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.
This summer, the 2020 Escape racked in two more accolades. It came in at number one in its segment in the J.D. Power 2020 APEAL Study and earned a deserving place on the Wards 10 Best User Experiences list.
The APEAL Study stands for The Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout Study. It’s a detailed study that uses 40 factors to determine a driver’s emotional attachment to their vehicles. In the 2020 Study the Escape came in fourth overall and was actually the best among compact SUV’s. The results of the study exemplify why the Escape is so popular among the population. An exciting driving experience is exactly why so many drivers choose it over the competition.
As if one award wasn’t enough for the Escape, it was also was able to claim fourth place on WardsAuto’s 2020 Best User Experiences list. The publication’s judges commended the Escape for its available 12.3-inch digital cluster display and SYNC® 3 infotainment setup. They praised the number of standard features offered on the brand’s Ford Co-Pilot360™ technology suite. In addition, Wards judges also lauded the model’s incorporation of blue ambient backlighting on the digital displays, as well as the easy-to-use smartphone pairing and voice commands.
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.
Ford and TomTom recently joined forces by signing a multi-year contract. TomTom will provide some of the next-generation navigation features for the upcoming Ford models, particularly using SYNC® 4 in-vehicle infotainment technology. And you’ll be able to find TomTom technology starting with the 2021 model year.
Offered on the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E and the 2021 Ford F-150, this TomTom technology will provide information about traffic congestion, real-time updates, parking information (spots and pricing), nearby restaurants, and more. There’s easy-to-use natural speech recognition and over-the-air updates as well, so you’ll always have the latest information.
“Their next-generation SYNC technologies have twice the computing power of the previous-generation system to do much more, including real-time, smartphone-like mapping that can help you adjust on the fly to quicker routes based on their network of millions of connected devices,” said Stuart Taylor, executive director of Enterprise Connectivity.
In particular, the 2021 Mustang Mach-E comes with several exciting features to make the most of this new TomTom contract. This includes the all-new SYNC® 4A system, which comes with a special 15.5-inch screen, dash cards (as opposed to a traditional menu), and a Ford Intelligent Range feature to help you optimize range per charge.
Summer is all about soaking in the sun and getting away from the stress. If you need inspiration for some fun weekend getaways in Indiana, here are some of the best places to start.
Turtle Run Winery Tour
Take a tour of the 15 acres of vines at the Turtle Run Winery as you sip from a selection of 30 rich wines. Learn about the history of winemaking and viticulture from the winery’s owner, and you might even see some turtles, as the winery is named for its abundance of turtles.
Enjoy the seclusion of nature by staying at Serenity Springs, an 85-acre resort of log cabins in Michigan City. The peaceful destination is ideal for those looking to enjoy stunning natural landscapes and relax in private. Serenity Springs also offers a quick drive to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Washing Park, and the Lighthouse Place Outlet Mall if you want to explore Michigan City further.
Located just 90 miles northwest of Indianapolis, Williamsport is the home of the tallest free-falling waterfall in Indiana. For a refreshing yet active commune with nature, the Williamsport Falls Loop Hike consists of a 1.6-mile loop trail that will bring you to the waterfall plunging down from 90 feet.
Need more ideas to chase away summer boredom? Call us at Jordan Ford. We’ll be happy to share some of our other favorite sites and pasties in the Mishawaka area.
Ford revealed the next-generation 2021 F-150 on June 25, unveiling the truck’s new powertrain options. Like previous model years, the 14th generation of America’s bestselling pickup has its eyes set on outperforming the competitors in its segment with targeted best-in-class available towing, payload, torque, and horsepower.
With the new F-150, the powertrain lineup now includes a full hybrid engine as one of its six engine options. Most engines are making a return, such as the 3.3-liter V6, 2.7-liter turbocharged EcoBoost® V6, 5.0-liter Coyote V8, 3.0-liter Power Stroke® diesel, and the 3.5-liter EcoBoost®. Ford has not yet released horsepower and torque for the 2021 variants, but it is expected that the engines will have similar outputs to previous model years’ powertrains.
The highlight, however, is the new, class-exclusive 3.5-liter PowerBoost™ Full Hybrid V6 engine. Using a combination of gas and electric energy, this groundbreaking engine will provide the 2021 F-150 with unparalleled range and efficiency.
When it comes to the exterior, the 2021 Ford F-150 is also receiving a boost with fine-tuned details on its bumper, grille, and tailgates. To support the plug-in hybrid powertrain, the Ford 150 will also sit on a new frame. The interior dimensions remain relatively unchanged, but the new F-150 welcomes several upgrades with its technology.
Test-drive the 2021 Ford F-150 when it arrives on our lot at Jordan Ford later this year. Or stop by now, to test-drive the current F-150 models we have in stock.
Summer in Indiana is usually associated with humidity, high temperatures, and a surge in traffic. That’s why it’s important to perform vehicle maintenance to keep your ride in great shape. While Jordan Ford can help with any regular service and repairs, there are also some simple things you can do to keep your car healthy. Here are some helpful DIY car care tips to keep your vehicle in tip-top shape this season.
First, check and top off fluid levels at least once a month. Check the coolant, oil, transmission fluid (which often needs to be checked while the engine is warm), the brake fluid, and power-steering fluid. Make sure the car is on a flat surface when checking levels. If you notice that your vehicle seems to be leaking fluid, call Jordan Ford to schedule a service appointment as soon as possible.
Next, check tire pressure. When seasons change, the air pressure in the tires will fluctuate due to changes in temperature. Check the pressure by looking on the dashboard’s tire pressure indicator or by using a tire pressure gauge to assess the pressure of each tire.
It’s also important to cleanse the exterior of your car. Washing the exterior will remove any grime and apply a coating of wax to it once a month to help keep it clean for longer. If you park outside, consider getting a cover to prevent UV damage.
Winter and spring can take a toll on the windshield wipers as well, which means that summer is a great time to inspect them for signs of wear and tear. If it’s been a while since you replaced the wipers, swap them out for a fresh pair to ensure proper visibility on warm-weather drives.
Finally, check the battery. Summer heat can take a toll on your battery. Clean corrosion off the terminals, ensure the connections are secure, and check the charge to help prevent getting stranded due to battery malfunctions.
Save yourself time and effort when you let Jordan Ford service your vehicle for you. Call us or fill out an online form today to schedule a maintenance appointment.
Here at Jordan Ford, we’re committed to helping you find a simple, easy, and stress-free experience when car shopping. Now, we’d like to help you find this inner sense of calm while you’re working from home. We’ve rounded up some relaxation techniques to help you stay focused and balanced in your life as you enjoy the benefits and overcome the challenges of remote work.
Pactice deep breathing exercises. While it might sound simple, deep-breathing techniques can stimulate the vagus nerve, reduce your heart rate, and lower blood pressure. Start by sitting with your back straight, deeply inhaling through your nose and letting your stomach rise. Exhale through the mouth, pushing out as much air as possible while counting slowing. Aim to breathe from the abdomen, not the chest.
You can also try mindfulness and rhythmic movement exercises. Though an intense workout may not be soothing, basic exercise such as walking, swimming, and biking create a flow of repetitive movement that can gently stimulate your body and trigger a relaxation response. Don’t focus on burning calories; instead, pay attention to the repetition of the movements.
Progressive muscle relaxation is another technique to practice. This two-step process requires you to tense a muscle and then completely relax that same muscle. Try starting with your toes, then working your way up through the muscle groups, finishing with your neck and head. The key is to focus your attention and take it slow. You can also combine muscle relaxation with deep breathing for added stress relief.
Though Independence Day will likely look a little different this year, there are many ways to celebrate the holiday from the comfort of home. We’ve put together a few options for you and your family to celebrate the birth of our great nation right here in South Bend.
Watch Fireworks Online: Each year, the spectacular fireworks show held on the West Lawn in Washington D.C. is broadcasted on PBS. The special, “A Capitol Fourth”,usually includes a concert featuring a medley of patriot tunes from famous musicians. This year’s special is still on the schedule, but past years’ displays are available to stream on the PBS website, if the 2020 event does end up being canceled.
Cookout: While hosting a huge shin-dig is off the table this year, you can still have a fun cookout in your South Bend backyard for your family. Grab some hot dogs and hamburgers for the grill, then task your littlest helpers with creating side dishes. Cooking dinner as a family is an excellent bonding experience.
Crafts: In the days leading up to Independence Day, you and your family can collaborate on some fun crafts to keep you entertained and to decorate your home patriotically. From pinwheel hair ties to red, white, and blue slime, there is no end to the opportunities for crafty creativity in honor of America.
Spending more time at home with your kids this season can be rewarding and challenging. If you’re looking for new activities to freshen up your routine, here are a few of our favorite family-friendly games to play at home.
Lawn Tic-Tac-Toe: For families with young children at home, playing an easy-to-understand game of lawn tic-tac-toe can help little ones learn about strategy and help improve motor skills. The game can be easily assembled using materials you already have at home like Popsicle sticks, string, and circular objects.
Bean Bag Bowl Toss: Using large mixing bowls, bean bags, tape, and spare paper, you can create a homemade skee ball game in no time. Simply tape a point value on each bowl, line them up, and toss your bean bag into the container. To help reinforce arithmetic skills for older kids, have them keep track of their own scores.
Water Cup Races: Though you might not be able to visit the fair this year, you can recreate a fun carnival favorite in your backyard. Poke a hole in a plastic cup and thread a string through the hole before tying both ends to opposing trees or fence posts. Repeat this step for each cup “racer,” then grab your squirt gun and see whose cup crosses the finish line first.
Enjoy making memories with your family this summer. And remember to call us at Jordan Ford in Mishawaka if you have any questions about bringing home a new Ford model or maintaining your current one.