Tech in New Cars Will Stop Drunk Driving

Safety technology in cars just keeps getting more and more advanced. Here’s a video demonstrating the new capabilities they are working on to eliminate drunk driving.

Known as the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety program, it is a collaborative research partnership between the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety, representing 17 automobile manufacturers, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to assess and develop alcohol-detection technologies to prevent vehicles from being driven when a driver’s blood alcohol concentration exceeds the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

The technology is estimated to have the potential to save thousands of lives per year. The research is still in development, and we’ll keep you posted on future updates.

Home for the Holidays: Is Your Car Up for the Journey?


Home for the Holidays: Is Your Car Up for the Journey?


Before you pack up the car to head home for the holidays, please make sure your vehicle is ready for the journey. Conducting a thorough vehicle inspection will help you avoid the inconvenience and potential safety hazards of breaking down miles away from home.

“It’s easy to remember to get your family ready for the holiday festivities, but what about preparing the car that’s going to get you there?” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Having a pre-inspection performed on your car will give you peace of mind as you travel and help make your journey safer.”

Before you leave home, we recommend a check of these often overlooked items: tires and tire pressure, brakes, hoses and belts, air filters, wipers, exterior and interior lighting, and fluid levels, including engine oil, windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant. You can schedule a service appointment by calling us at (866) 900-8854.

“A pre-trip inspection provides the opportunity to have service repairs made at home by your own trusted technician who knows the vehicle, and helps reduce the chance of costly and dangerous trouble on the road,” said Rich White.

We also recommend that you keep important telephone numbers in your cell phone or glove box in case of a breakdown or travel emergency. Vehicles should have a roadside emergency kit that includes items such as a first aid kit, a tire-changing jack, a tire pressure gauge, jumper cables, a flashlight and a blanket.

All of us at Honda Oakland wish you safe travels during the holiday season.

How to Start Your Car with a Dead Key Fob


How to Start Your Car with a Dead Key Fob


If your keyless entry fob stops working – either because the battery died or it was damaged – it might seem like you don’t have a way to open or start your car.

You can always call us at (866) 900-8854 for help, but what if it is late at night? Or you’re trying to get into a car you’re not familiar with, such as a rental car or your friend’s car?

We found a free app that can be very helpful when the fob isn’t working.

The Dead Key Fob App provides you with instructions and illustrations for getting into and starting a push-button start car from 17 manufacturers. There are 13 variations for retrieving the standard mechanical key and several different ways for getting into the vehicle – including getting past the hidden keyholes in some models. The app will also show you different options for starting the vehicle when the key fob is dead.

It’s a handy app to have.

For information on the Android app, please visit:

For information on the iPhone app, please visit:

If you have any questions, please give us a call at (866) 900-8854.