A Secret Emergency Feature on Your Phone

A Secret Emergency Feature on Your Phone

Is a stranger following you late at night? Now you can easily call for help AND alert your emergency contacts without fumbling for your phone’s keypad. This works on iPhones as well as Android phones. Here’s what you need to know.

For iPhones:
If your iPhone is running iOS version 11 or newer, you have access to a powerful feature known as Emergency SOS. You can initiate a call to local emergency services by pressing the power button 5 times in a row, even when your phone is locked.

When you make a call with SOS, your iPhone automatically calls the local emergency number. In some countries and regions, you need to choose the applicable service. For example, in China you can choose police, fire, or ambulance.

You can also program in your emergency contacts. After an emergency call ends, your iPhone alerts your emergency contacts with a text message, unless you choose to cancel. Your iPhone sends them your current location, and, for a period of time after you enter SOS mode, it sends updates to your emergency contacts when your location changes.

The video above explains how to set this up.

For Samsung Galaxy Android Phones:
Samsung has included a powerful feature in the operating system called SOS Messages. It isn’t enabled by default, but once it’s set up, you can send an emergency alert to four preselected contacts by pressing the power button on your device three times in a row.

When triggered, an emergency message with your location, a picture of your situation, and an audio message will be sent automatically. See the video below for instructions on setting this up.


Honda Offers More Driver-Assistive Technology.

Honda Offers More Driver-Assistive Technology

Honda Sensing is our exclusive intelligent suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies designed to alert you to things you might miss while driving. Honda Sensing is available on more Honda vehicles than ever.

We know that the people who matter to you could be drivers or passengers in one of our own cars, occupants of another vehicle or even pedestrians. That’s why we study real-world situations to develop new safety technologies for everyone.

To see how this technology works, please take a look at the video above.

To find out more about which Honda vehicles are equipped with Honda Sensing, please give us a call at (866) 822-9314.

The New Honda Passport is Here

The New 2019 Honda Passport is Here

The all-new 2019 Honda Passport is arriving at Honda Oakland, filling out Honda’s award-winning SUV lineup and delivering a unique combination of on-road driving refinement and off-road capability along with best-in-class interior space. The entry-level yet well-equipped Passport Sport carries a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)1 of $31,990 (excluding $1,045 destination and handling).

Designed for adventure-seekers who want the exceptional on- and off-road capability of Honda’s available i-VTM4 torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system, the power and towing capability of its 280-horsepower 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6, and the more personal and rugged character of a five-passenger SUV, Passport fits between the refined and compact CR-V and the larger, family-focused three-row Pilot. Using Honda’s reinforced unibody Global Light Truck platform, the 2019 Passport features a fully-boxed floor structure, and the latest generation of Honda’s proprietary Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure along with a sophisticated fully independent suspension offering exceptional on-and off-road driving performance.

Available in Sport, EX-L, Touring and Elite trims, all Passports come standard with 20-inch wheels, a blackout grille, the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, as well as higher ground clearance and wider track than the three-row Pilot. Inside, Passport offers best-in-class passenger space and total interior volume and features a large “basement” cargo area ideal for storing dirty gear or keeping valuables out of sight. Key premium technologies available on Passport include in-vehicle 4G LTE Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, a high-resolution 8-inch Display Audio system, heated and ventilated front seats, wireless phone charging, and more.

The 2019 Passport is also available with a wide array of Genuine Honda accessories including the Adventure Package and Urban Package that provide cost-efficient ways to enhance the character and functionality of the new SUV. Other accessories allow Passport to accommodate a broad variety of outdoor gear, from bikes and kayaks to skis and snowboards.

For more information on the new Passport, please give us a call at (866) 822-9314.

How to Clean Bird Droppings without Scratching Your Car.


How to Clean Bird Droppings without Scratching Your Car

The problem with bird droppings is that many birds use small rocks to help digest their food and some of these rocks end up in their poop which can easily scratch your vehicle’s paint. Bird poop also contains uric acid, seeds, and other abrasives that will destroy your clear coat if removed aggressively.

Our first tip is to act fast. Bird excrement is much easier to remove when it is fresh.

Our second tip is to ensure the droppings are soft. The best way to do this is to put a damp cloth or car cleaning wipe over the area for a few minutes – saturating it with club soda can be very helpful. Once you’ve done this, you should find the mess comes away from the surface easily.

The final tip is to avoid scraping or rubbing hard to dislodge the droppings. If not all of the droppings are removed the first time, just place another damp cloth or cleaning wipe on the spot again and repeat this process until everything is removed.

Your Garage is a Bigger Risk than You Think

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Your Garage is a Bigger Risk than You Think

Fires originating in residential garages tend to be larger and spread farther than fires that start in other areas of a residence.

Detection of a fire in a garage takes longer due to the absence of smoke alarms which gives a fire time to grow larger and ultimately cause more damage. Even more challenging is the fact that the garage usually contains fuel sources such as flammable liquids, paint, various chemicals, ammunition, newspapers and stored items.

As a side note, smoke alarms should generally not be installed in garages because garages are not temperature controlled and alarms are not designed to work in extreme hot or cold. Additionally, vehicle exhaust fumes will cause nuisance alarms and may lead to degradation in smoke alarm performance.

The leading cause of fires is an electrical malfunction. This may be due to shorts in wires, damaged wires, and overloading electrical outlets.

Keep your home safe by following a few easy tips.
– Store oil, gasoline, paints, propane, and varnishes in a shed away from your home.
– Keep items that can burn on shelves away from appliances that produce heat.
– Plug only one charging appliance into an outlet.
– Don’t use an extension cord when charging an appliance.
– Avoid using carpets or rugs on the garage floor.
– Remove excess clutter and trash. (Trash is the first item to catch fire in about 8 percent of the garage blazes.)
– Install a heat alarm (rather than a smoke alarm) that will sound when it detects dangerously high temperatures. Make sure the alarm is interconnected with the rest of the alarms in your home.

Discover the 2019 Honda Insight

Discover the 2019 Honda Insight

Introducing the most sophisticated Honda to date. The Honda Insight is elegantly styled and impressively designed. With forward-thinking technology like available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and Honda Sensing, a suite of safety and driver-assistive features, there is no question the Insight is one highly advanced vehicle.

For more information on the new Insight, or to arrange for a test drive, please give us a call at (866) 822-9314. To view our online inventory of Insights, click here.

Meet the Redesigned 2019 Pilot

Meet the Redesigned 2019 Pilot

The redesigned and refreshed 2019 Honda Pilot has 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 tailgate, substantial 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 driver-assistive and safety technology as standard in all trims. The 2019 Pilot LX with standard front-wheel drive carries a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP1 ) of $31,450 (excluding $995 destination and handling).

While all Pilot trim levels benefit from refreshed styling, technical upgrades and new features-including newly standard Honda Sensing-the popular EX trim extends its value story even further as it gains several premium features while maintaining the same price point as the outgoing EX w/ Honda Sensing trim.

Combined, the upgrades to Pilot reinforce its capabilities while emphasizing the state-of-the-art technology and family-friendly character that has made it one of the most popular midsize 3-row SUVs. Pilot also remains one of the few models in its segment to offer 8 seats (7-seats with the optional second-row Captain’s Chairs), with three-person capacity in both the second and third rows, and with third row access made simple and easy by the available One-Touch Walk-In feature.

All 2019 Pilots feature more aggressive front and rear styling to compliment the Pilot’s robust off-road and all-weather driving capabilities, supported by Honda’s available intelligent Variable Torque Management system (i-VTM4) with true torque-vectoring. Standard on all AWD trims, i-VTM4 uses an electronically-controlled, hydraulically-actuated rear differential to apportion engine torque between the front and rear axles, and dynamically distribute torque between the left and right rear wheels. The benefits are superior all-weather handling, and neutral, accurate steering under power.

In addition, the 2019 Pilot’s 9-speed automatic transmission, available in Touring and Elite trims, gets new tuning for enhanced drivability and smoother shifts, while Pilot’s Idle Stop system now provides quicker restarts and more seamless operation.

For 2019, all Pilot models come standard with the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. Honda Sensing helps provide greater awareness of driving conditions around the vehicle, and in some cases helps drivers maintain lane position. Comprising the Honda Sensing suite are Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with Forward Collision Warning; Road Departure Mitigation (RDM); 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 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 targets a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

To schedule a test drive of the new Pilot, please give us a call at (866) 822-9314. To shop our online inventory of Pilots, please click here.

How to Get Coffee Stains Out of Your Floor Mats


How to Get Coffee Stains Out of Your Floor Mats

Starting your day with a nice cup of coffee is great. Hitting the brakes and spilling it on the carpeting, not so much.

Step 1:
Soak up as much of the spill as possible, as quickly as possible, using a clean towel. Apply pressure from the palm of your hand or fist to absorb as much of the liquid as possible.

Step 2:
If your coffee was black, or contained no milk, Autoblog.com suggests mixing a solution of 1/3 white vinegar to 2/3 water in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture onto the stain and blot again with a clean towel.

Step 3:
Let the vinegar mixture soak for a few minutes.

Step 4:
Lightly rinse with cold water.

Step 5:
Using a new towel, blot the area again until it is dry.

If you drink your coffee with milk, you’ll need to complete an extra step in this process. According to Autoblog.com, prior to applying the vinegar mixture to the stain, you should first use a spray bottle to apply a mixture of a teaspoon of enzyme detergent and a cup of water. Allow that to sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Then, using a towel, blot up the spot and use a light brush agitation if needed. This extra step helps to break up the protein stain from the milk.