Camping Tips for Experienced Campers: What You Might Not Know

camping tipsAlmost all of the Hondas that we sell at Brighton Honda have plenty of room in them for tents, sleeping bags, and coolers. This summer, take advantage of your spacious vehicle and the beautiful weather; find a camping ground near you and use these camping tips for the perfect weekend in nature.

Save your dryer lint

You may be thinking: Um, what? But dryer lint is actually a must-have when camping, as it’s the perfect fire starter. So while your neighbors are sifting through wet leaves for kindling, you’ll be set with your baggie of dryer lint.

Bring comfortable folding chairs

In the hustle to pack gear for sleeping and cooking, one can easily forget to pack gear for sitting. Remember to bring some folding chairs so that when the fire is roaring, you’ll have a nice place to relax.

Don’t forget plastic bags

It seems like no matter how many grocery bags, Ziploc bags, and other containers one brings, there’s always a use for each. Whether you use it to collect trash, store a muddy pair of shoes, or wrap up your leftover dinner, you’ll be happy to have these useful objects at your campsite.

Bring hand cleaner

Many campsites have bathrooms and some include hand washing stations. But it’s always nice to have hand sanitizer or soap handy when you’re feeling grimy in a pinch. When you’re packing for your camping trip, think ahead of all the things you might want—like hand sanitizer—and make a list that you can save for your next trip, too.

If you’re looking for a new or used car to stuff all that camping gear into, just let us know at Brighton Honda and we’ll find you the vehicle to make your summer even better.

How to Wax Your Vehicle: A Starting Guide

Wax Your Vehicle

If you recently purchased a new Honda from Brighton Honda, you no doubt want to take good care of it. Taking care of your car is just as important on the outside as it is underneath the hood. To protect your car from paint damage, rust, and corrosion, you should wax your vehicle every three to six months. Not only does a good polish protect your car, but it makes it look pretty darn good, too.

Step 1 – Gather Supplies

You’ll need an orbital buffer—easily obtainable online for as low as $30—buffing pads, buffing compound, as well as a kit with polish, wax, and microfiber cloths.

Step 2 – Buff

Look over your vehicle’s exterior for areas with scratches or obvious damage. Smooth plenty of buffing compound over these areas, spreading it evenly with the buffing pad. Then, turn on your buffer and work over these areas in circular motions

Step 3 – Wax

Place a new buffer pad on your buffer and apply the wax by gently pulsing your buffer, rather than leaving it on. Leaving your buffer on as you did with buffing may cause the wax to cake on unevenly. Complete one section of your car at a time, and then remove the wax using circular motions with a microfiber cloth. Repeat this on one section of your vehicle at a time until you’ve achieved a new, polished look all over your car.

If you have any other questions on how to take care of your vehicle, just contact us at Brighton Honda!

 

Tips for Driving in Rain and Strong Winds

Driving in rain and strong winds can be scary, especially if you drive a small, lightweight car that tends to get knocked around. Here are some tips for staying safe in rainy and windy weather.

When it’s just windy, without rain, the biggest problem you’ll have is big gusts of wind. You just need to keep both hands firmly on the wheel at all times and anticipate the gusts. As soon as you feel the car moving in a direction you didn’t steer it, pull it back to the middle of the lane. You should also keep an eye out for long vehicles like semi-trucks and RVs, since they have less control in the wind.

When you’re driving in rain, the most important thing to do is slow down. The slower you’re going, the less likely you are to skid or hydroplane. Driving slower also makes it easier to stop suddenly. You should also leave more room between yourself and vehicles in front of you so that if you do need to stop suddenly, you run a lower risk of running into them.

Always turn your headlights on when it’s raining. Low visibility increases the risk of a crash and lights not only help you see, they help other drivers see you.

For more tips on driving in the rain or anything else that’s auto-related, give us a call at Brighton Honda.

Civic Type R Coming to the United States

For the longest time, there were foreign cars that just weren’t available to drivers in the United States; the Civic Type R was one of those cars. However, there’s good news for Honda fans everywhere. The Civic Type R is coming to the United States this spring. Here’s everything that you need to know about this highly anticipated vehicle.

 

For those who do not know, the Civic Type R is a specialty vehicle created by Honda that was previously limited to countries outside the United States.

 

“The fastest, most powerful Honda ever sold in America, the Type R caps off the incredible success story of our 10th-generation Civic lineup,” Jeff Conrad, a senior vice president at American Honda Motor Co., said in a statement. “We’re happy to inform our US enthusiasts that the long wait for the forbidden fruit of Honda Type R performance is nearly over.”

 

Drivers will not be disappointed. Under the hood, they’ll find a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine that gets an impressive 306 horsepower.

 

For more on the new Civic Type R, keep your eyes and ears open. You’ll start seeing them on the road beginning in the spring and you can read more about it here. Of course, you’re also welcome to check in with us at Brighton Honda for any updates!

Honda Civic Type R

How You Can Celebrate Earth Day

As we move further into 2017, the environment becomes an increasingly important topic. As such, there will be plenty of celebrations all around the world for this year’s Earth Day. Here are just a few ways that you can celebrate Earth Day this year.

 

Leave the car at home

In a show of solidarity, feel free to leave your car home for the day. As we move closer to clean technology, it’s an important step. If you can, try biking or taking public transportation to work.

 

Don’t shower

It sounds gross, but the average shower uses a lot of energy and water, and you can do your part on Earth Day by skipping out on the shower for once. Just be sure to use deodorant!

 

Write to the government

If you’re unhappy about the current environmental situation, write to your local government, as well as the federal government. Change has to start somewhere.

 

Volunteer

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than by actually getting out in the environment and doing something to make a difference. There will be plenty of different events going on.

 

No matter how small of an action you think it is, it’s always better to do something rather than nothing on Earth Day to show your support for cleaning up the environment. We here at Brighton Honda love to see change in action.

Celebrate Earth Day

2017 Honda Ridgeline Named 2017 North American Truck of the Year

2017 Honda Ridgeline driving in the desert

Earlier this year, at the North American International Auto Show, the all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline was named the North American Truck of the Year. This is the second time the Ridgeline has earned this prestigious award, with the first honor earned in 2006.

“This award is a prized validation of the innovations and advantages the Ridgeline offers midsize pickup truck customers and a great recognition of the American development team’s work,” said John Mendel, Executive Vice President of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “This is a terrific way to kick off 2017, and we’re looking forward to sharing more innovative Honda products in the year ahead.”

Choosing the winners for the North American truck and car of the year is a group of more than 50 automotive journalists from across the country. These awards are unique and significant, since they are not associated with a single publication or media organization.

The Ridgeline impressed the judges with its versatility, performance, innovative features, overall value, and excellent safety.

If you’re ready to drive home in one of the best pickup trucks on the market today, experience the 2017 Honda Ridgeline at Brighton Honda today.

Best Movies Coming Out this Spring

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If you’re a movie lover, then you’ll appreciate how hard Hollywood is working to please you. Movies are bigger, bolder, and cost more than ever to ensure viewers are thrilled in the theater. Here are some of the best new movies coming out this spring.

  • Logan. One might think we’ve seen the last of Hugh Jackman playing Wolverine, but we’ll get another chance to see him in the new movie Logan, which comes out March 3rd.
  • Before I Fall. Coming out March 3rd, this film (based on a novel of the same name) makes you think about what you would do if you could go back in time to change one day of your life.
  • Kong: Skull Island. If you love watching big beasts battle it out, be sure to head to the theater on March 10th for the latest installment of the King Kong saga.
  • Beauty and the Beast. The classic Disney tale comes to life with Emma Watson playing Belle. It comes out on March 17th.
  • The Zookeeper’s Wife. This is the riveting, real-life story of a woman who was a hero to hundreds in war-torn Poland during World War II. It will be released on March 31st.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Watch your favorite galaxy-saving guardians come together again in the next Marvel comic adventure on May 5th.

Which spring movies are you most excited about?

New 2018 Honda Odyssey Offers New Passenger-Friendly Features

It’s hard to believe that the Honda Odyssey could adapt even more to a family’s needs, but the new 2018 Honda Odyssey is the minivan will prove that a family ride can get even better. This model will be coming out soon!

Not too much has changed in the Honda Odyssey’s silhouette; however, a redesigned front end does show off a new chrome grille. Where this new minivan shines is on the inside. There is plenty of flexible room for cargo and passengers, whether children or adults. The Honda Magic Seat technology makes it easy to fold seats in different configurations, depending on your cargo needs. A sliding second row provides easy access to the back seats and allows you to keep your second row passengers within arm’s reach.

No matter where your passengers sit, they’ll have plenty to do. A rear seat entertainment system features a ceiling-mounted 10.2-inch screen that can connect to services like PBS Kids and Spotify. But even tucked away in the third row, no one will feel excluded. The 2018 Honda Odyssey creates a social ride for all.

A new feature called Social Play List allows all passengers to upload their favorite songs from their smartphones so that everyone gets a turn on the playlist. Features like CabinWatch and CabinTalk use the 8-inch display screen, rear cameras, and the rear speakers to let parents monitor their kids in the back seat.

With these features and more, it’s clear that the 2018 Honda Odyssey will offer a new kind of ride experience.

Treat Your Partner to a Sweet Ride with Car-Related Valentine’s Day Surprises

One of the most exciting parts about Valentine’s Day is finding new and surprising ways to show your partner how much you care. Instead of leaving a note on the bed or sending flowers to their workplace, make your love known in an unexpected location—their car! There are lots of ways to hide Valentine’s Day surprises in a car or truck. Here are some of our favorites.

 

Leave a Note

Leave a short and sweet love letter on your partner’s dashboard, windshield, or steering wheel. You could also write the things you love about your partner on post-it notes and stick them all over the inside of their car.

 

Give a Clean Start

Does your partner tend let his or her vehicle get a little messy? Surprise them by having their car cleaned inside and out. For an added sweet touch, purchase a car vase and leave some flowers inside.

 

Heart-felt Decorations

Make sure your partner takes your love with them on the road by leaving sweet and thoughtful decorations he or she will love. Pick out a decorative steering wheel cover or a cute air freshener that will make your partner think of you. Anything you can do to make your partner feel loved and cherished during their daily commute is a gift they will never forget.

Common Automotive Terms

Cars can be confusing, what with all their moving parts, upkeep, and that incredibly long owner’s manual. It’s easy to find yourself overwhelmed when talking about cars, especially if the other person is an expert. Here are a few common automotive terms to know, courtesy of us here at Brighton Honda.

  1. Horsepower – While many know that more horsepower means a faster car, that isn’t all there is to a car’s speed. Horsepower is the measure of an engine’s power The average sedan will achieve anywhere from 100 hp to 400 hp.
  2. Torque – The second major factor in a car’s speed, torque is often measured in lb-ft. Defined as the measurement for the force needed to rotate an axis around an object, larger vehicles generally have higher torque. Trucks and SUVs designed to tow or haul heavy loads will have much higher torque than the average sedan.
  3. Direct Fuel Injection – Simply put, Direct Fuel Injection is the system that regulates how much fuel flows into the engine. Overall, this system increases fuel economy and more power compared to indirect fuel injection.
  4. Traction Control – A standard technology on most vehicles, traction control detects when a car is about to skid. The system adjusts the power to avoid wheelspin in order to give the driver more time to react.