Spring is nearly here in Mishawaka, Indiana, and we’re looking forward to enjoying warm weather again. Unfortunately, that means a lot of rainstorms are on the way, so it’s important that your car’s wipers are ready — especially after how brutal this winter was! To determine if your car needs new windshield wiper blades, look for these factors.
Streaks on the glass
If the old wipers leave excessive streaks on the windshield, it’s probably time for new wipers. You can try wiping off the rubber to see if that solves the problem, but if it doesn’t, then the wipers are damaged enough to need replaced.
Squeaking or skipping
If you activate the wipers during the spring rain and hear loud squealing or see the arms bumping across the glass, something is wrong. The rubber isn’t as soft and smooth as it once was, which means it’s been worn down to the point of replacing.
The rubber blade on the wipers can deteriorate after brutal seasons of cold and heat, as well as years of constant use, and you sometimes can see that deterioration if you look close enough. If you notice cracks, chunks missing, peeling, or warping, it’s time for new wipers.
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.
Recently, Ford announced a new initiative that will help customers save on auto insurance. To this end, the company has teamed up with key insurance carriers, including State Farm, Allstate, Liberty Mutual, Metromile, and Verisk Data Exchange.
These new partnerships will help customers lower their insurance premium based on their driving behavior thanks to built-in connectivity technology on eligible Ford vehicles. And with connected vehicle data, Ford will help car insurance carriers improve their underwriting process and usage-based programs.
Additionally, Ford Insure, which is underwritten by Nationwide, offers usage-based policies through Ford’s insurance agency subsidiary. Ford Insure enhances the Ford customers experience with driver behavior discounts of up to 40 percent. Through the FordPass™ app or Ford Insure website, customers with eligible vehicles like the 2020 Ford Escape or Ford Explorer can easily get a quote, then buy or bundle policies.
If you need help choosing the right car insurance policy, don’t hesitate to call our finance experts here at Jordan Ford in Mishawaka. Or stop by our dealership to lease or buy your next Ford model to upgrade your travels in South Bend and beyond.
Every car should have a set of emergency supplies should an emergency arise, whether on your daily commute to work or on a road trip out of state. Here at Jordan Ford, we recommended that you keep an emergency supply kit in the trunk of your vehicle and restock any used items every six months. Here are some essential items to include in your car’s emergency kit.
The right tools
In case your vehicle runs into maintenance issues, you should have a tool kit or multipurpose utility tool. You’ll also want to have jumper cables, as well as a spare tire, wheel wrench, and tripod jack. These tools can help you with car care on the road. Also include a first-aid kit.
Food and clothes
Be sure to keep some water bottles in your car at all times, as well as nonperishable, high-energy foods, such as dried fruits or nuts. For the cold winters in South Bend, have a stash of winter accessories, such as warm clothing and blankets. It’s also a good idea to keep a snow brush, shovel, windshield washer fluid, and cat litter on hand.
Some useful accessories
Keep a car charger for your cell phone to make sure your devices don’t die when you most need them. A flashlight and extra batteries will also come in handy.
For more tips on making your travels safer, contact us at Jordan Ford in Mishawaka. And make sure to schedule a seasonal service appointment for your vehicle to help minimize the chance of breakdowns.
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.
Back in November at its annual dealer meeting, Ford announced to U.S. dealerships that it had created a new way to shop for and sell pre-owned Ford vehicles. The platform is called Ford Blue Advantage, and it will connect the used inventory of all 3,100 Ford dealerships in the country, including Jordan Ford here in Mishawaka.
With the introduction of Ford Blue Advantage, shoppers will find it easier than ever to locate the exact used Ford model that they’re looking for. Used car customers will be able to access Ford Blue Advantage as a digital platform, where they can shop the nationwide Ford used inventory. In addition to the huge selection of vehicle options open to every dealership location in the country, the platform will also have each item listed with a guaranteed price and delivery cost.
According to Ford Vice President of U.S. Marketing, Sales, and Service, Mark LaNeve, Ford sells roughly 3 million pre-owned vehicles each year. About a third of those sales are made by Ford dealerships across the country. By implementing Ford Blue Advantage, the automaker hopes to make shopping for a used Ford vehicle more appealing than ever, and to increase its used sales nationwide.
We’re excited to see this new option for potential Ford buyers. If you’ve got a question about the Ford Blue Advantage program, contact our team at Jordan Ford.
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.
Ford Motor Company continues to focus on the future with the development of an automated valet parking system that will save drivers time and use parking space more efficiently. The system is getting a trial run in a parking garage in Detroit.
The new system is the result of a partnership between Ford, Bedrock, and Bosch, and is being tested in the Bedrock Assembly Garage in Detroit. Ford Escape crossovers were chosen for the test project. The Escapes were left in a staging area, and then participants sent the vehicles to parking spots in the garage by using an app on their phones. The Escapes were fitted with sensors to communicate with detectors set up in the garage. This allowed the cars to maneuver around obstacles and to move into the chosen parking place. The app was used to retrieve the car later when it was wanted.
This technology is expected to allow 20 percent more vehicles to park in the same amount of space. Ford says that it is easy to add the system to existing infrastructure. Not only will this automated valet parking system save drivers time and frustration, they can also use the app to send the car to plug in for a charge or to get a wash and wax.
Give a head nod to Ford’s commitment to making driving and vehicle ownership more convenient when you test-drive a shiny new 2021 model here at Jordan Ford in Mishawaka.
The first Ford New Norm Mobility Award was given at the New Designers Awards in the UK back in September. Ford Motor Company funded the award to honor progressive mobility concepts focusing on health and safety during the pandemic. The winner of the first-time award was Marius Lochner for Muvone, a self-driving taxi concept.
The Muvone self-driving taxi concept definitely deserved this accolade from Ford. The automaker had been looking for designs that tackled some of the problems with transportation that the COVID-19 pandemic exposed. The Muvone holds one passenger and its simply designed interior is easy to clean between uses. It also presents a workable solution for seniors who are no longer able to drive and who may have mobility problems.
Judges appreciated Lochner’s design for its human-centric approach that focuses on safety, health, and private space. Other projects in the running were an app that optimizes travel routes to avoid unsafe conditions and a vehicle that can switch between a sports car and a pickup truck.
The New Designers Awards is held every year in the UK to showcase the work of students graduating with degrees in design. This year’s awards followed the new norm and were held virtually because of the pandemic.
Celebrate Ford’s commitment to advancing technology when you stop by Jordan Ford to take your favorite model for a whirl.