Things to Do in Memphis this Memorial Day

No matter what time of year it is, there are always plenty of things to do in Memphis, but the cusp of summer is a particularly nice time to explore Music City, USA. Memorial Day is considered the unofficial start of the summer season, and so the long weekend is a great opportunity to get out and enjoy goings-on around the city.

Here are just a couple suggestions for fun activities in and around Memphis this Memorial Day Weekend:

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901Fest 2018

This year’s 901 Fest celebrates all things Memphis with good food, live music, and much more. This year’s performers include Southern Avenue, 8Ball and MJG, Mighty Soul Brass Band, and IHeartMemphis. Other entertainment includes an air show over the Mississippi River, Knockerball and Zorb ball, a Creative Arts Tent, the inaugural 901Fest Cornhole Tournament, and show-closing fireworks.

Great American River Run

If you’re looking to work up a sweat over the weekend, the Great American River Run Half Marathon & 5K takes place on May 26, carrying walkers, joggers, and runners through the street of downtown Memphis. Once the race is over, you’ll want to stick around for a post-race party that features food, drinks, and live music.

There are always places to go out and be seen in and around Memphis, so you’ll want a ride that makes you the center of attention. That’s where Gossett Kia South comes in—stop in today and check out our selection of exciting new Kia vehicles.

 

How to Drive in Heavy Traffic

Summer is upon us here in Music City, USA — and that means folks from around the country are heading our way to experience everything our beautiful, fun-loving city has to offer. We love to welcome out-of-towners to our hometown, but all that extra traffic sure can make it difficult to get around. Here are a few tips to help you drive in heavy traffic and save yourself a bit of the headache.

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Distance Yourself from Distractions

If you can connect your phone to your infotainment system or heads-up display, do so. Otherwise, leave your phone in your bag or on the seat screen-down so you’re not tempted to peek at those incoming texts. Pick a playlist or radio station to listen to in advance and keep the music at a somewhat low level.

 

Practice Defensive Driving

Defensive driving ostensibly means that you react to other drivers rather than force other drivers to react to you. This means no swerving in and out of lanes, cutting off other cars, or tailgating. Some tips for defensive driving include keep your eyes moving in search of changes to traffic or road conditions, go with the flow of traffic, always signal before turning or merging, and avoid vehicles that are driving erratically.

 

Plan to Avoid Heavy Traffic Times

Sometimes you will have no choice but to drive in heavy traffic, but you can and should do your best to avoid rush hour traffic. Planning ahead and heading out early doesn’t just reduce your stress, it can also potentially save you a great deal of time.

 

Traffic is an unfortunate part of the driving experience, but Kia’s comfortable interiors and cutting-edge infotainment technologies make it all a little bit more bearable. To experience the Kia difference for yourself, stop into Gossett Kia South.

How to Change the Windshield Wipers

The winter season is quite harsh on your windshield wipers, leaving them worn and brittle at the start of spring. Since you should be changing your wipers every six months, the start of spring is a great time to swap out your old blades for new ones. How can this be done? Here’s what you need to know.

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What to look for

The surest way to tell if your wipers are due for a change is a lack of effectiveness when you use them. If your blades leave streaks or don’t make total contact with your windshield, then they’re almost certainly due for replacement. Visible wear like cracks or tearing is also indication enough that you need a new set of wipers.

 

Make sure you have the right size

If you’re buying windshield wipers for yourself, the most common mistake is assuming that one size fits all. Every vehicle has specific sizing for its wiper blades, and you’ll be able to find the size necessary for your Kia in your owner’s manual. If you want to spare the step, you can ask our service technicians when you come in for service, and we’ll get the correct size for you.

 

Do it yourself

Once you’ve acquired your wiper blades, replacement is as simple as lifting the wiper arm, sliding off the old blade, and locking a new one into place. Because the process is quick and easy, it’s just as easy to have our team do it during your spring maintenance service, especially if you’re getting genuine wiper blades at Gossett Kia South.

 

Replacing the wiper blades on your Kia is a snap. You can do it yourself, or we can do it for you when you stop in for your seasonal check-up. Call or email our service department to set up your appointment and be sure to request a pair of new wiper blades for superior springtime visibility.

 

Tips for Bicycle Safety This Spring

The return of spring presents the opportunity to break your bike out of storage and head out for a ride. Because you will both ride a bike and drive a vehicle this spring, now is a good time to brush up on bicycle safety for both situations. By staying informed of what to do on the road, you’ll be better able to ensure your safety whether at the wheel or at the handlebars.

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Safety while riding

Dress right.

  • It should go without saying that you’ll want to wear a helmet and pads when going out for a ride. Also make sure that you are wearing the proper clothing—if you plan on riding day or night, try for light and reflective clothing for better visibility

Get a check-up.

  • Just as your car needs seasonal maintenance, you’ll want to make sure your bike is in tip-top shape. Things to look for include properly inflated tired, frame integrity, and chain condition.

Be aware.

  • Always assume that there is a vehicle in the vicinity of where you’re riding. You’ll want to ride in such a way that you’re always visible while making sure to watch for road hazards like puddles, loose gravel, and manholes.

 

 

Safety while driving

Take your time.

  • If there is a cyclist on the road in front of you, do not pass them unless you are absolutely certain that you can do so with a wide berth and clear line of visibility. Share the road, and be considerate

Take it slow.

Be courteous.

 

 

These are just some of the tips you should keep in mind when heading out for a ride or a drive this spring. If you are looking for accessories that make it easier to take your bike with you on road trips, stop into Gossett Kia South and see what we’ve got to offer.

Spring Tire Care: Routine Maintenance Tips

Spring brings warmer weather, and it also means that you may need to perform some much-needed maintenance on your car. In particular, spring tire care is incredibly important as temperatures rise, something we at Gossett Kia South can help with. Even if you’d prefer to do the work yourself, there are still a few things to keep in mind when doing routine maintenance.

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First, according to Goodyear®, you’ll want to do a visual inspection for wear. Signs of wear include bulges in the sidewall, cracking or crumbling rubber, and uneven wear on the tread. While some of these can be signs of other issues (e.g., uneven wear is usually caused by poor alignment), others may simply be signs that you need new tires.

Next, check the tread depth. You can purchase a tread-depth indicator at most auto parts stores, but you can also try the penny test for an approximate guide. Flip a penny upside down and place it in the middle of the tread. If you can see above Abe Lincoln’s head, you probably need new tires. Tread that measures less than 2/32nds of an inch is usually too dangerous to drive on.

You should also check tire pressure, as changes in temperature affects air pressure. For every 10-degree rise in temperature, your tires add 1 pound per square inch (PSI). To combat this, you can invest in a tire pressure gauge to carry with you in your vehicle, or you can check the PSI by taking your vehicle to your nearest gas station’s air pump. The proper pressure is typically listed on the inside panel of your driver’s side door or on the tire itself. If you can’t find the numbers you need there, your owner’s manual is a sure bet.

Finally, to make sure that your tires are properly maintained, you’ll want to bring your vehicle in for balancing, rotation, and alignment in accordance to your owner’s manuals recommended intervals. If you need these services performed, or if your springtime inspection shows that you’re due for a new set, you can get what you need at Gossett Kia South.

2018 Kia Stinger Named to Autotrader’s 10 Best Interiors List

The 2018 Kia Stinger has been a smashing success in its short life, earning praise and plaudits from critics and customers—including those who might have assumed incorrectly that Kia couldn’t possibly make a sports car that could run with the big dogs, never mind one that would blow them completely out of the water.

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In addition to its performance prowess, sharp exterior styling, and crazy affordable price point, the 2018 Kia Stinger is earning accolades for refinement. Recently, Autotrader placed the Stinger on its list of “10 Best Car Interiors Under $50,000,” praising its clean, yet refined design and its almost surprising degree of spaciousness.

“What’s on the inside of a car is arguably as important as what’s on the outside, since drivers and passengers spend all their travel time here,” said Tara Trompeter, managing editor for Autotrader. “The Kia Stinger’s interior offers a great-looking cabin with upscale materials and intuitive controls. There’s also a surprising amount of rear-seat room for a sport sedan—and we’re impressed with the impressive quality of the door panels, which is something you’d typically find in a more expensive vehicle.”

Among the Stinger’s notable interior features are a 12-way bucket driver’s seat that sits low to make you feel more a part of the action, elevated dash with a wing-like design, floating display screen, and premium materials up to and including Nappa leather seating surfaces.

From top to bottom, from inside out, there’s nothing about the 2018 Kia Stinger that isn’t awe-inspiring. Because actions are better than words, the best way to find that out for yourself is to stop into Gossett Kia South and put yourself behind the wheel of a 2018 Kia Stinger.

Soul and Sorento Win Best Cars for the Money Awards

The 2018 Kia Soul and Sorento recently made the news as both of these models earned prestigious awards: US News & World Report gave both cars the “Best Cars for the Money” awards, recognizing the Soul and Sorento for the ideal combination of quality and affordability.

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According to Kia, the “Best Cars for the Money” awards are given after vehicles are judged on 14 categories. US News noted that the Soul won the compact car category for having UVO infotainment, HID and LED lighting, and innovative safety features such as Autonomous Emergency Braking, which optimize driving like never before.

“We are honored that Soul and Sorento were recognized as offering tremendous quality and value within their respective categories for the second consecutive year,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning at Kia Motors America.  “These awards are further proof that Kia vehicles are not only fun to drive, but also couple outstanding reliability with a low total cost of ownership.”

The Sorento won the award for the 3-Row SUV category. Notable features on this model included things like available driver assistance features and optional all-wheel drive. Plus, with a rugged exterior, the Sorento also tends to stand apart on the road.

Clearly, If you’re looking for the most bang for your buck, the new Soul and Sorento are for you—and you can see them in person at Gossett Kia South.

Bad Driving Habits and How to Correct Them

We all have bad habits behind the wheel, and we at Gossett Kia South have created a list of bad driving habits to correct. For example, speeding is something a majority of drivers admit to, yet it can significantly reduce your gas mileage and increase the risk of a collision.

Bad driving habits - Gossett Kia South - Memphis, TNSecond, never use your cell phone while driving. For many, this is easier said than done. Cell phones have been shown to cause distracted driving, which significantly increases the risk of an accident. One tip to reduce cell phone use is to turn off your phone and put it in your glove box while you’re driving to eliminate the temptation. You can also download apps (like DriveSafe Mode) which disable your phone while a car is in motion.

Next, cut back on aggressive driving, such as tailgating and speeding. According to I Drive Safely, aggressive driving serves little purpose other than venting your rage. Therefore, to cut back on speeding and tailgating, one solution may be to seek alternative forms of stress relief. A stress relief ball might do it for some, but others may need to take up yoga, meditation, or a new sport in order to really help with this one.

Avoid parking in illegal areas. Some drivers think it might be ok to park in a fire lane or in a spot labeled “No Parking” if they simply put their hazards on, but this too is still illegal. It doesn’t matter if it’s just for five minutes—parking in restricted areas is not only thoughtless, but also dangerous. Even if you have to walk a little more, try to make an effort to park legally every time.

If we can all make these changes, the road will be a much safer, calmer place to be.

Valentine’s Day Gift Idea Guide

The go-to gift ideas on Valentine’s Day seem to be either jewelry, flowers, or chocolate. Two of those don’t last forever, and one of them is a bit more expensive than some people are willing to pay. So, use this gift idea guide to come up with something a little more personalized for your Valentine.

 

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Floral Scented Candle

Instead of flowers that will die in a week, invest in a floral scented candle that will keep your love smelling roses for hours.

 

Tea Set

If your Valentine is a tea drinker, they’ll love an assorted set of different tea flavors from a specialty shop.

 

Pajamas

Another common Valentine’s Day present is lingerie, but you don’t have to go a sexual route with bedclothes. A nice, comfortable pajama set lets you cuddle in comfort.

 

Leather Journal and a Pen

Invest in some high-quality stationary and a good pen if your Valentine loves to write or record ideas.

 

Matching Mugs

Celebrate your love by buying matching coffee mugs that you can both use as you have breakfast in bed the morning of February 14th!

 

Hopefully this gift idea guide has given you some insight and ideas on what you can get your significant other for Valentine’s Day. Surprise them with a gift they won’t forget!

Where To Go Ice Skating in Memphis This Winter

Memphis isn’t necessarily known for being especially cold in the winter or getting lots of snow, but residents can still enjoy a favorite winter activity in Memphis – ice skating! Ice skating in Memphis is easy; you just have to look out for the right places or head to indoor skating rinks to get the full experience.

 

Mid South Ice House Public Skating

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Though generally used for hockey or figure-skating, the Mid South Ice House offers public skating sessionsfor walk-ins over the weekend and on certain days of the week. Just be sure to check the schedule ahead of time!

 

Fourth Bluff Ice Rink

Located in Mississippi River Park, Fourth Bluff Ice Rink is a newer feature in Memphis and features an outdoor rink. Hurry, though – the last day it’s open is January 29th! It will also feature several scheduled events throughout the month of January.

 

Or, if you’re not so good at ice-skating, why not try out a normal skating rink instead? Replace your skate’s blades with wheels as you enjoy an evening out somewhere like the Memphis Skating Center.

 

Whether you want to go ice skating in Memphis or you’re just looking for ways to get out of the house during the winter, check out these fun attractions and then stop in to Gossett Kia South today!