Knowing when and how to prep your car for the winter months is a crucial skill. Here are a few pointers.
Check Tire Pressure Regularly
Cold temperatures cause tires to lose their air pressure faster. As a result, you’ll lose traction and get worse fuel economy. Check and fill your tires regularly.
Test Your Battery
When the air gets cold, your battery is also affected, often lowering its capacity. Make sure your battery can take the extreme drop in temperature.
Invest In New Wiper Blades
Wipers do a lot of work in the winter when it comes to moving slush, grime, and ice out of the way, so a new set is definitely in order.
Replaceand Clean Exterior Lights
Visibility is critical in the winter, so make sure you check your headlights, taillights, turn signals, and all other exterior lights to ensure they work. Additionally, try cleaning headlight covers on the inside for brighter lights.
For decades, the pickup truck segment has been ruled by the big three: the Ford F-150, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, and the RAM 1500. No challenger has come forth to topple these giants from their thrones—until now.
The Honda pickup truck, known as the Honda Ridgeline, has emerged to surprise industry insiders with its sales numbers, as data suggests the competitor is actually stealing sales from longtime favorites.
In the past year, Honda has sold 40,000 units of the 2017 Ridgeline stateside. The truck’s success is due to its carlike design, which Honda representatives say has not only brought in loyal truck enthusiasts, but a few new buyers who previously weren’t interested in driving a pickup. A big part of the appeal is the Honda Ridgeline’s smaller size, taking advantage of the fact that rivals like Ford haven’t sold the midsizes like the Ranger in the US for years.
Another thing that’s so appealing about owning a Honda pickup truck is the features. Whereas many trucks are known for their rugged capabilities, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline makes owning a pickup fun, with tailgating features like speakers in the bed, a 400-watt outlet, and a cooler-sized compartment with a drain that can be filled with ice and your beverage of choice.
While the big three are still the reigning champions, the Honda pickup truck has found its niche. Check it out at Jack Matia Honda.
There’s no doubt that the automotive industry has had its eyes set on a future of autonomous driving for some time now. These days, most vehicles can be equipped with their own array of autonomous tools that help increase safety, like park assist or automatic braking. Many of the Hondas on the lot at Jack Matia Honda are set up with the Honda Sense suite of safety features like these. Beyond that, however, Honda didn’t seem to be the most competitive brand in the race for self-driving vehicles—until now.
Recently, Honda hosted journalists at their main facility in Japan in order to announce their plan to seriously invest in the move toward a Honda self-driving car. The PR gathering gave them a chance to both offer rides in prototypes of self-driving cars, and also announce an exciting new partnership with Waymo.
Waymo is a sibling to Google under the parent company of Alphabet. Waymo, the self-driving division, has made it a goal of theirs to partner with an established automaker in order to work toward developing autonomous vehicles. Since Waymo has no interest in making cars of their own, and Honda need the technological support, it seems to be a perfect match, and we can’t wait to see what this pair comes up with in the next decade.
Whether it’s a blowout or you simply need to replace an old tire with a new one, knowing how to change a tire should be common knowledge for all drivers. We here at Jack Matia Honda have a quick guide on how to change a tire, just in case it happens to you.
Find a safe place to stop, like a straightaway. Avoid stopping on curves and hills.
Turn on your hazards lights so other drivers can see you from a distance.
Set the parking brake and wheel wedges if you have them.
Pry off the hubcap to access the lug nuts.
Loosen the lug nuts by turning them counterclockwise. Don’t remove them entirely.
Consult your owner’s manual to where to place a jack on your make and model.
Raise the vehicle six inches to a foot in the air. Don’t put any part of your body beneath the vehicle.
Finish unscrewing the lug nuts and place them where you won’t lose them, such as inside the hubcap.
Remove the flat tire by pulling straight out. Replace it with the spare tire by pushing straight in.
Tighten the lug nuts by hand. Don’t use the wrench just yet.
Lower the vehicle, but don’t remove the jack. Finish tightening the lug nuts with the wrench.
Lower the vehicle and remove the jack. Check the spare tire’s pressure. If all is well, return your tools and flat tire to your vehicle.
Traveling is a great way to spend summer, but Lorain County is home to several local gems that make it a wonderful place to stay. Whether you’re a local resident or traveling from afar, there’s plenty to see and do to make your summer vacation a memorable one. Here are a few ways to enjoy summer in Lorain County according to us here at Jack Matia Honda!
Altitude Trampoline Park – Lorain County is getting a new Altitude Trampoline Park this summer! With a massive indoor jumping space and a variety of activities, including dodge ball and competitive jumping, this is the perfect spot for locals and those just passing through. Plan a birthday party while traveling or stop in to enjoy a day of fun for all ages and group sizes!
Allen Memorial Art Museum – Now celebrating its centennial anniversary, the Allen Memorial Art Museum features more than 14,000 words of all cultures and history. A vital resource for Oberlin College and the surrounding community alike, there’s plenty to see and experience at this museum.
103rdOhio Volunteer Infantry Civil War Museum – Those in search of a day in the air conditioning will find no better place than the 103rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Civil War Museum. The museum is home to a vast number of Civil War artifacts and is dedicated to those who served from 1861 to 1865.