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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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Refinancing vs. trading in your car

If you purchase a car and you start to feel like the payments are too much, there are a few options that you can turn to before things get out of hand. First off, you can always try to refinance with your loan company to see if the payments can be made smaller or change to a longer plan with smaller monthly payments. However, if you are finding that you want to get into a newer vehicle, then you can try to look at trade-in value for your vehicle and get into a car this way.

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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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The Process Behind Auto-Dimming Mirrors

Drivers of modern vehicles are likely to be familiar with the concept of an auto-dimming mirror. These mirrors self-adjust from a regular, reflective surface to a darker color. The impetus for the adjustment is a flash of light from a vehicle's head beam. This technology actually has an interesting process behind it. Learn how electrochromism plays a role in auto-dimming.

Electrochromism is the chemical process behind auto-dimming mirrors. Electrochromatic displays make it possible for these mirrors to become smart glass. 

 

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Sedan Complaints that Lead People to Consider Hatchbacks

While the sedan remains to be one of the most common designs of a vehicle, there are a ton of complaints that we at Honda of Salem hear about sedans which is why we encourage people to give the hatchback some kind of consideration. The hatchbacks offer a completely different experience from what the sedan offers.

Among the complaints that people had about the sedan is that it looks too similar to the 3-box appearance. This is a boring look according to some of the complainers. The hatchback offers something different for the drivers and the passengers who may have…

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SUV - A Vehicle You Want to Buy

More people are buying SUVs than ever before. If you’re considering joining that group, come and see us at Honda of Salem. We’re here to answer any questions you may have about SUVs, so if you do decide to get a new SUV, you’re making an informed decision.

There are so many reasons you may want to buy an SUV.
• SUVs are fun to drive.
• They better gas mileage than you’d ever imagine.
• They perform better in flood zones than cars.
• They have more interior space than cars, making them perfect vacation vehicles.
• They’re usually…
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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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