Roadside Emergency Kit: Staying Prepared as You Drive

engine breakdown - Fort Smith, AR
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

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?

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.

DIY Tire Pressure Check

Taking care of your vehicle as a whole is important, and the easiest way to ensure your safety is by checking your tire pressure once a week. A fairly easy process, a tire check can alert you to low pressure, uneven wearing, and more.

Here’s a quick guide to a DIY tire pressure check from us here at Floyd Traylor Honda.

  • Temperature – Before you head out and check your tire pressure, make sure your tires are cold. The best time to check your tire pressure is in the morning or evening. Don’t check your tire pressure after you pull into your driveway. You won’t get an accurate reading.
  • Pressure – Check your owner’s manual or the inside of your driver’s door to determine what the manufacturer-suggested tire pressure is for your vehicle. Note that the pressure might differ between the front and rear tires and that the number on the tire might not match the manufacturer’s suggestion. When in doubt, go with the vehicle manufacturer.
  • Checking – Use an accurate tire gauge, not one at an air hose or gas station. Add air to your tires by putting the nozzle over the tire stem. Don’t hold it for too long; tire pressure increases rather quickly. To lower your tire pressure, press the needle in the middle of the valve.

The Best Side Dishes for Barbecues

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What’s your favorite side dish to bring for a family barbecue?

We are finally in the month of May, which means that warmer weather is finally here. The best way to celebrate is with a good old-fashioned barbecue! Delicious ribs, mouth-watering pulled pork, and many other recipes await. And what would a barbecue be without some delicious side dishes? Here are some of the best side dishes for barbecues!

Macaroni and Cheese

For a side dish that is nearly as hearty as the barbecue itself, cook up some macaroni and cheese. Choose your favorite noodles and your favorite cheese to really make the recipe your own!

Corn Bread

Savory and full of homemade goodness, there is no bread that can complement a barbecue better than corn bread. Pro tip: add a little maple syrup for a sweeter twist.

Baked Beans

Smothered in sauce and thus smothered in flavor, baked beans are sure to be a hit all across the table!

Cole Slaw

After a healthy helping of barbecue, nothing helps to cool down the palate like a portion of refreshing cole slaw. It is the perfect side dish for any barbecue!

 

Serving these side dishes at your next barbecue is sure to make the event a hit!

Five Reasons to Bring Back the Sunday Drive

2016 Honda Fit - Fort Smith, AR
Sunday drives can be so peaceful and relaxing. Where are your favorite places to go?

The Sunday Drive was a tradition that began when automobiles were first becoming popular. Back then, people didn’t see them as mere transportation but rather as an adventure. Here are five reasons to bring back the Sunday Drive.

1. Escape from it all

We spend so much of our lives “connected.” As much we enjoy it, sometimes it can be overbearing. The Sunday Drive provides a great opportunity to disconnect and indulge in some quality “me time.”

2. Discover new music

The car is a great place to rock out, especially if you have the 7-speaker 360-Watt system included with the new Honda Accord. Put on your favorite Pandora radio station and enjoy the scenery.

3. Explore local culture and fare

Fort Smith is surrounded by all sorts of unique and beautiful places. The Sunday Drive gives you a great excuse to casually explore these areas without a plan or pressure.

4. Get in some quality family time

We live such busy lives. The Sunday Drive can be a time where we don’t have to be any particular place at any particular time. Instead, we get to focus on what’s important, like family.

5. Focus on vehicle performance and maintenance issues

The Sunday Drive is just that: a drive. Feel free to see it as a time when you can focus on your vehicle, enjoying its performance.