Winter Car Prep Tips to Get You Through the Cold

Wintery Road | Fayetteville, NC

Driving can be difficult during winter months. From icy roads to unexpected rainstorms — not to mention colder temperatures — it’s important to make sure that your car is ready for winter. These winter car prep tips should make sure your vehicle continues to function throughout the cold months.

Keep an eye on your tires. When temperatures drop, so does your tire pressure. Make sure your tires have the appropriate amount of pressure throughout the winter. Also, check your tires’ tread depth so that you can get the best possible grip on the road.

Change to winter tires. With the winter comes snow. While we don’t get a whole lot of snow in Fayetteville, you can still opt to switch your all-season tires for winter ones. These tires are specifically made to give you a good grip on snowy and icy roads. We’re happy to help you switch to your winter tires here at Bryan Honda.

Take care of your battery. Your battery will become less effective as the temperature drops. So, if you have an old battery, you might find yourself stranded with a dead car in cold weather. If you need your battery to be checked, we can do that for you. Just make an appointment, and we can make sure your battery is in tip-top condition.

If your vehicle needs any of the preventative measures we’ve mentioned, swing by the service department at Bryan Honda. We’ll have your car ready for the winter in no time.

New Honda Airbag Considered Safer

New Honda Airbag | Fayetteville, NC

Safety has always been a top priority for Honda, and the automaker recently announced its latest innovation in the field. Honda’s engineers have unveiled a new, advanced airbag design that should be more effective at protecting occupants in frontal collisions.

Honda developed this new airbag at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. in Ohio. The carmaker worked alongside Autoliv, one of its major safety system suppliers.

“This new airbag technology represents Honda’s continuing effort to advance safety performance in a wider variety of crash scenarios and reflects the innovative thinking that our engineers are bringing to the challenge of reducing traffic injuries and fatalities,” said Jim Keller, President of Honda R&D Americas, Inc.

Conventional airbags typically use a single inflatable compartment to help reduce injury and fatalities during frontal collisions. The new Honda airbag goes one step further, offering four major components. These include three inflatable compartments and a “sail panel” that combines the two side chambers at their outermost edge.

These components work to protect the occupant’s head in an angled frontal impact collision, since the lateral collision forces can cause the passenger’s head to rotate or slide off of the airbag, reducing its effectiveness. The “sail panel” acts like a baseball catcher’s mitt, cradling the occupant’s head to soften the impact.

Honda will begin implementing this potentially life-saving system in 2020. In the meantime, plan a trip to Bryan Honda to take a look at some of Honda’s current safety innovations, including the standard HondaSensing® suite of technology.

IIHS Deems 2019 Honda Ridgeline the Safest Pickup Truck

2019 Honda Ridgeline | Fayetteville, NC

If you’re looking for the safest pickup truck on the roads, then you should consider the 2019 Honda Ridgeline. The Ridgeline was recently awarded the title of Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) when it is equipped with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights. This makes it the only pickup truck to earn this rating from the IIHS.

The Ridgeline also received a “Superior rating from the IIHS for its available Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), which applies the pickup truck’s brakes when a potential collision is detected on the road ahead. This technology is part of the larger Honda Sensing® suite of driver-assistance features, which comes standard on the Ridgeline RTL-E and Black Edition models.

Along with CMBS™, the Honda Sensing® package also includes a Road Departure Mitigation System, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control.

Currently, the Ridgeline is one of seven Honda models to be recognized by the IIHS for its safety. Other 2019 Honda models to receive the Top Safety Pick accolade include the Accord, CR-V, HR-V, Pilot, and Odyssey. The 2019 Honda Insight was awarded the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ title. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has also awarded all 2019 Honda models that have been tested so far its top safety rating of five-star overall crashworthiness.

As the only pickup truck to earn the IIHS Top Safety Pick designation, it can safely be called the safest pickup truck you can buy today. Learn more about its safety features at Bryan Honda.

Car Seat Safety Tips for Parents

Car Seat Safety | Fayetteville, NC

In the United States, road injuries are the leading cause of preventable deaths and injuries to children. Because of this, it’s important that you know whether or not you’re using your child’s car seat correctly. To help give you peace of mind, we’ve put together a list of some car seat safety tips you should keep in mind when you’re on the go.

Use the right kind of seat. It’s important you know the right type of car seat your child should be in at any given time. Your child should be rear-facing for as long as possible up until they are two or more years. Once your child has outgrown its rear-facing seat, you can move them into a forward-facing one.

Get your car seat installation checked. Depending on where you live, there are places you can bring your vehicle so that your car seat can be looked over, ensuring it’s installed correctly. You can find a list of local places that will do this here.

Keep track of your child’s size. As your child grows, his or her car seat requirements may change. Make sure you’re aware of your car seat’s weight, height, and age limits and, if your child outgrows these, you have a new seat at the ready.

One of the ways to improve car seat safety is to buy a car that has a robust and easy-to-use LATCH system. Fortunately, many of the cars at Bryan Honda have just that. Visit us today to learn more about how buying Honda can improve your children’s safety.