A Brief Look at the History of the Honda Civic

Honda Civic | Elizabethtown, KY

The Honda Civic is one of the most popular models here at Hardin County Honda and has been a reliable ride for many drivers here in Elizabethtown. How did the Civic become what it is today? Let’s take a quick look at the history of the Honda Civic.

The evolution of the Civic

The Civic first arrived in the U.S. in 1972 after traveling across the ocean from Japan. It showed the potential that small cars had, immediately gaining recognition for its quality, efficiency, and drivability. As regulations and trends began to change over the years, later versions of the Civic became more powerful, larger, and safer with each generation.

The current version of the Civic

As of the posting of this blog entry, the Honda Civic is in its eleventh generation. For the current model year, the 2022 Civic comes in three forms: sedan, Si sedan, and hatchback, having discontinued the coupe version last year. It features technology innovations that drivers in the 1970s could never have imagines, such as a digital touch screen and Honda Sensing® technology.

You can find the recent versions of the Honda Civic for sale here at Hardin County Honda. Browse our inventory of new and used models to find our current selection of Civic models.

Tips for Transporting Easter Dinner in Your Honda

Happy Easter | Elizabethtown, KY

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.

Best Spring Break Destinations in KY

Spring Break | Elizabethtown, KY

You may not think of The Bluegrass State as a hotspot for spring breakers, but sometimes you can’t — or don’t want to — leave the area to take a vacation in March or April. There are some memorable, enjoyable spring break destinations in Kentucky that you can still plan a getaway from your daily grind here in Elizabethtown. Here are our suggestions.

Daniel Boone National Forest

If you haven’t spent a weekend or a whole week in our state’s national forest, you absolutely should. Spanning over 700,000 acres of federally protected land, you’ll find 600 miles of trails in the Daniel Boone National Forest to keep you on your feet the entire time. With highlights like Cumberland Falls, Natural Bridge, and Sheltowee Trace, there are plenty of scenic places here to find. Red River Gorge is especially a great area to vacation at with its fun tourist activities. Pack up your Honda Pilot or CR-V and explore the park that stretches across half of our state.

Bardstown

If you prefer a spring break getaway in Kentucky that’s more urban than outdoorsy, spend some time relaxing in Bardstown. Known as one of the most charming small towns in the country, it’s a wonderful destination for Kentuckians who like history, old houses, and museums. If drinks are an essential part of your spring break tradition, Bardstown has some excellent bourbon distilleries. And, it’s only a half-hour drive from Elizabethtown in your Honda Civic.

Whether you choose to stay nearby for spring break this year or travel across the country, a Honda can take you there in style and comfort. Find one to drive here at Hardin County Honda.

When to Use Your Hazard Lights While Driving in Kentucky

Hardin County Honda | Elizabethtown, KY

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.

How to De-Ice Your Windshield Quickly

Winters in Kentucky can be icy, and when you’re in a hurry a frozen windshield can really hold you up. Learn how to de-ice your windshield quickly so you can be on your way with a clear field of vision.

Use a de-icer spray

You can buy a de-icer spray at your local car parts store or at many big box stores. The solution is designed to melt the ice quickly so you can remove it with a scraper or with your windshield wipers. In a pinch, you can also use a solution of two parts 70% isopropyl alcohol and one part water. Mix together in a spray bottle and apply it to your windshield to melt the ice fast.

Turn on your car before you need to leave

Windshield ice will start to melt once your car starts to heat up. Rather than waiting until you have to leave to start your car, start it a few minutes early and turn on the interior heat to the highest setting. Choose the “defrost” setting for your front and rear windshields to ensure the warm air is aimed in the right direction.

Use a scraper

Once the ice starts to melt from the de-icer spray or the heat from your car’s interior (or both), it should come off quickly with a scraper. Once it’s completely removed from your windshield you can be on your way with no visual obstructions.

Make sure your car is equipped for cold temperatures by keeping up with your routine maintenance. Schedule an appointment at Hardin County Honda in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, today!

New Year’s Resolutions You Should Make for Safer Driving

New Year's Resolutions | Elizabethtown, KY

Another year is arriving, so why not make this next one safer than ever — especially on the road? Whether you’re a young driver who’s just earned their license or a seasoned commuter who’s spent decades on the road, the beginning of a new year is the perfect time to improve your driving. Here are two New Year’s Resolutions for safer driving that we at Hardin County Honda suggest for drivers in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

Remove any distractions

This is an especially important commitment to make in 2022 when more and more people are driving distracted. Put away your smartphone when you’re behind the wheel, and never text and drive. Also avoid adjusting the radio or making a call when you’re driving, as removing your eyes from the road for even a split second can end in disaster.

Slow down at yellow lights

If a traffic signal starts changing from green to red, don’t make it a habit to stomp the accelerator and speed through the intersection well after you see the yellow light appear. Slow down gradually when you near an intersection that has a yellow light, rather than racing to run a red light.

You should make sure your car’s brakes are working well and won’t lock up when you use them. Schedule a service appointment at our dealership to have your car’s brakes inspected. We at Hardin County Honda wish you a happy, safe 2022!

Safe Driving Tips for New Year’s Eve | Elizabethtown, KY

New Years Eve | Elizabethtown, KY

2021 is finally over, and it’s time to celebrate! Are you planning to attend a year-end party near Elizabethtown this month on Dec. 31? Then make sure you follow these safe driving tips for traveling to and from your New Year’s Eve party.

Don’t drink and drive

This is an obvious rule for safe driving on the biggest party night of the year, but unfortunately, it’s a rule that many drivers refuse to follow. If you plan on drinking at a party, have a designated driver accompany you or make plans for a rideshare driver to bring you home.

Eliminate distractions

Don’t start partying until you actually arrive at the venue. Refrain from blaring party music, dancing, flashing strobe lights, or doing anything else irresponsible in the car. Also set expectations with your passengers so they don’t get rowdy and distract you. Most important of all, don’t text and drive!

Leave your car somewhere secure

The night of New Year’s Eve has a history of being one of the biggest times for car break-ins and thefts throughout the year. Make sure you aren’t a victim to vandalism or vehicle theft. If you’re going somewhere that doesn’t have secure, private parking, you may want to consider a rideshare so you don’t have to leave your beloved Honda exposed.

Ring in 2022 safely with these safe driving tips, and then bring your car to Hardin County Honda for a new-year service inspection.

Should I Get Winter or All-Season Tires for My Honda?

If your Honda vehicle is in need of new tires for the winter season, you have two main options to consider: winter tires and all-season tires. Here’s a closer look at the advantages of both.

All-season tires

Your vehicle probably already has all-season tires — nearly every Honda leaves the factory equipped with them. These tires are designed to perform safely, quietly, and efficiently all year round in moderate climates like Kentucky. They typically do well in both wet and dry road conditions.

All-season tires aren’t quite as effective when you need to do a lot of driving on snow or ice. However, if your home and driving route are located in an area that gets quickly cleared after one of Hardin County’s occasional snow or ice storms, all-season tires might be right for you.

Winter tires

Winter tires are designed with highly flexible rubber, deeper treads, and tiny biting edges, providing superior grip on icy and snowy roads. They’re not appropriate for warm-weather driving, so you’ll need to change them out when winter is over.

If you live in a rural neighborhood or a hilly area where road conditions are worse in winter, winter tires are a great option to improve your Honda’s performance and traction. And no matter where you live, winter tires are also a great way to boost your confidence behind the wheel during the winter months.

Still not sure which tires are right for your Honda? Come see us here at Hardin County Honda in Elizabethtown. Our experienced service technicians will be glad to help you find the right tires for your needs.

Safety Features We’re Thankful for at Hardin County Honda

It’s that time of year, so thankfulness is on our minds here at Hardin County Honda. We’re especially grateful for the many advanced safety features included with Honda models. These technologies make every aspect of driving easier, keep everyone inside and outside of the vehicle protected, and give you more confidence and peace of mind behind the wheel.

Collision Mitigation Braking System™

Included as standard on many Honda vehicles, this cutting-edge Honda Sensing® technology is a crucial tool for helping you avoid crashes — and for making crashes less severe when they do occur. Thanks to sophisticated sensors, CMBS™ can automatically hit the brakes when a collision with another vehicle or a pedestrian is imminent.

Road Departure Mitigation System

Road Departure Mitigation System is another outstanding Honda Sensing® technology that works to keep you and your passengers protected. This system detects when your vehicle is drifting or veering out of its lane and adjusts the steering and braking to get you safely back on course.

Traffic Sign Recognition

Nobody likes the hassle and expense of a speeding ticket — and Traffic Sign Recognition is a smart solution. This Honda Sensing® system scans the road for signs with a special camera and alerts you so you’re always aware of the current posted speed limit.

Learn more about these and other Honda safety systems when you visit us here at Hardin County Honda in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

Tips for Camping in Your Honda in Kentucky

Camping in Your Honda | Elizabethtown, KY

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.