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Smooth Handling and Ride: Made Possible By Your Car's Suspension System

Passengers in a new car often comment on the quality and smoothness of the ride, while the driver raves about the handling and control. Get in the same car a few years later, and the ride won't be as smooth or the handling as controlled. The reason? The car's suspension system has wear and tear, which degrades ride quality and vehicle handling.

The suspension system consists of several parts including the tires, springs, shock absorbers, anti-sway bars, and linkages. If any of those parts wear out, it can compromise the performance and safety of the entire system. 

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Don't Let Your Vehicle Get Bad Marks this School Year

Back to school means a change in weather, activities, duties, and much more. While it can be a lot of fun, you'll need to make sure your vehicle is performing at its best. Getting stuck on the side of the road on the way to somewhere important is never fun. Kia on the Boulevard can help you avoid this scenario this school year.

Servicing items like tune-ups, tire rotation, oil changes, and warning light indications are best handled before the beginning of the school year.  

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How to Choose Your Teen's First Car

If you have kids, you will eventually have to face the task of choosing a first car for your teen. Here at Kia on the Boulevard, we see many parents who are stressed out and confused about buying a car for their teen. Choosing a car need not be such a daunting proposition if you take a few key points into consideration.

For most parents, safety is probably the most important consideration when choosing a vehicle for their teen. Even though most teens would rather drive a smaller, sleeker looking car, these kinds of vehicles are not really the safest…

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Refinancing vs. Trading in a Vehicle

Are you falling behind on car loan payments? It can be difficult to get ahead when you are constantly fighting to pay your car payments. Refinancing and trading in your vehicle are good options to avoid repossession. Refinancing allows you to lower your interest rate and monthly payments, but you may end up paying more over time if your loan terms are extended. Trading in your vehicle is the second option. 

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Benefits of Washing Your Car

Taking the time to wash your car on a regular basis will pay dividends over the life of your vehicle and especially when you go to sell or trade in your car. One of the most important reasons to wash your car regularly is that dirt and grime can eat away at the exterior paint. This can lead to rust over time and makes for significant and expensive body damage.

Washing your car instantly improves its appearance and may even save you money at the pump because you will eliminate some drag with less dirt carried around.  

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Spring Cleaning for Your Vehicle

Different seasons require different types of car care and maintenance. The spring season presents a host of unique challenges that need to be addressed in order to keep your vehicle looking and running in optimal condition. The automotive experts at Kia on the Boulevard want you to be an informed consumer and to know how to keep your vehicle cared for properly.

It is highly recommended to read your vehicle's owners manual and to follow its maintenance schedule recommendations.  

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How to Better Handle a Car Accident

Car accidents can be traumatic, but you can manage easier when you take a few deep breaths. When you can stay calm, you have an easier time figuring out if you are injured, getting help for anyone involved, and staying safe while you wait for the police to arrive.

Keep yourself safe by getting out of danger before you start talking with any of the others involved in the accident. If possible, move your car out of the line of traffic. Look over the scene, and take pictures if you have the time. You will need to know what cars…

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Tips to Reduce Glare

Whether you're driving during the day or at night, you might experience the glare from various lights. One way to decrease road glare when you're on the road at night is to ensure that your windshield is clean. If there are spots or a film on the windshield, then headlights and other lights can reflect off of the details and make it difficult to see.

Adjust all of the mirrors at night so that you don't see the reflection of headlights behind you. You want to move the mirrors so that they are pointing slightly downward instead…

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How Can Android Auto Help You?

Android Auto is exactly what you need to stay focused, connected, and entertained while you are out on the road. This technology has many useful features that will help you have a safe and pleasurable driving experience.

Android Auto helps you stay connected, hands-free. Your Google Assistant will ultimately help you call phone numbers from your contacts and chat with your favorite apps. Aside from this, your Google Assistant will also read your messages aloud so that you don't have to take your eyes off the road to read the messages. 

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What are the Move Over Laws?

It’s important to drive safely and follow all of the laws. At Kia on the Boulevard, we have found that many drivers aren’t aware of the Move Over laws. These are designed to keep first responders safe when they’re working on the side of the road.

Over 130 law enforcement officers and first responders have been struck and killed by traffic while working on the job. The Move Over laws are found in all 50 states as a way to protect them. 

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