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Crossover vehicles give you the passenger and storage capacity you want from an SUV, without the size. If you have a family that needs third row seating, a crossover vehicle is an excellent option instead of an SUV. With so many choices when it comes to customizing your vehicle, you can get exactly what you want.

When you drive a new Kia crossover, you will see that the gas mileage is good. It is more fuel efficient than a larger SUV, yet still allows you to bring more than four passengers in your vehicle. With added storage, you'll have…

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Actions to Take Following a Motor Vehicle Accident

It is critical that you know what to do in the event of an accident. The folks at Wyoming Valley Kia have a few tips to help you in the aftermath of a collision with another vehicle, pedestrian or animal. You should never leave the scene of an accident, even if yours is the only car involved.

Assuming that you are not injured, get out of the car and start gathering as much evidence as possible. This can be used by your insurance company to build a case that you weren't responsible for the accident.  

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Why You'll Want Android Auto

Android Auto is one of the most popular features on cars that have been produced in the past few years. This feature can be particularly popular for those who don't have a great sense of direction or who are pressed for time. It will give you directions, traffic alerts and other data in close to real-time.

On long road trips to or from the city, there is nothing worse than static or radio stations that play the same songs over and over again. With Android Auto, you can sync the playlists from your phone to the vehicle itself. 

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First Responders Need You to Move Over

Every experienced driver has encountered breakdowns, traffic stops and accident responses in nearby lanes. At Wyoming Valley Kia, we want to help drivers like you properly navigate these situations with respect to Move Over Laws.

South Carolina implemented the United States' first Move Over Law in 1996. Other states created similar laws in the years that followed. Now, some version of the original Move Over Law exists in all 50 states. Each state's law places similar expectations on you.  

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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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