Halloween Trick-or-Treat Driving Safety Tips

Trick-or-Treat Driving Safety Tips

Halloween is right around the corner which means trick-or-treat night is closing in as well. Driving while there are kids darting to and fro can be dangerous, especially if you’re in an area with dim lighting. Fortunately, there are a number of precautions to reduce your risk or injuring anyone this Halloween. Here are some trick-or-treat driving safety tips, brought to you by Vann York Honda.

  • Slow Down – The best way to avoid an accident in any circumstance is to simply slow down. Doing so leaves you with more time to stop if a child suddenly darts into the road. Be careful going around corners where the sidewalk isn’t visible and watch out for children in dark costumes.
  • Communicate – Children aren’t mind readers which means it’s hard for them to know whether they can cross the street or not. If children are waiting to cross, come to a complete stop and visibly wave them on. Make sure to use your turn signals to communicate with other drivers as well. If you plan on dropping kids off, turn on your hazard lights while stopped.
  • Avoid Distractions – Stay off the phone and dedicate your full attention to the road. Answering a call or text isn’t worth injuring a child out having a night of fun collecting candy, after all.

New Honda Clarity to Launch by 2017

Honda Clarity

Style, efficiency, and power are words usually reserved for sports cars but Honda’s upcoming model is an exception to the rule. The new Honda Clarity is expected to launch by the end of the 2016, marking another addition to the Japanese automaker’s fuel-efficient lineup. The model will initially launch in California before eventually releasing to the rest of the United States.

Honda took the opportunity to announce the launch of its new hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle on National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day in the United States.

One major change coming to the Clarity is that the powertrain and fuel cell now fits entirely under the car’s hood. The fuel stack is a third more compact than the previous model while simultaneously offering a 60% increase in power density.

As a result of the change in the fuel stack’s size, the cabin is much more spacious and offers more room for up to five passengers.

The new Honda Clarity’s driving range is expected to surpass 300 miles while refueling will take just five minutes, if not less. As for power, Honda didn’t reveal anything specific about the new Clarity which means it likely shares the Japanese model’s 100kW fuel cell stack capacity and the electric motor’s 174 hp.

Best August Sales Ever for Honda Trucks

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The summer is over, but that doesn’t mean we have to forget all the fun we had. Honda is sure thinking about it. In fact, it was the best August sales ever for Honda’s truck and SUV lineup. Honda reported record sales for its trucks, especially the Honda Ridgeline.

With 66,802 units sold in August, Honda truck sales rose 4.5%, when compared to last year. Leading those sales was the popular CR-V, which set its second consecutive all-time record. CR-V sales climbed 5% with sales of 36,517 units in August. Another big leader was the new HR-V, which had sales of 7,580 vehicles, a jump of 66%.

“Our continued success with strong sales of both passenger cars and light trucks demonstrates once again that the key to great sales is great product,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. “As we continue with our rapid cadence of new models, our focus will remain on selling vehicles one at a time to individual customers.”

Two other popular choices for the month were the Civic and Fit. The best-selling Civic saw a sales increase of 2.4% with 32,807 sales. The fit, on the other hand, had a massive increase of 85.1% with sales of 5,370 vehicles.

Want to see what made these vehicles such a summer hit? Visit us today at Vann York Honda to see for yourself.

Outdoor Attractions in Greensboro

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See this statue for yourself in person!

We may be a bit biased, but we sure do think North Carolina is one of the beautiful states in the country. With picturesque views from the Appalachian Mountains all the way to the Atlantic Ocean, it is truly a great place to live, work, and visit.

Here in the Greensboro area, there are plenty of things to see and do. Here are some of the best outdoor attractions in Greensboro.

  • Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. This National Park sits in remembrance of one of the largest, most hotly-contested battles of the Revolutionary War’s Southern Campaign. While the Americans ended the battle in retreat, it was the beginning of the end for the British. Today, you can explore the battlefield.
  • Bog Garden. Follow the elevated boardwalk through seven acres of natural wetlands. Catch glimpses of local wildlife, beautiful waterscapes, and lush plants. The garden is open year-round.
  • Greensboro Arboretum. With 14 plant collections spread across 17 acres, the Greensboro Arboretum is a peaceful sanctuary in the city. It is open to the public all year; however, hours vary by season.

With so many beautiful things to see outdoors in Greensboro, you may never want to spend time indoors again. What is your favorite outdoor spot in the city?

Common DMV Test Mistakes to Avoid

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Pass these tips along to your new driver!

There are a lot of mistakes new drivers make during their driver’s test that costs them a passing score. Keep these common DMV test mistakes in mind and avoid the most frequent (and easiest to avoid) causes of test failure.

One huge thing that will get you marked down is a rolling stop. You have to make a complete stop at stop signs and stop lights. And always stop behind the line!

It’s also important to signal properly and look in all necessary places when changing lanes. Turn your signal on, then look in all your mirrors and check your blind spot. The examiner will notice if you don’t.

It’s obviously enough, but drive smoothly. Keep both hands on the wheel, use both hands to turn, and don’t jerk the wheel when you come out of a turn. Keep your cell phone on silent and turn off the radio during the test so as to avoid distractions.

You can also drive too slowly or be overly cautious during your test, which will lose points. Don’t take too long to make a turn, and go the speed limit unless there are poor weather conditions. You should also put a fair distance between you and the car in front of you.

Otherwise, know the rules of driving through intersections, who goes first at four-way stops, and how to merge lanes. If you can recall traffic laws, you should be okay on the test.

Honda Ridgeline Campaign Begins with “Power of Ridgeline” Ad Spot

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The new Ridgeline can do it all!

Honda’s new marketing campaign for the Ridgeline began with the “Power of Ridgeline” TV spot, an ad that highlights the versatility and strength of the all-new Ridgeline by showing how much cargo can be carried in one load and what you can do with it.

What’s it all about?

In the ad, six Ridgelines line up next to each other, and with the materials in the trucks the drivers build a garden, a small racetrack, a deck with furniture, a tower with a slide, and a fish pond, complete with fish. One Ridgeline had a built-in trunk hidden under the bed, where steaks and burgers were being kept cold. When it pulls away to an aerial view, you can see that their projects are in the shape of the word Honda.

Other ads

The “Power of Ridgeline” ad was made with PES, who they also worked with to make the award-winning ad “Paper” that came out in 2015. The Ridgeline was introduced in advertisements in January in a spot called “A New Truck to Love.”

Power of Ridgeline takes Social Media

Honda is also advertising the Ridgeline through social media, planning to air four stop motion videos throughout August. They’re also teaming up with the “Wood Whisperer” to introduce “Saturday Projects,” in which the Wood Whisperer will use features of the Ridgeline to create wood projects in the bed of the truck.

Have you seen the new Power of Ridgeline ads?

North Carolina License Plates

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A custom North Carolina license plate is one way many drivers personalize their car, and now, people can show their love for the state parks is an added bonus. North Carolina now has license plates celebrating the State Parks and they’re fairly popular with over 5,000 sold so far.

To get your hands on a State Parks plate, fill out an online DMV application, visit your local DMV, or download an application and submit it via snail mail.

The plate can be used on all vehicles weighing up to 26,000 lbs. Motorcycles are a no-go due to the size of the plate. There’s an extra $30 fee to personalize your plate and it can be personalized at any time. Without the personalization, the total cost per year comes to about $55.

Now, how does this help the State Parks?

For every plate sold, Friends of State Parks, Inc. will receive a $20 contribution. That money will go toward educational and conservation programs for kids and adults alike. Should you decide to change your mind, a standard North Carolina license plate is always available for purchase.

We hope you’ll step up and support our State Parks!

2016 Honda Civic Coupe Awarded Top Safety Pick+ Rating

2016 Honda Civic Coupe Awarded Top Safety Pick+ Rating

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a government agency responsible for testing cars’ crash safety and rating them accordingly. Cars with top scores in all five categories are given a Top Safety Pick rating while models with front crash prevention systems that perform well earn the Top Safety Pick+ rating. Further proving it’s one of the safest cars on the road, the 2016 Honda Civic Coupe took home the top rating with ease.

To earn the top safety rating, the 2016 Honda Civic Coupe was equipped with Honda Sensing, the brand’s ultimate safety suite. With the new rating, the Civic Coupe joins the Honda Civic Sedan, Accord Sedan and Coupe, Pilot, and CR-V in the top tier of safe vehicles.

“We’re proud to add the 2016 Civic Coupe to a growing family of Honda vehicles that
employ our Honda Sensing technology and earn top crash safety ratings,” said Jeff Conrad, a Honda executive.

The Honda Sensing suite features advanced safety and driver-assisting technology like Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, and much more. That technology allowed the Civic Coupe to avoid collisions from speeds of 12 mph and 25 mph.

Craigslist Shopping Safety Tips

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Shopping on Craigslist has become more popular in the last few years, and for a reason. It provides us access to just about anything we might need, especially when it comes to cars. But we have to remember that not everything online is safe. Here are some tips to avoid getting spammed or creeped on:

  1. Use a fake number

Don’t use your own number when buying or selling on Craigslist. Instead, use a Google Voice number, which you can obtain easily from Google and connect to your phone.

  1. Use a separate email address

In the same vein, use a different email address other than your personal account.

  1. Meet in public places

Getting a bike rack for your car? Don’t just drive to the seller’s address. Instead, meet in the parking lot of a store or mall, where there are cameras and people around.

  1. Bring somebody with you

Even if you’re meeting in a public place, it’s always good to bring someone with you.

  1. Google the seller’s email address

If the seller provides an email address for you to contact, google it first. Some people out spammers by exposing their email address on websites like www.scambook.com.

If you are considering buying a new or used car, make sure you do it from a reputable seller, like Vann York Honda in High Point, NC. Contact us if you have any questions about shopping online!

June 6th is National Drive-In Day

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Drive-in movie theaters are a summer staple. There’s not much better than piling into the family car on a Friday night and watching a movie while enjoying the great outdoors. And June 6th is National Drive-In Day!

National Drive-In Day celebrates the very first drive-in opened in New Jersey on June 6th, 1933. And though they’ve been disappearing because of new, indoor movie theatres, there are still a few drive-ins in North Carolina happily operating!

Raleigh Road Outdoor TheatreIn Henderson, North Carolina, near Raleigh, this drive-in is open on weekends and has lots of family-fun movies.

Hound’s Drive-InThis is the newest and largest drive-in in America, located in Kings Mountain. They’ll provide you with radios for rent if you don’t want to kill your car battery.

Sunset Drive-InIn Shelby, North Carolina, Sunset Drive-In is a classic. Only $12 a car for a double feature! Be sure to bring cash as they’re cash-only.

Eden Drive-InGates open at 6:30 and children under 5 get in for free.

Badin Road Drive-InDouble features on Friday and Saturday and available WiFi access!

Go celebrate the weekend before or after June 6th and get out to these drive-ins!