Summer is a great time of year to take a road trip in your Honda Accord, Honda Passport, or other Honda vehicle — especially if you live in California. If you rely on your smartphone for directions and entertainment on your drive, here are some tips for limiting data usage on road trips while you’re riding in your Honda.

Download instead of stream

Conserve your monthly data allotment by downloading podcasts and music when you’re on Wi-Fi® instead of streaming them via 4G usage in the car. You can also download maps to access later or turn off data after plugging in your destination.

Stop background apps

It’s not always the obvious apps that are draining your data; many apps still run in the background and consume mobile data. Check your phone’s data usage records and see if any inessential apps have been running in the background that you can restrict.

Pause on social media

Wait until you get back onto a secure Wi-Fi® network before checking your Facebook or Instagram feed. Those data-draining apps aren’t essential and can be skipped for now.

Sign up for in-car Wi-Fi®

Newer Honda models like the Odyssey offer an in-vehicle Wi-Fi® hotspot through AT&T. If your Honda vehicle offers this, consider enrolling in a plan for mobile internet access.

The Golden State has many beautiful road trip destinations, such as the redwood forests in NorCal, Hollywood in SoCal, and Yosemite National Park east of Vallejo. Before taking your next long-distance trip, make sure your Honda is ready for the journey with a maintenance checkup at the Avery Greene Honda service center.