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.

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.

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.

Show Your Car Some TLC with these Car Care New Year’s Resolutions

When you’re making your list of New Year’s resolutions this year, don’t forget that your vehicle deserve some attention, too. Here are some car care New Year’s resolutions from Gossett Kia South that will keep your car in top-notch condition.

 Car Care New Year’s Resolutions

Hit the car wash

Not only is it more fun to drive a car that looks the best it can, keeping your car clean can actually help you spot any problems on the body of your car more easily. This year, make a habit of visiting the car wash every once in a while—you’ll love the way your car looks and keeping an eye on its condition will be easier than ever.

 

Schedule regular oil changes

It’s easy to put off changing your vehicle’s oil, but it’s important to do so regularly throughout the year. Before this year is over, plan out exactly when you’ll change your oil and stick to your plan. It’s cheap, quick, and one of the best ways to extend your vehicle’s life.

 

Rotate tires

Most people probably never rotate their tires, which is unfortunate, because it’s an extremely easy way to extend your tire life, save money, and reduce excess strain on your vehicle.

 

And, of course, don’t forget the most important New Year’s resolution of all: to drive safely year round to protect your car and everyone inside of it.

Winter Car Care Tips

Fall is in full swing and winter is quickly approaching. Now is the time to properly prepare your vehicle for the colder weather. While Memphis doesn’t see the harshest winter weather, it still pays to be prepared. Here are some helpful winter car care tips to get you started from us here at Gossett Kia South.

Emergency Kit
Creating an emergency kit is the first step to being prepared for when winter conditions strike. A dead battery, loss of traction, or simply getting caught in the snow likely means you’ll be waiting for help to arrive.
In order to stay comfortable and pass the time, prepare an emergency kit that includes warm clothes and blankets, a flashlight with extra batteries, and nonperishable foods. Including cat litter or sand for traction to escape slippery conditions certainly wouldn’t hurt, either.

Tires
As the temperatures drop, so will your vehicle’s tire pressure. Check to make sure your vehicle’s tires are properly inflated on a weekly basis to maximize traction on the road. Don’t forget to check the tread levels before winter arrives in full force! Tires with low tread should be replaced prior to winter for your own safety.

Winter Car Care Tips
Coolant
Keeping your engine up and running all year long means maintaining your coolant. Coolant is responsible for keeping the engine cool in summer and prevent it from freezing in winter. Have your vehicle inspected to ensure the coolant is suitable to weather this coming winter season.

10 Reasons to Buy a Kia

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Kia is becoming the go-to brand for many new drivers.

Wondering whether there’s a Kia that will fit your needs? Well, the answer is almost certainly. There are plenty of reasons to buy a Kia no matter what type of vehicle you’re looking for.

  1. Value – Kia vehicles offer excellent value for car buyers. An agreeable price tag is accompanied by plenty of features and amenities.
  2. Warranties – Kia is not only generous on the features, but they’re generous with the warranties, too.
  3. Variety – The Kia lineup is full of award-winning options, from compact cars to SUVs.
  4. Personalization – There are loads of trim levels and customization options so that it’s easy to personalize your Kia. Models like the Soul or the Forte5 offer extra quirky personality.
  5. Family-Friendly – No matter what size your family is, you can find a Kia for them. This family friendly lineup offers great choices like the Sedona minivan or the Optima sedan.
  6. Hybrid Options – If you’re looking to go green, Kia has plenty of hybrid options in its lineup, too.
  7. Quality – You’ll find that no matter which Kia you choose, it will be made with quality materials and dedicated craftsmanship.
  8. Luxury – For something a little fancier, Kia offers the affordable Cadenza, a luxurious vehicle that the whole family can enjoy.
  9. Stylish – These cars just keep getting more and more stylish, especially since the company brought in ex-Audi designer Peter Schreyer.
  10. Promising Future – The Kia brand started out modest, but it just keeps growing. Buyers are always impressed by the durable, stylish, and practical Kia lineup. Chances are it will just keep getting better.

Thanksgiving Travel Tips for Your Family

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Happy Thanksgiving from Gossett KIA South!

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times of the year, so whether you’re flying or driving to your destination, you’re probably going to encounter some mishaps and a whole lot of angry people. Follow these Thanksgiving travel tips to reduce your holiday stress as much as possible.

First of all, it’s important to do whatever you can to stay calm and understand that everyone is in the same position as you. Especially if you’re driving, getting mad at traffic doesn’t help—it just makes you more reckless and puts you in danger.

Get things to keep yourself and any passengers you’re traveling with occupied, especially kids. If you bring electronic devices, charge them beforehand. Boredom is just another source of stress.

If you’re driving, leave fairly early in the morning to beat the afternoon rush, but don’t go too early and make yourself drowsy. The worst Thanksgiving traffic is Wednesday afternoon the day before and Sunday afternoon, when everyone is going back home. If you can avoid driving during these times, do it.

Use apps to find routes with the least traffic and nearby gas stations with low prices. Lastly, take driving brakes, especially if you’re with kids or you’re the only one driving. Switch drivers every couple of hours so you can rest. Drive safely!