—much like a children’s car seat—or car barriers that strap into the back of the vehicle.

Finally, never leave your animal unattended in a hot car. On longer road trips, try to stop every two hours or so for your animal to get out and move around. You should bring fresh water, bags to clean up messes, and your pet’s favorite toys. Above all else, if your pet really isn’t having a good time, it may be a good idea to leave them home.

Looking for the perfect car or accessories for traveling with pets? Stop by Nissan of Silsbee today to learn more about our latest model lineup.

Spring Clean Your Vehicle

Looking for a little pick-me-up after a long winter? It might be time to spring clean your vehicle for a like-new driving experience. At Nissan of Silsbee, we’re firm believers in taking good care of our cars, so we’ve compiled a list of tips for the ultimate automotive spring cleaning experience.

Carpet and upholstery

Start by clearing any debris off the seats and floors. Use a vacuum to get the little pieces of dirt and dust in the crevices. Take out the floor mats and spray them with stain remover before scrubbing them down. While those are drying, you can use a damp towel to wipe down your seats.

Spring Clean Your Vehicle

Windows

Clean windows aren’t just important for aesthetic reasons; having clean windows also does wonders for visibility, which is important for your safety, especially during a rainy spring. Wash your windows and windshield thoroughly with glass cleaner. Top off the windshield with Rain-X for extra weather protection. Replacing your wipers every spring is a good idea, but an alternative is to wipe them down with rubbing alcohol to prevent streaks on the windshield.

Exterior

It’s important to give your vehicle a good exterior scrub after a long winter. Grime like road salt builds up over the cold months and can linger underneath the vehicle and cause corrosion or rusting. Give your car a bath with a pressure washer and be sure to get that underside. Finish it off with a layer of protective wax that will keep your car’s exterior looking fresh well into next winter.

How to Fill Tires with Air

Filling tires with air is one of the easiest DIY maintenance tasks for your car, and it’s also one of the most important, especially during the winter. Cold air reduces your tire pressure, which makes your tires have worse traction, so they’ll slip more easily in wet and icy conditions. Follow these easy steps to filling your tires with air.

How to Fill Tires with Air | Silsbee, TXFirst, check your owner’s manual to determine what the proper PSI for your car’s tires is. Then use a pressure gauge to find out the pressure in each of your four tires. Locate the valve stem in the rim of the wheel, take off the cap, and push the tip off the gauge into the stem. If the number it reads is lower than your suggested PSI, add air to the tire.

Many gas stations have a spot where you can fill your tires with air if you don’t feel like buying your own automatic or manual air pump. Just make sure you bring lots of quarters. Park near the air pump and take the caps off all the valve stems, but don’t lose them!

Then, just like checking the pressure with the gauge, push the tip of the hose into the valve stem and fill the tire with air, stopping periodically to read the pressure again. Once your tire is at the appropriate pressure, replace the valve stem cap. Repeat with the other tires as needed.

Basic Car Maintenance Tips

For many people, their car is one of their most important possessions. Unfortunately, cars are also a very expensive possession. That’s why it’s important for people to learn how to complete basic car maintenance. Here are just a few things that you can do to save yourself some money.

Car Detailing

Learn How to Detail

Since many people spend a lot of time in their cars each day, it makes sense that they get dirty fast. While you can take your car to a professional to have it detailed, it saves you considerable cash to just do it on your own.

Checking Tire Pressure

Checking Fluids And Tire Pressure

This is one of the easiest things you can do to maintain your car. It requires essentially no technical skills and not checking fluids can lead to thousands of dollars worth of damage. All that you have to do is keep a regular schedule and ensure both the fluids and pressure are in check.

Changing Car Filter

Changing Filters

Not many people remember to check the various filters in their cars, but it’s an easy task that doesn’t require very much technical knowledge. As long as you are able to read a manual to locate the filters in your car, you can change them yourself.

 

If you take care of these simple steps, you will save yourself hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.