2017 Kia Sportage Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus Status

2017 Kia Sportage
2017 Kia Sportage

The 2017 Kia Sportage has been named an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus, the highest designation given by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which performs crash tests on new vehicles each year to determine how well they perform in collision situations.

The IIHS updated its testing requirements this year and made it more difficult to earn a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick Plus award. The 2017 Sportage is one of just a few cars that have managed to perform at this high of a level.

Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick Plus are both distinguished honors, but the Plus designation indicates the vehicle has extra technology meant to prevent crashes that works exceptionally well when tested. The Kia Sportage’s wide range of driver assist features, from autonomous emergency braking to parking assist, help keep drivers from making small mistakes like drifting into another lane.

The Sportage is significantly improved from last year—it now moves less in overlap crashes and earned superior ratings in the front crash prevention category, as well as good ratings for side impact, roof strength, and more.

How to Deal with Road Rage

drivingWe’ve all experienced those brief moments of anger at somebody else’s bad driving, or experienced anger targeted at us. But it’s important to keep our road rage in check to avoid unnecessary accidents.

How to Deal with Your Own Road Rage:

  • If you get angry at someone else’s driving, deal with road rage by first recognizing that you’re getting angry. Take some deep breaths to try to calm down; if that doesn’t work, pull over. It might be best to distance yourself from that driver.
  • Don’t tailgate, even if you think the other driver “deserves” it. You might end up hitting them and would be at fault.
  • Listen to music, because it’s pretty hard to be angry when you’re belting out your favorite song.

How to Deal With Someone Else’s Road Rage:

  • If someone is trying to get your attention, avoid eye contact with them. Acknowledging them says to them that you want to “participate” in a fight.
  • Drive defensively because some people with bad road rage could try to hurt you or your car.
  • Note the car’s plate number because if they act very aggressively, you’ll want to report them later.
  • No matter what, try to get away from them, even if it means arriving to your destination late.

Kia Sedona Awarded Title of “Must Test-Drive Vehicle for 2016”

The Kia Sedona isn’t just your average minivan. It has more to offer than others in its class and is a surprisingly fun drive, as evidenced by AutoTrader’s recent award to the Kia Sedona: a “Must-Test Drive Vehicle for 2016.”

2016 Kia Sedona
2016 Kia Sedona

AutoTrader’s “Must-Test Drive” awards go out to a small number of vehicles that you simply must test drive. Basically, it’s a “don’t judge a book by its cover” list of vehicles that you should test drive before passing them up.

So why was the Kia Sedona awarded a spot on this list? It has an ample list of standard safety features to keep everyone safe, plus plenty of technology and convenience features to make every drive more enjoyable. And it doesn’t lack quality or style, either.

“Even though the Kia Sedona is an ultra-functional minivan, it manages to be quite stylish as well, and to our eyes, it’s the best looking minivan available,” said Brian Moody, executive editor of AutoTrader.

So what are you waiting for? Go test drive the Kia Sedona today to see what all the talk is about!

Debunking Traffic Ticket Myths

police officerDebunking the many traffic ticket myths you have heard over the years could very well mean the difference between getting a $250 fine and being let off with a mere warning.

  • Never ask to see the radar! There is a certain myth that says you have a right to see the radar gun when pulled over for speeding. Not only is this completely untrue, asking to see it may even aggravate the officer.
  • You must pay a ticket issued in another state! States have agreements to share traffic information. Your home state will inevitably find out about your transgression and the next you’re stopped, it may not be very pretty.
  • Red cars don’t get pulled over more! If you think you can speed freely because you drive a black, blue, yellow or otherwise non-red car, you are dead wrong. com talked to the vice president of the Insurance Information Institute and Insurance Trade Association and she said it’s a bunch of baloney.

Let’s face it. Debunking these myths can go a long in way in helping you avoid a ticket, but the best way to do that is to obey the traffic laws!

The Walken Closet: Strange, Memorable Kia Super Bowl Spot Scores Big

2016 Kia Optima
2016 Kia Optima at the Chicago Auto Show

There is no one quite like Christopher Walken. The actor has been in some of the greatest films ever made like Annie Hall and Pulp Fiction. He also cut a rug in a popular music video for the Fatboy Slim. In other words, the man is an artistic genius.

If you didn’t catch it, Walken lent his image, voice, and star power to arguably one of the strangest spots during the Super Bowl. The commercial featured the Kia Optima—utilizing a play on Walken’s name—and scored as one of the most memorable moments in what amounted to, sadly, one of the most boring Super Bowl games ever.

In this Kia Super Bowl commercial, a man all dressed in beige looking for his socks, checks his walk-in closet. Inside, he discovers Christopher Walken. It’s a “Walken Closet.”

As Walken explains, there are apparently two types of socks, or people, or vehicles, in this world. Beige socks and the “ones that devour” beige socks. Clearly, the Kia Optima is the latter. Or as Walken puts it, “It’s like the world’s most exciting pair of socks.”

Watch the spot here and revel in the strangeness.

DIY Maintenance: How to Fix Car Door Dings

car doorIt’s not fun having dents or nicks in your car. They’re unsightly, and even if no one else notices them, you know they’re there, marring the perfection of your car’s well-maintained body. Rather than take your car to a professional and paying a bunch of money to fix it up, learn how to fix car door dings at home and take care of the problem in seconds!

There are a few ways you can do this, and they depend on the severity of the dent your car has. If there’s just a ding in your car that hasn’t caused the metal to crease, you can use a rubber plunger to try to pop it back out. Moisten the edges of the plunger and press down on the dent like you’re plunging a toilet.

If the dent is worse than this, try knocking the dent out from the inside of it with a hammer. Hold a sheet of metal wrapped in a towel over the outside of the dent and be careful to only hit the metal crease.

Small paint chips or extremely small dings can just be filled in with glazing putty. If damage to your car is too severe to solve on your own, bring your car to the service department at Gossett Kia Mt. Moriah.

New Kia Ad with Christopher Walken Highlights Optima’s Pizzazz

2016 Kia Optima
2016 Kia Optima

In a world full of homogenous mid-size sedans, a new Kia ad with Christopher Walken cleverly titled “Walken Closet” shows how the new 2016 Optima sets itself apart from the pack. Walken demonstrates the difference in “pizzazz” between the Optima and the rest of the crowded sedan segment using two different socks—one brightly colored and interesting, the other a drab tan.

The ad is part of a social media campaign called #AddPizzazz, which is a collaboration between Influential, Niche, and Stance, with the goal of encouraging online content creators to generate a variety of content types.

The ad and associated campaign are meant to highlight the style and technology that make the Optima one-of-a-kind, like its industry first use of Influential and IBM Watson technology to find active influencers on social media.

The 60-second version of the commercial aired during the Super Bowl game in early February, but the full-length version can be found on Kia’s YouTube.com account.

Yet Again Three Kia Models Earn 2015 Good Design Awards

It seems as if Kia models are being praised more and more each year, with 2015 being no exception. Just recently, three Kia models earned 2015 GOOD DESIGN awards for–you guessed it–really good designs.

The models honored were the 2016 Kia Sorento, 2016 Optima, and Soul-based Trail’ster concept car, thanks to a jury that included design professionals, industry specialists, and design media.

2016 Kia Sorento
2016 Kia Sorento

Plus, this is the second year in a row in which three Kia models earned the GOOD DESIGN awards, with the Kia K900, Soul EV, and GT4 Stinger concept car being honored last year. It’s truly a testament to Kia’s top-notch design to have six distinct vehicles honored in such a small period of time.

Interested in checking out the 2016 Sorento or 2016 Optima? Want to chat about the Trail’ster concept? Give us a call or visit us anytime at Gossett Kia Mt. Moriah for more information.

Before You Get Stuck, Check Out These Tips for Driving in the Snow!

snowy roadWhen the snowy weather starts to pick up, it’s easy to assume you can avoid driving when there’s precipitation on the road. But what if you leave when the roads are clear, and quickly find yourself in the midst of a downfall?

Here are some tips for driving in the snow to help you out:

  • Slow down immediately. Some of the most dangerous, icy conditions occur right as the snowfall begins–especially if black ice begins to form on the road.
  • In general, drive slower than the speed limit, which is not determined with snow in mind.
  • Keep an additional distance between your car and all of the cars around you. If someone needs to stop, the snow will prevent them from doing so quickly.
  • Don’t make any sharp twists or turns, which could cause your car to skid on or off the road.
  • If you do find yourself sliding, steer in the direction of the skid in the hope that your tires will sync back up and give you control.

For more winter weather advice or to check out our winter-ready vehicles, visit us anytime at Gossett Kia Mt. Moriah.

Read These Windshield Wiper Maintenance Tips Before Winter Begins

windshield wipersOne of the best ways you can prepare yourself for the snow and slush of the winter roads this year is by making sure your windshield wipers are in top condition, giving you the most visibility possible.

Check out these windshield wiper maintenance tips to get you started:

  • Clean your windshield wipers regularly, perhaps even every time you fill your car with gasoline, to prevent debris build-up.
  • Protect your windshield wipers from ultraviolet radiation throughout the year by not parking in the sun.
  • Inspect your windshield wipers for cracks and tears–and address them quickly.
  • If you notice your windshield wipers aren’t working as well as they should, fix them or replace them as soon as possible.
  • When cleaning your windshield wipers, use gentle products and be sure to dry them thoroughly.
  • Lastly, keep track of how often you change your windshield wipers, and don’t push the life of one pair longer than necessary.

And of course, stay safe on the roads this year by driving a vehicle well-equipped for the winter weather. To learn more, visit us at Gossett Kia Mt. Moriah.