Anyone who has driven through winter in Wisconsin knows that cold weather and hazardous conditions can arrive quite sudden. Now that summer is drawing to an end, it’s time to prepare your car for fall once again. Don’t wait until it’s too late to get your car in shape for the cooler weather. Instead, follow these easy tips and enjoy the open road all year round.
Fix minor blemishes
The paint on your car’s exterior isn’t just for looks. In fact, it’s crucial in protecting the body of your vehicle against things like rust damage. As fall approaches, fix any blemishes in your car’s paint job to protect it against damage from the elements.
Install new floor mats
Protecting your vehicle’s interior is just as important as taking care of the outside. That’s why good floor mats are a must in locations that see cold winter weather. Best of all, replacing your car’s floor mats is inexpensive and easy.
Stow an emergency kit
You should always have an emergency kit in your vehicle, but this is particularly important in winter when car breakdowns are more likely and the conditions potentially more dangerous. As fall approaches make sure your emergency kit contains food, water, warm clothes and gloves, and a battery-powered cellphone charger.
If you’re worried that your ride can’t stand up to the cold to come, contact us at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City to learn more about what our sales and service departments can do for you.
It’s hard to believe, but back to school season is already here. Whether you live near a college campus, high school, or any other school, it’s important to remember some key back to school driving tips to ensure you and everyone around you is as safe as possible this fall.
Drive slowly near schools
When school isn’t in session, it’s easy to ignore “school zone” signs, but it’s time to get back into the habit of reducing speed to the posted limit in this areas, even when no one seems to be around.
Look for pedestrians
Back-to-school season typically means you’ll find more pedestrians walking to and from school in the morning and late afternoon. This can cause a slight increase in traffic in some areas, so be sure to plan accordingly as you take on your daily commute during the school year.
Share the road with bikes
The school year also typically means an increase in bike traffic, especially if you live near a college campus or high school. Exercise increased caution around bikers and give them plenty of room to maneuver safely to avoid a potential accident.
If your student needs a new car to get to class, contact the team at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City for recommendations from our used and new inventories.
Now that August is here, school is just around the corner. If you haven’t already, it is time to prepare your kids to go back to school. By taking a few small steps now, you can get the school year started without any problems. Here are a few tips.
- Get back to your school sleep schedule. If your kids get to stay up late in the summer, it is time to start dialing them back to an early bedtime. Move it up about 15 minutes a day until you are back on track. You’ll want to get readjusted to the school wake-up time as well.
- Shop for school supplies. When it is time to buy school supplies, let the kids come along and have them pick out a few special items, like a new backpack, lunchbox, folders, and notebooks.
- Plan after school activities. Do your kids want to play any sports or take any extra classes? Make sure to sign them up now before the rosters are filled. But, make sure your kids aren’t overextending themselves. Limit them to one or two activities.
- Have a homework space. Find a space in your home that will become the “homework station.” If this is someplace like your kitchen table, use a storage caddy to keep supplies they might need, including pencils, scissors, a calculator, etc.
To make sure your car is ready for carpool, schedule a maintenance check at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City.
Every year in Wisconsin, aeronautics fans gather together for the Experimental Aircraft Association’s The Gathering fundraiser and auction. While you might not think about Ford having a place in the aircraft industry, it builds a custom vehicle for this celebration each year. This year’s vehicle is an Eagle Squadron Mustang GT that celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the Royal Air Force.
The Eagle Squadron was a group of U.S. volunteer pilots who flew alongside Royal Air Force pilots before the United States officially entered World War II. The Eagle Squadron Mustang is designed to mimic the appearance of the original Eagle Squadron Spitfire planes. It features a camouflaged design along with a wide-body kit, an upper grille with integrated lighting, and a Performance Pack rear spoiler.
Darrell Behmer, Ford Mustang design chief, said, “The Eagle Squadron Mustang GT build with Vaughn and the Ford design team is a great way to honor our heroes and keep the spirit of aviation alive for the next generation of American pilots.”
This will be the 20th year Ford has participated in the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture event, and it will be the 10th one-off Mustang it has built for auction. To date, these vehicles have raised more than $3 million toward supporting future generations of pilots.
We at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City are proud of Ford’s dedication to this incredible event.
Preparing your car for summer is a necessity in optimizing performance and extending the vehicle’s lifespan. Here are some summer car service tasks that the average driver can take care of on their own.
Drivers should periodically inspect their vehicle’s lights and bulbs. Replacing burned out bulbs is a safety precaution that no driver should ignore. The lenses need to be cleaned and inspected for cracks just as frequently.
Worn windshield wipers can become a major safety hazard in heavy summer rains. As a general rule, drivers should replace their windshield wipers every six months, but fortunately, replacing worn wiper blades is an inexpensive maintenance task, and it’s easy to do, too!
A car battery can fail any time of the year, but failure becomes more likely if the batteryisn’t properly maintained. While the only way to determine a battery’s strength is with professional equipment, drivers can take some routine maintenance precautions to reduce the chance of failure.
First, drivers can scrape corrosion off of the posts and cable connections. Cleaning the surfaces and retightening the connections can help keep the battery looking like new while potentially extending its lifespan. Drivers can also check the battery’s fluid level, provided the caps are removable.
Of course, another good idea is, if you see something that looks out of the ordinary, bring your vehicle in to Courtesy Ford of Sauk City for our professional technicians to look at.
The 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor arrives with more off-road capability than any previous model. A new round of technology makes its way to this impressive feat of engineering prowess. Tackling rough terrain is exactly what the Ford F-150 Raptor was built for.
The 2019 model year brings plenty of new off-road technologies to the capable Ford F-150 Raptor. The internal by-pass shock absorbers see the addition of a Live Valve system, which allows the shock absorbers to change how firm they are depending on the terrain.
Traveling on uneven terrain is what Live Valve was designed for. In the Ford F-150 Raptor, the system is capable of adjusting up to 13 inches in the front and 13.9 inches in the rear.
On top of its quick adjustments, Live Valve works in part with the existing Terrain Management system. Thanks to this system, the F-150 Raptor can shift from traveling trails to cruising on pavement in no time at all.
Trail Control is another new technology feature arriving in the 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor. This new system acts as a form of low-speed, off-road cruise control. It keeps the truck moving along at speeds between one and 20 mph.
The 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor goes on sale starting later this year, but if you don’t want to wait for it to arrive, you can always come and see the 2018 model today at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City.
The Ford Mustang has grown to become one of the most recognizable vehicles around the globe, which is why it comes as no surprise that it was recently named the world’s best-selling sports coupe for the third year in a row.
According to Ford analysis, the Mustang saw a total of 125,809 registrations in 2017. This data, which was compiled by the government and captured 95% of global new vehicle volumes in more than 80 countries, shows that the ‘Stang has pulled ahead of its worldwide competition.
“The world loves Ford Mustang,” said Erich Merkle, Ford sales analyst. “For years, Mustang was unobtainable for customers on most parts of the planet. It could be found on TV or the interior, and now it rolls down streets from Beijing to Sao Paulo.”
These 125,809 Ford Mustangs that were sold last year were sold across 146 countries. Of that number 81,866 were sold in the United States, which means over one-third of all Mustang registrations were in export markets. The iconic pony car saw a particularly strong demand in China, which boasted 7,125 registrations, making it the best-selling sports coupe in that country as well.
It also looks like the most popular configuration around the globe is the Mustang GT that comes equipped with the 5.0-liter V8.
Test drive the iconic Ford Mustang at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City.
For some people, getting to the doctor’s office isn’t always easy. Ford is looking to make things easier for patients across Southeast Michigan with the new Ford GoRide service for non-emergency medical transportation.
This new service covers 200 health facilities, such as nursing centers and rehabilitation centers. These organizations can easily schedule and book transportation for their patients’ medical appointments, ensuring that each patient arrives at the doctor’s office safely and on time.
The program uses Ford Transit vans that will easily accommodate a variety of patients, including those in wheelchairs or with other mobility challenges. It also services patients who simply aren’t able to access transportation. You can even pre-book transport up to 30 days in advance, helping remove transportation barriers.
During its pilot face, the GoRide service delivered its patients on-time 92% of the time with wait times of only 10 to 30 minutes for on-demand wheelchair transport. Each driver goes through a full training regimen that includes learning how to properly care for and transport those patients who might require assistance. The drivers can assist patients to and from private residences; entering and exiting the vehicle; and to and from the doctor’s office.
To learn more about this incredible service from Ford, call or visit Courtesy Ford of Sauk City.
If you’re a Ford fan, you now have another reason to love Ford vehicles. This past March, Ford announced its all-new Ford Co-Pilot360™ safety system, which is “the most advanced suite of standard driver-assist technologies among full-line brands.”
In the next couple of years, Ford’s state-of-the-art safety technology will come standard on 91% of Ford vehicles, including passenger cars, SUVs, and pickup trucks, allowing you to feel calm, collected, and confident while behind the wheel of a Ford vehicle. Ford Co-Pilot360™ is only the beginning of Ford’s commitment to innovative safety technology, as the automaker will invest $500 million in the next five years to further develop driver-assist technology and safety features.
Ford Co-Pilot360™ offers you innovative and advanced safety features that help elevate your overall driving experience. Among the features included are a Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keeping System, Auto High Beam Lighting, and a convenient rear view camera. This suite of driver-assist technologies offers you comprehensive coverage while on the road.
The Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection monitors the road ahead of you, detecting vehicles and pedestrians in your path and automatically applying the brakes if necessary. At the other end, the Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert monitors the road behind you and on either side of your vehicle, alerting you if there is a vehicle in your blind spot by displaying a backlit icon in your side-view mirror as well as using an audio alert.
To learn more about Ford’s innovative technology, the Ford Co-Pilot360™, visit Courtesy Ford of Sauk City.
We’ve all had a long winter, so when spring begins to dawn and flowers begin to bloom, we’re ready to get out, explore the outdoors, and hit the road for some spring trips. Winter is tough on our vehicles, too, so with the arrival of spring, you will want to clean your vehicle, inside and out. Here are some spring cleaning tips for your car that we highly recommend.
- Exterior: After months of snow, ice, and salt hitting your car, your car’s exterior has seen better days. Give it a thorough wash and make sure to remove all residual salt, especially from the undercarriage, as salt is a corrosive material. If you’d like, you can use eco-friendly waterless car cleaners. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious once you clean the exterior, you can polish and wax your vehicle to give it a nice shine for spring.
- Interior: After months of windows rolled up and salt from your boots soaking into the carpets both the upholstery and carpets could use a thorough cleaning. Perhaps the best way to deep clean the interior is to use a carpet cleaning machine on both the floor of your car and the car’s upholstery. In addition, miscellaneous objects and trash tend to accumulate in your car during the winter, so clear it out and wipe down the car’s surfaces to get it feeling like new. You can even add a “new car smell” air freshener if you’d like!
For more cleaning tips and to schedule your spring maintenance check, call Courtesy Ford of Sauk City; our expert technicians will get your car ready for spring in no time.