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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.

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.

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