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Don't Let Glare Ruin Your Driving

Glare is more than a nuisance to drivers. Even a small amount of glare creates a hazard risk to drivers. Taking steps to reduce glare should be something responsible drivers do.

A dirty or cracked windshield contributes to glare immensely. Make sure the glass is clean. In addition to cleaning it yourself, be sure to take the vehicle to a car wash at least once a week for regular service. And repair any damage to the windshield without delays. Avoid DIY repairs if you aren't capable.

Keep a pair of sunglasses in the car. If the sun ends up…

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Flat Tire Replacement Tips

The occasional flat tire is part of the driving experience. At Honda of Salem, we want to prepare you to easily handle situations we all encounter on the road, so let's cover flat tire replacement tips.

If a tire goes flat with your car in motion, turn on your flashers. Slow your car. Proceed cautiously. You must find firm, level ground before you stop. Remove your spare tire from your trunk, then properly place your jack. Before raising your car, loosen each lug nut on your flat tire's wheel a half turn. This will help you quickly remove…
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Learning How to Share the Road with Bicyclists

Salem is full of bicyclists sharing the road with drivers. This means drivers need to rethink the way they drive to keep bicyclists safe. The following are a few things you can do to increase safety.

No Dooring

You have probably seen someone open a car door in a movie or TV show and hit a passing bicyclist. This may sound funny, but it can seriously hurt someone. You need to check your mirrors and blind side before opening your car door. It may also be a good idea to open the door slowly.

Safe Distance

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Tackling Road Salt Residue

If you live in an area where winter weather is a reality, then the sight of road salt residue on your car is probably an unwelcomed and unfamiliar one. While you can be proactive in having wax protector applied to the paint before a storm, you should still remove the road salt residue from your car as fast as you can to prevent rust.

The caveat is that you should not try to wash road salt off your car while the temperature is still freezing. This will only hurt the paint. Carefully open and inspect each car door to make…
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Tips for Making a Winter Survival Kit

When you’re trying to make it through the winter in Oregon, we have some recommendations. At Honda of Salem, we want to make sure you make a winter survival kit. This can go into a crate in the trunk or placed in a bag on the backseat. However you store it is up to you as long as you have the necessary supplies.

First, consider the various problems that you might encounter in the winter. You will want to have snow chains and a windshield scraper. If you’re trapped in a lot of snow, consider adding a shovel…
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Performance Winter Tires Can Keep Drivers Moving

At Honda of Salem, we make it our business to help drivers stay safer on the nation's roadways. One way to enhance safety during winter months is to employ the proper tire technology. While many drivers choose studded or studless tires during these conditions, drivers of performance vehicles that enjoy a little more pep may find performance winter tires especially useful.

Performance winter tires can allow skilled drivers to operate more aggressively in cold, dry conditions. Performance winter tires employ a number of technologies to make this happen.
 

 

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Winter Tires vs. All-Season Tires

There are significant differences between all-season and winter tires. At Honda of Salem, we'll be happy to help you determine if a set of winter tires could improve your driving experience during the cold months of the year.

All-season tires are designed to function well in a wide range of temperatures and conditions. Still, when it starts to get cold outside, the stiff rubber that makes for a smooth and quiet ride under normal conditions, can get cold and lose traction and performance. The softer...

 

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Pros and Cons of Tonneau Covers

An informed car or truck owner is able to make more meaningful decisions about what add-on's and accessories are right for their vehicle. That is why our team at Honda of Salem located right here in Salem, OR wants to be sure you are fully informed about what the pros and cons about adding a Tonneau cover to your truck are.

​The cons of doing this is that it can be very expensive especially if you opt for a hard cover instead of a soft cover. Additionally, a cove limits the size of your total payload because it cannot…
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What To Do When You've Got a Flat Tire

Experiencing a flat tire is one of the most common problems faced by drivers. Mastering the basic skill of changing a tire will be invaluable if you find yourself stranded without a service station in sight.

Move your vehicle to firm, level ground. Turn it off, engage the parking brake and begin loosening the lug nuts on the affected wheel. Lift your car according to the jack's instructions, then remove the lug nuts in a counter-clockwise pattern and pull off the tire. Put the spare on, tightening the lug nuts by hand in a clockwise pattern. 

 

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Change Your Car's Appearance by Removing Badges

Debadging your car is a quick way to change the appearance. Help your car stand out from the other vehicles on the road with this fast modification.

First, you need to determine how the badge is attached to your car. Most vehicles use adhesive or clips. If the badge uses clips, you'll have to get body work done to cover up the holes and repaint the exposed area. On the other hand, you can remove adhesive yourself by using hot water, but make sure it's not boiling. You can also use an adhesive removal spray or a blow…
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