Experience the Open Road: Summer Road Trip Destinations

road tripRoad trips are an American tradition, letting you experience the sights and thrills of the open road. We’ve put together a list of the top summer road trip destinations in the US, each of which offers a unique experience you won’t find elsewhere.

According to Money Crashers, one of the most iconic road trips follows Route 66 across America. This historic road cuts across 2,500 miles, ultimately ending in Los Angeles. Although you might have to travel a day from Memphis to reach some of the best stretches of this highway, it is well worth it.

Want to stay a little closer to home? Check out the Arkansas Highway 7 Scenic Byway. This 290-mile stretch covers pine forests, rolling hills, and parts of the Ozarks. Though it takes about two days to really explore the entire road, you can also spend time at hot springs or camping along the way.

For those who want to explore the region, take an hour drive north from Memphis to Holly Springs, MS. This short trip is great for seeing the hill country, and it is also packed full of historic landmarks and museums. Check out the Kate Freeman Clark Museum, Marshall Country Historical Museum, and the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum.

Whether you want to drive across the country or you simply want to explore your local area, road trips are great for virtually everyone. Just be sure to pack light, drive safe, and enjoy your ride!

Movie Mayhem: 4 Best Car Chase Scenes Ever

The car chase is something that a lot of movies attempt but only a handful succeed at making memorable. Here are four of the best car chase scenes ever filmed!

# 1 – Bullitt (1968)

Bullitt will likely forever be regarded as having the best chase scene ever and for good reason. The chase is masterfully shot, with director Peter Yates having used in-car cameras and overhead shots to stunning effect.

Los Angeles# 2 – To Live and Die in LA (1985)

The car chase scene in To Live and Die in LA is one of the most memorable in film history. Director William Friedkin is familiar with the practice—he also directed The French Connection. According to Roger Ebert, “The masterstroke in To Live and Die in LA is that the chase isn’t just on a freeway. It goes the wrong way down the freeway.”

# 3 – The Bourne Identity (2002)

The Bourne Identity is the first film in what has become one of the most entertaining and well-respected action trilogies, Arguably the most tense scene in the film is when Jason Bourne, played by Matt Damon, gets chased through Paris in the rain driving a classic Fiat. The nod here to the original The Italian Job is quite strong.

# 4 – The French Connection (1971)

The French Connection features a chase scene in which a car attempts to overcome a train racing above it in an overhead track. The car chase was performed without permission from the city and although traffic was controlled, the chase regularly strayed into areas in which it was not controlled.

Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month Here in Memphis

April is known as Jazz Appreciation Month, and what better place than Memphis, Tennessee to hear some great live jazz? Here are some of the best places to visit to hear some of the best music ever.

  • BB King’s Blues Club. This great music club offers more than just the blues. Plan a visit and your ears will thank you.
  • Owen Bennan’s Restaurant. This restaurant will give you a taste of New Orleans, jazz included, right here in Memphis. Come for the food and stay for the music. It is been voted as the Best Brunch in Memphis for 20 years.
  • Ernestine and Hazels. Come to this bar for some of the most mouth-watering burgers you’ve ever tasted, get your drink of choice, and dance the night away listening to some of the best live music around.
  • Mollie Fontaine’s Lounge. This lounge-style bar calls a Victorian-style house home. Listen to some live piano music while enjoying some delicious food and drink.
  • Levitt Shell. This outdoor music venue is celebrating jazz month with five Fridays of Jazz. Check the schedule to catch the next performance.

What is your favorite venue to hear live jazz in Memphis?

Daily Driving: Tips for Improving Your Commute

commuteDoes daily drive to and from work have you feeling down? If you changed your perspective and saw it as an opportunity instead of wasted time, you could even start to look forward to it. Sound crazy? Check out these tips for improving your commute.

# 1 – Are you a music aficionado? Use your time in the car to discover new music! Pandora is great for exposing you to music you might like.

# 2 – Collect your thoughts! Instead of letting traffic stir you up and stress you out, use your time in the car to think through a current problem or brainstorm for work. Make voice memos on your phone as you come up with ideas.

# 3 – Audio books can revolutionize your commute. It’s especially useful to choose non-fiction books. If you feel like the time you spend on your commute is wasted, why not turn it into an educational experience?

# 4 – Make it the ultimate “me-time.” Turn your phone off, roll the windows down, and just enjoy the fact that for the next minutes, all you have to do is drive.

Stop Warming Up Your Car This Winter and Just Drive

cleaning car windowsDo you like your car to be nice and toasty before you leave for the day? Do you hold the belief that your car needs some time to “warm up” if it’s less than 32 degrees Fahrenheit outside?

If so, you’re probably one of the many drivers guilty of idling their car in the winter to warm it up, which is widely considered a necessity for it to run properly.

But in truth, this practice is entirely unnecessary, harmful to your vehicle, and actually not even the fastest way to warm up your vehicle’s interior.

Unless your car was made more than 20 years ago, it barely needs any time for the engine and oil to be ready to go–about 30 seconds, in fact. Idling for longer than that can be damaging to both the engine and catalytic converter.

And if you’re thinking that you’d still selfishly like to warm up your car just to have a cozy interior–know that the inside actually heats up faster once you just start driving and are inside it.

For more winter weather tips, visit us anytime at Gossett Kia.

Winter Money Saving Tips and Tricks for the Coldest Months

winterLooking to save energy this season? As the temperatures drop, it’s more tempting than ever to bring up the heat – but that will have serious implications when you get your first energy bill!

Check out these winter money saving tips to monitor your spending this season:

  • Turn your thermostat down to somewhere around 68 degrees.
  • Reduce the length of those extra hot showers, and/or lower your shower temperature.
  • Make sure there are no leaks in your home, likely around doors and windows, letting our precious warm air.
  • Turn down your maximum water heat, so that your dishwasher won’t sneakily eat up your energy bill.
  • And whenever you go on long weekends–or if there are times during the day when you know that no one will be home–turn the thermostat down even further!

For more winter tips, or to explore our wide variety of vehicles fully-equipped for winter roads, visit us at Gossett Kia.

LeBron James Kia Ad Aims to Prove Basketball Star Drives K900

Kia K900

Kia K900

Basketball player LeBron James is worth hundreds of millions of dollars, and he drives a 2016 Kia K900 family sedan. This is the claim that LeBron recently made, sponsoring Kia, but fans have been skeptical—understandably.

In fact, a few fans took to Twitter to make informal bets that LeBron doesn’t drive a Kia at all, but the man himself responded. Check out this new LeBron James Kia ad, in which LeBron proves that he does, indeed, drive a Kia.

And why not? Though the superstar really could drive any car he wants, the 2016 Kia K900 is stylish, fuel-efficient, and absolutely packed with modern features. It’s more than any driver needs, professional athlete or not.

If it’s fit for LeBron James–or as the ad says, “fit for a king”–surely, it’s good enough for you. To learn more about the Kia K900, visit us anytime at Gossett Kia. We’d love to set you up on a test drive!

Thanksgiving Travel Time: Tips for Traveling with Food

ThanksgivingThanksgiving is right around the corner, which means many families will be traveling long distances to celebrate with family and friends. That also means that you’ll have to think of ways to keep your food at just the right temperature and freshness. We’ve put together a list of tips for traveling with food to make your life easier.

According to USA Today, you should transfer any hot meals to glass containers because they retain heat better. Consider wrapping bread, meatloaf, or sliced chicken in foil, as opposed to glass containers. For cold foods, plastic or glass will do just fine.

Use paper towels as insulation. Line the outside of food containers with paper towels to add a layer of insulation. They can also be used for easy cleanup, should any of the food spill during your commute.

Consider purchasing an insulated storage bag, hard cooler, or vacuum food flask. An insulated bag (similar to what the pizza delivery driver uses) is great for glass containers. Hard coolers are good for cold things, especially if you fill it with ice. Finally, the flask is great for liquids like hot soup.

If you have to travel further, you might consider a portable warmer/cooler. These devices are expensive compared to the other options, but they work the best. By plugging the device into the cigarette lighter, you can flip a switch to keep you food at the perfect temperature.

Naming Your Car: Every Car Deserves a Title

Name Your Car DayThe official Nickname Your Car Day has already passed us by; however, that doesn’t mean it’s too late to celebrate. Naming your car is a tradition for auto enthusiasts everywhere, and the weirder, the better. We’ve put together a list of the best nicknames in pop culture to give you an idea of how it’s done.

NY Daily News has a great list of some of the most popular. We’ve put together our own, drawing from some of their insights.

  • Batmobile – Any sleek black car can earn this title if it’s big enough and loaded with high-tech gadgets. Though the Batmobile has been around for years, some of the most popular include Michael Keaton’s in the 1992 Batman Returns, as well as the latest pics from the yet to be released Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
  • Ecto-1 – Though you might not recognize the name of this model, you’d know it if you saw it. This famous retro model from the 1984 Ghostbusters film has remained one of the most iconic models in cinema.
  • Herbie – Everyone loves this bizarre VW Beetle that has a mind of its own. Premiering in 1968 in The Love Bug, Herbie has made appearances again and again, known far and wide for its red and blue stripes, as well as its No. 53 badging.
  • KITT Knight Rider fans have no doubt monopolized this name for many years. This super-intelligent talking car helps Michael Knight (David Hasselhoff) fight crime. What’s not to love about it?

Now that you know some famous car names, it’s your turn to give it a try.

Road Trip Tips for Travelling with Pets

If you’re preparing to hit the open road with your beloved pet, there are certain steps you should take to ensure your pet’s comfort, safety, and overall well-being. Following these tips for travelling with pets will reduce your stress and ensure you and your furry friend have an enjoyable ride.

travelling with pets

Have a pre-trip vehicle inspection. Being stranded on the side of the highway with your pet in the car sounds like one of the least-ideal situations ever. While humans are widely accepted as passengers in taxis, a friend’s car, or a tow truck, you’re going to have to do some serious bribing to get Fido on board. Make sure your dealership checks the air conditioning too, as it will be important to keep your car at a comfortable temperature both for your sanity and your pet’s health.

Secure your pet. All pets should ride in the backseat, and should be properly secured. Cats should travel inside their carriers, and dogs should be restrained by a harness designed for car use, or a secured crate. Never transport a pet in the bed of a pickup.

Pack well. Make sure you bring everything your pet will need for the duration of your trip. Make sure water and food (along with bowls) are easily accessible along with their leash. Throw a towel in the car in case they get wet or dirty at a rest stop. Also consider bringing favorite toys and any medicine they will need.

Stop often. Just like you, your pet will need to stretch his legs and use the bathroom – but you should make it a point to stop more frequently than you otherwise would. Offer water at every stop, and food when you think they need it. Be sure to walk them around the rest area for several minutes.

For more information, visit humainesociety.org.

Here at Gosset Kia, we hope you and your pet have a safe and enjoyable road trip. Be sure to make an appointment for that pre-trip vehicle inspection before you go!

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