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Time to Buy that First Vehicle for Your Teen: What You Need to Know

Having a teen driver in the house is an exciting yet often scary time. Before you travel down this new road, it is important to equip yourself with the knowledge to make a solid automotive purchasing decision.

When choosing a vehicle for your teen, it is important to stay away from high horsepower. Too much horsepower will only serve to tempt them to drive without regard to safety. The teen's vehicle should be big and heavier, providing maximum stability. 

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The Steps to Take after an Auto Collision

Auto accidents happen every day. Even the best drivers can find themselves involved in a crash. Here at Pitre Kia, we want you to be an informed driver, capable of handling any situation on the road. Here are the steps you need to follow after a crash.

The first priority is to assist anyone who is injured. Call 911 if someone needs medical attention. Make sure the uninjured are safely out of traffic until help arrives. If you can, move vehicles to the side of the road. Set up flares and reflective triangles to warn other drivers of the accident…

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What are Move Over Laws?

When you hear sirens, a basic instinct usually tells you to pull over when you're on a road. There are move over laws in place that can result in being ticketed if you do not move over when there are vehicles with lights and sirens on the road behind you or coming toward you.

In many states, these laws surround emergency vehicles as well as tow truck drivers. You should try to shift out of your lane if it's safe to do so or slow your speed so that the vehicle can get by on the road.  

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Why You Want the Best Possible Latch

With the LATCH, you want to make sure that you are getting something that meets the right criteria. You have to look at five criteria that is in your vehicle in order to make sure that you have something that is safe for taking your children in if applicable.

The criteria for a safe LATCH are lower anchor accessibility, force, clearance angle, location and hardware simplicity. All five of these criteria must be met when it comes to certain aspects of the test in order for the vehicle to get a good rating when it comes to the LATCH. 

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All About Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirrors

When you're driving at night, it can be difficult to see when the vehicle behind you is beaming its headlights into your rearview mirror. For that reason, designers have started to incorporate auto-dimming rearview mirrors into some vehicles, including many of the new models that we have here at Pitre Kia.

Other drivers' bright headlights can harm your vision, at least temporarily. Even after a car has pulled away from behind you, the image of their lights can linger or even give you a blind spot for a few seconds. 

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Steering Sensitivity: The Basic Difference Between Oversteer and Understeer

At Pitre Kia, we want every customer to drive off the lot with a basic understanding of how their new vehicle operates. When drivers are armed with some mechanical know-how, they're better equipped to diagnose car troubles, ranging from overheating engines to steering snafus. One common question is this: what's the difference between understeer and oversteer?

The terms understeer and oversteer both refer to a car's steering sensitivity. When a car understeers, it underreacts to the driver's steering guidance.  

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The Reason for Going on a Road Trip

It is very common for people to at least think about the possibilities for road trips. For one thing, there are plenty of reasons that people would want to take a road trip. These reasons range from needing an escape to just wanting to explore some new scenery. However, some of the most important factors to the safety of your road trip depend on your vehicle.

One of the main factors in your road trip to consider is if you have an SUV. In this case, you would have to make sure that everything is packed safely. 

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Winter Car Care to Keep You Safely on the Road

Driving in the winter can be hard at times, and we want you to be an informed driver who feels safe and secure while driving in the winter. In many areas, winter has already made its appearance, but it’s not too late to stop at Pitre Kia and allow us to offer you some great winter car care tips to keep you as safe and comfortable as possible.

  • Lights – Winter also means less daylight and more headlights, so make sure your lights are all working.
  • Antifreeze – Antifreeze or coolant is necessary year-round, but especially in winter, so make sure…
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Choosing Your Teen's First Car

The one thing you can do to make certain your teen has a safer driving experience is to buy them a car that will protect them. These kids are still learning the road, so here is how you choose the right car for your teen.

Be sure you take a close look at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rating for the car you are about to purchase. The closer to five stars, the more safe that vehicle will be as your teen is still learning to navigate the roads. 

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Consider Using a Car Cover for Bad Weather

Protecting your car from the elements during inclement weather will help protect its resale value when the time comes to sell it. Keeping it in a garage is the ideal situation, but what if you don't have one? The answer is buying and using a car cover.

Car covers can be difficult to fit over your vehicle, yet they are worthwhile if your car is in a location where there is a lot of birds or tree sap. they can also help protect your vehicle's exterior from fading if it is often in direct sunlight. 

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