Survival Tactics for Road Trip Mishaps
A recent AAA survey showed that 80% of Americans plan to take a road trip this summer. Before setting off we recommend a basic safety inspection for your vehicle including tires and fluid levels. Even if you have taken such precautions, you may experience vehicle problems on the road. These road trip mishaps can derail your vacation plans and hit you with unexpected expenses. Although we hope your trip will be incident free, our survival tactics are designed to help you if you do experience vehicle problems while traveling.
Make sure you have an emergency road hazard kit in your car. You can buy these pre-assembled or create your own. At a minimum, it should have reflectors or flares, water, gloves, flashlight with working batteries, spare tire or flat tire inflator and jumper cables. You should also keep a basic first aid kit in your car.
If your Kia is less than 5 years old or has less than 60,000 miles, you are still covered by Kia’s Roadside Assistance. The Roadside Assistance call center is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and may be reached at 800.333.4542. Kia has established relationships with over 17,000 service centers and 10,000 locksmiths nationwide. If your warranty has expired, you may wish to consider AAA or roadside assistance through your car insurance carrier.
If you do not have roadside assistance coverage, you will need to rely on local services. Be certain to ask thorough questions about any recommended repairs and get pricing. You should call a couple of other service centers to compare. You may also call our Service Department at 843.573.4995 and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
The most common road problems are:
- Flat tire
If you know how to change a tire, you will not be delayed for long. If your car is overheating, you will see steam. Turn the car off immediately. It is rare for a radiator to fail and most likely you have a damaged or worn hose that is leaking. Once the car is cooled you can check the hoses to see if they are “soft”. This is a repair that should not cost you too much time or money.
We hope your summer travels are safe, happy and incident free.