While the amount of fuel your vehicle consumes has a lot to
do with the type of car you’re driving, there are certain things you can do to
help cut down on your visits to the gas pump. The following are a few tips to
help you drive more economically.
Keep up with regular maintenance
If you want your engine to be more efficient, you have to
make sure it’s running as smoothly as possible. That means taking it in for its
routine maintenance, which includes an oil change and tire rotation. Fresh oil
that is the right specification for your vehicle will allow your engine to
perform at its best. Also, make sure you check your tire pressure regularly,
since under-inflated tires can cause your car to use more fuel. Your car’s
recommended tire pressure can be found in your owner’s manual.
Prepare for your journey
As you get ready to hit the open road, there are a few
things that you can do to be more economical. Reduce the amount of weight in
your vehicle by taking out items that you don’t need. You can also decrease the
drag on your car by taking down any roof racks or boxes you might have on top
of your vehicle. Avoid starting your engine before you’re ready to go and make
sure you plan the shortest route possible as you head off.
The way you drive can influence how much fuel you consume
throughout your journey. Smooth, gentle accelerations and slow decelerations
will help keep from using too much fuel. You will also notice a change in fuel consumption
if you reduce the amount you use your air conditioning. Instead, try opening
the window when you’re driving at slow speeds. Another tip is to stay within
the speed limit. The faster you drive, the more fuel you use.
One of the best ways to stay on top of car maintenance and improve your fuel efficiency is to bring your car in for service at regular intervals. Schedule an appointment today at Sunny King Honda.
As the winter weather begins to wind down, we’re finally able to start looking forward to spring. To get us ready for the warmer weather — and to keep your vehicle running as smoothly as possible — we thought we’d share some spring car care tips.
Give your car a
Deep cleans don’t only have to occur in your home – you should
also clean your car inside and out when the weather gets warmer. Give it a good
exterior wash and wax, then follow that up by tidying your cabin. Throw out any
trash that you might have collected in the winter and vacuum to pick up any
salt or dirt that found its way into your vehicle.
Check your tires
Warmer weather means that your tire pressure can fluctuate,
increasing after the cold winter – especially if you filled your tires during
the winter to compensate for lower pressure readings. As the roads get slicker,
too, it’s important to make sure your tires are wearing properly and get them
rotated if you haven’t recently.
Change your wiper
Spring showers mean your windshield wipers need to be in
good working order. Make sure your wipers don’t have any cracks or wear and, if
they do, go ahead and replace them with new ones.
If your car needs further care, or if you’d rather just let someone else take care of it, don’t hesitate to schedule a service appointment at Sunny King Honda. We’ll make sure your car is ready for the warmer weather!
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.
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.
The school year is right around the corner. If you are still counting down the days, here are a few tips on how to prepare for back-to-school season.
Get Supplies. Every school and classroom usually has a unique list of the supplies needed for the year. Make sure you get everything your child needs so they can have a great start.
Start early. If your kids barely got to school on time last year, plan to start the morning routine 10-15 minutes earlier to give you more breathing room and less stress.
Get homework done. Create a space for your kids to do their homework. If they have a specific area that has all the supplies they need (pencils, erasers, calculators, etc.), they will likely have more success.
Stay organized. Create a family calendar in a common space. Try using a large white board with color-coded markers for each member of the family.
Out with the old. If your kids are getting new school clothes, help them go through their drawers and closet and pack up clothes that are too small or out of season. This will make it easier for them to find the right clothes for school.
We’re hosting a Honda Owner’s Workshop at Sunny King Honda on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. The event will be from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, and all new Honda owners are invited. We’ll be demonstrating how to use Honda infotainment systems as well as introducing you to the service drive. Specially trained service experts will be there to answer any questions, and you can enjoy refreshments and win door prizes at the upcoming workshop.
One of the major things we will be covering is the HondaLink system. This system allows you to seamlessly connect your compatible Apple or Android smartphone to get access a vehicle guide, a parking reminder, service appointments, recall notifications, and roadside assistance, among other things. This next-generation technology comes in most new Honda models, allowing you to stay better connected than ever before. Plus, with the HondaLink app you can get updates about your car, remote lock/unlock, remote start, and locate a stolen vehicle, among other things.
The Owner’s Workshop will also provide information about service and repairs, like routine maintenance, service specials, and schedule reminders. You can meet our award-winning service team, and our staff will be more than happy to answer any questions you might have about your new Honda. Mark your calendars for July 25 and remember to stop by Sunny King Honda.
Spring is here, and with the weather warming up it’s time to do a few easy maintenance tasks to help our cars recover from the harsh winter months. Follow these spring car care tips to get your car ready for the warm weather!
First of all, if you have winter-specific parts on your car, like winter tires and winter wipers, it’s a good time to change them out for all-season ones. Winter tires don’t work well in warm weather because their rubber is too soft, and winter wipers are better for snow than rain.
If you haven’t had an oil and filter change recently, get one now—your oil is probably dirty, since cold weather makes your engine work overtime. While you’re at it, have your fluids topped off and checked for leaks. You should also have your battery tested to make sure it’s still going strong.
Spring cleaning isn’t just for your house! Give your car a thorough wash inside and out to make your windows easier to see through and prevent rust from the buildup of salt and other chemicals on your car’s exterior.
Check your air conditioning. You’ll want it working before the hot weather hits, so if something is wrong with it, get it fixed ASAP! If you need to schedule spring service for your car, give us a call at Sunny King Honda.
Are you traveling for Thanksgiving? Hitting the road during the holidays can make some drivers nervous. Booking a flight and arriving on time can be stressful as well. Fortunately taking a few simple steps can streamline your holiday travels. Celebrate the holidays the stress-free way with these Thanksgiving travel tips from us here at Sunny King Honda!
Travel Smart – Use your smartphone to your advantage this holiday season. Travel smart by using helpful apps to access flight information and make arrangements accordingly. Some apps even give a full layout of the airport, allowing you to find your gate as easily as possible. Drivers can check out real-time navigation apps that provide directions for the fastest route and avoid hazards that can tack on hours to an already long drive.
Call Ahead – Calling ahead before arriving at your destination can help relieve some of the stress of the holiday season. Doing so allows your hosts to finish what they’re doing and greet you rather than attempting to do both at the same time. Lower stress levels all around with a simple phone call this holiday season.
Pack Smart – Pack only what you need for the road and your flight. Avoid extra baggage fees and fighting with luggage by shipping extra clothes and similar items through the mail.
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.
As we enter into the months of spring, the days are growing longer, with the sun shining for extended hours. However, as the sun is up in the sky for longer periods throughout the day, it can unfortunately cause some damage to your vehicle’s paint job. In order to protect the beautiful color of your vehicle, be sure to take these precautions, which will help you learn how to protect your vehicle’s paint job from the sun.
Wash Your Car
One of the best ways to protect the paint job of your car from fading is by routinely washing your vehicle. This will not only make your car cleaner, but it will also help increase the longevity of its colors.
Dry Your Car
After washing your car, don’t immediately start driving it out in the bright sun. Take the time to make sure your car is dry to avoid any additional damage from the sun.
Wax Your Car
In addition to washing and drying your vehicle, you should consider applying a coating of wax to your vehicle. This will provide your car with a nice polish and added protection.
Whether you’re a new driver or veteran driver, it’s always important to review how to drive in winter weather. Road conditions can change suddenly, and it’s easy to lose focus, especially if the road seems clear. Take these winter driving tips from us here at Sunny King Honda. You’ll be glad you did!
Slow Down! It takes longer to stop in winter, especially if the roads are covered with ice or snow. Keep a safe distance (seven to 10 car lengths, if possible) and stay aware of your surroundings. You never know when the person in front of you will hit the brakes.
Follow Plows. While you may not want to get smacked with snow, it’s important not to pass snow plows. Considering the plow itself extends about 10 feet on either side of the truck, odds are you may not be able to pass anyway. The road behind the plow is always better than the road in front. Take your time and let the plow take care of business.
Watch the Weather. Knowledge is power so knowing what to expect when you walk out the door every morning is the best weapon you have. Winter weather can change suddenly so keeping up to date will keep you on the road (or off of it) and safe!