How to Prevent Your Honda from Skidding, And What to Do If It Does

How to Prevent Your Honda from Skidding | Elizabethtown, KY
How to Prevent Your Honda from Skidding | Elizabethtown, KY

From snowy winters to rainy conditions the rest of the year, slick roads can lead to losing control of your vehicle. To help you feel more confident should you lose traction out on the road, consider these tips on how to prevent skidding — and how to get out one.

Make sure your tires are in tiptop condition

Your tires’ tread is what helps your vehicle stay on the road. If your tires are balding, then you should replace them immediately. To see if the treads are too low, do the penny test. All you have to do is place a penny into your tread with Lincoln’s head facing down. Can you see the top of his head? Then you need to bring your Honda into Hardin County Honda for new tires.

Adjust your driving according to the conditions

Icy or wet roads shouldn’t be driven on like they’re dry. You should adjust your driving style to the conditions you’re dealing with slick roads call for a slower speed, slower acceleration and braking, and an increased following distance.

Understand the different types of skids

The two types of skids you can experience are front- and rear-wheel skids. A front-wheel skid occurs when your vehicle drifts in a direction other than the one you intended. A rear-wheel skid occurs when the rear wheels slide to one side. It’s also known as fishtailing.

How to get out of a skid

The way you get out of a skid depends on the type of skid you’re in. When your vehicle enters a front-wheel skid, ease off the gas pedal and look at your target direction. Steer your car back in that direction to straighten your vehicle out.

For a rear-wheel skid, you want to steer in the direction that your rear end is skidding. Doing so will straighten out your vehicle and help you get back into control.

For more safety tips, a new set of tires, or any other maintenance, don’t hesitate to contact us at Hardin County Honda, right here in beautiful Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

What’s the Difference Between Regular and Synthetic Motor Oil?

Motor Oil | Elizabethtown, KY
Motor Oil | Elizabethtown, KY

Bringing your vehicle in for its regular oil change is an essential part of owning a car. If you’re unsure whether you should use conventional or synthetic motor oil, though, never fear – Hardin County Honda is here to help. We’ve delved into the difference between these two oil types to help you decide which is right for your vehicle.

Conventional Oil

Crude oil is used to create conventional oil to lubricate your engine. It can work at high temperatures, keeping its stability over long periods of time under extreme conditions. As conventional oil breaks down, it leaves deposits in the engine and on engine components. Because of this, it is important to ensure you keep up with your routine oil changes.

Synthetic Oil

Rather than being derived from natural crude oil, synthetic oil is somewhat human-made. It combines a base oil, powder additives, and a carrier oil to keep your vehicle running. Not only does synthetic oil typically have fewer impurities than its conventional counterpart, but it also has a uniform molecular size. This means that friction is further reduced within your engine.


Synthetic oil also leaves fewer deposits than conventional oil, which means you can usually go longer between oil changes – especially if you opt for a full synthetic oil rather than a synthetic blend.

To learn more about which type of oil is right for you — or to schedule an oil change — contact us at Hardin County Honda.

Tips to Help Protect Your Vehicle’s Interior This Winter

Honda Interior | Elizabethtown, KY
Honda Interior | Elizabethtown, KY

When winter weather comes, you need to make sure your vehicle is prepared — and not just on the outside. Throughout the colder months, there are measures you can take to protect your vehicle’s interior. Follow these tips to help protect your cabin this winter.

Think of your seats

Your vehicle’s seats can take a beating during colder weather, whether it’s the snow and salt you track in from outside or simply lower temperatures. To help keep them in tip-top condition, consider getting water-resistant seat covers if you have cloth upholstery. If you have leather seats, make sure you use leather wipes to minimize the chance that they crack when the temperature drops.

Cover your carpets

Road salt, slushy snow, and mud are all common throughout Elizabethtown’s winters. Instead of vacuuming every week, cover your carpet with floor mats. These rubber mats are easy to wash off and can be removed to do so.

Throw out your trash

It can be difficult to find the time to clean out your car in the winter. After all, who wants to spend too much extra time out in the cold? To avoid collecting trash without meaning to, purchase a car-friendly trash can to help your car stay tidy.

For more tips on how to keep your car in tip-top shape this winter, feel free to contact us here at Hardin County Honda.

Twitch Acts As Stage For 2022 Honda Civic Prototype Debut

Honda Civic | Elizabethtown, KY
Honda Civic | Elizabethtown, KY

Honda is taking the Civic’s style to a new level. The carmaker recently revealed the all-new 2022 Honda Civic prototype on Twitch, using the platform as a way of highlighting its full redesign, both inside and out.

As the 11th generation Civic, the 2022 model builds on its legacy of providing powerful, exciting performance to the compact car segment. Its design reflects some classic Civic touches, including a low, wide stance, a low beltline, bolder details, and a spacious cabin.

Inside, the Civic’s cabin is welcoming and sophisticated. It uses minimal cut lines and breaks to allow the driver to have clear visibility. A honeycomb mesh accent on the dashboard adds flair to the interior while also concealing the air vents to keep the dashboard from looking too busy.

The 2022 Civic will also come with new technologies. For instance, the digital dash is a high-tech way to get important driving information, such as your speed. You will also get a new 9-inch touch-screen infotainment display.

You will also get the most advanced safety technology with the 2022 Civic. This model comes with not only an upgraded Honda Sensing® suite, but also new airbag designs to help you feel confident behind the wheel.

The all-new 2022 Civic will arrive at Hardin County Honda in Elizabethtown in the late spring of 2021, so make sure you stop in to see it then.

2021 Honda Ridgeline Gets New Look

Honda Ridgeline | Elizabethtown, KY
Honda Ridgeline | Elizabethtown, KY

Rugged good looks come naturally to the 2021 Honda Ridgeline. The automaker recently unveiled the newest iteration of its flagship pickup, and it’s undergone an exterior redesign that hints at its capability and prowess both on the road and off.

For the 2021 model year, the Ridgeline has a sculpted body and a wider stance, giving it a more muscular feel. These design changes help it look even more off-road ready.

The 2021 Ridgeline will also come with a number of features that truck lovers are sure to enjoy. For instance, every trim comes with a weather-proof, lockable bed trunk that can fit up to 7.3 cubic feet of cargo — perfect for protecting valuable power tools, camping gear, and more.

The Ridgeline will also come with 50 inches of flat space between the rear wheel wells. This expanse is the largest in its class, making it easy to load 4-by-8-foot building materials flat on the truck bed floor. In addition to this storage space, the Ridgeline also has smart storage solutions in the cabin. For instance, the rear 60/40 split-folding rear seat can fold all the way down, allowing you to fit a full-sized bike with ease.

You will be able to tow up to 3,500 pounds with the Ridgeline when it’s outfitted with front-wheel drive. If you choose an all-wheel-drive model, you will be able to tow up to 5,000 pounds. Other features with this truck include standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration, along with an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment display.

To learn more about the redesigned 2021 Honda Ridgeline, don’t hesitate to contact us right here at Hardin County Honda.

2021 Honda Accord Updates Show Off New Face

2021 Honda Accord | Elizabethtown, KY
2021 Honda Accord | Elizabethtown, KY

For the 2021 model year, the Honda Accord will see some changes. This midsize sedan is set to sport a more athletic style while also boasting a more high-tech vibe on the interior.

The Honda Accord updates begin with the exterior. Its restyled grille has a modern feel, making the sedan look sportier than before. With new high- and low-beam headlights, you will also get better visibility, which is helpful during long winter nights in Elizabethtown, KY. The top-level Accord models will also have new alloy wheel designs to further enhance the sedan’s presence.

On the inside, the 2021 Honda Accord comes with a new standard 8-inch touchscreen display, which was originally only available on the second-tier trim. You will also be able to keep connected with standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration, while EX-L and Touring models will have the wireless version of this technology.

The 2021 Accord will also have newly positioned USB charging ports, which have found a new home at the front of the center console for easy access. In the back, the majority of the Accord’s trims will come with two 2.5-volt USB ports so your passengers can keep their electronics charged as well.

Every Accord will also come with a brand-new feature — a Rear Seat Reminder System. You will also get a low-speed braking control system on the higher trim levels in addition to the standard Honda Sensing® suite of safety technologies.

To learn more about the redesigned Honda Accord and all of its new features, don’t hesitate to contact us at Hardin County Honda.

Honda Looks to Further GM Partnership

Honda Looks to Further GM Partnership | Elizabethtown, KY
Honda Looks to Further GM Partnership | Elizabethtown, KY

Honda and General Motors (GM) have been partnering up a lot in the last few years – and it doesn’t look like that will change any time soon.

The two major automakers are looking to establish a broader partnership in North America, sharing a goal to create more efficient engines, develop new technologies, and introduce better products for each company.

Honda and GM signed a “non-binding memorandum of understanding” earlier this year to  move the partnership forward. They agreed to work together to develop new Honda electric vehicles using a GM platform and Ultium batteries.

They also plan on developing new technologies including infotainment setups, electrical architecture, safety systems, and more. Honda will integrate GM’s OnStar® connectivity services into its two EV models, which could act as a foundation for more technology collaborations.

Finally, the two carmakers are looking to become more efficient in production. They will be joint purchasing some materials, while drawing on both of the brands’ expertise, specialization areas, and best practices to help save money in the long run. They are even considering joining together for certain manufacturing operations. The entire partnership will be overseen by a group of high-ranking executives from each brand.

There is no detailed timeline as to when this alliance will bear fruit, but make sure to keep your eyes on the Hardin County Honda blog for updated as they become available.

Honda Moves Away from F1 Program, Changes Focus to EVs

Honda Moves Away from F1 Program, Changes Focus to EVs | Elizabethtown, KY
Honda Moves Away from F1 Program, Changes Focus to EVs | Elizabethtown, KY

Honda has decided to shift its focus from F1 racing to becoming even more eco-friendly. The Japanese carmaker recently announced that it’s withdrawing from F1 racing at the end of the 2021 season to put its resources towards battery-electric and hydrogen fuel-cell technology.

“Honda needs to funnel its corporate resources in research and development into the areas of future power-unit and energy technologies, including fuel-cell vehicle and battery EV technologies, which will be the core of carbon-free technologies,” said the automaker in a press release.

Honda has the corporate goal to achieve carbon-neutral operations by 2050.

The carmaker still plans on remaining involved in motorsports, and won’t be leaving racing entirely. It confirmed that it will have a multi-year extension to its IndyCar engine program, and will even begin supplying hybrid powertrains starting in 2023. There’s also an expectation that the brand will come back with a new vehicle for the all-electric Formula E series.

The Honda F1 program has been on-again, off-again since the 1960s. It has worked as its own team and has also provided engines to other teams throughout the last 50 years or so. Honda-powered vehicles won three F1 races in 2019 and have won two so far in 2020.

For all of your Honda news — both performance-focused and otherwise — keep an eye on the Hardin County Honda Blog.

How to Celebrate Halloween at Home This Year

Happy Halloween | Elizabethtown, KY
Happy Halloween | Elizabethtown, KY

Halloween this year will be looking a bit different. Rather than sending your kids out gussied up as fairies, astronauts, or superheroes, you may have to keep them at home – but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some fun ways to celebrate the spookiest time of the year. Here are some family-friendly ways to enjoy Halloween at home.

Create some crafts

There are a number of crafts that kids of all ages will enjoy making to help make your home spooktacular this year. From paper-plate pumpkins and pumpkin carving to creating monster puppets and flying bats, the options are seemingly endless (especially if you use Pinterest).

Go on a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt

A scavenger hunt is a fun way to celebrate, allowing your kids to stretch their legs and their minds. You can stay inside your home or explore your neighborhood while searching for Halloween-themed items. Think pumpkins, black cats, ghosts, witches, and more. You can even find templates for ready-made scavenger hunts online.

Set up a haunted blanket fort

Blanket forts are a fun way to pass the time, no matter the season, so why not create one with a twist? Dress up in your costumes, grab some fake cobwebs and LED candles, and build a haunted fort. While you’re there, you can tell ghost stories, enjoy sweet treats, or simply watch a good Halloween movie. From the Hardin County Honda family to yours, we want you to wish you a happy, safe, and spooky Halloween!

Honda Dominates 2020 Indy 500

Indy 500 | Hardin County Honda | Elizabethtown, KY
Indy 500 | Hardin County Honda | Elizabethtown, KY

Honda took the 2020 Indy 500 by storm last month, dominating the field to celebrate its 13th victory at the oval. The carmaker claimed the top four spots in the race, with Takuma Sato taking the lead for the brand.

Before the final pit stops, the Indy 500 was led by Scot Dixon, who was driving a Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. He was leading by 111 laps, looking for a second Indy 500 victory —but Takuma Sato made a bold move in the final stage of the race to take the win.

Both Sato and his teammate Graham Rahal closed the gap between the lead pair, earning the second and third place after Rossi crashed. Then, Sato followed Dixon closely, eventually passing him on the 185th lap. Despite Dixon’s attempts to overtake Sato, the latter managed to stay in the front.

The race ended under the caution flag in lap 196 rather than 200, due to Spencer Pigot’s hard crash that occurred at the exit of turn four. Because Sato was in the lead at this time, he was named the victor.

Rahal took third place after Dixon, while Santino Ferrucci celebrated fourth after progressing from 19th place with Vasser-Sullivan Honda. We hope you’ll join all of us at Hardin County Honda in celebrating the automaker’s remarkable achievement at this years Indy 500. To get behind the wheel for yourself, check out our online inventory.