How To Drive in the Snow in SoCal

Anyone from Southern California knows how great it is to reap the benefits of the area. From brilliant year-round sunny weather to long wavy beaches, living in SoCal is certainly not without its perks. But Southern California is more than just surf, sand, and sun, mind you. It’s home to majestic mountains only a hop, skip, and jump away which when set under the ideal conditions, is home to great local ski and snowboard options. As any driver who has navigated driving in the mountain roads during the snowy winter months can attest, it takes some adjustment and can seem intimidating.

Here are some tips you should know if you are planning on driving in SoCal mountains with snow:

  1. Your best bet against unsafe conditions is a firm defense. Have your vehicle sized and ready for traction tires if possible, either as studded snow or ice tires. Having an 4WD or AWD vehicle equipped with snow tires are satisfactory for most situations.
  2. Carry properly fitted snow chains and practice putting them on!
  3. It is always good to have a first-aid/emergency kit in your car at all times for any type of weather.
  4. Take your time. It’s hard to say given our hectic lives in traffic but there’s no point in rushing up (or down) the mountain if there is snow on the road.
  5. Black ice is not imaginary and does exist. If paired with faster speeds, it poses a huge hazard for control loss. If you hit a slick patch and you lose traction (in your tires), resist the urge to hit the brakes to slow your vehicle. Locking out your tires can cause your back-end to swing around, causing a fishtail. Instead, focus on slow, smooth adjustments with the steering wheel to guide your momentum back straight. Make sure you turn the wheel in the opposite direction of your fishtail and do not overcorrect.
  6. It is wiser to give yourself plenty of space between yourself and the car in front of you and make sure you shift into a lower gear during descents.
  7. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Take your time! The mountain isn’t going anywhere, so don’t rush up or down. It creates a headache and a hazard that no one needs.

For more details on how you can get your Honda ready for the upcoming snow season in Southern California, head to Airport Marina Honda and get your snow kicks today!

Posted by amhAdmin on Sep 30 2014 in Driving Tips Tags: , , , , ,

Tire Maintenance: A Key to Safe Driving

If you think about it, it only makes sense that keeping your tires well maintained and properly inflated is a key in keeping safe on the road..after all, your tires are your one and only connection to the road. This is one area of your vehicle that should never be compromised. Interestingly enough, many ignore their tires, checking the pressure and tread maybe two or three times per year. Tire maintenance is so easy and quick, though, that it is well worth it to make this a regular task.

First, you will want to read the manual that came with the car and locate the tire section. In there, you will see various tidbits of information regarding how much air should be in the tires, when to refill, air pressure, load rating, etc. These are all very important to ensure your tires won’t fail due to preventable issues. Checking your tire pressure is very easy, and yet only about 15% of drivers actually check their tire’s pressure every month. Also, don’t forget to check your spare tire either, because that very well can be on your car if you have a flat tire at some point. Having your dealership perform regular rotations will ensure that equal wear is given to each tire, which will make them last longer as a group. Tires should be rotated about every 5,000 miles, or twice a year.

Posted by amhAdmin on Mar 7 2011 in Driving Tips, Vehicle Maintenance

Happy and Safe Driving in the New Year

As many of us reflect on the past year on this New Year’s Eve of 2010, lets remember to make sure that we keep the road safe; not only tonight, but throughout 2011 and beyond. In fact, safe driving is a perfect new year’s resolution.

To sum up safe driving would be to say that you are mentally alert as well as completely focused on driving, and only driving. The first step of safe driving is mental clarity. This means no drinking and driving, and to avoid driving when you are tired. If you find yourself tired and on the road, pull over, get out and stretch, and find a caffeinated beverage and something to eat to refuel your energy level. We all know driving under the influence severely impacts your ability to drive safely. If you know you will be drinking plan ahead and get a designated driver. If not, then call a cab.

The next step in a new year in safe driving is to promise yourself to be focused only on driving when you are behind the wheel. If you must text or talk on the phone then pull over. Statistics show that texting while driving is right up there with drinking and driving as far as no-nos go while behind the wheel. Distracted driving, which includes eating, drinking and even fiddling with the navigation system or radio, cause thousands and thousands of accidents, injuries, and worse every year. Another key to being focused on your task is to be aware of the other drivers around you. Watch out for and avoid other drivers who seem to be driving erratically or aggressively. It doesn’t matter whether it is because of tiredness, alcohol or sheer arrogance. Telltale signs are tailgating, wobbling within a lane or drifting into another, or swooshing across all there lanes to pass those who are staying within the legal speed limits.

Once you know you have mental clarity and are not preoccupied by any type of distractions, the last step is to drive smart. Control anger and agitation while on the road. If you find yourself speeding to get places on time, then make a resolution to leave five minutes earlier than you normally would. Because, as we all know, getting pulled over for speeding will only make you later.

So take a moment to think about how you can improve your driving. Keeping yourself, your family, as well as other drivers safe on the road is a perfect New Year’s resolution!

Posted by amhAdmin on Feb 1 2011 in Driving Tips

Tips to Organize Your Car

While a car is one of American’s biggest investment, many do not have the time or patience to keep it clean. Whether the mess is from the kids, or from spending ours in your vehicle on your daily commute, drivers can have a tough time keeping the cabin of their car organized. Newer vehicles have many organizational features, such as cargo dividers and storage nooks, so if you find yourself overwhelmed with getting your car cleaned, and keeping it cleaned, just follow our tips

The first step is to take everything out of your vehicle. This includes child safety seats, CDs, and trunk and cargo area items. Make a pile for trash, and then organize everything else in categories that make sense to you. For example you may have items that you keep in your car only for emergencies, and you may make a pile of items that you use often, such as car chargers, and items to keep the kids occupied such as books. For anything that is not necessary to have in your car – take it out and store it elsewhere.

If you are having trouble narrowing down what you keep in your car – think about what your needs really are, do you use your vehicle to tote a bunch of kids around? Do you car pool with co-workers? Do you drive clients around? Think about what do you need to keep close at hand and what can be relegated to the second row or back of the car?

The next step is to find a place for everything – so that when you are done using the item you will know where to put, and where to find it the next time. Furthermore, in the event of a sudden stop or a crash, loose items can also damage your car or, worse, injure your occupants. Automotive accessory shops offer a variety of cargo containers and organizers for every part of the car, from leakproof litter bags, CD storage and trunk organizers to drink coolers, folding hangers and kids’ entertainment centers. It is well worth it to make use of the storage areas in your vehicle as well as investing in some organizational accessories.

Store items you use regularly in places where you can reach them. And make a rule that nothing goes on the floor, not even even trash. Once you start messing up the floor, you’ll find it too easy to keep adding to it, and soon your car will be cluttered again! If necessary keep a small trash bag in a handy place. Once you have a clean, well organized car life will not only be easier, but you will enjoy your time on the road much much more.

Posted by amhAdmin on Dec 2 2010 in Driving Tips