Tips for Driving in the Rain This Spring

If there’s one thing that April is known for, it’s showers. Not the kind that you take after a long day of work, mind you—the kind that make driving around Memphis a real pain. Rain is one of the more dangerous elements to deal with on the road, so before you are faced with setting out in a rainstorm this spring, consider these three tips for driving in the rain.

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Change Your Wipers

If your windshield wipers are leaving streaks, making squeaky noises, or failing to give you good visibility, then it’s time to change them for optimum visibility in the rain. You should be changing your windshield wipers about every six months as it is, so make April the standard for getting a new set of blades.

 

Understand Hydroplaning

Hydroplaning is when there is too much water on a surface for a vehicle’s tires to make adequate contact with the road. This can cause the vehicle to slip, giving the driver less control over the vehicle. Hydroplaning is extremely common, and it can be very dangerous if you don’t know how to adapt. The best way to respond is to let off the acceleration slowly and continue to steer straight until you feel that you’ve regained control of the vehicle. As a general rule, slow and steady should always be your approach when the rain’s a-fallin’.

 

Use Your Headlights

Visibility is typically very low in heavy rain showers, so it’s important to have your headlights on both to improve your ability to see and to help other drivers see you on the road. Think of it this way: if your windshield wipers are on, your headlights should be on too.

 

These are just some of the tips to consider the next time you head out for a drive in the rain. If you need a new pair of wipers, a fresh set of tires, or a nice post-rainfall detailing, be sure to stop in to Gossett Kia.

Five Facts About Memphis You Might Not Have Known

At Gossett Kia, we know our hometown of Memphis is filled with history, art, tasty food, and just about everything in between. Here are five facts about Memphis you might not have known—even if you’ve been living here your whole life.

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Memphis BBQ

If you’re taking a food tour around the states, you’ll find four types of barbeque, one being Memphis barbeque. Here, ribs are slow-cooked in a pit, then either covered with dry rub or a sweet sauce. There are plenty of great spots to eat in Memphis, but we recommend Leonard’s Pit Barbeque in particular.

 

Namesake

Memphis, Tennessee was named after the old capital of Egypt, which was located along the Nile River. No ancient mummy curses in modern-day Memphis, though—at least we don’t think.

 

Lyrically Speaking

According to The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, there are over 1,000 songs that contain the word “Memphis” in their lyrics. These include hits like “Going Back to Memphis” by Muddy Waters, “Going to Memphis” by Johnny Cash, and The Pixies’ “Letter to Memphis.”

 

“Home of the Blues”

Beale Street was officially recognized by Congress as the “Home of the Blues” in 1977, since it’s hosted blues legends like Louis Armstrong and Muddy Waters. Though it’s the home of the blues, it’s awfully tough to have a bad or sad time while walking around Memphis proper.

 

Johnny’s Humble Beginnings

Before his music career took off, Johnny Cash worked in Memphis as a door-to-door appliance salesman. Hey, we all start somewhere—even the Man in Black!

 

Gossett Kia is proud to call Memphis its home, and we’re even prouder to call you our family. If you are looking for a new Kia, stop in and see what we have to offer.