Miami Lakes Pet Proof Vehicle

Pet Proofing Your Vehicle

Many of us hate leaving our furry friends behind when we have to hit the road and often times we like to take them with us for a ride in the car or to the dog park. However, just because we love ’em doesn’t mean we love the damage they can do to our car. Here’s a few tips on how to pet proof your vehicle.

Preliminaries

Before bringing your pet with you into a car, there’s a couple of things you should do to make traveling with pets easier.

Give your pet and the interior of your vehicle a good cleaning. Pets love getting dirty – why? Who knows? But if your animal or car is dirty, then dirt is either going to end up on your animal or in your car.

Train your pet with a designated space in the car, such as the backseat, so they’re not jumping all over the place while you’re driving because that’s a quick way to end up in an accident.

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Miami Lakes Kia Alternative Fuel

Pros and Cons of Gas, Hybrids, PHEVs, and EVs

Miami Lakes Kia Alternative Fuel

The fuels we use to power automobiles today are starting to vary greatly. For the better part of the last century, all we had was gasoline and diesel. Although alternatively powered vehicles were being invented as early as 1828, the first mass-produced hybrid vehicle didn’t come about until 1997. Today, the auto industry has pushed past that, and we’re seeing more plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and electric vehicles (EVs) than ever before. Some companies are even researching and developing hydrogen fuel cells as a new source, but the practicality and popularity of that is a little ways down the road. Today, it all comes down to cars powered by gasoline, a hybrid, a PHEV, or an EV for getting where you need to go. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, though, and they’re worth taking into consideration the next time you’re in the market for an automobile.

Gasoline Vehicles

It was the first fuel source for vehicles we had, but it won’t be the last. We all know how they work. We fill up, we drive, we fill up again. So let’s get right down to it.

A lot of the advantages of gasoline powered vehicles are pretty out-dated with the new fuel sources we have now. They used to travel further than most vehicles, unless we’re talking about diesel-power, and the smaller the car the further it will go before it needs to be filled up. However, because gasoline vehicles are practical and conventional, when running on fumes, there’s bound to be a gas station around the corner unless we’re on the interstate, and even then, a place to fill up could be right off the next exit. Plus, when it comes to hauling a payload or towing, gasoline and diesel engines are really the best choice to make ‘cause they’ll definitely get the job done.

We know the disadvantages like the back of our hand. Gasoline vehicles are killing the environment – the Kia Sportage uses 14.3 barrels of petroleum every year! It also emits 397 grams per mile of greenhouse gas emissions. Gasoline prices are never the same, and the more oil we use, the higher the prices will be. Those of you driving around the Bush era know what we’re talking about – $4/gallon, what is this?! And there’s definitely no special perks like the federal tax credits you’ll find below. The main perk is they’re becoming cheaper to build with aluminum and other lighter resources going into auto body construction, so most gasoline-powered vehicles will save you more upfront than an alternative fuel-powered vehicle.

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Miami Lakes 2017 Kia Cadenza IIHS

2017 Kia Cadenza Received Top Safety Pick +

Miami Lakes 2017 Kia Cadenza IIHS

Wow, we’re not even in the middle of 2017 and the Kia Cadenza already grabbed an IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus (TPS+) award for the midsize car class. IIHS, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, knows a safe car when they see it, and a TPS+ means the 2017 Kia Cadenza is top-of-the-line. With superior ratings in numerous crash tests, it seems Kia just isn’t making powerful cars like the 2018 Kia Stinger – they’re also making safe vehicles for everyone.

For the 2017 model year, Kia changed things up a bit for the Cadenza. So when the IIHS put it through its five crash tests, the top ratings the Cadenza received may have been unexpected. The five tests consist of the following for crash avoidance and mitigation: small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints. That first one is the hardest, and most vehicles have difficulty with it; it replicates what happens when the corner of a car hits a static object at 40 mph.

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