Honda Wins at 2018 Edmunds CES Tech Driven Awards

The 2018 Edmunds CES Tech Driven Awards saw big wins for Honda, which took two categories: the Most Innovative Car of the Year for the Honda Clarity and the Most Innovative SUV of the Year for the CR-V.

The CES Tech Driven Awards is a new annual awards series that focuses on automotive products available at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which takes place every January.

CES Tech Driven Awards: The Honda CR-V wins Most Innovative SUV of the Year Winners of the Tech Driven Awards will be made available the year they’re shown at the CES—Edmunds wanted to focus on fully realized products consumers can actually buy soon rather than far-off concepts.

There are seven categories that make up the CES Tech Driven Awards, including Most Innovative Car, SUV, and Truck, as well as Most Innovative Automaker, Driver Assist Feature, and Infotainment System, all categories that are important to drivers today.

Edmunds recognized the Honda Clarity as the Consumer Electronics Show’s Most Innovative Car because of its flexible powertrain options, which include fully electric, plug-in hybrid, and hydrogen fuel cell, suiting every kind of eco-friendly driver. The CR-V was awarded Most Innovative SUV thanks to its unique combination of exceptional ride quality, affordable advanced safety features, and class-leading fuel economy.

To find out more about the exciting new Honda CR-V and Clarity, give us a call at Floyd Traylor Honda.

Difference Between Manual vs. Automatic

One of the many things that make Honda stand out from other brands is its loyalty to the stick shift. Many of the vehicles in the Honda lineup at Floyd Traylor Honda come with standard manual transmission and available automatic. However, some buyers may not really understand the difference. To help you get the Honda that’s right for you, we’ve outlined the basics of manual vs. automatic transmissions.

Manual vs. automaticManual

Those who are dedicated to manual transmissions are a proud group who enjoy a hands-on driving experience. With a manual transmission, drivers are responsible for shifting the engine into a higher gear as they accelerate. This is done by using the clutch pedal and the gear shifter in synchronicity with the acceleration. Manual transmissions provide more options for controlling the car, such as stopping by shifting down rather than braking, and often deliver better gas mileage. It can be tricky at first, but once a driver knows how to drive with a manual transmission, using a stick shift can add a fun element of control to driving.

Automatic

With automatic transmissions, the car decides when to shift on the driver’s behalf. There’s no clutch pedal, just the gas and brake pedals which is simpler and favored by drivers who want less distraction on the road. You have less options with automatic, but for many drivers—especially new drivers—that’s preferred. If you drive in a high traffic area with lots of stopping and starting, automatic transmissions can be an easier option, especially when you’re faced with the challenge of starting on a hill.

If you’re still interested in learning more about the benefits of manual vs. automatic transmissions, don’t hesitate to call or visit us at Floyd Traylor Honda. We’re always happy to help answer your Honda questions.

Four Tips for Driving in Snow

Compared to many of the states, Arkansas has a very mild winter. But that’s not to say that the area around Floyd Traylor Honda doesn’t still see its share of slippery winter roads. Keep in mind these five tips in case you have to drive on snow or ice this winter.

tips for driving in snow

1. Accelerate and Brake Slowly

If you take it easy with your acceleration, you’ll maintain more control over your vehicle. The same goes for braking; always give yourself plenty of time to stop when you’re on a slick road. Don’t slam on the brakes, or your vehicle may slide out of control.

2. Try To Avoid Stopping

Work on finding a balance in your slow deceleration, one that will allow you to continue at a slow roll until you’re moving forward again. This will help you maintain traction with your tires.

3. Know Your Car

Before heading out in winter driving conditions, read your owner’s manual to understand what features your car might have to help you—like four-wheel drive or anti-lock brakes—and how to use them.

4. Check Your Tires

If you want your car to perform best on slick roads, your tires need to be in good condition and properly inflated. When you take care of your tires, you’ll get the best traction and experience the most control on slick winter roads.

 If your tires need maintenance to prepare for the winter, stop by Floyd Traylor Honda to schedule an appointment in our service department.

Don’t-Miss December: Holiday Events in Fort Smith

Our hometown knows how to show its Christmas spirit and spread the season’s joy, but don’t take our word for it; just check out any one (or all) of these holly-jolly holiday events in Fort Smith. You’ll be merrily caroling, letting it snow, roasting chestnuts, and harking the herald angels in no time.

Christmas in the City Shopping Extravaganza

Check out any one (or all) of these holly-jolly holiday events in Fort Smith

Pop down to the Ben Green Events Center from Dec. 1-2 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for more than just knocking out your gift list. Enjoy live holiday entertainment, take part in an Ugly Sweater contest, take pictures with Santa, and more.

2017 Fort Smith Christmas Parade

At 3 p.m. on Dec. 16, head to downtown Fort Smith for our annual Christmas Parade. This is the pinnacle of seasonal family entertainment, so make sure you bring along all your little ones.

Creekmore Holiday Express

From Dec. 4-23, Creekmore Park’s community train will be a Christmas-spectacular, steam-engine experience for locomotion lovers of all ages. See the park’s website for more details.

If you need a new ride to get to and from all these holiday events in Fort Smith, visit Floyd Traylor Honda to see our full lineup of reliable Honda vehicles.

Easy Auto DIY: How to Check Your Own Oil

Owning your own vehicle can be a freeing experience, from sparing yourself from the tyranny of public transit schedules to opening up the Midwest’s highways to once-a-month weekend road trips. Learning simple ways to maintain and service your own vehicle can only increase your independence.

Here, we’ll teach you how to check your own oil and maximize your ride’s lifespan in just ten easy steps:

Learn how to check your own oil

  1. Check your owner’s manual to make sure your car has a dipstick. Some cars with electric oil monitors no longer have dipsticks.
  2. Park your car on level ground and make sure your engine is cool.
  3. Open your car’s hood and locate the dipstick.
  4. Remove the dipstick and wipe off all excess oil left on the end.
  5. Fully reinsert the dipstick.
  6. Pull the dipstick back out and check on both sides where the oil line is.
  7. Your dipstick will have two marks (sometimes a waffle-like pattern, sometimes two dots). Your oil line should be between those two marks.
  8. Your oil should be a dark brown or black in color.
  9. If the oil is below the minimum mark, it’s time to add oil.
  10. Wipe down the dipstick and replace it fully into the oil reservoir.

If you check your own oil and see that it’s time for an automotive check-up because of color or oil level, call Floyd Traylor Honda’s helpful service department today.

Should You Use Premium Gas?

For many drivers, the term “premium gas” is often misunderstood to mean “better gas.” While premium gas does have a higher octane level than regular gas, this does not necessarily mean it is “better” for your vehicle.

Here, we’ll briefly explain the difference between regular and premium gasoline types and when you should use premium gas — so you can stop feeling guilty for not giving your trusty ride the “good stuff.”Should you be using premium gas?

The Difference

Premium gas usually has an octane level of 92 or 93 while the octane level of regular gas is about 87. All you need to know about octane levels (unless you happen to be part of a Formula One pit crew,) is that they are meant to match the compression ratio of your engine in order to prevent “knocking.”

When Do I Use Premium Gas?

This all depends on your owner’s manual, which will “require,” “recommend,” or “not recommend” premium gas. If your car “requires” premium gas, it is probably a luxury or high-performance vehicle, and you absolutely must fill your tank with premium. But, if your owner’s manual just “recommends” premium gas, it’s completely up to you. You might notice a small increase in performance if you fill up with premium, but that’s really the only impact it will have – it won’t damage your vehicle. If premium gas is “not recommended” for your vehicle, simply stick to regular.

Do you have more questions about understanding your Honda vehicle? Give us a call at Floyd Traylor Honda today to speak with one of our experienced service technicians. We’re always here to help!

Simple Tricks for Keeping Your Car Clean

Car owners know that sometimes, despite your best efforts, keeping your car clean is just impossible. Whether its muddy cleats after the kids’ soccer practice, dust from the hardware store, crumbs from those emergency, late-night french fries, or any other number of messy things, it seems that maintaining a pristine vehicle just can’t happen.Keeping Your Car Clean Tips

Luckily, there are a few things you can do to pick up the mess. Here are a few simple tips and tricks for keeping your car clean:

  • Use a dampened toothbrush and some dish soap to scrub down any vinyl or similar texture in your car. This will remove the black dirt from even the smallest crevice!
  • Use a squirt bottle and a squeegee to drag pet hair out of your cloth seats.
  • Create a DIY air freshener using a mason jar, baking soda, and your favorite scent of essential oil (like peppermint, lavender, lemon peel, or more). Add one cup of baking soda into the Mason jar, drip in 7-8 drops of oil, poke small holes in the lid of the Mason jar, then hide it somewhere underneath a seat in your car. Sayonara, odor!
  • Rub down your windshield wipers with rubbing alcohol and a soft tissue or rag to prevent them from leaving smears on your windshield.

Our car geeks at Floyd Traylor Honda are full of handy tricks and helpful fixes. Give us a call or visit us today to learn more!

Revamped Honda Odyssey Earns Top Safety Pick+ Rating

Minivans have become somewhat of a niche segment after their heyday in the 90s, but that doesn’t mean Honda is going to skimp on the quality of the 2018 Honda Odyssey. The Odyssey has been one of the most popular and respected in the minivan class, bringing a modern edge and athleticism to the segment, as well as the latest in technology. The revamped Honda Odyssey performed so well in modern crash tests with increasingly tough restrictions that it earned the coveted title of Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

revamped Honda OdysseyThe IIHS rates vehicles in five different crash categories, as well as rating optional automatic braking system technologies and the quality of their headlamps. The Honda Odyssey earned the highest rating of “Good” in every crash test, and its Collision Mitigation Braking System earned a Superior rating. The headlight test earned an Acceptable rating, and child restraints in the minivan also earned top ratings. All of these together granted the Honda Odyssey the honor of being a Top Safety Pick+ for 2018.

Honda has been continually committed to bringing advanced safety systems to their lineup for a more family-friendly and protective driving experience and the revamped Honda Odyssey is representative of that commitment. Come see the new Honda Odyssey at Floyd Traylor Honda today.

Scary Halloween Attractions in Fort Smith

Scary Halloween Attractions in Fort Smith, ARLooking for something spooky to do this October? Check out these local scary Halloween attractions near Fort Smith, Arkansas.

The Ward

Enter a haunted house populated by creatures out of your darkest nightmares. Admission is only $10 per guest.

Cries at the Crossing

It’s only $15 to enter this theme park of terror, featuring different themed warehouses designed to scare your pants off. The event is being presented as a collaboration between the Fort Smith Girls & Boys Club and the United Federal Credit Union.

Murder and Mayhem Haunted Trolley

This event is for ages 21 and up, so you know they’re bringing out the big scares aboard the trolley. The haunted trolley gives you a lift through downtown Fort Smith as you take a tour of the city’s most haunted historic places and hear of local legends.

Games of Terror

Like escape rooms? This is the event for you. Three different rooms give guests to chance to face off with witches, zombies, or a gory slasher as they attempt to escape in the allotted time.

These scary Halloween attractions are sure to get you in the spirit of the season. At Floyd Traylor Honda, we are proud to serve the Fort Smith area.

Fun Family Activities in Fort Smith

Are you in need of some fun family activities for the fall months? Forth Smith has plenty of entertainment for all ages to keep you and the family happy.

The Monkey House

Bouncy castles are exciting for all ages, so why not go to a building that has all kinds of fun bouncy house designs inside of it? With a play area with bounce surfaces, slides, and a separate area for kids under three, it’s the perfect place to take the little ones.

Escape Rooms

Test your family’s ability to think under pressure with one of many escape room adventures offered in Fort Smith. Check out Fort Smith Escape Artists, For Smith Escape Room, or ClueMasters Live for different escape room challenges the whole family will love. These team-building exercises can help bring your family closer together with teamwork and a group effort.

The Park at West End

This charming downtown park is unlike any other park you’ve ever seen, with a historic carousel, ferris wheel, railcar diner, and even a concession stand built out of a vintage Double Decker bus.

Elevate Trampoline Park

Spend your day jumping, flipping, and pulling off other nifty tricks at Elevate Trampoline Park. It’s a fun way to get in some family fun while also keeping your kids active.

A&M Railroad

Autumn is rolling around, and it’s the best time of the year for this historic passenger train trip. Buy tickets for you and your loved ones to enjoy the scenic landscape as you ride through the Arkansas River Valley and Ozark Mountains on the A&M Railroad.

We at Floyd Traylor Honda are proud to serve the Forth Smith community.