Family-Friendly Activities for Memorial Day

Memorial Day is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about what you can do with your family to help celebrate those who sacrificed so much for our great country. Here is a quick list of family-friendly activities for Memorial Day.

Attend a Memorial Day parade. Throughout the Wexford area, you will find many Memorial Day parades happening throughout the holiday’s weekend. Find one near you and enjoy watching the military veterans walking, as well as all the decorative floats. It’s a great family-friendly experience for everybody.

Plan a family picnic. If you would like to celebrate Memorial Day in your own way, then consider gathering up all the makings you need for a picnic and taking your family to your local park. You can enjoy the beautiful May weather, while also enjoying time spent with your family.

Head to Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum. What better way to honor military veterans than to learn about the wars they fought in? In downtown Pittsburgh, you will find the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, which is considered the largest memorial dedicated to all branches of the military. In fact, the museum is holding a Memorial Day celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 28.

Everybody here at Shults Ford of Wexford hopes you and your family have a memorable Memorial Day.

Family-Friendly Activities for Memorial Day

New 2019 Ford Fusion Debuts New Drive Assist Tech, Plug-In Hybrid Model

The 2019 Ford Fusion is officially on its way – and it just might be the best version of the model yet. For the 2019 model year, the Fusion has received a number of new features that are sure to leave a lasting impression on consumers. From more standard safety tech to an improved eco-friendly powertrain, the Fusion is ready to rock its segment.

This compact car now comes standard with the innovative Ford Co-Pilot360™ technology. This is considered the most advanced suite of standard driver assistance technologies in the industry. It includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot information system, lane keeping system, a rear backup camera and auto high-beam lighting.

Along with this new safety tech, the 2019 Fusion will also have a new standard engine for the SE model and higher trim levels. This is a 1.5-liter EcoBoost® engine. That’s not the only change to the powertrain lineup, though.

An all-new Fusion Energi, a plug-in hybrid vehicle, will also be available for the new year. It has an EPA-estimated electric-only range of 25 miles, which is nearly 20% more than the current model. It also has a new 9-kWh lithium-ion battery, providing the hybrid vehicle with more energy capacity without making the battery pack physically larger.

Find out more about the upcoming Ford Fusion with a trip to Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford.

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How to Understand Basketball Brackets: Making Sense of the Tournament

Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the US, and people love watching college tournaments. If you’re excited about the famous basketball tournament taking place right now (you know the one), then you may be using a bracket to help you understand the tournament a little better. So, we are going to help you understand basketball brackets a little better.

A bracket tournament relies on a special type of visual representation called a tree diagram to show how a series of games will be played. This type of “knockout” tournament removes teams from brackets when they lose games, and the winning teams gradually move across the diagram. Many bracket tournaments rely on “seeding” to determine where teams go on the bracket, which itself can be controversial.

According to How Stuff Works, the term “bracketology” has been developed over the years to refer to fans who enjoy predicting winners in the initial round. Prediction like this isn’t possible in many other sports and tournaments. The high-stakes environment makes bracketology fun for everyone involved.

Seeding is the tricky part—it’s usually based on a rankings percentage index, national polls, records, and a few other factors. Only so many teams can be invited, and it’s usually based on a decision from a jury. For teams that aren’t invited, there is no appeals process.

We at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford are currently busy scanning our own brackets, but if you would rather scan a new Ford, just stop by for a test drive.

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New Ford Driving Skills Program Empowers Women in Saudi Arabia

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Ford recently started a new driving program geared towards women in Saudi Arabia who just earned the right to drive. Saudi Arabia very recently empowered women by extending basic rights to include the right to drive, one reason Ford partnered with Jeddah’s Effat University to offer courses to women (and men) who may have never been behind the wheel in their life.

According to Ford, this is part of an award-winning global initiative to offer driving skills to a wide range of individuals. A surge of women are now preparing to take driving exams, and Ford is trying to get behind them every step of the way to ensure success. More than 250 students graduated from the program on International Women’s Day (March 8), and the program is still going strong.

“Providing access to opportunities for people to reach their full potential is core to our mission and Ford’s goal of becoming the world’s most trusted mobility company,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Fund.

The Ford Driving Skills for Life program helps students learn about the vehicles, braking skills, how to prevent driver distractions, and more. More than 9,000 people die in car accidents per year in Saudi Arabia, one reason it’s important for everyone to be prepared before they start driving.

We at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford are thrilled about the new program, and we are just as happy to offer vehicles to young men and women here that are just starting to drive as well.

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The History of St. Patrick’s Day

Today, St. Patrick’s Day is a day we celebrate all things Irish. But do you know where this day comes from? We are going to share the history of St. Patrick’s Day with you.

In Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day has been celebrated for over 1,000 years. It celebrates St. Patrick, who worked as a missionary. He incorporated a number of traditional Irish symbols into his teachings. It is believed that St. Patrick died on March 17th, which is why that day is St. Patrick’s Day.

The tradition made its way into the United States, and the very first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held on March 17, 1762 in New York City.

Over the years, the popularity of St. Patrick’s Day continued to grow with more parades being held across the country, including here in Pittsburgh. If you are going to the Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade this year, be sure to drive your Ford. With technologies such as back-up cameras, park assist, and blind spot alerts, your Ford will make sure you get there safely and squeeze into the perfect parking spot with ease.

You can even stop by Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford and pick out a new car in your favorite shade of green!

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New Study Shows Sports Cars Are a Great Way to Feel Good

We all love spending time with our loved ones, watching an exciting show, and taking part in fun activities. But, new research from Ford shows that sports cars are a great way to feel good, especially if you drive them every day.

According to experts, “buzz moments” play a key role in our overall well-being. In Ford’s study, volunteers were hooked up to monitoring equipment that would track their heart rate and other biometric details to see which activities gave them the most “buzz moments.”

They then took part in activities like riding a roller coaster, sharing a passionate kiss with a loved one, taking a salsa dancing class, and driving a Ford performance car. Of all of these and other activities, only riding a roller coaster delivered more excitement than driving a sports car.

“A roller coaster may be good for a quick thrill, but it’s not great for getting you to work every day,” said Dr. Harry Witchel, Discipline Leader in Physiology. “This study shows how driving a performance car does much more than get you from A to B – it could be a valuable part of your daily wellbeing routine.”

To try this experiment for yourself, you can test drive a thrilling Ford Mustang or other fun-to-drive Fords right here at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford.

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Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts Anyone Will Love

Whether you love Valentine’s Day or not, if you are in a relationship, the pressure is on to find the perfect gift for your partner. If your partner happens to be a man and you are struggling to come up with some unique gift ideas, consider these Valentine’s Day gifts for him, suggested by some of the men who work here at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford:

Wireless Game Console

If the man in your life loves retro games but also cutting-edge technology, consider getting him a classic game console in its newly realized wireless form, like the Sega Genesis Wireless classic game console, available on Amazon for $120.

Monogrammed Wallet

Does your partner love to dress stylishly? Give him a fancy wallet to match, but here’s the kicker: have it monogrammed with his initials for an extra touch of class. You can buy one on Amazon for just $26.

Snacks Every Month

Everyone loves food. Give your man the gift of snacks every month with Mouth.com’s Snacks Every Month subscription.

A New Ford

Okay, so you probably won’t buy your partner a brand new car for Valentine’s Day, but if your partner has been talking to you about wanting to buy a Ford Mustang, show him you’re open to the discussion by bringing him to Shults Ford Wexford for a test drive and a discussion about financing options.

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Ford Mustang Was Best-Selling Muscle Car of 2017

The muscle car segment is one that is dominated by American nameplates: the Chevrolet Camaro, the Dodge Challenger, and, of course, the Ford Mustang. While all three of these muscle cars are household names, one stands alone as America’s favorite: the Ford Mustang.

The numbers back up that claim, with the Ford Mustang earning the title of best-selling muscle car of 2017. In fact, the Mustang continues to earn its best-selling title year after year.

The Dodge Challenger, though popularized in recent years by its Hellcat model, could not come close to the Ford Mustang. In fact, Dodge only sold 64,537 units of the Challenger in 2017.

The Camaro fared better than the Challenger, but not by much. In total, Chevy moved 67,940 Camaro muscle cars off dealership lots last year.

So how many Mustangs did Ford sell here in the United States in 2017? A whopping 81,866. That’s 13,926 more than Mustangs sold than Camaros and 17,329 more than the Challenger.

Some of the success can be attributed to the updated 2018 model, which arrived here at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford late last year. Going into 2018, Ford hopes to continue the momentum with the Bullitt edition model and a supercharged Shelby GT500.

Test drive the Mustang here at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford.

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Winterize Your Car to Stay Prepared

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.

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The Ford Drive Sustainability Effort: Going Green

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.

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