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Tire Cleaning Tips

When it comes to tire maintenance, things are pretty simple. Keep them clean, check for damage and wear, and maintain the right tire pressure. You can do all of these tasks on your own, but if you need a resource, we're available at Kia of Laurel.

When you clean your tires, use a cleaner designed for your type of tires and wheels. If you have standard components, most commercial products should work. For those who are about to do a full car wash, remember to address the tires and wheels first. These keeps the dirt and grime that you…

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Refinancing vs. Trading in a Car: How to Decide

If you have been late on your car payments or want to lower your interest, you could choose to refinance or trade in your vehicle. Keeping up with car payments shouldn’t be a monthly worry, and if you are facing repossession, taking these steps before it’s too late can prevent late payments or a repossession from hurting your credit.

If you trade in your vehicle, you can purchase a car that doesn’t cost as much to lower your payments and fit your budget. It’s important to figure out the value of your vehicle first so that…

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Choosing the Best Car for Your Teen

With all of the excitement of your teen receiving their driver's licence, you may have put off shopping for their first car. Choosing the right vehicle often comes down to a question of safety and reliability.

SUVs and pickup trucks fit the bill when it comes to the perfect first vehicle. While they may not be as flashy and exciting as a sports car, they are dependable, solidly built and can withstand the minor fender-benders that come with new drivers.  

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Wash Your Car Weekly to Keep it Looking Great

Whether you use an automated car wash or you clean your vehicle by hand, it's important to wash dirt and debris off of your vehicle once a week. When you want your car to look and feel new for years, a good cleaning inside and out will make the difference.

When you take care of the cleanliness of your vehicle, you have better air to breathe. In addition, your car is going to be safer to drive. You won't have any debris in the vehicle that could hurt you in an accident. With clean windows, you will have…

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Get Your Car Ready this Spring

If you are looking forward to some travel this summer, it's important to spend some time this spring getting your car ready. Start by reviewing your owner's manual to see if any maintenance is on schedule. Take out the heavy boots, shovel and gloves, storing them until the next winter.

Clean both the interior and exterior of your car so that the road treatments are no longer stuck to your vehicle. Get your car ready for your trip by giving it a good overhaul, cleaning it inside and out. Look over your tires and have the oil changed…

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Maintain Your Vehicle to Reduce Fuel Consumption

If you want to improve your fuel economy while driving, one of the first things you need to do is ensure that your tires are properly inflated. Tires that don't have enough air in them won't make smooth contact with the road, which means that you're going to use more fuel to navigate curves and turns.

Another tip would be to drive as efficiently as possible. This means that you should avoid speeding while on the road. Maintain your car as well so that it's in the best shape mechanically. When everything works as it should…

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Tips for Reducing Glare

Every driver has experienced the annoyance of bright sunshine in their eyes obscuring the road ahead. Maybe it's only the occasional occurrence or maybe you encounter it daily on your commute. There are ways to cope and keep yourself safe while driving into the sun.

If you absolutely can't see the road ahead, use the markings on the asphalt to get your bearings and pull over until you can clean your windshield or find a pair of sunglasses. You can also a wait a few minutes until the sun is at a better angle if you have no…

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Knowledge is Power - How to Replace a Flat Tire

If you had a flat tire, would you know how to replace it with the spare tire? If no, then this information is for you! Kia of Laurel is committed to keeping everyone in our town informed with as much information as possible to stay safe.

First, you should know that replacing a flat tire is relatively easy. Before raising the vehicle, by using the jack supplied from the manufacturer, you need to loosen the lug nuts. There are five lug nuts. Using the lug nut wrench, loosen, and then remove them one by one. Then, remove the flat tire…

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Friendly Reminders for Ensuring Bicyclists' Safety While Driving

Safety is paramount when you're a driver. It's paramount to Kia of Laurel too, and we want you to be safe while driving. Are you starting to see more bicyclists as the weather is getting warmer? Now is a good time to remember the safe way to respond when encountering bicyclists!

Remember to keep your driving speed within the legal limit. Most of the bicyclists you encounter are going to be aware of their surroundings to react accordingly, but if your speed is above the limit, the reaction time is reduced significantly.  

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How to Reduce Distracted Driving

It’s important to reduce distracted driving. Everywhere you look, drivers are distracted by one thing or another. At Kia of Laurel, we have a few tips to prevent distractions.

Limit the amount of technology that you have access to. If there’s a smartphone or tablet, keep it in a bag or on the backseat. You should only be using technology in an emergency situation. Hands-free devices can cause you to miss important audio and visual cues.  

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