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!

How to Keep Your Car from Overheating

How to keep your car from overheating

There are plenty of articles explaining what to do when your car overheats, but how do you stop it from happening in the first place? Summer is a big time for overheated engines—you’re working it overtime between the heat outside and blasting the air conditioning inside. Here are some tips on how to keep your car from overheating.

An old battery can lead to an overheated engine because it isn’t picking up enough slack. If your battery is more than three years old, consider replacing it. You should also have your heating and cooling system checked out, especially if you notice anything wrong with it—a bad cooling system can mean trouble for your engine.

Make sure your tires are in good shape and are properly inflated. Not only is driving on bad tires dangerous, it also makes your engine work harder, which can make it overheat!

If you see the temperature light come on, you can stop the engine from getting too hot by rolling down the window, turning the hot air on, and blasting it. You’ll be melting in the heat, but it’s better than ruining your engine. Turn it off to let the engine cool down as soon as you can.

For more tips on keeping your engine cool, give us a call at Floyd Traylor Honda!

Fun Summer Activities

Having fun under the summer sun doesn’t mean having to travel across the country! There’s plenty of activities to take part in both around the house and in your local community. We here at Floyd Traylor Honda have a few recommended fun summer activities that everyone will enjoy!

Help the Elderly

Like winter, summer is particularly harsh on the elderly, especially if they have any work to be done outdoors. Take a few hours out of your week to assist an elderly neighbor. Doing so can help them enjoy the summer as well as leave you feeling good all season long. Mow lawns, pull weeds, lay mulch, or simply help move front porch furniture. A little goes a long way in the summer heat!

Have a Picnic

Packing a blanket and picnic basket full of delicious food and heading to a local park for a picnic is a great way to start the summer. You could even potentially start a new summer tradition! Once at your desired location, try to find a shady spot, such as beneath a large tree, to unpack your basket. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!

Fun Summer Activities

Drink Lemonade

It doesn’t take much to get into the spirit of summer. Sipping a nice, cool glass of lemonade while sitting on your front porch, is a simple way to enjoy the season, too.

Explore These Tips to Keep Your Car Clean Inside – For Good

Is your car eternally messy inside no matter what you do? Whether the mess accumulates thanks to you or to your passengers, the spring season is the perfect time to take control of the mess by bringing the “spring cleaning” adage to your vehicle’s interior.

Keep Your Car Clean Inside

To get you started, check out these tips to keep your car clean inside:

 

  • Keep a small garbage can or bag inside your car, and always put your garbage in it. You’ll never toss an empty fast food bag on the ground, when you have a garbage receptacle within reach.
  • Every time you fill up your vehicle with gasoline, use that time to empty your trash bag and generally straighten up inside.
  • Recruit helpers in your children–ask them to pick up one object to take inside every time they get out of the car.
  • If you never have passengers, be sure to evaluate your backseats every now an then. If you’re always in the front, you may not notice that a mess is accumulating.
  • Get yourself some organizing materials for whatever you tend to keep in your car, such as a CD case, a file folder, or a gym bag.
  • Finally, if your car truly does manage to get out of control consistently, don’t wait for it to get worse. Schedule a cleaning day, once a month.

 

For more cleaning tips or to explore a whole new car entirely, give us a call or stop by Floyd Traylor Honda anytime.

Spring Car Cleaning Tips

car wash - Fort Smith, ARSpring has finally arrived which means that now is the perfect time to get rid of all the winter trash and grime that’s built up over the past few months.

Keeping your car clean inside and out during winter isn’t easy, especially if you park outside.

Here are a few spring car cleaning tips from us here at Floyd Traylor Honda to help you get your vehicle squeaky clean!

Interior

A great place to start cleaning any car is from the inside out. Start by removing any trash lingering on the floor before moving on to the glove compartment and other storage areas. Finally, move to the trunk and remove anything littered around in there. Finish off by dusting the dash and sweeping the floors and seats.

Exterior

There are few better ways to prepare your car for spring than getting it squeaky clean and looking its best. Wash the exterior thoroughly with the goal of removing all the salt, dirt, and grime that built up over winter. Finish offer with a wax that will leaving your car shining in the spring sun for weeks to come!

Wheels

One common spot every driver forgets about is the wheels. There’s a lot of crud that builds up beneath the hubcaps. Take the time to remove them and give the wheels a thorough scrubbing!

Best Road Trips in Arkansas

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2017 Honda Ridgeline

As the weather warms up you might be wondering–what are the best road trips to take in the self-proclaimed “Natural State”? Here are some suggestions.

Sylamore Scenic Byway

Made up of Highways 5 and 14 as well as a Forest Service Road, this scenic route takes you into the heart of the Ozark National Forest and through beautiful Stone County.

Ozark Highlands Scenic Driveway

Take Highway 21 up through the Ozark National Forest to find yourself surrounded by stunning natural views. Approximately 1.2 million acres of untouched woods await you in this national park.

Highway 103 from Clarksville to Oark

Head through timber land and family-owned cattle farms to experience a bit of the scenic country life on this route, and if you want to make a day of it, go canoeing or hiking in the Wolf Pen Recreation Area in Oark.

Boston Mountains Scenic Drive

Get on Highway 71 and head all the way up to beautiful Fayetteville; it’ll take you through mountainous scenery and to a secluded, relaxing spot where you can get away from it all.

Arkansas Highway 23

From Elm Park to the Missouri state line to Ozark and Eureka Springs, Highway 23 is lauded among natives as the scenic and beautiful “Pig Trails.” Check out any of the many towns along the way for a visually stunning, cozy day trip.

In Arkansas, there are plenty more scenic routes and stunning highways besides the ones we’ve listed above. Why not take one of these trips in a brand-new ride from Floyd Traylor Honda?

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!

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.

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Car

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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!