Do 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.
Looking 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.
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 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.
The 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.
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.
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!