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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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Choose Tire Cleaner Carefully for Best Results

Tire and wheel cleaning is an important task that car owners should take seriously. Dirt, grime and brake dust can all build up on your wheels, degrading their performance as well as being unsightly. However, before you start scrubbing away, pay attention to the material that you are cleaning and the specialty detergents available.

Wheels made from roughcast aluminum and chrome are able to tolerate strong detergents. However, painted, coated, or anodized wheels require a more gentle soap.  

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Reducing Car Damage From Rodents With These Two Tips

Have you ever seen a mouse or rat in your garage? You might think that it's not that big of a deal as long as they stay out of the house, but rodents can cause a lot of damage if they get under the roof of your car. Rodents love the shelter and ample chewing material that's near your engine, but they can do serious damage to your wiring. Here are a few ways that you can discourage or even eliminate the pests.

Put peanut butter in humane traps around your garage. Mice and rats love peanut butter…

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What to Put in Your Vehicle Emergency Kit

At Kia of Laurel, we want you to be safe when driving on winter roads. If you are ever stranded, having an emergency kit could be the thing that saves your life. It is important that you have a blanket or some other means of staying warm while stuck in winter weather.

If you do have to run the vehicle, be sure to keep the window open a crack to avoid carbon monoxide buildup. It is also important to have a flashlight, water and nonperishable food available.  

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Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirrors: Protecting Your Eyes at Night

There are many available vehicle safety features today. Our team at Kia of Laurel wants you to know as much as you can about all of them so all your driving experiences can be as safe as possible.

Bright headlights in your rearview mirror can impact your vision and reaction time for as long as 1.4 seconds. Auto-dimming rearview mirrors can restrict the amount of light from following vehicles to cut down on such blinding incidents.

Fighting intense glare by darkening themselves, these rearview mirrors use a process called electrochromism. 

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What's the Difference Between Oversteer and Understeer?

When you're driving and you have to take a sharp turn, your car may not respond the way you think it will. In some cases, if you put too much pressure in either direction, you will oversteer, causing your vehicle to steer off sharply. This is problematic whenever you are driving because it means that you are likely steering into the wrong lane to avoid something.

When you understeer, it's the lack of response from your steering wheel that causes you to take a turn too wide. In this case, you'll end up going off the road…

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The Science Of Psychoacoustics—Why Mufflers And Exhausts Sound the Way They Do

What makes some car engines purr like a kitten, other vehicles roar like a lion, and still others sound like a sack of alarm clocks in a cement mixer? It’s the exhaust system, specifically, the muffler.

How a muffler controls engine noise

An engine creates pulses of alternating high and low pressure when an exhaust valve opens and a blast of vapor enters the exhaust system at high pressure.  

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The Importance of Keeping Your Vehicle's Timing Belt in Good Shape

Keeping your car maintained is the best way to extend its life. At Kia of Laurel, our team always tries to keep our consumers informed about ways they can keep their vehicles in tiptop condition. The timing belt is an important component that helps your engine function properly, but what does it do?

Your vehicle's timing belt turns the camshaft and crankshaft simultaneously so that each cylinder will fire at the same time, and it controls the pistons and valves inside the engine cylinders.  

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Useful Information About Motor Oil Viscosity

When you bring in your vehicle for an oil change at Kia of Laurel, our service technician recommends a motor oil with a certain viscosity. Viscosity is the measurement of how much that particular motor oil can resist flow. The more viscous an oil is, the slower it will move.

Picture orange juice being poured out of a bottle, which is low viscosity, versus maple syrup, which has high viscosity. The numbers and letters you see on motor oil containers, such as 10W-30, indicate its specific viscosity rating.  

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