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Hazard Light Safety | Avery Greene Honda | Vallejo, CA

When Should I Use My Vehicle’s Hazard Lights?

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Your vehicle’s hazard lights are designed to help you in an emergency, but when should you use them? Here’s a quick guide to situations where you’ll need to activate your hazard lights — and when you won’t.

When to turn on hazard lights

Generally, you’ll need to use your hazard lights for situations when you’re pulled off to the side of the road:

  • After you’re in a collision
  • When you have a breakdown
  • When you’re changing a tire

When a police vehicle pulls you over, you should turn on your hazard lights to communicate to the officer that you’ll pull off to the side as soon as possible. And if you’re driving in a funeral procession, you’ll probably be asked to turn on your hazard lights then as well.

When to leave hazard lights off

According to California state law, you can’t use hazard lights while driving except in an emergency. So avoid using them in other situations, like:

  • When you’re driving in bad weather (if you’re worried about visibility, it’s best to pull over somewhere)
  • When you’re driving more slowly than usual
  • When you’re parked illegally (which you shouldn’t do at all, lights or no lights)

Other states may have different hazard-light laws, so inform yourself about those if you plan to drive outside California soon.

To reduce the likelihood that you’ll need to use your hazard lights, be sure to stay current on maintenance for your vehicle. Need to get caught up? Contact our team of service experts here at Avery Greene Honda in Vallejo!

Family Road Trips | Avery Greene Honda | Vallejo, CA

Tips for Keeping Kids Quiet on Family Road Trips in Your Honda

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There’s nothing as memorable as taking a family road trip through northern California to see our state’s gorgeous national forests. Unfortunately, that scenic drive can be memorable for all the wrong reasons if your children are throwing tantrums the whole time. Here’s some advice for keeping kids quiet in the car from the parents at Avery Greene Honda.

Take breaks

You may be tempted to travel the full distance of your road trip without taking any breaks. But, the longer you drive without stopping, the more restless your children will become. Schedule time in your itinerary for detours to see local sights — not just take a bathroom break and keep moving. You can even the kids choose where and when to stop along the where.

Plan activities

Keep your kids occupied by providing in-vehicle activities that are fun, engaging, and creative. For example, pack scrapbooking kits that contain blank notebooks, crayons, glue, and scissors (if age appropriate). Encourage your children to gather items from your vacation — like pamphlets and leaves — and assemble them into a memory book.

Our Honda dealership in Vallejo has safe, quality family vehicles for sale like the Odyssey, Pilot, and Accord. Avery Greene Honda has sedans and SUVs in stock ranging from compact to large.  

Family Road Trips | Avery Greene Honda | Vallejo, CA

How to Pack Light on a Summer Road Trip in Your Honda

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Summer is the best time of year to hit the open road and see the beautiful forests of northern California. However, before you take off from Vallejo in your Honda Accord or CR-V, you should plan your road trip by packing properly. Here are some tips on how to pack for a road trip by minimizing your luggage and traveling light.

Double up

Most everything you wear should be usable more than once and in a variety of situations. For instance, pack a zip-up that functions as a rain jacket, a windbreaker, and comfortable loungewear. The same goes for items like shoes, which should be wearable on a hike or at a restaurant. Don’t pack anything that’s only useful in certain specific conditions.

Light and breezy

Instead of packing clothing made of thick, heavy materials, choose items that are lightweight, thin, and breathable. These take up much less space in your suitcase. For instance, pack hiking pants instead of jeans. If you’re worried about feeling cold, bring a jacket you can wear over any thin shirt rather than a bunch of thicker shirts or sweaters.

Another essential for every summer road trip in California should be to have your Honda vehicle serviced by a professional mechanic. Schedule a service appointment at Avery Greene Honda if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

2021 Honda CR-V | Avery Greene Honda | Vallejo, CA

Honda Sensing 360 Tech Aims to Increase Driver Safety

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The vehicles you’ll find here at Avery Greene Honda are designed to keep you and your passengers safe on the road here in Vallejo, California. For example, newer Honda models like the 2021 Pilot and 2022 CR-V already offer driver assistance tools as part of the Honda Sensing® suite.

Now, the automaker has set a plan to make driving even safer, with the ultimate goal of eliminating traffic collision fatalities involving its vehicles by 2050. How will the brand achieve this goal? Through its next generation of driver-assistance technologies: Honda Sensing® 360.

As the next phase of the company’s plan to give drivers the tools needed to increase awareness and avoid crashes behind the wheel, Honda Sensing® 360 earns its name by being an omni-directional safety system that virtually eliminates blind spots around the vehicle. This all-inclusive monitoring of your surroundings is achieved through the use of next-level sensors and monitors.

This level of safety innovation would be a major help to drivers in the San Francisco Bay Area, especially those who commute a long distance into and out of downtown. If you want to learn more about the latest Honda safety systems currently on the latest cars and SUVs and how they can help improve your protection on the road, visit Avery Greene Honda.

Vallejo, CA | Avery Greene Honda

Top California Winter Destinations Near Vallejo

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Don’t let the brisk winds and cold temperatures of winter in Vallejo stop you from experiencing this time of year. There are plenty of fun California winter destinations to experience, especially here in the San Francisco Bay Area. Here are some of our favorites.

Mammoth Mountain

A half-day’s drive east of Vallejo in the direction of Yosemite National Park will bring you to Mammoth Mountain. This snow-covered peak is a fantastic skiing destination and a truly wondrous sight to behold this time of year. In fact, the entire Inyo National Forest that surrounds it is picturesque in winter, making the drive as enjoyable as the destination.

Napa and Sonoma

A destination that’s a bit closer to home, California’s famous wine country is just a short drive from Vallejo. Although you can visit these vineyards any time of year, why should you wait until winter? Because all the tourists stay home and locals often have the tasting rooms all to themselves!

True, you won’t be able to sit outside and sip your Chardonnay under the warm summer sun, but the world-class wine tastes just as good in winter as it does any other time of the year.

Now that winter is arriving and our warm California weather is changing to chilly coastal gusts, make sure your car is ready. Bring your Honda SUV or car to Avery Greene Honda for a winter maintenance checkup by our service team.

IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Award Goes to 2022 Honda Civic and Hatchback

2022 Honda Civic | Avery Greene Honda | Vallejo, CA

The 2022 Honda Civic and Hatchback is the latest model to earn the automaker a top rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. With the Civic’s Top Safety Pick+ rating, the highest possible from the agency, Honda has eight models that boast a 2021 TSP or TSP+ rating in its lineup.

To earn the top rating from the IIHS, the Honda Civic earned a “Good” rating in the agency’s six crashworthiness tests, an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating for front crash prevention systems (vehicle to vehicle and vehicle to pedestrian), and an “Acceptable” or “Good” rating for its headlights. The 2022 Civic earned “Superior” ratings for its front crash prevention tech, in both categories, and its headlights earned a “Good” rating. Both the vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian technologies are standard equipment in the 2022 Honda Civic.

The 2022 Honda Civic offers the Honda Sensing® tech suite, which includes a range of technologies designed to keep you, your passengers, and other drivers on the road safe. In addition to the front crash prevention systems, included in the suite are the Road Departure Mitigation System, which monitors your lane position and warns you when you have gone off course and Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, which is a more intuitive form of cruise control.

Test-drive the 2022 Honda Civic sedan or hatchback at Avery Greene Honda in Vallejo, California, to check out the innovative safety tech that earned the popular model a Top Safety Pick+ rating.

Benefits of the HondaTrue Certified & Certified+ Programs

2022 Honda Civic | Avery Greene Honda | Vallejo, CA

There are many reasons to buy a used car from Avery Greene Honda, and one of them is that our Honda dealership in Vallejo participates in the HondaTrue Certified program, which is a good way that families in California can save money.

HondaTrue Certified is Honda’s exclusive certified pre-owned program. While it does bear some similarities to other automakers’ CPO programs, Honda’s system offers some benefits that you probably won’t get from competitors.

For instance, our multi-point inspection assesses 182 items, which is more than average for the industry and shows how carefully we scrutinize our vehicles before approving them. We also offer extra perks with your CPO purchase from Avery Greene Honda, such as roadside assistance for the duration of the limited warranty and up to two free oil changes in the first year of ownership.

Another unique aspect of our CPO program is that we offer two different levels of coverage:

  • HondaTrue Certified vehicles receive 12 months/12,000 miles of non-powertrain warranty coverage. Qualifying vehicles are 5 years or less from their model year (right now, that means 2016-2021 model years).
  • HondaTrue Certified+ vehicles receive 24 months/50,000 miles of non-powertrain warranty coverage. Only vehicles from the most recent 1-2 model years can qualify.

Both certifications contain a 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage beyond the non-powertrain coverage, as well as trip interruption assistance and concierge services.

Want the benefits of owning a HondaTrue Certified vehicle for your family in Vallejo? Browse our current inventory and find which CPO Honda cars, trucks, and SUVs we have in stock at Avery Greene Honda.

Tips for Celebrating Halloween at Home in Vallejo, California

Tips for Celebrating Halloween at Home | Avery Greene Honda | Vallejo, CA

Trick-or-treating for Halloween this year seems more and more unlikely, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still celebrate in a family-friendly way. If you’re trying to think of how you can get down and spooky — or maybe start a new family tradition — then consider these tips for celebrating Halloween at home this year.

Build a haunted fort. There are few things more fun than building a fort, so why not build one with a Halloween twist? Get dressed up in your costumes, add spooky elements like fake cobwebs, skeletons, and LED candles, and gather under your haunted fort. You can watch a Halloween movie, play board games, or enjoy some sweet treats for some family bonding.

Have a craft party. If you take even a second to browse through Pinterest, you will find any number of crafts for your kids to enjoy this Halloween, no matter their ages. Have some spooky fun with crafts, creating monster puppets, carving pumpkins, and more.

Enjoy a Halloween scavenger hunt. Whether you’re trying to stay in your house or want something fun to do outside — while still socially distancing — a scavenger hunt is a great way to bring joy on the night the kids are meant to be trick-or-treating. Have them find seasonal items, like pumpkins, black cats, and more. You can find any number of already made scavenger hunts online.

From the team at Avery Greene Honda in Vallejo, California, to you and your little boils and ghouls: Have a safe, healthy, and happy Halloween!

How to Sanitize Your Car for a Germ-Free Ride

Clean And Sanitize Your Car

From heading out to the grocery store to going out for your daily exercise, your car can become a hub for germs. Now, more than ever, it’s likely that you want to make sure your car is as clean as possible. To help you keep your car clean, follow these tips on how to sanitize your car.

Use gloves. Before you begin cleaning your car, you should consider wearing gloves. Gloves will help protect your hands from any harsh chemicals that might be used. They will also keep you from picking up germs. Remember, though, if you’re using gloves to avoid touching your face, phone, or other surfaces outside your vehicle while you have your gloves on.

Scrub your surfaces. There are a lot of surfaces that you might touch while you’re driving your car, including your radio, door handles, steering wheel, and shift knob. Pay these surfaces special attention while you’re sanitizing your car. Use disinfectant wipes or warm, soapy water to keep your surfaces clean.

Clean your car’s upholstery. Your car’s soft surfaces, such as your seat upholstery or floor mats, can gather germs easily – especially if you’ve sneezed or coughed in their general direction. That’s why you should use appropriate upholstery cleaners for your car’s soft surfaces, giving them a good scrub.

It’s more important than ever to know how to sanitize your car. For more extensive car maintenance, schedule a service appointment at Avery Greene Honda.

3 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Car Lovers

Romantic Valentine's Day Car Gifts | Vallejo, CA

February 14th is coming up quickly, which means it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to get the Valentine in your life. If your significant other happens to love cars, you can always tailor your gift to this passion. To help you out, we’ve put together some ideas for Valentine’s Day gifts for car lovers.

 

Get their car detailed. There are few things better than having a car that’s spic and span. If your loved one is the type to really focus on taking care of their vehicle, then why not treat them to a detailing? An auto detailer will do a deep clean, leaving your significant other’s car sparkling like new.

 

Make it easier to head out in the morning. Morning drives aren’t fun, especially with how hot it can get in Vallejo sometimes. Make your loved one’s car that much better by getting them a remote starter. This will allow their car to get to a comfortable temperature without them having to sit in it, waiting for it to cool off.

 

Think of the right tools. From changing oil to changing out wheels, your partner likely needs new tools to make taking care of their car easier. Consider getting them new tools to help with any job. This gift can be tailored to their specific needs, whether they need a new wrench or a tool organizer to keep the garage tidy.

 

If you truly want to give your Valentine a gift they’ll remember, though, how about a new car or car accessory from Avery Greene Honda?

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