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Items to Always Have in Your Car

At Taconic Kia, we believe that keeping a few items in your car can allow you to stay safe while dealing with an issue. Being well prepared could allow you to drive with confidence.

Some of the basic items that each car should have include a set of jumper cables and the tools needed to replace a flat tire. A bottle of Fix-a-Flat could let you repair a small puncture without having to take the tire off, and a set of reflective triangles could keep other vehicles from veering into your space. Having a screwdriver and set of pliers can…

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How to Avoid Tire Blowouts: Are Your Tires Properly Inflated?

Underinflated tires are a top cause of accidents and injuries due to tire blowouts. When tires are underinflated, their internal elements - composites, fabric, rubber, and steel - are pushed beyond their designed boundaries. Eventually, those elements will overheat, break, and snap and that's when dangerous tire blowouts occur.

You can reduce your risk of tire blowouts due to tire under-inflation by checking your tire pressure regularly. Using a properly functioning analog or digital tire gauge, check the pressure of your tires once they've cooled down or about 3 hours after last use.

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3 Safety Tips for Towing

If you plan on towing a trailer or any other vehicle, you need to be aware of important safety information. Three critical things to know before towing are your truck's towing capacity, weight distribution in the trailer, and security of the trailer components.

When loading a trailer, you need to distribute the weight of the items evenly inside. Uneven weight distribution causes it to sway while you're driving. 

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Choose to Replace Your Windshield Wiper Blades

The more time that your windshield wiper blades spend in the sun, the more that they might become damaged. Taconic Kia understands the need for you to replace those blades to keep your wipers working well.

You rely on your wipers when moisture is covering your windshield and they need to be working well. Choose to replace them as soon as you notice that they are not working quite as well as they used to work. 

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Failing Car Hoses and Belts Warning Signs

If you know what to look for as far as failing belts and hoses on the car engine, you can put yourself in the position of avoiding having the vehicle overheat on the side of the road when these parts fail.

Keep an eye out for any of the following warnings signs.

Belts will make a loud squealing sound as they slip, which wears them too fast. 

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Understand Your Car's Gaskets

While you have probably heard of automotive gaskets, you might be uncertain about what they are and what they do. We can gladly help.

Every auto features gaskets. These parts are vital to a car's proper operation. Under the hood, gaskets separate metal surfaces and keep gasses and liquids from mixing and causing costly problems. Manufacturers use rubber, layered metal or a combination of both to create automotive gaskets. 

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Your Headlights May Fade But They Can Be Restored

Over time you will most likely notice your headlights begin to dim and fade. There are multiple reasons why you would experience this with your vehicle, and there are many different ways to deal with it.

The most common thing that causes your headlights to be ineffective is when the plastic housing lenses get fogged over due to age and sun damage. There are several polishing compounds that are available on the market that you can use to repair this damage, but in the long run, the best way to deal with it is to replace them all together...

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Preparing for a Road Trip


Many people like to take long road trips as a vacation activity. There are a few things, however, that you should do before you head off from Cortlandt Manor. Follow these guidelines if you want to be well-prepared for your road trip.

Bring your vehicle in to be serviced before you take off. It is never a good idea to go on a long drive without first having your vehicle serviced because your risk of dealing with a maintenance issue increases.

It's always a smart idea to spend some time planning out your route before you leave. Also, keep…
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Tips for Safety During a Roadside Emergency

If you blow a tire or you notice some other kind of trouble with your vehicle, and you are unable to keep driving, do what you can to stay safe and to look out for others on the roadway.

If you are dealing with a roadside emergency, make sure that you set up flares or triangles of some kind to alert others and keep them from hitting into your vehicle. Move away from the roadway and make sure that your small children are supervised and kept where they will be safe. Contact the authorities as soon as possible to get…

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Stay Safe on Wet Roadways

Driving in the rain does not have to be dangerous. If you are careful, you will be able to reach your destination without incident. Pay attention to the road in front of you and adjust your driving as you need to so that you stay safe.

When there is water collecting on the road, that water can take control of your vehicle and stop you from driving in a safe way. You need to avoid that water as much as you possibly can while also slowing down your vehicle. You should drive a little under the speed limit to avoid…

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