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Favorite Holiday Road Trip Survival Tips and Tricks from Howdy Honda

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018
Family Looking Out of the Windows of a Car Packed for Vacation

Top 10 Holiday Driving Safety Tips for Austin Drivers

Are you and your family planning on a holiday road trip this season? With more traffic on the roads and unpredictable weather, safety is a high priority for families on the go. Keep your family safe this Thanksgiving and Christmas with these top 10 holiday driving safety tips for Austin drivers. Make safety a priority this season and get behind the wheel of the 2019 Honda Pilot today at Howdy Honda! (more…)

Drive Safely During Cold Weather Conditions

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Cold Weather Causes Harsh Road Conditions in Austin, TX

Austin has played host to Old Man Winter this season. Driving safely is the goal! Hazards on the road increase as temperatures drop and most folks are not properly prepared for the harsh road conditions. Black ice formation on roadways can be especially hazardous as it is nearly impossible to detect. Bridges and overpasses are especially dangerous as freezing temperatures create icy conditions which, when coupled with high speeds, can be fatal. Make an effort to travel safely and take it slow. Here are some tips to help you and your family stay safe this winter.

Check Local Forecast Daily

On Twitter or Facebook this morning? Take a moment to look up information about the local forecast.  Identify problem areas experiencing heavy ice formation. Check the conditions before you leave the house and try to stay updated throughout the day. If it seems unsafe to drive, wait until conditions improve before hitting the road. Your boss will understand!

Service Your Vehicle Beforehand

Maintaining your vehicle in anticipation of cold weather is another great way to prepare for road safety. Make sure your tires are properly inflated and your antifreeze level is adequate. Also, make sure your windshield wipers work properly and keep of kit in your trunk with the necessary  The Howdy Honda Express Service Department can help!

Stay Alert and Aware of Other Drivers

Safe driving in harsh weather means slowing down. Increase the distance between your car and others on the road while actively giving larger trucks and trailers more room to stop if needed. Experience levels vary and some people may not be accustomed to ice, sleet, and rain.

Anticipate Changing Conditions

As the temperature drops, new issues can arise. Remain especially aware of your environment and shifts in the weather. If the changes become too difficult to drive in, find a safe place to pull over or exit the highway. Parking lots are much safer than pulling off on the side of the road where other drivers may not be able to see your vehicle.

Stay Put

Again, one of the best ways to avoid accidents during inclement weather is to stay home or stay put until conditions improve. Nothing is more important than your safety and the safety of others. Unless the need to travel is completely necessary, stay in one place until the temperature increases and the road is easier to navigate.

 

How Appropriate Tire Inflation Can Save Your Money on Gas

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

We all are very frugal drivers, aren’t we? How many of us wouldn’t want to take that extra step to cut down on our gas? You’re right, very

few! While we keep a cautious eye on our daily mileage, sometimes even preferring higher quality fuel in the hope for improved mileage

overall, we often have no clue that there’s an easy hassle-free way of saving on fuel – keeping the tires inflated! Several studies have shown

that tires kept at requisite pressure can boost mileage by as much as 3%. On the other hand, every PSI (pounds per square inch) loss of tire

pressure can result in 0.3% drop in mileage. Inconsequential as that might sound, it means that a car running 12,000 miles yearly on under-

inflated tires consumes 144 extra gallons of gas, at a cost of $300-$500 a year. Naturally, keeping your tires at optimum conditions can boost

your mileage and save your cash.

 

Keep a check on Tire Inflation

To keep your tires at prime status, have a regular check on tire inflation. The monitoring should be as frequent as that of cleaning the

windshield or checking for oil. Usually, you can get your tire inflation checked at a full-service gas station or an auto service center. You can

also easily keep a tab on your inflation status by buying an inexpensive pressure gauge. Tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) are

increasingly being used now to have a real-time picture of tire pressure. TPMS sensors are fitted into to the tires and they feed the pressure

values to an onboard computer allowing you a watchful eye on the tire pressure.

 

It’s all about the pressure

So what do you do if you find out that your tire pressure has plummeted a few notches below normal? Yes, you inflate it to the recommended

value and leave it there. The recommended tire pressure is usually provided in the owner’s manual. Be extra cautious that your tire pressure

doesn’t exceed this value as it will make your ride bumpy.

 

Check pressure when tires are cold

Always check tire pressure when tires are cold since taking the car on the road for a while increases internal pressure. For the same reason,

take pressure readings before hitting the road, to get accurate readings.

 

Build good tire habits!

Take good care of your tires and be an informed consumer. Monitor your tire pressure regularly. Remember that tire pressures vary with

change in temperature. In case you hit a sudden pothole or ditch, check your tires for a fall in pressure. Also, don’t ignore your spare tire! It

will have your back in case you need a replacement mid-drive.

 

Did you know? – In addition to poor mileage, use of underinflated tires cause emission of greenhouse gases and lead to pollution.

 

Do not overinflate the tire

Sometimes, in the event of a nail piercing your tire, it may sound like a wise idea to overinflate your tire. This is a strict no! It will reduce

ground contact with the tire, severely unbalancing your car and can lead to a crash. It may even cause skidding on a wet surface which is

dangerous.

2015 Honda Siri Eyes Free Demonstration

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015
Austin TX Honda dealer

Siri Eyes Free in your 2015 Honda is a convenient feature that gives you iPhone capability at your fingertips. Here is a demo on how to use Siri Eyes Free in your 2015 Honda. This demo was video taped in a 2015 Honda Civic however features are similar to the 2015 Honda CR-V and Fit.

View the remainder of our How To feature series at

https://www.youtube.com/user/HowdyHondaAustin

Thanksgiving Travel Tips and Tricks Courtesy of Howdy Honda

Monday, November 10th, 2014
2014 Accord Hybrid

2014 Accord Hybrid

Thanksgiving is almost here and many of you will be hitting the road for the holiday.  According to AAA, an overwhelming majority of travelers (90%), will get to their destination via car. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving is also the holiday that statistically has the largest number of drunk driving fatalities. We want you to be SAFE out there so here is a list that The Red Cross put together to help Thanksgiving travelers arrive at their destinations.

  1. Make sure your vehicle is in good working order.
  2. Start out with a full tank of gas, check the tire air pressure and make sure the windshield fluid is full.
  3. Buckle up, slow down, don’t drive impaired. Designate a driver who won’t drink.
  4. Be well rested and stay alert.
  5. Use caution in work zones.
  6. Avoid distractions such as cell phones
  7. Observe speed limits.
  8. Make frequent stops. During long trips, rotate drivers.
  9. Be respectful of motorists and follow the rules of the road.
  10. Don’t follow another vehicle too closely.
  11. Clean the vehicle’s headlights, taillights, signal lights, and windows.
  12. Turn your headlights on as disk approaches.
  13. Don’t overdrive your headlights.
  14. If car trouble develops, pull off the road as far as possible.

A lot of these tips are common sense  but keep them in mind, especially when driving long distances. Have a safe Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Roadtrip Safety

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
2013 Honda Civic Hybrid

2013 Honda Civic Hybrid

Thanksgiving is just a couple of days away and many of you will be, or already have, hit the road for the holiday.  According to AAA, an overwhelming majority of travelers (90%), will get to their destination via car. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving is also the holiday that statistically has the largest number of drunk driving fatalities. We want you to be SAFE out there so here is a list that The Red Cross put together to help Thanksgiving travelers arrive at their destinations.

  1. Make sure your vehicle is in good working order.
  2. Start out with a full tank of gas, check the tire air pressure and make sure the windshield fluid is full.
  3. Buckle up, slow down, don’t drive impaired. Designate a driver who won’t drink.
  4. Be well rested and stay alert.
  5. Use caution in work zones.
  6. Avoid distractions such as cell phones
  7. Observe speed limits.
  8. Make frequent stops. During long trips, rotate drivers.
  9. Be respectful of motorists and follow the rules of the road.
  10. Don’t follow another vehicle too closely.
  11. Clean the vehicle’s headlights, taillights, signal lights, and windows.
  12. Turn your headlights on as disk approaches.
  13. Don’t overdrive your headlights.
  14. If car trouble develops, pull off the road as far as possible.

A lot of these tips are common sense  but keep them in mind, especially when driving long distances. Have a safe Thanksgiving!

Keeping your Car Safe at College

Monday, August 5th, 2013

2013 Honda Pilot Austin TX 8_2

It’s that time of the year again! The Fall semester is starting. You have your class schedule in place; things packed and ready to go! Leaving for college is an exciting time and having a car on campus can be a great convenience. However, if you’re bringing your car to campus, the last thing you need is a car-related theft to dampen your semester. We have some tips for keeping your car and belongings safe while on campus. These tips may all seem like common sense but if you haven’t gotten into the habit of doing the following you may be asking for trouble.

Always, always lock your car doors! As soon as you get in the car, while you’re driving and after you park. Locking your doors is the first important step to car safety. If you have automatic power locks then…great! All you need to worry about is locking the doors when you leave your vehicle. Just be sure not to lock your keys in your car. Keep a spare key in a safe place at home or in your dorm room just in case.

Keep your valuables hidden and pay attention to your surroundings when parking. DON’T leave valuables such as your smart phone in plain view. If you must leave your valuables in your vehicle, conceal them in the glove compartment, center console or trunk. As the saying goes “It’s better to be safe than sorry.” The best practice is to park in well-lit areas that have lots of foot traffic. You may also want to have a friend accompany you, should you have to walk to your car late at night.

Oftentimes thieves aren’t interested in taking your car. They target vehicles for parts or the contents inside. Thieves commonly go for aftermarket stereo equipment. If you’ve installed a stereo system into your vehicle be sure to write down your serial number and keep it somewhere other than your vehicle. In case it gets stolen you could possibly track it down and have it recovered. If your stereo comes quipped with a removable faceplate be sure to take it with you when you park your car.

Aside from these basic tips, when bringing your car to school, it’s a good idea to consider the neighborhood you’ll be driving in. Your campus may be beautiful and well-lit, but remember to check out the surrounding area. Does it have a high crime rate? Are you driving a high theft car? If you’re concerned, you may also want to invest in an anti-theft device.

However, if at this point you only dream about having a car for college, maybe it’s time to check out the great deals we have on the 2013 Honda Civic or 2013 Honda Fit. In fact, it might be the perfect time to look into leasing a car: low payments and no long-term debt. And just so you know, we always carry the best Honda lease offers in Austin.

What to do if you get caught in a flood inside your car in Texas

Monday, May 13th, 2013

7390Although it is rare for us in Texas to get rains that result in heaving flooding, we have been (thankfully) experiencing short burst of heavy rain every few weeks or so. Fortunately none of these weather systems have produced significant flooding, but they have produced enough water accumulation in some areas. And just like the old adage says “better be safe than sorry,” we’ve put together a safety reminder list of what to do (and not do) in the case you and your car get caught in a flood.

Do:

Stay calm

Turn the headlights and hazard lights on

Unbuckle your seatbelt

Unlock your doors

Take outer clothing off

Lower your window slowly. Climb out of your car. Reach a higher ground. Call 911

If you can’t lower your window, use the door. The door won’t open until the water pressure has equalized inside and outside of the car, so don’t try to force the door to open. Once the door is open, swim to safety and call 911.

Don’t:

Try to cross or drive on a flooded road. A couple of feet of water is enough to sweep your car.

Don’t try to drive across flowing water.

Don’t panic

Don’t try to save your possessions.

Don’t try to break the window (glass will explode inward of the vehicle)

Don’t stay with your car

Don’t stand on the roof of your car.

Don’t try to return to your car even if it looks like the water is receding

How to identify brake problems on Honda vehicles

Friday, May 10th, 2013

honda-brake-repairBrakes are an incredibly important part of your Honda vehicle. Please make sure yours are working smoothly to ensure the safety of every passenger.

Brake Squeal and Wear Indicator

On Honda cars, all four brakes have audible brake wear indicators. So when your brake pads need replacing, you will hear a distinctive metallic “screeching” sound when you apply the brakes. If you do not have the brake pads replaced, they will begin screeching all the time. Do note that your brakes may sometimes squeak or squeal when you apply them lightly; don’t confuse this with the brake wear indicators. The brakes will make a very audible “screeching” noise.

Low Brake Fluid & Flushing the Brake Fluid

If your brake fluid is low, it may be leaking or brakes could be worn.

Brake fluid is hygroscopic, which means that it absorbs moisture. When that moisture finds its way into the braking system, it can corrode metal and seals. Flushing the system with new fluid removes the condensation before extensive damage occurs.

When you’re flushing the system, always use Honda Heavy Brake Fluid DOT 3. If this specific fluid is unavailable, only use DOT 3 or DOT 4 from a sealed container. However, only use these as a temporary solution. The use of any non-Honda brake fluid can cause corrosion and may decrease the life of your brakes.

Honda Genuine Brake Pads

Honda Genuine Brake Rotors function the best with Honda Genuine Brake Pads. Particularly since Honda brake pads are tested extensively on Honda vehicles in the most extreme situations and environments.

Now, it’s not only for this reason that Genuine Honda Brake Pads effectively help prevent premature disc wear and minimize noise. They’re also precisely engineered with state-of-the-art materials that produce superior performance, proper wear, long life, and are specifically designed to dampen noise and reduce vibrations.

Honda Genuine Brake Rotors

Brake rotors are vital to dissipating the heat that comes from the pads every time you use the brakes. Genuine Honda Brake Rotors are built to take that heat time for lasting performance and reliability. They’re made with the optimum mix of materials and compounds to safely withstand long periods of wear and to help prevent overheating and warping.

If your brakes show any of these signs, please contact our Honda Service Center in Austin by calling 512-443-4300.

5 Ways You Can Know It's Time To Replace Your Tires

Saturday, July 7th, 2012
When do you replace your tires?

The penny test is a great one to remember.

Ensuring your tires are road-worthy is an obvious safety concerns, but your tire health can also have an effect on fuel mileage and how your car drives overall. Following are some pointers about tire wear and how to know when it is time to kiss your rubber biscuits goodbye and invest in a new set.

Replace your tires if any of the following occur:

1. They fail the penny test. A good test for tire wear is sticking a penny into the tread. If you can see President Lincoln’s entire head, then it is time to get a new set.

2. Metal is exposed. If you can actually see the metal wires in your car’s tires, it is time to change them immediately.

3. Your car pulls to one side or the other. While this is likely an alignment issue, the tires have been wearing unevenly while this has been going on. Have your tires checked as well as getting your car aligned properly.

4. The tires are 10+ years old. If tires have actually been on a vehicle this long, it is difficult to trust them anymore, as they can damage much more easily.

5. The season of your tires doesn’t match the outside. If it’s winter and you have summer tires on, you are going to want to make a change. If you don’t, you could find yourself out of control when the first storm hits. All-season tires are a good bet, as they are rated for all four seasons, as long as they aren’t worn out.

To keep yourself safe and improve longevity, make sure to check the tire’s air pressure. Underinflated tires are the leading cause of wear on tires. If you keep them at proper inflation, not only will they last longer, but your car will drive its best as well. Remembering that having your tires rotated will also increase their life, as front tires wear more quickly than rear. Keep these tips in mind – and remember – we carry tires at Howdy Honda, so you can purchase and install them in just one stop.