Cruise Control – What You Need to Know

It seems like every year, automakers develop a new technology that further helps drivers. One technology that has been around a while is cruise control. Cruise control is starting to become standard in many vehicles – including Hondas. From your friends at Freedom Honda, here’s what you need to know about cruise control:

Cruise control allows you to set your vehicle at a certain speed – allowing it to “cruise” down the road. You would want to use this feature for several reasons. First, if you find that you have a lead foot, using cruise control can help you avoid a speeding ticket. This way, you can set the cruise control for the speed limit and not worry about how fast you’re going. Also, cruise control can help you if your leg is fatigued from pressing on the gas pedal for hours on end.

As great as cruise control is, it is important to be cautious when using it. We love to go up in the mountains; however, using cruise control here is not a good idea. Why? Cruise control is best used on flat roads. In the mountains, you need to be paying attention to the road. Additionally, you’ll be frequently braking, which deactivates cruise control. Don’t use cruise control in traffic – you should be paying close attention to how fast you are driving in these high-traffic situations. Lastly, it is essential to not use cruise control in the rain. By doing so, you increase your risk of hydroplaning and crashing your vehicle.

Freedom Honda understands that drivers are looking for vehicles that have all the creature comforts they expect, but at a low price. Thankfully, your local Colorado Springs Honda dealer, Freedom Honda, has a wide-range of new Hondas and pre-owned vehicles that will fit your budget and Colorado Springs lifestyle. Stop by for a test-drive today!

LaneWatch – A Lifesaver

Honda has dedicated itself to becoming a leader in automotive safety. In addition to making their vehicles safe in the event of a collision, Honda is implementing new technology in their vehicles to help prevent collisions in the first place. The newest technology is called “LaneWatch.” Here is why LaneWatch from Honda is a revolutionary feature:

The first step to protecting someone in an accident is preventing accidents in the first place. States are stepping in to implement driving laws that allow teens to gradually learn how to drive. Honda is taking the next step with LaneWatch. LaneWatch is a technology that uses a camera to display the passenger side blind-spot in the Accord’s display screen. Drivers now will be able to make safer lane changes or even see pedestrians when driving on city streets.

Freedom Honda knows that many car shoppers may be overwhelmed with the many choices in vehicles and the options they have. If you want your vehicle search to given the customer touch it deserves, come by and see us!

Keeping Your Pets Safe While Driving

Here at Freedom Honda, we understand that our customers love that living in Colorado Springs affords them the opportunity to live an active lifestyle. Quite often, this active lifestyle includes a pet. While bringing your pet with you on outdoor adventurers can be fun, it is important to transport them safely in your vehicle. Here are some tips on keeping your four-legged friend safe in your vehicle:

Don’t put your pet on your lap. Yes, it’s insanely cute to let your pet chill on your lap when you drive around, but it’s also very dangerous. If you pay more attention to your pet than to driving, you could crash.

Restrain your pet. In addition to keeping the pet off your lap, you should keep your pet from roaming around your vehicle. Consider getting a secure crate or pet-seat belt that will help keep your friend secure in case there is an accident.

Bring a toy. If your furry friend isn’t exactly fond of riding in the car, bring a toy that can help keep them be preoccupied while you focus on the road.

Pet insurance. You protect the people in your vehicle, why not your pets, too? Contact your insurance provider to see what kind of coverage you can get on your pet. If you ever were to be involved in an accident, you wouldn’t need to worry about out-of-pocket costs for your pet’s medical care.

Regardless of whether you have a pet or not, Freedom Honda is here to help everyone find their next vehicle. We have a large inventory of new and pre-owned vehicles that meet everyone’s lifestyle and budget. Come down and see why we’re the best Honda dealerships in town!

Things You Need In Your College Car

Oh, college. The next four years of your life are likely to be some of the most important. While you’re off learning and having fun, it’s important that you start making good decisions: try to eat healthy, buy used textbooks and try not to rack up too much student debt. One thing you may not think about is transportation. A vehicle can make or break your college experience. Here are Freedom Honda’s suggestions of things to consider when choosing a college car:

Size. Whether you live on campus or commute, you’ll be parking your car somewhere on campus. Make sure you find a vehicle that is easy to park – finding a spot somewhere on campus can be a challenge.

MPG. Yes, that jacked-up truck is very cool and all, but getting 15mpg isn’t very practical. You don’t want the cost of gas to eat up a large portion of your budget. Look for a fuel-efficient vehicle.

Space. Whether you’re hauling furniture to your dorm or driving your friends around town, you want a car that has plenty of room for everything you’ll be doing.

Whether you’re staying local or going to the other side of the country, you need a vehicle you can count on to get you where you need to go. Freedom Honda, your local Colorado Springs Honda authority, is here to help. With a large selection of new and pre-owned vehicles, we have something for every budget. Come check us out today!

Tips to Build Your Credit Score

Freedom Honda, your local Colorado Springs Honda dealership, is here to help you afford the vehicle that best meets your needs. At the end of the day, we want to put you in the vehicle that you can afford. One of the best ways to afford your next vehicle is to qualify for a low interest rate. To get a low interest rate, you need to build your credit. Here are some steps to build up your credit:

Pay bills on time. Nothing will bring down your credit score faster than not paying your bills. Make sure you pay everything before the due date to limit your risk of lowering your score. Buy a calendar and write down when bills are due. This will help you stay on top of your bills.

Have credit cards? Use them wisely. Credit cards are an immensely powerful tool that can be used for good; however, they come with great risk. The best advice is pay them off in full every month. One thing most people do not consider is their utilization. This ideal utilization is under 30% of your full credit limit. If you have a $1,000 credit limit, try to keep your balance under $300.

Get another form of credit. The more diverse your credit history, the better it is. From student loans to credit cards to a home mortgage, multiple forms of credit is a great thing and can raise your credit score.

Look at the big picture. While not directly related to your credit score, seeing where you are spending your money and what your overall financial picture looks like is a healthy step toward being financially stable, which will encourage behaviors that lead to a good credit score. Mint.com is a great way to better understand your money.

Whether you know what you can afford or are still unsure, Freedom Honda is here to help put you in your next vehicle. As the go-to expert for all your new and pre-owned vehicle needs in Colorado Springs, Freedom Honda can work with you to put you in a vehicle that meets your budget. Want to learn more? Contact us!

The Honda Civic – The New Standard

Freedom Honda knows that when you’re looking to purchase your next vehicle, you want to get the most bang for your buck. When you’re on a budget, you expect that you’re going to have to make some sacrifices on the features your vehicle will have. Well your local Colorado Springs Honda dealership, Freedom Honda, is here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way! The Honda Civic LX, which is the base model, comes with a slew of standard features that you won’t find standard on some luxury brands. Here is why the Civic’s standard features make it a no-brainer for your next vehicle purchase.

Manual is so 1994. Arm workouts are important, but rolling up your windows shouldn’t be your source of exercise. With the Honda Civic, you don’t have to worry about that. With standard power windows, locks and remote keyless entry, you can leave the 90’s where they belong.

Back-up camera. It’s hard to believe, but there are some luxury brands that don’t even include a backup-camera on their cars. For half the price, Honda gives you this important safety feature on every Civic.

Bluetooth. It’s 2014, yet some automakers think that Bluetooth should be an option. Thankfully, Honda isn’t one of these stuck-in-a-rut automakers. On every single Civic, Bluetooth comes standard.

Safety. Honda is dedicated to protecting you and your occupants. With a variety of safety features, you never have to pay more to be protected. Honda allows you to drive with confidence.

With so many standard features on the Honda Civic, the only hard part of choosing to buy one is picking out a color. When you do decide to add some more #HondaLove to your family, stop by your local Colorado Springs Honda dealer, Freedom Honda – we have a Civic for everyone. Contact us to find out more about how we can help with your vehicle search.

New Driver Tips

Learning to drive a car is one of the most important steps someone can take to transition into adulthood. Unfortunately, that transition always doesn’t go very smoothly. Never fear, Freedom Honda is here with tips to help new drivers embrace the world of driving.

Wear your seat belt. Vehicular safety begins before you even put your car in gear. Get into the habit of putting on your seat belt before driving. Eventually, it will become second nature.

Party like it’s 1999. As in when (most) people didn’t have cell phones. While a more experienced driver would be able to able to use new Bluetooth technology to make phone calls while driving, it is best for all drivers to completely avoid using cell phones while behind the wheel.

Limit your passengers. While laws for passengers in vehicles driven by teens vary from state to state, it’s never a good idea for novice drivers to have lots of passengers. While piling all of your friends into the car may seem harmless, it can greatly increase your risk of being in an accident.

Drive a safe car. In the event of an accident, you want to be sure that you will be protected. Luckily, Honda offers a variety of automobiles loaded with safety features.

Stay calm. Just like with anything else in life, being nervous is only going to make things worse. Remember, you can do this! The more you relax, the more you’ll be able to focus on the road.

Here at Freedom Honda, your local Colorado Springs Honda dealership, we know that each person needs to take the time to learn how to become an excellent driver. When you feel like you’re ready to take that step, come to Freedom Honda to pick up your new ride. With a large selection of new and pre-owned vehicles, we have something for every driver and every budget.

Why You Should Have a Car Survival Kit

Emergencies happen when you least expect them. A car survival kit is too often a solution that isn’t thought of until it’s too late. At Freedom Honda, we suggest all Colorado Springs residents drive with a car survival kit at all times. The contents of the kit will help responders better locate your vehicle, keep you and your passengers safe (and alive) until help arrives and allows you the opportunity to be able to help others in an emergency.

Items to include in your car survival kit:

- Tools: jumper cables and a multi-tool

  • Freedom Honda Hint: pack duct tape as well as your multi-tool, it can help repair a multitude of objects from clothes to tools and it doesn’t take up a lot of space ‘Keep Duct Tape in Your Car for Emergencies’

 

 

 

 

 

 

- Provisions: water and protein bars or M.R.E.s (meal-ready-to-eat)

- Source of light and/or heat: a flashlight or a flint stone

  • Freedom Honda Hint: reverse the batteries in the flashlight to prevent an accidental burnout

- Extra layers: a rain coat, a towel or rag, and an emergency blanket

‘Keep Emergency Blankets in Your Automobile’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- Map of the local area or area you will be traveling

  • Freedom Honda Hint: if you have a smart phone, find the area you’ll be traveling in Google Maps and take a screen shot; that way if you don’t have service or GPS, you’ll at least have the image of the map

- And for obvious reasons: a first-aid kit and toilet paper‘Store a First Aid Kit in Your Car’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We hope your journeys are safe. But if you do find yourself in an emergency situation, at least your emergency kit will help keep you safe.

Why You Shouldn’t Drive Around With Your Check Engine Light On

It can happen any time. You’re driving around when you happen to notice that your check engine light has come one. Do you ignore it? Do you start crying? Neither, actually. The experts at your local Colorado Springs Honda dealer, Freedom Honda, have answers for you. Here are some things to consider when your check engine light comes on:

It could be nothing. A variety of different things could be causing your check engine light to come on. In some vehicles, the check engine light will come on if you don’t twist your gas-cap tight enough. If you forget about it long enough, it may even turn off on its own.

It could be something big. Your check engine light is not your “low fuel” light – don’t just let it stay on. Your engine could be on the verge of completely failing. Do NOT ignore this light.

It’s not worth risking it. Paying for a vehicle repair is not fun, but having to replace your engine – or even entire vehicle – because the issue was not addressed is even worse. Never delay on important vehicle maintenance.

Whether your check engine light is on, you need an oil change or you’re looking to purchase a new Honda, Freedom Honda  is here to help you! As one of the largest Honda dealerships in Colorado, Freedom Honda is the go-to source for all your vehicle needs in Colorado Springs.

Games to Play on Your Road Trip

Road trips are a great option for a summer vacation for Colorado Springs residents. They are a great way to see the country and spend some quality time with friends and family. But for those you aren’t excited about chatting for hours, bring along some of these pieceless boardless games to keep the fun going while on the road.

Fortunately-Unfortunately

This game is a game of positivity. The first player starts by offering an “unfortunate” statement, such as “unfortunately, dragons escaped from the zoo.” Then, the second player returns with a “fortunate” statement, such as “fortunately, I know a great dragon catcher!” The more unbelievable the statements, the better.

Road Trip Bingo

Road trip bingo is a game of bingo using objects you may pass along your journey. Just print the cards, laminate them and grab some white board markers. ‘Road Trip Games - Road Trip Bingo’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who Am I?

This road trip game is a guessing game of clue. The first player thinks of someone the rest of the passengers know. Then in 20 questions or less, the rest of the players have to figure out who player one is thinking about, using only “yes” or “no” questions. Whoever guesses the person correctly then thinks of the next mystery person.

Two Truths and a Lie

To win at this game, you must have a great poker face! The first player says three statements; two that are true and one that is a lie. Everyone guesses which one is a lie. The person that guesses right thinks of the next three statements.

The License Plate Game

To play the License Plate Game you only need a piece of paper and a pen. First write down all 50 states, A – Z. Then, as you drive look out for each state’s license plate. Once you spot one, mark it down. Try to look for all fifty.