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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!

Best Summer Activities

Spending the hot summer days having fun is one thing but kicking back and relaxing is another. Not every summer day has to be an adventure, unlike most movies say. Sometimes the best way to spend the day is relaxing in the peace and quiet. Here at Highway Ford, we have some of the best summer activities to help you make the most of the season!

Best Summer Activities

  • Hammock – There’s nothing quite like spending an afternoon under a tree or on the porch. A decent hammock doesn’t cost much in terms of money and is an incredibly relaxing way to spend the day. It doesn’t take long to set up, and provided you can get everyone to leave you alone, napping in the shade is one of the best ways to relax.
  • Grill – Summer is a great time to try a new grilling recipe. Whether it’s for yourself or you use your family and friends as guinea pigs, this is the season to try something new! Grilling recipes are easily accessible online and through physical cookbooks. Pick one that’s right for you and give it a shot!
  • Swim – One of the most obvious ways to spend the summer, swimming provides a way to cool off as well as getting the kids active. Head to the local swimming hole or pool and splash around for the day!

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.

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.

Great Cajun Festivals this Summer in Lake Charles

Cookout

Here in Lake Charles, we are known for our Creole heritage and Cajun lifestyle.  As part of this Cajun life, we love to eat, drink and celebrate our heritage and history.  Lake Charles has some of the best festivals to celebrate this – See what summer Cajun Festivals are going on this year.

Cajun Food & Music Festival (July 15-16)

The Cajun Food & Music Festival is an exciting event with classic Louisiana dishes such as Jambalaya and gumbo, and other great Cajun spiced foods.  In addition to great food, you will find bands playing traditional Cajun music.  This year, this festival will be held at Burton Coliseum Complex on July 15th and 16th.

Arts & Crabs (August 20)

Only in Louisiana can you find a festival that puts art and crabs together.  Now this festival doesn’t actually paint pictures of crabs, but it does let you enjoy great Cajun food (with crabs) while you participate in different arts and crafts.  This year, the event will be held on August 20th.

Marshland Festival (July 29-30)

The Marshland Festival began as a way to bring young people together to learn and celebrate Louisiana Heritage and Cajun Music and Cuisine.  Like most festivals in SWLA, you can’t have a good party without good Food and Music!  This festival has been around for over 25 years and continues to be a great time!

We enjoy these festivals as much as the next Louisiana native.  If you know of any other great festivals going on this summer, tell us about it at Highway Ford.

Ford F-150 Diesel Engine

Ford F-150 Diesel Engine

The Ford F-150 may be the best-selling pickup in the United States but its enormous number of trims is missing something. A Ford F-150 diesel engine hasn’t made an appearance in the modern pickup just yet but that could be about to change. With the competition picking up on the fuel efficient diesel market, it may be time for the Ford F-150 to throw its nameplate into the ring.

Even with the lighter aluminum body and the smallest 2.7-liter V6 engine, the F-150 only earns an EPA-estimated 19 city/26 hwy mpg. The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel tops that, taking the top fuel economy spot for the segment.

If the Ford F-150 were to see a diesel option, it’s likely the pickup could steal the top spot. Those odds only increase if the diesel engine is combined with the 10-speed automatic transmission that’s currently in development.

One possible engine that could make its way under the F-150’s hood comes from Land Rover. A former possession of Ford, the Range Rover lines currently use a 3-liter diesel V6 from Ford’s engine family. That engine produces 254 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque, topping the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.

Here at Highway Ford, we are anxiously awaiting news to see what comes next for the constantly adapting and improving Ford F-150 truck!

Ford F-150 Named 2016 Green Truck of the Year

2016 Ford F-150

It’ll come as no surprise to those who stay up to date with the truck world, but here it is anyway: the 2016 Ford F-150 has been named the 2016 Green Truck of the Year by Green Car Journal at the San Antonio Auto & Truck Show.  As with previous years, the 2016 Ford F-150 has a great start in terms of winning awards this year.

The first question that comes to mind is obvious: what kind of mileage does it get? The 2016 Ford F-150 is rated at 26 miles per gallon, making it the most fuel efficient full-size gas-powered pickup truck you can buy. You might point out that hybrid cars are far more efficient, but a lot more people drive trucks than hybrids, which means that making greener trucks actually has a bigger impact. In fact, the F-150 is not only our best-selling model at Highway Ford but the best-selling vehicle in all of America.

Part of the new truck’s superior efficiency can be attributed to the extensive use of aluminum, but Ford’s “green” efforts don’t stop there: even the seats are made of fiber from recycled plastic bottles and the fuel lines from castor bean oil!  Tell us what your favorite feature of the new 2016 Ford F-150 here at Highway Ford in DeRidder, LA!

Meals on Wheels Thanksgiving: Ford Supplies Hot Meals to Detroit Seniors

For the eighth consecutive year, Ford joined forces with the Detroit Area Agency on Aging (DAAA) to supply over 6,000 hot Thanksgiving meals to Detroit seniors, as part of the Holiday Meals on Wheels Thanksgiving program.

“Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful and share with those we love and care about—especially our seniors, who are often alone on the holiday,” said Paul Bridgewater, DAAA president and CEO.  He goes on to say, “That’s why we are thankful for the Ford Motor Company Fund. They are driving away hunger on Thanksgiving with their generous donation that enables us to deliver fresh, hot traditional Thanksgiving meals to 6,000 seniors. It is not only a donation and the volunteers they’re supplying to DAAA, but a gift to our entire community.”

Help was provided by means of a $50,000 donation as well in addition to the numerous Ford employees and families who joined the community effort to provide seniors with holiday meals. The donation will also help DAAA’s daily meal service throughout the rest of the year.

Over the last five years, Ford employees—including some of ours at Highway Ford—volunteered at food banks through the automaker’s network of more than 50 mobile food pantries and as a results have contributed to supplying more than 6 million meals to the hungry. Recently, Ford also announced a $2 million investment toward feeding more people across the United States.

The Best of Haunted Louisiana

haunted graveyard

There are plenty of unforgettable and spooky Halloween hangouts for you and the family all across Louisiana, but only a few that are undeniable must-sees. Here’s our quick list of the best of haunted Louisiana this year:

Haunted New Orleans

Everyone knows that New Orleans is one of the most haunted places in United States, but did you know that there are tons of renowned and well-respected tour groups ready to tell you every chilling detail of this scary city? These walking tours are great for history lovers and thrill seekers alike. Check out Haunted History Tours or one of the many other groups in New Orleans for your next trip.

Myrtles Plantation

Down in St. Francisville sits the eerie Myrtles Plantation, “one of America’s most haunted homes.” Built around 1796, this house is about as old as a building can be in America. It’s full of horrible history and paranormal occurrences, and it’s ready for you to pay a visit!

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

Like the rest of New Orleans, St. Louis Cemetery is one of the most haunted places in the country, with a long history of hauntings and the supernatural. From its voodoo connections to its long list of questionable characters, this cemetery is guaranteed to leave you with a chill in your bones.

We think this is the best of haunted Louisiana, but of course there’s more to do and see out there!   Tell us of some of the best Haunted places you’ve been to here at Highway Ford!

Choosing the Right Tires: Preparing for Colder Weather

Snow Tires

As cold weather approaches, now is the ideal time to think about replacing your tires. Although it depends on how often and how far you’ve driven, replacing your tires gives you better handling, better control, and even better fuel economy in some cases. Choosing the right tires doesn’t have to be difficult.

According to Edmunds, you should look for uneven wear patterns and bald spots as indicators of bad tires. The law usually requires that you replace tires when they’ve worn down to 2/32-inch of tread depth, but that’s fairly dangerous. Consider replacing tires when they’re down to 4/32-inch. A tread gauge is easy to find at any auto parts store.

Tire selection ranges from off-road tires, all-season tires, and winter tires among others. Each has an advantage, but unless you live in the snow belt or plan on tackling some tough trails, all-season tires are often the way to go.

How many tires should I get? When buying a complete set of tires, you have the most flexibility, and can basically get whatever you want. If you’re buying two tires (or one, in a rare circumstance), you should always match your other tires as much as possible so there is no uneven wear or lopsided traction.  If you have more questions about finding the right tire for you, stop by and see us in our Service Department!

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