Winter is right around the corner which means it’s time to freshen up on driving on slick roadways! Winter roadways are a different beast to tackle for most drivers but there are ways to improve your safety on the go. Here are some winter driving tips from us here at Shults Ford of Wexford so you can stay on the road this season!
- Slow Down – It takes longer to stop on slick roadways which makes slowing down and taking your time even more of a necessity in winter. Try to keep a distance of eight to ten second or car lengths in order to give yourself plenty of time to stop. Keep in mind that pulling off a fast turn on snow-covered roads could easily leave you in a ditch or snowbank.
- Avoid Distractions – Distracted driving is a serious problem on the modern roads and it becomes even more dangerous during winter. The roads can be unpredictable which makes putting the smartphone away even more crucial. Avoid becoming a statistic by making use of steering-wheel controls and voice-recognition software this winter.
- Don’t Drive – If you aren’t confident in your ability to reach your destination during harsh weather, avoid driving altogether. If you don’t have to go out on the road, don’t. Make sure to watch the local weather report every day as well!
If you are new to the car-shopping process, you’ve probably noticed a range of unfamiliar terms. These include words like “SUV,” “Crossover,” “Coupe,” and “Sedan”—words which seem like they mean the same thing. However, there are some important distinctions to make between these various body styles. Here is a list of some of the basic vehicle body styles explained.
According to AutoTrader, many people use the terms “SUV” and “Crossover” interchangeably despite the fact that there are some important differences. To begin with, SUVs are built on the same platform, or chassis, as a truck. This leads to a rigid, durable ride. Crossovers are built on a unibody platform, which means that the body and frame are built together. This leads to a smoother ride.
What about “Coupe” and “Sedan”? A coupe is usually a two-door model that has less than 33 cu ft of rear interior volume. Think of these models as sleek, sporty cars. A sedan is normally a four-door model (though not necessarily) which has more than 33 cu ft of rear interior volume. These cars are more practical and roomy than a coupe.
It’s important to understand terms like these in order to describe what you would like to drive. Now that you know the difference between these body styles, it’ll be easier to find your dream car.
Fall seems like the milder season nestled in between the two extremes of summer and winter. However, just because there are no immediate threats of dramatic weather, Ford owners should still tend to their vehicle. But fall maintenance for your Ford doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are some quick steps that will make a big difference.
Check Your Tire Pressure
It’s a good idea to keep an eye on your tires at all times. But when the colder weather hits, you should especially make a point of checking them regularly. Cooler temperatures decrease the air pressure in your tires. Plus, you’ll want to ensure that your tires are in tip-top shape going into the winter road conditions.
Check Your Heater
Speaking of that cold winter weather, fall is the perfect time to make sure that your heater and defrosters are working properly. Give them a test run and if anything goes less than expected, you’ll have plenty of time to get it looked at by a professional.
Check Your Battery
Like your tires, your vehicle’s battery is sensitive to the cold. Get your battery tested now and replace it if it looks like it’s on its last leg. It’s best to have a good battery going into winter, as the cold weather often keeps older batteries from starting.
If you drive near school zones in the mornings and afternoons, and especially if you’re a parent or teen driving to and from school, you need to know the safest ways to share the road with bicyclists. Driving near bicycles can be intimidating, but if you keep these tips in mind you’ll have a safer commute.
You’re going to see a lot of kids on bikes in the mornings, and kids aren’t the most likely to follow all the bicycle rules, so you have to be extra vigilant when driving near them. If you have to go around someone on a bicycle, do it very slowly and give them plenty of space, and don’t get back in the lane until you’re well ahead of them.
Respect it when cyclists have the right of way. If they’re turning or merging into a bike lane, stay where you are to avoid accidentally swiping them. Bicycles are subject to the same traffic laws and responsibilities on the road as drivers, which means they also have the same rights in traffic situations.
But again, kids might not know these rules. If you’re at a red light, a bike might not stop. Adults do this too—a lot of people just don’t know that bikes have to follow the same laws. Just be cautious, and if you see a cyclist on the road, give them a wide berth and watch what they’re doing before you go anywhere.
Cyclists are good for the environment and for traffic congestion, so don’t get angry about having to share the road with them! They may go slower, but in the end if you pay attention and respect their place on the road it’s no big deal to drive by bikes.
Ford’s Global Caring Month has started, and Ford is kicking off the month-long event with two huge project grants. First, Ford Volunteer Corps has given a $200,000 grant to the Thailand Clean Water Community Project. Ford has also committed to donate $700,000 to purchase supplies for volunteer projects.
The Thailand Clean Water Community Project was the winner of the first ever Bill Ford Better World Challenge and aims to repair storage tanks and install water purifiers, sinks, and restroom fixtures in the town of Chanthaburi, Thailand, which is home to 3,300 residents.
Hundreds of Ford volunteers will gather in Chanthaburi to help the project become reality. The project will also provide clean water for crop irrigation and community gardens as well as creating hands-on learning opportunities for the community.
The Bill Ford Better World Challenge was started last year to celebrate the tenth year of the Ford Volunteer Corps and has also granted funds to innovative mobility services. During Global Caring Month, the Ford Volunteer Corps will participate in hundreds of community projects including renovating a school in Angola, overhauling food bank delivery in Colombia, and modernizing a mental health facility in the UK.
Since Global Caring Month started in 2005, more than 20,000 volunteers have contributed more than a million community services hours, doing $29 million worth of community investments in 48 countries.
The all-new Ford GT is shaping up to be one of the best performance vehicles ever created. However, in order to help make it such an incredible vehicle, the team at Ford needs to make sure that the shape of the vehicle itself is expertly crafted to deliver the best performance. Fortunately, they have the perfect means to help develop such a design.
According to a Ford press release, Ford is using wind tunnel testing to help develop the design for the Ford GT. Utilizing a wind tunnel allows for the engineers at Ford to gather data on the noise levels and acoustics that a driver would experience inside the cabin of the Ford GT. More importantly, wind tunnel testing also allows for the Ford GT design team to optimize the aerodynamic capabilities of the GT.
“One of the great things about this car, as dynamic and beautiful as the design is, every single opening has a purpose on the car,” said Ford engineering supervisor Nick Terzes. “So If you see a large grille, if you see a scoop, it’s wasn’t just put there to look good. It was put there because it has a function.”
When the Ford GT is finally released, you can rest assured that the team at Ford has ensured that it delivers the best driving experience on the road, thanks in part to the testing that they are performing right now!
School may have been out for the summer. However, school cannot be out forever! The beginning of the school year is just around the corner, and the transition back to school can be a tough one for both parents and students. In order to help ease the transition back to class, follow these 3 ways to prepare for back to school.
Set up a Curfew
Summer nights may have lasted far after the sun went down. However, that is certainly not the case during the school year. In order to help your kids prepare for waking up early in the morning to get to school, consider setting up a curfew ahead of time.
Memorize the Bus Schedule
Part of getting up early in the morning involves catching the school bus. Nothing is worse than missing the bus during the first week of school. Therefore, make sure that you and your child have their bus schedule memorized.
Only Buy the Necessary School Supplies
It can be easy to go overboard while shopping for school supplies. However, students who have too many unnecessary supplies may find it difficult to carry all of that equipment around. Only buy the necessary school supplies as listed by your child’s future teacher in order to be properly prepared for the first day of class.
Raising a family takes a lot of patience, strength, time, and—of course—money. While the costs at home may be adding up, you don’t have to spend money to have fun in southwest Pennsylvania. There are many free things to do in Pittsburgh and the surrounding neighborhoods.
- Self-Guided Tours: Downloadable one-hour audio tours created by Robert Morris University are available to immerse yourself in the exploration of downtown Pittsburgh.
- Emerald View Park: A great place for sightseeing and views of the city, this urban park has unique art and trail systems.
- Big Mac Museum: This restaurant-and-museum located in nearby North Huntingdon is filled with memorabilia and interactive exhibits, including the world’s largest Big Mac statue.
- The Frick Art & Historical Center: Admission into this collection of art and historic vehicles is free, though tours are given for a fee.
- Allegheny Observatory: Free tours are available of this historic facility, which include a grounds tour and opening presentation.
There are just a few of the free things in Pittsburgh for your family to do; go and find an adventure this weekend!
The newest Ford supercar is creating quite a stir in the automobile industry! Classic enthusiasts and new fans are both falling in the love with the Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition!
This is a limited edition vehicle whose color scheme was inspired by the 1966 Number 2 Le Mans-winning GT40. Not only is the color scheme of the new vehicle similar to the classic car, the new Ford GT40 also repeated the win in the famed 24-hour race.
The exterior is available in a black matte or gloss finish and is accented with silver stripes. There is also an exposed carbon fiber trim as well as the white #2 graphics on the doors and hood. Even the tires exude style, with black lugnuts and 20-inch forged aluminum wheels finished in a gold satin.
The interior continues the focus of the #2 graphics and racing history. There are X-braes on the seats, shift paddles, and the seat belts have the special blue webbing.
Available in limited quantities for the 2017 model year, this is one supercar that is truly a show-stopper!
Every city has its own unique cuisine, and Pittsburgh is certainly no exception. However, the rich flavors of the Steel City are even unique compared to other cities! Various flavors come together to make some of the most delicious dishes that you will ever try. The next time you are in Pittsburgh, make sure that you sample some of these Signature Pittsburgh delicacies to dive into!
- Pittsburgh Salad
You’ve probably sampled a lot of salads, but you’ve probably never had a salad that tastes like a Pittsburgh Salad! The ingredients in this dish include provolone cheese and the unusual choice of French Fries.
For a small dish that packs in a ton of flavor, Pierogis are a great choice! A blend of meat, sauerkraut, and potatoes is placed inside these pocket-sized Pittsburgh meals.
A dish originating from the culture of many European immigrants who moved to Pittsburgh, Kielbasi is one of the most flavorful sausages that you can take a bite out of.
- Banana Split
Finish off your tour of the flavors of Pittsburgh with a classic dessert that was created right here in the Steel City: the Banana Split!