Honda Reaches One Million Vehicles with Honda Sensing ® Technology

Honda Sensing Technology
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Honda Milestone

Honda has reached an important milestone in the journey to make veicles in its lineup safer and smarter than ever before. The Honda Sensing ® technology, which will be standard across all Honda vehicles by the year 2022, can now be found in over one million vehicles sold in the United States. Honda Sensing ® was also honored by a study from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, which demonstrated the technology’s effectiveness.

How Many Involved

69 percent of 2018 model-year vehicles sold by Honda have Honda Sensing ® technology installed on them, indicating that the technology’s application has more than doubled since 2016. Additionally, the study from the IIHS indicated that not only are fewer people injured in vehicles equipped with Honda Sensing ® , but the injuries are less severe and insurance claims less expensive. Honda also recently announced plans to have automatic emergency braking installed on 95% of vehicles by 2020, two years ahead of the legal requirement.

Honda Sensing ® technology is proven to reduce risk of injury and damage in collisions, as well as playing a role in reducing the number of collisions on the road in the first place. Honda’s goals point to a safer and more innovative future in the auto industry.

If you’d like more information about the amazing safety suite, feel free to ask our team at Sunny King Honda.

Buying Winter Tires for Staying Safe This Time of Year

Winter Tires - Sunny King Honda

Winter tires aren’t just for those who live in the icy tundra; they’re also great for anyone who experiences winter. While Alabama isn’t exactly known for its harsh winter season, there are still several reasons you should consider buying winter tires this year when the thermometer starts to dip.

Tire Treads

According to the Chronicle Herald, one of the obvious advantages of winter tires is that they have thick treads. These treads are great for slippery surfaces, whether it’s snow and ice or simply rain. It can’t hurt to have a little added control on the road this winter. With the proper winter tires, you can stop 30 feet sooner than with normal tires.

Next, winter tires also come with special patterns and channels to divert water. Thanks to these treads, your winter tires can prevent hydroplaning from occurring, which is important to prevent a loss of control behind the wheel. No more slipping and sliding on wet surfaces.

Year Round Temperatures

Finally, winter tires aren’t just for precipitation. Built with special rubber compounds, winter tires are designed to hold up in colder temperatures. With summer tires, for example, the rubber may become hard and stiff. However, winter tires remain flexible to maintain handling even when it gets cold.

Still not sure if winter tires are right for you? Visit Sunny King Honda to speak with an automotive expert about the wide range of tire options that are available to you.

2018 Honda Odyssey’s Safety Features

2018 Honda Odyssey

The 2018 Honda Odyssey arrives completely redesigned this year. Some notable changes include sliding second-row seats, lots of new technology, and available premium features to make the Odyssey more sophisticated than ever.

As for the Honda Odyssey’s safety, it has never been better. IIHS named it a 2017 Top Safety Pick+.

Standard features on all models include anti-lock brakes, a rearview camera, stability control, front-impact airbags, overhead airbags, side impact airbags, knee airbags, anti-whiplash head restraints, seatbelt pretensioners, and an ignition-disabling security system.

Beyond these basic features, there are a lot of available safety features. The EX trim, which is just one step above the base LX trim, comes equipped with blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning and intervention, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning and mitigation.

For even more security, the Touring model comes equipped with front and rear parking sensors and HondaLink services. HondaLink adds extra peace of mind with mobile features that include Automatic Collision Notification, Personal Data Wipe that can reset your navigation system, enhanced roadside assistance with live help, and more.

Come test drive the 2018 Honda Odyssey at Sunny King Honda to see how safe you and your loved ones can feel with a signature Honda vehicle.

Trick or Treat Safety Tips

Trick or treat safety tips

Halloween conjures up images of all kinds of fun things: candy, costumes, smiles on kids’ faces, and all of the festivities surrounding the holiday. While it brings tremendous amounts of joy to children and adults alike, it is also important to take the proper safety measures to ensure that the holiday remains fun. Take a look at the following few trick or treat safety tips:

Plan a Route

Whether you are going with your child or sending them off on their own, it’s helpful to have a route planned out in advance to avoid any confusion.

Follow the Light

Make sure your child knows to stay in well-lit areas where people can see them.

Wear Comfortable Shoes

While some kids walk and trick or treat, others like to run from house to house to gather as much candy as possible. Make sure children are in comfortable shoes that won’t cause them to trip or injure themselves.

Check the Candy

At the end of the night, check the candy before your child consumes anything. Throw away candy that has been unwrapped or looks suspicious in any way.

Above all else, have fun. Your child only gets a limited amount of Halloween nights where they can trick or treat, so let them enjoy the evening to the fullest. You can even live vicariously through them.

Staying Prepared with a Roadside Emergency Kit

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Staying prepared is key to avoiding catastrophe and is one of the major reasons you should always have a roadside emergency kit. Aside from the standard supplies like a spare tire kit and jumper cables, you should always keep extra supplies to help you in any circumstance.

According to the DMV, you should carry a first aid kit at all times. This should be stocked with things like gauze and bandages, medical tape, antibiotic ointment, over-the-counter painkillers, vinyl gloves, tweezers, scissors, and cotton balls.

You should also consider taking some basic tools. This includes a Phillips head screwdriver, a flat head screwdriver, adjustable pliers, needle-nose pliers, and a roll or two of duct tape. You should be able to slow, if not stop, minor leaks or other issues with this basic tool kit.

Spare fluids are vital for any emergency kit. Water is great for drinking and as a spare coolant. You should also have a spare quart of oil, transmission fluid, and brake fluid as well. If you are travelling somewhere especially cold, consider bringing antifreeze/coolant as opposed to just water.

Other supplies include the following: work gloves, blankets, flashlights, flares, and a pocketknife. Tire sealing kits such as Fix-a-Flat are also great in a pinch, though they are not designed for long term repairs. These are just some of the basic supplies to pack. Be sure to resupply every few months, and feel free to substitute materials based on your specific needs.

Creative Honda Campaign Warns Against Dangers of Texting and Driving

Honda has launched an ad campaign that warns against the dangers of texting and driving —but instead of simply admonishing drivers who do it, the automaker went about the issue in a new, creative way.

The campaign launched with a series of short videos called #PhoneDownEyesUp that put the viewer in the shoes of someone attempting to text and do something else at the same time. The situations include cutting someone’s hair, gardening, vacuuming, or making pancakes.

Honda points out that studies have shown that “98% of people can’t multitask,” the underlying message being that even doing minor chores and tasks is difficult when focusing on the phone—so when it comes to a dangerous activity like driving, people really ought to be focusing on just that.

Of course, accidents can always happen, even to the most cautious drivers. That’s why we’re happy to say that the vehicles in our lineup at Sunny King Honda are some of the safest in the industry!

Four Honda Models named IIHS Top Safety Pick+

The CR-V is one of Honda’s Top Safety Pick+

There are plenty of ways to measure how safe a car is. The sheer amount of safety features in some cars is staggering, while others seem to be lacking. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducts safety tests on top models every year. Year after year, Honda performs particularly well, proving safety is a top priority on the road.

This year, four Honda vehicles made the Top Safety Pick+ list, the highest safety rating given by the IIHS. Testing areas include small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints and seats.

In the mid-size car segment, both the two-door and four-door Honda Accord held strong, earning top marks in every category, including front crash prevention. Available with the Honda Sensing Package and Collision Mitigation Braking System, the Accord is a top model in its segment for another year.

In the small car category, the Honda Civic pulled the same scores as its older sibling. As for family vehicles, the Honda CR-V crossover earned the top rating as well.

Although it wasn’t a Top Safety Pick+, we can’t forget the Honda Odyssey minivan, which fell just short of the top score. Coming in with a Top Safety Pick rating, the Odyssey earned top scores in all but front crash prevention.

Child Safety Driving Tips to Keep in Mind this Child Safety and Protection Month

Child Safety Driving Tips
No seat belts? That’s a big no-no!

November is Child Safety and Protection Month, a special time of the year dedicated to reminding parents and all adults of basic care that can help to keep children safe and possibly save lives.

The risk to children is rarely greater than when unprotected in a vehicle, so please remember these child safety driving tips:

  • Be sure to utilize modern, tested, and well-reviewed child safety seats and safety belts that are designed for the specific child’s age and size.
  • Never leave your keys vulnerable to a child, allowing them to potentially turn on and operate your vehicle.
  • Keep a basic first aid kit in the back of your vehicle, so that you may be able to help a child in the event of an accident.
  • Familiarize yourself with the allergies and any medical conditions of any child passengers you may host, and act accordingly.
  • Never, ever leave a child locked in a car on a warm day, as the interior temperatures can become deadly in minutes.

Do you have any other ideas? Let us know how you keep young passengers safe in the comments below.

Honda Safety Technology Helps HR-V, Pilot Win Recognition

Honda safety technology helps the 2016 Honda Pilot earn a 5-star overall rating from the NHTSA

Honda safety technology is the best in the industry. In fact, the automaker has built an unshakeable reputation for producing some of the safest vehicles on the road.

Look at the Honda Sensing suite, for instance. Composed of technologies like Lane Keeping Assist, Road Departure Mitigation, Collision Mitigation Braking system among others, this suite is designed to sense the important things you might miss and even to take actions to mitigate an accident.

Honda is often recognized by the automotive community for its prowess in safety. Just recently, the 2016 Honda HR-V just received a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from NHTSA. The new HR-V boasts safety features like SmartVent Front Side Airbags, Honda LaneWatch (on certain trims) and Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering.

Meanwhile, the 2016 Honda Pilot was also awarded a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score by NHTSA. The Pilot also picked up a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS when it was equipped with Honda Sensing.

The Risks of Distracted Driving are Undeniable

risks of distracted driving

Think back to when you first started driving. Remember how engaging it was? Remember how, at least for a short while, it seemed to take all of your energy and focus?

Driving still takes energy and focus, whether we think it does or not. The statistics regarding distracted driving prove this fact. Every day, nine Americans lose their lives because someone lost focus and gave over to some distraction like talking or texting on a cell phone.

Cell phones in particular create a lot of risk. The Huffington Post explains that one out of four automobile crashes involve a cell phone. It’s particularly a problem for young people. People aged 21 through 24 are “most likely to send a text or email message while driving.”

But it’s not just cell phones that cause issues. Believe it or not, driving while grieving can be as impairing as driving while drunk. One study found that a widow or widower’s chances of dying from an auto accident went up 93% in the three years following the death of their spouse.

In the end, it’s all about personal judgment when it comes to the risks of distracted driving. Legal penalties can only go so far to deter distracted driving. Try thinking back when you first started to drive. Remember how fun it was? How you were content to just…drive?