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Month: May 2016

Memorial Day Events in SWLA

Memorial Day Events

Memorial Day symbolizes many things:  it’s the unofficial start to summer, if the first weekend for great family cookouts, and most importantly, it’s a time to remember all those who fought for us to have the freedom to enjoy our weekends and summer.  If you are looking for local places to spend your Memorial Day weekend, here are some great Memorial Day Events is SWLA to see!

Sulphur Heritage Days:

What better way to spend Memorial Day weekend than at a festival that includes music, food, entertainment, and carnival rides!  The Sulphur Heritage Days Festival is celebrating its 9th year and all proceeds go to the Brimstone Historical Society.

The Taste of Louisiana Festival:

You can’t have a party in Louisiana on Memorial Day weekend that doesn’t include food.  Not just any food, but authentic Cajun Food.  The Taste of Louisiana Festival includes many great Creole and Cajun dishes that are a staple of our great state.  In addition, music will feature Cajun and Zydeco bands, to further celebrate our diversity and heritage.

Memorial Day Avenue of Flags:

Memorial Day wouldn’t be complete without honoring the reason for this 3-day weekend.  Be sure to stop by the Memorial Day Avenue of Flags event on Memorial Day at the Orange Grove/ Graceland Cemetery.  Here, you will find a line of flags as you go through the cemetery and a display of eight previous United States Flags in the history circle.

More Engine Noise Could Improve Real-World Fuel Savings

 

real-world fuel savings

A recent patent has revealed that Ford has come up with an unusual way to encourage drivers to save fuel that involves increasing engine noise. Real-world fuel savings are not as high as one might expect given the recent trend of putting downsized and turbocharged engines under the hood, and according to Ford, that’s because most drivers “shift by ear” rather than by the tachometer.

For example, the combination of the Ford Fiesta’s offbeat snarl and turbo boost practically begs its drivers to rev the 1.0-liter EcoBoost 3-cylinder engine. Ford claims that the advantage of downsized turbo engines is negated by this because they aren’t driven within their most efficient range.

To counter this, Ford is injecting low-amplitude noise between cylinder firings that would make engines sound as though they had more cylinders than they do in reality and train the driver to shift earlier. For turbocharged two-cylinder and three-cylinder engines, this should be a way to help drivers save fuel without resorting to invasive solutions like cutting power or artificially limiting RPM, which we expect our customers will appreciate at Highway Ford!

If you have more questions about saving fuel in your Ford vehicle, or you are interested in one of our great Ford vehicles, stop by Highway Ford today and we will be glad to assist you!

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