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How to Make Your Road Trip Safer

No matter what time of the year it is, road trips are a part of the North American pastime. Whether you are visiting family in another state, going on a scenic adventure, or heading to a special destination for a weekend getaway, it’s important that you stay informed about road trip safety.

Prior to your journey, first check to ensure that all key functions of your vehicle are working properly. Bad turn signals, faulty lights, weak brakes, and dying batteries are common culprits that interrupt road trips.  

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Learn Why SUVs are a Great Vehicle to Own

There are plenty of factors that must be calculated to decide which vehicle would be best to get you around the streets. Performance, capability and vehicle type are all things that should be considered. When it comes down to the final decision, there are a few things that make choosing an SUV a better option than other types of vehicles.

The reason to choose an SUV that stands out the most is probably its ability to carry larger groups of people. If you have a large family or routinely transport groups of friends, then a sedan, pickup or smaller vehicle…

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Apply Touch Up Paint to Your Vehicle

As you begin the process of applying touch up paint to your car, you need to ensure that the area doesn't have any rust and that it's clean. You're going to apply a primer to the vehicle before adding the basecoat. The basecoat will be the color that you purchased from South Trail Kia or at an automotive store that will match your vehicle.

You'll want to apply a few layers of the paint to your vehicle until it's the shade that matches. Let each layer dry before adding another. After you've achieved the…

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Why So Many Drivers are Using Android Auto

Android Auto is a term we hear a lot today, especially in the automotive industry, and we want you to become familiar with how this unique technology works. Android Auto is an in-vehicle technology that lets you connect your Android phone, table to electronic device to your vehicle and enjoy technology safely while driving.

Whether it’s making phone calls, getting texts, reading ebooks, listening to music, looking up gas prices, finding parking spaces, retrieving voicemails or navigating maps, Android Auto allows you to do it all.  

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The Timing Belt

A timing belt is a device placed on the engine of a vehicle when the car is being constructed in the factory. The timing belt helps the crankshaft and camshaft maneuver back and forth. Whenever a person brakes or drives forward, the timing belt is working.

When there is no timing belt on the engine, the car will not start or move anywhere. When the key is put in the ignition and is turned to make the car run, the timing belt is responsible for making the engine startup.

Whether you want a brand-new timing belt or...

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Compact Spare Tires Require Extra Care

Today, autos can have a full size or compact spare tire. The difference is that full-size spares ride like standard tires, and drivers can operate their vehicles as usual. Compact tires have limits. Drivers must reduce speeds and use care when steering and turning.

Calgary-area drivers know that compact spares do not drive or feel like regular tires. The manufacturer intends compact spares to be a temporary tire that can help the vehicle reach home or a repair facility. The automakers do not intend the "donut" tire as a long-term tire replacement.

 

 

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How to Travel with Pets

Safety is the top priority for anyone looking to purchase a new car. And our team here at South Trail Kia recognizes that family doesn't stop with just your children. Pets are part of the family too! That is why we thought it would be fitting to provide you with a few tips on how to travel with pets.

?First, it is important that you gradually build the amount of time a pet is in the car. You don't want to start them out on any trip longer than 10 to 15 minutes just to get their feet…
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Top Five Reasons to Buy a Kia


Reason Number One - Quality

Years ago, KIA focused more on providing value, over long-term quality and reliability. Over the years, however, they've changed direction and now rival all other brands when it comes to style, technology, comfort, and safety. Year in and year out, Kia vehicles rank as high or higher in initial quality and reliability as any of their competition. Based on a 2015 J.D. Power "Initial Quality Study" of thirty-three auto…

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2 Crucial Tips to Avoid Hydroplaning

Taking important safety measures to prevent hydroplaning helps keep you and others safer on the road. Hydroplaning occurs when your vehicle can't push the incoming water from rain away fast enough. It can happen without warning and take away your ability to brake or steer, making it extremely dangerous not only to you but others on the road. Two crucial tips to follow for reducing your risk of hydroplaning are regularly rotating your tires and using high quality tires.

Regardless of whether or not your tires show signs of wear, you need to rotate them every 3,000-5,000…

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Back to School Auto Maintenance Steps

The back to school season is busy; it's filled with tasks, activities, school obligations, work, and errands. The busy times put demands on the family vehicles. When an older child drives off to college, then he or she may have to take on car maintenance for the first time. Basic maintenance is essential to keeping a vehicle in good operating condition.

Calgary drivers know that it is essential to follow the manufacturer's recommendations for maintenance including oil changes, tire rotation, and engine fluids. You should prepare for the cold weather seasons by adding jumper cables...
 

 

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