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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.
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.
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
Congratulations to Adam R. for winning first place in our 2015 Summer Cook Book Contest! We reached out to customers in our Loyalty Rewards Program to help create the content for this Summer’s book. Some recipes include awesome Honda owner stories. Download a copy HERE.
As a larger Austin business, Howdy Honda had already implemented the city’s universal recycling ordinance. But, after personal experience with environmental initiatives at home, General Manager Cliff Collier wanted to go further. He’d added 21 solar panels to his 2,600 square-foot home about three years ago; since then, his energy bills have dropped significantly, and he gets credits in the winter.
“I saw the results at home and wanted to do it here,” he says. “The cost savings makes it easy, but it’s also the right thing to do – we have to take care of this planet.”
Since then, the dealership has made significant environmental modifications that have resulted in big changes – and much less of an environmental impact. Of course, seeing is believing — and this aerial video says it all.
Collier and Howdy Honda have worked with Circular Energy on a complete environmental overhaul over the last three years, including installing the 706 rooftop solar panels you see in the video, as well as replacing all exterior mercury vapor lights with LED alternatives, and all incandescent interior lighting with fluorescents.
Those efforts recently earned the dealership a Gold Award as part of Honda’s national Environmental Leadership initiative. Launched in 2012, the core of the voluntary dealer program includes a 10 percent reduction in energy use, water conservation, and recycling.
Honda has been working to reduce the environmental impact of its products, manufacturing and logistics operations, and facilities in North America over the last 30 years, so expanding its environmental initiatives to dealers was a logical next step.
As independent businesses, each Honda dealer is responsible for developing strategies to reduce their environmental impact – and Collier and team took that to heart. While the award wasn’t Collier’s goal, he’s proud of the recognition.
“Qualifying is a level of accomplishment – it exhibits the fact that we’re doing something positive for the environment,” says Collier. “Now, our goal is to add motion-initiated light switches and other modifications and get to the Platinum level.”
A better customer experience
Collier and the team at Howdy Honda were also recently honored with the 2014 Honda President’s Award. The award is a reflection of the entire dealership scorecard – buying, selling, service, and parts – and the dealership was the only Honda store in the Austin market area to receive it.
“It’s about the total dealership experience – no matter what the need – and we’ve been able to fill it at a level of quality that’s tops in the industry,” says Collier, who has been general manager of Howdy Honda for the last 26 years. “In this business, success is about working hard and treating people well. When people come to Howdy Honda, they’ll be treated better than anywhere.”
Maintenance on your new Honda lease is fairly simple to keep up with. New Hondas come quipped with a Maintenance Minder that lights up and reminds you when a standard service is due. As TJ Nissen explains in this featured leasing video, the first three years of car ownership are the least expensive. Maintenance normally just involves routine oil changes, tire rotations and maybe a cabin filter replacement. Routine maintenance helps keep your car performing as it should, saving you more money in the long run. This is yet another advantage to leasing your next Honda in Austin!
While many people do a good job changing their own oil or tires, there are important vehicle components, such as the timing belt, that need to be left to the professionals.
The timing belt is what allows the crankshaft to drive the camshaft, which opens and closes the valves, and without it, the engine can’t run.
For this reason, changing the belt when recommended is crucial to your Honda’s maintenance. For Hondas manufactured after 1997, this is every 105k miles (not 60k miles like many other cars). DO NOT try to squeeze the life out of the timing belt because it will eventually break and potentially damage your entire engine; meaning hundreds of dollars worth of auto repairs and possibly an entire new engine.
Your safe bet is to replace the belt every 105k miles. However, if you hear slapping sounds coming from the engine, bring the car in because the timing belt might be loose. You can also visually inspect the belt from time to time; you should look for cracks, shredding, excessive slack, or oil leaks from adjacent seals.
Rest assured that the small price you will pay to have the belt replaced could ultimately save your engine and save you a lot of money. Check your mileage and if your Honda is near the 105k, 210k, etc. -mile mark, bring it to the best Honda Service Center in Austin to get your timing belt replaced.
Although summer solstice is about a month away, summer inAustin (and Texas, in general) has arrived with full force. In that spirit, we put together road trip through Central Texas so you can pack your family in the Honda and head out for a remarkable road trip vacation.
Day 1: Head down IH35 from Austin to Gruene for a day-long fly-fishing trip and end the day at the oldest dance hall in Texas, Gruene Hall.
Day 2: Head southwest to Bandera for some cowboy adventures. There are a few places to go horseback riding and roam the limestone peaks of Hill Country State Natural Area.
Day 3: Head north to Fredericksburg through Route 16. If you are up to the challenge, bike the 45-mile loop from Fredericksburg to Doss through cattle ranches and farmland. If something more low key is your style, Fredericksburg is a beautiful German town with little shops and even a Bier garden.
Day 4: Continue going north to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area for some rock climbing and/or hiking. After you’ve worked up an appetite in the park, head to Llano to chow down on some good old-fashioned BBQ.
After that you’re probably ready to head back home to Austin. At the end of the trip, you will have driven about 285 miles through the Texas Hill Country and created lots of wonderful memories. Nonetheless, before leaving on any road trip, remember to stop by our Honda Service Center in Austin to have your Honda looked at and make sure that it is in top condition for a long drive.
Introducing Howdy Honda’s AutoPilot airport shuttle. This program was especially designed for Honda owners in Austin TX who have a busy travel schedule. Now you can leave your Honda getting serviced* at our Honda Service Center and we’ll take you to and from the Austin-Bergstrom Airport. Take a look at how the program works:
When you live in a town as great as the city of Austin, the best part of any trip is coming home again – and with Howdy Honda’s Auto Pilot service, you’ll find we’ve made homecoming even better.
At Howdy Honda, we’ve created our Auto Pilot service for busy travelers just like you. The combination of our world-class service and a free ride to and from the airport’s front door is the perfect complement to a great trip.
Next time you’re scheduled to fly, give us a call and talk to one of our friendly service advisors to schedule your service appointment.
On your way to the airport, stop at our Honda Service Center on Highway 71 east of I-35 and head straight to the service drive to check in your car.
One of our friendly employees will drive you the airport in our comfortable Auto Pilot shuttle and you’ll be on your way.
As you travel, our certified technicians will be providing the service your car needs and getting it ready for your safe return.
When you get back to Austin, our Auto Pilot shuttle will be waiting to pick you up at the airport. We’ll have you reunited with your vehicle and on your way home in no time.
So the next time you fly out of Austin, put your trip on Auto Pilot with Howdy Honda. You’ll see what we mean when we say we’re Austin friendly and Texas proud.