A great way to see the beauty of Kentucky is to explore it with a weekend camping trip. You don’t need to own an RV, pop-up camper, or even sleep in a tent if you want to spend an evening under the stars. If you drive a Pilot, Ridgeline, or another model from Hardin County Honda, you can go camping in your Honda. Here are some tips on how to do that.
Use a mattress
The easiest way to make your Honda SUV or truck comfy to sleep in is to use an inflatable mattress (ideally, one that doesn’t require a wall socket to inflate). Get one with the dimensions to fit snuggly in the truck bed or cargo area with the seats folded flat. Then you can lay your sleeping bag or blankets on top.
Cover the windows
You need to leave the windows open on your Honda SUV to allow airflow, but you don’t want to let bugs in through an open window. The best solution is to get a mesh sleeve and slide it over the top of the door so you can crack the window open without letting pests in. Plus, these window screens can provide privacy while you change clothes or sleep.
Pack an awning
In case it rains while you’re camping near Elizabethtown, have a pop-up awning that’s tall enough to provide a canopy over the back of the vehicle. Open your Honda SUV’s liftgate or truck’s tailgate and keep your supplies in the cargo area while you cook underneath the awning.
If you prefer to use a tailgate tent on your Honda, you can order such outdoorsy accessories from the parts department at Hardin County Honda. We sell many official aftermarket OEM products, including accessories for the Pilot and Ridgeline.
There are many scenic places in Kentucky to go kayaking — especially near Elizabethtown. Getting outdoors and traveling downstream is a great way to explore the Bluegrass state. If you want to take your kayak to Freeman Lake or the Ohio River, here are some tips for strapping it to the roof of your Honda.
Lifting the kayak
The best way to carry a kayak and raise it onto your car’s roof is to have someone help you. You each can take an end of the kayak and lift it. Plus, having a second person join you on your adventures in Kentucky will make them more memorable.
If you’re kayaking alone and don’t have help, invest in a roof rack that has a lift system or rolling wheels. That way you won’t scrape the paint by grinding the kayak against the surface.
Securing the kayak
It’s important to ensure your kayak is very secure before hitting the road. Outdoor lifestyle experts at REI recommend installing crossbars on your Honda that run horizontally between the roof rails. Cover the crossbars with padding. Strap down the kayak once it’s in place and tie the ends down with non-stretch, water-resistant rope. That’s the safest way of transporting a kayak.
If you want an SUV that’s made for outdoor adventures, check out the Honda Pilot, HR-V, or Passport here at Hardin County Honda. We can help you accessorize your Honda vehicle so it’s ready for your next excursion.
Throughout the summer and autumn here in Elizabethtown, some nasty thunderstorms roll through. A heavy downpour of rain can drastically change the surface condition of our town’s roads. Here are the top three suggestions from driving experts that we at Hardin County Honda think you should know.
Don’t accelerate your Honda vehicle up to the speed at which you normally drive. According to traffic data, hydroplaning occurs most often when a car is at too high a speed. Keep your Honda car’s driving speed lower than it normally would be. Even 5-10 mph could make a difference.
Don’t use cruise control
Although your Honda may have convenient driving systems like adaptive cruise control, experts warn against using this tool when you’re driving in the rain. That’s because you need to maintain full control of your car’s braking, accelerating, coasting, and general momentum. Even adaptive cruise control doesn’t take the slickness of the road into consideration and may accelerate or brake too rapidly, leading to hydroplaning.
Leave room for other vehicles
When you’re driving in a summer storm in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, make sure you leave plenty of space in front of you. Approaching another vehicle too closely and quickly can result in an accident if they brake suddenly, since your vehicle has less traction and needs more stopping space on slick pavement. To drive safely in the rain, always give plenty of space between your vehicle and the one ahead of you.
When the weather is bad here in Elizabethtown, you’ll be thankful if you drive a Honda model that has all-wheel drive, like the CR-V or the Pilot. Check out which AWD Honda models we have in stock at Hardin County Honda.
Here at Hardin County Honda, we offer a variety of capable, competitively priced used cars for families in Kentucky. If you’ve found a model in our inventory that you like, and it fits your budget, we’re ready to guide you through the buying process — and that includes the initial stage of ownership. These are the three things you should immediately do after buying a used car from Hardin County Honda.
Register your used vehicle
After you’ve financed your used car in Elizabeth town, you need to ensure that the Kentucky Department of Motor Vehicles knows you drive the car now. We suggest starting with the Drive Kentucky website to get information on how to do this.
Insure your used vehicle
Same with alerting the government of the change in ownership, you need to alert your insurance company that you now drive a different vehicle, which may change your insurance premiums. If you traded in your old car to Hardin County Honda, you also need to have it removed from your insurance plan.
Make a maintenance plan for your vehicle
Keeping up with your used car’s recurring maintenance is crucial for keeping it in running condition and maintaining its value. Read the owner’s manual and talk with our service advisors to create a plan for your car.
Whenever it’s time for your used car to get an oil change, new tires, or other service, schedule an appointment here at Hardin County Honda. We’d be glad to service your vehicle here in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.
Summer road trips are a great way to make memories with your family. But sometimes, traveling with kids can wear on your nerves. If you’re tired of hearing, “Are we there yet?” for the millionth time, here are some tips for keeping the kids quiet on your family’s next road trip, whether your destination is in Kentucky or beyond.
Create a scrapbook. Reminiscing about past trips is a big bonus of traveling. As you drive, put your kids in charge of gathering fun things for a vacation scrapbook. Have one take photos, another record what you do each day, and another collect souvenirs. Instant-photo cameras are perfect for this project, and make sure you pack paper, markers, glue sticks, and tape to create it.
Wrap up new and old toys. Who doesn’t like to receive presents all the time? Before you head out on the road trip, hit the dollar section at any of your local stores and stock up on cute, fun toys that you can wrap. Then, when things get a bit hairy while you’re driving, give your kids one of these presents. Unwrapping should take a few minutes — depending on their age — and then you will likely find peace for at least half an hour as they explore their new toy. You can even do this with older toys that they might have forgotten about.
Stop and explore. There are few times a child is quieter than when they are asleep (unless you have a snorer, of course). Make sure you take frequent breaks to let the kids run around and tire themselves out, so that they take a nap on long car rides.
Embrace screen time. Even if you’re not a huge fan of screen time at normal times, car rides are much more bearable if you embrace it. Download some of your kids’ favorite movies, TV shows, and more and let them indulge — a few hours won’t hurt them and it will certainly help you keep your sanity!
Hardin County Honda wishes you and yours safe travels this summer. And remember to schedule a service appointment for your Honda vehicle if you haven’t done so yet.
If you’re looking to drive your Honda around town and enjoy a picnic, why not stop at one of the many takeout places in Elizabethtown, Kentucky? Elizabethtown is home to a number of delicious restaurants that you can enjoy. Here are some of the best options for takeout in our hometown.
Pappaw’s BBQ & More
When you want a home-cooked meal, but don’t feel like cooking, there are few places that are better than Pappaw’s BBQ & More. From delicious pulled pork sandwiches and hamburgers to their daily specials like Philly cheesesteak, you really can’t go wrong with a visit to Pappaw’s for takeout.
Back Home Restaurant
Whether you’re craving a delicious deli sandwich or want some of the delicious Poppy’s meatloaf, you can’t go wrong at the Back Home Restaurant. This restaurant started out as a crafts and antiques shop before it introduced some of the best family recipes you will find in the area. Take-out orders can be placed at any time of the day, and you can even opt to get a family-style meal, too, which can serve from four to 12 people with ease.
If you’re really craving a good bit of pizza, then never fear — BoomBozz has your back. This pizza place is also a taphouse, and has a number of delicious pizza options that will satisfy any customer. Want vegetables? Check out the Farmer’s Market pizza. Crave meat? Look no further than the Tony Supremo. There are plenty of takeout options to choose from at this delicious restaurant.
If you’re packing up for your family’s summer road trip, it’s likely you don’t want to pack too much stuff. After all, having excess weight in your Honda can affect your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. To help you pack light for your road trip, we’ve put together this list of tips.
Pack for the weather. Before you leave, check the 10-day weather forecast for your trip. This will help you get a sense of the types of clothing you should pack. Then, pack three outfits that go well when you mix and match, and will layer easily, too. Do this for every member of your family — and don’t forget underwear and socks.
Bring the essentials. Get a gallon zip-top bag and fill it up with essential items like your travel toothbrush, toothpaste, and any necessary medications. Also, make sure that you bring a small first aid kit. You don’t need to worry shampoo, body soap, or condition — hotels and motels will typically have these in your room.
Roll your clothing. Rolling your clothes will condense them to make more space in your bag, allowing you to fit multiple family members’ items in a single bag if need be. Remember to place heavier items on the bottom of the bag, finishing off with the lightest ones.
Stop by Hardin County Honda if you’re in need of a new vehicle for your upcoming road trip. Or call us to schedule a service appointment for your Honda to make sure it’s safe and sound for all of your travels in Kentucky and beyond.
If you’re looking for a fun destination to drive your Honda CR-V, why not consider a hiking trail? There are a range of trails to explore near Elizabethtown, where Hardin County Honda calls home. These are some of the best options nearby.
Freeman Lake Loop
Whether you’re an active family, a novice hiker, or someone who just want to enjoy a beautiful spring day, the Freeman Lake Trail is a good option for you. This trail loops around Freeman Lake, making it a peaceful place to take a hike. The entire loop is nearly five miles, and it’s a flat gravel trail, which makes it for families with young kids, too.
Vernon-Douglas State Nature Preserve Trail
While this trail is considered “moderate,” this is mostly due to its hilliness. Despite its title as a tougher trail than the other two on this list, the Vernon-Douglas State Nature Preserve Trail is gorgeous all year-round. It’s 3.6 miles long and offers you a change to see wildlife and the beauty that Elizabethtown has to offer.
Banam Shaw Trail
If you want a family-friendly trail that’s also beautiful, consider the Banam Shaw Trail. This trail stretches 2.2 miles through a forest, and even has a creek that makes it ideal for when you want to cool off in hot weather. It’s mostly flat, making it good for all skill levels.
Stop by Hardin County Honda if you’re in need of a new vehicle to transport you on outdoorsy adventures.