Winter Car Tips: Preparing for the Cold Season

Getting your car ready for winter is important when it comes to safety and maintenance. Wintertime brings colder temperatures, harsh weather, and more traffic around the holidays. Follow some of these basic winter car tips to keep you and your car protected during the upcoming months.

According to Kiplinger, one of the first things you should consider are winter tires. All-season tires are practical, but winter tires are specially designed for the season—as the name implies. These tires come with special rubber compounds that stand up in cold weather, as well as deep treads for added grip. Many winter tires also have special trenches to divert water, which prevents hydroplaning.

Next, get new wipers. You should replace wipers at least once a year. Wiper blades are especially important in the winter, when melting ice and snow can blur your windshield. Also, top off your wiper fluid with deicer to help improve visibility in bad weather.

Have your battery professionally checked. Cold temperatures wreak havoc on electrical systems, which is the major reason batteries tend to die in the winter. If your battery is more than three years old or if the juice is running low, consider getting a replacement as soon as possible. No one wants to get stranded in the winter.

Finally, wax your lights. This might sound strange, but winter is often accompanied by short days and less sunlight. Waxing the lights can prevent ice and snow from building up, and it also removes dirt and grime. Better visibility leads to better safety.

winter car tips

Coca-Cola’s Cross-Country Trip in a 2017 Ford Escape a Success

What happens when you cross two American icons with one American dream? You get the Coca-Cola Journey. This September, Ford teamed up with Coca-Cola to take an all-American cross-country road trip. A customized 2017 Ford Escape compact SUV was decked out in classic Coke red, a special hashtag and, of course, a custom cooler for bottles of Coke in the rear cargo area.

Coca-Cola’s cross-country trip started at the Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta. Members of the Coca-Cola Journey team loaded into the 2017 Ford Escape and a matching motorhome that housed them along their way. The crew departed on September 13th with plans to arrive in Los Angeles on October 5th. Throughout their trip, they covered roughly 4,000 miles of America,  making over 20 stops along the way in cities like Chicago, Dallas, Denver and Santa Fe.

Team members worked to document their trip using the hashtag #JourneyXJourney. This hashtag allowed them to connect with consumers on different social media platforms, while their presence in each city let them reach out to consumers one-on-one in person. Coca-Cola’s cross-country road trip team worked to capture their stories along the way, and to reconnect with the Coca-Cola brand’s deep ties to American culture across the country.

Coca-Cola’s Cross-Country Trip

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

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