Spring weather in Mishawaka can get a bit wet — but don’t let that put a damper on your seasonal adventures with your Ford vehicle. Here are some helpful pointers for driving safely in the rain this spring.
Ditch cruise control
If your Ford has cruise control, it’s best to avoid using it when it’s raining. That’s because when you turn it on, this mode prevents you from being able to ease off the accelerator — a driving technique that’s essential for maintaining traction on slick roads.
Go slow and give space
Plan for longer travel times when the weather is wet so you can travel as slowly as you need to stay in control. You’ll also want to give extra room to other cars on the road to ensure that you have sufficient time to bring your vehicle to a halt even in the rainiest of conditions.
Steer clear of flood zones
Familiarize yourself with the flood zones in your area. If your commute includes roads that are prone to flooding, figure out a detour that you could take.
Know how to respond to a skid
Educate yourself on how to properly handle a skid if your Ford does happen to hydroplane on a wet spring day. First, refrain from harsh braking. You’ll also want to continue steering the vehicle in the direction you want to go to help regain control.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.