Crash-tested pet harnesses by the Center for Pet Safety
For decades seat belts have been an important part of automotive safety. Throughout the year various organizations test seat belts and automotive equipment to ensure that will keep people safe. Whether you’re running errands across town or are taking a long road trip, it’s nice to have peace of mind that your vehicle’s seat belt and other safety technologies are there to protect you. But what about your pet? Are they protected? Not only can a pet be seriously injured in the event of a crash, but it can also become a projectile in the event of a crash. Fortunately, there are options out there to protect you and your pet.
Best crash-tests pet harnesses for dogs
There are thousands upon thousands of pet carriers and harnesses on the market today, but there was no organization crash testing these products. In 2003 the Center for Pet Safety sought to find a solution and crash tested a variety of carriers and harnesses for dogs and cats. The tested were simply enough and used a device with a vehicle “seat” to move the test product and pet “dummy” forward to simulate a crash.
The results were astounding. Crash tests resulted in catastrophic failure of the majority of those products. Some harnesses would break or come unbuckled upon impact while hard-topped carriers of plastic and metal shattered.
Crash testing proved to be the great equalizer between these various harness and carrier options. While the Center found that many products it tested didn’t provide crash protection, it also found there were products that did. The 2013 Top Performer was the Sleepypod Clickit Utility Safety Harness and four Sleepypod pet carriers also received top marks. In June 2015, the Center also tested the Gunner Kennel G1 Intermediate, which is a hard plastic crate. The product scored a 5-star rating.
You can learn more about the Center for Pet Safety at centerforpetsafety.org. What do you think of the harnesses listed there? What products do you use to keep your pets safe? Let us know in the comments below.
Is your vehicle due for some routine maintenance? Maybe it’s low on oil? When you have a warning light show up on your dashboard it’s important to be able to identify it and fast. Any delay could spell trouble for your beloved vehicle. Here’s a quick and easy guide to help you identify common dashboard lights that might show up.
Honda dashboard light reference
One general rule of thumb is that the color of the warning light is also important. Green is good, yellow is a notification and red means that the issue needs attention immediately. You will probably see yellow or green lights more than you will ever see red, especially if you are driving a newer vehicle.
Temperature warning light
Bad news, but your vehicle’s engine is overheating or is about to. It’s best to pull over to the side of the road when it’s safe to do so in order to let the engine cool down.
Antilock Brake System light
This icon means that there could be an issue with the ABS system and could indicate that your brakes might lock up if you brake hard. It’s best to bring your vehicle to your trusted mechanic as soon as you are able.
Airbag Indicator light
Please note that there is a difference between the general indicator light (that usually shows up on the center console) that tells you the airbag is on and this warning light. The airbag warning light typically will show up on your vehicle’s dashboard and indicated that there may be a malfunction in the airbag. When you see this light it’s important to bring your vehicle in for service as soon as possible to make sure everything is working correctly.
Electrical System Warning light
If you get this light you might be headed for or are experiencing battery or alternator problems. This is particularly frustrating in the winter. But no matter what time of year it may be, it’s important to bring your vehicle in for service as soon as possible so your mechanic can test the alternator’s charging capacity and identify any issues.
Oil Pressure Warning light
This is your vehicle’s way of telling you that it needs oil and needs it now. Typically if you are seeing this warning your vehicle may only have two liters of oil left. Add some oil as soon as possible because if you forget and your vehicle runs without oil, the engine will be ruined.
Have you had a warning light come up on your dashboard that we didn’t cover here? We encourage you to double-check your vehicle’s manual as every make and model is different. In the event that you do need service, repair or simply have some questions, we invite you to contact our award-winning team in the Ed Napleton Honda St. Peters Service Department. We look forward to speaking with you!
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are two of the newest automotive technologies on the market today. Best of all, setup is quick and easy. Currently, this technology is only available on specific Honda makes and models, including by not limited to select trims on the 2017 Honda CR-V Touring, 2017 Honda Civic, 2017 Honda Accord and more.
If you’re reading this then you probably have a brand new vehicle and are trying to figure out all the technologies quickly. Have no fear. Our quick, no-nonsense guide is here to help.
How to set up Apple CarPlay in your Honda
- Have the vehicle running and parked
- Start by turning on Siri through Settings > General > Siri
- Connect your phone to the Apple CarPlay port with the USB cable
- Press and hold the “Home” button on the steering wheel or press and hold the “Voice Control” button on the steering wheel and ask Siri what is needed for installation
- Follow the steps
- Once installation is complete you can activate Apple CarPlay by touching the icon on your Honda’s touchscreen
How to set up Android Auto in your Honda
- Download the Android Auto app to your phone
- Accept the Terms and Conditions agreement on your phone to download the app (if your phone asks you to update apps, such as Google Maps, it’s important to do so now)
- Once app is downloaded, turn on notifications and Bluetooth
- After the app is downloaded you can activate it by touching the icon on your Honda’s touchscreen
And there you have it! Setting up Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on your Honda is quick and easy. Have questions? Our team of experts are here to help. We invite you to contact us today! We’ll walk you through the process to get it set up.
Sometimes during a busy day all you have time for is less than 30 minutes for lunch, if that. When that happens it can be easy to reach for the fast food. While St. Louis, MO, has a variety of great fast food options, greasy food without much nutritional value doesn’t do you much good. Fortunately, St. Louis is filled with a variety of excellent food trucks. Whether you’re looking for a nutritious gyro with plenty of olives, feta and tomatoes or some fresh Mexican food with delicious guacamole, you’re sure to find it in St. Louis. Here we have rounded up some of the best food trucks in the area.
This list is by no means comprehensive and we are always looking to hear about new food trucks to eat at. Do you have a favorite food truck that we didn’t feature on our list? Let us know in the comments below!
Good food trucks in St. Louis, MO
The crossover SUV segment only continues to grow in popularity in the U.S. and for good reason. Not only are crossover SUVs powerful and fuel-efficient, but the segment boasts stellar cargo capacity and high-tech cabins. In fact, the crossover SUVs are getting even more fuel-efficient thanks to an ever-growing category – the crossover SUV hybrid.
Many manufacturers already have vehicles for this segment, including the 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. Honda recently debuted a new model that will potentially compete directly with the RAV4 and other competitors. Introducing the 2018 Honda CR-V Hybrid. Honda debuted the stunning new crossover SUV hybrid at the Shanghai auto show earlier this month. Best of all, the new model could be headed to the U.S. market.
When is the 2018 Honda CR-V Hybrid release date?
At the show Honda revealed few details about the new Hybrid, except that it will utilize a two-motor hybrid system. Honda has also revealed that the 2018 CR-V Hybrid is expected to go on sale in China later this year. The auto marker has not hinted at a time frame for the U.S. market, but our guess is sometime early next year.
Years ago Honda set a Nurburgring record for front-wheel-drive production cars with it’s European market Civic Type R. Once news broke that a next-generation model would be coming to the North American market, Honda vowed that it would break its previous record and set a new one. We are proud to announce that Honda has done just that.
What is the 2017 Honda Civic Type R Nurburgring time?
The 2017 Honda Civic Type R set a new record for front-wheel-drive production cars with a 7 minute, 43.80 second time at Nurburgring. This is 7 seconds faster than the prior-generation model’s time, thanks to a variety of upgrades and revisions to the new 2017 model. The six-speed manual and 306-hp, 2.0-turbocharged four-cylinder engine under the hood really made a difference.
See the 2017 Honda Civic Type R wow on the track here. What do you think of the new hot-hatch? Let us know in the comments below!