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Are Any of These Common Car Maintenance Mistakes Harming Your Car?

Car MaintenanceWith a little bit of knowledge and routine care, it’s easy to keep your car in great shape for a long time. For many drivers, though, these common car maintenance mistakes could be causing serious harm. Are you guilty of any of these common car-care blunders?

 

Neglecting fluid changes

 

While most people know they need to change their car’s motor oil every once in a while, some drivers generally neglect monitoring other crucial vehicle fluids like coolant, brake fluid, and transmission fluid. All of these fluids play crucial roles in overall vehicle healthy and safety and should not be overlooked.

 

Ignoring tires

 

Tires are the only point of contact between your vehicle and the road. As such, it’s hard to over-stress their importance. You should never wait for a flat to pay attention to your tires. Instead, make a habit of routinely monitoring tire pressure, tread, and alignment and have them looked at or taken care of if you suspect a problem.

 

Not knowing the basics

 

Many drivers simply don’t know car maintenance basics that are important for keeping your vehicle in good shape. Every driver should know how to jump start their car, when to change the oil, and how to change essential components like windshield wiper blades.

 

If you’re simply not confident or comfortable doing maintenance yourself, you don’t need to worry. The team at Avery Greene Honda is more than capable of addressing all of your vehicle’s needs in a timely fashion. If you have any questions or concerns about your ride, stop in and see us.

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.

Follow These Fall Maintenance Tips for a Hassle-Free Season

We hope everyone’s been enjoying their summer as much as we have been here at Avery Greene Honda. We really hate to spoil the fun-in-the-sun mood by uttering that awful word “autumn,” but we want to ensure that our community is well taken-care-of before we have to start thinking of that even worse word, “winter.” While we don’t get the most wicked of winters here in California, who know where your travels may take you between October and May.Fall Maintenance Tips - Avery Greene Honda - Vallejo, CATo help you get ahead of the game, here are a few easy fall maintenance tips to follow so your wintertime passes by as smoothly as possible.

  1. Get an oil change.

This should be a regular practice for you, for any of your vehicles, but especially before the weather starts to turn worse.

 

  1. Replace air filters.

The summertime can kick up a lot of gross dust and debris that can negatively affect your engine output. Make sure your filters are fresh and clean. If you’re not sure, check in with our service experts at Avery Greene Honda.

 

  1. Check your battery life.

The average battery life lasts three to five years—how old is yours? Batteries tend to lose strength in the cold, so make sure you’ve confirmed that your battery is still healthy before the temperatures drop.

 

These few fall maintenance tips might just save you from being stuck in the snow this year. Be sure to give the Avery Greene Service Center a call if you have any questions.

 

Hondas Ready For Spring - Vallejo, CA

Why You Should Get Your Car Ready for Spring

 

You know what they say—if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But the truth is, even if your car doesn’t seem to be begging for help now, it might do well with a little extra care. Avery Greene Honda recommends that you get your car ready for spring so that it runs well and looks great all throughout the warmer seasons.

Get A Checkup

It’s important to get your oil changed every three months or so, and the beginning of spring is a great time to do it. This will also give your mechanic a chance to look over the rest of vehicle and to check things like brake fluids and wheel alignment, which may need some attention after a long, hard winter.

Clean the Exterior

Honda Ridgeline Spring Fishing - Vallejo, CAIf you have a busy schedule like most people, you know that it’s tempting to just hope that the rain will clean your car as much as it needs it. However, much of your car—and especially the undercarriage—may have built up road salt from the winter. This can ultimately cause corrosion and rusting if left on for too long. Use a power wash to clean underneath, and a soapy towel to scrub off grime.

Get New Wipers

April showers are no lie, and you’ll want to be prepared for them. Spring is a great time to get new wipers so that you’ll have the best possible visibility for safe driving when the rain starts to pour.

The Best Honda Models for Graduates Trying to Save Money

graduateWhether you’re a recent graduate of high school looking to save money as you head to campus, or a recent graduate of college looking to save money as you pay back student loans, we know how difficult it can be to afford a vehicle that’s perfect for you.

We recommend getting one of these Honda models for graduates that offer different benefits depending on what type of driver you are.

2016 Honda Fit

This tech-savvy, little car is perfect for young drivers who want to spend less money on gasoline and put more effort into helping the environment. Plus, its contemporary style is sure to please.

2016 Honda CR-V

On the other hand, this compact SUV is perfect for young drivers in areas that need more off-roading capabilities, the ability to cruise over snow, or tons of cargo space for their gear.

To learn more about either of these vehicles or the Honda graduate program, contact us or visit us anytime at Avery Greene Honda.

Spring Car Care Tips

The harsh winter weather can do a seriously number on your car, especially if it’s an older model. In order to get it into tip-top shape for spring, love and attention is all your car needs. Best of all, getting your car ready for the fast-coming warmer weather is easy. Here are a few quick spring car care tips from at Avery Greene Honda’s service department!

  1. under the hoodUnder the Hood – Winter is a harsh season and if you parked outside, it’s time to take a look under the hood. Make sure to check all of your belts and hoses for wear and cracks. Verify that your coolant isn’t too old to ensure your car won’t overheat. If you aren’t car-savvy, a dealership service department can check for you. Better safe than sorry!
  2. Wiper Blades – Ensuring your wiper blades can handle the spring rains should be a top priority. You never know when you’ll be driving through a storm, after all. Look at the blades for cracks and wear. Ice can do a number on your wiper blades so don’t skimp on new ones.
  3. Wash – Last, but not least, wash your car. Dirt, grime, and road salt can build up over winter and each can do damage to your paint if left unattended. A simple car wash will remove most of the residue and leave you with a sparkling car!

Truths and Myths About Car Color

2016 Honda HR-V

Red 2016 Honda HR-V

Everyone’s heard the “fact” that red cars get pulled over more than different colored cars, but is it actually true? And what other myths about car color are there? There are actually quite a few urban legends on the subject, most of which are false.

First of all, no, red cars aren’t pulled over more often. According to Snopes, this myth might have sprung from a few different ideas, the most prominent that red cars are more eye-catching. Red cars have also been said to create an illusion of going faster than they really are. However, statistics show that red cars aren’t pulled over any more often than other cars.

Red cars also aren’t more expensive to insure, another popular myth. This has roots in the previous myth about red cars being ticketed more often. It also comes from the idea that red cars are associated with sports cars and thus are more likely to go dangerously fast. But, car insurance companies don’t actually take this into account.

Finally, the one true fact is that car color can affect resale value. Crazy colors get less money and are harder to resell than neutral colors like black, grey, and white.

Save Money (and the Earth!) with These Easy Fuel Efficiency Tips

fuel gauge

Save fuel with these efficiency tips!

If you haven’t gotten yourself into one of those high-tech all-electric cars yet, have no fear: there are still plenty of ways to make your ride cheaper, cleaner, and greener. We’ll get you started with some quick and easy fuel efficiency tips.

  • When you’re driving, especially on the highway, make sure to avoid hard acceleration and sharp braking. Both will increase the amount of fuel being used by your engine.
  • Make sure you’re at the correct PSI (tire pressure). Following the PSI suggested in your owner’s manual can increase your car’s efficiency up to 3% per month.
  • If there are any mechanical problems with your car, fix them as soon as you can. Small issues can decrease your efficiency by 4% monthly, and large problems can absolutely destroy your efficiency numbers, losing up to 40%. In other words, go get that tune-up!
  • Don’t idle! Idling costs you 1-3 cents each minute, or 2-4 cents if you’re AC is on.
  • Consider all your transportation options before hopping in your car: carpool, walk, bus, train, etc. A few avoided rides a month can save you a lot in the long run.

These fuel efficiency tips are sure to keep your car – and your wallet – happy.

Essential Driving Tips: Jump-Starting Your Car

jump-startGetting a dead battery happens to everyone if you drive long enough. Although it can be a stressful situation, just remember to relax and follow these simple steps. We’ve broken down the methods for jump-starting your car to make it easier than ever.

According to wikiHow, the first thing you should do is make sure that the battery is actually the problem. Turn on your headlights–are they dimmer than normal? If so, it’s probably the battery. Does the car crank slowly or just click? It’s probably the battery. If it’s cranking like normal or if you notice other problems, it may not be the battery.

After locating the battery, follow these simple steps:

  • Put the two cars hood to hood if possible. They need to be close, but there should still be room to work. Never touch the two cars.
  • Connect one positive clamp (red) the positive terminal (+) on the dead battery.
  • Connect the other positive clamp to the positive terminal on the jumper car.
  • Connect one negative (black) clamp to the jumper car’s negative terminal.
  • Connect the other negative clamp to grounded metal on the dead car. This should be a nut or bolt, preferably one without corrosion. If successful, you may see a small spark when you connect the ground.
  • Clear the cables from moving parts.
  • Turn on the jumper car and let it sit for 60 seconds.
  • Try to start the dead car–if it doesn’t work, let it charge a bit more or reconnect the cables.
  • If successful, remove the cables in the order you put them on. Keep the dead vehicle (now working) running for a while.

Remember that connecting jumper cables can be dangerous. Make sure to wear protective equipment, avoid touching exposed metal, and be aware of moving parts.

Holiday Traveling: Thanksgiving Driving Tips

Happy ThanksgivingThe worst part of the holiday season is that everything happens in the colder months, when the roads are slick and traveling is much worse than any other time of year. Follow these Thanksgiving driving tips to make your holiday travels as safe as possible.

First, prepare your car for a breakdown. Cold weather is hard on cars, and if you experience issues and are stuck on the side of the road for a while, you’ll want warm clothes and supplies. Bring a first aid kit, extra blankets, snacks, water, and either a car charger for your phone or a spare prepaid phone to make emergency calls with.

If you aren’t familiar with the route, use a GPS or your phone to navigate so you don’t get lost. GPS is much more reliable than writing down directions, especially if you miss an exit and need to find your way back to the right freeway.

If you end up driving through bad weather and visibility is too poor, pull over! If the roads are bad, give yourself plenty of room to stop, more than usual, and drive slowly. Happy Thanksgiving!

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