Depending on where you live and the sort of driving you do, you may or may not need winter tires. Snow tires are great for getting better traction on snow and ice, but they also have their disadvantages.
First of all, if you do live in an area that gets heavy snowfall in the winter, you should seriously consider getting winter tires. Because they’re made of softer material and have specially designed tread to grip onto the slickest surfaces, snow tires can prevent accidents by giving you more stopping power and keeping you from sliding off the road.
Very low temperatures are also a good reason to get winter tires. If you live somewhere northern where it gets extremely cold in the winter, your all-season tires will harden, reducing traction even further. The softer rubber of winter tires stays more pliant.
On the downside, you can’t drive on winter tires all year, so you will have to switch them out when the weather starts to warm up, which can be a hassle. Because of their soft materials, they wear down quickly, and their extra grippiness ruins dry roads.
All-season tires are meant to be driven year-round, and while they aren’t as good as winter tires on snow, they aren’t bad. So—do you need winter tires? If you live in a warmer area or a place with little snowfall, winter tires are probably an unnecessary investment. Otherwise, they’re likely worth the cost.
Ford has a lot of popular SUV nameplates in the American market, like the Explorer, Expedition, and more. However, for 2018, another new name will be introduced to the lineup that will be making its home in another part of the world – namely, India. The small EcoSport SUV is getting imported from Indian factories to give Ford customers in the United States yet another option to choose from when it comes to the compact SUV segment.
More and more Americans are looking less into cars and are becoming more interesting in utility vehicles, hence the recent burst in crossovers that handle like smaller vehicles but have the capacity and comfort of an SUV. A lot of automakers are starting to produce vehicles focusing on the demographic of young up-and-comers settling down to start a family, and the EcoSport will be a perfect fit for anyone looking for a spacious family hauler that doubles as a sporty and efficient ride.
The small EcoSport SUV recently debuted during Ford’s segment at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The same nameplate has been available in various global markets for years, but the 2018 model year will be a new generation made specifically to appeal to the tastes of young American buyers. Look for it on the market sometime late 2017 or early 2018.
Has you car undergone routine maintenance recently?
A lot of families have to travel to see their loved ones during the holidays, but as you cross the U.S. in your vehicle, you might come across different climates and temperatures than you’re used to. Here are some holiday travel tips for families that might be caught out of their element as they’re on the way to visiting their relatives in other parts of the country.
Keep Maintenance Up to Date
It’s easier to stay out of trouble if your vehicle’s routine maintenance schedule is all caught up. Fluctuating temperatures can have a bad effect on tire pressure, battery capacity, and even the functioning of your engine.
It’s better to keep your most valuable possessions stowed away out of sight, so keep them in the trunk if you have one. If not, try to keep them covered.
Keep Your Phone Charged
We do a lot of things with our phones – get directions, make phone calls, stream music, etc. If your vehicle breaks down you want to make sure your phone is charged so you can call roadside assistance.
These holiday travel tips are good things to keep in mind when you’re preparing to hit the road to visit family during the Christmas season.
Courtesy Ford hopes you have a fun and relaxing Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving is a wonderful chance to spend time with family and friends. But let’s face it—the preparation can be stressful. It takes a lot of work to put together such a grand feast. The good news is that there are ways to make it easier on yourself. Follow these tips and you’ll be well on your way to a stress-free Thanksgiving dinner.
The best advice you can follow is to start planning early. Don’t wait until the week of Thanksgiving to pick your recipes or head to the store. By planning what you’ll make early on, you can take the time to look for the best deals, plus you’ll avoid crowded grocery shopping.
Make a Schedule
One of the most frustrating things about Thanksgiving cooking is that moment where you realize you need the oven at two temperatures for two foods at the same time. Avoid these conundrums by looking carefully at cooking times before hand. In some cases, you may be able to make certain recipes ahead of time, leaving you room and oven space for the others. You’ll also want to check your turkey situation, as some turkeys need longer to thaw and more time to cook.
Take a Breather
Perhaps the best thing you can do for yourself during this busy day is take a break. Starting the morning with a relaxing cup of coffee or tea rather than diving right in. Or, ask someone else to peel the potatoes while you sit down for a rest. Giving yourself time to reset will keep you feeling good as you move forward with your day.
Looking to spend an afternoon doing something different? Are you interested in catching a glimpse of Wisconsin history while you’re at it? Then you need to visit the Circus World Museum. Open for the fall season on Mondays through Wednesdays now through November 21st, this museum showcases the exciting, colorful history of the circus.
The museum was started in the 1950s by the Ringling Brother’s attorney, John M. Kelley. At the time, the popularity of railroad circuses was dwindling. Kelley feared that their history would be forgotten, so in an attempt to preserve it he opened the Circus World Museum in 1959.
Today, visitors can explore the story of the Ringling Brothers, who sometimes hunkered down in Baraboo during the winter months to repair their equipment. Ten of their original buildings still stand at the Circus World Museum and are now considered National Historic Landmark Structures. It would have been in these buildings that the Ringling Brothers cared for their huge collection of horses, elephants, tigers, lions, camels and birds.
Perhaps the most unique claim to fame at the Circus World Museum is the largest collection of authentic circus wagons. Over 200 beautiful wagons from near and far are on display. Visitors will also catch a glimpse of rotating exhibits that show anything from artifacts to vintage circus posters. During the summer season, Circus World Museum puts on daily shows featuring acrobats, jugglers, animals and clowns. The Circus World Museum is a must-see Wisconsin gem.
If you’re a football fan, you’re probably also a lover of tailgating, the fine art of cooking out and partying with your fellow fans before a game. Tailgating is tons of fun, but it also requires a lot of preparation, and whether or not you bring all the necessities can make or break your party. Here are five tailgating essentials you’ll never want to be without again.
No one likes a warm beer or soda, and coolers are also good for keeping perishable foods cold, like meat and veggies. Don’t forget the ice! You’ll also want to remember bottle openers (if you’re not just drinking twist tops), kid-friendly drinks, and water. It’s important to stay hydrated, especially if you’re drinking.
Pre-prepared food (and the grill)
Cook some food in advance! Sides, cooked sandwich toppers, and desserts can all be made the day before so you don’t spend the entire time manning the grill. Don’t forget lighter fluid!
Comforts from home
You will want chairs, blankets for when it’s cold, a tent or some kind of cover in case of bad weather, and a table to eat at. You’ll also have a much better time if you bring some entertainment, like a sound system that hooks up to your truck—especially if you’re listening to the game instead of watching.
Make your truck easy to find for friends who are joining you and celebrate your team with flags and other decorations.
Bring jumper cables, a flashlight, and any tools you might need if you have car troubles. And protect yourself too! Apply sunscreen regularly and don’t spend too much time in the sun.
With the Super Duty’s necessary large size, seeing around you to make turns can be hard—so Ford installed seven cameras that tell your computer what’s around you. Two side-mirror cameras, a tailgate camera, one on the high center brake light, and two in front. The two front cameras have two duties: one goes directly to the interior camera, and one is part of the lane departure warning system.
Super Duty has unique active safety features tailored to trailering, making it the best truck on the market to buy for safe and easy towing. The Blind Spot Information System is adjustable so you can cover your trailer as well as the truck. Jackknife warning and backup guidance help with some of the most precarious parts of trailering.
With an available turbodiesel engine and standard gas V8, the Super Duty has the power and technology to do any job. You won’t find a better heavy-duty truck than the 2017 Super Duty.
Ford is always striving to be the best. That’s why they developed an amazing new engine to remain at the top. It doesn’t just have efficiency, it has power, too, for the ultimate engine. Here’s why you should consider a vehicle with an EcoBoost engine!
Test drive a new F-150 or any model offering an EcoBoost engine to see the difference for yourself.
So first off, what exactly is the EcoBoost engine? It’s got the ideal combination of turbocharging and direct fuel injection to bring you fuel efficiency and power, all in one package. So, why would you want it?
Save Fuel Money
Since an EcoBoost engine is high in efficiency, you’ll be saving money when it comes to the gas station! You’ll also have a hand in reducing carbon emissions and improving the environment!
Feel the Power
You’ll still get to have plenty of fun even with top efficiency. The EcoBoost gives you incredible power since it’s constantly charging. That “boost” is what makes you feel like a race car driver!
Save Overall Money!
Since the EcoBoost engine has a combination of both efficiency and power, you’re getting both without paying the higher sticker price that comes with hybrids or sports cars.
Have you decided you want this amazing engine, or maybe just want to try one out? Ask Courtesy Ford of Sauk City today about switching your engine to EcoBoost or choosing a new Ford with an EcoBoost engine today!
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.
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!
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.
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!