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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For drivers looking for optimal fuel economy and lower emissions, the Kia Niro may be the car for you; in fact, the new Niro recently won the 2018 Green SUV of the Year™ award from the Green Car Journal. This innovative SUV offers plenty of space and impressive capabilities while also helping drivers get around more efficiently, so the Niro doesn’t ask you to sacrifice one quality for the other.
The Niro earned attention from Green Car Journal for several reasons. First, the car has a massive range of styles and features to provide a truly one-of-the-kind driving experience. Second, the sophisticated powertrain is a great hybrid option that combines electric and gasoline power.
“We’re thrilled to have received this special distinction from Green Car Journal,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, planning & strategy, Kia Motors America. “The Niro represents years of hard work by Kia to provide a hybrid that is fun, versatile, economical and a pleasure to look at and drive. It’s immensely gratifying to all of us that the Niro is recognized by Green Car Journal as the 2018 Green SUV of the Year.”
The Niro beat out the competition, including vehicles made by Chevy, Mini, Mazda, and Volvo, among others. The Kia Niro powertrain is impressive, as it has up to 139 horsepower and it also gets up to 52 mpg city.* Plus, with UVO infotainment and a suite of safety features, the Niro is unmatched.
You can experience the award-winning Kia Niro in person with us at Gossett Kia.
*EPA estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary.
While some drivers only experience stress when they’re on the road, for many, driving can actually be a great way to relax. Whether you’re feeling overwhelmed at work or you simply want a getaway, taking a road trip could be right for you.
According to the Huffington Post, it’s all about circumstances. Planning a road trip is a great way to make driving relaxing, as you can avoid traffic, take scenic routes, and even go off road if you’d like. Novelist Jack Kerouac made the American road trip a rite of passage for many generations with his book On the Road, but not everyone has months for a soul-searching drive. Even if you just have a few hours, driving in a low-traffic area is a great way to get rid of stress.
Neil Shah, the author of The 10-Step Stress Solution, notes that drivers may prefer familiar routes if they are overloaded at work or school: “When stressed, our higher brain functions are therefore shut down. Driving to and from work will not require higher brain functions most of the time as it is a known route and familiar traffic condition. This can help clear and re-energise your mind.”
Driving through scenic areas and going off road can also be good for getting your mind off things, a different type of stress relief. That’s because these routes tend to impel drivers to focus on the task on hand or the immediate environment, a great way to momentarily forget your problems.
At Gossett Kia, we certainly enjoy hitting the road, and if doing so also relieves stress, that’s just another great thing about it! If you need a new vehicle before your next road trip, make sure to stop by.
January and February can be the most boring months of the year for kids. School is back after winter break, and it’s not quite nice enough to go play outside. That’s why it’s important to think of family-friendly indoor activities to stave off boredom.
Board Game Night
The best way to give your loved ones something to look forward to is by scheduling a family game night once a week. You can play classics like Guess Who?, Sorry!, Scrabble, and more.
Build a Fort
It’s a childhood staple: amass plenty of chairs, blankets, and pillows in the family room, then let the kids construct their own “fort” and stock the inside with snacks and games. You can even “camp” inside that night!
Have a Puzzle Going
Oftentimes, challenging puzzles are huge and can take more than one set of eyes. Set out the puzzle so that the whole family can contribute as they pass by.
Bake Something Together
Teach kids life skills and eat delicious food by having the whole family pick out a recipe and bake or cook it together.
Buy arts & crafts supplies and help your little ones put together creative projects of their own.
Use these family-friendly indoor activities to make it through the winter months, or use them as inspiration for your own versions!
You might think that because we’re in the South, we’re exempt from weather-related car troubles in the winter, but that’s not necessarily the case. Vehicles can have all kinds of cold weather car problems even when there’s no snow and ice on the ground, so it’s best to be prepared.
Check Your Battery
The battery is often the number one car part that suffers when temperatures plummet, as extreme temperatures affect battery capacity. Have your battery checked as soon as possible to avoid being stranded.
Change the Oil
Did you know cold weather can also thicken motor oil? This can do a number on your engine by preventing the different engine parts from being properly lubricated.
Keep an Eye on Coolant
When you mix antifreeze and water, the mixture shouldn’t be any different from 50/50 in order to prevent the water from freezing in drastically cold temperatures.
Replace Wiper Blades
Even if there’s no snow sticking on the ground, any kind of precipitation like flurries or rain can decrease your visibility, so make sure you’re replacing your wiper blades routinely.
Cold weather car problems can be avoided by having routine checkups and sticking to regular vehicle maintenance schedules. If you need more information, stop by our service department at Gossett Kia today.
From cooking and cleaning to shopping and planning, Christmas can be a busy holiday. This year, save yourself time and money with these easy Christmas hacks from Gossett Kia.
Reuse what you already have
Don’t run out to the store just yet: you probably have plenty of items around the house already that make perfect Christmas decorations. For instance, your leftover Halloween pumpkins make great snowmen with a bit of paint, and your Christmas tree clippings are perfect for festive centerpieces at the table.
Egg carton ornament storage
As Christmas approaches this year, consider hanging on to your egg cartons to make stowing your fragile Christmas ornaments easier than ever before. Wrapping ornaments in paper is a chore and doesn’t offer that much protection anyway, so use this hack and never break an ornament again.
Fill out Christmas tree with leftover tinsel
If your Christmas tree looks a little sad and skinny all set up in the living room, don’t fret! If you have some basic green tinsel, you can quickly fill in the gaps for a healthier-looking tree. Try it out: we bet no one will be able to tell once the lights and ornaments are up!
If Christmas morning is quickly approaching and you’re still not quite done with holiday preparations, use these awesome Christmas hacks and take a shortcut to the best Christmas ever!
Generally speaking, New Year’s Resolutions are about taking care of yourself, but what about your vehicle? Here are some car care New Year’s Resolutions from Gossett Kia that are sure to extend your car’s life on the road.
Learn to detail your car
Running your car through the car wash is great for keeping excessive grime off the exterior of your vehicle, but every once in a while, it’s best to really get in there and do a deep clean. Not only will you feel great behind the wheel of such a clean car, it will protect its resale value, too.
Regularly change your oil
We know it might sound like a chore, but making a habit of checking and changing your oil routinely is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to protect your car’s engine and extend the life of your vehicle. This year, plan out when you’ll change your oil and stick to your schedule.
Stay on top of fluids
Just like you can’t stay healthy without drinking water, your car’s health will deteriorate if you don’t regularly replenish its oil, coolant, brake fluid and clutch fluid. Even if you’re not a gear head, these things are simple and cheap to do on your own.
It’s not hard to keep your car in the best shape possible. This year, resolve to make a habit of these car care tips and enjoy the best driving ever.
The holiday season is quickly approaching, which means many Americans will be hitting the road to see their families. While traveling is certainly a major ordeal, dealing with family can be just as exhausting. Here are a few tips for surviving the holiday season from us here at Gossett Kia.
Maintain a Routine
The holiday season is far from normal, and many Americans find their lives turned upside down. During this stressful time, it’s extremely important to maintain a routine. Doing so eases the stress and can help you relax, especially with all the hustle and bustle going on around you. Do your best to go to work, do household chores, and eat as normally as possible.
Learn to Say No
No one wants to tell a loved one “no” during the holiday season, but that can lead to a major buildup of stress and anxiety. After all, taking on numerous other jobs, whether planning a meal or making lodging arrangements for family, can interrupt your normal life. That isn’t to say you should slam the door on helping out, but learn to tell family members “no” if your plate is already full.
Take Care of Yourself
While the holidays are certainly about family getting together, it’s important to take care of yourself, too. Make sure to make some time to step back and reevaluate the situation if you’re feeling overwhelmed—taking some breathing room can do wonders during the holiday season.
The 2017 Kia Niro is the latest hybrid utility vehicle to take to United States roadways. Designed to be the perfect combination of cargo space, style, and efficiency, the crossover clearly has a bright future, and since it will be available from an affordable price, the Kia Niro is a true force to be reckoned with.
The 2017 Kia Niro easily undercuts its nearest competitors, the Nissan Rogue Hybrid and Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, by several thousand dollars. For the price, drivers will enjoy impressive efficiency, a vast array of standard features, and plenty of technology.
From infotainment to connectivity to safety, the Kia Niro does it all in style. For starters, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ come standard across the board. Then, drivers have the option of adding more active safety technologies to the Kia Niro as well. Top features, like Lane-Departure Warning, Blind-Spot Monitoring, and Adaptive Cruise Control ensure that the Niro is a leader in the hybrid crossover segment.
The 2017 Kia Niro boasts a hybrid powertrain that produces 139 hp, but that is only half the story. When it comes to efficiency, the Niro rules the roost with an EPA-estimated 52 mpg city/49 mpg highway.* That puts it on par with smaller (and typically more efficient) hybrid cars, like the Toyota Prius.
We here at Gossett Kia can’t wait to see what the future holds for the Kia Niro!
*EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle’s condition.