Posts Tagged ‘Honda safety’

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!


Honda Demonstrates Advanced V2P and V2M Safety Technologies

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Pedestrian accidents account for approximately 13% of the 33,000 traffic fatalities that occur each year in the U.S. and an even higher percentage in countries with more dense populations and higher foot traffic. For more than a decade, Honda vehicles have been applying pedestrian safe features to vehicles such as collapsible hood hinges and breakaway windshield pivots. To further advance research and safety efforts, Honda has started testing V2P (Vehicle-to-Pedestrian) and V2M (Vehicle-to-Motorcycle) technologies.

These two experimental technologies were created to reduce the risk of collisions between cars and pedestrians or motorcycles. Honda is also a partner in the Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot Program conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation. There currently 8 Honda vehicles participating in the test program.

The way V2P works, a vehicle equipped with DSRC (Dedicated Short Range Communication) technology can detect a pedestrian with a DSRC enabled smart phone. V2P technology uses auditory and visual warnings to alert both the pedestrians and the drivers of an impending collision. A Smartphone app determines the position, direction and speed of the pedestrian and, using DSRC technology, the position of surrounding vehicles. In addition to safety warnings, the vehicle can also receive details on whether the pedestrian is texting, listening to music or on a call.

Using the same DSRC system, Honda’s V2M (Vehicle-to Motorcycle) technology can determine the potential for a collision between a motorcycle and a car. The system can sense the presence of a motorcycle even when it’s obstructed from the view of nearby auto drivers. See the demo here:

Currently, Hondas possess advanced safety features such as ACE™ body structure, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Info., Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMBS), Active Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, Lane Keep Assist, and the Lane Watch blind spot monitoring system.

Honda runs two of the world’s most sophisticated crash test facilities and is responsible for numerous pioneering efforts in notable areas of auto safety: crash testing, airbag technology, collision compatibility and pedestrian safety.

5 Features That Will Help You Lower Your Car Insurance

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

honda austinBuying a vehicle isn’t cheap. Neither are the costs associated with owning a car; things like filling the gas tank and paying insurance can stack up against your monthly budget fast. So we’ve decided to lay out 5 features that can help you lower your car insurance premium and keep more of your hard earned money in your pocket.

1. Anti-Lock Brake Systems (ABS) 

Insurance companies love knowing that you have a lesser risk of losing control of your vehicle thanks to the ABS in your car.

2. What’s in a Car’s Age? 

Generally, the older the car, the higher the risk of mechanical failure. Newer cars (five years old or less) tend to pay lower insurance premiums thanks to updated safety features. Now, obviously a brand new luxury car will be more expensive to insure than a 1990 Honda Accord; but in an equal world, the younger the car, the lower the insurance cost.

3.  Lots of Airbags 

It’s all about safety! Vehicles with additional airbags, like side-curtains airbags, that protect all passengers are like rainbows on a sunny day for insurance companies and you will be the one getting the pot of gold at the end.

4. Crash Test Ratings 

Did you know that the performance of a car in a crash test affects the amount it costs to insure it? Interesting, I know. So do your homework before purchasing a car and research its safety rating. (Psst. Did you also know that nine 2012 Honda models are Top Safety Picks? Food for thought)

5. Alarm Systems 

Insurance companies not only take into consideration the safety of passengers while driving, but also the actual safety of the vehicle while parked. Systems that reduce the risk of theft make insurance companies very happy and lower the cost on your end.

What have we learned? Safety features are key to lowering insurance costs. However, there are other variables like your driving history that play a role in the total cost of insurance; you can read about some of them here.

Nonetheless, looking for a car with great safety features will help you get that lower payment. Like I said, nine 2012 Honda models are Top Safety Picks (hint, hint). But we have many used cars in Austin that are less than five years old and possess these safety attributes, too. So give us a call if you’re in the market!