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Signs You Are a Bad Driver

Here is one of many signs you are a bad driver.

Want to stay safe? Don’t give drivers this look.

For whatever reason, a lot of us never got the proper training or education when we began driving on our own. We just kind of learned by the seat of our pants. Over time, bad tendencies became entrenched and the result is that we became bad drivers.

Not sure if you qualify?  The following are a few signs you are a bad driver…

1. You think you are actually able to text and drive

If you regularly text and drive and nothing unfortunate has happened, just wait. It’s highly dangerous. One in four accidents involve cell phone use.

2. You drive your family car like a racecar.

 Come on. You bought the thing because it was comfortable, safe, and fuel-efficient; not for its horsepower.

3. Your friends always insist on driving.

Being a bad driver is about being dangerous. And when you drive dangerously, it’s not comfortable for your passengers.

4. Your side view mirror is taped on.

Not only is your side view hanging by duct tape, your bumper is adorned with smudges of many colors.

Still not sure if you are a bad driver? Try taking this quiz.

Kia Autonomous Technology to be Put to Test in Nevada

If you can make it in Nevada, you can make it anywhere. That’s true at least when it comes to autonomous vehicles. Many firms have tested their driverless technology on Nevada’s long and straight desert roads because, well, Nevada passed a law in 2011 making it legal. Now you can add Kia to the list of companies testing in Nevada.

According to a press release, Kia will be fine-tuning the performance of various Kia autonomous technology innovations such as Autonomous Valet Parking, Emergency Stop System, Traffic Jam Assist, Highway Autonomous Driving, and Urban Autonomous Driving. Kia predicts that these kinds of features will be available in models by 2020.

As for an autonomous vehicle, Kia has said that true driverless performance is unlikely to be available until 2030. Before that happens, much has to be done in the way of enhancing vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications.

Kia plans to invest $2 billion by 2018 in its autonomous technology.

Kia Optima Recognized As International Car Of The Year

international car of the year

The 2016 Kia Optima was recently nominated as the International Car of the Year!

If the Kia Optima went to high school, it would be the captain of the football team or the cheerleading squad. This car is popular! Not only with consumers, but this decked out mid-size sedan has gotten a lot of attention from various publications.

Road and Travel magazine named the 2016 Kia Optima the International Car of the Year. They also liked all of the space that the Optima has to offer, attributing it to the longer wheelbase and wider body.

Road and Travel also picked up on all of the great features that give the 2016 Kia Optima its ability to provide a rewarding driving experience. The Optima features a unibody structure, independent front suspension, high performance damper shocks, and independent multi-link rear design.

Meanwhile, Kelley Blue Book just recognized the 2016 Kia Optima with their Best Buy Award. This award not only seeks to find a great vehicle but one that is also a great value. The Kia Optima definitely fits the bill. KBB particularly liked the increased cargo space of the Optima and the fantastic warranty that comes along with it.

“No single attribute set the Optima apart; instead it was the all-new Optima’s combination of high-value elements that prompted us to bestow on it our prestigious Best Buy Award.” ~ KBB

Tips For Good Posture In The Car

tips for good posture in the car

When it comes to posture in the car, it can be easy to develop bad habits. What can seem comfortable can turn into real pain over time. By that time, your habits have become helplessly entrenched. Here are some tips for good posture in the car!

# 1 – Take your wallet out of your back pocket.

Of course, this is mostly going to apply to men. Keeping your wallet in your back pocket can throw off the alignment of your hips.

# 2 – Create lumbar support

If you start to experience a dull ache in your lower back, this indicates you need stronger lumber support. You can buy pillows specially designed for this purpose or you can just use a rolled up towel.

# 3 – Adjust the angle of seat.

A good rule of thumb is to place your seat back at exactly 90 degrees. Get out of the car and visually confirm it is at 90 degrees. Then open the angle a bit to 100 degrees.

# 4  – Feet flat on the floor.

At the very least, keep your left foot flat on the floor. If you are able, activate cruise control and put both feet flat on the floor.

Lastly, if you are really experiencing back pain while in the car, it might help keep you fresh if you get a massage or a chiropractic adjustment from time to time.

Kia’s SEMA Vehicles Ready to Wow

Kia’s SEMA Vehicles

Vehicles that make an appearance at SEMA are often out of the ordinary and rarely make it to production lines. That said, there have been some pretty unique creations in the past and this year, Kia looked to top that list. This year the automaker packed six vehicles in its holster.

To start things off, the ever popular Kia Optima lost its roof and got custom teal paint and rear suicide doors. The ride height was lowered and the entire thing sits on 20 inch wheels and Ksport coilover suspension.

Under the hood is the same engine as the average Kia Optima, a turbocharged four cylinder capable of 245 hp, but the automaker also threw in a high-performance exhaust.

The most interesting of Kia’s SEMA vehicles was the Forte Koup Mud Bogger. Equipped with 28 inch off-road tires, the Forte Koup Mud Bogger also received a four inch lift to take on tough terrain.

The carpet was removed and replaced with Line-X protective coating. The front seats were upgraded to Sparco Evo II Red Race Seats. To finish it all off, a powder white roll cage matched the wheels.

We here at Kia of Augusta were thrilled to see what Kia brought to SEMA this year!

Christmas Travel Tips

Christmas Travel Tips

Thanksgiving will be here before you know it and shortly after, Christmas. December can bring snow to most northern areas and that can mean packed airports, whether due to the holiday travelers or simply flight delays. Avoid the crowds and board your flight on time with these Christmas travel tips from us here at Kia of Augusta!
1. Arrive Early. Generally speaking, arriving two hours prior to your flight will allow you to get through security and reach your gate with time to spare. That isn’t always the case during the holidays. More people tend to travel in a smaller amount of time and that leads to crowds and long lines. Consider arriving three to four hours early to avoid the crowds.
2. Pack Light. Plain and simple, the less bags you need to check, the less time you need to spend in a line. Ask relatives if you can send your extra clothes and other items you don’t need for the flight by mail. Bring everything you need for the flight in your carry-on to make life that much easier.
3. Avoid Delays. To avoid delays, book a flight for the early morning. When flights are just starting to take off, it’s less likely you’ll experience a delay due to a full runway. As a result, you’ll be able to make any connecting flights with time to spare!

New 2015 Kia Optima Commercial has Major Plot Twist

Though the 2016 Kia Optima is already enticing consumers at dealerships across the nation, Kia is making sure you don’t forget how amazing the previous generation model is. To make consumers remember the 2015 Optima’s most appealing features, the Korean carmaker recently released a new 2015 Kia Optima commercial that will keep your attention.

The 30-second television spot begins with a man purchasing a new 2015 Kia Optima for his teenage daughter’s birthday. As the father drives the car home, though, he’s so impressed that he decides to keep it for himself.

When his daughter runs out of the house, excited to receive his new car, her father hands her a puppy in a big, red ribbon instead of the car keys like she expects. After the confused daughter walks off with the puppy, the mother turns to the father with a look, to which the father responds, “It’s a turbo.”

And it’s really no surprise that the father was so impressed with the 2015 Optima Turbo. Outfitted with a 2.0-liter 274-horsepower engine, it’s easy to see why Dad might want to keep the car for himself. Add the 2015 Optima’s attractive exterior design, which includes red front and rear brake calipers and LED front fog lights, and you’ll want to keep it for yourself, too.

Kia Continues NBC Sunday Night Football Partnership

When you think of football, it’s likely you think of grilling out, big screen TVs, and cheerleaders. Now, you might associate something entirely unexpected with the football season—the 2016 Kia Sorento.

To kick off the football season right, Kia has recently released an entirely new 2015 Kia Sorento commercial lineup, as part of its continuing NBC Sunday Night Football partnership.

“Sunday Night Football attracts the largest primetime audience and provides an excellent opportunity to connect with football fans and showcase the premium utility experience of Kia’s largest and most capable CUV ever,” said Tim Chaney, vice president of marketing communications for Kia Motors America.

The three new TV spots each focus on a different family-friendly feature of the Sorento. “Participation” showcases the 2016 Sorento’s new exterior design, while “Great Game” shows off the Sorento’s cargo space, which is big enough for all your kid’s football gear. Finally, “Pants” highlights the SUV’s available all-wheel-drive system, which means you can park anywhere you want.

If you want to see why the 2016 Kia Sorento is the perfect vehicle for you and your family, don’t hesitate to stop in to Kia of Augusta for a test drive.

Kia Cadenza Earns AutoPacific’s 2015 Ideal Vehicle Award

AutoPacific’s 2015 Ideal Vehicle Award

The 2015 Cadenza recently won props for its design.


The premium Kia Cadenza sedan has been honored with AutoPacific’s 2015 Ideal Vehicle Award (IVA) in the Large Car category, based on over 66,000 surveys completed by new-car owners in the first half of 2015.

The IVAs recognize products that most closely meet buyer requirements and expectations, with numerous key automotive attributes taken into consideration, including ride and handling, interior storage, safety features, engine power and acceleration, technology, and driver’s seat comfort.

“AutoPacific’s Ideal Vehicle Award is important because it represents the voice of the customer and offers confirmation that the Cadenza’s blend of world-class design, quality and features is hitting the mark with Kia owners,” said Orth Hedrick, VP of Product Planning, Kia Motors America.

This is the second time AutoPacific honors the Cadenza this year, which earned a Vehicle Satisfaction Award earlier this summer. It’s one of our most popular vehicles at Kia of Augusta—visit today to schedule a test drive!

First Look at the 2016 Kia Sportage

first look at the 2016 Kia Sportage

Only a day after Kia teased the next-generation Sportage with three renderings ahead of its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, we got a real first look at the 2016 Kia Sportage thanks to leaked photographs leaked online on The Korean Car Blog.

The all-new model is reminiscent of the smaller KX3, especially at the front, where Kia’s trademark “tiger nose” is bigger than ever and flanked with new quad-LED daytime running lights. Overall, the design is sleeker and more outgoing than previous generations.

The interior wasn’t revealed, but older spy shots have already shown a few details there. The dashboard is not unlike the latest version of the Sorento, including an 8-inch Infinity infotainment system. According to Kia, the Sportage will feature the highest-quality cabin the automaker has ever built, which we’re really looking forward to at Kia of Augusta.

It’ll share a platform with the Hyundai Tucson with a 164-horsepower 2.0-liter and a 175-horsepower 1.6-liter turbo as your choices under the hood. We’ll get all of the other details when it is fully revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show!