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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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How to Pack Your Roadside Emergency Kit Correctly

Your friends at Barnes Crossing Kia wanted to give you a simple guide for packing a roadside emergency kit that will cut the time you are stranded with a disabled vehicle.

Keep a good working flashlight and several batteries in your kit in the event you get stuck in the dark and need to work on your vehicle or flag down help. Be sure to have a few cans of tire fix-a-flat in the car trunk so you could easily get a flat tire off the rim high enough to move the vehicle to safety. 

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Tire Maintenance Tactics for Rainy Weather

When rainstorms strike, the road conditions become dangerous. As a result, the process of changing a tire on a slick pavement or slippery highway isn't always easy. If you want to complete a tire maintenance routine effectively and safely in a stormy environment, there are a few steps that you must follow.

After light or heavy rainstorms impact an area, some water will linger on pavements or streets. This moisture can make the process of changing a tire a challenge. The big problem is that the slick surfaces can lead to slipping while a vehicle is propped in the…

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Are Summer Tires Better Than All-Season Tires?

Shopping for new tires can be a big task. Not only is this an expensive maintenance item for your vehicle, but buying new tires can take quite a bit of research. We here at Barnes Crossing Kia can help make the process a bit simpler for you. If you are in need of new tires or suspect you might be, stop down to see us today. We can tell you how much more time you have with your current tires, and we can help you shop for a new set of tires.

When it comes to selecting tires you can…

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Benefits of a Backup Camera

Many cars now have a wide variety of advanced features to keep occupants safe. In order to make full use of these features, it is important to have a working knowledge of them, and in some cases, how and when to use them properly.

Backup cameras are tiny cameras that are positioned such that they are able to relay an image to the driver of the space directly behind the vehicle. This image can be sent to an in-dash monitor that makes it easier for the driver of the vehicle to get a good look at what's behind them…

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How to Cut Back on Distracted Driving

If you find that you are engaging in distracted driving too often, it is important to cut back as soon as possible. Follow some of these easy tips and see how you can prevent accidents and dangerous scenarios in the future.

When possible, avoid using cell-phones entirely, even on a hands-free call. Before going on a larger family trip, be sure to secure your kids and pets in the backseat to avoid emergencies. Avoid messy foods and always snack before you get started on your trip, as food may require more attention from your hands than is recommended. 

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