The first few moments after a car accident can be incredibly stressful, especially for those who haven’t been driving for very long. Panic and fear can make it hard to remember what to do, and that could hurt you when making an insurance claim. Here are a few tips regarding what to do after a car accident because we at SouthTowne Hyundai are here to help.
The first thing to do immediately following an accident is to breathe and try to relax. Panicking will ultimately result in mistakes and a foggy memory. Take a moment to clear your mind before exiting the vehicle. Your wallet, insurance company, and future self will thank you.
Check for Injuries
The next step after remaining calm is to check for injuries. Make sure you don’t have any serious wounds or pain. Once you’ve checked over yourself, attend to any passengers to make sure they’re okay as well. Finally, check on anyone else involving, including the other driver and any bystanders.
While you should always call the police, even for minor accidents, it’s equally important to gather the other driver’s information as well. Make sure to get their name, insurance company (or agent), and a copy of the police report. Having that information ready to go will expedite the claims process.
Tesla has become a major player in the electric car segment, but now Hyundai is offering premium competition. The South Korean automaker revealed plans to bring an electric SUV to the market in 2018. The new Hyundai electric SUV will kick off plans to release a full range of electric vehicles.
It’s no secret that Tesla holds almost all the cards and generally dominates the competition when it comes to electric vehicles. Few competitors have been able to hold a candle to the lineup. Hyundai is looking to change that by rolling out new electric vehicles on an entirely new platform.
Other automakers have fallen short when it comes to long-range electric offerings. That’s why the new Hyundai electric SUV will boast an impressive 186-mile range. That will set the standard for the entire line of electric vehicles planned in coming years.
Hyundai’s new electric SUV won’t face Tesla alone. It will be joined by a sibling with Kia badging released around the same time. The Genesis luxury brand will see a plug-in hybrid SUV in 2019 and an electric luxury car in 2021.
“The electric-vehicle platform will require high up-front investments, but we are doing this to prepare for the future,” said Lee Ki-sang, head of Hyundai-Kia green car operations.
Springtime is just around the corner, so you might want to get a start on some spring cleaning. Why not start with your car? Here are some car spring cleaning tips for you from us at SouthTowne Hyundai.
Start on the outside by scrubbing those headlights and taillights. They can get foggy and dirty during the winter, so scrubbing them will help your visibility.
Clean Out the Trunk
A lot of things can get haphazardly thrown in the trunk. Take the time to finally donate that bag of clothes or move the ice scraper to the basement.
Wax the Outside
Get a bright and shiny look going into spring by washing and waxing the exterior of your car. Waxing doesn’t just make your car look nice; it also helps seal your paint, protecting it from water spots and wear and tear.
Take that vacuum to the inside of your car. Don’t miss a spot – get under the mats, all the nooks and crannies, and all over the seats.
The bottom of your car can get pretty mucky, especially with mud or rain that can come with winter. Take a hose to the underneath or your car to give it a good washing.
Hyundai is all about innovation. That’s why the brand’s always coming up with new ideas. The Hyundai Fuel Cell Concept debuted at the Geneva Motor Show and it’s a glimpse of the future.
The FE Fuel Cell Concept is a next-generation car that is hydrogen-powered and ready to impress. This concept comes from many other revolutionary eco-concepts up Hyundai’s sleeve. The “FE” part of the Fuel Cell Concept’s title stands for “Future Eco” and represents the environmentally-friendly future of Hyundai vehicles.
The FE Fuel Cell Concept starts with an innovative, flowing design on the outside. This isn’t only stylish, but it helps increase aerodynamics. On the inside, there are innovative features like the internal air humidifier, which recycles water that’s produced to create a cleaner car interior.
This all-new Fuel Cell concept is more revolutionary by boasting technology that makes it 20% lighter and 10% greater efficiency than the previous Fuel Cell Concepts.
There is plenty of innovation everywhere in this car, even where you wouldn’t expect it! The FE Concept has portable battery packs that are charged by the car’s own energy – to charge your devices! Talk about convenience.
Keep your eyes peeled for more information about what Hyundai has in store by following SouthTowne Hyundai.
It’s one of the most American things that you can do. With one of the best highway systems in the world, taking a road trip across the country has never been easier. However, many people get too caught up in their work life to enjoy all that the country has to offer. Here’s why you should take a road trip.
One of the best things about road trips is that it is one of the easiest ways to take a vacation. You don’t have to buy a plane ticket, check bags, or leave your car at the airport. You simply fill up your car with gas and take off.
Road Trips Fit the Budget
One of many people’s main concerns about taking a vacation is that it will break the budget. However, road trips can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be. You can rent an RV or stay in luxury hotels, but you can also just take your car and camp around the country. You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg.
In American culture, it can be difficult to pry yourself away from your work and take your vacation days. However, that’s exactly what you should do. Schedule some time off, get in your car, and drive.
When you decide that you’re going to get a different car, it’s an exciting time. However, it can also be quite overwhelming. With all of the different options out there, it isn’t always clear what the best route is for you. One choice that you will have to make is whether you want to lease or buy. Here are the differences.
When you agree to lease a car, you are essentially agreeing to rent that car for a set period of time. At the end of your contract, you do not own the car. You make a set payment each month, and then at the end some dealers give you the option to buy.
This choice makes sense for people who want to drive a nicer car than they can afford.
The primary benefit to buying a car is that you own that vehicle. When you decide that you no longer want to drive your car anymore, you can sell it and make some of your money back. Generally, buying is the more financially sound decision.
Whatever way you end up deciding to go, make sure that you do your homework and are well-informed before making your decision.
While you’re making resolutions for yourself to exercise more and budget better, consider making some commitments to your car as well. New Year’s car resolutions are a great way to motivate yourself to take better care of your car this year. Here are some ideas!
First of all, if you haven’t been sticking to your scheduled maintenance, you can start this year. Schedule oil changes and tune-ups for the coming year now so you don’t forget. You should also schedule a day each month to check the tire pressure and check the fluid levels.
Give your car a regular wash to keep it free dust, salt, and anything else that might lead to corrosion and paint damage. You should also make an effort to keep the inside clean, including vacuuming occasionally.
If there’s a dashboard indicator light you’ve been ignoring, like the check-engine light, stop ignoring it! Go get it diagnosed and repaired as soon as possible, or you’ll probably run out of luck before long and you’ll end up with a car that doesn’t work.
Another thing you can do is change your driving habits. Committing to slowing down, coasting to a stop instead of braking hard, and reducing how often you idle—especially on cold mornings—will extend the life of your vehicle.
A Good Design award from the Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Program is the most prestigious design award in the world. Each year, creators from all different fields including industrial, graphic, and product design submit their designs, and members of the Athenaeum pick the most innovative, cutting-edge submissions from each area.
This is the second year in a row the Hyundai Ioniq has won a Good Design Award. The Ioniq is the first eco-vehicle in the world to offer Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid, and Electric versions, which results in a fantastic driving experience in addition to the award-winning design. The Ioniq is feature-complete and offers a slew of safety features on top of its versatile propulsion options.
The Vision G concept debuted in 2015 in Los Angeles as a luxury coupe focused on driver comfort that will kick off Hyundai’s Genesis sub-brand. The Vision G’s sporty styling promises performance, and its value and smart features make it a practical choice as well as an indulgent one.
The Athenaeum Museum President Christian Narkiewicz-Laine said that Hyundai’s multiple wins over two years show “its firm commitment to innovation and superior design embodiment through its diverse vehicle lineup.”
Thanksgiving has come and gone, which means it is time for the most wonderful time of the year—Christmas. If you are getting ready to head out to your local Christmas tree farm to choose the perfect tree for your family, then it’s important you know exactly how to get your Christmas tree home. Here are some tips to make this adventure easy and to keep you from damaging either your tree or your vehicle.
Wrap the branches. The pine needles of your Christmas tree can do a lot of damage to your vehicle if they’re not properly secured. They can also shake lose during transit, resulting in a balding tree. To avoid damage to your tree and car, remember to wrap your tree in netting before you tie it to your roof. If you don’t have netting, then simply use a blanket or a tarp.
Point it the right way. Avoid any excess wind damage to your tree by pointing it in the right direction. The tree trunk should be pointed towards the front of the car to prevent your tree’s branches and needles from being damaged. This also helps you stay more aerodynamic, keeping you safer and more fuel-efficient.
Securely tie it. No one wants to lose their tree on the way home, so make sure it is tied tightly to the roof. If you don’t have roof rails, simply open the door of your car and loop a rope up, around your tree, and through your car. Do this multiple times to ensure your tree is secure, then close the doors. This will make sure you and your perfect tree get home safe and sound.
The innovative Hyundai IONIQ is now even more ground-breaking. During a press conference at the Automobility LA, which took place during the LA Auto Show, Hyundai introduced a new autonomous Hyundai IONIQ concept car that stands out significantly from other self-driving vehicles.
This new model is one of the few autonomous cars that has a hidden LiDAR system on its front bumper, rather than its roof. Typically, vehicles with self-driving technology will have a large, obtrusive radar system on its roof, making them appear more like a science project than an advanced vehicle. The IONIQ concept instead looks like a regular, everyday car, keeping the lineup’s suave silhouette and attractive exterior.
Hyundai’s hidden LiDAR system means the Autonomous IONIQ can detect the absolute position of surrounding vehicles and objects. This system also has three cameras that can detect pedestrians, lane markings, and traffic signals; Forward Facing Radar to aid in route planning; and a Blind Spot Detection system that makes simple lane changes safer. It even has a GPS antenna that determines the vehicle’s precise location at any given time. Three versions of this model is now in testing, along with two Autonomous Tucson Fuel Cell vehicles.
Currently, the production IONIQ offers a number of driver assistance technologies that make it as close to autonomous as possible. These technologies include Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Smart Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, and Rear Cross-Traffic Assist.
To learn more about Hyundai’s current innovative technology offerings, make sure you stop into SouthTowne Hyundai.