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Wash Your Car to Maintain its Exterior

When you're driving, your vehicle can look as clean as possible after a good wash. This is only one of the benefits that a routine car wash provides. While you're washing your car, it provides an opportunity to view details that you might overlook otherwise, such as checking the tire pressure. You can also look to see if there are any dents that you didn't know were in your car.

There are products that you can use when washing your car to protect the clearcoat and the paint. When dirt is on your car, it can begin…

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Car Care Tips for Spring

When the days grow longer and the temperatures get warmer, it's the perfect time for you to take stock of how your car was impacted by the winter months. Salted, sandy roads and freezing temperatures can take their toll on the exterior of your car. Spring is the perfect season to repair any damage and get your car ready for the summer months ahead.

Thoroughly wash and wax your car, fixing any imperfections in your car's finish with matching touch up paint to delay rust. Shake out those sandy floor mats and run your air conditioner to see…

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Don't Let the Sun's Glare Become a Driving Hazard

It's happened to all of us. Driving into the sunrise or sunset and the glare hits the windshield. All of a sudden, you can't see due to the sun's glare. How do you react? There are effective ways to handle this driving hazard. Our driving experts here at Jeff Smith Kia offer these tips to keep you safe.

Start with a few preventative measures. Keep your windshield clean inside and out. A dirty windshield gives off more glare. Periodically check your windshield for cracks and pitting, both of which make glare worse. Don't store anything on…

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Use These Tips to Stay Safe when Involved in an Auto Accident

Jeff Smith Kia is happy to help keep your family safe this driving season. When you're involved in an auto accident, it can seem devastating. Remaining calm can seem very difficult; however, it's important that everything is handled properly to keep everyone safe.

Take care of hazards first. If there are injuries involved, call 911 at once. If there's anything that's blocking traffic or creating a hazardous situation, move your vehicle to a safe area. It's always advisable to contact the police when involved in an accident. At a minimum, be certain to get the…

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Get a Flat Tire Fixed Now

Driving is dangerous if you have a flat tire. At Jeff Smith Kia, we offer a few tips to make sure you can replace a flat tire.

The first thing you want to do is identify which tire is flat. Get out the necessary supplies, including the spare tire, a car jack, and the lug wrench. It’s also a good idea to use emergency accessories to let other drivers know where you are.

You will need to remove the lug nuts in order to get the wheel and tire off. Then, you need to put the spare tire onto…

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Make Room for Everyone on the Road

At Jeff Smith Kia, we want to help you easily navigate all driving situations you will encounter in our city and beyond. We happily offer tips today that can help you share the road with bicyclists.

All driving situations require your full attention, so never text and drive. Keep your eyes on the road. Importantly, cyclists have an equal claim to the road. When no bike lane is present, bike riders may use a car lane's full width. You can pass cyclists, but always leave a three-foot buffer, and never pass in a way that would impede other lanes…

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Tips for Cleaning Your Tires

Want to get your tires ultra clean? Then you’ll need a few tools to ensure that your car’s wheels get a nice shine. Your car tires can suffer from tire blooming or turning brown if you don’t wash them carefully. Each week, you should use a garden hose to clean out your tires of any grime first. Once you use clean water to rinse them, you can go over your tires with a professional grade tire cleaner. 

When washing your car, make sure that you start with your wheels first. This will save you money in the…

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Keep from Being Distracted to Stay Safe While Driving

Your safety is important to us and we hope that you will avoid being distracted while you are driving so that you can stay safe. It is important that you keep your gaze and your attention focused on the road while driving.

If you are looking to keep from being distracted while driving, you should put your phone out of reach before you start up your vehicle. You do not want to be reaching for your phone and checking it constantly when your focus should be on the road.  

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Learn More About the LATCH System for Car Seats

At Jeff Smith Kia, we care about your safety. For couples with children, one of the foremost concerns with a vehicle involves child restraints. A seat belt can always be used to install a child seat, but the LATCH system can help with proper installation. The LATCH acronym stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) evaluates each vehicle's LATCH system and assigns it a rating. There are five areas related that the IIHS evaluates. First, they look at the accessibility of the lower anchors.  

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Winter Survival Kits are a Necessity

Winter survival kits can be lifesavers in the case of a home disaster, auto breakdown or auto accident on the highway, especially in the cold winter months. At Jeff Smith Kia, we want you to be an informed driver and ready to safely tackle the winter months. Come see us and let us help you supply your winter survival kit.

When making your survival kit, you want the most important things to keep you not just safe but also occupied, especially if you have young children.  

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