Safe Driving Tips: How to Avoid Hydroplaning

Perhaps one of the most dangerous driving situations for many drivers, hydroplaning can occur when you least expect it. That’s why we’ve put together a list on how to avoid hydroplaning.

According to Discovery, hydroplaning occurs when your tires slide across a wet surface. Essentially, the rubber encounters more water than it can scatter, and water pressure from the front of the wheel pushes water under the tire. This creates a layer, or plane, of water in which the driver loses steering, traction, braking, and, ultimately, handling.

Hydroplaning can occur whenever there is water on the road, but is most dangerous immediately after it rains, when pools of water can be found on the side of the road. The chances of an accident increase when traveling in excess of 35 mph and when weather conditions are poor, including fog, sleet, snow, and obviously rain.

How can you avoid hydroplaning? The best thing to do is reduce your speed when it’s wet outside. You should also avoid large puddles and standing water, and try to drive in the tracks left by cars in front of you. Other tips include: keeping tires properly inflated, avoiding outer lanes (where water accumulates), turning off cruise control, and avoiding hard braking.

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Ford’s Summer Shutdown Decreased to One Week

Car sales have a tendency to slump a bit during the winter months, and to help reduce inventories, many auto manufacturers shut down for a few weeks during the summer. Ford’s summer shutdown has traditionally lasted two weeks, but because of customer demand for some of Ford’s newest cars, the summer shutdown will be shortened to only one week.

This means that Ford will produce about 40,000 extra units this year to meet customer demand for the F-Series trucks, Edge, Escape, and Explorer.

“To meet surging customer demand for our top-selling trucks and utilities, we are continuing to run our North American facilities during the traditional two-week summer shutdown in order to add close to 40,000 units,” said Bruce Hettle, Ford vice president, North America Manufacturing, in a statement. “Six of our assembly plants will build for an additional week in order to ensure we’re getting more of our vehicles into dealerships.”

Ford’s North American manufacturing facilities will shut down from June 29 through July 10 to building maintenance and machine retooling. However, the Chicago, Dearborn Truck, Kansas City, Louisville, and Oakville assembly plants will only shut down during the week of June 29.

Come check out the incredible lineup of Ford trucks and SUVs available now at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford.

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Celebrate National Zoo and Aquarium Month at the Pittsburgh Zoo

With the kids out of school and summer officially here, it’s time to celebrate National Zoo and Aquarium Month with a trip to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. With the zoo located less than half an hour away, it’s an easy trip to make.

Here are some great experiences you can have at the zoo.

  • One new addition to the zoo’s animal family is the Visayan Warty Pig. Three female pigs will now call the Pittsburgh Zoo home. They hail from the Vasayan Islands in the Philippines and are a critically endangered species. They will be part of a new exhibit area called “The Islands.”
  • Every Wednesday now through August 5 from noon until 2 PM, you can take part in Wild Wednesdays. This family-friendly activity will feature a new theme each week and highlight different animal throughout the zoo.
  • Bring two celebrations together by celebrating Father’s Day at the zoo on June 21. All dads receive free admission when accompanied by a child.

The zoo is open daily with summer hours from 9:30 AM through 6 PM (gates close at 4:30 PM). Adult tickets cost $15, children ages 2-13 are $13, and anyone under 24 months old is free. Parking is free as well.  And what will you drive to the zoo?  If you need a new vehicle to get you and your family to the zoo safely and efficiently, then come check out our expansive inventory at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford!

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2016 Ford F-150 Alternative Gas Options to Include Propane and Natural Gas

Ever wondered what a V8 Ford F-150 that runs on propane would be like?

This year Ford plans to answer that question by offering a conversion package that would allow the full-size 2016 Ford F-150 alternative gas options. A mere $315 factory-installed package would allow the 5-liter V8 engine to burn compressed natural gas (CNG) or propane, making the F-150 the only half-ton pickup with that ability.

“We expect the gaseous-fuel prep package will be even more popular than it was on the 2014 F-150 with the 3.7-liter V-6 engine,” said Jon Coleman, Ford fleet sustainability and technology manager.

That’s because Ford surveyed likely propane users and overwhelmingly said they’d employ the cheap, clean gas system in fleet-truck applications. Ford said the towing capacity will remain the same as its regular gas counterpart and hauling would only be affected by the weight of the aftermarket tanks and fuel lines that can be installed at a cost of $7,000 to $9,500.

It’s an exciting time at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford with all the new options Ford has to offer. Make the trip in to see our selection of cutting-edge new Ford cars and trucks.

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Marking Milestones: The Ford Police Interceptor Model

Becoming the most popular model for police in the US in 2014, the Ford Police Interceptor model recently reached a production milestone. In fact, more than 100,000 of the Interceptors have been made by the Troy Design and Manufacturing Company in Michigan since the vehicle’s inception in 2012.

According to Ford, the TDM Company makes about 600 to 1200 of the vehicles per week, with more than 125 packages for police departments to choose from. As of 2014, the Interceptor took over the market with more than 50% of police vehicle purchases being the Ford model. The model is incredibly popular for its rigid durability and high-performance capabilities.

“This is a big accomplishment not just for TDM but for everybody,” said Marcelo Esperza a worker at TDM. “We’ve been working so hard trying to get all these units complete. To get to 100,000, we’re very proud. It helps a lot to have the top-selling police vehicle. I’m just glad I’m part of it.”

The Ford Police Interceptor model is easily customizable and incredibly reliable, making it the ideal car for our men and women in blue. Whether they’re chasing down criminals or responding to an emergency, they can count on the Interceptor.

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Lincoln is Driven to Give to AJLI and the just keep living Foundation

The Lincoln Motor Company is expanding its Driven to Give program to include The Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) and Matthew McConaughey’s just keep living Foundation.

The automaker will donate $25 for each test drive conducted at two of AJLI’s conferences this year, split between the association itself and the local Junior League. The first conference has already occurred at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in LA during April 16-18. The second will take place Sept. 17-19 in New Orleans during a fall leadership conference.

In addition, Lincoln will donate $20 to Matthew McConaughey’s just keep living Foundation for every test drive taken in the new 2016 MKX crossover at dealerships nationwide, including Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford. If the test-driver so chooses, of course.

Since 2011, Lincoln has donated more than $4 million to schools and charities through its Driven to Give program. We’re proud to be a part of it!

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How to Check Car Belts and Hoses

As we head into summer and begin preparing for those family road trips, it’s important to check a number of your car’s functions, not the least of which are the belts and hoses. The belts and hoses are central to your car’s ability to run, and to do so efficiently.

“You don’t want to be stranded because of a bad belt that could have been diagnosed with simple preventative maintenance,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “If the serpentine belt fails or breaks, the engine will fail to run and you may be stuck. The Car Care Council recommends replacing belts at specified intervals to save you from the hassle of a breakdown.”

Here’s how to check car belts and hoses:

Check the manual. Your manual will tell you how often belts and hoses need to be replaced (if at all). This will give you a good idea what to expect when you look under the hood. It will also provide insight into where specific belts and hoses are located for your vehicle.

Look for obvious damage. Make sure your engine is cool before getting started, then look for frays, tears, wear, cracks, nicks, or bulges. Anything abnormal should be looked at by a skilled technician.

Check connection points. Make sure that the connections look clean and show no signs of fraying.

Check for signs of glazing on belts. Belts can begin to glaze on the sides, which can lead to the belt slipping.

If you find that you have hoses or belts that need to be replaced, we recommend stopping by Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford to schedule a service appointment as soon as possible!

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2015 KBB Brand Image Awards Recognize Ford

The 2015 KBB Brand Image Awards are in, and Ford has been recognized with the title of Best Overall Truck Brand! This isn’t the first time, either. In fact, this marks the 2nd time in a row and sixth time in seven years that Ford has received the honor. What makes the award even more special is the fact that the Brand Image Awards are based on customers’ and shoppers’ opinions of brands and their models.

People love the F-Series, and this latest recognition from KBB proves it. The all-new 2015 F-150 has been one of the lineup’s most praised models throughout the last year, and it’s definitely no stranger to the spotlight. In addition to this latest award, the 2015 F-150 has received 9 Truck/Utility of the Year awards, as well as numerous “Best Truck,” “Most Innovative” and “Best Performance” awards.

There’s a lot to love about Ford trucks, plain and simple. If you’re interested in experiencing America’s best-selling truck for yourself, come visit us at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford today!

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Lincoln Returning Presidential Vehicle to Lineup

It used to serve presidents, until the name fell out of favor as European luxury cars pushed their way into the American market. Now, it’s back. Lincoln is resurrecting the former presidential vehicle. The Lincoln Continental will go on sale in 2016.

Since it last rolled off the lines in 2002, the Continental has been storied. While Lincoln tried to compete with foreign automakers, the American aspect vanished from the car. Now, CEO Mark Fields is leading the revival.

“When we get a chance to work on an iconic nameplate like that, it’s a mixture of pride and a mixture of fear, because when you put that name out there, it’s got to deliver,” Fields told The Associated Press.

Henry Ford’s son, Edsel, who added it to the lineup in 1938, first inspired the Lincoln Continental. Sales gradually rose until 1990, where they peaked at 62,732 units. After that, sales slipped and Lincoln fell out of the luxury market. Now, with Fields behind the wheel, Lincoln is pushing its way back up from premium to luxury. Hopes are set high in China, where full-size sedans are growing in popularity.

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New Lincoln MKX is a True Luxury SUV

It’s easy for a lot of crossovers and SUVs out there to stick a few shiny surfaces and finishes on their exterior and interiors and claim to be “luxury” vehicles. Not all that glitters is gold, though, as we know. Here at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford, though, we’ve got the real deal. The new Lincoln MKX might be built on the same platform as the Ford Edge, but it takes everything to a whole new level.

The Lincoln MKX is a beautiful crossover, with a uniquely Lincoln design look. Fortunately, the package is as excellent and luxurious as the wrapping indicates. It features perks like a Revel audio unit with 13 speakers in Select and Reserve trim levels—that number shoots up to 19 in the Black Label trim—the MyLincoln Mobile app, leather upholstery with 22-way power-adjustable front seats, and much more.

It’s not just a mobile hotel room, though—it’s got quite a powertrain under the hood as well. You can get a V6 engine with over 300 horsepower or even a new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine option with up to 330 horsepower. The new version of the MKX will hit dealerships this fall, but come in and see us here at Shults to learn more about the MKX and the rest of the upgraded, truly luxurious Lincoln lineup today.

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