To Swerve or Not to Swerve?

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To Swerve or Not to Swerve?

A collision with some form of wildlife occurs, on average, every 39 minutes:

1 out of every 17 car collisions involves wandering wildlife.
89% of all wildlife collisions occur on roads with two lanes.
84% of all wildlife collisions occur in good weather on dry roads.
The average repair cost of a car-deer collision is $2,800.
Approximately 200 motorists die in the United States each year from car-wildlife collisions.

To avoid adding to the above statistics, AAA recommends the following:

Pay attention to road signs. Yellow, diamond-shaped signs with an image of a deer indicate areas with high levels of deer activity.

Keep your eyes moving back and forth. Continuously sweep your eyes across the road in front of you for signs of animals and movement. Animals may also be alongside the road, so make sure to look to the right and left, as well. While the most likely accident is you hitting an animal, on occasion, they might also hit you by running into the side of your car.

Be especially attentive in early morning and evening hours. Many animals, especially deer, are most active from 5-8 a.m. and 5-8 p.m.-prime commuting times for many people.

Use high beams when there’s no oncoming traffic. You can spot animals sooner. Sometimes the light reflecting off their eyes will reveal their location.

Slow down, and watch for other deer to appear. Deer rarely travel alone, so if you see one, there are likely to be more nearby.

Slow down around curves. It’s harder to spot animals down the road when going around curves.

Should you swerve if an impact is imminent?

Experts advise that you shouldn’t swerve. Instead, stay in your lane. Swerving away from animals can confuse them, so they don’t know which way to run. It can also put you in the path of oncoming vehicles or cause you to crash into something like a lamppost or a tree. Unless that animal you are about to collide with is a 1600 pound moose, then swerving may be a better option if the situation allows for it.

Additionally, always wear a seatbelt. The chances of getting injured when hitting an animal are much higher if you don’t have your seatbelt on. Also never drive drunk, distracted or drowsy.

Consider purchasing comprehensive insurance, if you don’t already have it. Comprehensive insurance is the type of insurance that covers animal strikes.

Why Today’s Better Car Fluids Could Be Trouble

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Why Today’s Better Car Fluids Could Be Trouble

The good news: new fluid technologies and engine designs have combined to reduce the burden of properly maintaining today’s vehicles. The bad news: fewer trips to our dealership could put you at risk of missing clues that could head off safety issues or expensive repairs.

John Nielsen, AAA’s managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair, notes: “Less maintenance improves the cost of vehicle ownership, but fewer visits to the repair facility means the technician will have fewer opportunities to check your vehicle for signs of wear. It’s important for motorists to conduct monthly safety inspections to identify issues before they escalate.”

Examples of new fluid service intervals include:

Oil: Cars today are designed to travel at least 5,000 miles between oil changes, and many newer models can be driven up to 7,500 miles or more before an oil change is necessary. Some vehicles that use full-synthetic engine oils have service intervals approaching 15,000 miles. Be sure to check your oil level, either under the hood or through the vehicle’s onboard computer system.

Coolant: Requirements for flushing the coolant can vary from every two years to more than 100,000 miles, depending on the coolant type used. However, be sure coolant levels are correct as leaks in the system could cause major issues.

Brake fluid: Most vehicle manufacturers recommend that brake fluid be replaced periodically to flush moisture and contaminants from the system. Check your vehicle owner’s manual for specific recommendations. If not specified, AAA recommends flushing the brake system and replacing with new fluid every two years.

Transmission fluid: Modern automatic transmissions are increasingly being filled with “lifetime” fluids that do not need to be changed until the vehicle has traveled 100,000 miles or more. The owner’s manual or maintenance booklet is the definitive source for specific transmission fluid requirements.

A monthly, 10-minute vehicle inspection can highlight issues that need attention. Motorists should check the level of the engine oil, brake fluid, engine coolant, washer fluid and power steering fluid. In addition, a check of the tire pressure and tread depth will help ensure safety on the road.

Have questions about your vehicle or need to schedule a service appointment? Please give us a call at (866) 822-9314.

Happy Honda Days and Year End Clearance!

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It’s that time of year! Black Friday Sales, Pre-Thanksgiving Sales and let’s not forget Honda’s Happy Honda Days and Year End Clearance.

You will truly find some of your best deals during this sale. We have a huge selection of over 300 new Honda’s available for test drive. Not looking for new? No worries there either, we have a nice selection of late model pre-owned vehicles that are also priced for our year end clearance.

If you’re in the market for a new or pre-owned vehicle, give one of our friendly Product Specialists a call at 510.420.9200 and schedule a time to come by or drop by and let us earn your business.

The First No-Spill Trash Can for Your Car

The First No-Spill Trash Can for Your Car

With as much time as you probably spend in your car, it is easy to find yourself in a bit of a cluttered mess of random fast-food wrappers, receipts, and everything else that seems to collect there.

This innovative trash can solves your clutter problem, and best of all, it is small and won’t tip over. Check out the video above for a quick demonstration.

You can pick one up on Amazon for about $20:
https://www.amazon.com/Carbage-Can-Premium-Trash-Can/dp/B01N4OP315/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1505073081&sr=8-1&keywords=carbage+can

Is Ubering Cheaper than Owning a Car?

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Is Ubering Cheaper than Owning a Car?

Ride-hailing services are a popular and convenient transportation option, but a new AAA analysis shows they are not a cost-effective replacement for vehicle ownership. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the average driver in an urban area-the only setting in which using these services are a practical full-time transportation option-drives 10,841 miles per year. While urban drivers travel fewer miles than those living in smaller towns or rural areas, relying on ride-hailing services as a primary mode of transportation would cost $20,118 annually. This equates to more than twice the cost of owning a personal vehicle, even when factoring in the expense of fuel, insurance, parking and the vehicle itself.

“Whether you own a vehicle or not, ride-hailing services are a convenient transportation option,” said John Nielsen, managing director, Automotive Engineering and Repair. “However, with the average American city-dweller driving nearly 11,000 miles per year, a personal vehicle is still the more cost-effective choice.”

For the study, AAA analyzed the costs of ride-hailing services (including the use of an occasional rental car) in 20 major urban areas. Based on the average number of miles traveled by city-dwellers, annual ride-hailing costs are as follows:

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According to data from AAA’s annual Your Driving Costs study, the average annual cost to own and operate a new vehicle, the costliest form of vehicle ownership, is $7,321 for 10,841 miles of travel annually. Understanding that parking costs can be a major ownership expense for those living in urban areas, AAA also analyzed the costs of flat-rate parking per year, which ranges from $706 (Phoenix) to $8,088 (New York), with an average cost of $2,728. For those with access to free parking, relying on ride-hailing services is nearly three times more expensive than vehicle ownership in these cities.

“For those who travel a very limited number of miles annually, or have mobility issues that prevent them from driving a personal vehicle, ride-hailing can be a viable and important option,” continued Nielsen. “But, for everyone else: the car is still king.”

2019 Honda Pilot Named Top Safety Pick+

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2019 Honda Pilot Named Top Safety Pick+

The redesigned and refreshed 2019 Honda Pilot has earned the 2018 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) highest overall safety rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+ thanks to top ratings of “GOOD” in five of six crash worthiness tests, a standard “GOOD” rating for the Pilot’s headlights and a “SUPERIOR” rating for the Collision Mitigation Braking System feature of the standard Honda Sensing suite of advanced driver-assitive and active safety technologies.

“The updated Pilot may have more aggressive styling to better match its true capability, but we also got aggressive on safety performance and driver-assistive features.” said Ray Mikiciuk, assistant vice president of Honda Automobile Sales. “IIHS rated Pilot’s front crash prevention system ‘SUPERIOR’, and that’s just one of many features included in Honda Sensing, now standard on all Pilot trims.”

To qualify for the 2018 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, a vehicle must earn “GOOD” ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests and an “ACCEPTABLE” or “GOOD” rating in the passenger-side small overlap test. It also needs an available front crash prevention system that earns an “ADVANCED” or “SUPERIOR” rating and available “GOOD”-rated headlights.

On sale now, the 2019 Pilot brings a long list of upgrades to Honda’s award-winning 8-seat SUV. The numerous changes include more aggressive exterior styling, an available new hands-free power access tailgate, powertrain refinements, major upgrades to available connected-car technology, an available new Display Audio touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and a volume knob. The 2019 Pilot also adopts the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technology as standard on all trims.

Honda Sensing helps provide greater awareness of driving conditions around the vehicle, in some cases helping drivers maintain lane position and, under certain conditions, is capable of slowing or even stopping the vehicle if it detects a potential front collision. Comprising the Honda Sensing suite are Collision Mitigation Braking System with Forward Collision Warning; Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) incorporating Lane Departure Warning (LDW); Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS); and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).

Honda’s blind spot information system (BSI), previously available only on the Elite trim, is now standard on EX, EX-L and Touring trims as well. Additionally, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor has been expanded from the Touring and Elite trims to EX and EX-L.

In addition to the above, Pilot offers numerous other safety and driver-assistive features, such as automatic high beams and a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera, both standard on all trims. The new Pilot was designed to provide a high level of active and passive safety protection and also received a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (1).

For more information on the redesigned and refreshed 2019 Pilot or to schedule a personal driving experience, please give us a call at (866) 822-9314.
(1) Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program

2019 FIT Earns Best Car for Teens

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2019 Fit Earns Best Car for Teens

The 2019 Honda Fit won the U.S. News and World Report “Best New Cars for Teens Under $20,000” award. The Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver assistive technologies, available on all trims and standard on EX and above, was recognized as adding an important level of peace of mind for parents. Honda Sensing includes the Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). In addition to Honda Sensing, the 2019 Fit was lauded for its superior crash test scores, excellent interior space and flexibility, fuel economy and long-term reliability.

U.S. News and World Report picks cars it feels have the best combination of overall quality, reliability, safety ratings, and accident-avoidance technologies across five differerent price brackets.

For more information on the 2019 Fit or to schedule a personal driving experience, please give us a call at (866) 822-9314.

Cows Help Police Corral a Fleeing Suspect

Cows Help Police Corral a Fleeing Suspect

The Sanford, Florida police were tracking a stolen car that crashed into a wooded area. The driver fled on foot where a herd of cattle was kind enough to help police locate the suspect. The night vision video was captured by a police helicopter.

Holy cow! That was some excellent teamwork!

Hey, Parents! Car SEAt Guidelines Just Changed

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Hey, Parents! Car Seat Guidelines Just Changed

The American Academy of Pediatrics previously recommended that children use a rear-facing car seat until they are two years old. The age limit has now been removed, and pediatricians suggest that “children should ride in a rear-facing car safety seat as long as possible, up to the limits of their car safety seat.”

This change means that virtually all children under two years of age and most children up to age four will be in a rear-facing seat.

Using the right car seat is important because it can help decrease the risk of serious injury by over 70%.

According to the AAP, when children ride rear-facing, the most vulnerable parts of their body (their head, neck, and spine) are supported by the car seat, so the seat absorbs most of the force from a crash. Children who ride forward-facing don’t have that head support and may be thrown forward, which can result in spine and head injuries if the child is turned around too early.

Please help spread the word and share this story with the parents of young children.