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.

New Turbocharged 2017 Kia Soul Offers 201 Horsepower

Turbocharged 2017 Kia Soul

The Kia Soul is continually coming out on top in its segment, and it looks like this isn’t going to change any time soon. Kia recently introduced a turbocharged 2017 Kia Soul that adds plenty of pep to the quirky car’s step, making it even more fun to drive.

Turbocharge

This new turbocharged 1.6-liter GDI engine offers 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque, which is a significant increase from the Soul’s standard 161-horsepower 2.0-liter engine. With this turbocharged engine, the 2017 Soul returns 26 mpg city and 31 mpg highway, giving it a combined mpg of 28.

Other Features

Along with this big pump of power, the sporty new Soul also comes with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and a plethora of special features. These include exclusive 18-inch wheels, a chrome grille surround, red-accented body trim, unique Soul tailgate badge, and a dual chrome twin-tip exhaust.

 

Other standard equipment includes the leather-wrapped steering wheel, a push-button start, and an UVO32 infotainment system. It even has integrated Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone systems and a 315-watt Harman Kardon audio system, making it both athletic and tech-savvy. There are more available features, including Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Detection.

 

To learn more about this athletic, fun-to-drive, and feature-loaded 2017 Kia Soul, stop into Gossett Kia South to see what this unique car has to offer.

How to Make Holiday Travel Less Stressful

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Stay safe on the roads if you’re traveling this holiday season!

If you are heading over the river and through the woods to Grandma’s house this holiday season, it’s probably best to be prepared. The holiday season is one of the most stressful times to travel with busy roads, bustling airports, and winter weather causing unexpected delays. To make the holidays more enjoyable, here are some tips on how to make holiday travel less stressful.

Travel on the holiday. On the actual holiday, flights and crowds are significantly less than on the days surrounding it. Book your flight or head off in your car on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day to make the experience less stressful. If you want to spend more time with the family, then leave early in the morning on the day for more time together.

Fly direct. When you have a layover, the chances of delays, cancellations, and lost luggage are higher than if you book a direct flight. Even if a connection saves you money, the extra cash you will spend on a non-stop flight will give you more peace of mind, making traveling significantly less stressful.

Plan ahead. Before you head out, especially if you’re driving, it’s important to think about any possible obstacles you might come in contact with. Check the weather, ship any extra gifts that won’t fit in your luggage, and plan your route out to make sure you get to your destination on time and stress-free.

Should you experience any car troubles, feel free to contact Gossett Kia South Mt. Moriah for help!

Thanksgiving Travel Tips for Your Family

Happy Thanksgiving
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!

Reasons to Buy a Kia

If you’re in the market for a new car, you’re probably weighing your options about which car brand you should buy. We hope that brand is Kia, and we’ve put together some reasons why.

Value is the biggest reason you should buy a Kia. Kia vehicles are some of the least expensive on the market and still offer tons of standard and optional technology. Despite their low price, Kias are high-quality and packed with amenities.

Kia also offers a fantastic warranty of 10 years or 100,000 miles for the powertrain as well as 5 years or 60,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage, 5 years of roadside assistance, and more. Every Kia buyer gets access to these awesome benefits.

Another great thing about Kia vehicles is their hybrids. As one of the first brands to hop on the hybrid bandwagon, Kia’s Optima hybrid has already found its footing in the power department with a turbocharged engine.

Unique design is another thing Kia brings to the table. The boxy Kia Soul is one of the most popular cars in America and is one of the biggest cars on the EV market thanks in large part to its interesting styling.

KIA Soul

Kia vehicles offer incredible style and advanced engineering for unbeatable prices, so what are you waiting for? Kia has something for every driver.

Memphis Haunted Houses and Trails

Happy Halloween
Happy Halloween from Gossett KIA South!

Haunted houses and trails are two fantastic ways to get a fright and thrill this Halloween. Children and adults alike can enjoy the thrill of the holiday this year all around Tennessee. Here are some of the best Memphis haunted houses and trails recommended by us at Gossett KIA South.

  • Shadowlands Festival of Fear – This attraction is open every Friday and Saturday from October 7th until Halloween night. Doors open at 7pm and close at 11pm. Prior to the main attraction, Jones Orchard holds a farmers market until 6 pm then maintains a corn maze, pumpkin patch, and child-friendly hayrides until 10 pm.
  • Spooky Nights – Hosted by Shelby Farms Park every weekend in October, Spooky Nights is home to Memphis’ first haunted trail. Families with children can check out the nocturnal wildlife on the Nocturnal Nature Hike then go pumpkin carving. The 4,500-acre park features a number of trails, exhibits, and activities that the whole family can enjoy.
  • Wicked Ways Haunted House – Possibly the largest indoor haunted attraction in the mid-south, Wicked Ways Haunted House is located in Memphis. The haunt includes zombies, psycho clowns, and more. The attraction is open from September 30th to Halloween on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.

Preview: 2017 KIA Niro Hybrid Vehicle

2017 KIA Niro
2017 KIA Niro

The automotive industry has made major advances when it comes to fuel-efficient vehicles that currently operate around the globe. Hybrid and electric cars aren’t uncommon but no automaker has created a similar crossover until now. The 2017 Kia Niro is set to be the first fully-hybrid model of its kind.

The 2017 Kia Niro hybrid is expected to deliver a utility-driven ride with sporty performance while earning high fuel economy. This new hybrid crossover is set to redefine what it means to be a utility-focused hybrid.

Like one would expect from any crossover, the Kia Niro will boast versatile cargo space, like 60/40 split-folding rear seats and an available hidden cargo area with storage compartments.

The seats themselves will offer full support for the driver thanks to the available Integrated Memory Seat that can remember the settings for two drivers. The available heated steering wheel and front seats keeps drivers comfortable on the coldest of days as well.

The upcoming Kia Niro will boast a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor. Together, they’ll produce an estimated 146 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. Kia expects the Niro to earn up to 50 mpg combined.

We at Gossett KIA South can’t wait to see the new 2017 Niro officially hit public roadways!

What Does a Car’s Torque Mean?

shifterDrivers generally know that horsepower determines how fast a car can go, but it isn’t the only determining factor when it comes to performance. Those who take the time to check out the specifications may find themselves asking “What does a car’s torque mean?” That’s a good question, and it turns out that torque is just as important as horsepower when it comes to power. Here’s a quick explanation of what torque does in a car.

At its very essence, torque is the ability to do work while power determines how quickly a certain point can be reached. Those two values hold true when it comes to modern engines. The math can be pretty complicated once you get into it. Don’t worry! We’ll be skipping the math and jump straight to the answers.

The number listed on a vehicle’s specifications page is how much torque the car’s engine can produce. As you may have guessed, larger engines produce more torque just as they produce more horsepower. The increase in torque is largely determined by how much air flows through the engine to be compressed with fuel to produce power.

Torque is what causes the car to accelerate, which means that the more torque, the faster the car. When checking out a performance car, make sure to look at both the torque and horsepower before making a decision!

Pay Attention to Your Vehicle Warning Indicator System!

dashboard lightsYour vehicle is equipped with a Vehicle Warning Indicator system. This is a technical term for all those little icons that light up in your dash. A few common indicators you should know are:

Check Engine

This could mean a routine maintenance task is needed. It may also mean that a sudden engine issue has arisen. When you see this light, get your vehicle in for an inspection immediately!

Coolant Temp

See a thermometer icon light up? You will probably notice your temperature gauge is rising as well. Your vehicle is overheating, a condition that could permanently damage your engine. Possible issues could be a faulty thermostat or a busted hose. Either way, get it checked out!

Battery

If your battery indicator lights up, there is possibly an issue with the battery, your alternator, or both. Most car parts stores will check the battery for free. Do it soon before you’re left stranded somewhere!

Tire Pressure Monitoring System

This one is simple. At least one tire is low. Hopefully you’ve got a tire gauge in your glove box (if you don’t, get one!). Pull over somewhere safe and check your tires.

Unfortunately, a lot of people ignore their Vehicle Warning Indicators. If you do, you are losing out on a fantastic diagnostic/warning system that is designed for the sole purpose of protecting your vehicle and keeping it in top-notch shape.