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Restoring Your Headlights

Restoring your headlights is a great way to increase visibility when driving at night. It can be a lengthy process, but following the below steps will help you get through it.

Start by carefully taping the area surrounding the headlights with painters' tape. This protects the rest of your car from getting scratched up. Wipe the surface of the headlights off with a rag to remove any visible dirt or dust. Use a high-grit piece of sandpaper that has been wetted with water to scrub the surface of the headlight. You are trying to get the top layer of grime…
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Impact Tests Help Buyers Make Good Decisions

Taking a look at safety information and crash data can help you make an informed decision when purchasing a car.

Both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) perform a variety of impact and other safety tests on all vehicles and provide the information publicly. If you see a star rating, the test was conducted by the NHTSA, which is a federal government agency. Single stars mean poor performance while five stars indicate the best safety results....
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Avoiding Salt Corrosion

It is inevitable that you will have to drive your vehicle during the winter. This means that you are bound to encounter your fair share of road salt, especially right before and after a snow storm.

Take care to wash the road salt off your car as quickly as you can after the storm has cleared. You should never attempt to wash your vehicle when the temperature is below freezing outside because this can further damage the paint on your car's exterior.

A great way to prevent road salt from corroding the paint off your car is to have…
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Keep Pests Away From Your Vehicle With These Tricks

Seeing the occasional rodent in the garage isn't uncommon for most people. But if you've seen any lately, make sure that you check underneath the hood of your car to ensure that they haven't started making nests near your engine. When rodents get underneath your hood, they bring materials to make your car cozy, and they'll also chew at wires, which can cause a significant amount of damage. Here are a couple of ways to keep them away.

You can make your garage an unpleasant place for them by installing ultrasound alarms and strobe lights....
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Good News: Improvements to Car Seat Installation

Car seats aren't one size fits all. Neither are LATCH systems, the tethers and anchors that help you install and ground your car seat safely. They should be. At least that's what the IIHS thinks, and we here at Friendly Honda agree. Here's why.

Why LATCH Systems Should Be Fairly Standard

Using a LATCH system means you're much more likely to install your car seats correctly, according to IIHS research. Correctly installed car seats greatly increase your vehicle's crashworthiness and overall safety when driving on Poughkeepsie roads and highways.

Here's the problem: not all…
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Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirrors & How They Work

Driving at night can often pose problems when you have cars traveling behind you, but auto-dimming rearview mirrors can remove a lot of the issues brought about from headlights blinding you every time you look in the rearview mirror. At Friendly Honda, we can help you understand how auto-dimming rearview mirrors work and why they’re important.

Auto-dimming rearview mirrors, also called electrochromic mirrors, darken the mirror to help drivers reduce the amount of glare reflecting from the mirror. 
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Vehicle Theft Prevention

The National Highway Safety Traffic Administration reports that approximately a quarter of a million people each year become victims of vehicle theft. Would be thieves tend to target vehicles that they can access, start and drive away within a matter of minutes. But, there are a number of precautions that owners should adopt to ensure the safety of their vehicle.

Always make sure to lock the vehicle doors and close the windows before walking away from the vehicle. Whether at home or in public, park in lighted areas, which dissuade thieves who do not want to draw attraction to themselves…
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Benefits of Buying a Truck

Have you been contemplating purchasing a truck but not sure if you’re ready for a switch from a car to a truck? Stop at Friendly Honda and check out what the new trucks look like and allow us to provide you with answers to any questions you may have. We want you to be well-informed before you make your final decision. As great as cars may be, there are many benefits to buying and owning a truck.
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• Trucks have more power than cars.
• Trucks can handle winter and rough road conditions better than cars.
• Trucks can drive on more…
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Utility and Cargo Space Define the Hatchback

The class of vehicles that are widely known by the generic name of hatchback offer drivers and passengers alike great utility. Here at Friendly Honda, we consider it our duty to help our customers make better and more informed hatchback vehicle purchasing choices.

In terms of utility, hatchback vehicles tend to be very versatile. Many hatchback styles can handle various configurations of passengers and cargo. This makes it easy for hatchback owners to tailor their vehicles to their specific needs.
 

 

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How to Tell if Your Tires Need to Be Replaced

You want to drive safely down the roads of Poughkeepsie. To ensure this happens, you need to make sure you have good tires on your vehicle. There are a few ways to know if you need to replace your tires.

Take a good look at your tires. If your tread is worn, they may even be bald in certain areas. You may even have cords showing on the sides of the tires.

If your car s shaking or you can see cracks in the rubber, it’s another sign that your tires are old. You don’t want to drive…

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