Spring Vehicle Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Car Running Smoothly

Honda Odyssey in Spring

Winter snow is thawing, and spring showers are finally here, which means it’s time to do some maintenance on your vehicle. Here are some spring vehicle maintenance tips from Babylon Honda to keep your car in shape as the weather warms up.

 

Get rid of the salt from winter. Throughout the winter, roads are typically covered in salt to help melt ice and snow. This salt can do some serious damage to your vehicle, so make sure you clean it to get rid of the salt – especially the undercarriage.

 

See to your vehicle’s routine oil change. Bring your vehicle in for its routine check-up and ask your mechanic to change the oil and also check your fluids. Spring is an ideal time to flush your transmission fluid, so make sure you do that as well.

 

Check your vehicle’s tire pressure and rotate them. When the outside temperature fluctuates, so does the pressure of your tires. If they’re outside the recommended pressure range, either add more air to them or deflate them slightly. Also, make sure your tires are rotated every 5,000 miles to help keep the wear on your tires’ tread even.

 

Inspect your vehicle’s brakes. Brakes are the most important part of your vehicle, so have your technician check the pads and rotors to make sure they’re still in tip-top condition.

 

Look over your vehicle’s alignment. Potholes can cause your vehicle’s alignment and suspension to suffer, so make sure you get them both checked out.

 

Come see our team at the dealership for all of your Honda vehicle maintenance needs.

March Events in Babylon, New York

Living on Long Island means that there is always something to do and always a new way to get involved in the community. These March community events in Babylon will help you find new ways to get connected and serve the town of Babylon.

 

Infinity IBO Networking Mtg.

 

If you’ve ever been interested in learning more about starting a business and networking with those who have strong business experience, these regular meetings could be just the thing you’re looking for. The next meeting takes place on March 1, 2018.

 

BTCC Monthly Mtg.

 

Another great way to get involved in the community is by joining the Babylon Town Chamber of Commerce. This group puts all of its efforts towards improving the businesses and economics of Babylon. Come hungry—each meeting is accompanied by dinner and a cash bar. For more information, you can visit the BTCC website at babylontownchamber.org.

 

West Babylon Lions, Regular Meeting

 

The West Babylon Lions are a group of community members who aim to give back to their neighbors by creating community events and volunteer options. The group meets regularly, and will have two meetings in March on the 14th and the 28th at the Lions Club House located in West Babylon.

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Decorations

St. Patrick's Day DecorationsThrowing a St. Patrick’s Day party and looking for inspiration? Don’t worry, the team at Babylon Honda has you covered. These easy, DIY St. Patrick’s Day decorations will make your party the most festive one on record.

Four-Leaf Clover Table Topper

It’s easy to turn some green card stock and some skewers into a miniature garden of four-leaf clovers. Cut out your fill of clovers, glue them to skewers, and then place them in a vase, bottle, or pot for a festive centerpiece.

Cupcake Toppers

Don’t just top your table with clovers—top your desserts with them too. Cut out clovers and attach to popsicle sticks, then insert into cupcakes or other treats.

Clover Goody Bags

Send your guests home with some goodies in a clover-shaped pouch. Cut thick green paper or fabric into clover shapes and glue or sew shut, leaving an opening where you can stash chocolate coins and colorful candies.

Triangle Banner

Some festive scrapbooking paper paired with colorful string can easily turn into a St. Patrick’s Day Banner. Cut triangles with the paper and decorate as you please, spelling out “Luck” or “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” or just painting each triangle with a clover. Attach the triangles to the string, and hang it proudly.

DIY Valentine’s Day Decorations

DIY Valentine's Day

‘Tis the season of love. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, why not defeat the winter blues with some DIY Valentine’s Day decorations? With fun projects like these, you can gussy up your home or office desk in a manner that would make Cupid proud.

 

Floral Wreath

Swap out your Yule-themed wreath in favor of a bright heart-shaped wreath made with artificial flowers from your local craft store. A wreath of warm colors will speak to your feelings for that special someone.

Hot Chocolate Bar

There’s no need to wait for that box of chocolates to enjoy some chocolatey goodness. Setting up a hot chocolate bar in your kitchen can warm the soul and the tummy when the February days get too cold.

Mason Jar Heart Votives

Candles are another great way to warm up the chilly winter vibes, or to create a romantic atmosphere. With materials like paint, glitter, and ribbon, you can paint heart-shaped windows onto mason jars for a sweet and festive candle holder.

Heart Cards Garland

If your fireplace is looking a little bare now that the stockings are put away, fear not. You can make an easy-yet-adorable garland to hang in their place using heart playing cards and red and pink ribbon. Happy decorating!

 

These are just a few ideas that you can utilize this Valentine’s Day, or for any occasion where you’re feeling the need to be romantic. Let your imagination—like your heart—run wild

 

How to Keep a New Year’s Resolution

Keep a New Year’s resolution

If you want to make a New Year’s resolution, but are afraid of messing it up, you’re not alone. A lot of folks are unsure of how to keep a New Year’s resolution for the entire calendar year and beyond. In hopes of making 2018 a successful year, the team at Babylon Honda has picked our favorite tips for keeping resolutions.

 

Pick Something Realistic

One of the keys to keeping your resolution is picking the right one. You need to make your resolution meaningful to you, but you also need to word it in a way that sets up a specific, doable goal. For example, rather than saying you want to save money, pick a specific amount of money to save each month that’s based on your monthly earnings so that it’s realistic and achievable.

Make a Plan

To keep your resolution going strong all year, you’ll need to stay in touch with it. Make a plan for sticking to your intentions, whether that be checking in with a friend who can hold you accountable or keeping a journal about your progress.

 

Persevere

 No matter how far you may stray from your goals, remember that you can always get back on track. When it becomes hard to stay positive, turn to a friend for support. At the end of the year, you’ll feel good knowing that you continued your efforts and followed through, even if there were a few hurdles along the way.

 

These are just a few tips for staying on track with your New Year’s resolutions. If you’re resolving to buy a new Honda, then Babylon Honda can help you make that goal a reality.

 

 

Simple Ways to Make Your New Year’s Eve Party Great

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New Year’s Eve symbolizes a fresh start for many, which is why it’s important to celebrate the holiday in the right way. If you’re planning to throw a New Year’s Eve party this year, there are a few things you can do to make life a little easier.

According to Real Simple, drinks and snacks are a must. It may be best to create a diverse spread, including healthy options as well as more traditional snacks. For example, you can have chips and dip, shrimp cocktails, and quiches, but also provide carrot sticks, almonds, and olives for those who may want to start their resolutions to eat healthy early.

Next, have some games ready. Nothing kills a party like an awkward silence, so have some fun party games ready to go as icebreakers. You can write everyone’s resolution on a card and take turns guessing who wrote it, or you can also play a fill-in-the-blank game with resolutions to help get the ball rolling. The best games are the simple ones, so don’t overthink it.

Finally, get some tunes ready. While “Auld Lang Syne” is a classic, there are a few songs you may want to add to your playlist. These include “Happy New Year” by ABBA, “It’s Just Another New Year” by Barry Manilow, and “This is the New Year” by A Great Big World. These tunes will set the perfect mood for your next New Year’s Eve bash.

Check Out These December Events in West Babylon

December Events in West Babylon | Babylon Honda | West Babylon, NY

All of us at Babylon Honda love getting off the couch and getting involved in the West Babylon community—even in the cold winter months. Here are some fun December events in West Babylon that are most definitely worth your time.

Snowman Paint N Play Event

Head over to Amityville’s Darlings & Divas at 65 Merrick Road from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a fun event for your daughter. At the event, she will get to paint a snowman canvas, get a winter glitter tattoo, enjoy pizza, maker her own dessert, and enjoy a dance party. The event is $29.99 per child.

Start the New Year with a New Attitude

The West Babylon Library, located at 211 Route 109, will host this free wellness event on December 12 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Listen to motivational speaker Constance Hallinan Lagan talk about the power of optimistic thinking as we head into the New Year.

Queens Holiday Bazaar

Get your holiday shopping done in the nearby city of Queens on December 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Christ Lutheran Fresh Meadows.

Need a new car to explore some of the holiday events in and around West Babylon? Visit Babylon Honda for a new ride today.

Easy DIY Holiday Crafts to Turn Your Home into a Winter Wonderland

Easy DIY Holiday Crafts | Babylon Honda | West Babylon, NY

It’s Christmastime in West Babylon, and that means it’s time to transform your home into a winter wonderland with some easy DIY holiday crafts.

Make your own tree skirt

Head to the craft store for some felt in your favorite Christmas colors, then cut out a pattern to surround the base of your Christmas tree.

String up some garland or lights

Use command hooks to adorn your mantle, archways, and stairwells with evergreen garland or classic white Christmas lights.

Design tasty centerpieces

Use clear containers wrapped with pretty bows to hold holiday candy on your dinner table. Separate green, red, and silver Hershey’s Kisses to create a pattern in the container, and throw in some red and white peppermint candies for added flare.

Or use ornaments

Classic ornaments in blues, silvers, reds, golds, and greens make for lovely centerpieces. Place them in elegant bowls with some bits of evergreen and pinecones for an easy centerpiece.

Break out the wine

Repurpose empty elegant green wine bottles to hold long candlesticks. Adorn the bottles with red and gold bows.

Decorate a wreath

Take a plain evergreen wreath and make it pop with ornaments, fake snow, and more.

Come see how we’ve decorated the dealership for the holidays—and check out our holiday deals—at Babylon Honda.

Great Fall Road Trips in New York

fall road trips in New York - 2018 Honda Fit in West Babylon, NY

Here on Long Island, our leaves are just beginning to change, but if you head north to the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, you can capture breathtaking views with spectacular colors. We have gathered up a list of some of the best fall road trips in New York so you can be the best leaf peeper possible.

  • Gore Mountain. Head north to Gore Mountain to take a trip on a magnificent gondola ride. You will get to see all of the spectacular fall colors without having to do any driving.
  • Revolution Rail Biking. After riding over the treetops, take a ride on an old railroad track on a modified peddle pusher. The six-mile out-and-back trek takes you through the mountains and over the Hudson River. Be sure to bundle up for cool weather.

Keep in mind, that according to this fall foliage map, the Adirondack area will see peak colors around October 8th. The Hudson Valley and Niagara area will peak around October 15th, and here on Long Island, we will reach our maximum color a bit later near October 22nd.

If you need a new vehicle for your fall road trips in New York, come visit us at Babylon Honda before you hit the road.

Take a Road Trip to Some of the Best Fall View in New York

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Here in New York, we are just on the cusp of peak fall foliage season. According to the Fall Foliage Prediction Map on SmokyMountains.com, Long Island will reach its peak somewhere between October 15th and October 22nd. Other areas of the state, like the Adirondack Mountains will peak earlier, near October 8th.

If you are looking for the best fall views in New York, here are a few places you should visit.

  • Great Dome Car. Driving through the countryside is great, but it is even better when you don’t have to do the driving. Give everyone a break by taking the train, specifically, Amtrak’s Great Dome Car, which leaves from Albany.
  • Bear Mountain State Park. Head to the top of Bear Mountain to enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding valley.
  • Sands Point Preserve. For some great sights a little closer to home, head to Sands Point Preserve in Port Washington. Here, you can explore the trails, the 200-acre estate, and the historic mansions.
  • Niagara Falls. Take in the spectacular sight of the falls while surrounded by beautiful autumn colors.

Where is your favorite place for fall views in New York? If you need a new car for your autumn excursions, come visit us right here at Babylon Honda.

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