Accord, Civic and CR-V Earn Best Retained Value Awards

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Accord, Civic and CR-V Earn Best Retained Value Awards

Honda’s three top-selling models have received 2018 Edmunds Best Retained Value Awards. The 2018 Accord, Civic and CR-V topped their respective product categories in projected residual value after five years of ownership. A higher residual value can reduce the long-term cost of ownership and put money back in your pocket when it comes time to sell or trade-in a vehicle.

“Buying a new car is a huge financial decision, and our 2018 Edmunds Best Retained Value Awards are designed to help shoppers discover the brands and vehicles that can help them get the most out of their investment,” said Avi Steinlauf, Edmunds’ CEO. “This year’s winners underscore a commitment to quality and reliability, and are good bets to hold their value over the course of ownership.”

The 2018 Edmunds Best Retained Value Awards are designed to highlight overall ownership value to shoppers, beyond just the initial purchase price, by indicating the highest projected residual value after five years.

For more information on these award winning vehicles, or to schedule a test drive, please give us a call at (866) 822-9314.

How to Let People Know You’re Safe During an Emergency

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How to Let People Know You’re Safe During an Emergency

Whether you are walking down a street alone, are traveling to a summer location that has an unexpected natural disaster, or get caught up in any other type of emergency, it’s helpful to know ahead of time about these four sources of help for letting your friends and loved ones know that you’re safe when cell phone calls aren’t going through:

1. Google’s Trusted Contacts
2. Facebook’s Safety Check
3. Apple’s Find My Friends
4. Tips from the Red Cross

Google’s Trusted Contacts
Whether you’re hiking alone or walking down a dark street, sometimes you want to know that someone’s got your back. To help you feel safe and give your friends and family peace of mind, Google created Trusted Contacts. This new personal safety app lets you share your location with loved ones in everyday situations and when emergencies arise, even if your phone is offline or you can’t get to it.

Here’s how it works:
Once you install the Android app, you can assign “trusted” status to your closest friends and family. Your trusted contacts will be able to see your activity status-whether you’ve moved around recently and are online-to quickly know if you’re OK. If you find yourself in a situation where you feel unsafe, you can share your actual location with your trusted contacts. And if your trusted contacts are really worried about you, they can request to see your location. If everything’s fine, you can deny the request. But if you’re unable to respond within a reasonable timeframe, your location is shared automatically, and your loved ones can determine the best way to help you out. Of course, you can stop sharing your location or change your trusted contacts whenever you want.

Facebook Safety Check
In times of disaster or crisis, people turn to Facebook to check on loved ones and get updates. It’s in these moments that communication is most critical both for people in the affected areas and for their friends and families who are anxious for news. Facebook has a helpful tool called Safety Check, a simple and easy way to say you’re safe and to check on others.

During a major disaster or crisis, Safety Check will help you

let friends and family know you’re safe;
check on others in the affected area;
mark your friends as safe;
protect your privacy-only your friends will see your safety status and the comments you share.

Here’s how it works:
When the tool is activated by Facebook-and if you’re in the affected area-you’ll receive a Facebook notification asking if you’re safe.

Facebook will determine your location by looking at the city you have listed in your profile, your last location if you’ve opted into the Nearby Friends product, and the city where you are using the internet.

If Facebook gets your location wrong, you can mark that you’re outside the affected area.

If you’re safe, you can select “I’m Safe,” and a notification and News Feed story will be generated with your update. Your friends can also mark you as safe.

Apple’s Find My Friends
Not a dedicated emergency response option, the Find My Friends app lets you easily share your location with family and friends, but it does require that

– you set up sharing in advance with your friends who have an iPhone or iPad;
– your friends turn on “Allow Friend Requests” in order to see your location.

When you use the app, friends you’re sharing with will see you as a dot on a map that will automatically refresh as you move. Friends can even get directions to your location. This particular app will only let your friends know your location, not whether you’re safe. (This app is also helpful in tracking the whereabouts of teen drivers-but that’s another article!)

Red Cross tips

Be creative and persistent. If one contact method doesn’t work, try another.

Call during off-peak hours for the best chance of getting through.

Send a text message, which may go through when phone calls cannot.

Check your loved one’s social media pages (i.e., Facebook, Twitter), as they already may have gone online to tell their story.

Send an email.

Call friends and relatives who already may have been in contact with your loved one.

Call people and places where your loved one is well-known: neighbors, employer, school, place of worship, senior center, social club, union, or fraternal organization.

If your loved one has a serious, preexisting physical or mental health condition, you may also initiate an Emergency Information Request by calling your local American Red Cross chapter or 1-800-RED-CROSS.

With all of these helpful options, it’s best to create an emergency contact plan ahead of time with friends and family, so if a crisis does happen, you’ll be better prepared to connect with them.

Tire Blowouts Are Rarer but More Dangerous

Tire Blowouts Are Rarer but More Dangerous

For many drivers, there’s nothing more frightening or potentially dangerous than a tire blowout – at almost any speed. While the number of tire-related crashes has dropped dramatically since all new vehicles have been required to have automatic tire-pressure monitoring systems, there are still nearly 11,000 collisions and 200 fatalities each year due to blowouts and tire issues.

With all the advances in safety standards and technology, why are tire blowouts still such a significant safety issue? One reason may be that, although blowouts are now a rarer occurrence, when they do happen, drivers are less prepared to handle them and to react properly. When a tire blows out, it can take about a quarter of a second before your ride suddenly turns into a struggle to avoid an auto accident. How you react can make all the difference in how the situation plays out.

How to Handle a Blowout
The first step is to stay calm and in control of your vehicle. Your natural reaction is to slow down quickly and try to get off the road, but that is exactly the wrong thing to do. With a rear-tire failure, turning at high speed will likely result in a spin and a bad crash.

According to the National Safety Council and other safety experts, here are the best practices to remember if you experience a tire blowout:

– Keep a firm grip on the steering wheel.
– Do not slam on the brakes.
– Let your car slow down gradually.
– Pull to the side of the road once you have slowed to a safe speed.
– Activate your emergency flashers.

What to Do After a Blowout
Exit your vehicle only if you are certain you are safely off the road and out of harm’s way. Once you’ve turned on your emergency flashers to alert other drivers, put out reflective cones or triangles if you have them. If it isn’t safe to change the tire where you are, or if you are unsure how to do it, call for roadside assistance.

Also keep in mind that a spare is only recommended for emergencies and should not be driven for long distances or at high speeds. Take the time to read your owner’s manual to learn the location of your spare tire and the necessary tools. Your manual may also provide instructions on how to change a flat tire. It is a good idea to be familiar with these procedures before you get stuck on the side of the road.

How to Prevent a Blowout
The good news is that many tire blowouts are preventable with the proper effort and attention. Most occur from May through October when the road surface is the hottest, and result from an underinflated tire, excessively worn treads, or an overloaded vehicle. A simple, routine inspection of your tires to check for slow leaks, wear and tear, and proper pressure is important. Keeping your load within the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations (found in the same spot as the recommended tire pressure) can help too.

As summer heats up, tire blowouts increase. Some flat tires are the result of plain bad luck, but many flats and blowouts can be avoided with a little knowledge and some minimal routine maintenance.

Check Your Pressure
Most blowouts are caused by too little air pressure, which allows the tire to flex beyond its elastic limits until it overheats to the point at which the rubber loses its bond to the internal fabric and steel cord reinforcement. It is important to check your vehicle’s tire pressure (including the spare) at least once a month, for the following reasons:

– Most tires may naturally lose air over time.
– Tires can lose air suddenly if you drive over a pothole or other object or if you hit the curb when parking.
– With radial tires, it isn’t usually possible to determine underinflation by looking at the tire.

Inspect Your Tires
Examine the tires after any sort of trauma. If you hit a curb or pothole or run over an object in the street, take the time to inspect your tires. If you notice any irregularities, please contact us. Also, make sure your tire valves have valve caps.

Check Your Tread
In general, tires become unsafe and should be replaced when the tread is worn down to 1/16 inch. An easy method for checking tread depth is to place a penny in the tread with Lincoln’s head upside down and facing you. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, you’re ready for new tires.

Avoid Driving Near Construction Sites and Other Hazardous Roadways
Highway construction projects increase in the summer, and so do opportunities for flats caused by construction debris. Although construction zones are sometimes unavoidable, try to take alternate routes and to bypass roads that are not well maintained. Nails, metal shards, glass, and large potholes can all cause punctures and flats. Whenever possible, avoid driving on the highway shoulder, which can be full of sharp rocks and debris from car accidents.

Don’t Overload Your Car or Truck
Take a look at the sidewall of your tire. There should be a maximum load rating printed near the center. Keep this number in mind while you’re loading your car or truck and never exceed it. Overloaded tires undergo greater heat and friction and are far more likely to fail. If you are towing a trailer, remember that some of the weight of the loaded trailer is transferred to the towing vehicle.

If you need new tires, we can help. We have very competitive pricing on tires and even match Costco’s pricing too! Please give us a call at (866) 822-9314 for more information.