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Keep Your Vehicle Safe from Rodents and the Damage They Can Bring

Barnes Crossing Kia wants you to know what can happen to your vehicle when it sits in a place where rodents are present. It is important that you understand the damage that rodents can bring about and that you do what you can to protect your vehicle while it is parked.

Do not keep food near your vehicle if you want to keep rodents away from the vehicle. It is not a good idea to store your pet food on the ground in the garage with your vehicle, as that can attract rodents and bring them to your vehicle. 

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What's the Difference Between Oversteer and Understeer?

When you start to skid, you may think that you always have to steer into the slide. In truth, this can help, but if you oversteer or understeer, you could also be in trouble. Top notch cars don't typically allow you to slide that much, but if you do then you should be careful in how you control your vehicle. If you find your vehicle is stuck headed straight, you may want to oversteer, which means turning the steering wheel too hard.

When an understeer happens, it's because you can't turn the wheel hard enough, resulting in…

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The Technology Behind Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirrors

Auto-dimming rearview mirrors became popular in the 1980s. Today, it's a feature that many drivers are looking for. While they may seem simple, these innovative mirrors have a lot of technology behind them. We here at Barnes Crossing Kia want you to be an informed vehicle owner, so here's some information about these must-have auto accessories.

The unique component of auto-dimming mirrors is the electrochromic gel. The gel is located between two panes of glass. The fluid responds to an electric charge by darkening. To initiate that process, the mirror uses sensors or cameras. 

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Modern Hatchbacks: Designed for Urban Drivers

A hatchback has traditionally been optimized for cities that have heavy traffic. This type of vehicle has a compact platform that's suitable for navigating narrow roads and parking lots with limited visibility. Barnes Crossing Kia offers affordable models for those who want to save money on fuel and maintenance costs.

Under the hood, a modern hatchback usually has a four-cylinder engine block that runs on regular unleaded gasoline. Depending on the make and model, a turbocharged engine might be available for extra output on the highway.  

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Is Infotainment Necessary or a Luxury Add-On?

Some people who are used to the older vehicles may consider some of the newer features of newer models to be rather unnecessary. However, when you look at the way that technology actually helps people drive, then you will come to understand that there is a use for infotainment systems and other features. This is one of the reasons that we focus on getting these features for our new Kia inventory.

The current features of the vehicle involve listening to high quality music.  

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Understanding the Difference Between a Compact Temporary and a Full-Size Spare Tire

Flat tires are the cause of many accidents on the road. Understanding your spare tire and how it works will help you to avoid using it improperly, keeping you safer while driving.

Using a full-size tire as your spare can be an excellent option. When you need to replace a flat tire, using the full-size spare means you don't have to buy a new tire. Simply install it and be on your way. You will need to remember to rotate it out with your other tires so that it wears equally with them. A compact temporary is a quick…

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What You Should Know About Motor Oil Viscosity Ratings

Although it is vital to keep your vehicle's motor oil changed on a regular basis, it is also just as important that the proper oil is used in your vehicle. At Barnes Crossing Kia, we can help you understand how your vehicle functions. Read our content below to learn more about motor oil viscosity ratings.

When you look at a bottle of motor oil, you will notice a number followed by a letter, such as 10W, which is its motor oil viscosity rating. Viscosity determines how well the motor oil resists flow. The number measures its viscosity in hot…

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Motion Sickness Doesn't Have To Ruin Your Road Trip

A family road trip can be a wonderful way to spend a long weekend. Driving through nature on a beautiful day can be extremely relaxing. Unfortunately, for individuals who are susceptible to motion sickness, road trips aren't always as fun as they could be.

Luckily, if you suffer from this irritating issue, there are some ways to help yourself feel better. Much like any other illness, drinking plenty of fluids can be very helpful in dealing with motion sickness. However, if you are still feeling ill you can always stop the vehicle and go for a walk. 

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Driving Safely with Bicyclists

Cycling can be an excellent way to get around town and do errands. The exercise and fresh air can help with fitness and balance. Drivers must look-out for bikers; the bright and reflective biker clothing increases visibility. Drivers must also be aware when cyclists do not wear bright colors and appear at unexpected moments.

Drivers know the importance of looking carefully when turning or driving near bike lanes. When driving with bikers, drivers should allow a reasonable distance and yield the right of way. 

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Back-to-School Car Maintenance Ideas

Basic maintenance is an essential part of car care. The back to school period is an ideal time to make sure that each vehicle is up to date on basic maintenance. The engine oil, transmission fluid, and coolant protect moving parts and avoid severe damage from heat and friction. Whether delivering kids to a local school or sending an older child off to college, back to school maintenance is critical.

Most drivers understand the need to prepare for the cool weather of Autumn and the wintry weather that follows. 

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