Archive for the ‘Honda Safety’ Category

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…)

2019 Honda HR-V Standard Safety Systems

Monday, July 9th, 2018
2019 Honda HR-V exterior front

Is Honda Sensing standard on the 2019 Honda HR-V?

The small crossover class has become one of the most-popular vehicle segments. Car shoppers expect these crossovers to deliver impressive versatility along with an extensive selection of comfort, safety and technology features. The 2019 Honda HR-V offers multiple driver assistance and safety systems. Is Honda Sensing standard on the 2019 Honda HR-V? (more…)

Family Features Offered on Honda Models

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018
Collage of 2018 Honda car models

2018 Honda Cars for Families

Car shoppers looking for a great family vehicle have a long list of requirements. The ideal family car needs to check a variety of boxes, providing practical fuel economy ratings, plenty of space for seating and storage and an extensive list of safety and entertainment features. The Honda lineup offers multiple models that can serve as family vehicles. The 2018 Honda cars for families includes a variety of options. (more…)

2017 Honda Ridgeline Earns NHTSA 5-Star Overall Vehicle Rating

Monday, March 13th, 2017
2017 Ridgeline

2017 Honda Ridgeline Safety Ratings

The 2017 Honda Ridgeline has taken the pickup truck segment by storm since its release in June 2016 thanks to innovative features, industry-first amenities, and incredible reliability. Shortly after being named the 2017 North American Truck of the Year, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline is now the only pickup in America to earn the highest possible safety ratings from both the U.S. government and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Continue reading for more about the 2017 Honda Ridgeline safety ratings.


How does the 2016 Honda Pilot rank for safety, and what safety features does it offer?

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016
2016 Honda Pilot

2016 Honda Pilot Safety Features and Technologies

The 2016 Pilot is Honda’s modern family SUV designed to draw attention, provide more space for adventures, and, most importantly, keep your family safe. Howdy Honda put together information about the 2016 Honda Pilot Safety Features and Technologies for drivers searching for a vehicle that they can feel confident hauling their family around in.


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


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.

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Honda CR-V Named 2015 Motor Trend SUV Of The Year

Thursday, October 16th, 2014
2015 Honda CRV

2015 Motor Trend SUV of the Year

The Honda CR-V has been America’s best-selling SUV for the past decade. So it’s no surprise that America’s best selling SUV was named Motor Trend’s SUV of The Year!

Motor Trend editor-in-chief Ed Loh, said, “The 2015 Honda CR-V impressed our judges with its extensive list of delightful design and thoughtful engineering improvements. Our editors were especially impressed by Honda’s responsive and efficient continuously-variable transmission and sophisticated safety systems – particularly the smart and seamlessly integrated Lane Keeping Assist system. Efficient, practical, and a joy to drive; the 2015 HondaCR-V does virtually everything well.”

“It is an honor to receive such a prestigious award from the expert staff at Motor Trend, ” said Jeff Conrad, SVP & General Manager of Honda Division, American Honda Motor Co, Inc. “Our engineers, planners, and dealers work hard to deliver class leading products to our customers, and it’s extremely rewarding to be recognized for that hard work. This award from Motor Trend reaffirms for us that we’re meeting that goal.”

The 2015 CR-V owned the title with its phenomenal value, engineering, and safety features combing with performance.

The 2015 Honda CR-V was stacked up against the following SUVs for the 2015 SUV Title:

  • BMW X4
  • BMW X5
  • Cadillac Escalade
  • Chevrolet Tahoe
  • Chevrolet Suburban
  • Ford Expedition
  • GMC Yukon
  • GMC Yukon XL
  • Jeep Cherokee
  • Lexus NX
  • Lincoln MKC
  • Lincoln Navigator
  • Mercedes-Benz GLA
  • Nissan Rogue
  • Porsche Macan
  • Subaru Outback
  • Toyota Highlander
  • Volvo XC60


Honda Rearview Camera First to be Recognized as Advanced Tech Feature by the NHTSA

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
2014 Honda Odyssey Rearview Camera

2014 Honda Odyssey Rearview Camera

One of my favorite safety features in a new Honda are  the rearview and blindspot cameras. Honda has been recognized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as part of its 5-Star Safety Ratings program (also referred to as the New Car Assessment Program NCAP), with practically ALL Honda and Acura models with rearview camera systems becoming the first vehicles to be recognized by the U.S. Department of Transportation for having met its Advanced Technology Feature performance criteria. You can view safety ratings at here:

The Honda Accord Sedan, Accord Coupe, Accord Hybrid, Accord Plug-in, Civic Coupe, Civic Sedan, Civic Hybrid, Civic Natural Gas, Crosstour, CR-V, CR-Z, Fit EV, Odyssey, Pilot and Ridgeline earned the first recognition from NHTSA for application of recommended rearview camera systems (referred to as rearview video systems by the NHTSA)

“Rearview cameras are an integral part of Honda’s approach to enhance driver visibility,” said Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda. “By the 2015 model year all Honda and Acura models will have rearview cameras standard on all models, yet another example of how our company is committed to enhancing the visibility and safety of our customers and everyone on the road.”

NCAP advanced tech features also include Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems which are also featured on many Honda vehicles. More than 94% of Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the US in 2013 were equipped with standard rearview cameras. These features all use a camera mounted behind the windshield or a front mount radar system to warn drivers of an impending collision with a vehicle detected in front, or to alert drivers if the car is moving out of a detected lane.

Honda  operates two of the world’s most sophisticated crash test facilities and is responsible for pioneering efforts in areas of crash testing, airbag technology, collision compatibility and pedestrian safety. Honda also leads the industry for 2014 in third party crash test ratings  with more models rated TOP SAFETY PICK and TOP SAFETY PICK+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) than any other manufacturer.

You can view TOP SAFETY PICKs for 2014 at to compare brands. And if you’re ready to test drive a NEW Honda OR have questions regarding safety features and more, we are here to help! Do not hesitate to contact us!



Honda: Your Top Safety Pick Leader!

Friday, February 7th, 2014

If you tuned in to the SuperBowl, you probably saw the Honda Hugfest ad starring Bruce Willis and Fred Armisen. Fred Armisen cracked me up and the #hugfest message tugs at the heartstrings.  At Howdy Honda, our team would like to remind you that your choice to drive a Honda is not just about fuel economy, tech features such as HondaLink, your Push-To-Start button or comfortable seating (I mean these are all great things) but your choice is also a sound one. Your investment should protect the ones you love most, and that’s invaluable. You can put a price tag on a car but you cannot put a price tag on life.  We hope you never have to experience a crash and if you have, you realize the value of driving a SAFE vehicle.

And that’s why we are proud to sell Hondas. Honda has FOUR IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) TOP SAFETY PICK+ rated vehicles: The Honda Accord Coupe, Accord Sedan, Civic Sedan and Odyssey. More than ANY other brand, based on 2014 IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK ratings! In addition, The Civic Coupe received a TOP SAFETY PICK rating.

You can view MORE TOP SAFETY PICKs for 2014 at to compare brands. And if you’re ready to test drive a NEW Honda OR have questions regarding safety features and more, we are here to help! Do not hesitate to contact us!