Techniques For Driving In The Snow

Doesn’t it seem like every time it turns cold and the snow starts to fall, everyone else on the road is just learning how drive in it? Avoid looking like a rookie out there by checking out these strategies that will help you manage when you are driving in the snow.

Just like bicyclists with helmets get in more accidents than those without helmets, using 4WD can create an excessive sense of confidence. The important part to remember is that while 4WD can help your vehicle handle better, preventing you from spinning out, it does not help you brake any better. Leave yourself plenty of stopping distance.

Don’t tail other drivers. Of course, this is good advice even under perfect conditions. But when there is snow and ice on the ground, you should allow an almost excessive amount of distance between yourself and the driver ahead of you. Double or triple your normal distance.

Probably the most nuanced strategy has to do with how you brake in the snow. When you feel your car begin to slide or lose traction, slamming on the brakes to the point that your wheels lock-up is very counter-productive. At that point, steering is irrelevant. Try letting off the accelerator. That way you can still steer.

Put these skills to the test the next time it snows with a new car from Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford.

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Are You Ready for Some Friday Night Football?

Can you tell that we at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford are just a tad bit excited about football season? While we’re enjoying our lazy football Sundays on the couch, we’re also proud to catch some Friday night football as we support our local high school athletes.

Friday nights around here are prime time to see future Steelers go head-to-head with rival schools, seeking to add that ‘W’ to their record for the year. Though high school is certainly different now than when we were students, nothing has changed about the tradition of showing school spirit and making some noise. Probably the only time we get quiet around here during a football game is when the marching band plays the National Anthem and in the .7 seconds before a game-winning play is made.

At the time of this writing, local high schools Pine-Richland and North Hills are currently undefeated, though after the teams play each other, only one will keep a ‘0’ in the loss column.

Nearby North Allegheny High School is also in prime position to make this a great season.

Which local high school teams do your support? Maybe we’ll see you in the bleachers or at the concession stand in line sometime soon!

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Enjoy the Football Season with an Edge, Escape, or Explorer

The football season is ramping up, and what could be a better way to bond with your family than to bring everyone to see a game?

Taking the family around takes a dependable and capable vehicle, which is why at Shults Ford we recommend the Ford Edge, Escape, or Explorer, depending on how many kids you need to carry around.

Speaking of kids, the North Allegheny High School football team is currently 1-2 in wins-losses. They need all the support they can get! With one of the vehicles mentioned above, you’ll be able to bring the whole family to the game and all the football gear you need if one of your kids is on the team.

But the Edge, Escape, and Explorer aren’t just great people-movers. They also ensure the utmost safety with active technologies like BLIS® with Cross-Traffic Alert and forward collision warning with brake support. They also get great fuel economy, so all those trips to the local game will barely make a dent in the fuel gauge!

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Ultimate Tailgate: 6 steps to success

Football season has arrived, and that means that tailgating season has arrived with it. Here are some tips that will improve your tailgate experience, making your Saturdays or Sundays even more fun.

Provide a lot of refreshments: It’s not a party without drinks! Be sure to stock a cooler with enough cans of beer to satisfy all your guests. At the same time, though, don’t forget to get some six packs of soda for nondrinkers and under-age partiers. And cheering in the hot sun can leave you parched, so remember to stay hydrated with plenty of bottled water.

Up your food game: A successful tailgate requires awesome food. Grill up some burgers and hot dogs, along with vegetarian options. Have a wide range of tailgating foods available so everyone has a variety they enjoy.

Dress Like A Pro Tailgater: Don’t forget to look the part while playing corn hole! Wear your team colors or your favorite player’s jersey. No matter what, make sure you are enjoying yourself and you are dressed for the weather, warm or cold.

Have a portable TV and radio: A portable TV allows you to enjoy both the pre-game and the game. Want to have some music but don’t have a cordless radio? You can use your car radio while having your open trunk double as additional seating or a food/drink station.

Of course, the most important part of tailgating is doing it in a great car or truck. You can find one of those here at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford!

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2015 Ford F-150 Is Perfect for Tailgating

September is finally here, and that means one thing: football season! For many of us football season is the greatest time of the year. What could be better than gridiron battles, decades-long rivalries, and tailgate parties?

One very important part of throwing a successful tailgate party is having the right vehicle and the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 is perfect for tailgating. The 2015 F-150 is going to have some pretty cool available tailgate features, including opening with a remote, one-handed tailgate operation, having 115-volt outlets with 400 watts of power, a retractable ramp to roll your grill right into the back, and a retractable step to help you get in and out of the bed, too.

Watch this short video to see some of the sweet tailgate features for yourself:

Of course, the new F-150 will be perfect for more than just tailgating. The base 3.5-liter V6 will give you 283 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque and provide a towing capacity up to 7,600 pounds. Need more power? Opt for the turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 with 325 horsepower and 375 lb-ft of torque. This engine will let you tow up to 8,500 pounds.

The 2015 F-150 will be available with a choice of five models, including the base, F-150 XLT, F-150 Lariat, F-150 King Ranch, and F-150 Platinum. It will be coming soon to Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford.

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The Lincoln Lawyer Returns: Motor Company Tabs McConaughey as Spokesperson

Three years ago, Matthew McConaughey stepped into the role of “The Lincoln Lawyer,” a movie about a lawyer who works right out of the back of his Lincoln Town Car. That movie started a career renaissance for McConaughey (appropriately, if obviously, named the “McConaissance” by the internet)—a favor the brand is hoping McConaughey can return now. Lincoln has hired McConaughey to be a “storyteller” in a series of new ad campaigns across multiple formats, including both television and digital spots. He won’t be selling his character’s office, the Town Car, though. Lincoln has discontinued that vehicle, aiming to capture more of today’s youth market with new offerings like the MKC, a stylish compact crossover.

“Authenticity is a word that kept coming up in our initial meetings. It was clear from the start they appreciated me as an individual first and foremost, and I would be able to be myself in this collaboration,” McConaughey said. “Lincoln is an iconic, American brand and I like where they are heading with their transformation. I had the chance to drive the new MKC around Texas and I think they’re doing a good job.

Well, there you have it. The MKC—and Lincoln in general—has got one of Hollywood’s favorite actor’s approval. We guarantee it will have your approval too, so come see us here at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford today to test drive it yourself.

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IIHS Honors Ford C-MAX Hybrid With Top Safety Pick Award

C-MAX HybridAfter going through one of the most challenging crash test gauntlets in the industry, the Ford C-MAX Hybrid has been named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for the second year in a row. With this award, the compact hybrid illustrates that it is not impossible to find a car that has both great fuel economy and safety.

“Ford takes the safety of our customers very seriously,” said Steve Kenner, global director of Ford Automotive Safety Office. “We are proud C-MAX Hybrid has achieved a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.”

The C-MAX Hybrid received this honor after receiving the IIHS’ highest possible rating of “good” in moderate overlap front, side, head restraint, and seating crash tests. With standard safety features that include MyKey, AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, a multitude of both driver and passenger airbags, SOS Post Crash Alert, and a tire pressure monitoring system, it’s easy to see why this hybrid is so safe. Add the available driver-assist features, which include a rearview camera and active park assist, and the C-MAX Hybrid is a force to be reckoned with.

For more information on this Top Safety Pick, stop in to Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford today!

Customers with Limited Mobility Turn to Ford Transit Connect Wagon

Customers with Limited Mobility Turn to Ford Transit Connect Wagon

Ford Motor Company has recently discovered that the 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon has proven extremely popular to retail customers with limited mobility. These customers, also participating in the Ford Mobility Motoring Reimbursement Program, turn to the Transit Connect to assist their independent living lifestyle but need assistance transporting their motorized scooters or chairs.

“Transit Connect Wagon offers the right mixture of affordability, interior spaciousness and capability that is appealing to all people,” Explains Andrew Bayer, automotive products manager at Bruno Independent Living Aids, global manufacturer of Ford’s mobility assistance features. “Bruno is proud to work with Ford to ensure people with limited mobility are able to equip Transit Connect Wagon with the upfit options they need to help lead and independent lifestyle.”

The standard Transit connect Wagon features the option of a premium seat that can lower to help passengers easily get in and out of the car, as well as a lift that can accommodate a motorized scooter or chair without any heavy lifting.

The Transit Connect surpassed the E-Series in 2012 to become the most popular retail vehicle for customers in the Mobility Motoring Reimbursement Program, proving they love the easy and accessible features the wagon has to offer. Now with more additions, great performance, upgraded efficiency and more, we will be seeing more and more Transit Connect Wagons on the road than ever before.

 

American Adventures in Pittsburgh

There is nothing more fun than packing up a week’s worth of clothes and getting in the car and going for a road trip. You have the windows down, snacks in hand, just enjoying the company and the road. August is American Adventure Month and there are so many amazing places in the States that you should get out and see.

Although, we understand sometimes time and budget can make that difficult but here is a solution, take just a weekend long trip and explore Pennsylvania!

Here are some destinations that you may want to check out:

  1. Independence National Park and the Liberty Bell
  2. Hershey Park
  3. Philadelphia Museum of Art
  4. Eastern State Penitentiary
  5. Strasburg

So whether you have the time to go on a week or more long road trip or just have time for a short weekend getaway, go out and have an American Adventure. Stop by Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford to get your perfect vehicle to take you.

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Ford Plug-In Vehicles Will Communicate Via the Cloud

Ford Plug-In Vehicles Will Communicate Via the CloudFord is collaborating with seven automakers, including BMW, Chrysler, General Motors, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, and Toyota, as well as 15 U.S. utility companies to develop technology that would enable plug-in electric vehicles to “talk” to charging utilities via the cloud.

The benefit of the technology is to help manage and improve the efficiency of the power grid. The collaborating automakers and companies will create a standards-based communication platform for use by plug-in electric vehicles and the electric grids. It will enable utilities to contact vehicles customers who have opted-in to the program to request their car to stop charging temporarily to alleviate stress on the grid.

The utility companies are prepared to offer financial incentives to participating owners. Those who opt-in to the program will be able to charge their car at any location of their choice and, if desired, ignore the request to stop charging.

“This innovative platform provides a critical enabler for the next step in vehicle electrification,” said Mike Tinskey, associate global director, Electrification Infrastructure for Ford. “It’s a way for plug-in electric vehicle drivers to be financially rewarded for their willingness to help manage the electric grid.”

Learn more at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford!