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.

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!

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!