"Recognition from the Best Cars for Families awards for our top-selling CR-V and Odyssey demonstrates that the Honda brand values align with the needs of family buyers in terms of performance, fuel efficiency and safety performance," said Jeff Conrad, Honda division senior vice president and general manager. "The CR-V and Odyssey were designed to offer the ideal vehicle packaging for transporting families in comfort and style positioning Honda strongly in the competition for family buyers."
While the best way to see what makes the 2015 Honda Accord so appealing car is with a test drive, a look at the awards the vehicle has won is certainly a nice preview of what you can expect behind the wheel.
Auto Critic Awards
There are three key auto critic awards we want to focus on for the Accord:
- Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com named the 2015 Accord their Best Buy of the Year in the mid-size car class,* saying that in addition to its reputation and value, the Accord is stylish and fun to drive.
- Car and Driver named the 2015 Honda Accord to their 10Best Cars in America list for a record 29th time out of the 31-year history of the competition.**
- Edmunds.com recently named the Accord a 2014 Most Popular Vehicle. These awards acknowledge the three models in each class that had the highest overall monthly car-buyer consideration on both research and inventory pages on Edmunds.com.
In addition to awards for value and overall excellence, the Accord has no trouble taking home trophies for it safety, including two of the most important in the industry:
- The 2015 Accord took home a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the 2015 Accord their Five-Star Overall Safety Rating in their New Car Assessment Program.
Test Drive an Accord
The 2015 Honda Accord awards are just part of the picture, and we want you to see why so many Detroit Metro drivers have been choosing Honda’s sedan as their mid-size car. Visit a Detroit Area Honda Dealer today to take a test drive.
*For more information, visit Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc.
**Car and Driver, January 2015.
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It's great to be a good Samaritan from time to time, and there may be occasions when a friend, colleague, or family member asks to borrow your car. Given that your vehicle is such a valuable asset, it's not like lending somebody a bag of flour, though. In the event that somebody asks to borrow your car, it's worth thinking about whether it is actually such a good idea.
The most important thing to consider is whether it is legal. Any driver of your car must be fully insured. If you share the car with your wife or teens, then you will have an insurance policy that covers you all as drivers. This is far less likely to be the case when it comes to your friends and colleagues. They may have an insurance policy that covers them on any car, but that's fairly unusual, and even if they say they do, you really need to see evidence to be certain. Unless you can be certain that the borrower has the appropriate insurance, then lending your car is definitely not a good idea.
It's also worth considering what kind of driver the person is. If you know him or her well, and you know that he or she is conscientious and careful, then it might be OK. If he or she wants to borrow your car because he or she crashed his or her car into a wall, then perhaps it's time to think again. Even if the person is insured, they could do considerable damage and leave you without a car for a lengthy period of time.
Even if the car is returned with just a scratch or a dent on the door, how will you manage the conversation with the person that borrowed it? It could become difficult to prove who did it, leading to a lengthy wrangle over liability. Many friendships and relationships have been ruined by seemingly innocent little things.
After the legal considerations, damage to a relationship is probably the biggest risk when it comes to lending your car to somebody. How will he or she pay for the gas? Can you be certain that you won't be left with a speeding ticket? Do you have the kind of relationship where you can be confident that you aren't going to fall out over this? Cars are expensive item that can leave you with big repair bills and other problems. Be realistic and take the whole situation into account when considering watching one of your friends or colleagues drive off in your car.
You may be familiar with traditional bullying. You may remember fellow students being teased when you were in school--maybe you were the one being bullied, or even the one doing the bullying. It's important to understand that these days, bullying isn't confined to the school yard. It's also done online. Known as cyber bullying, it can be just as detrimental and harmful to your child as traditional bullying.
Cyber bullying can include any of the following: a student stealing your child's username and password and then posting vulgar or other unwanted messages on your child's Facebook profile page; sending threatening messages through IM or chats; posting mean messages to discussion boards or blogs, to name a few.
You're probably wondering how you would even know if your child was a victim of cyber bullying. Keep an eye out for damaged or missing clothes or other items that belong to your child. Have there been any unexplained bruises or injuries? Does your child frequently make excuses so he or she doesn't have to go to school? Has he or she lost interest in things that used to make him or her happy? Have you noticed any shifts in mood or lack of appetite? These are all signs your child could be the victim of a bully. Odds are if your child is being bullied on the playground, he or she is being bullied on the Internet, as well.
If you notice any of these signs, talk to your child and ask what's going on. They may be reluctant to tell you for several reasons: they could be scared that you'll tell their teacher and that they will be perceived as a tattle-tale, or they could be afraid of retribution from the bully if they tell someone. However, bullying can't be tolerated. It can often lead to seriously dangerous actions.
Even if your child isn't currently a victim of cyber bullying, you can help them prevent it or try to avoid it. Remind your child of the Internet house rules which include not giving any of their personal information including usernames and passwords to anyone else - even their friends.
Let your child know that if he or she ever receives a threatening message or believes someone has gotten a hold of their username or password to tell you immediately. And tell them not to respond to any of these antics.
Also talk to your child about how it would feel to be the victim of a bully or cyber bully. This will hopefully prevent them from participating in bullying themselves.
And always monitor your child's Internet use - what sites they're going on to, who they're chatting with etc. This way, you'll be ahead of the game and be able to catch cyber bullying as soon as it starts.
One of the biggest pitfalls in many people’s diets comes down to one thing: portion control. Follow these tips to maintain great health while continuing to enjoy all your favorite foods--in moderation.
Take a Look at What’s on Your Plate
In 2011, the Department of Agriculture replaced the classic food pyramid with new guidelines titled “My Plate." In an effort to improve the health of the general public, the "My Plate" programs provides the most up-to-date information about how to balance your intake of a variety of food groups, with an emphasis on fresh vegetables and whole grains.
Comparing Portion and Serving Size
Understanding the difference between a portion and a serving size will help you make smart eating decisions, especially when it comes to packaged and processed foods that feature nutrition labels. A portion refers to the amount of food you actually eat in one sitting, while packaged foods often divide the contents into a predetermined number of servings. The amount of fat, number of calories, and other factors refer to the number of serving sizes as determined by the manufacturer, and these are often much smaller than typical portion sizes. For example, that personal-pan-sized frozen pizza you scarfed down for lunch likely lists two servings on the label. Celebrity health activist Dr. Oz recommends using your fist as a guide: the amount of food that equals roughly the size of your fist is the proper portion for the size of your stomach.
Portion Control in Restaurants
Restaurants are notorious for serving up more than one person should eat, making it all too easy to trip up on your diet when eating out. To avoid overeating, order a light appetizer instead of a full entrée, or plan to split an entrée with a friend or box up half of it immediately before delving into your food.
Fast Food Portion Control
It is difficult to keep portion size in perspective when you are eating from a bag. Busy lifestyles lend themselves to eating while driving. However, always try to take fast food home or to the office, where you can arrange the food on a plate before eating. Simply seeing how much food is in front of you should help you to pace yourself. Try to order dishes in the smallest possible sizes and remember that you can always save a portion of the meal for later consumption.
Buffet Style Portion Control
Buffets, whether at restaurants or special events, lend themselves perfectly to overeating and forgetting about portion control. Drink some water before you start eating and use a small plate when serving yourself, if possible. When loading up your plate, do not let foods touch or overlap; you can always go back for more. If the urge strikes to go back for seconds, wait a few minutes before following through. It takes time for the signals from your stomach to tell your brain that you really do not need more food. If you wait a little bit, you are less likely to overload your plate the second time around.
Portion Control at Home
In addition to using smaller plates and waiting before going back for seconds, you can implement other strategies at home to successfully manage portion control. Eating in front of the TV is a sign of the times, but studies have shown that people tend to eat more when they are distracted by the TV or internet. If you can’t give it up, at least avoid eating out of large food packages. Instead, put a smaller portion of your favorite snacks on a plate. Additionally, if you buy in bulk, divide all your purchases into serving size containers before storing them in the fridge or pantry. That way you will be less likely to over-eat.
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With tart lemon and tangy-sweet Balsamic vinaigrette, this grilled chicken is as flavorful as it is easy to prepare.
Grilled Chicken with Balsamic Vinaigrette
1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar
2 tbs Dijon mustard
2 tbs Lemon juice, fresh
2 Garlic cloves
2 tbs Olive oil
Salt & pepper, to taste
1/2 cup Chicken broth
1 tsp Lemon zest
1 tbs Parsley, fresh & chopped
3 1/2 lbs Chicken, cut into pieces
Whisk the vinegar, mustard, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, and salt & pepper in a small bowl to blend. Combine vinegar marinade with chicken pieces in a large resealable plastic bag, seal the bag, and toss to coat chicken. Refrigerate, turning the chicken pieces occasionally, for at least two hours or up to one day (one day gives best results).
Preheat & season grill, remove chicken from bag and place on hot grill grates. Cook chicken until done, approx. 20 to 30 minutes. Transfer chicken to serving plate. Heat chicken broth to a boil in small saucepan. Thicken slightly with cornstarch slurry, if desired. Drizzle chicken broth over chicken pieces. Sprinkle lemon zest & chopped parsley over chicken & serve. Buon Appetito!