5 Tips to Make it to the Gas Station When You’re on Empty (#3 Will Surprise You)

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5 Tips to Make it to the Gas Station When You’re on Empty (#3 Will Surprise You)

There are a lot of things to keep track of on any given day: your family, your job, devising new excuses not to clean out the refrigerator, and sometimes paying attention to the gas gauge just doesn’t make the list. That is almost always the same time the gauge decides to plummet below E, and the closest gas station is not so close at all.

If you find yourself driving on fumes, here are some tips to help you squeeze out a few extra miles so you can make it to the pump:

1. Take Your Car Off the Grid
Unplug any charging devices, turn off the music and the AC. You want to reduce the amount of energy your vehicle is using.

2. Put Gravity to Work
When deciding which gas station to go to, try to pick the nearest one that gives you more options to go downhill rather than uphill.

3. Turn Your Car Off to Avoid Long Idles
I have a hard time with this one because I’m worried that if I turn my almost-out-of-gas car off, it might not turn back on. Plus, it just feels like turning a car on uses a lot of energy and gas – but the experts disagree.

Most vehicles built in the last 25 years or so use electronic fuel injection which is much more efficient in getting gas to the engine. When you start today’s cars, there’s not a big rush of fuel to a carburetor so contrary to popular belief, restarting your car does not burn more fuel than leaving it idling. In fact, idling for just 10 seconds wastes more gas than restarting the engine.

4. Take a Slower, Gentler Approach
As you watch your odometer turn and the gas gauge dip lower, resist the urge to panic and gun it to the gas station. Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration, and braking) wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by 33% at highway speeds and by 5% around town. Instead, accelerate slowly from a stop and drive at a lower speed. Anticipate upcoming stops and let your vehicle coast naturally to a stop when possible and safe to do so.

5. Roll Your Windows Up
Open windows increase aerodynamic drag (wind resistance), making your vehicle use more energy to push through the air. This effect is small at low speeds but increases at highway speeds.

Combined, these tips might make the difference between getting stranded on the side of the road and being able to make it to the pump. Of course, the best way to make sure you always have enough fuel to get to the station is to refill when your gauge gets to a quarter of a tank or as soon as that pesky light comes on.

Why You Need to Check Your Car’s Hoses

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Why You Need to Check Your Car’s Hoses

Over time, hoses can weaken and if they’re not replaced, they can cause the engine to overheat. This is especially important with summer coming along.

In a recent survey, about 10% of vehicles inspected had a hose that needed replacing. Yet in most cases, the owners were totally unaware of the condition of these parts.

When the weather heats up, the last thing you want is one of your car hoses to break down causing an overheated engine and leaving you stranded. We’ll walk you through this easy monthly maintenance check you can do yourself.

Most hoses fail from the inside out. Rubber hoses, which are actually made of neoprene or other synthetic materials, can deteriorate with age and exposure to heat. Tiny cracks develop in the rubber, which eventually cause the hose to split, blister, or leak. Oil on the outside of the coolant hose can also accelerate the breakdown of the hose material. This type of deterioration can usually be seen on the outside.

When you check your hoses, you should first make sure the engine is cold to avoid any chance of burning yourself. The easiest way to check the condition of a hose is to squeeze it. It should feel firm but flexible. Worn hoses often feel squishy. Look for any signs of:

1. Softness and swelling
2. Hardening and cracks
3. Chafing and heat damage

Hoses are a relatively inexpensive part to replace, but the damage caused by a bad hose can lead to a very costly repair.

If you have questions about your vehicle’s hoses, or want to schedule a service appointment, please call us at (866) 300-4805.

2018 Odyssey Coming Soon!

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2018 Odyssey Begins Mass Production in Alabama

More than 1,500 associates at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (HMA) celebrated the start of mass production of the all-new 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan, slated to go on-sale this spring at Honda dealerships nationwide. HMA is the exclusive manufacturer of the family-friendly Odyssey – the most popular minivan in America in each of the past seven years (1).

“This is a celebration for our entire Honda team of associates who have been committed to bringing an all-new, high tech, family-friendly Odyssey to our customers,” said Jeff Tomko, president of HMA. “I congratulate all of our associates for their commitment to quality for this new vehicle, which ushers in a new level of features and functionality with the goal of creating new value for our customers.”

HMA is the sole production source of the Odyssey minivan and Pilot SUV, as well as the Ridgeline pickup truck, named 2017 North American Truck of the Year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. HMA also builds the Acura MDX luxury SUV and the V-6 engines that power each vehicle.

The 2018 Odyssey is the fourth generation model built in Alabama, and the second generation of the Odyssey designed and developed in the United States.

HMA has made significant investments in new technologies to advance the performance, quality and value of the 2018 Honda Odyssey, including a new process for the installation of acoustic spray foam in 14 locations within the vehicle body, which helps deliver the best-in-class cabin quietness in the new Odyssey minivan.

On November 14, 2001, HMA began production with the second generation Odyssey. Since that date, HMA has built more than four million vehicles and V6 engines at their Lincoln, Alabama facility. The 2018 Odyssey is the fourth all-new model to roll off the production line at HMA in just the past five years.

About the Odyssey

For upper grades of Odyssey, the new 280-horsepower i-VTEC V6 engine provides +32 more horsepower compared to the outgoing model. It is also paired with an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission, which is the first of its kind for front-wheel-drive vehicles. It is produced exclusively at Honda Precision Parts Georgia in Tallapoosa, Georgia.

Through five generations, the Odyssey has evolved to meet the changing needs of American families. Odyssey has been the most popular minivan in America in every year since 2010, and is leading again this year (1). Americans have purchased more than 2.5 million Odyssey minivans since its 1994 debut.

The next generation 2018 Honda Odyssey brings a host of new features and technologies, including:

Magic Slide Seat
The uniquely versatile new Magic Slide Seat second-row seating system is easily reconfigurable for optimal passenger comfort, people and cargo-hauling flexibility. It allows for easy access to third row seating, even with one or two rear facing child seats in the second row.

CabinWatch
Using an infrared camera, CabinWatch lets the driver and front passenger keep tabs on passengers day and night via an eight-inch display audio screen.

CabinTalk
Using the second and third row speakers and wireless rear entertainment system headphones, CabinTalk enables drivers to talk to passengers in the second and third rows.

CabinControl App
This downloadable app allows passengers to use their smartphones to control the rear entertainment system, rear cabin heat and air conditioning, and send destinations to the embedded Honda navigation system.

Display Audio Touchscreen
This touchscreen features the new, Honda-developed, Android-based operating system that has more intuitive menus and customizable apps and shortcuts. The eight-inch, high-resolution (720P) touchscreen interface serves as the nerve center for a multitude of new audio and telematics options, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. It also includes a physical volume knob for improved usability.

Rear Entertainment System
With streaming video, second and third row passengers can enjoy the ceiling-mounted, 10.2-inch WSVGA Rear Entertainment System. It can use the available, new in-vehicle 4G LTE Wi-Fi, your public Wi-Fi, or your cellphone data plan. A new “How Much Farther?” app lets passengers track the family’s trip progress.

Social Play List
As part of the CabinControl app, the Social Playlist operates like a virtual jukebox, allowing up to seven family members to upload their music choices to the audio system via their smartphones.

10-speed Automatic Transmission
For upper grades, the all-new, Honda-developed 10-speed automatic transmission is the first of its kind in a minivan, providing a more confident and refined performance.

For more information on the 2018 Odyssey, please give us a call at (866) 300-4805.

*(1) Based on Urban Science retail sales data in the minivan segment for 2010-2017CYTD March.

You Might Be Shocked…

This Might Shock You…
Would you know what to do if your car came into contact with a downed power line? Or if you arrived at the scene of an accident that involved a power line?

This helpful video from Puget Sound Energy has some critical information that might surprise you when it comes to dealing with the hazards of downed power lines.

And here are some rules to live by from OSHA:

Never go near a downed or fallen electric power line. Always assume that it is energized. Touching it could be fatal.

Electricity can spread outward through the ground in a circular shape from the point of contact. As you move away from the center, large differences in voltages can be created.

Never drive over downed power lines. Assume that they are energized. And, even if they are not, downed lines can become entangled in your equipment or vehicle.

If contact is made with an energized power line while you are in a vehicle, remain calm and do not get out unless the vehicle is on fire. If possible, call for help.

If you must exit any equipment because of fire or other safety reasons, try to jump completely clear, making sure that you do not touch the equipment and the ground at the same time. Land with both feet together and shuffle away in small steps to minimize the path of electric current and avoid electrical shock. Be careful to maintain your balance