Helpful Tips for Working from Home With Kids

Helpful Tips for Working from Home With Kids | Dixon, IL
Helpful Tips for Working from Home With Kids | Dixon, IL

If the COVID-19 crisis has left you working from home, you find yourself confronted with a new set of unique challenges. This holds particularly true if you’re a parent whose kids are staying home with during the typical 9-to-5. While working from home with kids is a real challenge, taking a few steps can help make the process easier for everyone.

Let people know what (and who) you’re working with

While viral videos might have you think that kids busting into the room on a call is cute or funny, it can be a major problem if you’re speaking with an important client, customer, or supervisor. To avoid any ill feelings, let anyone you’re on a call with know that your kids are home, which will ensure no one is surprised to hear crying or see a small face pop up on a Zoom call. On the flipside, make sure your little ones know that you have an important meeting and that they need to be as quiet as possible.

Empower your kids to entertain themselves

Even if they have a short attention span or finnicky sense of focus, your child should be able to lock into a n unsupervised activity long enough for you to get important stuff done. Whether it’s putting the baby down to nap, turning on the television for an afternoon cartoon, or giving your kid a chore or homework to complete by a deadline, you can create pockets of time where you can better focus on your work while your kid focuses on their own tasks.

There are lots of different things that you can do to make working from home with kids easier. In the end, it’s important to remember that even after a bad day, the best thing about it is knowing your kids there with you, safe and sound. From the family at Ken Nelson Nissan in Dixon, IL, to you and yours: stay safe and healthy.

Rainy Day Activities for Car Geeks

Rainy Day Activities for Car Geeks | Dixon, IL
Rainy Day Activities for Car Geeks | Dixon, IL

The saying goes that April showers bring May flowers, but the increase in rainfall can be a real drag if you just want to go for a drive. If you’re staying in but want to tap into your love of all things automotive, trying some rainy day activities for car geeks should do the trick.

Play a racing game

With today’s consoles and computers, playing a racing game has never made you feel closer to the option. Whether you want the simulation feel of hitting the track for your favorite motorsports team or the wild excitement of arcade-style zooming through crowded city streets, there’s a racing game out there for you. The feeling only gets better if you have a racing wheel or virtual reality accessories.

Spruce up your ride

If you have a garage or a carport, a rainy day might be the perfect time to give your ride a little TLC. Park your car under a roof and spend an afternoon cleaning out the interior, polishing the wheels and chrome accessories, or just reorganizing your cluttered glovebox. You can also use the time to clean up your garage space so that it’s easier to find things and more personable.

Take a ride

Driving in the rain means you’ll need to be extra cautious, but it can be pretty relaxing if you enjoy the pitter patter of raindrops on your windshield. If you’re driving a Nissan with Intelligent All-Wheel Drive like the 2020 Altima, Rogue, or Rogue Sport, you can feel even more confident that you’re in control of your drive.

There’s plenty to do on a rainy day if you’re into all things cars. One idea: Check out the Ken Nelson Nissan website and see all the great new vehicles we have in stock.

Introducing the New Nissan Subscription Service

Nissan Subscription Service - Dixon, IL
Nissan Subscription Service – Dixon, IL

With so many great options in the lineup, it’s a little difficult to pick which Nissan vehicle is right for you. Luckily, with the new upcoming Nissan subscription service, you might have a chance to try them all on for size.

Nissan is trying out its new subscription service with a launch in the Houston area. The program is called “Nissan Switch,” and it will be available with two different price tiers. A Select tier costs $699 a month, and gives drivers access to Nissan models including the Altima, Rogue, and Pathfinder. For access to a wider range of models, you can choose the Premier tier for $899 a month. This adds the Nissan Maxima sedan and the Armada full-size SUV.

Subscribers must pay $495 initially in order to join the program, but after that the single monthly fee grants use of a different Nissan vehicle as often as every day. That fee includes the cost of insurance, roadside assistance, cleaning, delivery, and regular maintenance.

Arranging the next car is easy. In order to get a different Nissan, subscribers just have to log in to the Nissan Switch app, or text their own concierge to set up delivery. With the Nissan Switch program, drivers can have the right vehicle for the occasion every time, while saying goodbye to hassles like maintenance and insurance.

Find out more about Nissan’s new subscription service or other exciting news from the automaker when you call us at Ken Nelson Nissan.

Why an Eco-Friendly Vehicle Is Great for a New Driver

Nissan Leaf - Dixon, IL
Nissan Leaf – Dixon, IL

An eco-friendly vehicle could be the perfect first car for your teen driver. Today’s versions of eco-friendly cars offer just as many features as conventional gas-fueled cars, with safety systems, advanced technology and highly-efficient engines that save time and money at the pump.

Not all green cars are created equally though, and a careful search with plenty of digging is required to find the best one for your teen. You should also set a realistic budget that can narrow down your choices.

One great option is the zero-emission Nissan LEAF. Hybrids and electric vehicles are great options for your teen because they don’t pollute the environment, and they can help you teach your teen to be an efficient driver, beyond just owning an EV.

The 2019 Nissan LEAF is great for your teen driver because it’s outfitted with standard safety systems like Automatic Emergency Braking, the Nissan Advanced Braking System and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System with Easy-Fill Tire Alert.

In addition to the great safety features, the LEAF offers a spectrum of batteries to suit different preferences. The 62 kWh earns an EPA-estimated range of about 226 miles and also delivers a 214-horsepower rating. The 40 kWh battery delivers a range of about 150 miles and a horsepower rating of 147. No matter which battery you choose, three levels of charging makes it easy to keep the LEAF at full strength.

Experience the Nissan LEAF for yourself when you stop by Ken Nelson Nissan for a test drive.

Tips to Get Back on Track with Your New Year’s Resolutions

Tips to Get Back on Track with Your New Year’s Resolutions - Dixon, IL
Tips to Get Back on Track with Your New Year’s Resolutions – Dixon, IL

If you’ve already slacked off on your New Year’s resolutions, you are not alone. According to Statistic Brain Research Institute, more than 40 percent of people who set goals for the beginning of the year abandon them in the first few months. Here are some ideas for getting those goals back on track.

Remind Yourself Why You Wanted to Do This

 Making lasting changes in our behavior can be uncomfortable, and when we feel discomfort, our natural inclination is to move back to our comfort zone. Remind yourself why your goal is important.

Look at Your Stumbles in a More Positive Light

Nothing teaches life lessons better than failure. Take a look at your situation and try to find the important lessons in it so that the next try will be more successful.

Tweak Your Goal

Sometimes your goal is not formulated correctly and you are focusing on the wrong thing. If you goal is to make more money, how are you going to get there? Perhaps a goal of finding a new job combined with reducing expenses would be a better way to go.

Ask for Help

We can’t do everything on our own. If your New Year’s resolution was to lose weight, it can be easier to do with a friend. The two of you can keep each other motivated to go to the gym and watch calories.

If one of your 2020 goals is purchasing a new ride or taking better care of your current one, contact us here at Ken Nelson Nissan