How to Choose the Best Vehicle for a Teen Driver

Do you have a child who is approaching driving age? If so, you might be asking yourself, “What’s the best vehicle for a teen driver?” We have the answer…

No High Performance

A performance vehicle with lots of quickness–and we are talking more than 300 horsepower–is probably not a good idea for a teen driver. Performance vehicles normally have touchier throttles and this can be unwieldy for a teen. On the other hand, an old beater that can’t get out of its own way can actually be a safety liability. Find a happy medium when it comes to performance!

Tech-Savvy

Though it may seem like a tech-savvy vehicle would prove to be more distracting, this may not be the case. Hands-free calling and voice commands for entertainment help teens keep their hands on the wheel.

Safety

Of course, the most important feature when it comes to deciding the best vehicle for a teen driver is safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is one of the organizations responsible for testing the overall and crashworthiness of vehicles. Based their ratings, they’ve created a list of vehicles that have passed with a Good rating here. It’s the best place to begin your search!

2016 Kia Optima

2016 Kia Optima – In IIHS’ List of Best Vehicles for Teens

Sharing the Road with Motorcycles: Tips for Safety

motorcycleNow that spring is in the air and warmer weather is on the way, motorcycles are bound to be on the road more than ever. That makes it important to understand the dangers of sharing the road with motorcycles, for both drivers and bikers.

According to eSurance, motorcycles generally conform to the same traffic safety laws as car. That means in most states, lane sharing, speeding, etc. are still illegal for bikers. They do, however, lack safety devices like seat belts and air bags, putting them more at risk. Always understand how vulnerable a motorcyclist is when you are sharing the road with them.

One general rule of thumb is to follow the “four second rule.” Because motorcycles are smaller than automobiles, car drivers tend to follow them more closely than they intend. By giving yourself extra distance you can ensure that everyone is still just as safe.

Look twice!  Our brains are often hardwired to overlook motorcycles on the road precisely because they are not cars. Always look twice when turning to prevent unintended collisions and dangerous situations.

Finally, remember it’s not a competition. One of the best tips for drivers is to be nice on the road. Most people behave irrationally when behind the wheel, a symptom of too much time behind the wheel. Relax and remember to be patient.

Kia Safety Technologies Win Top Safety Pick Plus on New Sportage

Kia is raking in the awards, including the prestigious safety award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). In fact, the 2017 Kia Sportage recently received the Top Safety Pick+ award, demonstrating that this model is among the safest on the highway.

2016 Kia Sportage

2016 Kia Sportage

This rating reflects top scores in each of the five crashworthiness tests, including driver assist technologies which aid in preventing crashes. According to the automaker, Kia safety technologies include features like Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Lane Change Assist (LCA), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), and Bi-HID headlights with Dynamic Bending Light (DBL) technology, high-beam assist (HBA), and front and rear parking assist.

“The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is one of the most recognized and respected organizations in the industry when it comes to evaluating vehicle safety, and as such, the Top Safety Pick Plus designation is a significant achievement,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning for Kia.  “We are especially proud to have our all-new Sportage earn that TSP+ rating in light of IIHS’ new, more challenging standards, validating the efforts of our engineers and the priority we place on safety.”

The Sportage is available with all the latest technologies, as well as an intelligent design. The body is rigid, and it has been carefully engineered to protect passengers in the event of a crash. The new Sportage is ideal for families and drivers who always make safety a top priority.

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!