Cold weather can be particularly rough on your vehicle, one reason why it’s important to winterize your car. From routine maintenance to packing an emergency kit, there are a number of things you can do to prepare for the cold. Here at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford, we’ve listed some of the best ways to winterize.
According to the DMV, one of the first things you should do is replace or top off fluids. It’s especially important to check your antifreeze/coolant to ensure that it’s at least a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water. You can find a tester at your local auto parts store. You’ll also want to top off wiper fluid with deicer to help you keep your windshield clear.
Next, check your tires. Cold temperatures decrease air pressure, which means you may need to refill your tires this winter. You’ll also want to check tread with the penny test. Place an upside-down penny in the center of your tire tread. If you can see above Abe Lincoln’s head, you probably need new tires.
Finally, pack a roadside emergency kit. You should include basics like jumper cables and a spare tire kit. You’ll also want a first aid kit, blankets, water, kitty litter or sand (for traction on ice), and an ice scraper. You may also want to spring for a collapsible shovel. These are just some of the things you should do to winterize your car to prepare for winter’s worst.
Ford is going green. Recently announcing the Drive Sustainability effort, Ford teamed up to with nine other major automotive companies to make the auto-manufacturing process eco-friendly. The other automotive companies include BMW, Mercedes, Honda, Jaguar, Land Rover, Scania CV AB, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo. This is just one of many steps Ford is taking to become more environmentally friendly.
According to Ford, the Drive Sustainability effort will establish a Raw Materials Observatory to address environmental concerns and ethical issues that occur when finding raw materials for the auto industry. Ford itself has suppliers in more than 60 countries, which means it sources materials from all over the world.
“This is a perfect opportunity for an integrated approach amongst auto companies to come together and share a common platform for how we look at some of the very important aspects of sustainability, like working conditions and our collective environmental footprint,” said Bob Holycross, VP of Sustainability at Ford Europe.
In particular, this Drive Sustainability effort will help when sourcing materials like mica, cobalt, rubber and leather. Plus, Ford is holding the World Excellence Awards for those companies that excel in eco-friendly applications. Here at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford, we couldn’t be prouder to be associated with the fantastic Ford family.
While we might think we know what to expect in each season, sometimes weather is just totally unpredictable. However, winter in Pittsburgh is usually pretty straightforward for the most part. If you’re new or visiting this year, use these tips from Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford to prepare.
In January, the average high in Pittsburgh is a mere 35ªF. When the wind is whipping that feels even chillier, so you’ll definitely want to bundle up. However, as stores, restaurants, and other spaces are accommodating with their heating systems, you’ll quickly get very toasty anytime you go indoors. Wearing Layers can help you find the right level of warmth in any situation.
Check the Forecast
Every now and then, Pittsburgh winters throw in a day or two of spring-like weather. Keep your eye on the forecast throughout each week so you’ll know when to anticipate warmer temperatures and can dress accordingly.
Prepare for Winter Driving
The average annual snowfall for Pittsburgh is around 40 inches. That means that you’ll almost certainly be driving on snowy roads at some point. Read up on some winter driving tips, and make sure you have a car that’s built for inclement weather, like a capable Ford from Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford.
It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for an efficient family car or a stylish daily commuter. The 2018 Ford Focus is so versatile that it’s a great pick for many lifestyles. Here are three things that the crew at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford loves about the 2018 Ford Focus.
Hatchback or Sedan
The Ford Focus is larger than the super compact five-door Ford Fiesta. But this car is still maneuverable and nimble. Plus, drivers can choose between a classy sedan style or a sporty, spacious hatchback.
Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™
These available tools allow drivers to sync their smartphones with Ford’s infotainment system, and they’re completely changing the driving experience. You can connect with friends and family through voice-activated calling and texting, or pull up your favorite saved playlist or your handiest smartphone app.
When we say the 2018 Ford Focus is versatile, we’re making an understatement. This Car comes with multiple powertrains and trims—including an all-electric version with a 115-mile driving range and a 107 combined MPGe.*
If you’re looking for something stylish and affordable that you can customize to meet your needs, you don’t want to miss taking a look at the 2018 Ford Fusion. Stop in at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford today to start building your perfect compact car.
Many people say that fall is their favorite time of year, and we have to agree. With the cool weather, delicious food, crisp outdoor smells, and getting to wear your favorite cozy clothes, how could it not be your favorite? Here are some great ways to experience fall in Pittsburgh.
- Go apple picking. There are a number of local farms in the Pittsburgh area that let you pick your own apples. Try Simmons Farm in McMurray, Spergel Orchards in Wexford, or Half Crown Hill Orchard in McDonald.
- Visit fall festivals. There are plenty of festivals to choose from this fall. Visit Seven Springs any weekend in October for the Autumnfest or try the Pittsburgh Zombie Fest on October 7th.
- Go through a corn maze. There are a number of corn mazes near Pittsburgh. Try out the Giant Living Maze at Schramm Farms in Jeanette or a more complicated one at Shenot Farms in Wexford.
- Go running. Running for fun is something a lot of people do. Sign up for the Pittsburgh Penguins 6.6K on October 15th or the EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler on November 5th.
What are your favorite fall activities here in Pittsburgh? If car shopping is one of them, pay us a visit at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford.
Technology is moving forward faster than ever, and the automotive industry is going right along with it. One of the latest innovations that Ford is using to help its designers is Microsoft HoloLens technology. This is a wearable, mixed-reality device that projects a sort of hologram on top of a physical object, like a car.
By using this device, designers are able to visualize what a new color, shape, texture, or design will look like on a vehicle in a matter of minutes or hours instead of the weeks or months it can take by waiting for a clay sculpture. Ford has been piloting this technology for over a year now.
When a designer is wearing the HoloLens headset, it scans the environment to create a highly-precise mapping of the object and area. This allows it to render hologram images from the correct angle when looking at an object.
“It’s amazing we can combine the old and the new – clay models and holograms – in a way that both saves time and allows designers to experiment and iterate quickly to dream up even more stylish, clever vehicles,” says Jim Holland, Ford vice president, vehicle component and systems engineering.
Here at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford, we are excited to see Ford using this innovative technology and can’t wait to see what designs are born from this project.
The Savor Pittsburgh event is right around the corner. Held on Thursday, September 28 at the Petersen Events Center, you can sample some of the best cuisine in the Pittsburgh area. Serving top-notch foods, chefs from around the region will ultimately compete for the prestigious “Dish of the Year” title.
Currently in its 12th year, the Savor Pittsburgh event is designed as a fundraiser for the Magee-Womens Research Institute. Promoting women’s and infant’s health, the Magee-Womens Research Institute studies cancer prevention, fertility treatment, and women’s health. Tickets for general admission (6:30pm to 10:00pm) are just $75, while the VIP tickets (including the reception at 6:00pm) cost $150, according to the official website.
Savor Pittsburgh is a 21+ event, so be sure to bring your ID. You should also wear cocktail casual attire, and, if you plan on drinking, secure a safe ride home before the event. Special guests include No Bad Juju, featuring Chris Jamison from The Voice.
There will be more than 20 restaurants from the Pittsburgh area in attendance, as well as a silent auction and raffle items. This is one event you simply don’t want to miss. Here at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford, we can’t wait for Savor Pittsburgh.
Many pizza companies say they’ll deliver in 30 minutes or less, but can any of them say your pizza will be delivered in a self-driving car? Partnering with Domino’s Pizza, Ford recently began consumer research on autonomous vehicle technologies in the food industry. Though it might sound a bit strange, this is the one of many steps the Ford brand is making toward revolutionizing the car industry.
Ford autonomous vehicle technology is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Currently, the brand is considering how we can better integrate self-driving cars into everyday circumstances—like delivering pizzas. According to Ford, the partnership with Domino’s is part of a larger move to increase its understanding of how self-driving cars can support the movement of people and goods in the US.
“As delivery experts, we’ve been watching the development of self-driving vehicles with great interest as we believe transportation is undergoing fundamental, dramatic change,” said Patrick Doyle, Domino’s president and CEO. “We pride ourselves on being technology leaders and are excited to help lead research into how self-driving vehicles may play a role in the future of pizza delivery. This is the first step in an ongoing process of testing that we plan to undertake with Ford.”
Here’s how it works. A customer orders a pizza and receives a distinct code. They can then track the self-driving car as it moves from their local store to their home. Then, the customer can punch the code into the side of the car and retrieve their pizza from the Domino’s Heatwave Compartment™–a specially designed space in the side of the car.
Although there’s no word yet about whether this technology will be implemented at a Domino’s near our location, it is evidence of Ford’s innovative thinking. At Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford, we can’t wait to see this self-driving technology in action in the near future.
Not long ago, Ford made a big change to America’s favorite pickup by giving the F-150 a heavy-duty aluminum body. This innovative strategy allowed the Ford F-150 to shed serious pounds, leading toward higher fuel efficiency and a more powerful performance.
Knowing the success of the aluminum-body Ford F-150 makes it extra exciting to announce that the new 2018 Ford Expedition will be receiving the same treatment. This full-size SUV has been a staple in the Ford lineup since 1997, but the 2018 model year will be a pivotal moment in its timeline. The aluminum body actually gains three inches in its wheelbase plus one inch more in both length and width, all while still dropping roughly 300 pounds. That means that this eight-passenger SUV will be offering a better performance than ever before.
Performance will also be enhanced by Ford’s new 10-speed automatic transmission, which will work with the 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 EcoBoost® engine. The 2018 Ford Expedition will also offer the Terrain Management System which can be paired with the available four-wheel drive, making almost any weather or terrain an easy feat to conquer.
The 2018 Ford Expedition will also feature nearly 40 new safety and technology features, including SYNC® 3 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 2018 Ford Expedition may still be a standard favorite, but the new version is anything but standard. Stop in at Shults Ford Wexford this fall to check out the new Ford Expedition.
Stop in at Shults Ford Wexford any time of day, and we’ll probably be discussing two things: Fords and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Our Black and Gold team’s 2017-2018 season is right around the corner. The end of July marked the start of the Pittsburgh Steelers training camp, a time when players get back into the swing of things. But more importantly, training camps are a time for the 53-man roster to be decided upon for the season.
Of course, the Steelers’ coaches are thinking ahead as much as possible, so many of the roster’s positions are already filled. But there are some Steelers players who coaches might be on the fence about. One such player is wide receiver Cobi Hamilton. Hamilton stepped in at the end of the 2016 season just when the Steelers needed him the most, and performed well catching 17 passes on 28 targets. However, the Steelers already have four wide receivers ready to go, so whether or not Hamilton makes it will depend on how irresistible his performance is at training camp. The same sort of question is up in the air for running back Fitzgerald Toussaint and wide receiver Demarcus Ayers. These are just three of huge pool of talented players that the Steelers have to choose from. Only time and training camp will tell who will make the final cut for the 2017-2018 season.