How To Avoid Winter Driving Hazards

Winter Weather ConditionsThe service center at Community Honda of Orland Park is here to help you stay safe this winter. We know that the winter months in the Frankfort and Chicago area can get pretty rough. That’s why we’re happy to help by offering some tips to help minimize your risks while driving during the winter. Follow this guide and hopefully you’ll have a safe and happy winter season this year.

Avoid Winter Hazards

Sometimes you can avoid winter driving hazards, and sometimes you can’t. Here are just a few tips to help you stay safe:

  • Don’t drive in bad weather. While this might be impossible some times, if you can avoid driving in winter storms, that’s probably the best way to avoid possible winter hazards. At the very least, you can plan around poor weather by giving yourself extra time in case your schedule changes.
  • Pay attention to the weather. The most important hazard that you can face during the winter months is the weather. Sometimes, the weather can be unpredictable, so always make sure you pay attention to forecasts when you’re planning to be out there on the road. If a storm is set to hit in the evening, make sure you’re back safe at home by the afternoon.
  • Pay attention to the road surface. The road surface can change dramatically during winter weather from cold and dry, to snowy and slushy, to covered in ice. Knowing what you’re driving on is essential to driving safely. Remember that different road surfaces including bridges, overpasses, tunnels, can have different surface conditions.
  • Slow down. In general, whatever the road conditions, it’s worth slowing down to better handle the changing road conditions of winter weather.
  • Have your vehicle maintained. If your vehicle isn’t working well, then you’re asking for trouble. Have Community Honda of Orland Park make sure your vehicle is in perfect working order before venturing out on longer trips.
  • Carry a winter survival kit. Bring a set of warm clothes, blankets, and non-perishable food with you, as well as tools, emergency flares, and a first aid kit.

Schedule a Service Appointment Today!

Visit Community Honda of Orland Park now to let us help you handle winter with ease. We’re your local Honda dealer, and we’re located at 8340 W. 159th St. in Orland Park, IL. Call our service department at 855-207-0311 to discuss your options, or you can schedule a service appointment online now!

10 Handy Items to Keep in Your Car

First Aid KitThere are plenty of situations that you might experience while driving that could be a disaster – unless you’re properly prepared. Having the right gear with you might mean the difference between having to call for help or making quick work of a minor problem. Here at Community Honda of Orland Park, we’ve rounded up a bunch of handy items to keep in your car to help you get out of any sticky situations.

Keep These Items in Your Car

  • Cell Phone Charger: You definitely want to be able to charge your phone when you’re driving. You probably rely on your phone for things like directions, but it’s also your contact with the outside world if you’re in an emergency far from home.
  • First Aid Kit: Whatever adventures lie ahead, you should always keep a first aid kit in your car. A first aid kit can turn a situation that might be serious – a cut, burn, scrape, or something else – into an easy and quick fix.
  • Non-Perishable Food and Water: You don’t have to be driving across the desert or driving through a blizzard to find a use for emergency food or water – but if you break down in either of those situations you’ll be glad you packed some! These items can save you when you’re in traffic or late for dinner, or anywhere else as well.
  • Warm Clothes: Like food and water, warm clothes can be life saving – or they can just help you stay comfortable. Pack a few sweaters or blankets, or even a sleeping bag, to make everything better and easier.
  • Jumper Cables: Batteries will die. It’s that simple. Carry jumper cables with you and it will be that much easier to find a helpful stranger to give you a jump when your battery fails.

Visit Community Honda of Orland Park Today

At Community Honda we’re the leading Chicago, Frankfort, and Orland Park area Honda dealership, and we can help with any automotive need you may have. Avoid breakdowns on the road this summer and schedule a service appointment with our mechanics to make sure your car is ready for the road ahead. Visit us today at 8340 W. 159th St. in Orland Park, IL. We hope to see you soon!

How to Improve Your Fuel Economy in Cold Weather

Winter Weather ConditionsYou probably drive almost as much in the winter as you do in the summer, but did you know that testing by the Environmental Protection Agency shows that your vehicle’s gas mileage can drop by as much as 12 percent at 20 degrees Fahrenheit overall compared to 77 degrees Fahrenheit? In short trips, of less than four miles, it can drop by as much as 22 percent! Here are a few ways you can maximize your fuel economy even when the temperature is lower.

Improve Your Cold Weather Fuel Economy

There are some easy things that you can do to improve fuel economy. Here are some tips from the EPA:

  • Don’t warm up your car. Today’s cars don’t need to sit running to warm up before you drive them, and believe it or not, idling gets exactly 0 miles per gallon. That means that you’re just wasting gas going nowhere, and the engine will warm up faster while it’s driven. Don’t idle more than 30 seconds.
  • Minimize heater, defroster, and heated seat use. While it may be somewhat painful, you can help boost your fuel economy by reducing the use of your heated seats, window defrosters, and heater fans. All use power that drags on the engine’s efficiency!
  • Check your tire pressure. Low air temperature will reduce tire pressure, so you need to adjust according to the seasons, to make the most of your vehicle.
  • Use the right oil. If your manufacturer recommends a cold weather oil, follow the directions. In cold weather, oil and other lubricants get thicker, increasing friction. If you use a cold weather oil, you reduce friction and can improve fuel economy.
  • Drive slower. Colder air is denser and adds aerodynamic drag while you’re driving. Driving the speed limit is a good way to improve fuel economy all year round, but especially in the winter.

Visit Community Honda Today

Visit Community Honda at 8340 W. 159th St. in Orland Park, IL to find your perfect winter vehicle or to have your regular maintenance performance to make sure your vehicle is getting the most out of every gallon. You can also contact us online for more tips!

The IIHS Names the Odyssey one of the Safety Vehicles on the Road

2015 Honda Odyssey

2015 Honda Odyssey

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released data that indicates that the Honda Odyssey is one of the safest vehicles on the road right now. The Odyssey was one of only nine vehicles that recorded zero fatalities per million registered vehicles on the road for model years 2009 to 2012. This is the first time that the IIHS has ever recorded vehicles with zero deaths in the organization’s history. Read on to learn more about these impressive and important statistics and to find out just where the Honda Odyssey fits in!

The Odyssey Among the Safest Vehicles

In its studies of mass-market vehicles from 2009 to 2012, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recorded that the industry-wide average for traffic fatalities was 28 deaths per one million, based on registered 2011 models in 2012. The good news is that industry-wide that’s a huge improvement from earlier statistics. In fact, the IIHS estimates that if safety technology remained at the levels of vehicles back in 1985, about 7,700 more people would have died in traffic accidents – luckily, that was not the case.

The statistics recorded by the IIHS show that the Honda Odyssey was among the nine top vehicles that recorded zero deaths per million registered vehicles. It’s worth noting that the Honda Pilot also narrowly missed making the mark, with just two traffic fatalities per million registered vehicle years.

David Zuby, IIHS executive vice president and chief research officer said, “The complete elimination of traffic deaths is still many decades away, and, along with vehicle improvements, getting there will require changes in road design and public policy that can help protect all road users. Still, the rise in the number of vehicles with zero driver deaths shows what’s possible.”

The Honda Odyssey currently offers features like antilock disc brakes, electronic traction and stability control, a long list of standard airbags, including side curtain airbags, and a standard rearview camera. The 2015 Honda Odyssey also received top marks in IIHS crash test ratings, earning a Good crash test score in all categories.

Visit us Today

Visit Community Honda of Orland Park to drive home in the latest Honda Odyssey today. We’re a leading Frankfort area Honda dealership located at 8340 W. 159th St. in Orland Park, IL. We have the current Honda Odyssey along with the rest of the safety-oriented Honda lineup in stock, so come visit us today!

Best Road Trip Apps for Your Summer Travels

Road trips are a quintessential part of summer, and at Community Honda of Orland Park, we love sharing tips to make those long hours behind the wheel a bit more Family on a road trip, Group photo in front of car (1)enjoyable, if not easier. If you have a smart phone, be sure to check out the following apps to optimize your travels.

GasBuddy

Rising gas prices can be a real downer as you hit the open road, but apps like GasBuddy can help you find the cheapest gas in the area. The application lets drivers plug in their current location and search for the cheapest fuel around. All of the pricing information is crowd-sourced, meaning users submit the information, but the app is updated frequently and the prices are generally accurate.

Trip Tik

Next on the list of road trip must-haves is Trip Tik from AAA. The app allows drivers to download detailed maps to their phones as they travel and includes helpful information like attractions you can stop and see along the way. If you want to get a jumpstart on planning before you start your adventure, plot your route on your home computer and download the map to your smart phone for easy access. Only AAA members have access to this app.

TripAdvisor

When it’s time to stop for the night and grab a bite to eat, turn to the TripAdvisor app. The app’s users post their reviews of restaurants, hotels, and even attractions in the area.

Maplets

Once you arrive at your destination, make sure you don’t get lost wandering around an amusement park or subway system by downloading the Maplets app. There is a $2.99 charge associated with this one, but the benefit of not carrying a dozen crumpled maps around all day is a plus.

SitOrSquat

If you gulped down too many sodas on your trip, don’t worry – the SitOrSqust app has you covered. This free app allows you to search for the nearest public restroom based on your location and also includes rating of the facility from other users.

If you have questions about the most crucial element of a summer road trip, your car, feel free to stop by at talk to us at Community Honda at 8340 W. 159th St. We can suggest fuel-efficient vehicles and even schedule you for a tune up to make sure your summer travels go smoothly.

Summer Safety Tips for Pets

At Community Honda, we ant to make sure that our drivers and their families are safe behind the wheel, and if you’re going on a trip this summer or just heading out for Dog Riding in a Carthe day, we want to make sure you keep in mind some summer safety tips for traveling with pets.

So if you’re just taking the family dog along for a visit to the beach or you’re planning your great American road trip, we have some advice for our pet owners to keep your loyal companions safe.

Never Leave Pets in the Car

These days, many drivers know not to let their pets stay in a parked car whether the window is cracked or not. The fact is that while a cracked window will allow some ventilation and keep the vehicle from becoming a complete sauna, if you have a dog in there for more than a few minutes on a hot day, it can be very dangerous to their health.

Beloved pets have been seriously injured or killed by being left in the family car on a hot summer day, and we don’t want any of you to have to go through that.

Always Have Water on Hand

One of the best ways for a dog to cool down is with some fresh water. Keep a pet dish in your car so that you can easily pick up a bottle of water and give your pet a drink when he or she needs it the most. It’s never a bad idea to have some treats on hand too!

Look into a Travel Bed

If you’re going on a long trip, there’s a good chance that you’ll have your pet in the cargo area of your vehicle, and we suggest you look into a travel bed for them so they have a comfy place to lay down.

Learn More at Community Honda of Orland Park

We do our best to keep our drivers informed on auto safety, and today that means letting you know about a few ways you can keep your family pet safe and comfortable this summer. If you’re looking for a new car that’s great for bringing the dog along on trips, consider the CR-V or the Pilot, which both have plenty of cargo space your dog is sure to love. Visit us today for a test drive!

Best Car Accessories For Winter

When temperatures start dropping and snow starts to fall, what you keep in your car can make the difference between having a comfortable and warm winter and havingWinter Weather Conditions a miserable winter transportation experience. Even if your car handles well in inclement weather like the Honda CR-V, there are some things that can make every winter drive easier and safer. Car accessories for winter are relatively easy to find and install, so you can outfit yourself for this season and seasons in the future in no time. Here’s a list of some of the best car accessories for your winter drive.

  • Mud Flaps can prevent grime, dirt, and salt from treated roads from flicking up onto your vehicle. A lot of damage to vehicles over the course of the winter is due to salt corroding the paint and metal on the underside of the car.
  • All-Weather Floor Mats can contain all of the ugly things that stick to your boots when you enter the vehicle. It may not seem vital, but it sure beats destroying your car’s interior by dragging in all the salt and mud from the parking lot.
  • Chains come in handy in a pinch when the roads are especially slick. Make sure they are the right size for your tires, and that you know how to install them before you need them.
  • Snow Brushes and Ice Scrapers are invaluable when you need to defrost and clear your windows of ice and the rest of your vehicle of snow. It saves you time and gas to scrape and brush instead of waiting for your defrosters to melt all of the ice.
  • A Snow Shovel is something you hope you never have to use, but you don’t want to be without. You can dig yourself out of a jam, or even make a snow fort in a survival situation. You never know!

That’s a pretty good start for the basics. Other accessories include winter/snow tires for increased traction, or sophisticated features like remote car starters. Whatever you winter car accessory needs may be, Community Honda of Orland Park can take care of you. Check out our service specials for winter deals, order the parts you need, or ask our team what your vehicle needs to survive the winter. Contact us online or give our service department a call at 855-207-0308.

Tips for Driving in the Snow

This winter has already been a nightmare with lots of snow and some of the coldest temperatures in decades. None of that has made driving any easier. Our Winter Weather ConditionsOrland Park Honda dealership wants all of our customers to be safe this time of year. This is why we’ve prepared a few tips for driving in the snow.

Stay Safe This Winter on the Roads

  1. Stay at Home: Our top tip is knowing when to avoid winter driving. When the weather gets really horrible and the roads are covered in ice, think hard if you really need to go outside and drive.
  2. Have the Right Tire Traction: Tires need at least 6/32-inch deep treads to properly tackle the snow. Check your tire tread and consider getting winter tires. They can help you get a better grip on the snow while saving your normal tires some stress and wear.
  3. Visibility: Winter driving often means reduced visibility, which means you need to make sure your wipers are working properly and you’ve got a full reservoir of wiper fluid with anti-icing agents.
  4. Black Ice: This is probably the worst part about driving in winter and a reason to stay vigilant. If you think you see the near-transparent ice, drive safely, and brake smoothly and slowly.
  5. Don’t Over Steer: A common mistake of winter driving is steering too much when the wheels slip a little. Once the car corrects itself, it’s going to go the direction you pointed it in and that could be in the direction of another car.
  6. Technology Doesn’t Solve Everything: Just because you have all-wheel drive and a number of other safety tech doesn’t mean you’re invulnerable on the road. Always be vigilant no matter what.
  7. Memorize Problem Areas: Pay attention to problem areas around where you live so you can avoid them or be careful. This includes areas like bridges, underpasses, or places that often have wet streets like car washes.
  8. Check Your Lights: We talked about limited visibility earlier. Other drivers have the same problem and your lights help identify you. Make sure the light shines bright through the covers and all appear to be working.

Proper Pet Safety for Summer Months

Dog Riding in a CarThe weather is starting to heat up around our Orland Park Honda dealership and lots of people are having adventures. Whenever you make a stop at a light, it’s not uncommon to see a dog sticking their head out the window with their tongue flapping. While your animal may love getting some sun and catching a breeze, it’s quite dangerous for your dog or any other pet to travel unrestrained. In the event of a collision, there’s nothing to keep an animal from going airborne. Even if you’re a great driver, you can never count on others out on the road.

Cats and Other Animals

For cats or pretty much any animal that’s not a dog—I’m looking at all you sloth and capybara owners out there—you’ll want to get a crate. Preferably you can get one that’s built for car transportation that can be strapped in to the seat or attaches to the seatbelt. Never put a crate or loose animal in the back of a Honda Ridgeline or any other type of pickup.

Dog Restraints

Dogs have it a little bit easier. Similar to the restraints many dogs wear in lieu of collars, there are pet restraints built for car travel that allow your pet to use the protection of your car’s seatbelt. The restraint attaches to the seatbelt, giving the animal a little bit of room to be free, but protecting it from an accident.

Roll Up the Windows

Your pet may love sticking their head out the window, but, even restrained, it’s still a bad idea. The dog’s head could get struck by another car or a side mirror. Breathing in a lot of cold air isn’t great for their lungs and road dust and debris can get in their eyes too. Pets have also choked themselves before by accidentally stepping on the window control switch.

Don’t Leave Pets Alone in Cars

Perhaps most important is to never leave a dog, cat, or other animal in your car during the summer months. Even if you’ve had the air on, your car is quickly going to become a sweatbox. Take your animal with you if you have to make a stop or have someone stay with the animal.

A Few Great Road Trip Apps for Kids

Driving With KidsIf you’re heading out on a long summer road trip this summer and you’re wondering how to keep your kids entertained, happy, quiet, and maybe even teach them a thing or two, you might want to try an app for your smartphone. It seems like an unlikely choice, but there are some excellent apps out there that will serve your purposes. Here are just a few of our favorite apps that will keep both you and your kids happy on long summer road trips:

  • Storylines – This app is a great take on an old game. The first player writes a saying or any sentence and passes it on to the next player. That player illustrates the sentence. The next player needs to write a caption for the picture the second player drew. This goes on for a few rounds, and at the end of the game you get an original story that no one expected! This is fun for kids (and parents) of all ages.
  • Stack the States – While you’re driving across the country, you and your kids may as well brush up on your geography! With Stack the States, kids can learn to identify states and state locations, as well as information like state capitals, mottos, flags, and much more.
  • License Plate Travel Game – This is a modern take on another classic travel game. It also makes it even more fun by making it into a competition, complete with scores. You and your kids can compete to spot all the different license plates on the road; spotting a license plate from a new state earns you two points, while catching an already-spotted license plate gives you one.
  • Road Trip Bingo – Good for young kids, this game brings another classic travel activity to tablet computers and smartphones. Bingo squares are labeled with things that you might see on the road, such as signs, cars, and common objects. First to bingo wins — you might have to come up with the prizes yourself, though!
  • Cool Mad Libs – Mad Libs are fun wherever you go, and this is a neat interactive packaging of that classic word game. It’s a great an interactive family activity that lets everyone contribute to making a fun and unexpected story.

At Community Honda of Orland Park, we’re happy to provide tips to help you make the most of your road trip. Before you strike out into the country, though, make sure you stop by our service center to make sure your vehicle’s maintenance is up to date!