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Be a Courteous Driver and Practice Cell Phone Courtesy

Driving and Cell phones have become two very important things in our lives.  With all the latest technology in vehicles, talking on your cell phone has become commonplace while you are driving.  Many of us like to think that we can safely talk on our phones while driving because we use a hands-free device.

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), it doesn’t matter if you’re holding or phone or not, holding a cell phone conversation while driving is just plain dangerous and rude.

When you’re driving and see someone holding their phone and talking don’t you try to avoid driving near them? When a driver is using their cell phone, it can actually cause them to miss seeing up to 50% of the environment around them. This is because the brain quickly switches between paying attention to the road and paying attention to the conversation.

While you might think talking on your phone is the same as talking to a passenger, it isn’t. When you are talking to an adult passenger, they can act as another set of eyes, can easily stop talking when traffic conditions become difficult, and can even help point out potential driving hazards.

To be an attentive and courteous driver, there are three important factors: eyes on the road, hands on the wheel, and mind on driving.

So, be a courteous driver and wait until you reach your destination or pull over if you need to talk on your phone. For more safe driving tips, stop by Highway Ford today!  We would be more than happy to help!

Holiday Travel Tips

Family Christmas at Beach

Thanksgiving is over and many travelers are already back at home, but Christmas is in just a few weeks—that means many will be hitting the road once again. Whether you plan on driving or flying, there are number of useful tips to make your holiday travels easier. We here at Highway Ford have some helpful holiday travel tips to help you arrive at your destination with minimal stress.

  • Planning – If you will be traveling for the holidays, now is the perfect time to start planning. Get your plane tickets and do whatever necessary tasks have to be completed before leaving. Make sure to pack a few days in advance so you don’t forget anything, put a hold on the mail, and stop the local newspaper if you receive one. Drivers would do well to plan out their route ahead of time to avoid any snags.
  • Earplugs – Airports and car rides with the family can be loud and, by extension, irritating. Make sure to pack earplugs to avoid any loud children or chatty adults. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to bring an eye mask as well if you intend on sleeping along the way.
  • Eat – Foregoing meals is a very fast way to a short temper and bad attitude. Make sure to eat something every few hours, especially if you’re hungry, to keep your temper in check and avoid blowing up at a helpless flight attendant.

Ford Unveils Its Next Generation of Crash Avoidance Technologies

Crash Avoidance Technologies

When it comes to advanced vehicle technology, there is no name in the industry more qualified than Ford. Ford is constantly developing new technologies to not only make driving more responsive, but also safer. Ford is currently creating initiatives to advance their vehicle’s driving and safety capabilities to a whole new level.

According to a Ford press release, Ford unveiled its next generation of crash avoidance technologies.

Ford vehicles already come equipped with some of the most advanced safety systems in the automotive industry, such as adaptive cruise control. However, the latest batch of Ford technologies is set to make Ford vehicles even safer.

Among those new safety systems is Ford’s cross-traffic alert with braking technology, a systems that not only makes driving safer for the drivers, but also for the pedestrians around them.

“Driver-assist technologies help us all be better drivers because they enhance our ability to see and sense the road around us,” said Scott Lindstrom, manager for driver-assist and active safety at Ford. “Ford’s investment in research and development is paying off by accelerating innovation to expand our portfolio of driver-assist technologies that deliver functionality and performance that customers will value.”

When it comes to making sure that vehicles are safe, Ford is ready to explore new technologies in order to go the extra mile for safety! Check out the latest Ford has to offer at Highway Ford today!

Check Out These Winter Weather Car Prep Tips While It’s Still Warm

Winter Weather Car Prep

The temperatures outside are starting to plummet, and you know what that means: winter weather driving conditions will soon be upon us. Thankfully, you can combat these hazardous roads with excellent preparation.

Here are some winter weather car prep tips to get you started:

  • Check on your tire pressure and alignment, making sure that the pressure matches the manufacturer’s recommended amount.
  • Ensure that you have enough fresh coolant, keeping your engine from freezing and preventing corrosion over time.
  • Stock your vehicle with an ice scraper, a shovel, and a pair of hardy gloves. This way, when the first snowfall comes, you will be ready.
  • Consider making sure that your heating works now, before it gets too cold. You won’t want to discover that it is broken on the first frigid day of the year.
  • Evaluate your current level of windshield wiper fluid, make sure that you have enough, and consider switching to winter-grade fluid.
  • Lastly, add an extra coat, extra hat, and maybe even a blanket to your trunk. If you ever find yourself stuck somewhere in the cold, you will be glad to have them!

For more winter weather driving safety information, or to start your season out with a new car, contact us or visit us anytime at Highway Ford!

Tire Pressure and Tire Tread: How to Check Them From Home

Tire Pressure and Tire Tread

Your tires are one of the most important parts of your vehicle, making sure it runs smoothly and effectively, both improving your fuel economy and reducing the possibility of accidents on the road. This is why it is vital to keep them in good shape.

Thankfully, it’s easy to make sure your tires are still good quality from home, by measuring two major aspects: tire pressure and tire tread.

The right tire pressure keeps your tires working properly and also prevents your tires from experiencing a blowout. You can determine the appropriate tire pressure by checking your owner’s manual.

These days, many newer cars have tire pressure monitoring systems that will let you know when one of the tires’ pressure is low, but you can also purchase an affordable, quality tire gauge to check from home. Tires can be inflated easily with hardware you can buy and keep in your car.

As for tire tread, all you need is a simple penny. Place the penny in between the tread, and rotate it so that Lincoln’s head is facing towards the tire. If you can see his entire head still, then your tire tread is worn down too much, but if the top of his head is covered by the tread, then you are good to go.

For more tips and tricks, feel free to visit us anytime at Highway Ford!

Traveling With Pets

Traveling With Pets

Taking your family pet along for a vacation is a great way to create memories that will last a lifetime. Most pets aren’t used to long car rides so there’s a few things you can do to make them more comfortable. Here’s everything you need to know about traveling with pets from us here at Highway Ford.

  1. Vehicle – While small dogs might be perfectly content in a sedan, larger dogs can quickly become a problem. Rather than make the trip miserable, consider taking a larger vehicle on the road. Crossovers are nearly as fuel efficient as sedans and offer more space for your canine to move around and get comfortable.
  2. Driving – A dog sticking its head out the window may look cool in the movies but it can be dangerous on the road. Other vehicles might kick up stones and other debris that could cause injury to your pet. Most pets aren’t used to long road trips so make sure to stop every few hours so they can stretch and take a break.
  3. Behavior – Like kids (and, let’s face it, some adults), pets can quickly find long road trips very boring relatively quickly. That’s why it’s a smart idea to bring a new or favorite toy for them to play with. If your dog is picky, go for an old favorite while more energetic dogs might enjoy a new toy instead.

Parking Lot Safety Tips

Parking Lot Safety

Whether you’re picking up a few groceries or spending the day at the mall, the parking lot can be a dangerous place, especially at night. Thieves keep their eyes open for purchases and unlocked vehicles are easy targets. While locking your car and covering purchases is a start, there’s more you can do to keep your car, and yourself, safe. Remember these parking lot safety tips from Highway Ford.

  • Back In – The easiest way to keep your car from getting any dings, dents, or scratches is to back into the parking spot when you first arrive. Pulling out of the spot is easier than backing out, even with rearview cameras and mirrors.
  • Distance Yourself – Parking close to the store entrance means more people walking by your car. If you have anything of value, it should be kept out of sight. If you forget, one of those passersby could decide to take it for themselves. By parking further away from the store in a well-lit area, you significantly reduce the chances you’ll become a victim of theft.
  • Go Hands-Free – Talking on the phone is a hazard no matter how good of a driver you are. Driving in a parking lot while on the phone is the first step to a fender bender. Many drivers let their awareness go lax once they’re off the main road. Don’t make the same mistake!

Remember these tips to help keep your car and, more importantly, yourself safe.  The most important thing you can remember is to stay vigilant and aware of your surroundings!

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