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Spring Car Care Tips You Don’t Want to Skip

spring cleaningSpring is in the air, and with warmer temperatures comes an important reminder to make sure your car is up-to-date on all its maintenance. Ensure your car is ready to help you leave behind the long winter months with evening drives, weekend road trips, and sunny daily commutes.

Here is our spring car care checklist:

Get caught up on regular maintenance. Give us a call at Avery Greene Honda and we’ll make sure you’re all caught up on oil changes, filter replacements, and more.

Flush the radiator. Follow the instructions in your owner’s manual to correctly flush and refill the cooling system before the hot summer months set in.

Check the belts. Inspect the condition and tightness of belts. Cracks and obvious wear can be a sign of trouble to come.

Check the battery. Now is a good time to check the life of your battery, and make sure it’s holding a charge so that you don’t find yourself stuck with a car that won’t start.

Check the tires. Here in California, we’re doing the rain dance. Make sure you’re prepared just in case that call is answered with tires that provide optimal traction. Make sure they aren’t over-worn, over- or under-inflated, or misaligned.

Check the wiper blades. Consistent, direct sunlight can cause major damage to the rubber that clears water from your windshield. If you find that yours are warped or cracked, or just don’t clear the windshield like they should, replace them.

Wash and wax. If you’ve spent the winter months ignoring your car, now is the time to clean it out, wash it out, and shine it up.

Check the air conditioning. Have a trusted dealership or mechanic shop check your A/C for any issues before the sweltering summer months hit.

Print this handy infographic from The News Wheel and use it as a reminder and “to-do” list.

Tire Tips

Tire Care Tips to Prepare Your Car for Fall

For many people, it is hard to believe that the only thing between your car and the rode is a little bit of plastic filled with air. While there are many important parts to your car, one of the most important is your tires. These plastic donuts allow you to not only have a smooth ride, but also can increase or decrease your fuel efficiency with ease. Because of the importance of your tires, it’s also important to take care of them. As the weather begins to cool off this fall, make sure you follow these tire care tips to ensure your car will be in prime condition!

Keep an eye on your tire pressure. As the temperature decreases, so can you tire

Tire Tips

Keep your tires in top shape with these care tips!

pressure, which can affect your driving in multiple ways. Not only does tire pressure increase your chances of a blow out, but it also decreases your fuel economy significantly. Your steering is also affected by low tire pressure, which causes your car to drift one way or the other, making handling difficult. To ensure your safety and a great driving experience, be sure to check your tire pressure on the same day each month—we promise, you won’t regret it.

Don’t forget to listen to Honest Abe. According to the history books, Abraham Lincoln wasn’t a liar, which is a good thing because he sure knows how to measure tire tread. One of the most important ways to take care of our tires is to check tire tread. All you need to do is take a penny, insert it into the tread with Abe’s head upside down. If you can see the top of Abe’s head, then you need new tires. If your head mostly disappears, you’re in the clear. Who knew a penny—or Abraham Lincoln, for that matter—could be so helpful even now?

Rotate, rotate, rotate! Tire rotation is the top way to ensure your tires have the equal opportunity to wear down. Rotate them every 5,000 to 7,00 miles to maximize the life of your tire—you might even want to do it every time you get your oil changed. It’s an easy way to remember!

Choose the right tires for you. Each car has a recommended tire that is recommended by the manufacturer. Make sure you choose a tire that the company suggests, as it probably works the best with your car. Also, take the climate in which you live into consideration. If you’re driving through snow every winter, purchasing snow tires might be a good idea, whereas they are not a necessity when you live in Southern California.

These tire care tips are sure to keep your tires in top condition. If you have any questions regarding tire maintenance, bring your car in to Avery Greene Honda today for assistance!

2015 Honda Fit

The Best Back-to-School Hondas

When headed back to school, whether you are a new high school driver or a college student, you need a car that is affordable, student-friendly, and at least a little bit cool. MSN Autos has compiled a list of the “Top 15 Back-to-School Cars for 2014” and three Hondas made the list.

Here are the best back-to-school Hondas.

  • Honda Fit. The Honda Fit is a great car with a versatile interior. Its multiple
    2015 Honda Fit

    The 2015 Honda Fit is a great back-to-school car!

    seat configurations and hatchback design will allow students to haul practically anything and will provide plenty of space for moving in and out of the dorm. It also offers great fuel efficiency and an affordable staring price of only $16,315.

  • Honda Civic. Perhaps the most common car found in any student parking lot is the Honda Civic. Its practical, reliable, affordable design has made it a mainstay for students across the country. And, with multiple body styles and trim levels, there is a Civic for every personality.
  • Honda CRV. For students attending school in snowier areas, a Honda CR-V may come in handy with its available all-wheel drive. It also offers up to 70.9 cubic feet of cargo space and is easy to drive.

Which back-to-school Honda will you choose? Stop by Avery Greene Honda today to find your perfect match.

Helpful Tips: Safe Summer Driving

This summer, you’re likely to be tempted (as many are) to take your Honda out for a drive. Maybe you’re planning a big drive across the country, or perhaps you’ll have the sudden urge to take a trip across town one evening; whatever the case, something about warm summer weather lends itself to driving.

Summertime, however, is not without its fair share of dangers on the road. Follow these helpful tips from Avery Greene Honda to ensure that you stay safe on all your car rides this summer!

  • Before taking off on a long road trip, be sure to have your vehicle checked for any  problems. The last thing you want on your summer vacation is a car issue cutting into your relaxation time!
  • Be careful of pedestrians on the roads!
    While some flock to their cars in the summer, many others take to walking, biking or other recreational activities. Watch out for potential hazards that may come from people outside soaking up the sun.
  • Summertime also means teen drivers. With school out, many more inexperienced drivers will be hitting the roads in July and August. Be cautious and patient on the road, especially at night.

Avery Greene Honda of Vallejo, CA wishes you safe driving this summer! Should you run into any trouble on the road, remember that Avery Greene Honda maintains a fantastic service department that can assist you with everything from part replacements to detailed repairs. We also maintain an excellent selection of used cars at great prices near San Francisco, Fairfield, Concord and Napa!

Helpful Tips: What to Do After an Accident

Automobile accidents are never fun. Even if no one is hurt and no serious damage is done to the cars involved in a crash, an automobile accident can quickly become a hassle that neither party wants to take part in. However, there are certain precautions that drivers should always take in the event of an accident that help prevent confusion and ensure fairness and safety. Here are some helpful tips you can use if you ever find yourself in a minor accident.

  • When confronted with an accident, however small, the first thing you should do is check to make sure everyone involved is safe. If someone needs medical assistance, call 911 ASAP.
  • Be sure to exchange insurance and contact info with the other drivers involved with the accident to help ensure the aftermath of the accident is easy and efficient.
  • Take photos and file a report with local authorities as soon as possible, recounting all the details of the accident as accurately as you can. Official documentation can help assign fault and ensure fairness.
  • Contact your insurance company with all the details of the accident, and have your car inspected as soon as possible.
  • Once the damage has been assessed and insurance coverage has been decided upon, take your car to a local service department for repairs!

For more information on steps you should take in the event of an accident, check out this helpful graphic from Allstate!

Avery Greene Honda hopes you stay safe on the roads this summer! Should you be involved in an accident, remember these tips to ensure ease and fairness in the aftermath of the crash. For more information on Avery Greene Honda, including its wide selection of new Honda cars, trucks and SUVs, stop by www.AveryGreeneHonda.com!

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