Back to School Carpool Tips

It’s that time of year again; the kids are back in school and your driving duties are upped! If your kids can’t take the bus and you don’t want the stress of driving them every day, you should consider carpooling! Here are some carpool tips for you and other parents.

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Follow these carpool tips to be ready for the start of the new school year.

Have a Schedule

Work out a schedule with the other carpool parents that stays consistent. For example, every Monday and Wednesday goes to you, every Tuesday and Thursday goes to “Jenny’s Dad” and every Friday you rotate.

Car Seat Safety

Even if you’re carrying kids as old as 8, they might still require a car seat or booster seat. Check the guidelines in your state so that you have all kids, your own and others, properly buckled. Remember that kids under thirteen shouldn’t sit in the front seat and that everyone should buckle up!

Establish Rules

Make sure every carpool parent has the same rules. That way, you’re all on the same page on everything when it comes to things like running errands with kids in the car, how long you will wait for a child running late, etc.

Contact Information

Make sure you have all parents and kids’ contact info as well as other family member information in case of emergencies.

For more tips, suggestions, or questions visit us at Courtesy Ford in Sauk City, Wisconsin and we’ll be happy to help in any way that we can.  Keep calm and carpool on!

12 Steps to Help You Change a Tire

Change a Tire in 12 Simple Steps

During the summer, plenty of us head out on a fun road trip. However, nothing can ruin a good trip faster than a flat tire! Flat tires are an unfortunate, yet common problem that many drivers face. With that said, a flat tire is not an impossible problem to solve. In fact, fixing a flat tire is simple if you follow these 12 steps that will help you change a tire.

  1. Find an area off the road where you can safely pull over and park.
  2. Activate your vehicle’s hazard lights.
  3. Loosen the lug nuts of your tires with a wrench. However, do no remove them just yet!
  4. Using a jack, lift your vehicle approximately 6 inches off of the ground.
  5. Remove the lug nuts.
  6. Next, remove the tire itself.
  7. Locate your vehicle’s spare tire.
  8. Place the spare tire in the same spot the flat tire once resided in.
  9. Place the lug nuts back in place, but do not tighten them yet!
  10. Lower your vehicle back to the ground using the jack.
  11. Tighten the lug nuts in place.
  12. Place the flat tire in the trunk of your vehicle.

With any luck, you should be back on the road in no time flat! For more serious issues, come see us at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City!

Random Acts of Vehicle Kindness

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Are you a Good Samaritan when it comes to helping out people with their cars?

Here at Courtesy Ford, we like to extend the courtesy of a hassle-free vehicle shopping experience to our customers. If you want to continue that chain of courtesy, it’s easy to do! By performing one of these random acts of vehicle kindness, you too can help somebody in need on the road.

  1. Jump-Start Another Vehicle

One of the most stressful experiences for anyone on the road is having a vehicle with a dead battery. However, you can help someone solve this problem by using your own vehicle to jump-start their dead car battery!

  1. Organize a Carpool for Work

If you are looking for a way to help both your co-workers and the environment, then you should consider organizing a carpool to work. You will help to better the environment while also getting to better know the people you work with.

  1. Help Wash Someone Else’s Vehicle

Washing a vehicle is never a fun job. However, it is a job that is completed much faster with a little help from some friends! Help somebody you know wash their vehicle to brighten their car and their day.

Why You Need Car Insurance

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Protect yourself – and your Ford – with car insurance.

There were more than six million car accidents in 2013. Roughly one-eighth of all drivers don’t have car insurance. No matter what way you slice it, those are some scary numbers and no one wants to be in an accident, let alone an accident without insurance.

We know exactly why you need car insurance!

  1. Cost. The sheer cost of a single accident is usually enough to convince people to get car insurance. The average price of an accident in property damage alone tops $9,000. Once you add in medical expenses for disabling injuries, it soars to over $80,000. Those numbers will drain most people’s savings, if not put them into debt.
  2. Investment. Your car is an investment in your daily life. Most people can’t get where they need to go without their vehicle. Insurance is a way of protecting your investment. If you’re in an accident, consider how much you’d have to pay out of pocket if not for your insurance. Some policies even give you a rental car while your car is in the shop.
  3. Legality. Driving without insurance is illegal in many states. Getting caught driving without insurance can result in an impounded vehicle, suspended license, and a list of fines.

If you have any more questions, please contact us today!