Car Detailing Tips

Car detailing tips

When it comes to customizing and detailing your car, there are lots of things you can do. But it’s not always easy. Here are some car detailing tips that go beyond the surface.

Compressed Air

Spray compressed air over your interior carpet to get all of the dirt and dust out that might be settled into corners.

Baby Powder

Believe it or not, you can clean oil-based stains and grease streaks off of your upholstery with baby powder.  Sprinkle it directly on any spots and let it sit for half an hour before dusting it off. Then, vacuum the same area to get the powder out.

Cotton Swabs

These little guys can be powerful on dirt and debris! Use them to get to hard spots like dashboard vents or other crevices and buttons.

Rubbing Alcohol

Have any pesky old window stickers or bumper stickers? Stick your fingernail underneath to peel it off and then rub away the residue with a cotton rag dipped in rubbing alcohol.

Toothbrush

You don’t only have to use a toothbrush for your teeth! A toothbrush is great to get at the dirt in your wheels, specific in your spokes or wheel patterns.

Now detail that car and get it looking fresh for springtime!

Honda Xcelerator Program Showcases New Technology at CES 2017

Honda showed off some of its latest innovations at the latest CES show. Held annually in Las Vegas, CES is a gathering of leading tech companies and startups, often providing a way for groups to showcase next-generation technologies. In particular, Honda’s Xcelerator program works with entrepreneurs and startups in Silicon Valley to refine current Honda designs.

According to Honda, one of the cool new technologies Honda was able to develop with partners was a new 3D driver display demonstration. This system uses nanotechnologies to transition between different viewing angles. Although this might sound trivial, this system improves viewing angles for sensor warnings and other driver assist systems.

“We’re flexible, innovator friendly, and look for unique opportunities to work closely with partners to co-create and showcase advanced technology,” said Dennis Clark, strategic alliance lead at Honda Xcelerator. “Our focus at CES is to showcase our work with two of our partners–LEIA and VocalZoom–to apply their unique technologies to enhance the in-car experience.”

Other technologies include optical sensors that allow for Human to Machine Communication. VocalZoom works to develop such sensors, and they can be used to isolate facial movement to optimize voice recognition software. And these are just some of the cool new Honda features presented at CES 2017!

Roadside Emergency Kit: Staying Prepared as You Drive

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You never know when you’re car will break down, so always be prepared.

You never know when your car is going to break down. That’s why you should always drive with a roadside emergency kit.

You should always have the basics, including jumper cables and a spare tire, but there are also some essentials that many drivers forget. Read on to learn more about packing a roadside emergency kit.

According to the DMV, one of the most important things to pack is a first aid kit. You should always call 911 if there is a serious injury; however, a first aid kit can help with minor injuries. Include things like bandages and antiseptic, cotton balls, tweezers, and aspirin. You’ll be glad you have these supplies.

You should also be sure to pack road flares and flashlights. Road flares are necessary if you break down on the highway, and they can be used to alert other drivers to your situation. They’re also useful if you’re stranded in inclement weather. Flashlights are great if you have to change a flat tire in the dark—especially because phone flashlights can drain precious battery life.

Other important supplies to include in your kit include a rain poncho, duct tape, and drinking water. Water is especially important if you get stranded. It’s smart to keep a sealed gallon in the back of your car, and many people also keep granola and other food as well (though you’ll have to refill your kit every once in a while). Consider packing a roadside emergency kit today, even if you purchase it at the store. Staying prepared could just safe your life.

Honda Ridgeline Lights Up the Road with Best Pickup Headlights

Best Pickup Headlights | 2017 Honda Ridgeline | Floyd Traylor Honda | Fort Smith, AR Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Testing

Once again, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is testing to ensure our vehicles are as safe as they can be. In the most recent testing, the IIHS checked headlights and a lot of the vehicles aren’t doing so well. This being said the best pickup headlights were found on the all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline.

The available LED headlights on the Ridgeline RTL-E and Black Edition trims illuminated 358 feet of the road. Whereas the poorest performing pickup the Colorado only illuminated 123 feet in the test.

The IIHS evaluated headlights on 11 pickup models and gave each a score of good, acceptable, marginal, or poor. The Ridgeline was the only pickup to receive a good rating.

One feature that helped the Ridgeline was its high-beam assist feature. This feature automatically turns on the high beams when no other vehicles are present, and turns them off if another vehicle is approaching. It also provides better visibility without having to worry about blinding other drivers.

And, to encourage more automakers to improve their headlights, the IIHS will be using its headlight ratings as one factor in its annual Top Safety Pick+ awards.

Stop by Floyd Traylor Honda today and test drive the all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline.

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Car

2016 Honda HR-V - Fort Smith, AR
Will you be a better driver next year?

Many of us make the same resolutions every year—lose weight, save money, learn something new, travel, etc. But, how often are these goals tossed away within a month or two? If you’re looking for a resolution you can actually keep, here are a few resolutions for your car that should be pretty easy.

  1. Drive distraction-free. In 2017, put your phone away and keep it there until you reach your destination. In addition, don’t eat behind the wheel, put on makeup, or do anything else that distracts you from the road.
  2. Make seatbelts mandatory. Make a new rule for your car that everyone must be buckled before you start driving, no matter their age. You can even include the family dog in this rule by getting them an appropriate restraint for the car.
  3. Make safety a top priority. If you plan on buying a new car in 2017, make safety one of your top priorities. Check crash test ratings and consider adding on advanced safety technology, if it is available.
  4. Learn basic maintenance. If you don’t already know how, learn how to change a tire. Knowing how to do this can save you a lot of time, money, and frustration.
  5. Be a better driver. If you are an aggressive driver, calm down. Not only will your driving habits be safer, but you’ll save fuel as well.

Are you planning on any car-related resolutions for 2017? Let Floyd Traylor Honda know!

Liven Up Your Holiday with These Amazing Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Thanksgiving Dinner
Photo by Satya Murthy

While the Thanksgiving turkey may be the centerpiece of the meal, the side dishes are often the real favorite. However, if you want to try something new this year, consider one of these show-stopping Thanksgiving side dishes.

  • Bundt Pan Stuffing. While some people cook their stuffing inside the turkey, others prefer it out. And, we all know that the best part of the stuffing is the crunchy bits. This recipe has you bake the stuffing in a Bundt pan meaning more crunchy parts to go around.
  • Spinach Maria. This Tennessee favorite is a rich and creamy dish that takes creamed spinach to the next level with a big dose of cheese.
  • Green Bean Casserole Baked Potato. Combine two of your favorite side dishes into one. You’ll save room on your plate for some other favorites.
  • Cheese Stuffed Cornbread. Ordinary cornbread turns extraordinary when you add a thick layer of cheese in the middle.
  • Quinoa Salad with Roasted Squash. If you’re trying to find healthier alternatives this year, this quinoa salad is packed with fall flavors and is bursting with flavor.
  • Sweet Potato Bites. These little slices of heaven are almost like the Thanksgiving version of s’mores. Layer a large marshmallow on top of a slice of sweet potato, roast it, and top the whole thing off with a pecan.

What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving side dishes?

2017 Pilot Is the Latest Honda with Apple CarPlay Technology

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2016 Honda Pilot. The 2017 model will be the latest with Apple CarPlay.

After a complete redesign in 2016, buyers have fallen in love with the all-new third-generation Honda Pilot. Now, for 2017, the Pilot is the latest Honda with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto technology. In addition, it comes with a new fingerprint resistant touchscreen and more interior color options.

On the Pilot EX trim and above, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will come standard. This technology will allow drivers to connect their compatible smartphone and use select apps directly on the Pilot’s 8-inch touchscreen. Or with simple voice commands, make hands-free calls and find their favorite music.

Buyers will also be able to opt for a black interior on all models with White Diamond Pearl exterior paint. This combination was previously only available on the Elite trim. This new option adds a big dash of sophistication to the Pilot.

The third-generation Pilot is already making a name for itself and is turning heads wherever it goes. It has been named one of the “Best Cars for the Money” by U.S. News & World Report, and one of the “Best Family Cars of 2016” by KBB.com, Parents Magazine, and Edmunds.com.

The 2017 Honda Pilot is available now at Floyd Traylor Honda. Stop by today and take it out for a test drive.

What You Need to Know About the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid

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Once you drive the Accord Hybrid, you’ll fall in love with it!

There was a good reason Honda took a year off with the Accord Hybrid model. Now back from its hiatus, the all-new 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid has some updated features and improvements that are surely going to impress.

Better Fuel Efficiency

The new Accord Hybrid is exceptionally efficient and received an EPA rating of 49 mpg city and 47 mpg highway. These figures give it the best ratings in its class of mid-size hybrid sedans.

Improved Performance

With the amazing efficiency comes improved overall performance. Inside the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, giving it an output of 212 horsepower, which is an increase from the 2015 model (which peaked at 196 horsepower).

Updated Technology and Safety

The new Accord Hybrid is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, making it incredibly easy to stay connected while driving. There are also new safety features that come standard on the updated model, including Active Cruise Control, which generates a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.

We are very pleased to have this hybrid vehicle back in our lineup and we look forward to seeing it continue to improve in the future. Stop by Floyd Taylor Honda for more information and to test drive the all-new 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid.

Should You Keep Waxing Your Car?

Honda Ridgeline - Fort Smith, AR
Consider a few factors before your next car wax.

You just bought a brand new car and you want to keep it looking absolutely stunning for as long as possible. You’ve been working hard and spending hours waxing it on the weekends to make it truly glisten. But the big question of the day is: should you keep waxing your car? The answer can vary and it depends on what you want and what you’re willing to pay (in both effort and cash) in order to maintain those long-term results.

One thing to understand is that wax isn’t the only option for protecting your vehicle. We are going to dive in and describe the differences between wax and sealant in order for you to determine exactly what you should be using.

For starters, wax is a substance that doesn’t really last in terms of protection. It deteriorates at a quick pace, especially when subject to certain elements, including the sun. With that being said, you should expect to reapply wax every two weeks or so in order to fully protect your vehicle’s paint job. On the other hand, the major benefit of wax is that it will deepen the color of the paint on the vehicle, so if you managed to shell out the extra cash for high quality paint, then keep on waxing.

If you have a standard paint job on your vehicle, then you’ll want to consider switching to a sealant instead of wax. Sealant is a substance that is easy to use and lasts considerably longer than wax (up to six months, depending on environmental factors). It’s also easier to use compared to the tedious process of waxing.

Overall, what you decide to use to protect your vehicle depends on your end goal. If you have the time and money to wax your vehicle every two weeks, then go for it. If you prefer a more practical approach, then switch to sealant. The choice is up to you.

Honda Odyssey Built-In Vacuum Holds Up to Strongest Vacuum Competitors

Honda Odyssey built-in vacuum

The Honda Odyssey built-in vacuum available in the highest trim level, the EX-L Touring Elite, has been getting rave reviews since the 2017 Odyssey was introduced. The vacuum, made by Shop-Vac, is a complete vacuum with tools and a 16-foot hose, and it can run indefinitely with the van turned on, or for 8 minutes on the battery alone.

Consumer Reports tested the Odyssey vacuum to see how it held up against other well-known hand vacuums. They found that the Odyssey does just as well as the competitors, which were all corded vacuums that have to be plugged into a wall plug. The Odyssey was at least as quick as the others at cleaning up different kinds of spills and messes including pet hair, cereal, and sand.

With the Odyssey’s vacuum, it’s easily stowed in its appropriate storage place and doesn’t require an outside power source. This is incredibly handy on long road trips especially, when spills are common and parents might not have easy access to or room for a handheld vacuum. The Odyssey vacuum’s efficiency and practicality set it apart.

Consumer Reports came to the right conclusion when it found that the Odyssey vacuum is definitely worth the cost of the EX-L Touring Elite trim—especially given all the other features you get with this highest trim level.