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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Of all the automakers in the world, Honda is likely the most advanced of the bunch. With a reach expanding outside of the automotive industry, like ASIMO, the world’s most advanced humanoid robot, the Japanese automaker is constantly innovating its vehicles with new technology. The latest development out of Honda is unprecedented and involves the future of hybrid vehicles.
A Honda hybrid car powered by a motor that doesn’t use rare earth metals may not be as far off as one might think. In partnership with Daido Steel Co. Ltd., Honda has developed just that and, best of all, it can be used in actual hybrid vehicles.
The new motor uses a neodymium magnet that has high resistance to heat, a key factor in hybrid vehicles. According to Honda, the new motor will make its market debut under the hood of the Honda Freed, a hybrid model set to hit dealerships this fall.
Rare earth metals are used in everything from cars to smart phones. More than 80% of 17 rare earth metals comes from China alone and, with China imposing restrictions on exportations of the elements, Honda is taking steps towards independence from them.
Here at Floyd Traylor, we’re pumped to see Honda continuing to lead the market in research and development!
Summer may be coming to an end here soon but Arkansas still has plenty of amazing places to visit! From scenic hot spots to trails that lead to unforgettable places, this state if full of natural scenery and wildlife you’ll never forget. Here are a few fantastic places to visit in Arkansas.
Whitaker Point Trail – Also known as Hawksbill Crag, Whitaker Point Trail will lead you to one of the most scenic spots in all of Arkansas. Look out upon the greenery from on high via the rocky outcrop. Watch your footing; while the rock itself is solid, wet weather can make it slippery!
Arkansas Grand Canyon – The deepest canyon in the Ozarks, the Arkansas Grand Canyon offers a unique look at one of the state’s most beloved natural wonders. Take in the colorful sky as you survey miles of land from a single spot.
Hemmed-in-Hollow Trail – Located in the Buffalo River Area, Hemmed-in-Hollow Trail leads to the accurately named Hemmed-in-Hollow Falls. The tallest free-falling waterfall in the central United States, let alone Arkansas, it’s truly a bewildering sight. Be sure to bring a camera as it isn’t easy to access off a main road.
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.
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 internet watched as Chevrolet delivered a major blow to the Ford F-150’s aluminum body – literally. The rock drop scratched and dented the Silverado 1500 and left major punctures in the F-150’s aluminum bed. As it turns out, Honda was also watching closely, and the Japanese automaker took the challenge to prove it was just as tough as American-made trucks.
To do so, Honda performed the same rock drop into a Ridgeline’s standard composite bed. A whopping total of 830 lbs. of concrete blocks fell from a height of about five feet into the bare bed. The end result? A few scratches, no dents, and nothing even remotely close to a puncture. Even better, the black composite hid the scratches so they were barely noticeable.
As an added bonus, the tailgate still worked perfectly and the in-bed trunk was unscathed, neither of which Chevrolet showed in their ad. While both the F-150 and Silverado 1500 have add-on bed liners, the Honda Ridgeline doesn’t seem to need one.
The Ridgeline rock drop proved that Honda’s full-size pickup’s bed is more durable than both the Silverado 1500’s steel and the F-150’s aluminum. All three trucks compete with the Ram 1500 and Nissan Titan.
Now that Honda’s thrown down the goblet, who will pick it up?
Nothing says fun like visiting the only former bordello on the National Register of Historic Places! Fort Smith was a happening place in the days of the Old West and this building was located in the infamous Red Light District. These days, its role is a little more wholesome—it serves as Visitor Center.
Fort Smith Trolley Museum
The best kind of museum is the interactive type. This trolley museum features a real, restored trolley upon which you can hitch a ride and travel from Garrison Avenue to the National Cemetery. If that doesn’t seem exciting enough, check out the live reenactment of a trolley robbery at the museum!
Fort Smith Air Museum
Located at the Fort Smith Regional Airport Terminal, the Fort Smith Air Museum contains 64 different display cases. Each shares its own story of the many aviators, be them military or civilian, who have hailed from the area.
Belle Grove Historic District
This historic district, comprising 22 square blocks, has been very well preserved by the Belle Grove Historic District Commission. It is a beautiful area that has been on the National Register since 1973. There are four different homes in the neighborhood that are open to visitors. Find them here!
Henry was awarded the John Mackey Award, given to the best college tight end. This no doubt helped secure his position on the Chargers roster.
Jonathan Williams – Running Back – Buffalo Bills
Williams’ missed the 2015 season because of injury, but he earned 1190 yards and 12 touchdowns during a stellar junior campaign in 2014. Buffalo hopes Williams gets back to full strength and adds more depth to a loaded backfield.
Alex Collins – Running Back – Seattle Seahawks
The versatile Collins was projected to go in the third round but fell to Seattle on the last day. With Marshawn Lynch’s retirement, Collins has a chance to earn carries for a stout team.
Brandon Allen – Quarterback – Jacksonville Jaguars
In many ways, Collins was the second best quarterback to ever play for the Razorbacks. He left with the second best completion number at .583.
Sebastian Tretola – Offensive Guard – Tennessee Titans
Tretola was a standout for the Razorbacks. This very talented lineman committed only one penalty in 901 plays. He also led the team with 75 knockdowns.
Honda is known for their cars and crossovers around the world. However, Honda doesn’t just manufacture these two types of vehicles! In fact, the company just achieved a benchmark in their aerial vehicles.
Beginning last December, Honda had successfully delivered several of its HondaJets to areas across North America. In 2016, Honda made it their mission to deliver these jets in Europe as well.
The first of the European HondaJets is set to be distributed by Rheinland Air Service, named the exclusive dealer for the jets in Europe by Honda.
“Delivering the first HondaJet in Europe is a significant milestone in our journey to bring new value to the light jet market,” said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. “Our first customers who have made their commitment to fly the HondaJet are taking Honda skyward in a bold way. It has been rewarding to see the joy in their faces as they take delivery of their aircraft.”
Whether it is on the road or in the skies, Honda is paving the way toward better vehicles!