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Experts Say Putting Your Phone Away Can Keep You Safe

Driving distracted is one of the worst things you can do on the road. No one knows this more than we here at First Choice Honda, which is why we want to help you stay distraction-free as much as we can. To accomplish this, below we have listed one of our all-time favorite tips for staying mindful on the road.

It can't be stated enough: Cell phones are for emergencies only on the road! As tempting as it may be to respond to a text or return a missed call while driving, it's crucial to resist. 

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Tips for a Successful Test Drive Experience

There are some things that you should do when you are test driving a vehicle and there are some things that you should not do when test driving a vehicle. The Honda sales professionals right here at First Choice Honda want you to know just how things should go down so that everything works out well for you.

When you are test driving a vehicle, you should bring someone with you. You should have someone along who you can talk to and who can help you figure out just what you think of the vehicle. You should not plan on…

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Why Should You Consider a New Honda Hatchback Model?

Hatchbacks are one of the most popular car choices among today's consumers. And because we here at First Choice Honda want to be sure that you are an informed car buyer, we thought it was important to give you a brief overview of the benefits of this style of vehicle.

First, hatchbacks have far more cargo space than most people give them credit for. Rear seats can fold down, only further expanding storage room. Also, because they are more compact vehicles, hatchbacks tend to get incredible gas mileage compared to larger SUVs, trucks, or minivans.  

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The Truth About Motor Oil

There are plenty of myths circulating about motor oil. Everything from how often you should have an oil change to what kind of oil you should use is called into question. Here at First Choice Honda, we believe in providing our customers with facts so that they can make an informed decision about their vehicle.

Contrary to what you may have been told, motor oil doesn't always have to be changed every 3,000 miles. Every vehicle has different requirements. While most newer vehicles have an oil life monitor, it's still important to consult your owner's manual…

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Shift Into Gear With Transmission Maintenance

As your car accelerates or decelerates, the RPMs will go up or down accordingly. Each vehicle has an optimal RPM range depending on your speed, and when it starts to leave that range, your vehicle needs to shift into a different gear. Your transmission is what does this shifting, and it is one of the most important parts of your vehicle.

There are two main types of transmissions: the automatic and the manual. With an automatic transmission, the primary type of transmission in the United States, the vehicle will shift on its own. 

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The Alternator Keeps Your Battery Charged

Many of us have had the unfortunate experience of walking out to a vehicle and finding it with a dead battery. This is usually because we have left the lights on or the door opened for too long. But in some cases, a dead battery can indicate that it is not being charged properly while being driven. This is typically the result of a dead or poorly functioning alternator.

Your car's alternator is essentially a mini-generator that runs while your car is running. It provides the vast majority of power to all of your vehicle's electronics and is…

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What do Motor Oil Viscosity Ratings Mean?

When you’re trying to figure out the correct type of motor oil to get for your vehicle, bear in mind that oil viscosity refers to the fluid’s thickness. Think about the season and the type of driving you’ll be doing. Next, remember a couple of basic principles: if oil is too thin, it won’t be able to properly lubricate the parts; too thick, and it’s harder work for the engine.

The multi-grade bottle’s numbers tell you what that specific oil’s viscosity is in both cold and hot weather. Take a 5W30 oil, for…

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Common Causes of an Overheating Engine

Engine overheating is one of the most common reasons for a vehicle breakdown. The majority of the time, there are warning signs that are available prior to the overheating occurring. Some of the more common causes of an engine overheating include:

  • An empty or low level of coolant within the radiator
  • Radiator hoses which are worn-out and deficient
  • Cuts or slits in the radiator hoses
  • A defective water pump 
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Understanding the Tire Pressure Light: Don't Let Under-Inflated Tires Affect Your Driving Safety

Is your tire pressure light illuminated? This dashboard light is connected to the tire pressure monitoring sensors, and when it is illuminated, it's a sign that one or more of your tires is out of balance. Most likely, the tire is under-inflated, which can pose serious risk to drivers while they're on the road.

When the tire pressure light switches on, it can be caused by several factors. Sometimes, tire pressure simply drops due to cold temperatures. 

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What Does the Information on the Side of a Tire Mean?

The information on the side of your tire reveals important information about the type and size of tire your car requires. The abbreviations take a little practice, but once you crack the code, you’ll have a better understanding of the nature of tires.

There might be a letter that begins the string of information. A "P," for example, represents passenger car. The following three-digit number, such as 225, represents the tire’s width in millimeters. It’s followed by a slash and a two-digit number. 

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