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8 car care tips during rainy season

Keep your vehicle in pristine condition!

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Taking care of your car, especially during heavy downpours, is just like taking care of your body — it goes a long way when done right. Driving during the rainy season is quite cumbersome. Here are some tips to keep your vehicle in pristine condition.

Clean that windshield

Most accidents are attributed to poor visibility. I know, I’ve been in one. After letting the rainwater dry up in your windshield, the mineral deposits accumulate and turn into dirt. This kind of neglect often leads to accidents, which is why it’s important to properly clean your windshield.

It pays off to have it cleaned on a regular basis, hopefully avoiding that build-up of dirt and dust. Or better yet, invest in window detailing. After all, a clean window gives you a better view of your surroundings.

Don’t forget to check your wipers

Part of maintenance is checking your wiper blades since they’re responsible for keeping your windshield and rear windows free from water and other contaminants. Since it can last anywhere from six months to a year (on average), you can always give a look and check if they’re due for replacement.

Clean those headlamps, too!

Having well-maintained headlights is a must during heavy downpours. It’s important to achieve optimum visibility during rain showers. Headlamps can get hazy or cloudy over time due to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays and built-up grime (ew).

Some people would think the sole purpose of cleaning the headlamp is for appearance, but the truth is it should be regularly cleaned to maintain its proper function. Having clean headlamps will provide you with a well-lit pathway while driving in the rain.

Furthermore, you should always check your headlight bulbs for damages or if they need replacement.

Pay attention to your car’s battery

Have you experienced difficulty starting your car… in the middle of the road… in a heavy downpour? *panics internally*

This situation can be avoided if you pay attention to your car battery’s lifespan, which sometimes gets shorter due to the corrosion caused by humidity and potential droplets splashing during the rainy season. When the symptoms kick in, it’s about time you get ready lest you find yourself stranded.

Assess the quality of your tires

Make it a practice — or a habit — to ensure proper inflation every two weeks. Over- or under-inflated tires can lead to reduced traction and early wear. And we all know (or maybe you don’t) that vehicle traction is important to have that maximum gripping power during the rainy season. Yes, it can only be achieved when you have well-maintained tires.

Also, don’t forget to check the tire pressure of your spare!

Brake check, please!

Most accidents happen because brakes fail — but whose fault is that? Brakes take longer to dry during rainy situations. If you notice any squeaking or any grinding noises while braking, it’s clearly a sign you should have your vehicle checked immediately. What if your brake pads need a replacement?

Moreover, braking in the rain doesn’t work as quickly as it would on a dry or humid day. Remember to drive slower than usual and set a distance in between cars. Let go of that bumper-to-bumper traffic. We’re not Ariana Grande on “Honeymoon Avenue”.

Find the right car insurance

Prevention is better than cure. We’ve all heard that — and that’s primarily what insurance offers. It’s always better to be ready than sorry. For peace of mind, you should trust the right insurance for your vehicle.

For instance, there’s the Honda SENSING Insurance that’s available for Honda vehicles equipped with Honda SENSING such as the All-New HR-V, All-New Civic, CR-V, Accord, and the Civic Type R.

Honda partnered with AXA Philippines and BPI MS Insurance to offer preferential rates (starting at PhP 2,119 per month) for comprehensive insurance to customers who will purchase models with Honda’s advanced safety technology. Of course, there are different car insurance available, and programs like this are limited since this one, in particular, is being offered until December 31, 2022.

Again, it’s important to find the right car insurance. There are plenty, so research, learn a lot of details, and trust your instinct if it’s the right one. You know what’s best for your baby.

Wash and wax your car

I know it seems pointless to clean your car if it’s going to get dirty again, but it’s still rewarding to do so. Admittedly, I used to have that mindset until I’ve practiced rigorous self-care and started believing that if I made strenuous efforts to take care of my body, it should apply to my personal stuff too — gadgets, cars, appliances, furniture, et al.

Adding a protective layer of wax can help keep rain marks from forming, and makes it easier to clean the car after the rain. Seriously, it’s not just plain cosmetics at all. Wash and wax it up, folks!

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Honda Civic Type R debuts in the Philippines: Price, availability

Most powerful model yet

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Honda Civic Type R

Honda is starting 2023 with a bang, introducing the 6th generation Civic Type R to the Philippine market.

The most powerful yet from the line, the all-new sports car-looking Civic Type R will feature a handful of improvements from its exterior design all the way to a more ergonomic and immersive cabin inside.

Some changes include a wider and lower overall build, wider rear doors, a reshaped rear bumper, an elongated hood, and an aggressive front bumper design featuring a honeycomb grille mesh.

The LED headlamps and taillamps have also been redesigned, complementing the matte black finish on the 19-inch alloy wheels.

Of course, the Civic Type R isn’t just all about appearance; underneath the hood is a powerful 2.0-liter, 16-valve DOHC VTEC, turbo-charged in-line 4-cylinder engine for up to 420 Nm of torque.

The car features a 6-speed manual transmission with a Rev Match Control system for more precise and smoother shifting.

Immersive, comfortable interior

Inside the all-new Civic Type R is an immersive cabin with distinct features only available on the specific model.

There is an aluminum shift knob for added sportiness and a serialized Type R plate on the dashboard. The car has racing-inspired Alcantara seats, while a black and red motif stands out in interior finishes.

Behind the steering wheel is a 10.2-inch fully-digital instrument cluster. For its infotainment setup, the Type R features a 9-inch touchscreen with support for various connectivity and multimedia functions, such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and a 12-speaker Bose system.

Another exclusive offering for the Type R is the Honda LogR Performance Datalogger that monitors driving activity using both the car’s sensors and a built-in vehicle app.

Other comfort features include automatic air-conditioning, smart key card entry, one push start system, wireless charging, and more.

Advanced safety features

The 2023 Civic Type R comes with the full suite of Honda SENSING features, such as:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Road Departure Mitigation
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Auto-High Beam

Aside from these, the car also has a camera mounted behind the windshield which has an improved field of view (100 degrees from 50 degrees) while at the back is a multi-view rear camera.

Other safety offerings include:

  • Anti-lock Brake System
  • Electronic Brake-Force Distribution
  • Vehicle Stability Assist
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Electric Parking Brake
  • Auto Brake Hold
  • ISOFIX child seat anchor

Price, availability

The all-new Honda Civic Type R retails for PhP 3,880,000 for the 2.0 VTEC Turbo Honda SENSING MT variant.

Visit any of Honda’s 37 car dealerships nationwide for the virtual showroom here for more details.

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Xiaomi EV spotted in China

Named Modena

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How do new cars get their first test runs on real roads? Common in the automotive space, prerelease vehicles often go on extensive tests on actual roads while disguised with non-revealing designs. As vehicles, electric vehicles are no different. A year ahead of their projected release date, Xiaomi and its first electric car have made surprise appearances in Chinese roads for test drives.

Reported by CarNewsChina (via ArenaEV), Xiaomi has reportedly unleased its unreleased electric vehicle in China. The timing of the tests foretell important tests for winter conditions, an important metric for vehicles in a country that gets its fair share of icy weather. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun reportedly participated in the tests himself.

All of the test vehicles were clothed in black fabric to obscure the final design. Spotters won’t be able to deduce much except from the outline. Speculations are already out and about, though.

The vehicle, codenamed Modena, will come with a variety of battery options including one from Chinese EV mainstay BYD. The battery will supposedly charge from empty to around 80 percent in just 15 minutes. It will also reportedly come with an unreleased automotive chipset from Qualcomm. It might ship with a price tag hovering between RMB 260,000 to RMB 350,000.

As with their first announcement back in 2021, Xiaomi is expected to launch the Modena sometime in 2024. Besides the first vehicle, the company is also working on another vehicle codenamed Lemans.

SEE ALSO: First Xiaomi car set for a 2024 launch

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Best of CES 2023

Next-Gen Foldables, Record-Breaking Electric Car, and a 3D Laptop without 3D Glasses

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There were a lot announced during CES 2023 — and by that we mean A LOT.

But some of our favorites include a portable solar-powered fridge with a built-in ice maker, a record-breaking electric vehicle that can go farther than any before, a laptop with a 3D display, heck even the future of foldable smartphones was unveiled!

Featuring the ASUS ProArt Studiobook 16 3D OLED, Mercedes-Benz VISION EQXX, the next-gen foldables care of Samsung Display, and many more!

Know more of them by watching our Best of CES 2023 round-up!

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