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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.

 

How to Pack Your Honda Odyssey Like a Pro

2018 Honda Odyssey

If you often embark on family road trips, chances are, you’ve frequently felt overwhelmed when it comes time to load up your Honda Odyssey with everyone’s gear and suitcases.

And that’s where our Avery Greene Honda road-trip travel experts come into play. With a few basic strategies, you can pack your Odyssey like a pro for your next adventure.

Utilize Compartments

Stash coloring books, magazines, iPads, and other easy-to-grab activities behind the driver’s and front passenger’s seats. Store small electronics, chargers, and miscellaneous wires in the main console compartment between the front seats.

Contain Trash

Keeping your car clean (even in the kid-laden rear seats) is easy if you have trash bags on hand. Do not leave home without plastic shopping bags—they’re perfect for collecting trash that you accumulate with each stop you make along your journey.

Keep Essentials Handy

Do not leave home with your kid’s favorite teddy tucked away in trunk. Make sure everyone has all of their favorite comfort items and necessary odds-and-ends at hand. This can range from favorite toys to medications, like inhalers.

If you’ve packed your vehicle but would like more suggestions for making your road trip as easy and enjoyable as possible, call us at Avery Greene Honda. We’ll be happy to set you up with a pre-vacation maintenance appointment.

Our Favorite Things about the New 2018 Honda Civic

The new 2018 Honda Civic has undergone numerous refinements and “perfections” to make it an even more competitive and alluring compact car model. Fresh modifications and expanded options make this vehicle a smart choice for any Civic fan.

At Avery Greene Honda, we’ve selected a few of our favorite tweaks to the new 2018 Honda Civic:

Excellent efficiency 2018 Honda Civic

The base trim 2018 Honda Civic four-door earns an impressive 42 mpg on the highway.* If you’re a road-tripper, daily commuter, street-racer, or any sort of driver in between, the extra few miles you receive from the Honda Civic is a true game-changer at the pump.

Contemporary styling2018 Honda Civic

Do you need a little more flexibility in your daily drive? The Honda Civic now has a four-door hatchback trim, combining the versatility of a hatchback with the sporty details now found on the refreshed Civic sedan version.

An affordable option

While some brands like to pretend hefty price increases are normal with each new model year, Honda isn’t one of them. The new 2018 Honda Civic maintains its commitment to affordability by increasing its MSRP by only $100-$200.

Stop by Avery Greene Honda to test drive this well-rounded model for yourself. Just be forewarned—you might just drive one home!

*Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

Service Light Indicators – What Do They Mean?

Not sure what each of the service light indicators in your Honda vehicle mean? This guide will give you a quick reference to understand when and why you need to bring your Honda in for service at Avery Greene Honda.

Low Oil PressureOil Light

An oil can-shaped light indicates that your vehicle has low oil pressure. Stop at a service station as soon as possible to check oil levels. You can also perform this maintenance step at home, however make sure to bring your car in for service if the light still remains on after you’ve topped off the oil.

Charging System

A battery-shaped light indicates that the battery in your Honda is not charging properly. Have a technician check your battery as soon as possible in case it needs to be replaced.

Check Engine LightEngine Light

The engine-shaped light means that there may be a problem with the emissions control system. A consistent check engine light means that a professional should examine your vehicle as soon as possible.

Driver-Assist Features Warning Lights

If your Honda is equipped with safety features such as the Lane Keeping Assist System or the Lane Departure Warning, you’ll find that each of these have their own service lights. When they’re illuminated, they generally indicate that the sensors are blocked, that temperatures are too high, or that there is a problem with the system.

If you have more questions about service light on your Honda, don’t hesitate to stop by Avery Greene Honda. We’re here to help you decipher what your vehicle needs and to deliver the service necessary to keep it in peak condition.

Fun New Features of the 2018 Honda Odyssey

The 2018 Honda Odyssey is not your average minivan. For a family-hauler that will exceed your expectations, consider this option. These new features of the 2018 Honda Odyssey will help put the fun back into driving.

Magic Slide Seats

The spacious interior of this minivan now contains versatile Magic Slide 2nd-Row Seats™, which allow you to easily access the third row. It also opens up more flexibility for storage space.

8-Inch Touchscreen

The new 8-inch display audio touchscreen makes for easy, intuitive control over 2018 Honda Odysseynumerous in-cabin technology features. With available Wi-Fi, passengers can download apps for entertainment and navigation.

CabinControl™

Without Wi-Fi, there are still ways to make the most of the 8-inch screen. The CabinControl™ is a social playlist that lets every passenger have a turn selecting music.

CabinWatch™

Another useful tool on the touchscreen is CabinWatch™, which uses night vision to show you a clear view of the back seat projected on your screen, no matter the time of day.

Available Rear Entertainment

An optional 10.2-inch display allows passengers in the rear to enjoy streaming videos and music.

The 2018 Honda Odyssey is an amazing family vehicle with new features that will upgrade the comfort and security of your travels. Stop by Avery Greene Honda to test drive one for yourself.

Rent 2017 Models at Avery Greene Honda

Rent 2017 models

At Avery Greene Honda, we don’t think renting a car should be difficult or boring. That’s why we offer rentals of select 2017 models directly from our dealership. Whether you’re interested in an extended test of a new car or in need of an up-to-date and feature-packed vehicle for short-term use, we’ve got you covered.

Current 2017 models available for rent include the 2017 Honda Accord and the 2017 Honda Civic. Whichever one you pick, you can rest assured that you won’t be stuck with whatever aging or outdated vehicle that other rental services provide.

Both the 2017 Accord and 2017 Civic offer modern style, advanced technology features, and an innovative safety suite you can rely on, no matter the driving conditions you encounter.

Each model can be rented for only $30* per day, and rental arrangements can be made by phone during normal business hours. At time of vehicle pickup, present your valid driver’s license, current auto insurance information or card, and a valid credit card.

Forget about settling for a disappointing rental. At Avery Greene Honda, you can experience the perks of driving a new car without the long-term commitment of buying. Stop in to learn more about our rental program today.

*Other fees and taxes could apply.

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!

Green Car Journal Names Honda ECO Assist a Top Green Technology

Honda’s ECO Assist fuel-conserving technology was recently selected by Green Car Journal as one of the top 10 green car technologies for 2013, making it a finalist for the journal’s Green Car Technology Award.

The innovative ECO Assist technology features a speedometer backlight that monitors driving performance and helps drivers learn the best driving techniques to conserve fuel. The meter responds to driving based on fuel efficiency, with different colors representing different levels of fuel efficient driving. Smooth driving and braking will produce a green-colored meter, while more forceful accelerating and stopping generates a blue warning light.

On top of ECO Assist, Honda drivers also have the option to use an ECON button located on dashboards that optimizes systems based on driving situations to further save fuel.

Hybrid Honda models feature a display with more in-depth fuel-conservation information. These models provide long-term driving information for drivers, including statistics from past trips and average fuel economy numbers.

2013 marks the first year of Green Car Journal’s Green Car Technology Award. The award acknowledges innovations in fuel-efficiency, emission control and other environmental concerns for automobiles currently in production.

To find out more about ECO Assist technology and other Honda features, visit Honda’s website.

ECO-Assist is available on several new Honda models available at Avery Greene Honda, including the 2013 Civic, Insight, CR-V and Accord. For a full list of Avery Greene models, check out our New Cars page!

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