Car Emergency Kit Essentials

As unfortunate as it may be, a vehicle breakdown is a seeming inevitability of being a vehicle owner. While there’s not much you can do once you’re stranded on the side of the road but wait for help, you can take steps to make sure that your car emergency kit is stocked with essentials.

Car Emergency Kit

First-aid kit

The foundation of any good car emergency kit is the first-aid kit. Ideally, a first-aid kit should include items including hand sanitizer, bandages, antiseptic, cotton balls, gauze, aspirin, and tweezers, just to name a few. These items will come in handy if you should bust open your finger changing out a tire or come down with a particularly bad headache.

Important tools and equipment

If you’re putting together an emergency kit, there are a number of essential tools that you should have handy. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, this might include a flashlight, jumper cable and/or jumper pack, road flares, jack, funnel, and an empty gas container. Having these handy can mean the difference between waiting for a friend to show up and getting yourself back on the road.

Got your emergency kit all put together but need a new ride to put it in? Come to Gossett Kia South and we’ll help you out.

2019 Kia Niro EV Street Date Set for Winter 2018

We’ve all been patiently waiting to hear more information on the 2019 Kia Niro EV, the fully-electric variant of the new crossover. When will it arrive at Gossett Kia South? How efficient will it be? Wait no longer: The answers have been revealed.

2019 Kia Niro EV Street Date

Kia has revealed that it will launch the 2019 Niro EV in the United States by winter 2018, and that it will be initially available “in select markets in limited quantities.” Whether Memphis will be one of those select markets remains to be seen, but we can only hope it will be.

With respect to how it will perform, Kia estimates that its electric motor will generate output of around 201 horsepower and 291 lb-ft of torque, making it an impressive performer by any measure. With its cutting-edge, liquid-cooled battery, it’s expected to deliver all-electric driving range of up to 240 miles on a single charge.*

With the 2019 Kia Niro EV, the future of green driving looks as bright — and stylish — as ever. More information about this exceptional crossover will be available closer to its launch at the end of the year, so watch this space to learn when you can expect to see the Niro EV at Gossett Kia South.

*Final EPA estimates will be released closer to Niro EV’s on-sale date. Actual range will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, vehicle maintenance, charging practice, battery age, weather, temperature and your vehicle’s condition. Battery capacity will decrease with time and use. For more information on range, please see www.fueleconomy.gov.

2018 Kia Souls Named One of KBB.com’s 10 Coolest Cars List Under $20k

The 2018 Kia Soul is raking in awards left and right. The Soul was named one of the best family vehicles on the market by both Edmunds and Parents magazine, and it was also recently named to Kelley Blue Book’s list of the 10 Coolest Cars Under $20,000 for 2018.

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According to Kia, the editors at KBB.com website consider being fun to drive and fun to own among the main criteria in determining the awards. Each car to make the list should have impressive driving dynamics, great styling, and engaging tech gadgets. They should also cost less than $20,000, thereby making coolness more accessible to the masses.

“Soul’s fun and funky personality continues to shine as reflected by being named to Kelley Blue Book’s Coolest Cars list for the seventh consecutive year,” said Orth Hedrick, VP of product planning for Kia Motors America. “The versatile hatchback continues to provide consumers with a fun-to-own vehicle equipped with many convenience features.”

The Soul is currently in its fifth model year as a crossover, and it has some advanced features to select from for the 2018 year. This includes available UVO infotainment, a Plus Primo Package with driver assist technologies, and smart new HID and LED lighting as well.

To see for yourself why the 2018 Kia Soul is among the coolest of the cool, test drive one for yourself at Gossett Kia South.

Cooling Your Car Quickly: What’s the Best Way?

Many of us have gotten into a car on a hot summer day and been hit with astronomical temperatures. Sometimes, your vehicle gets so hot that it might even feel hard to breathe. What do you do? You could simply roll down the windows, but that might not work on a particularly sweltering day. You could flip on the A/C, but that seems to be nothing but hot air for the first minute or so.

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According to Lifehacker, there are a series of steps to take that may sound contradictory. Just trust us, and it’ll work. First, you must roll completely down the windows. Then, crank up the A/C on the fresh air setting (it’s important that you’re not recirculating warm air). Turn the fan on full and be sure the thermostat is on its coldest setting.

Then, you can drive for a minute to force out the hot air. As the air starts to cool, switch on the recirculate button and roll up the windows. Then you can adjust the temperature and fan settings to get the cabin just right. If you want to decrease the temperature from the start, consider buying a sun shade.

It’s that simple! Or, if you want a vehicle that will allow you to remotely start your A/C before you even leave the office, stop by Gossett Kia South to see the technologically advanced vehicles we have on the lot.

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.