“Connecticut is a slower pace way of life, so I’ve slowed down my driving.”
- The Ride
- The Driver: Trish
- Car in Question: 2005 Nissan Altima
- Spotted at: Hamden Plaza, Hamden, CT 06514
- Odometer: 65,000
Q: Hi Trish. Welcome to Defend Your Ride Connecticut. You came all the way from Nevada to Connecticut. What brought you here?
A: I needed a change of weather. I wanted to be near the water. I had visited about 25 years ago, so I set my sights on this.
Q: How long a drive was that?
A: I took my time, stopped in various places and stayed with friends. It took me over a week to get here. About 2,700 miles.
Q: How did the Nissan perform along the way?
A: Perfectly. Not a problem in the world. There are times I drove 14 hours non-stop–other than to get a drink. The car never overheated. It just performed beautifully.
Q: Lucky. What were the highlights along the way?
A: I saw different people and how they live. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to visit friends in different states.
Q: You bought the car new?
A: Brand new from a dealer in Las Vegas.
Q: What are the differences between driving in Las Vegas and Connecticut?
A: Connecticut is completely different. It’s like country compared to how I lived in Vegas. Main St. here is Whitney Ave. It’s 30 miles an hour. Our main street in Vegas is Flamingo Road and it’s 45 miles per hour. This is complete country.
Q: Will the Nissan be a good car to have in Connecticut?
A: It will because you have some hills. You have to have a car that can take it without costing you a lot of money on gas because there’s a lot of stop and goes out there. The more stopping you do, the harder it is on your engine.
Q: What made you buy the Nissan?
A: I was watching TV one day. They were advertising them and said they were a great mid-sized car, which I wanted. I made up my mind when I got a new car that that was the kind I was going to get.
Q: What are your driving habits like?
A: In Connecticut, I’ve learned to slow it down. In Las Vegas, we’re fast drivers. Not only slower pace way of life here, it’s slower paced driving. I’ve slowed it down and look around at all the beauty and all the greenery around here. It’s extraordinary.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to share with us about your Nissan?
A: It doubles as a hotel. I’ve slept in the backseat a number of times when I travel because I don’t want to spend big bucks on motels!
Photos and interview by Ken Liebeskind
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