How to Tell You Need New Tires

How to Tell You Need New Tires - Elizabethtown, KY
How to Tell You Need New Tires – Elizabethtown, KY

Your car’s tires are one of its most important components. They help you stay in control, providing you with the grip you need to keep your car on the road. That’s why you need to know how to tell if you need new tires. Here are a few easy ways to see if it’s time for a new set.

The Penny Test

One of the easiest ways of telling if you need new tires or not is to do the penny test. As its name suggests, all you need is a penny. Place this penny headfirst into your tires’ tread grooves. If you can still see the top of Lincoln’s head, then your treads are too worn down, meaning you should have your tires replaced as soon as you can. If you do this test and Lincoln’s head remains covered, then you have more than 2/32 of an inch of tread depth. When that’s the case, your current set is fine for the time being.

Check Your Tires Visually

Every month, you should give your tires a visual check to ensure they’re still in working order. Look for bulges and cracks, as these are signs of weakness in your tires. These signs can lead to a blowout, so replace your tires if you notice any of these clues.

Whether you’re ready for a new set of tires or want a professional to see if you’re due for one, stop by the service department at Hardin County Honda.

Holiday Travel Tips for Easy Traveling

Holiday Travel Tips - Elizabethtown, KY
Holiday Travel Tips – Elizabethtown, KY

The holiday season is almost upon us. Whether you’re planning to make the trek to your grandparents’ house for Thanksgiving or simply head down to downtown Elizabethtown’s Christmas in the Park event, it’s important to be prepared. These holiday travel tips should make your travels a bit easier.

Be prepared. Whether you’re flying or driving, it’s essential to always be ready for the unexpected – especially during the colder months. With winter weather affecting road and flying conditions, be prepared for delays, traffic, and long lines at the airport.

Avoid peak travel days. If you can, try to keep your travel dates flexible, avoiding the busier travel days. This includes the days before and after Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year.

Make sure your car is ready. For the road trippers out there, before you head out on the road, make sure your vehicle has undergone its most recent routine maintenance. Check your tires, get your oil changed, and make sure your windshield wipers are working like new.

Pack plenty of snacks. Hunger can strike at any moment. Be ready with snacks on hand, whether you’re going through airport security or driving two hours. After all, you don’t want to get caught snack-less when your kids get the munchies!

No matter where your holiday travels take you, all of us at Hardin County Honda want you to get there safely. If your vehicle is due for any maintenance, stop by our service department and let us get it back into tip-top shape.

How to Get Your Car Ready for Back to School

get your car ready for back to school
get your car ready for back to school

As the hot days of summer recede and fall creeps closer, it’s time to begin your back-to-school preparations. These include, of course, getting your car in tip-top shape before the school year is in full-swing and your schedule fills up. The following are a few tips on how to get your car ready for back to school, whether that means heading back to college or carpooling your kids to school.

  • Check fluid levels: Simple fluid-level checks are part of good, routine car maintenance, so take an afternoon to make sure you have appropriate amounts of oil, coolant, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and power steering fluid. These checks are easier to address while at home – if you’re heading back to college – or before the school year’s busyness sets it.
  • Check tires: You should also check your tire treads and pressure. If your tire treads are overly-worn, you will want to consider getting a new set of tires, especially if you plan on driving long distances back to college. You will also want to check your tire pressure, as tire pressure affects your control, handling, and fuel efficiency while on the road, and causes your tires to wear unevenly.
  • Clean it inside and out: A new school year is like a fresh start, so start the year off right be cleaning out your vehicle’s interior and washing its exterior.

The best way to get your car ready for back to school is to schedule a service appointment at Hardin County Honda and let our professional technicians take care of it. Give us a call today so you can stop worrying about your car and start thinking ahead to school instead!