Honda Advocates for Drivers to “Remove the Distractions”

Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and Honda working hard to raise awareness with its “Remove the Distractions” social media campaign of short videos and informative posts. The series is meant to raise awareness about distracted driving and the dangers therein.

Honda’s “Remove the Distractions” series consists of four short 10-second videos, which explore a range of driving experiences when a text message pops up on the driver’s cell phone. The video cleverly takes away the surrounding outdoor landscape when the text message appears, blocking out the beautiful scenery you miss when you’re distracted on your phone while driving. Honda ends the videos with the line, “When your attention is on your phone, you miss what happens on the road.” Not only do you miss out on enjoying the outdoor landscapes of your driving experience, but you can also put yourself in dangerous road situations.

Throughout Distracted Driving Awareness Month, Honda will be posting statistics and information about how common distracted driving is in out society, encouraging drivers to “Remove the Distractions” to have safer, more enjoyable driving experiences.

When you get behind the wheel, you are charged with task of transporting yourself and all your passengers safely and enjoyably. We encourage all drivers to make the best choices to achieve this end, which includes eliminating as many distractions as possible while driving. This doesn’t mean you can’t stay entertained and connected while on the go, just use your smartphone in a responsible way while driving: connect it to your infotainment system if possible so you never have to pick it up, and don’t respond to messages until you’ve arrived at your destination.

To learn more about features on your Honda that prevent distracted driving, come talk to the team at Babylon Honda.

Spring Vehicle Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Car Running Smoothly

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.

How to 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.

 

 

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

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.

Best New York Patios to Visit This Summer

Few things are nicer than a delicious meal al fresco in a beautiful setting. Fortunately, New York State has plenty of Instagram-worthy patios with equally Instagram-worthy food. These are some of the best New York patios in our book, and are perfect places to enjoy a special meal this summer.

 

Lanzi’s On The Lake in Mayfield

Lazni’s is up north, so if you’re headed towards the Adirondacks, this is a great place to stop along the way. At Lanzi’s, you can enjoy your meal on a cozy lakeside deck. The menu is to die for, as is the view of Great Sacandaga Lake.

 

Blue Canoe in Erieville

This restaurant is found next to Tuscarora Lake, and has its own breathtaking views of the nearby water. Its intimate and casual deck is sure to become a favorite. Make a stop here next time you’re headed to Chittenango Falls State Park.

 

Tin Pan Galley in Sackets Harbor

Sackets Harbor is a darling New York down that deserves plenty of exploring of its own. Fill up first on a feast from this seasonal spot, which offers delicious breakfast as well as lunch items.

 

If you head north towards New York’s many lakes, you’ll have no trouble stumbling upon many other delightful patio dining options. Just do us a favor and stop in at Babylon Honda to tell us which new spots you discover that we should try!

Summer New York Destinations

If you are located in The Empire State like Babylon Honda is, you know there are endless things to do all around us. Don’t just sit by your local pool all summer. Take a few weekends to get out and explore some of these New York destinations with friends and family.

 

Brewery Ommegang

This local brewery is situated in a beautiful part of New York, so the scenery here is always something to be appreciated. In the summer months, Ommegang hosts live music along with its regular public tours, so it’s a perfect place to take in sights, sounds, and, of course, beer.

 

Golden Hill State Park

If you live in the big city and are desperate for some one-on-one time with nature, you ought to drive to the northwest corner of New York to visit Golden Hill State Park. Bring your outdoor gear and set up a campsite right on Lake Ontario for a divinely peaceful weekend experience.

 

Enchanted Forest Water Safari

If your family is dying for a way to cool down, this is the perfect place to visit. Here you can spend a weekend riding water slides and water rides and finish it all off with a hike in the nearby Adirondacks.

Honda CR-V and Others Named to Kelley Blue Book 12 Best Family Cars of 2017

The 2017 Honda CR-V is one of four Honda vehicles named to the Kelley Blue Book “12 Best Family Cars of 2017” list. The list, which is curated annually by KBB editors, looks at the most family-friendly vehicles in each category in terms of safety, value, comfort and convenience, cargo versatility, technology, and more.

KBB recognized the Honda CR-V in the compact crossover category, calling it “a good reminder of why families are abandoning the traditional sedan in favor of compact SUVs” and citing its impressive updates and reliability. The CR-V, according to KBB, has always prioritized cargo and safety, with tons of cargo space and affordable safety packages.

The subcompact crossover HR-V was also a winner, thanks to its efficiency, amazing value, and practical size. KBB called it “a big draw for young families.” The Pilot won in the mid-size SUV category and was praised for being “unexpectedly refined” as well as spacious and affordable. Finally, KBB named the Honda Odyssey as its best family minivan thanks to its easy-to-use features like the fold-flat rear seat as well as its smooth handling.

Honda won more spots on the 12 Best Family Cars list than any other automaker in the industry, proving the brand’s dedication to families and their needs. If you would like to check any of them out, stop by Babylon Honda in West Babylon, NY and discover all of our Honda Models today.

Honda’s New Partnership Focuses on Electric Vehicles

Only a handful of automakers have chosen to stick to hydrogen fuel cells instead of moving to electric- and battery-powered vehicles. The Honda Clarity made a name for itself but a lack of infrastructure has pushed the Japanese automaker in another direction. Honda’s new partnership puts a new focus on electric vehicles. Unlike other automakers, however, Honda’s vehicles will use both batteries and fuel cells.

Honda has partnered with Hitachi to produce more affordable electric motors. The joint venture is a sign that, while Honda isn’t walking away from hydrogen power, the company is pushing for more alternative fuel sources.

Hitachi has a reputation for building electric motors for vehicles of all shapes and sizes. As federal emissions standards grow tighter, the call for more affordable electric powertrains has been deafening. The Honda-Hitachi partnership aims to lower the cost of mass producing engines.

The partnership will originally launch in Japan manufacturing operations. The venture will eventually expand to operations in North America and China as well. While Hitachi and Honda will work together, Hitachi will continue to produce motors for other automakers while Honda will use in-house motors in some vehicles.

We here at Babylon Honda are happy to see such an incredible automaker getting ahead of the game when it comes to electric vehicles! The world could certainly use more green vehicles!

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