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Two silhouettes cross a street in front of a line of headlights in a nighttime snow storm.

Tips for Winter Driving on the Delmarva Peninsula

How can drivers stay safe while driving in ice and snow?

Winter has come early this year, and though fall is still fighting valiantly to fend it off, we know in the end it will be a losing battle. And so we must again accept the inevitable.

But while we can’t stop winter from coming, we can do our best to be prepared. Once the snow really starts to fall and the roads freeze over, how can one stay safe in Salisbury and the surrounding areas? Here follows a variety of helpful tips, with information courtesy of our good friends at the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration.

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Prepare Your Vehicle

Before the season starts, (or as soon as possible), have your vehicle serviced. A service department should closely inspect your vehicle’s battery, cooling system, windshield wipers, defrosters, and tires. Also, fill up your wiper fluid reservoir with high quality no-freeze fluid.

When Driving:

  • As always, buckle up and ensure your passengers do so too.
  • If there’s a snow emergency, stay off the road if you can. If you can’t, give yourself plenty of extra time to reach your destination and drive with caution.
  • Don’t think you’re invincible because you have four-wheel drive; such vehicles are actually just as vulnerable to slipping on ice as those with two-wheel drive.
  • If you start to skid, don’t slam on your brakes. Take your foot off the gas and steer in the direction of the skid.
  • Give plenty of extra distance to other vehicles. Especially snowplows. This will provide you with the necessary extra stopping space.
  • Remember that bridges and ramps are the first to freeze, so be especially careful on these.
  • Never try passing a snowplow or salt truck. They don’t have great visibility, and something bad could result. It’s recommended drivers stay at least 25 feet (three car lengths) behind a snow emergency vehicle.
  • If you do get stranded, the safest place to wait for help is in your car. Just be careful not to run your vehicle for too long with the windows up or in an enclosed space. This is to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. For the same reason, clear your exhaust pipe of any snow and just run the engine sporadically; enough to stay warm.

Before Every Drive:

Before heading out into the Winter Dangerland, make sure your car is properly prepped for the drive; though we don’t have time to get into the details here, there are a variety of items you should have with you in your vehicle. Also make sure that all snow and ice is removed from your car before you go. This is in addition to the seasonal maintenance mentioned above.

side view of a red 2019 Honda Ridgeline

How Safe is the 2019 Honda Ridgeline at Pohanka Honda of Salisbury?

Uninformed people will tell you that a new pickup truck need only outpower and outperform the competition to be the best truck available, but that’s certainly not the case when you talk to truck owners and connoisseurs. In fact, while power and capability are certainly at or near the top of list for all truck shoppers, safety is also incredibly important. And that’s just one reason why the new Honda Ridgeline lineup at Pohanka Honda of Salisbury on the Delmarva Peninsula is so popular. Thanks to a comprehensive suite of advanced new safety and driver assistance features, safety isn’t an issue for the 2019 Ridgeline lineup. But just how safe is the 2019 Honda Ridgeline at Pohanka Honda of Salisbury? Well, let’s check out some of those safety and driver assistance features to find out.

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What Are Some of the Best Safety and Driver Assistance Systems Featured with the 2019 Honda Ridgeline Lineup at Pohanka Honda of Salisbury on the Delmarva Peninsula?

As we mentioned throughout our introduction, the 2019 Honda Ridgeline lineup boasts some truly impressive safety and driver assistance features. Since this is a new Honda model we’re talking about, at the top of the list is, of course, the Honda Sensing® suite of driver assistive and safety technologies. This suite includes the Collision Mitigation Braking System™, Forward Collision Warning technology, Road Departure Mitigation technology complete with Lane Departure Warning capabilities, the Lane Keeping Assist System, and Adaptive Cruise Control capabilities. Models like the 2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E and Black Edition also feature LED low-beam head lights.

If you would like to learn even more about the 2019 Honda Ridgeline lineup and everything else that comes along with it, or if you would like to learn even more about any of our other new Honda cars, trucks and SUVs, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly and knowledgeable staff here at Pohanka Honda of Salisbury on the Delmarva Peninsula.

5 Useful, Fun and Inexpensive Accessories You Need For Your Car

Tired of having your belongings slip between your car’s seats? Unsure what to do if you get a flat tire? Even your dream car can drive you crazy with these little annoyances. Here is a list of tools and accessories to keep in your car at all times to make those little inconveniences disappear for good.

 

  1. Drop Stop

Drop Stop is an Automotive Car Seat Gap Filler that you place and mold around your seat belt holder preventing even the smallest things from falling in between your car’s seats. Your cell phone, wallet and even loose change are safe with these pads around.

 

  1. Fix A Flat

This is most definitely not a permanent solution to a flat tire but having a can of Fix A Flat in your car can get you out of a sticky situation if you blow a tire. It will seal the popped tire in minutes and allow you to get to one of our service departments safely so your car can be properly looked at and repaired.

 

  1. Rain-X

Weather your dealing with rain, frost, ice or even bugs Rain-X has you covered. This spray on solution prevents all types of harsh weather from impeding your vision through your windshield. It makes driving in extreme conditions easier and much more safe.

 

  1. Glove Box Organizer

Its very important to have the right documents and contact information in your glove box in case anything were to happen. With a Glove Box Organizer you are sure to have your registration, insurance info, salesperson business card and more at your fingertips in minutes.

 

  1. Steering Wheel Desk

Does your car ever become a place where you end up working or needing to eat a meal? If so you might want to consider purchasing a Steering Wheel Desk. This one of a kind desk attaches to your steering wheel so, while you’re pulled over, you have a portable work space or personal table. Once your done simply slid it under your seat and your ready to go.

 

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5 Steps To Getting Your Car Ready For Spring

It’s that time of year! Break out the dust pans and broomsticks because spring is in the air and spring cleaning is on the agenda. While you’re preparing for the sunnier season don’t forget to prepare your car for the new weather as well. Here are some tips on how to get your car all ready for spring!

 

Wash Your Car and Get It Detailed

Spring is the ideal time to give your car a thorough cleaning both inside and out. Getting your ride washed, waxed, buffed and polished can really give your car a face lift after dealing with snow, ice, salt and more during those harsh winter months. Don’t just settle for your car looking better, make sure it feels better too. Bring your car back to showroom condition by having the interior vacuumed, shampooed and having the leather and plastic surfaces treated. A detail also gets all of the dirt and crumbs out of those hard to reach places.

 

Touch Up Paint and Small Dents

For minor dings and chips purchase some automotive touch up paint and carefully fill in all the scuffs and scratches. It won’t be a professional job but it will prevent rust from attaching itself to your sheet metal.

If you have some more substantial damage to your vehicle make a visit to your service department or local body shop. Different repairs have different prices but to keep your car in fair cosmetic condition it is worth an occasional visit to a professional. Having a car in good condition makes it easier to sell down the line and if your interested in an upgrade bring it to your dealer service center;  they can give you a trade in quote before you pay to have any work done!

 

Check Your Oil & Tire Pressure

These are routine procedure that every driver should keep up with but when life gets busy they are the last things on your mind. Be sure that you are checking your oil frequently and getting it changed according to your manufacturer standards. Getting your oil changed when needed is a easy and effective way to keeping your car in top performing condition while letting your oil get too low can cause detrimental damage to your vehicle.

Be cautious of wear on your tires after the winter months. The start of spring is the ideal time to make sure your tires are properly inflated, your spare tire included. It is also a fantastic time to have your tires rotated and balanced to make sure you are getting the maximum life span from each tire.

 

Invest in New Floor Mats

Winter is a very harsh time for your floor mats, especially if they are made of typical carpet. Spring is a great time to evaluate your floor mats and see if they need replaced. Some drivers even upgrade their floor mats from carpet to rubber or synthetic materials. These are easier to clean and don’t allow dirt, mud, water and more to get to your cars carpeting.

 

Clean Out Your Glove Compartment

First off, when cleaning out your glove compartment make sure that all important documents are where they need to be. Know where your insurance information is as well as your vehicle’s registration and owners manual. Clean out all of the un necessary papers and receipts that accumulate in your glove compartment over time time make sure these documents are easily accessible.

The glove compartment is also a great place to keep contact information from your local dealership and mechanic as well as any service coupons you acquire. It would also be a good idea to keep a tire gauge and pair of work gloves in there in case you need them while on the road.

 

If you follow these five steps you and your ride are ready for spring! Enjoy the sunshine and drive safe.

Why You Shouldn’t Drive While Low On Gas

 

Everyone knows keeping gas in your tank is an imperative part of getting you and your vehicle from point A to point B. However did you know letting your gas level get too low can actual cause detrimental damage to your car? Here are some parts of your vehicle that can be negatively affected by letting that little gas light shine:

 

Engine Problems

Your fuel tank holds your vehicle’s gasoline (or diesel) and uses fuel lines to pump it to your engine. When you have a low amount of gas in your tank sediment begins to sit and gets fed to your engine when there is nothing left to give it. This could cause severe engine malfunction and could also clog your fuel lines both of which are costly repairs.

 

Fuel Pump

The less gas in your tank the harder the fuel pump has to work to keep your car going.Your fuel pump has to work longer and harder if your tank doesn’t have much gas. This is unnecessarily over working a much needed system. Your fuel also keeps this pump lubricated and having little fuel can cause it to stall. If your pump begins to fail it will need to get repaired or replaced which is often very costly. These problems can be easily avoided by keeping your tank satisfyingly full of fuel.

 

Fuel Filter

The fuel filters primary job is to filter air before it gets to the engine. Any seidments that get sent from the fuel tank to the engine will go through this filter. If the filter is clogged, damaged or overused it can fail completely causing even more dirt and excess sediments to get into your engine and fuel lines. Some cars have replaceable fuel filters but others don’t. Therefore it’s even more important to cater to the fuel filter because it can be a major and costly repair depending on the type of car you drive.

 

Experts recommend not letting your tank get below the ¼  marker in order to prevent any of these catastrophes. Next time you think you have x more miles to go before running out of gas think of the costly repairs we talked about above; It might be worth pulling over at the next station.

Have you been a little too loose with filling up your gas tank in a timely manner? Our service department would be happy to take a look at your vehicle and make sure it is fit for the road. Click here to make an appointment today.

 

 

 

Monitoring and Alerting Systems Worth Noting on a 2017 Honda CR-V

209/365/329 Red Alert!The 2017 Honda CR-V includes a lot of new sensing technologies. These technologies are designed to help drivers stay safe while on the road. There are many different kinds of issues that can disrupt driving. Honda has worked for years to alleviate the common problems that drivers have like distractions and blind spots. It instituted major changes to driver-assist technologies across its entire line of vehicles, including the CR-V. If you are looking at getting a new CR-V, here are some of the monitoring and alerting systems worth noting on a 2017 Honda CR-V.

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