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Month: August 2018

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?

 

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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.

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