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The 2018 Honda HR-V Wins 2018 Consumer Guide® Automotive Best Buy Award for its Segment

For Honda, being deemed superior is about more than just recognition. The brand works hard to create vehicles that drivers in Santa Monica and beyond deserve. For the subcompact crossover segment, the 2018 Honda HR-V has been granted the 2018 Consumer Guide® Automotive Best Buy Award thanks to its value, meaning drivers can get more for their money.

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Advantages of Horsepower

When shopping for a new car, you may come across the term horsepower, but what is horsepower and how does it relate to cars? Horsepower is simply a unit of measurement that helps car manufacturers differentiate how their cars relate to other models. Here are some points to help you better understand horsepower:

  • Horsepower - Simply put, horsepower is the amount of power produced by an engine. In cars, this would be related to speed. The faster you want your car to go, the more horsepower you need. 
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Why it’s Wise to Keep a Full Gas Tank

There is a common misconception that operating your vehicle with a fuel tank nearly empty is a more economical way to run it. The logic is that less fuel means less weight, which means more fuel efficiency. This is true but it is not as significant of a gain as people tend to think and it also puts you at risk of ending up out of fuel and stranded on a roadside somewhere.

Another huge risk factor is the water vapors that end up in the empty space inside of the fuel tank. These vapors group together in the walls…

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Tire Tread Keeps You on the Road

If you have ever been driving and felt like your car, truck, or SUV was all over the road, one thing you might want to check before anything else is your tire tread. Your tread is what gives you traction on the road and without it, it can be very difficult to maintain a safe-feeling ride while you're driving.

This effect is amplified in wet road conditions. Without the right amount of tread on your tires, they cannot displace the water efficiently, which leads to your tires slipping and your vehicle hydroplaning. Neither of these is a comfortable feeling…

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Ensure that your Car has the Right Fluids

Car fluids are essential for a car to operate efficiently. Fluids help in the operations of the brake system, transmissions, and the engine. Letting the fluids dry out or drop below the fill line can become disastrous. Despite the fluids requiring a skilled professional here at Honda of Santa Monica, it is equally important for drivers such as you to know about their importance.

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Keep Your Windshield Clean With Wiper Fluid

When a bug suddenly finds itself in front of your moving car, chances are that it will probably end up smeared on your windshield. To get the bug off your windshield, you just press a button and the bug is washed away. But what if you use water instead of windshield wiper fluid?

Water is not as effective as windshield wiper fluid. Water does not contain the solvents and detergents that windshield wiper fluid does. This means that it is not nearly as good at cleaning the windshield. 

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Your Road Trip Checklist for Smooth Winter Cruising

Right before you leave to travel somewhere by car, we recommend that you always do a quick checklist to make sure your car is in optimal condition to safely make it to your destination. Many Honda service professionals, like our team here at Honda of Santa Monica, suggest the first thing to check is your tire condition. Make sure that the tires have a safe amount of thread. When tires get too dangerously low on thread, you can see metal wires sticking through. If you see this, do not travel with those tires on your vehicle! They are unsafe. 

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