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Honda Civic Sedan 

You just bought a brand new car: a 2016 Honda Civic, to be exact. But something else just happened: your son or daughter just got their drivers license. This could be a bad situation. For anyone learning to master a brand new skill, it can be pretty difficult at first. Take driving, for instance. No one is born knowing how to drive, so when a teen finally steps behind the wheel it can be a pretty scary and confusing experience. Due to this inexperience behind the wheel, teen drivers have the highest accident rate of any other age group. To become a good driver, it takes lots of time, practice, and the knowledge that comes with age. To help your teen become a good driver, it's important to discuss with them the many driving mistakes they are likely to make behind the wheel, then work on these things with them as you venture onto the road as their passenger. To examine the list of common teen driving mistakes, continue reading.

Speeding: As a new driver, it can be hard to judge your speed and how long it will take you to stop. You may typically show off cat-like reflexes, but you won't interpret on-road situations as well as those who have been driving for a long time. Until you feel truly comfortable behind the wheel, lay off a good bit on the gas pedal. Going slow and obeying the speed limit may feel embarrassing, but it is the safest way to better master your new skill.

Distractions: Distracted driving is the leading cause of death for teens. Loud music, talking on the phone, and texting are all major distractions that cause you to take your eyes off the road and directing your attention away from your surroundings. Every text you send takes your eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds. At 55 mph, 4.6 seconds equals to the amount of time it takes to drive the length of a football field. Imagine all of the dangerous things that could take place during this amount of time! Distractions hinder your ability to scan the road effectively, locate potential danger early, and take the necessary corrective action. Don't take the risk; avoid distractions to avoid dangerous situations.

Tailgating: When you feel someone is standing in your personal space, does it bother you? Most likely, it does! When driving, be sure to keep personal space in mind so you won't tailgate others. Teens often overestimate their ability to stop their cars in time. Failing to keep the proper distance is very dangerous and can lead to fatal situations. Always stay two car lengths behind the car in front of you, and also remember that the faster you are driving, the more braking distance you will require in order to stop.

Not Buckling Up: Buckle up, it's the law! You've probably seen these commercials countless times, so make sure you pay attention and always wear your seat belt when in a car (driving or not). Seat belts play a critical role in eliminating injuries or reducing the severity of injuries you may sustain during a car accident. Often times, they even determine who walks away from an accident and who doesn't.

For more car-related information like teen driving and more, visit our dealership in Washington, Pennsylvania.

 Washington Honda specializes in new and used Honda carstruckshybrids and SUVs. Located in Washington, PA. Serving Greater Pittsburgh, Canonsburg, Charleroi, McMurray and Waynesburg, Pennsylvania; and Morgantown and Wheeling, West Virginia.


This entry was posted in Washington Honda and tagged new Honda Civics, new Hondas, popular Hondas, teen driving, fatal teen driving, inexperienced drivers, honda driving, new drivers, on 04/28/2016 at 5:35 PM

Honda Accord

You made the decision to get a new car. You have even test driven several and have lucked out and found your perfect match: a 2016 Honda Accord. You'd eagerly climb in and drive away so you could sport your new set of wheels around time … if they would just hand you the keys! But, before they can do that, you have to decide on one important thing: buy or lease. If you've never bought or leased a car before, you may be interested in learning a bit about both. To find out what buying and leasing is all about, continue reading.

There is no right or wrong choice when it comes to deciding whether to buy or lease a car. The decision depends on your specific lifestyle and preferences. Let's look at the pros of both first.

Pros of Buying

  • pride of ownership – you can modify your car however you want with audio systems, etc.

  • no penalty for driving excess miles

  • increased flexibility – you can sell your car whenever you please

  • more economical in the long run – unless you buy and trade-in regularly

Pros of Leasing

  • lower down payment

  • lower monthly payments

  • you can drive a newer, nicer car for less money each month

  • lower repair costs due to three-year, factory warranty

  • easily allows you to drive a new car every two to three years

  • no trade-in hassles at the end of lease

  • sales tax will only be paid on the portion of the car you finance

As you can see, buying and leasing both come with many pros. But, just as most everything in life, pros typically come with some cons. Here's a look at the disadvantages of buying an leasing a car.

Disadvantages of Buying

  • higher down payment

  • higher monthly payments

  • responsibility of maintenance costs when warranty expires

  • trade-in or selling hassles when you decide to get a new car

Disadvantages of Leasing

  • you don't own the car at the end of the lease

  • mileage is limited to a set amount, generally 1200-1500 miles per year. Any excess miles are paid at the time of lease termination

  • confusing contracts

  • more expensive in the long run

  • owe wear-and-tear charges when lease is terminated

  • costly early-termination of lease

Now that you know the basics of buying and leasing a car, you are on your way to an educated decision. To further help you weigh the pros and cons of buying and leasing the 2016 Honda Accord, visit our dealership in Washington, PA.

 Washington Honda specializes in new and used Honda carstruckshybrids and SUVs. Located in Washington, PA. Serving Greater Pittsburgh, Canonsburg, Charleroi, McMurray and Waynesburg, Pennsylvania; and Morgantown and Wheeling, West Virginia.

 


This entry was posted in Washington Honda and tagged buying vs leasing car, buying car, car leases, Washington PA dealerships, Honda dealerships, new honda accord, lease honda, on 04/28/2016 at 5:30 PM

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Do you have kids? One? Two? Maybe three or four? Even more? Wow! Well then this blog is definitely for you! Whether you have just one child or a whole Brady Bunch gang, you probably spend a lot of time in the car. From doctor appointments and preschool to trips to grandma’s house, cars are essential to life with children. So, you’ve done the first step and have a car, but do you have the car seat(s) required in your Honda?

Children, especially newborn babies, are not of correct size to properly be protected by standard seat belts in cars. This is why car seats are so crucial to ensure their safety on the road. It hasn’t always been required, but nowadays cars have to follow certain child-seat safety laws before they are allowed on the market. Here are some tips to ensure your child is safe on the road.

Children Ride in Back: The safest place for children age 12 and under to ride in a car is in the backseat. Never install car seats in the front! This creates a very dangerous, and possibly fatal situation.

Make Buckle Snug: Once your child is sitting in their car seat, buck all buckles and secure them. You want to ensure the seat belt harness provides a rather snug fit in order to provide the proper protection. To check tightness, you should only be able to slip one finger underneath the straps located at your child’s chest. The harness clip should be placed on the chest at armpit level.

Infants Ride Backwards: Infants should ride in a rear-facing car seat until age one or at least 20 to 22 pounds. For extra safety, install specially-designed car seat mirrors while driving that allow you to view your child from your rearview mirror.

Booster Seats: When your child hits 40 pounds, they can then ride in just a booster seat. (Adult lap belts fit most children much better at 40 pounds and up.) Until then, keep your child in a car seat that has a full seat-belt harness for as along as possible. Also, don’t forget to secure the booster seat to your vehicle just as you would a regular car seat.

Older Children: Questioning whether your child is ready to be completely car seat free? Typically, the adult lap and shoulder belt system will not fit children until they are at least 4 feet 9 inches tall and weigh about 80 pounds. They also must meet the following guidelines:

  • Child must be tall enough to sit on seat (without slouching), with knees bent at the edge of the seat. Feet should rest flat on the floor.
  • Lap belt must fit low and tight across upper thighs.
  • Shoulder belt should rest over the shoulder and across the chest.

For everything cars, visit our dealership in Washington, Pennsylvania or click here to view our website.

Washington Honda specializes in new and used Honda cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs.
Located in Washington, PA. Serving Greater Pittsburgh, Canonsburg, Charleroi, McMurray and Waynesburg, Pennsylvania; and Morgantown and Wheeling, West Virginia.


This entry was posted in Washington Honda and tagged Washington Honda, booster seats, Car Safety, car seat safety laws, car seats, Family Sedans, Washington Honda Accord, washington hondas on 03/28/2016 at 1:49 PM

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Don’t use the air conditioner so much. Don’t drive so fast. Don’t let your engine idle. Do any of these fuel-saving tips sound familiar? Probably so. You may have even tried one or two of them just to see if they worked. But, there may be one important aspect you are overlooking when trying to save fuel in a Honda, and it’s your tires.

Tires are easily one of the most overlooked parts of a car, because let’s face it, we all just expect them roll when we say roll. But, the condition of your tires depends on whether your car sips gas or guzzles it. Here is some tire knowledge to help you save a some cash.

Rolling Resistance: When it comes to tires and fuel economy, one important term to understand is rolling resistance. Rolling resistance measures how much of a car’s tire sticks to the ground when in motion. This affects how hard your car’s engine has to work in order to make the tires roll. A low rolling resistance can increase fuel economy, while a high rolling resistance lowers it. In order to obtain the best fuel economy, tires should always be properly inflated.

Under-inflated tires: Tires that are under-inflated do not contain enough air. This could be due to a number of reasons from hot temperatures outside to a small leak or major hole. Whatever the reason, under-inflated tires are never a good thing. Tires with too little air have more contact surface with the road. This causes more friction between your tires and the ground. The more friction there is to overcome in order for your tires to roll, the harder you have to push on the gas pedal. In turn, your engine has to work harder, which causes more gas to be burned.

Over-inflated tires: Posing the complete opposite problem of under-inflated tires, is over-inflated tires. Over-inflated tires have too much air, which gives them too little contact with the ground. In order for over-inflated tires to put enough pressure on the road so that they move, your engine must work harder. And, as already stated, an overworked engine burns more gas, causing fuel economy to drop.

Treads: It’s not just the proper air pressure that helps your tires get good fuel economy; it is also the condition they are in. Tires that have a lot of wear and tear have lower fuel economy because they have too much contact with the ground, increasing rolling resistance. And again, the same situation takes place. Your engine is overworked trying to overcome rolling resistance, and gas is forced to burn more quickly.

For more car tips and tricks, visit our Honda dealership in Washington, PA or click here to view our website.

Washington Honda specializes in new and used Honda cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs.
Located in Washington, PA. Serving Greater Pittsburgh, Canonsburg, Charleroi, McMurray and Waynesburg, Pennsylvania; and Morgantown and Wheeling, West Virginia.


This entry was posted in Washington Honda and tagged Washington Honda, Fuel Economy, Fuel-Saving Tips, importance of tires, suv fuel tips, Washington Honda Pilot on 03/21/2016 at 1:49 PM

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No matter when it happens or where you are, it’s always a downer when your Honda CR-V overheats. It probably makes you first panic and then become irritated or mad. It most likely also causes you to worry. Worry about what the problem is or how much it is going to cost. To calm your nerves, here are some common scenarios for when your car may start to overheat, and explanations as to why it may be happening.

On the highway: Watch your car’s temperature gauge. Does it seem to rise when you hit the highway? An engine that overheats at highway speeds could be due to problems, such as:

  • low coolant level
  • faulty radiator cap
  • obstructed radiator
  • faulty thermostat

When accelerating: If your car tends to overheat during acceleration or when you are driving it hard, it could mean your current radiator is not large enough or powerful enough to meet your needs. Try replacing your current radiator with a ôracing radiator. This type of radiator will be all aluminum with a multi-core.

If you live in hot climates, another option is to supply your radiator with a coolant-to-distilled-water ratio mix of 70:30.

Constant overheating: Do you feel as though your car overheats every time you turn around? A situation like this can be due to a series of problems, one being an obstruction in the radiator core. If this happens it will lose its ability to cool and flow coolant. Another reason your car may be overheating is if your radiator lacks coolant. Radiators require coolant in order to keep your engine from overheating, so without it, your temperature gauge will quickly get stuck on hot.

Idling in traffic: Sitting in traffic is the worst! Well, until you see your car is also overheating. Double bummer! If your car is overheating when idling in traffic or at very low speeds, you are probably suffering from a lack of airflow through the radiator. First, check to make sure the radiator is not obstructed by leaves or trash. If it’s not, you may have one or two problems:

  • radiator damage
  • faulty electric fan, fan clutch or fan switch

Now that you know a few possibilities as to what may be happening under your car’s hood, here are some necessary steps to take when your car overheats.

  1. Turn off the A/C. Your car’s A/C is located in front of the radiator and warms incoming air. This reduces the efficiency of the radiator, so keep the A/C off.
  2. Turn on the heat - full blast. This works by drawing heat energy out of the coolant and away from the engine.
  3. Pull over and turn off the ignition. Once the engine has completely stopped, turn the key to the ON position (but don’t actually restart the car!). This will allow your car’s electric fans to run, helping to cool the engine down.

Word to the wise. Never drive if your engine is overheating. Otherwise, you risk serious engine damage and very costly repairs.

For all of your car needs, visit our dealership in Washington, Pennsylvania.

Washington Honda specializes in new and used Honda cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs.
Located in Washington, PA. Serving Greater Pittsburgh, Canonsburg, Charleroi, McMurray and Waynesburg, Pennsylvania; and Morgantown and Wheeling, West Virginia.


This entry was posted in Washington Honda and tagged Washington Honda, automotive services, Car Engines, Car Services, Honda CR-V, overheating car, Washington Car Service, washington honda service on 03/18/2016 at 6:31 PM

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