Assemble a Fall Emergency Kit For Your Car This Year

Throughout the year, there are some items that are important to keep in your vehicle at all times – such as a first-aid kit, jumper cables, and a spare tire, as well as the appropriate tools to install it.

But as the weather slowly turns from summer to winter, there are unique fall hazards that may require to have a bit more. That’s why we suggest that you prepare a fall emergency kit to store in your vehicle, just in case.

Here are some items to consider:

  • A warm blanket or two, as well as an extra pair of gloves, an extra hat, an extra scarf, and maybe even an extra coat
  • A tire gauge and a travel kit to add air pressure to your tires, as tires quickly deflate in cooler weather
  • A spare cell phone and charger, perhaps with a hand-written list of emergency phone numbers
  • An ice scraper, so that you will be ready when that unexpected first snowfall covers your vehicle
  • Similarly, a small shovel might save the day if your car gets snowed in
  • Lastly, consider some non-perishable snacks, such as nuts and dried fruit, to give you energy if you find yourself stuck somewhere

For more safety tips or to start your season in a new vehicle entirely, visit us anytime at Shults Ford of Harmarville.

fall emergency kit

Already Impressive F-150 Super Duty Fuel Tank Gets Sizable Increase

The 2017 Ford F-150 Super Duty is already one of the toughest, most powerful trucks on the road. And now, Ford has upgraded the model’s fuel tank capacity, giving the new Ford F-150 Super Duty the largest fuel tank capacity in its segment.

The new fuel tank can hold up to 48 gallons of gasoline, which is a 22-percent increase over the original 37.5 that was previously standard in the model, an enormous leap in capacity. Between the new fuel tank and the model’s impressive fuel economy, you’ll find yourself rarely at the gas station.

This should make a different not only for people who use their Ford F-150 Super Duty for work but also those who enjoy driving their truck for every tasks, saving you time and money otherwise wasted at the pump.

In addition to the increased F-150 Super Duty fuel tank, the vehicle even comes with seating for six people and all the latest technology, such as SYNC 3, making it an excellent choice for basically any driver.

This improvement really goes to show that when Ford fans make suggestions, Ford truly listens. Want to learn more about the new Ford F-150 Super Duty or perhaps even take one out on a test drive? Visit us anytime at Shults Ford of Harmarville

 

F-150 Super Duty Fuel Tank

4 Signature Pittsburgh Dishes

Pittsburgh is truly a city with a flavor all its own. One of the components that adds to that flavor is the flavor of the food that you can find in the city! Pittsburgh has plenty of unique delicacies that help it stand out as a culinary destination. The next time that you are in Pittsburgh, make sure that you sample these 4 signature Pittsburgh dishes.

  1. Pierogis

For a perfect Pittsburgh meal on the go, you should go find somewhere to pick up a pierogi! Pierogis are doughy pockets packed with a blend of meat, sauerkraut, and potatoes, making them a portable, yet satisfying meal.

  1. Kielbasi

Kielbasi should be a name familiar with anyone who has ever made a sausage-based dish. It is the most popular sausage variety here in the Steel City.

  1. Pittsburgh Salad

French fries are some of the people of Pittsburgh’s favorite foods. We love them so much that we place them on our salads! Pittsburgh salads also commonly come with provolone cheese and steak added on top.

  1. Banana Split

Here’s a bit of Pittsburgh trivia: the famous Banana Split sundae was invented right here in Pittsburgh! The Banana Split is also the perfect way to cap off a satisfying meal in the Steel City!

Signature Pittsburgh Dishes

Ford Investigates the Use of Agave-Based Car Parts

The components that make up a vehicle are composed of a variety of different materials. Trimming on the inside can be wood, while the exterior body can be made up of aluminum. Ford uses a variety of different materials to create their cars, trucks, and crossovers. However, the latest material that Ford has decided to look into is surprising, yet represents the “spirit” of Ford ingenuity.

According to a Ford press release, Ford is investigating the use of Agave-based car parts.

The Agave plant is most known for being the primary ingredient in Tequila. However, the team at Ford has discovered that a plastic alloy can be created from the byproducts of the Agave plant as well. Ford is now teaming up with Jose Cuervo to discover what kinds of car components can be created out of the Agave.

“There are about 400 pounds of plastic on a typical car,” said Debbie Mielewski, Ford senior technical leader, sustainability research department. “Our job is to find the right place for a green composite like this to help our impact on the planet. It is work that I’m really proud of, and it could have broad impact across numerous industries.”

Ford is continually working to find ways to make their vehicles more sustainable. That’s a cause that we can lift a glass to. Just not on the road!

Agave-based Car Parts

Outdoor Adventures on the Great Allegheny Passage

As summer draws nearer, people start to get restless for outdoor activity in the great outdoors. There’s nothing quite like enjoying nature in the warm, carefree atmosphere of summertime. If you’re looking for something fun and outdoorsy to do near Pittsburgh, why don’t you take the opportunity to explore the Great Allegheny Passage? With 335 miles of outdoor adventure stretching across Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C., there is much to be explored on this massive, famous trail.

The main GAP trail is 150 miles long and joins with the 185-mile C&O Canal Towpath in order to form the full length of the entire passage; however, the trails themselves are mostly flat and level, making them ideal for hiking and bicycling. Acclaimed as one of the best and longest trails on the eastern half of the United States, the Great Allegheny Passage provides the experience of a lifetime for anyone who takes the time to take in the entire trail.

The Great Allegheny Passage isn’t just trees and wilderness, either. The trail takes explorers past a variety of trail towns, local restaurants, as well as landmarks that include Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright. Some towns along the trail will even have local events and festivals that occur annually, so be sure to check event calendars before embarking on your journey.

There is no experience in the United States quite like that of the Great Allegheny Passage. With bike rentals for those casual explorers interested in new experiences, or plenty of room for hikers and cyclists to share the road, the GAP trail is a great place for people looking to have fun and spend time in the beautiful wilderness of the East Coast.

Great Allegheny Passage

The 2017 Escape – The First Ford Vehicle with Apple CarPlay

We at Shults Ford of Harmarville know how important it is to stay connected when on the road. Technology can be used for navigation assistance, hands-free calling, and many other convenient features.

Ford has recently announced the first Ford vehicle with Apple CarPlay, the iPhone-connected CarPlay system. This vehicle will be the 2017 Ford Escape, which goes on sale this May. We have known since January that Ford was working on this connective technology, but now we have a first official release vehicle.

Ford stated that this technology will make the ownership experience easier, through features such as remote door lock and remote start. These vehicle features are available with the new FordPass platform. The Escape will also be the first vehicle to offer SYNC3, which features both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The SYNC Connect option will also help with “driver-assist” technology, such as parking, and lane control. With CarPlay, drivers with iPhones can use iOS features through the dashboard display.

If you recently bought a Ford though, do not worry. Several of the 2016 models will be able to update the technology to use CarPlay through an upcoming software update.

If you are interested to see all the great connected options found on Ford vehicles, stop by Shults Ford of Harmarville!

First Ford Vehicle with Apple Car Play

Ford Improving Police Vehicles and Police Safety

Ford is working hard to protect those who serve us. Ford is the leading maker of police vehicles, and has been testing new technologies and materials to make improvements to its vehicles.

Police vehicles need strong protection, especially in the doors. During a high-risk stop, police will often crouch behind their car doors. Therefore, the material in the door needs to be strong enough to protect officers from bullets and even high-powered assault weapons.

Safety has been increased, thanks to engineering work done by Ford. The doors have been upgraded, despite the challenge of finding a light, yet durable material. This project has been in the works for over a year, as Ford was determined to make the vehicles safer.

Now, the doors have two layers of protection. One layer is a Kevlar-type material, and the second layer is ceramic tiles. These two materials combined create a strong door able to stop bullets. The doors were tested by machines, performing over 100,000 slams to make sure the hinges can support the extra weight.

The new doors are successful, and the upgraded police vehicles will be going on sale soon. There are already many orders by police departments for these safer vehicles. We at Shults Ford of Harmarville are appreciative of the commitment made to keeping police squads safe on the job by Ford improving police vehicles.

Ford Improving Police Vehicles

Ford Teams Up with Texas FFA Association to Promote Teen Driving Safety in Driving Skills for Life Program

Ford Trucks and Ford Motor Company Fund will team up with the Texas FFA Association to sponsor Ford’s Driving Skills for Life program in order to teach Texas teenagers safe driving habits through free courses including driving lessons, classroom materials, and an interactive website.

Over 1,000 students will participate in an online program, and after completing it they’ll be invited to a driving clinic at the 88th Texas FFA State Convention in July.

Ford has partnered with FFA before, awarding over $8M in scholarships to FFA students, and today Ford and FFA are “furthering our commitment by together striving to combat the leading cause of death for young people in the US,” according to James Graham, the global manager of Driving Skills for Life.

Students in the program will learn about handling their vehicle, how to recognize hazards, managing their speed, and maintaining a safe distance from other drivers. Driving Skills for Life was first established in 2003 and has since been implemented around the world, bringing safe driving skills and knowledge to over 800,000 drivers.

Driving Skills for Life program

Tips for Driving in Spring Weather

As the old saying goes, April showers bring May flowers—and while we aren’t quite there yet, soon the snow and ice will turn into endless rain, and we’ll have a whole new list of driving hazards to look out for. Here are some easy tips for driving in spring weather.

First of all, you’re going to want tires that are in good shape. It won’t be quite as slippery as winter, but wet roads are wet roads, and you need good traction. If your tread is getting low, get new tires! It’s also important to make sure your headlights and taillights are working properly—you’ll have them on a lot in the coming months.

Wiper blades are also very important in spring, for obvious reasons. If you find your blades are squeaking or leaving streaks, it’s time to replace them. Make sure your windows are clean—winter leads to all kinds of residue, and when it’s raining, you want a clear view.

When you’re driving in rain, do not use cruise control! In bad weather, you need all the control of your speed you can get, and you need to be able to slow down without touching the brakes.

Do you have any spring driving tips to share? Add them in the comments below.

driving in spring

The Ford Focus RS: A High-Performance Hatchback

Ford is adding some kick to the new Focus design, adding the RS trim for those looking for added performance. This model comes with a sporty hatch design with a redesigned exterior, distinct badging, and a powerful new powertrain.

According to Ford, the Ford Focus RS recently came off the line at its manufacturing plant in Saarlouis, Germany, and is set to reach the US sometime this spring. The RS has a new 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine with an integrated all-wheel drive system and Dynamic Torque Control.

“The arrival of Focus RS in the United States this spring adds to a potent hot hatch lineup,” said Ford in a press release. “Ford’s Focus ST and Fiesta ST both have enjoyed critical acclaim and success. Sales of the Focus ST increased 9 percent last year while Fiesta ST saw a gain of 4 percent.”

The RS will also feature an innovative driver select mode, letting you choose the performance configurations of your liking. These include Normal, Sport, Track, and Drift mode. Customizing shock tuning, stability control, and engine and steering response, the new select mode features makes the RS incredibly fun to drive. We can’t wait to see this model hit the streets later this year.

Ford Focus RS

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