Have You Driven the 2012 Honda CR-V?

Are you looking for a new vehicle? One that can provide luxury and top of the line features without having to pay big bucks for the upgrades?  Take a look at the all-new 2012 Honda CR-V, the top-selling import SUV, built right here in Canada. 

Available for the lowest price in over a decade, the 2012 CR-V has a wide range of features tailored to meet your needs. I had the opportunity to test-drive one and I have to say it exceeded all of my expectations. Before even entering the vehicle, I was struck by its sporty compact appearance and sleek lines.  I almost forgot that the CR-V is classified as a compact SUV. 

Going above and beyond, Honda has created an affordable vehicle that includes real time All-Wheel Drive with intelligent control, Ecological Assist System,  Intelligent Multi-information Display (iMid), heated front seats, easy fold-down 60/40 split rear back seat, multi-angle rear view camera with guidelines and hands-free bilingual Bluetooth, which are available on ALL base models.  The new CR-V has set the bar with its improved fuel economy and state of the art technology – you simply can’t go wrong.

In addition to the many new features it provides, you can’t discount how the car handles.  It makes for a smooth and quiet ride.  Although you have the benefit of being elevated, you feel as though you are driving a car.

If you’re considering purchasing a new vehicle, I strongly recommend you take the 2012 CR-V for a test drive – you won’t be disappointed!  Please visit us at Image Honda or call us at 1-888-375-5914 to schedule your test drive in the all-new 2012 Honda CR-V!

 

By: Amy Cochren

Credit: Honda Canada

What To Do If You Get Stranded…

We all love the fluffy white stuff.  Who doesn’t enjoy a good winter storm, right? Well, perhaps if we are nestled at home in front of a crackling fire with a cup of hot chocolate!  Unfortunately, this is not a luxury many of us are afforded.  The reality is, people are busy and that means many of us are on the roads driving to and from our said destinations.  Have you ever taken the time to consider how you would react or what precautions you would take if you ever found yourself stranded on the road in the winter?  Well, to help you out, here are some tips to keep you safe in such a situation.

Always be prepared!  We’ve all received practical presents at Christmas time or for our Birthdays.  Have Mom and Dad ever given you a set of jumper cables or an emergency kit to your dismay?  Don’t knock these gifts as they can prove quite valuable in an emergency situation.  In fact, everyone should have their own emergency kit for their car.  This kit should include:

  • Jumper cables
  • A flash light
  • A blanket
  • Windshield washer fluid/Anti-freeze
  • An ice scraper
  • Gloves
  • A spare tire with air in it (as well as equipment for changing tires)
  • A first aid kit
  • Flares
  • Shop towels/paper towels
  • Cell phone

To help prevent a situation where you find yourself stranded, never drive your vehicle on an empty tank of gas in the winter.  Always make sure that your gas tank is topped off in order to prevent your gas lines from freezing.

If you do find yourself stranded for whatever the reason, DON’T PANIC!  Try to remain calm and assess your situation.  Do you know where you are?  If not, try and locate some landmark to inform others of your location.  Make sure you remain with your vehicle if you are unsure.  If you are unable to find help, light your flares placing one at the front and back of your vehicle.  Use your extra blankets to stay warm and make sure you don’t keep your car running with the heat on.  Remember, you want to conserve your gas, so make sure to run the engine in intervals.

By: Amy Cochren

Credit:  http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/15940164/ns/today-money/t/simple-ways…

What To Do If You’re In A Collision?

It’s something none of us care to think about, but something all of us need to be prepared for – a collision.  When this occurs, we experience a flood of emotions and it’s often difficult to think rationally.  That is why it is important that you know exactly what to do in such a circumstance so that you, your vehicle and those involved are properly protected.  First and foremost, you want to ensure that everyone involved is safe and unharmed.  If someone is hurt or you believe the other driver may be guilty of an offence make sure to call the police immediately.  If everyone safe, there are a series of steps you need to take.

  • If you are able to safely move your vehicle, move it to the side of the road or away from oncoming traffic.  If you are unable to, insure that you turn on your hazard lights and place hazard cones around your vehicle if you have them.
  • Always make sure you get the details of the accident!
  1. The make and model of other vehicle
  2. Drivers name, address, telephone number and license
  3. Date and time of accident
  4. Location
  5. How it happened
  6. Are there witnesses?  If so, get there contact information as well.
  7. Make sure to get the insurance information of all the drivers involved.

It should be noted that the Insurance Bureau of Canada provides several resources to help you in case of a collision.  They have developed an accident report form, as well as tips and quizzes on distracted driving.  These are available at http://http://www.ibc.ca/

If you are faced with damages from a collision – Image Honda, Queenston on the Mountain and Queenston on Centennial’s collision centre would be happy to service your needs.  Please contact us at 1-888-440-8577 or visit our websites at http://www.imagehonda.com/ or www.queenstonchev.com

By: Amy Cochren

Credit: Insurance Bureau of Canada http://www.ibc.ca/en/Car_Insurance/What _to_do_Accident.asp

Hamilton Family Literacy Week Kickoff

Come help us celebrate a great cause as we kickoff Hamilton Family Literacy Week 2012.  The official launch will take place at Image Honda on Monday, January 23, 2012 at 1 p.m. (155 Centennial Parkway North, Hamilton, ON)  Joining us for this special day is renowned Canadian children’s author Jean Little, musical guests TURKEY Rhubarb as well as a special appearance from the Hamilton Bulldogs very own Bruiser. For more information on this specific event, please contact Amy Cochren at amyc@setay.ca or (905) 528-7001 ext 273.

We are also excited to announce that for every new “Like” on our AutoHwy Facebook Fan Page we will donate $2 to the Hamilton Public Library Summer Reading Program.

National Family Literacy Day held on January 27 encourages the value of reading and learning, which is why Hamilton is making it a week-long celebration from January 23 to 27 2012!  In addition to our kickoff celebration, there are other events that will be going on throughout the city such as Snuggle Up and Read and Hamilton Public Library Night at the Hamilton Bulldogs. Go watch the Bulldogs take on the Toronto Marlies on January 27 at 7:30 p.m.  Specially priced tickets are available for ONLY $12 (regularly $26).  To purchase tickets at this discounted rate, please contact the Hamilton Bulldogs’ office directly at (905) 529-8500.

Hamilton Family Literacy week is a program of Early Literacy Hamilton and Hamilton Best Start.  Program sponsors include: Image Honda, Affiliated Services for Children and Youth, Community Action Program for Children, Hamilton Bulldogs, Hamilton Public Library, Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board, Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, Niwasa Head Start Preschool and Ontario Early Years Centres.

For more information and program details, please visit www.myhamilton.ca/early-literacy-hamilton

By: Amy Cochren