Is your car ready for a winter road trip? Winter can be brutal on a car. According to Automotive-Fleet.com, about 49.3 million people will hit the nation’s roadways this Thanksgiving as compared with 48.5 million in 2018, representing a 2.8% increase and the highest volume of travelers in 14 years. With inclement weather forecasted this holiday, we thought we’d share some tips on winterizing your vehicle, so you’re ultra-prepared for your Thanksgiving road trip! 

Here are a few things you should do before you hit the road. 

Tip #1 – Check Your Battery 

In cold weather conditions, a car battery operates at lower efficiency, making it harder for it to start up the engine. You’ll need to make sure the cables are properly connected to the battery. Or take it in for a quick service check-up.

Tip #2 – Check Your Wipers & Wiper Fluids

You’ll need the best possible visibility when bad weather strikes. Make sure your wipers are working properly and your wiper washer fluid is filled to capacity. In cold weather states, you should consider using a fluid with de-icer capability.

Tip #3 – Check Your Anti-Freeze

You don’t need to open the cap on your radiator, just visually check to see whether the liquid reaches the “Full” line on the side of the coolant reservoir.  If the liquid doesn’t reach the “Full” line, you should add a 50/50 mix of water and coolant until it does. Never touch the radiator cap when the engine is on or has been running for a while, it will be too hot to touch. 

Tip #4 – Check The Oil Level

It’s really important to make sure your car has the right amount of oil, especially during the winter. If you have time, have your car serviced and oil changed before a long road trip.

Tip #5 – Clean Headlight Covers

Long nights and heavy weather conditions can reduce visibility on the road. The goal is to make sure that you can see what’s ahead of you as possible. You’ll want to check your headlight covers to make sure they are not cloudy or foggy. 

Tip #6 – Check Your Tires 

With shallow tread depth, you won’t get the proper traction in bad weather conditions, it’s one of the reasons to check your tread depth in the winter. You’ll also want to check your tire pressure often, especially when temperatures drop, as tire pressure will go down 1 pound per square inch. You can check your car owner’s manual for the recommended tire pressure. You should also make sure your spare tire is properly aired up too. 

Tip #7 – Pack an Emergency Kit

Even with the best planning, vehicles can still break down, that’s why it’s important to always have an emergency kit in your car. Things to include: jumper cables, a small air compressor to air up tires, road flares, a flashlight, spare batteries, an ice scraper, a collapsible shovel, a lock de-icer, a cell phone charger, hand-warmers, a blanket, water, protein bars, and a first aid kit.

Tip #8 – Have An Emergency Plan

Be prepared in the event you have a car breakdown or accident. If you have a smartphone, be sure to bookmark www.honkforhelp.com so you can quickly request roadside assistance services such as a tow, tire change, jump start, lockout, or winch service. In most areas a professional HONK Service Provider should arrive in 30 minutes or less, reducing your stress levels and getting you back on the road in no time. One final tip is to review your insurance policy before you hit the road. Some top insurance carriers provide roadside assistance coverage included with their auto insurance policies, in those cases, all you need is to have their app on your phone so you request services from there. 

To request roadside assistance while on the road, visit: www.honkforhelp.com 

Source: https://www.automotive-fleet.com/345152/8-tips-for-winterizing-a-vehicle

Picture this, you’re a tow truck operator and you’ve just been dispatched to fix a flat tire on the side of a busy intersection. As you’re working to get that customer back on the road, cars are zooming past you at speeds of up to 50 mph. This is the reality for many service providers on a daily basis.

Every 6 days a tow truck operator is killed in the line of duty due to unsafe driving practices by motorists who don’t adhere to state Move Over laws. Despite almost all states having implemented some form of these laws within the last several years, over 50% of drivers are still unaware that they exist. 

But what exactly is a slow down, move over law? ‘Move Over’ laws vary by state, but in general, they specify that when drivers see emergency vehicles stopped on the side of the highway, they should slow down, and when safe, move over to vacate the lane next to the stopped vehicle. 

Every responsible driver has a role they need to play in order to help spread the awareness about the dangers emergency responders face on a daily basis.

By failing to slow down and move over, you’re not only endangering the lives of towing and roadside professionals, you’re also breaking the law.

Talk to your friends and family, educate yourself on the specifics of the laws in your state and always, always, always reduce your speed and move over lanes when you see emergency lights blinking on the side of the road. 

For more information on these laws, and what you can do to educate yourself and spread awareness click here.

HONK Technologies, the platform for connecting drivers, towing professionals and insurers, today announces that Rochelle Thielen, an automotive industry expert with over fifteen years of experience in the Auto Physical Damage (APD) and Insurtech space has been named to the newly created role of Executive Vice President, Partnerships, leading the development of partnerships throughout the roadside assistance tech ecosystem. Formerly HONK’s Vice President of Marketplace Operations, Rochelle will be driving strategic growth opportunities aimed at accelerating HONK’s mission to radically improve, through relentless platform technology advancements, the way people in need of roadside assistance and mobility services connect with service providers and insurance carriers.

When it comes to roadside assistance, motorists on the road don’t need a tire change, what they need is to pick up one of their children from school, on-time. At HONK our vision of roadside assistance for the 21st century is not just a fix for a broken-down car, it’s a complete technology solution that provides the fastest and most reliable way to restore mobility for those who have lost it; turning car break downs into nothing more than a small bump in the road…and If you agree with that statement, then what you need is HONK! 

HONK is transforming the roadside assistance customer experience through innovation!


“We are continuing to transform roadside assistance by reaching beyond just the breakdown. Our team is aggressively driving roadside ecosystem integrations, investments, M&A, and partnerships while continuing to build new tech and business processes that deliver innovation for our Service Provider Network, our insurance, fleet, and automotive clients, and most importantly the drivers who depend on us in their time of need,” states Rochelle Thielen, Executive Vice President, Partnerships at HONK Technologies. HONK, with its leadership position in technology and business innovation, has a unique vantage point from which to drive collaboration with strategic partners across the ecosystem, removing complexities from the roadside assistance experience and building next-generation mobility services to meet the new digital demands of motorists, clients and service providers, while driving value for all segments.

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According to the Harvard Health Watch, the average American spends just over 100 minutes sitting in a car every single day. That means more than an hour and a half of sitting in an upright seated position with little to no mobility. Combine this with the stress accompanied by sitting in traffic, and you’ve got yourself a problem. So what can you do about it?

While you may not be able to leave the driver’s seat for a quick run, you can still work some movement into your in-car time. So the next time you’re commuting to work or on a long road trip, refer back to these simple yoga moves that’ll help you get through the long ride.

Summer is finally here! Which means that it’s time to load the car, grab your friends and hit the open road. Whether you’re looking for a pre-trip checklist, games that you can play in the car or what some of the top destinations across the country are — we’ve got you covered.

We’ve written a lot about road trips in the past, so we’ve decided to compile every article we’ve ever published on the matter into one article. Everything you need in order to make your next trip the best it can be can be found below. Safe travels!

The color of your car can say a lot about you. You may not have known that, but it’s true. In fact, the color of a person’s car can serve as psychological shortcut into that person. So for those of you feeling like horoscopes aren’t cutting it these days, here’s the lowdown of what your car hue says about you.

“I think it’s just going to become normal. Like an elevator. They used to have elevator operators, and then we developed some simple circuitry to have elevators just come to the floor that you’re at, you just press the button. Nobody needs to operate the elevator. The car is just going to be like that.”

That’s what Tesla CEO Elon Musk had to say to an interview with Gizmodo when asked about the future of autonomous cars. But with the technological advancements we’ve made in regards to self-driving vehicles — among a host of many other things — what exactly does this mean for the future of our roads?

A road trip can create memories that can last a lifetime — sometimes for all the wrong reasons. Before you set off on your next big adventure, you’ll want to make sure your car’s good to go. The last thing you want is to break down in the middle of nowhere. That sounds like a memory you could do without. Here’s what you can do to make sure it doesn’t become a reality.

Spring is an awesome time of year. The sun stays out longer, the weather gets warmer, the trees and flowers begin to blossom. It’s the perfect time to take a drive down to the beach, lake or river. The perfect time to take a few days off work or school and road trip to that place you’ve been thinking about all winter long.

We love this time of year, and we want to share our excitement with you. So we’ve put together a downloadable Spring Break Playlist full of music from Beyonce and Outkast to Tame Impala and Daft Punk. Now all you’ll have to do is roll down the windows, turn up the volume and hit the road for your next big adventure.