Safety Tips for Winter Driving

 

Wintertime is the most dangerous time of the year to be on the road because of a whole bunch of bad weather conditions, including snow and the scariest of all, freezing rain. There are ways to navigate winter weather safely, though, so follow these tips to keep your car on the road in any conditions.

Always drive slowly on bad roads, but don’t just drive slowly—do everything else slowly too. Give yourself enough room to coast to a stop and ease on the brakes instead of slamming them, and never tailgate. You want plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you in case you have to make a sudden stop, which doesn’t work too well on slick roads.

When it’s raining, foggy, or snowing, turn on your headlights. If other drivers can’t see your lights this means you’re putting yourself and others in serious danger. You should also avoid distractions like your phone and avoid driving when you’re very tired.

Always clear off all your windows so you have the best possible visibility before hitting the road. Keep track of traffic and weather instead of getting caught unawares in a storm or rush hour traffic. If you come across a flooded road, then turn around and find another way!

Finally, keep up with scheduled maintenance. Properly inflated, even tires, fresh engine oil, and good brakes are the best defense against crashing. Drive safely!

Kia Cadenza Named 2017 Large Sedan of the Year by Hispanic Motor Press Association

2017 Kia Cadenza

 

The 2017 Kia Cadenza has been named the Large Sedan of the Year by the Hispanic Motor Press Association, which holds annual awards for vehicles in each segment. The judges evaluate each vehicle for safety, quality, value, performance, design, style, environmental impact, and technology based on the needs and tastes of the Latino population.

The Cadenza, which starts its second generation with the 2017 model year, “injects a much-needed shot of excitement to the large car segment,” says Michael Sprague, chief operating officer of EVP, KMA. The Cadenza’s striking styling and refined interior set it apart from the rest of the crowded sedan segment and makes huge improvements over other sedans in terms of the cabin, technology, powertrain, and body structure. Prague says Kia is “honored to be named among the best choices for Latino families.”

The Hispanic Motor Press Association considers over 100 vehicles each year and selects three vehicles for each category before narrowing it down to each category’s winner. The judges take the cars on test drives as well as look at the affordability and mass market availability of each vehicle and how it relates to the average Latino family. This is the seventh year of the Hispanic Motor Press Awards.

A Guide on How Electric Cars Work

Kia Soul EV
Kia Soul EV

Have you ever wondered how electric cars work? Vehicles like the Kia Soul EV—the electric version of Kia’s popular crossover—run entirely on electric battery power rather than using combustion to convert fuel into energy. But how?

Electric cars are actually a lot simpler than gas-powered cars, which have more moving parts. Electric cars don’t have a transmission or engine, just a battery and an electric motor. You charge an electric car just like you charge other electronic devices: by plugging it into a wall socket, which feeds the battery.

When you drive an electric car, the motor, which is powered by the battery, doesn’t need extra torque to go faster or start again from being stopped, because there’s no combustion process happening. Electric cars actually feel smoother to drive because of this—there’s no gear shifting, and speeding up doesn’t cause the motor to get louder.

Electric cars aren’t perfect—their mileage limitations, charging times, and battery replacement costs can still be prohibitive—but their more simple mechanics and sustainability are definitely preferable.