Spring is right around the corner, and that means you’ll soon be celebrating the rejuvenation of life here in Kentucky by celebrating Easter. This beloved spring holiday always heralds the return of warm weather and beautiful flora across the Bluegrass State.
If you plan on celebrating the holiday with your extended family — as many people in Elizabethtown do — here are some tips for transporting Easter dinner dishes without spilling them.
Wrap in towels and aluminum foil
To keep your food warm for the entire drive in your Honda Pilot, wrap the casserole dishes or slow cookers in aluminum foil and thick towels. This will also help soak up any sauces or juices that spill during the drive, especially if you’re transporting the ham, so make sure you use towels you can get dirty.
Arrange dishes in a box or basket
Instead of placing the Easter dinner dishes directly on the floor, seat, or cargo area of your Honda HR-V, stack and secure them in a big cardboard box or laundry basket that you can keep in place with bungee cords.
Keep cold items in coolers
You should put your deviled eggs and other refrigerable items in coolers to keep them cold. Large chilling bags are very affordable and are available at most grocery stores. But a few to keep your cold dishes in.
Another way to celebrate spring in Elizabethtown is with a spring checkup at Hardin County Honda. Bring your Honda vehicle to our service center for an oil change and inspection.
Communicating with other drivers while you’re in your car is crucial for keeping everyone safe on the roads. One of the most important tools you have to communicate with other drivers — apart from your turn signals — is your car’s hazard lights.
Unfortunately, not everyone uses their hazard lights correctly here in the Elizabethtown area, so we want to make sure you know what our state’s laws are concerning the proper use of hazard lights while driving.
According to Reader’s Digest, most of the instances you should activate your car’s brightly flashing hazard lights involve your vehicle being at a complete stop, like when you’re on the side of the road changing a flat tire or the engine has overheated and died.
When you shouldn’t be using those lights is when you’re driving in bad weather, driving very slowly, or temporarily pulling over somewhere that you shouldn’t be. Why shouldn’t you use hazard lights in these situations? Because, on most vehicles, the hazard lights override the turn signals, causing them to flash steadily. No one around you can be sure if or when you’re changing lanes or turning. You wind up communicating less information to other drivers, not more!
Here in Kentucky, the law is that you’re allowed to use your car’s hazard lights while your vehicle is in motion. However, that’s not the case in every state you’ll visit. Some states are far stricter on what qualifies as a hazardous or an emergency situation. And even some states outlaw any use of these flashing lights while you’re driving.
So, if you do choose to activate your car’s hazard lights here in Kentucky in a snowstorm or spring rainstorm, keep in mind that other vehicles may not know how to act around you. We at Hardin County Honda want to make sure that you stay safe while driving in Elizabethtown, so make sure that you make sure your car is always in good, working condition.
There are plenty of opportunities to take your Honda Ridgeline or Honda Pilot tailgating near Elizabethtown this fall — whether you’re staying in town for a Friday night party at a high school football game or heading into Louisville or Bowling Green for a big gathering with other sports fans. Wherever you tailgate in Kentucky, here are some tips for tailgating with your Honda truck or SUV from Hardin County Honda.
Follow a checklist
You don’t want to leave anything important at home, so make a thorough checklist of everything you may need before packing up your vehicle. Think about all the essential items as well as anything that could be handy in an emergency. Here’s a list you can start with.
Bring activities to do
Of course you’re going to bring food and drinks, but what else will you and your family do when you’re not cooking or eating? Bring some activities to keep everyone occupied or to draw in other tailgaters and make some new friends. Cornhole is always a classic, but you could also arrange more social activities like a scavenger hunt or party games.
Safety should always be at the forefront of your mind. That involves everything from checking the propane tank of your grill to how you store and cook the raw meat. Make sure you’re always aware of what everyone in your family is doing and where they’re located.
Make your next tailgating party one to remember by bringing a Honda to the shindig. Models at Hardin County Honda like the Ridgeline offer plenty of features that can make your party easier and more enjoyable. Test-drive a one of the Ridgeline models we have in stock when you stop by our dealership.
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.
Ever wonder how you can become a better driver? Honda has an available service just for you. The HondaLink Driver Feedback System is now available through the HondaLink app on your smartphone, allowing you to keep track of your driving habits and improve them.
This system provides you with a scorecard after every drive you make, taking in a range of factors. It looks at the length of your trip, its duration, your speed, hard braking, and hard accelerations. The higher your score is, the better your driving skills were.
Through this system, you will also receive weekly score cards. These will average out your scores for the week and provide you with a summary of your individual trip scores. Your weekly rating will also provide you with specific tips, making suggested changes to your driving habits that can help you improve.
You can even potentially use these scorecards to help you receive discounts from your car insurance company.
If you’re wondering if you have access to the Driver Feedback System, you need to have one of the following Honda models and either be currently or previously enrolled in the Security, Remote, or Concierge package:
2018 and newer Accord Touring
2018 and newer Odyssey Touring
2019 and newer Insight Touring
2019 and newer Passport Touring
2019 and newer Pilot Touring/Elite
You can learn more about Honda’s helpful, innovative technologies by visiting our website or giving us a call at Hardin County Honda.
Winters can be hard on your vehicle, but, unfortunately, the tough conditions don’t stop with the warm weather. While you might be loving life in the hot sun come summer time, your car may not share the sentiment. Luckily, it’s easy to keep your car happy with just a few summer care tips.
Keep up with the oil changes!
In the summertime, the heat can do all sorts of damage to even a well-maintained engine — don’t make your car work harder than it already is. For maximum efficiency, your engine needs clean oil.
Don’t fall low on fluids
The summer heat will deplete your fluids far faster than the winter’s worst cold will. Keep an eye on wiper fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, and coolant (especially coolant!). While you’re at it, keep yourself hydrated with plenty of water as well!
Watch your tire pressure and alignment.
We all tend to drive more in the summertime, be it for big vacations or weekend days spent at the beach. Potholes and cracks from overheated pavement and summer construction can leave roads treacherous for your tires and wheel alignment.
Make sure your battery is healthy.
Did you know that heat is the number one factor leading up to battery failure? Now you do! Test your car battery today so you don’t get stranded tomorrow.