Category: Safety

Spring Car Maintenance Tips You Don’t Want to Skip

springWinter is coming to a close and that means your vehicle is probably looking like it’s seen better days. Between the salt stains and sludgy hubcaps, winter does a number on vehicles both big and small. But thankfully the time for spring car maintenance is here, and we’ve got some quick tips for getting your hot rod hot again.

  1. Salt isn’t just ugly, it’s damaging. Salt causes rust, and the sooner you get all of it washed of your vehicle, the better. When you take your car to the wash, make sure the location has sprayers that concentrate on the undercarriage.
  2. Check the wiper blades. You should be changing out your wiper blades around every six months if you want to maintain optimum performance and visibility. Don’t get caught in an April shower without effective wiper blades!
  3. Finally, get your alignment checked. Winter is breeding season for potholes, which can destroy your suspension and wheel alignment.

All in all, spend one weekend afternoon sometime in March paying attention to your vehicle, and your spring car maintenance will be complete!




Hyundai’s Super Bowl Commercials Use Superstar Talent

The Broncos may have won the Super Bowl, but the big winner of the night was Hyundai, at least when it came to commercials! The Hyundai brand released several creative commercials during the big game. Some of these advertisements played off of big celebrities and their larger-than-life attitudes. Here’s an in-depth look on how Hyundai’s Super Bowl commercials used superstar talent.

2017 Hyundai Elantra Interior

2017 Hyundai Elantra Interior

“Ryanville”

Ryan Reynolds is one of the most popular actors in the world…so entering a town populated entirely by copies of Ryan Reynolds would certainly be distracting! That is the premise of Hyundai’s Super Bowl advertisement, which showcases how the brand new Hyundai Elantra helps drivers stay focused on the road, rather than on Ryan Reynolds.

“First Date”

Everyone knows that dads tend to be a little overprotective when dates are involved. However, comedian Kevin Hart takes things to the extreme with this hilarious commercial! Drivers can stay on top of things with the Hyundai Blue Link Car Finder system featured in this advertisement.




New Hyundai Self-Driving Tech to Be Made By the Automaker

Almost every automaker has joined the race toward autonomous, self-driving cars–and Hyundai is no exception. In fact, according to new reports, Hyundai may be developing its own autonomous chips and sensors.

Instead of relying on other companies to create the sensor technology necessary for self-driving vehicles, Hyundai plans to get ahead of the game, which could easily put the brand ahead as one of the first automakers to achieve autonomous driving.

We don’t know the specifics of what Hyundai is planning to develop, but it’s safe to assume that the chips and sensors would monitor potential hazards around Hyundai vehicles, making it a breeze for autonomous cars to avoid collisions.

What potential problems and concerns could arise from the growth of the self-driving car industry has yet to be seen.

Hopefully, we’ll learn more about the Hyundai self-driving tech soon, but in the meantime, we’re stuck actually driving our cars. To explore a Hyundai vehicle–or take one on a test drive–visit us anytime at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi.




Keep Holiday Decoration Safety in Mind This Year as You Deck the Halls

Happy HolidaysHoliday decorations may be one of the most festive and celebrated traditions of the year, but they can also be dangerous. Fireplaces, broken lights, and pesky pets can all cause problems. Avoid a decoration disaster this year by following these holiday decoration safety tips:

  • Keep natural trees far away from heat sources (especially the fire place!), or opt for an artificial, fire-resistant tree.
  • Be sure that none of your old lights have fringed wires before you reuse them.
  • When climbing a ladder to hang lights or other ornaments, have a spotter to help keep the ladder straight.
  • Always keep candles safely and reliable propped up with heavy holders.
  • Keep children and pets away from power outlets.
  • Similarly, remember that–while beautiful–poinsettias are poisonous when eaten, so keep any herbivorous pets away!

For more safety tips this winter season, or to check out one of our many winter-ready vehicles available to test drive, visit us anytime at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi.




Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips from the CDC

Trick-or-TreatWith Autumn comes so many wonderful things: drinking apple cider until your belly hurts, pumpkin carving, road trips to admire the foliage, “sweater weather,” and of course trick-or-treating.

The latter often sees kids at their most excited. They get to dress up and be a character, hang out with friends, and, best of all, collect massive amounts of candy. Everyone loves trick-or-treating but it’s important to maintain safety.

Our friends at the CDC took some time to put together some helpful Trick-or-Treat safety tips:

  • Remember that you and your children are sharing the road with cars at night. Make sure they know to walk and never run. Consider giving them a flashlight and placing reflective tape on their shoes or bag.
  • Make sure their costumes are safe. That means ensuring that they can still see through their masks and that they can walk unimpeded.
  • Unless you know the person, it is ill-advised to eat homemade treats. Stick to factory-wrapped candy.
  • Try to limit your child’s candy consumption. Make it into a lesson in self-restraint and the dangers of addiction.

Like anything else, staying safe is important but so is having fun. Don’t forget to encourage your kids to have the maximum fun possible!




Technology Can Help You Stop Texting and Driving

texting while driving

Texting while driving is extremely dangerous. Nine Americans die daily due to distracted driving!

The first step to handling a problem is admitting that you have a problem. Ask yourself… Do you find it impossible to stop texting and driving? You probably already know how dangerous it is but you just can’t stand to be out of the loop. You text and drive despite that fact that nine Americans die every day from distracted driving, according to the CDC.

Although it’s technology that got you into this problem in the first place, technology can help you get out. First of all, your smartphone could have a feature that returns a custom-made message that you can personalize to anyone who texts you while you are driving, explaining that you are driving and can’t properly answer.

There are also a lot of great apps to help you avoid texting and driving. Apps like DriveOff for Android and DriveMode from AT&T can automatically detect when your vehicle is in motion and answers incoming texts with a custom message of your making.

Finally, you may just need to eliminate the temptation altogether. Do recovering alcoholics hang out at bars? Of course not! It may be time to put that phone in the trunk while you are in transit.