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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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Car Wax Can Keep Your Automobile Paint in Good Shape

We all know that we should perform regular maintenance for our vehicle on the working parts, inside and out. However, keeping the exterior of the vehicle clean is also helpful for maintaining the outer paint and coating. Using wax during this cleaning increases the protection level and limits degradation from outside factors.

Wax is all about protection. It places a buffer between the paint and the negative outside elements such as water that contains pollutants, UV rays and anything else that may be present in the surrounding air. 

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What is the Purpose of an Infotainment System?

Are you in the market for a new car? At Barnes Crossing Kia, we want you to have an understanding of the technology features that each car you have in mind has to offer. One technology feature that is included in most of today’s cars is an infotainment system, but what is an infotainment system? Read further to find out!

An infotainment system is a term that is used to describe data, entertainment, and communications that are provided to a driver. The information is available on a touchscreen, and most manufacturers have proprietary systems. 

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Understanding the Role of Gaskets

Vehicles are complicated, and while we’re all familiar with many of the names of important components, we may not always know what they really do. It’s ok, we’re here to help! Let’s talk about gaskets for a second. Gaskets are a seal to prevent leaks, the unfortunate mixing of fluids and the hazards of air escaping or entering components of your vehicle. They’re made of layers of steel or copper, and come covered in rubber or silicone. They’re flexible, designed to fill gaps and fit obtuse surfaces.

 

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