2017 January Newsletter

Honda Civic Type R vs NSX: Which Is Faster?
Watch as the Honda Civic Type R takes on its big brother NSX in a one kilometer drag race!

The Honda Civic Type R is basically the Japanese automaker’s unofficial race car. The NSX on the other hand, is a bona fide supercar. When the Honda Civic Type R and NSX meet, an epic battle takes place. The question is which is faster?

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Winter Driving Tips

Ralph Honda & AAA recommends the following winter driving tips:

  • Avoid driving while you’re fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks.
  • Never run a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
  • Make certain your tires are properly inflated.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full.
  • If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather.
  • Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand).
  • Always look and steer where you want to go.
  • Use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle.

Tips for long-distance winter trips:

  • Watch weather reports prior to a long-distance drive or before driving in isolated areas. Delay trips when especially bad weather is expected. If you must leave, let others know your route, destination and estimated time of arrival.
  • Always make sure your vehicle is in peak operating condition by having it inspected at Ralph Honda.
  • Keep at least half a tank of gasoline in your vehicle at all times.
  • Pack a cellular telephone, plus blankets, gloves, hats, food, water and any needed medication in your vehicle.
  • If you become snow-bound, stay with your vehicle. It provides temporary shelter and makes it easier for rescuers to locate you. Don’t try to walk in a severe storm. It’s easy to lose sight of your vehicle in blowing snow and become lost.
  • Don’t over exert yourself if you try to push or dig your vehicle out of the snow.
  • Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna or place a cloth at the top of a rolled up window to signal distress. At night, keep the dome light on if possible. It only uses a small amount of electricity and will make it easier for rescuers to find you.
  • Make sure the exhaust pipe isn’t clogged with snow, ice or mud. A blocked exhaust could cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to leak into the passenger compartment with the engine running.
  • Use whatever is available to insulate your body from the cold. This could include floor mats, newspapers or paper maps.
  • If possible run the engine and heater just long enough to remove the chill and to conserve gasoline.

Tips for driving in the snow:

  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.
  • Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.
  • The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.
  • Know your brakes. If you have anti-lock brakes (ABS) and need to slow down quickly, press hard on the pedal-it’s normal for the pedal to vibrate a bit when the ABS is activated.
  • Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.
  • Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed down hill as slowly as possible.
  • Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.

The best way to avoid risky winter driving scenarios is to just stay home when possible. If you really don’t have to go out in bad weather, then don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, it’s important to remember that not everyone else can. Don’t tempt fate: If you don’t have somewhere you have to be, it’s best to enjoy watching the snow safely from indoors.

Featured Recipe
Cheesy Pasta Vegetable Soup
Ingredients:3 cups Progresso™ chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)
1 cup uncooked gemelli pasta
1 bag (12 oz) frozen broccoli, cauliflower and carrots
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 cups shredded American cheese (8 oz)Directions:

1. In 3-quart saucepan, heat broth to boiling over high heat. Stir in pasta; cook 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pasta is al dente.

2. Reduce heat to medium. Stir in frozen vegetables and garlic powder; cover and cook 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender.

3. Stir in whipping cream and cheese; cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until cheese is melted and heated through.