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Halloween Attractions Near Vallejo

Halloween

Halloween is a season for celebration if you love smiling jack-o-lanterns, spooky movies, and things that go bump in the night in general. If you want to spend the season of the witch having fun with friends and family, you’d do well to check out some of these great Halloween attractions near Vallejo.

Fright Fest – Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom’s Fright Fest returns for yet another season of scares from Sept. 21 to Oct. 31. This year, in addition to the litany of ghouls and goblins that take over the park, guests can check out two new additions: the Demon’s Lair haunted attraction and the Scarecrows Hollow Scare Zone. Returning attractions and Scare Zones include Carnevil, Scrapyard of the Dead, Mt. Rotting Cemetery, and Sawmill Hollow.

JFK Great Pumpkin Halloween Party – John F. Kennedy Library

For a more kid-friendly Halloween outing, stop by the John F. Kennedy Library on Oct. 26 from 4-5 p.m. for the annual JFK Great Pumpkin Halloween Party. Guests are encouraged to dress up like their favorite book character or in a costume of their choice and take part in an hour of games, arts and crafts, and all-around fun.

There’s so, so much more to do around Vallejo this Halloween, so you’re going to want a vehicle that will get you where you want to go in style. For that, turn to Avery Greene Honda, where we’ve got no tricks and only treats.

2019 Honda Insight Earns IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+

 

2019 Honda Insight

The 2019 Honda Insight expertly melds high-end styling with exceptional fuel economy, making it a great choice for any sedan shopper. If safety is one of your top priorities, then you’ll take comfort in the fact that the new Honda Insight was recently named a 2018 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK+.

“Insight continues to prove that it’s much more than just a pretty face with great fuel-efficiency ratings.” said Ray Mikiciuk, assistant vice president of Honda Automobile Sales. “With standard Honda Sensing® active safety tech and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating, Insight is a hybrid with some serious safety chops.”

The new 2019 Honda Insight scored ratings of “GOOD” in all IIHS crashworthiness tests, a rating of “GOOD” for its LED headlights, and a rating of “SUPERIOR” for the Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) feature offered as part of standard Honda Sensing®. This establishes it not just as one of the safest hybrids on the road or even as one of the safest in its segment, but as one of the safest vehicles on the road today overall.

The 2019 Honda Insight is also expected to earn the 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This, coupled with its handsome looks and EPA-estimated fuel economy of 55 mpg in the city, should make it as close to a sure bet as it gets.

To experience the safe, smart, and stylish new 2019 Honda Insight, stop by Avery Greene Honda.

 

Make Your Car Greener This Summer

2019 Honda InsightEven if you drive a gas-guzzling clunker, there are steps you can take to make your car greener. Don’t worry; we’re not going to instruct you to get a new grasshopper-green paint job. But, there are a few easy things every driver can do to increase their efficiency and decrease your carbon footprint while you’re behind the wheel.

Keep your tires properly inflated

Under-inflated tires are simply less efficient than their properly inflated counterparts. The engine has to work double-time to get them moving and keep them moving, which wastes valuable gasoline. Make sure your tires are well-inflated year-round.

Lighten the load

It’s easy to let your cargo space get out of hand in the summertime. Whether you’re overloading your trunk with fishing gear, soccer bags, luggage, or camping supplies, all that extra weight adds up. Save at the pump and save the planet by removing extra weight from your vehicle as soon as you’re done with it.

Roll down the windows

Using A/C puts an extra strain on your engine, as it requires significant electrical energy to run. If you opt for rolling down the windows at slower speeds, you can save your car and your conscious a lot of stress (not to mention give yourself the perfect windswept hairdo).

If you’re interested in opting for an energy-saving model, visit our showroom to learn more about the 2019 Honda Insight, an all-new hybrid perfect for green driving.

When Should You Change Your Tires?

 

tires

Changing your tires is one of the most essential parts of standard vehicle maintenance, but many car owners don’t really know when the best time to do it is. If you’re thinking you might fall into this category, have no fear. Our service experts at Avery Greene Honda have a few easy tips for identifying when the time to change your tires has come.

Wear Bar

Modern tires are manufactured with something called a “wear bar.” A wear bar is a small ridge that is built inside the rubber of the tire below the tread. The wear bar is only visible when — you guessed it — the tire starts to wear. You can identify the wear bar simply by taking a close look at your tire. Do you see a horizontal bump under the tread? That’s your wear bar, and if it’s peeking out, it’s time for a new set of tires.

The Penny Test

Take a penny and stick it into your tire tread with Honest Abe upside down, or headfirst. If most of President Lincoln’s head is hidden inside the tread, your tires are still road-worthy. But, if you can see his forehead, it’s probably time to get a new set of tires.

If you’re unsure of the results of either of these quick tests, you can always schedule an appointment with our service department at Avery Greene Honda. One of our experienced service technicians are standing by to give you an honest recommendation for your next steps.

2019 Honda Insight Hybrid Now on Sale at Avery Greene Honda

2019 Honda InsightAfter a long wait, the new 2019 Honda Insight Hybrid compact sedan is available at Avery Greene Honda, starting with a low price under $23,000. This long-awaited hybrid, available in LX, EX, and Touring trims, offers best-in-class passenger space and incredible fuel economy from a surprisingly potent engine.

Specifically, the Insight’s two-motor powertrain and engine combo generates 151 horsepower while yielding up to 55 miles per gallon in the city, 49 on the highway, and 52 combined.* Instead of a conventional automatic transmission, the Honda Insight boasts three driving modes: Eco, Normal, and Sport.

Key standard features for the new 2019 Honda Insight include push-button start, a digital driver’s meter, multi-element LED headlights, and the Honda Sensing® suite of safety technologies. Included in the Honda Sensing suite are the Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control, the Road Departure Mitigation System, and the Collision Mitigation Braking System™. Honda Insight EX models boast 8-inch Display Audio with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ compatibility while Insight Touring models include an eight-way power driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seating surfaces, the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™, and additional features.

Test drive the all-new 2019 Honda Insight Hybrid at Avery Greene Honda.

*Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, lithium-ion battery pack age/condition and other factors.

What Are the Benefits of Leasing?

Leasing PaperworkAlthough buying a new car at Avery Greene Honda is the more traditional route, many drivers choose to lease their new set of wheels. But what are the benefits of leasing a car?

  • Smaller down payment: Leasing is a great option if you don’t have much saved up for a down payment on a new car. Many times, you can get a lease deal with nothing due at signing.
  • Smaller monthly payments: Because you are not buying the vehicle outright, you will not pay the full cost of the car — just the cost of “renting” it for a set number of years. This means smaller monthly payments or the ability to drive a vehicle or trim level you might not otherwise be able to afford.
  • Warranty: Typically, lease vehicles remain under warranty the entire time you drive them, meaning you will never need to worry about costly repairs.
  • Technology: By leasing a new car every few years, you are not stuck with a major investment for more than 10 years. That means you will have access to the latest infotainment and connectivity technologies. More importantly, you will have access to the latest safety technologies, including new driver-assist features that improve each and every year.

Learn more about your leasing options when you visit us at Avery Greene Honda.

Things To Do This Summer in Vallejo

Summertime is here, and many of us are ready for the warm weather and fun in the Mare Island sun that the summer brings. This summer, you should spend some time exploring the surrounding area with your family and friends and get to know Vallejo even better. Here are some things to do this summer in Vallejo.

Mare Island

This naval station has an all-American history. Established in 1851, it was the first naval station on the West Coast. The naval station closed in 1996, but now it’s an up-and-coming neighborhood with tons of local businesses, a golf course, and plenty of attractions for residents and visitors to enjoy.

At the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve, you can explore a unique park and take part in whatever outdoor activities you choose: including hiking, biking, and exploring.

Sonoma RacewaySonoma Raceway

Head over to the Sonoma Raceway to experience some thrilling SCCA road racing, motorcycle racing, and fun car-related events like vintage car shows.

Solano Race Place

Perhaps you prefer horse racing to auto racing, in which case you can head over to Solano Race Place’s Satellite Horse Racing Facility. Enjoy food and drinks while you place wagers on the horse races.

At Avery Greene Honda, we are proud to serve the community of Vallejo. Stop by our showroom to take a look at all of our latest inventory and test drive your favorite new model.

 

Unleash Your Adventurous Side This Summer with a Northern California Road Trip

Residents of Vallejo are perfectly poised to set out on a northern California road trip this summer and explore the beautiful region we call home. Start your road trip right here in Vallejo and continue on your journey to explore stunning San Francisco landmarks, northern California landscapes and vineyards, and taste some of America’s finest wines. Here are some stops you should consider adding to your trip.

Explore San FranciscoSan Francisco

Start your trip in San Francisco to explore the sites and fun atmosphere. Take a stop at Golden Gate Bridge and explore the beautiful Mendocino Headlands State Park on the sea.

 

Marvel at the Redwoods

Detour through Redwood National Park to see the breathtaking trees and witness their magnificence.

Experience Yosemite

Yosemite National Park is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes on earth. It is full of diverse flora and terrain and known for its biological diversity, so you will definitely want to spend at least one day exploring in Yosemite.

Have fun on the Napa Valley Wine Train

 

Climb aboard to one of Napa’s most unique restaurants. Sit back and enjoy the gourmet food, excellent wines, and tours all while aboard an antique rail car.

Kick back in the summer sun at Lake Tahoe

In the summer, Lake Tahoe’s various resorts offer mountain biking, hiking, and numerous scenic adventures. If you’re looking for a more leisurely adventure, you can enjoy the views on a gondola ride.

Relax at and enjoy various wineries

Napa Valley and Sonoma are home to premier vineyards and wineries, and you don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to explore them in the summertime.

Searching for a road-trip ready vehicle this summer? Stop by Avery Greene Honda or give us a call to schedule a test drive.

 

Tips for Driving in the Rain and Wind

RainWinter driving can be tricky, but springtime brings its own set of difficult weather conditions: rain and wind. If you haven’t driven in the rain recently, you might forget just how tricky it can be. In order to stay safe when driving in the rain and wind this spring season, follow these tips.

 

Watch Other Vehicles

When it’s windy out, strong gusts can easily cause cars to swerve, especially larger vehicles. Stay alert of the vehicles around you, and be careful not to hover next to semi trucks or other large vehicles.

 

Keep Your Distance

In the same vein, you should leave extra space between your car and the car in front of you. It can take longer to brake when the roads are wet and slippery, so having extra room for error is important.

 

Increase Visibility

Using your headlights in the rain helps other drivers to see your vehicle, so it’s very important to check your headlights regularly and to turn them on in the rain. Changing your car’s windshield wipers will also help optimize visibility for you, providing a clear windshield even in the heaviest of showers.

 

Drive Slowly

Speeding in the rain can quickly lead to hydroplaning, which is when the vehicle’s tires make more contact with the water on the road when with the road itself. Stay safe by driving slowly and leaving yourself plenty of time for the commute.

 

If your vehicle needs new windshield wipers, tires, or any other maintenance adjustments to prepare for the warmer weather, stop by Avery Greene Honda. Our service department is always happy and willing to help.

How to Take a Road Trip with Your Dog

Interested in taking a road trip with your dog this summer? Having your four-legged friend as a companion promises to be plenty of fun. But before you head out, check out these tips for how to best plan for your furry company on the open road.

 

Practice First

Before you dive in and drive across the country with your dog, try out theirHow to Take a Road Trip with Your Dog company in the car on a smaller scale. Take a two- or three-hour drive and see how your pup does. If they’re relaxed, they’re probably set to adventure with you. If not, they may need some more experience in the car before they’re ready for your cross-country adventure.

 

Plan Your Stops

As your planning your route, you should also plan rest stops ahead of time. Not only will you have to stop more frequently, but your stops will probably be longer than if you were traveling alone. When you stop for a bathroom break, your dog will need more than just a quick stretch of the legs. It’s best to find stops with open areas where your pup can run around and explore. Try to allot at least 20-30 minutes for each stop.

 

Find the Right Car

Taking a large dog in a small compact car might not be the best option. But, if you have a small dog, they might feel overwhelmed in a larger SUV. Make sure you’re taking the right car with you to make your best friend feel as comfortable as possible.

 

If you’re on the hunt for a new dog-friendly road trip vehicle, stop by Avery Greene Honda to browse our inventory.

 

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