Let Your Nissan Take on Sudden Stops with Foward Collision Warning and Emergency Braking

Nissan has been a pioneer in ways to help drivers avoid accidents. Many of our models offer Forward Collision Warning which alerts the driver that the car in front is slowing down  (even looks two cars ahead). This warning lets the driver know an accident may occur unless the brakes are applied.

The Altima and Murano system adds Forward Emergency Braking that applies the brakes for the driver in case action isn’t taken. This technology helps Nissan owners avoid accidents before they happen. Come take a drive one of the advanced braking safety Nissans that are available to own today at Nissan of LaGrange.

Nissan of LaGrange, Georgia offers new Nissan cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers to LaGrange, Newnan, Columbus, Auburn, the Valley, and Atlanta. We also offer Genuine Nissan Service and Maintenance in our Auto Repair Shop. Nissan of LaGrange should be your first stop for a new or used vehicle, oil changes using Genuine Nissan Oil Filters and factory recommended oil, brake service, car battery sales, tires, and auto glass replacement. Nissan of LaGrange where “You Come First!” Always open at http://www.nissanoflagrange.com.You can also reach us at 706-884-1744.

Safety Saturday – Nissan’s Tire Pressure Monitoring System

TPMS Highlights –

  • TPMS typically consists of four valve stem/air pressure sensors (transponders), a low tire pressure warning control unit, and an antenna.
  • If a tire’s pressure drops to approximately 26 psi, a warning light graphic on the dash illuminates to alert the driver of low tire pressure.
  • Select vehicles also have Easy-Fill Tire Alert, which enables proper inflation without the need for a tire pressure gauge. Once the right air pressure is reached the horn will honk.

What Is TPMS?

The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) alerts the driver to low pressure in any tire. On select Nissan vehicles, the system also includes Easy-Fill Tire Alert, which makes it easy to fill a tire to the correct pressure without the use of a tire pressure gauge.

How It Works

TPMS typically consists of four valve stem/air pressure sensors (transponders), a low tire pressure warning control unit (Body Control Module), and an antenna. A sensor/transponder is integrated with the tire’s valve stem, and transmits a signal, indicating tire pressure, in the form of radio waves. The control unit receives the signal through an antenna. Each transponder is coded and initialized to the vehicle at the factory.

If a tire’s pressure drops to approximately 26 psi, a warning light graphic on the dash illuminates to alert the driver to low pressure.

System capabilities vary depending on the Nissan vehicle. On some Nissans, the system features only the warning light. On others, the system also displays individual tire pressure readings as part of the trip computer readout, Vehicle Information System, or Advanced Drive-Assist Display.

Nissan of LaGrange, Georgia offers new Nissan cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers to LaGrange, Newnan, Columbus, Auburn, the Valley, and Atlanta. We also offer Genuine Nissan Service and Maintenance in our Auto Repair Shop. Nissan of LaGrange should be your first stop for a new or used vehicle, oil changes using Genuine Nissan Oil Filters and factory recommended oil, brake service, car battery sales, tires, and auto glass replacement. Nissan of LaGrange where “You Come First!” Always open at http://www.nissanoflagrange.com.You can also reach us at 706-884-1744.

How do I know if my brakes need attention and why should I use Genuine Nissan Brake Pads?

Do you hear chirping, grinding, or whistling noises when applying your brakes? The brakes on most Nissan vehicles will let you know when it’s time to replace your brakes. They have a metal warning indicator that makes the “chirp” to let you know it’s time for your Nissan brake service. Schedule your service by calling 706-884-1744, or just stop on in.

Our factory trained service professionals at Nissan of LaGrange provide any of these brake services and repairs:Inspection of brake pads and rotors

Inspection of brake hydraulics and hardware
Factory recommended brake fluid service using Genuine Nissan Brake Fluid
Brake pad replacement
Replacement or resurfacing of brake rotors

Also see the video below from Albert Bouloy to see the difference in stopping power between Genuine Nissan Brake Pads and the competition.

We also offer discounts and specials on many Nissan maintenance items specifically for your vehicle. Also, when you join our Nissan of LaGrange Family Rewards program 5% of your total bill can be used for payment on your next service. That’s real savings! Stop in today and see what at Nissan of LaGrange, “You Come First!”

Nissan of LaGrange, Georgia offers new Nissan cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers to LaGrange, Newnan, Columbus, Auburn, the Valley, and Atlanta. We also offer Genuine Nissan Service and Maintenance in our Auto Repair Shop. Nissan of LaGrange should be your first stop for a new or used vehicle, oil changes using Genuine Nissan Oil Filters and factory recommended oil, brake service, car battery sales, tires, and auto glass replacement. Nissan of LaGrange where “You Come First!” Always open at http://www.nissanoflagrange.com.You can also reach us at 706-884-1744.

Should I Patch or Plug a Tire that has a hole in it?

Here at Nissan of LaGrange we are often asked if we will patch or plug a tire for a customer that has a puncture. In the interest of our customer’s safety we have decided that it is much safer to replace the tire instead of a temporary option like patching or pluging a tire.

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According the the  Tire Industry Association’s website

“A plug by itself or a patch by itself is not an acceptable repair because the plug does not permanently seal the innerliner and the patch does not fill the void left by the penetrating object, which allows water to enter the body of the tire and starting corroding the steel belts.”

So next time you have a hole in your tire do the safe thing and have it replaced, and when you need your tire replaced bring it to Nissan of LaGrange. We offer the tires that came on your Nissan (or any other manufacturer) from the factory at a great price. Plus, We may be able to offer some other tire options that may save you even more $$$. So, Drive safe and get that tire replaced.

Nissan of LaGrange, Georgia offers new Nissan cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers to LaGrange, Newnan, Columbus, Auburn, the Valley, and Atlanta. We also offer Genuine Nissan Service and Maintenance in our Auto Repair Shop. Nissan of LaGrange should be your first stop for a new or used vehicle, oil changes using Genuine Nissan Oil Filters and factory recommended oil, brake service, car battery sales, tires, and auto glass replacement. Nissan of LaGrange where “You Come First!” Always open at http://www.nissanoflagrange.com. You can also reach us at 706-884-1744.

 

 

Safety Saturday -Nissan’s Structural Safety

The new Nissans at Nissan of LaGrange are engineered to help protect passengers from injury in the event of a collision. Important structural safety features and concepts to understand include:
  • Zone Body Construction
  • Energy-Absorbing Steering Column
  • High-Strength Side-Door Guard Beams

ZONE BODY CONSTRUCTION

When a crash happens, crumple zones and a reinforced passenger cabin help protect vehicle occupants. Crumple zones allow portions of the Nissan’s body to deform, dissipating impact energy. A reinforced passenger cabin (sort of a safety cage) resists deforming, helping protect occupants inside the cabin.

Although crumple zones and a reinforced passenger compartment have been important aspects of impact safety engineering within the automotive industry for years, Zone Body Construction was developed as an evolution of body construction design and takes safety to the next level. It optimizes vehicle structural design and material selection.

The technology involved in Zone Body Construction is unique to all of our vehicles.

Depending on the Nissan, Zone Body Construction may incorporate a variety of different features, including:

  • Double floor panels
  • A double engine-compartment bulkhead
  • Large section side sills
  • Laser-welded roof and side panels
  • Reinforced side structure members
  • Ultra-high-strength and high-strength steels that vary in thickness depending on the area of the body in which they are applied
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 Zone Body Construction on the Nissan Frontier
Zone Body Construction divides the vehicle into three zones: a front crumple zone, a reinforced passenger cabin, and a rear crumple zone.
  • The front crumple zone helps protect occupants in both offset and full overlap (head-on) front collisions. Structural members and crossmembers deform to absorb crash energy.
  • To protect occupants in the event of a side-impact collision, the vehicles have reinforced side roof rails and roof pillars. In addition, high-strength steel or high-strength aluminum side-door guard beams and innovative door shapes and construction help absorb crash energy. A-, B-, and C-pillars reinforced with ultra-high-strength steel are used to frame out these side-impact-absorbing components.
  • The rear crumple zone is designed to help protect occupants in a rear-end collision. Once again, structural members and crossmembers deform to absorb crash energy.

Crumple Zones

A single-impact collision can take less than two-tenths of a second from start to finish. That’s about the time it takes to blink your eyes. In this brief time, all the energy from the moving car must be dissipated, resulting in the bending of metal and stretching or deforming of various vehicle parts.

  • Front and rear crumple zones help absorb impact energy, reducing the risk of injury to passengers by helping to maintain passenger compartment structural integrity.
  • A crease in the hood reinforcement structure — called a deformation point — allows the hood to buckle at a predetermined point, helping protect the passenger compartment.
  • Hood safety stops provide anchor points on the cowl to restrict the rearward movement of the hood in the event of a frontal collision, helping prevent the hood from entering the passenger compartment.
  • On most vehicles, the rear engine mount and/or the rear transmission mount are designed to break away, allowing the engine and transmission to drop down so they won’t enter the passenger compartment.
  • Also on most vehicles, the brake pedal is designed to move away from the driver to reduce the likelihood of ankle and foot injuries.

Double Engine-Compartment Bulkhead

Certain vehicles also feature a double engine-compartment bulkhead. The double bulkhead design provides a crushable zone that helps absorb impact energy in certain frontal impacts, which helps maintain passenger compartment structural integrity.

 

ENERGY-ABSORBING STEERING COLUMN

The energy-absorbing steering column is designed to compress during certain frontal impacts, so it helps absorb impact energy — very much like a spring absorbs energy when compressed.

As a result, the energy-absorbing steering column helps reduce the risk of injury in certain frontal impacts.

HIGH-STRENGTH SIDE-DOOR GUARD BEAMS

Located inside the panels of the side doors on all of our vehicles are high-strength steel or high-strength aluminum guard beams.

The placement of the beams helps add protection for the passenger compartment in the event of certain side impacts.

Nissan of LaGrange, Georgia offers new Nissan cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers to LaGrange, Newnan, Columbus, Auburn, the Valley, and Atlanta. We also offer Genuine Nissan Service and Maintenance in our Auto Repair Shop. Nissan of LaGrange should be your first stop for a new or used vehicle, oil changes using Genuine Nissan Oil Filters and factory recommended oil, brake service, car battery sales, tires, and auto glass replacement. Nissan of LaGrange where “You Come First!” Always open at http://www.nissanoflagrange.com.You can also reach us at 706-884-1744.

Source: Nissan Virtual Academy and Nissan Jamaica

“Driver Attention Alert” available on new 2017 Nissan Muranos and Maximas at Nissan of LaGrange

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One of the smallest details of the 2017 Nissan Murano might just be one of its most important – a little amber coffee cup symbol that may appear in the center of the instrument panel. The cup is part of the visual and audible warning provided by Nissan’s Driver Attention Alert (DAA) system, which is designed to help detect drowsy and inattentive driving. DAA is offered on 2016-2017 Maximas as part of a comprehensive suite of safety and driving aids, and is also available on the 2015 and newer Murano crossover.

According to a November 2014 study by the AAA (formerly the American Automobile Association), 37 percent of drivers report having fallen asleep while driving at some point in their lives, with 11 percent having done so in the past year. Results of the survey suggest that drowsy drivers are also involved in approximately 300,000 crashes each year, 6,400 of them fatal. Driver fatigue and inattention also pose safety concerns, which the Driver Attention Alert system is intended to address.

How Nissan’s DAA Works

Nissan’s DAA system adapts to each individual driver. DAA monitors steering input patterns (using steering angle sensors) during a period of driving to establish a baseline. It continuously compares subsequent driving patterns to a baseline using a statistical analysis of steering correction errors.

If it detects driving behavior consistent with a drowsy or inattentive driver, the system uses an audible chime sound and displays the amber coffee cup with a message reading, “Take a break?” in the vehicle’s information display. The DAA includes logic to help address false detection, road curvatures, lane changes, braking and even poor road conditions. The system automatically resets when the engine is turned off. It can also be turned off by the driver if desired.

It is the driver’s responsibility to remain alert at all times. DAA is only a warning to inform the driver of a potential lack of driver attention or drowsiness. It does not detect and provide an alert in every situation.

Here’s the official Nissan video explaining the system –

Nissan of LaGrange, Georgia offers new Nissan cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers to LaGrange, Newnan, Columbus, Auburn, the Valley, and Atlanta. We also offer Genuine Nissan Service and Maintenance in our Auto Repair Shop. Nissan of LaGrange should be your first stop for a new or used vehicle, oil changes using Genuine Nissan Oil Filters and factory recommended oil, brake service, car battery sales, tires, and auto glass replacement. Nissan of LaGrange where “You Come First!” Always open at http://www.nissanoflagrange.com.You can also reach us at 706-884-1744.

Safety Saturday – Nissan’s Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) explained

 

Every Nissan car at Nissan of LaGrange has Nissan’s Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC). VDC takes traction control a step beyond the Traction Control System. It helps the driver keep the vehicle on its steered path in certain handling situations.

VDC works in conjunction with ABS, Traction Control System, and 2-Wheel or 4-Wheel Active Brake Limited Slip (if applicable). Based on input from various sensors, VDC controls the amount of engine power and/or applies brake pressure to individual wheels as needed.

How VDC Works

Seven sensors determine the vehicle’s operating characteristics at any given instant.

  • Four wheel speed sensors monitor the speed of each wheel individually, and compare wheel speed to actual vehicle speed.
  • The brake pressure sensor monitors the amount of brake pressure being applied to the wheels.
  • The steering angle sensor monitors the angle of the steering wheel to help determine the driver’s intended direction.
  • The yaw rate/lateral g-sensor is located in the center of the vehicle and monitors the vehicle’s position in relation to the road. Yaw refers to how much the vehicle rotates around its vertical center axis. Lateral g’s refer to forces exerted on the vehicle from the side. The sensors help determine if the vehicle is moving in a direction different from its steered path — for example, if it’s sliding through a curve.

Together, all seven sensors provide the VDC control unit with information about the vehicle’s behavior at any instant. Based on this information, the VDC control unit sends a signal to actuate the ABS, traction control, and throttle or individual brakes as necessary to help maintain the vehicle on its steered path.

Compensating for Oversteer and Understeer

If a vehicle oversteers when driving through a curve, the back of the vehicle will tend to slide outward. With VDC on, the system senses the beginning of the slide and reacts by braking the outside wheels and reducing engine power to generate force in the opposite direction of the spin. This helps hold the vehicle to the steered line of travel.

If a vehicle understeers on a similar curve, the front wheels lose traction and push out beyond the intended line of travel. In this situation, VDC applies brake force to the inside wheels and reduces engine power. The front wheels regain their grip, and the driver can maintain the steered line of travel.

In both cases, full power becomes available again as soon as VDC has helped stabilize the vehicle.

Benefits

VDC offers several benefits:

  • It helps compensate for oversteer and understeer by controlling brake pressure in one or more wheels and by controlling engine power output.
  • It enhances performance in emergency avoidance maneuvers and helps provide improved control on slippery road surfaces.
  • It works automatically and seamlessly — in fractions of a second..

Nissan of LaGrange, Georgia offers new Nissan cars, trucks, SUVs and crossovers to LaGrange, Newnan, Columbus, Auburn, the Valley, and Atlanta. We also offer Genuine Nissan Service and Maintenance in our Auto Repair Shop. Nissan of LaGrange should be your first stop for a new or used vehicle, oil changes using Genuine Nissan Oil Filters and factory recommended oil, brake service, car battery sales, tires, and auto glass replacement. Nissan of LaGrange where “You Come First!” Always open at http://www.nissanoflagrange.com.