KIA DEALERSHIP BLOG

Ways to Reduce Distracted Driving

Even the most well-intentioned and experienced driver can become distracted. A child's dropped toy, a playlist ending or a quick glance to check the map are all it takes to look away from the road and potentially cause an accident.

Think ahead about things you'll need for your trip before starting your car. Set GPS instructions, find your preferred entertainment, ensure your children have plenty of things to amuse them and open any snacks you plan on consuming. Preparation beforehand can cut down on distractions en route.  

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Should You Drive on Warm Pavement With Winter Tires?

You may be wondering if you should continue driving your vehicle with the winter tires still installed. At Wyoming Valley Kia, we do not recommend that you do this and here is the reason why.

Winter tires are constructed with softer rubber than all-season or regular tires and that means they will wear out faster on the warmer pavement of spring, summer and fall. In addition, some winter tires also have studs which will decrease traction on pavement even though they are intended to increase traction on snow and ice. 

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Are Rats and Mice Making Your Vehicle a Home?

At Wyoming Valley Kia, we've been hearing stories about rodents moving into our customer's cars and trucks for many years. It's particularly troublesome if you live in rural area during the winter, and it doesn't help that car manufacturers have been switching to plant-based material in recent years.

The main problem with rats or mice under the hood is that they can chew through wiring and hoses. There are a few habits you can cultivate that'll remove some of your vehicle's attraction to animals. Pick up food from the ground around your car, and…

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How to Make a Winter Survival Kit for Any Emergency

The team here at Wyoming Valley Kia wanted to take a minute to help inform our readers about how to protect themselves when traveling this winter. Here are a few essentials that should be packed in your winter survival kit.

Be sure you keep a heavy blanket in the kit in the event the vehicle loses power. If you can not run the car, you can not run the heat, and hypothermia can set in quickly. The blanket will allow the occupants to huddle and keep your body heat to protect you until help arrives. 

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Fuel Economy in Cold Weather

We all know that cold weather can be hard on our vehicles and decrease its fuel efficiency. At Wyoming Valley Kia, we want you to be informed on ways to increase the fuel economy and save money. Cold weather may make us uncomfortable, but that doesn’t mean it has to cost extra money to drive our vehicles. Check out these tips.

  • Combine trips to avoid driving in cold weather.
  • Don’t allow your vehicle to idle for lengthy periods in cold weather.
  • Avoid driving on icy or snow-covered roads. 
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Discover Your Winter Tire Options

When the ground begins to get icy, slippery, and snowy, drivers need to have the right winter tires on their vehicles. As such, the team here at Wyoming Valley Kia has decided to put together a short guide to point you in the right direction.

For areas where the temperatures get low but snowfall is rare, performance winter/snow tires are the best option. These tires were originally designed for use on European highways and do a wonderful job of improving traction without sacrificing vehicle performance. 

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Motor Oil in Relationship With Road Trips

One of the common ideas about motor oil is that it has to be changed before every road trip. While it is not necessarily true or false, it does depend on the circumstances. There are plenty of factors to look at before deciding to change the oil before the road trip.

One factor is if you had recently gotten an oil change, then that can be considered as before going on the road trip. Another thing to think about is the length of time you are going to be gone and the distance you are going to travel.

 

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Winter Car Care Checklist

Driving in the winter involves more than just driving on slippery and snow-covered roads, and we at Wyoming Valley Kia want drivers to be informed on ways to care for their car while still making winter driving as safe and stress-free as possible. We’ve put together this checklist to help prepare you for winter driving.
• Have regular maintenance performed (oil & filter change, tune-up)
• Make sure tires are properly inflated and in good condition.
• Inspect all headlights, tail lights and warning lights.
• Check the battery to ensure its charge is strong.
• Check all filter and hoses.
• Add...

 

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Signs of a Bad Alternator

The alternator is an extremely important piece of equipment in your vehicle. The alternator powers the electrical components of your vehicle, and it supplies charge to the battery, so it can turn over the starter. If the alternator goes out, your car will eventually stop.

When the alternator is starting to have problems, you will notice that the interior lights and the headlights are dimmer than normal. You may also hear a high-pitched squeal from under the hood. Your alternator may also start to emit a smell that is similar to the smell of hot or burning rubber. 
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Some Useful Information About Your Vehicle's Timing Belt

At Wyoming Valley Kia serving Larksville, we would like to keep our customers informed about their cars, which will help their cars operate efficiently. You may have heard of a timing belt but are not sure about what it is and how it functions. It is important to have a timing belt changed routinely to ensure the camshaft and crankshaft turn effectively. To learn more about your vehicle's timing belt, read further.

To keep your engine running smoothly, you should have your timing belt changed every 60,000 to 100,000 miles. However, be sure to check your vehicle…

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