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.

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.

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.

Kia Models Earn “Best Cars for Families” Awards

Best Cars for Families
We here at Gossett Kia South are happy to offer some of the best cars for families to the Memphis area, including the Soul and Cadenza.

Picking out the best car for your family can be difficult, especially if you’re on a tight budget and can’t afford to go a penny over. Fortunately, Kia makes some of the best cars for families, some of which have recently been recognized by U.S. News & World Report. The 2017 Kia Soul and Cadenza continue to uphold a reputation as affordable, stylish cars that are perfect for families!

2017 Kia Soul

The new Soul took the award for the Best Compact Car for Families for the second year running. The latest model boasts a stylish, unique design that makes it stand out on the road. A roomy interior and ride height make it a must-have for families on the move. As an added bonus, Kia’s UVO infotainment system can keep track of teen driver’s habits on the road.

2017 Kia Cadenza

Arguably the most luxurious model on Kia’s lineup, the 2017 Cadenza nabbed the Best Large Car for Families award. A spacious back seat and sunshade make it perfect for putting the kids down for a nap while on the road. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility make it a perfect car for younger drivers as well!

We here at Gossett Kia South are happy to offer some of the best cars for families to the Memphis area!

2017 Kia Niro Review

2017 Kia Niro
Available in five trims, the 2017 Kia Niro offers a strong set of excellent premium features at a price few competitors can match.

The 2017 Niro is the latest model to arrive in Kia’s lineup and it’s performing wonderfully when it comes to reviews. The all-new hybrid SUV is the most affordable model on the market and earns up to an EPA-estimated 50 mpg combined*. Available in five trims, the 2017 Kia Niro offers a strong set of premium features at a price few competitors can match.

The all-new Kia Niro starts at $23,875 MSRP and comes equipped with seating for up to five passengers. A four-cylinder engine paired to an electric motor and paired with an automatic transmission produces a total of 139 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. Drivers will also see a standard 7-inch touchscreen, keyless entry, a rearview camera, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and much more for that price.

The Niro easily undercuts many premium SUVs with a full offering of luxury features at an affordable price. Adding a premium sound system, navigation system, heated steering wheel, and leather-trimmed seats won’t put the Niro’s price over $31,000.

The new Kia Niro lands under the Sportage, making it the South Korean brand’s smallest SUV. Even so, it offers plenty of space and is comparable to the Honda HR-V.

We here at Gossett Kia South are pumped to see the 2017 Niro doing so well!

*EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle’s condition.

2017 Kia Sorento Awarded One Of The Best Cars For The Money

Kia Soul and Sorento Earn Best Cars for the Money Awards

Buying a new car is one of the most expensive things you will buy in your life. So, getting your money’s worth is a big deal. Every year, U.S. News & World Report gives out its Best Cars for the Money awards, which helps consumers narrow down their options for a great new car.

This year, both the Kia Soul and Sorento took home prizes in their segments. These awards are based on a vehicle’s reliability, safety, and automotive experts’ opinions, as well as overall value.

“We’re honored that U.S. News named the Soul and Sorento winners within their respective categories for 2017,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning KMA. “The entire Kia model line – including our iconic urban passenger vehicle and three-row SUV – offers a winning blend of sophisticated design and user-friendly technology with a consistent emphasis on value.”

2017 Kia Sorento Awarded One Of The Best Cars For The Money

The mid-size Sorento impressed the judges with its excellent, modern technology along with its great use of interior space and overall efficiency. As for the Soul, it delivers a roomy interior for both cargo and passenger and is always a favorite for its stellar styling.

Stop by Gossett Kia South today and take a test drive in both of these award-winning Kia models.

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.