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.

Back to School Carpool Tips - Sauk City, WI

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!

Tips for Holiday Road Trips: Preparing for the Winter Season

holiday road trips

holiday road trips

The holiday season is right around the corner, one of the busiest times of the year for travel. We’ve put together a post on holiday road trips to help you survive this hectic season. Whether you’re staying nearby or travelling cross country, these are tips you don’t want to forget.

According to AAA, the most important thing to do is plan ahead and make sure that your vehicle can make it to your destination. Maintenance is key: have your tires and brakes inspected, get an oil change, top off fluids, and replace wipers.

Map routes in advance. With GPS it’s easy to forget that there are better ways to plan ahead. Your GPS will often take you the fastest route, depending on settings, which means that you’re going the same way as other people. Sometimes taking a ten-minute detour might save you hours of being stuck in gridlock. Leave early and look at alternative routes to avoid the rush.

Never leave animals or valuables in the car unattended. If you have to stop, take your pet with you. Cold weather can be especially fatal to small pets. You should also put anything valuable in a safe location, like a locked glove box or in the trunk.

Finally, have a roadside emergency kit and service. Always bring a first aid kit, spare tire kit, and survival kit. Also, make sure to get a roadside service if you don’t already have one.

2015 Ford Edge Named an IIHS Top Safety Pick

2015 Ford Edge Named an IIHS Top Safety Pick

The 2015 Ford Edge has been named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), supplementing the 5-star Overall Safety Score it already earned in testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

In the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint categories, the 2015 Ford Edge earned a score of “Good,” the highest possible. Though it earned the second-highest “Acceptable” rating in the small overlap front crash test, its overall performance was still good enough to qualify it for the IIHS Top Safety Pick award.

The IIHS noted that drivers involved in a crash while at the wheel of an Edge would be at less risk of serious injuries and enjoy better airbag protection than in most other vehicles.

We’ve always known the 2015 Ford Edge was safe at Courtesy Ford, but it’s nice to have even more numbers to back it up!