Life Hacks for Your Next Family Road Trip

2019 Ford Expedition | Mishawaka, IN

If you just bought a new (or new-to-you) Ford like the Explorer or Expedition, you’re probably itching to go on a family-friendly adventure out of Mishawaka, IN. To help you make the most of your next vacation, Jordan Ford has assembled some must-have family road trip accessories below.

No More Motion Sickness

While many people find road trips relaxing, those who suffer from motion sickness likely disagree. If you or a loved one is plagued with nausea on long drives, Sea-Bands can help. These innovative bracelets help combat motion sickness using acupressure on your wrist.

Stay Shady

Sure, the sun warms our planet and sustains basically every living organism on Earth, but it is also the greatest adversary you will ever face in the battle to see clearly while driving your Ford Escape and avoid premature aging. Though you and your family should all be wearing (and regularly re-applying) SPF during the day, you can also use sun shades to help keep those harmful rays out of your baby’s eyes.

Gotta Go

Your kids will pick the most inopportune times possible to urgently demand a potty break on the road, but a portable toilet will help answer nature’s call if you’re miles from the nearest rest stop.

Stop in to Jordan Ford to shop for your perfect road trip vehicle today.

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Car

Spring Cleaning | Mishawaka, IN

As you start making your spring cleaning list for this year, don’t forget to include your vehicle! Errands and commutes will be all the more pleasant if you spruce up your ride with these spring cleaning tips.

Deal with the Trash

If your car’s floor is cluttered with empty water bottles, old receipts, and other bits of aging debris, know that you’re not alone. It’s hard to keep a cabin clean when life is as busy as it is. Now is a good time to clear this garbage and to create a dedicated garbage bag for future needs in your ride.

Invest in Organizers

When the trash is gone, you can clear out any unnecessary items that may be lingering in your vehicle’s cabin. For any essentials you want to keep, consider buying a few simple baskets or bins where you can store things neatly.

Clean the Cabin from Top to Bottom

This spring, give your vehicle the detailed cleaning job it deserves. Start from the top, wiping the dashboard and vents with a microfiber cloth. Get the steering wheel, shifter, console, and surfaces on the door. Next, vacuum the highest crevices and then move to the seats and finally the floors.

With these easy steps, you’re well on your way to a more enjoyable ride. To round out your vehicle’s spring care, stop by our service department at Jordan Ford for a quick tune-up.

Winter Emergency Kit Essentials

Cleaning frozen windshield | Mishawaka, IN

This is your final warning: frigid temps and icy roads are on the way this winter in Indiana. Before the worst of the season hits Mishawaka, consider preparing your vehicle in advance so you can avoid catastrophe in case disaster strikes while you’re on the road. Our team at Jordan Ford has compiled a list of items you should consider putting in a winter emergency kit for your car.

  1. Warm items: Bring along blankets, hats, thick socks, and gloves to help stave off the chill on your winter drives. If your vehicle dies when it’s freezing outside, you’ll be thankful you remembered to pack these items as you wait for help.
  • First-Aid: No matter what time of the year it is, you should always have a handy first-aid kit at hand. Make sure to include items like band-aids, alcohol, gauze, antiseptic ointment, and medical wrap so you can care for yourself or a loved one gets hurt on the way to your destination.
  • Tools: Consider putting a small snow shovel, ice scraper, jumper cables, flashlight, road flares, and a multi-tool in your vehicle. You never know when these items might come in handy for you or another driver on the road.

Most importantly, never tackle winter road conditions without a thorough winterizing. Call the service department at Jordan Ford in Mishawaka, IN, to schedule your appointment today.

How to De-Ice Your Windshield Quickly

Cleaning Ice off Windshield | Mishawaka, IN

Whether you’re running late for work or you’re slow getting out the door for a road trip, there are some ways to get on the road faster in winter. Here are some tips to de-ice your windshield quickly so you can get to where you need to more rapidly.

  1. Use Magic: Alright, it isn’t magic, but this combination of your car’s existing defrost settings works so well you’ll think it is. Simply turn your heater on all the way, ensure your A/C setting is activated, turn off air circulation, and crack your windows. This defrosts in half the time – you’re welcome.
  • Raid the Pantry: You probably already have the necessary ingredients to make this solution at home in your pantry or medicine cabinet. Mix two parts water with one part alcohol or vinegar inside a spray bottle, then spray your windshield. Ice will be a thing of the past.
  • Homemade solutions: If you want to defeat Indiana winters and de-ice your windshield faster without compromising your integrity as a non-conformist, we get it. You can also rub your windshield with an onion or keep a sock filled with cat litter nearby to avoid the ice.

Call us at Jordan Ford in Mishawaka, IN, if your vehicle is due for a service appointment this winter. Or stop by to browse our new vehicles, if it’s time to say goodbye to your current ride and drive home a new one.

Ford Announces New Partnership with INRIX

Ford Announces New Partnership with INRIX  | Mishawaka, IN

Though the previous generation of Ford’s infotainment technology already had an edge on the competition, Ford is preparing to unleash its brand-new SYNC® 4 system for the next-generation 2021 lineup of vehicles such as the Bronco, F-150, and Mustang Mach-E. Recently, the automaker announced a new partnership with INRIX that will strengthen the capabilities of its SYNC® 4 system and help customers save money on parking and gas.

INRIX is a technology company that specializes in providing analytics and other services for connected vehicle systems like the SYNC® 4. INRIX’s many years of expertise and industry know-how is why Ford chose to integrate the company’s service into its upcoming SYNC® 4 infotainment platform.

Thanks to the INRIX integration, next-gen Ford owners with SYNC® 4 systems will be able to use their infotainment screen to locate parking spots and get directions to the closest gas stations. Best yet, INRIX’s software lets you find the cheapest parking spots and lowest gas prices nearby to help you save some cash while traveling.

The INRIX system is touted as being the most accurate in the world, and is connected to over 400,000 gas stations in 150 countries across the globe. “These services are no longer just a selling point but a requirement — real-time information like traffic, parking, and fuel play a critical role in the entire driving experience,” said Bryan Mistele, INRIX CEO.

Contact us at Jordan Ford for the latest information about the all-new SYNC® 4 system. And in the meantime, stop by to experience Ford’s current infotainment system when you test-drive one of the models equipped with it.

Futuristic Ford Mustang Mach-E Inspires EDM Track

Futuristic Ford Mustang Mach-E Inspires EDM Track | Mishawaka, IN

The iconic Ford Mustang has been deeply entrenched in all aspects of pop culture — including music, movies, and television — since the model’s inception. Following the introduction of the brand-new, all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E, a Detroit-based musician was inspired to create an electronic dance track based on the supercar.

Thanks to a partnership between Ford’s sound design team and Ozone Sound, the Mustang Mach-E will feature a number of electronic oscillations that emit while driving. Matthew Dear, the founder of the EDM label Ghostly International and remix guru for artists like The Postal Service, was compelled to compose “New Breed” after listening to the 1980s sci-fi inspired Mustang Mach-E sounds.

The self-described “sound tinkerer” actually used the digital propulsion sounds engineered for the Mustang Mach-E coupled with synthesizers as the basis of his dance floor-ready song. “Creating ‘New Breed’ was a new experience and I think the song — like the car — takes its passengers on a voyage,” said Dear.

For those interested in hearing “New Breed,” this track — along with much of Matthew Dear’s other work — is available now on most streaming platforms. Ford also released a companion documentary about the making of “New Breed” that you can watch via YouTube.

Test-drive the Mach-E when it arrives at Jordan Ford soon. Until then, stop by to take one of the other new Ford models for a whirl.

Safety Tips for Fall Drives in Mishawaka

2020 Ford EcoSport | Mishawaka, IN

Changing weather also means changing road conditions. As the leaves begin to change in places like Mishawaka, Indiana and around the country, these safety tips will protect you and your passengers on your travels.

One of the biggest road hazards in fall can be leaves falling off of trees. Wet roads can cause leaves to stick to the asphalt, which could cause your tires to slip. If you see a bunch of leaves stuck in one spot, slow down. Avoid swerving and making any sudden stops. These techniques will help prevent hydroplaning.

Fall also means the beginning of longer nights, which leads to more driving in the dark. Make sure your vehicle’s headlights and taillights are clean and functional, to ensure that you have maximum visibility for evening and early morning commutes.  

Finally, autumn in Mishawaka means another set of road hazards in the form of tractors and combines. If you’re stuck behind one of these slow-moving machines, remain patient and only pass them when there’s no other traffic on the roads.

Remember to schedule your vehicle’s seasonal service appointment here at Jordan Ford this fall. It’s an easy way to help ensure that your travels are as safe as they are enjoyable this autumn.

Top 3 Podcasts to Make Your Commute More Enjoyable

2020 Ford Ranger | Mishawaka, IN

Make the most of your morning and evening commutes by subscribing to some of the top podcasts around. Now easily accessible on a range of apps, podcasts are tailored to every audience. Whether you’re a sports fan, book worm, or news junkie, you can optimize your drive with these podcasts.

Even if you’re not the biggest sports fans, listeners around the globe tune in to The Fantasy Footballers every year, which is powered by the Fantasy Football Podcast. The hosts are passionate about fantasy football, but they’re not condescending or over the top. The episodes are an hour long, and they air at least two per week.

Looking for something more relaxing? Consider Dhamma Talks by Amaravati. This podcast teaches you to be present in the current moment, with information on Buddhist monastics. And you don’t need to be religious to enjoy the meditative atmosphere this podcast will create on your ride – even if you’re stuck in gridlock.

For an eclectic interview-format podcast, check out Fresh Air by National Public Radio. Terry Gross is one of the most well-known interviewers in the world and Fresh Air has been a mainstay of the podcast community since its inception. Gross is soothing yet always interesting, and she’s not afraid to pull the punches to question her interviewees directly.

Need a new truck to boost your connectivity and confidence on the road? Stop by Jordan Ford to browse our current inventory of trucks.