Want to avoid getting pulled over and ticketed? It’s easy, right? Follow the laws of the road. Just in case you need some reminding, here are some of the top reasons people get pulled over…
Unlike speeding, equipment violations can happen simply from neglect. That’s why it’s a good idea to give your ride a once over every once in a while. According to Edmunds.com, things like expired tags and burned-out headlights cause the most citations for equipment violations.
Driving Like A Madman
This comes in a lot of forms. Maybe you make improper lane changes or roll through a stop sign, maybe you make U-turns whenever you feel like it. The bottom line is you drive like you are the only one on the road. This is definitely going to get you cited.
But everybody does it, right? If everyone drove their convertibles off of the Grand Canyon like Thelma and Louise, would you do it too? The truth is that it’s not speeding per se, it’s excessive speeding that is going to get you in trouble. Going a few miles over the speed limit usually won’t catch the attention of our men and women in blue but just know that it can.
Save your money, save your time. Drive predictably and follow all traffic laws in a vehicle that is properly maintained.
Fortune magazine recently shared some wise words from Henry Ford. The inventor and business mogul said way back in 1923, “Be ready to revise any system, scrap any method, abandon any theory, if the success of the job requires it.”
The following are some innovations from Ford that we’ve seen in just the last few years…
Plasma transferred wire arc process is an engine technology that allows Ford to forego the heavy, cast-iron liners in its aluminum engine. The result is an engine that six pounds lighter. That is an enormous improvement.
Originally created by Alcoa, Micromill is an innovative type of aluminum. Traditionally, aluminum was a light metal but prone to easy shaping. Not Micromill. It’s lightweight and strong. Ford embraced the new material and used it in its award-winning 2016 Ford F-150.
It’s not the vehicles themselves that get all of the attention. Ford is consistently revising its manufacturing process as well. In fact, the Ford facility in Dearborn, MI has been revamped over the last decade, with the addition of “new robotics, stamping equipment, chemical and heat treatments, and an aluminum-recycling system.”
Today, the company that Ford started is taking his advice more than ever.
Ford is one of the toughest automotive brands around. Therefore, when the brand selects a spokesperson, you can bet your bottom dollar that the spokesperson is going to be tough as well. Case in point, Ford just got who is arguably the toughest guy in Hollywood to serve as its spokesperson.
Are you ready? Drum roll please… According to a Ford press release, Dwayne the Rock Johnson will act as Ford’s new spokesperson.
Johnson, famous for his role in the Fast and the Furious franchise, is a long standing fan of Ford. He even owns an F-150 truck.
The campaign set to feature Johnson, called “The Specialists at Ford”, features some of the latest Ford technology and engineering, giving drivers a closer look at what powers their favorite Fords.
The campaign has already started airing, and it is set to last for multiple years. Be on the lookout to see if you can smell what Ford and the Rock are cooking!
Andrew Carnegie was one of the most powerful men in the country, and certainly the most influential in the city of Pittsburgh. Among his achievements was establishing a series of museums to broaden educational horizons. Those museums are still educating people to this day. Here are the four big Carnegie Museums in Pittsburgh.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
History comes alive at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Among its exhibits is one of the most extensive collections of dinosaur specimens anywhere in the country!
Carnegie Science Center
Young explorers will have a chance to get in touch with their scientific side at the Carnegie Science Center. Multiple displays are available for children to interact with.
Carnegie Museum of Art
Art from all over the world fills the beautiful galleries of the Carnegie Museum of Art.
Andy Warhol Museum
For a more specific set of exhibits, be sure to check out the Andy Warhol Museum, a museum dedicated to one of the most famous artists who ever lived!
Which museum is your favorite to visit here in Pittsburgh?
After the enormously successful Lincoln advertisements starring Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey debuted last year, Lincoln is at it again.
New advertisements for the luxurious 2016 Lincoln MKX utilize the actor’s fame and handsome mug once again, this time directed by Oscar-nominated directed Gus Van Sant. You can check out one of the ads here, courtesy of YouTube.
The ads aim to highlight the luxurious, atmospheric feeling provided by the new Lincoln MKX, which, like the ads says, “stays with you.” Whether or not this new line of ads will end up parodied on Saturday Night Live (like the last batch) remains unknown.
Last year’s ads were enormously successful, with various parodies and jokes that followed only increasing the sales for the Lincoln MKC by about 25 percent. These new Matthew McConaughey ads certainly can’t hurt.
If you’d like to check out the 2016 Lincoln MKX or are interested in any other Lincoln models, feel free to contact us or visit us here at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford.
The EPA has designated the week of Sept. 21 to 27 as Pollution Prevent Week, a time set aside each year to discuss the ways in which we can reduce the amount of pollutants emitted into the environment around us.
One easy way is to cut down on the amount of gasoline you use, which in turn, will produce fewer harmful emissions. Here are some tips to use less gas:
- Try to avoid idling, which wastes gasoline even when you’re not driving.
- It’s also a good idea to avoid stopping and starting whenever possible.
- Driving slowly takes less gasoline than driving fast, so staying right at the speed limit will keep your fuel economy in check.
- The heavier your car is, the more gasoline it requires, so it’s a good idea to keep your vehicle free of unnecessary cargo.
- Of course – you can always try to drive less, or carpool with a friend or co-worker.
Plus, using less gasoline will also save you money! It’s a win-win.
You might be scared of spiders, but we know someone who is probably more scared—your car. Every year, spiders cause thousands of problems for car owners when they crawl into vehicles’ mechanics and nest. But it looks like Ford might have a solution—the Ford spider screen. This innovative technology prevents creepy crawlies from crawling into your vehicle’s fuel vapor lines, keeping your car running as smoothly as possible.
“Spiders can be a nuisance for our vehicle owners,” said David Gimby, Ford fuel systems engineer. “We studied these species to discern how they nest, then designed an effective device for excluding the larger, problematic spiders from nesting in our cars.”
The Ford spider screen continues to evolve, making sure that fuel vapor lines are clear. This is key to ensuring optimal vehicle performance. This terrific technology can be seen in vehicles across the North American Ford lineup. It will be globally implemented with the launch of the all-new 2016 Ford Focus RS.
Be sure to check it out at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford when it launches!
Whether you are driving your daily commute or heading off on a road trip, it’s likely that you want your car to have seats that offer superior comfort. Now, Lincoln is taking seat comfort to an entirely new level. The American car maker recently offered an innovative take on the modern car seat. With the ability to move in 30 different ways, massage features, and improved body support, the seats available in the Lincoln Continental concept are the next step in luxury.
“The next frontier to serve the luxury automotive client is a seat that conforms to and supports the body—a seat that feels as if it were personally tailored for you each time,” said Johnathan Line, advanced seat innovation supervisor and technical export.
The Lincoln Continental concept’s 30-way seats use a patented flexible comfort carrier to provide superior comfort. A system combines plastic and a thin layer of foam to flex around the body, taking stress off the shoulders and neck. This seating concept was created after the seat engineers studied the seats in first-class and private airplanes.
To truly see Lincoln luxury, make sure you stop in to Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford.
As the old adage you may be familiar with goes, “The past is the key to the future.”
Well, if that’s so, we think that the future of Ford looks pretty bright – and, no, it’s not just because of the LED headlights! Henry Ford revolutionized the car-making business with his moveable assembly plant over a century ago. Get ready, because the Ford auto company of today is once again gearing-up to make some huge strides when it comes to mobility.
The automotive company recently debuted investigative and development projects at the new Ford Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto, California, which included electric bicycles that fold to fit into Ford vehicles; wearable apps mated to cars that can track parking spots, provide driving score data, and give driving stats; and car sharing programs – think Airbnb only for automobiles.
“It can make a material difference in people’s lives by offering more choices and affordable and accessible mobility even if it is not a car,” said Ken Washington, Ford’s new head of research and advanced engineering.
The Ford Motor company – or shall we say Ford mobility company – currently has 25 global mobility projects underway. Stay tuned to Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford to learn more about future Ford mobility endeavors as they emerge.
The deep-blue Ford-scripted oval badge is a world-renowned logo currently badged onto the Detroit-company’s fleet of cars, trucks, SUVs, vans, and crossovers. However, did you know that the logo we all know and recognize today could have been significantly different? But we’ll get to that later on!
The evolution of the Ford logo begins with the original design of 1903 – a simple font surrounded by an art nouveau border that adorned company letterhead. By 1909, C. Harold Will created the emblem with the Spencerian script calligraphy heavily exaggerating the F and D known as ‘script with wings.’ A modified form of this script is still utilized in the Ford logo today. By 1910, Ford implemented a winged symbol with the caption “The Universal Car,” but it wasn’t until 1929 that the blue oval, as well as the revised Ford script, decorated the Ford Model A in 1928. It would not consistently decorate the Ford fleet until 1976.
In 1966, Henry Ford II hired famed logo designer, Paul Rand, whose logo resume includes IBM, ABC, and UPS, to create an updated emblem that was a conglomeration of Ford’s original emblem font of 1903, navy blue, and the oval. However, Henry Ford II decided to forgo this new creation and maintain the classic Ford design instead.
In honor of the Ford Motor Company’s 100-year anniversary in 2003, a new oval was redesigned with a more curved and shaded look.
Come see the Ford logo that adorns the fleet of Ford vehicles up close and personal at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford, today!