Back-To-School Carpooling Tips: Organize and Stay Safe

Our dealership is always concerned with the safety of young children when they are transported to and from school. If you would like to start a back-to-school carpool to save time and get involved in the community, we have some great tips to help you stay organized.

Start your carpool with an idea of how many children will be riding. Consider how many seats are available in the vehicles to be used. Let parents know about safety rules with booster seats and children under 13 not being allowed as a front-seat passenger.

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How Do Backup Cameras Work?

Technology continues to evolve in all aspects of life, and that does not exclude the automobile industry. Backup cameras are the latest addition to newer vehicles. Their purpose? To lower the number of back-over accidents nationwide.

Through wires in a car, radio waves, or even through Bluetooth, backup cameras send images to a display in your car that will ultimately allow the driver to see a 10-by-20-foot area behind their vehicle as soon as the car is put into reverse. 

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Only Use Your Phone When It's Necessary, Says Experts

Here at DCH Honda of Mission Valley, we want you and your family to stay as safe as possible on the road. That's why the recent epidemic of smartphone-related accidents on the road is so troubling to us! We want to make these types of accidents as rare as possible, and certainly, don't want you to make the sort of mistakes that are frequently at the root of their causation. Below is one of our favorite tips for staying focused and calm on the road.

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Safety Checklist for Towing Another Vehicle

The towing safety checklist will help reduce any instances of trouble so that you arrive at your destination with the towed vehicle safely.

  • Once the vehicle is on the trailer, be sure the weight has been positioned in a way that it is as evenly distributed as possible.
  • Never assume the taillights on the trailer are working, have someone get behind the vehicles and confirm they are all working.
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Keep Your Headlights Shining Bright

Over time, the headlights on your vehicle can take on a dingy and yellow look. It makes the headlights look unattractive, and it can make your headlights produce less light. When your headlights start to look dull, there are ways to restore them.

One easy was to restore the appearance of your headlights is to use ordinary toothpaste. Just put a small amount on the headlight. Get a wet rag, and then rub gently. 

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Getting Your Tires Shiny

While shiny tires aren't a requirement for driving, clean tires can make your car look better. A good brush can be used to clean the rims or the hubcaps. Choose a product to clean with that is specifically designed for tires. Apply the cleaning product to the tires, leaving it for a short time before using the brush to get rid of the dirt and grime.

Spray the tires until all of the product is removed. You might have to spray them more than one time to ensure that they are clean. 

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Discover How to Drive in the Rain

This safety guide was brought to you by the team here at DCH Honda of Mission Valley in the hopes you and your family are safer on the roads of this community.

  • If you need to turn on the windshield wipers, you should be turning on the headlights too. The headlights will act as a beacon and alert other drivers you are ahead or behind them.
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Tips for Handling a Roadside Emergency Easily

Planning today for a potential roadside emergency is not only smart, it can help you avoid being in a dangerous situation. Here are a few things to consider.

  • Make sure you have a good spare tire in your trunk. Now check there is a tire iron and a working jack in the car. Pack a couple cans of the fix-a-flat and you'll be in a better position to get your disabled car to the nearest service station.
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A Flat Tire Is a Pain, But Not That Hard to Deal With

Having to change a flat tire is never a very welcome experience. Certainly not something that we ever plan for. But it will happen once in a while. And if you have never had to do it, then it can seem like an arduous task. The good news is that if you know what to do then it isn't all that big of a deal. Following these steps should make it a breeze to deal with:

  • Break the lug nuts loose with the lug wrench
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