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Winter Driving Tips For Staying Safe in the Snow

Need to get through snow and ice during your daily commute? Follow these winter driving tips to keep you, your car, and other people on the road as safe as possible when nature seems to be working against you.

Pack an Emergency Survival Kit

Things like blankets, extra clothes, gloves, water bottles, a flashlight, batteries, and whatever else you deem necessary can become crucial if you end up stranded.

Clear Off All Windows

Visibility is key in slippery or snowy road conditions. You need to be able to keep an eye on other drivers, so make sure you clean off the front and back windshields, all windows, and both side mirrors.

Check Tires and Gas Tank

Having properly-inflated tires is a must, as deflated tires have less traction and use more fuel. Additionally, don’t let your gas go below half a tank; you may need to run the heat in your car if you slide off the road.

Put More Distance Between Cars

If roads are slippery, stopping will take longer no matter how hard you hit the brakes, so make sure to take your time, drive slow, and put extra distance between you and the car in front of you.

Don’t Drive

This seems obvious, but it’s sound advice. If you’re worried about the roads and can avoid driving, don’t drive. It’s always better to trust your instincts.

Above all, these winter driving tips can be summed up with “be careful” and “be prepared.” It’s always good to be ready for any situation and to tread with caution. If your care needs to be prepped for the winter, schedule a service appointment at Summit Honda’s Service near Kansas City MO!

How to Drive Safely with Bicyclists

How to drive safely with bicyclists
We must embrace bicyclists on the road and keep them safe!

It’s warming up again, and springtime means that more bicyclists will be out. Here’s how to drive safely with bicyclists so that we can all share the road happily and safely:

  1. Acknowledge bicyclist vulnerability – A car weighs a lot more than a bike, and in any collision, the bicyclist will be far more injured than the driver.
  2. Know bicyclists’ rights – Traffic laws apply to bicyclists, too. So they’re not allowed to use the sidewalks and are considered vehicles on the road. The same traffic laws apply to them.
  3. Tone the road rage down – Don’t have the “in my way” attitude about bicyclists. They’re motorists, too, so you have to think of them as equal. Don’t let your road rage get to you.
  4. Beware the right hook and left turn – When you’re making a right turn, a bicyclist might be a little behind you, also making a turn. Watch out so you don’t hit them. The left turn is dangerous, too. Don’t assume that you can make a left turn before a bicyclist can go.
  5. Give them 3 feet of clearance – Staying three feet behind a biker helps keep everyone safer, and gives more time for reaction.

Lee’s Summit Honda always looks out for your safety. Driving a Honda is one way to do that. See our new Honda inventory here, or research the latest Honda vehicles.

How to Jump Start Your Car

How to Jump Start your Car
We’ve got a handy guide to help you jump start a dead car!

Your car won’t start—now what? Here’s how to jump start your car:

Steps to Jump-Start:

  • Park both cars in neutral next to each other and make sure they are close enough for the cables to reach but are not touching.
  • Connect the first end of the red cable (positive) to the positive terminal on the other car’s battery. Do the same for the non-working battery.
  • Connect the black cable (negative) to the negative terminal on the other car’s battery. Attach the other end to a grounding point on your car, like a bolt or bracket, away from the dead battery. Check your owner’s manual, because some cars have negative jump-starting poles for that purpose.
  • Ensure that both cables are away from any moving parts and then start the engine of the working car.
  • Wait a minute, and then try starting your car. If it doesn’t work, let it charge a bit longer and try again.
  • Once you get your car started up, make sure to drive it for at least half an hour before shutting off the engine again.

Remember, dealerships will help you out, too! Ask Lee’s Summit Honda for any help you need.

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More driving tips: Drive Safely in the Slush

Winter Driving Tips: How to Drive in Slush

How to Drive in Slush and Snow - Lee's Summit, MO
If the roads look like this, you need our tips to drive safely down them!

Slush isn’t the most dangerous winter weather hazard, but it can definitely be tricky—with slush, you’re going to get a mix of snow, ice, and melted water, and odds are you won’t be able to tell which is which. Here are some tips on how to drive in slush so you can get from place to place safely until the snow melts all the way.

A lot of driving in slush is common sense. Don’t rush—leave early or arrive late if you have to, but slow and steady wins the race in poor conditions. Give yourself extra stopping distance, and brake early at red lights—you don’t want to end up skidding into the middle of the lane.

It’s always smart to follow the tracks left by other drivers. These will be drier and less slick. Never use cruise control in any bad conditions—you need to be able to let off the gas pedal to slow down instead of engaging your brakes, which can cause you to skid. Slow down on bridges or under them, since ice tends to build up here and going too fast can cause you to skid.

Drive smart!

More winter related stories: 5 Tips to Reduce Energy Costs in the WinterDefrost your Windshield

Tips to Defrost Your Windshield

Tips to Defrost Your Windshield
We all hate waking up in the morning and seeing the windshield frozen over. Keep reading for tips to defrost!

Find yourself running late, only to get in the car and realize that the windshield is totally frosted over? Prepare yourself for this pesky winter occurrence with these simple tips to defrost your windshield

  • For a quick and cheap solution, check out this rubbing alcohol/water solution from this news station here!
  • Keep in mind that while warming up your car will clearly, eventually defrost your windshield, the defrosting will not happen all that quickly and you will be wasting fuel while idling.
  • Instead, look into a high-quality deicing product, which would be specifically designed to melt the ice and frost away quickly.
  • Additionally, you can simply scrape off the ice with an ice-scraper. If you don’t already have one in your car, you should remedy that situation ASAP.
  • Lastly, if you are really desperate, you could simply pour a bucket of lukewarm water over your windshield. However – never pour boiling water on your windshield, which could cause it to crack.

Whatever you do, stay safe this winter! And if you’re in the market for a new vehicle that’s ready to handle the winter weather, come visit us anytime at Lee’s Summit Honda.

Read more: Tips for winter energy saving

Best Apps for Driving

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Lee’s Summit Honda ranks our Top 3 Fave Apps for Driving. Of course, don’t use these WHILE driving!

There really seems to be an app for everything. In the case of driving, the choices are seemingly endless, but which ones are really worth the download? We’ve come up with our three favorite apps for making your commute easier.

  1. By far one of the most popular driving apps, Waze takes the top spot in our list of best apps for driving. Waze is a community of drivers that consistently input data points to offer the most up-to-date, accurate, and reliable map, traffic, construction, gas, and detour information to drivers on the go. Just keep the app open while you drive to get real-time updates.
  2. Gas Buddy. Gas Buddy is another app the coordinates a community of users to provide up-to-date gas price information for gas stations near you, or wherever you are going. Earn points and rewards by reporting gas prices and help keep the app accurate and reliable!
  3. Plug Share. Gas guzzlers aren’t the only ones benefiting from apps. Electric car drivers will find that the Plug Share app is helpful for finding charging stations worldwide. More than 40,000 charging stations are mapped, provide availability information, and allow you to pay for your charge through the app.

Are your needs different? Here are other apps worth checking out!

Here at Lee’s Summit Honda, we think that when used responsibly, auto-friendly apps can make driving a more fun and convenient experience. We want to know: what are your favorite apps for driving? Let us know in the comments below!