Tag: safety

5 Items You Should Always Have in Your Car

In addition to performing some basic car maintenance, fall is the perfect time to make sure you have a few essential items in your car that will save you from a lot of trouble in case of an emergency. As winter approaches and driving conditions become increasingly unpredictable, take note of these items you should always have in your car to stay safe all year long.

Items you should always have in your car

Blankets

In the event of a breakdown or harsh weather that leaves you temporarily stranded, a blanket can literally be a lifesaver. Make a habit of storing one in the trunk or under a seat at all times.

Tractions Mats or Sand

Keeping traction mats or a bag of sand in your car can save you a lot of time and money if icy or mudding conditions leave your vehicle stuck. Simple toss the mats or sand under your stuck tires and save a call to the towing company. In a pinch, a cheap bag of kitty litter will work, too!

Gas Can

An extra gas can is cheap, light, and easy to stow somewhere in your car. If you run out of fuel and need to trek to the nearest gas station, it helps to have something to actually put extra gas in!

Cash

There’s no telling when you’ll need cash. Whether it’s a snack from a vending machine or an unexpected toll road, having a little bit of cash on hand can save you from a major headache.

Emergency Cell Phone Charger

Cell phone chargers are cheap, small, and extremely useful. With one of these stashed in your center console, you don’t worry about getting lost with a dead phone and having no way to get in touch with help.

Drive with these common items in your car at all times and don’t let unpredictable weather hold you back! Then, if it’s your vehicle that’s holding you back, stop by Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi today for the perfect new ride.




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.