Spring is the perfect time for a family vacation, but let’s face: Traveling isn’t cheap. Never fear—there are plenty of ways that we Clark Griswolds of the world can be frugal and still take our family on great adventures. Here are three ways you can save money on your road trip.
Don’t speed: Sure, speeding will get you to your destination faster, but half the fun of road trips is the time you spend bonding while driving. Staying closer to the highway speed limit will ensure you optimize your fuel economy and will also make it a lot harder for a cop to justify giving you an expensive speeding ticket.
Pack snacks and food: Gas stations, diners, and vending machines can add up when it comes time to feed your family. Pack a cooler with sandwiches, fruits, and veggies. Don’t forget protein-packed snacks to keep you from getting hungry. You can even bring bottled water and coffee from home to help you save even more on dining expenses.
Be smart about lodging: You don’t have to stay in five-star hotels every night. Consider camping with the family or look at an affordable Airbnb as an alternative. If you have friends or family along your route that you haven’t seen in a while, consider staying with them—just be sure to take them out to dinner as a thank you.If you need more suggestions for how to save some cash on your next weekend escape or family vacation, contact us at L&L Motor. We’ll be happy to share our insights.
Mother’s Day is almost here, so now is time to start brainstorming the perfect Mother’s Day gift ideas. If your mom loves to put the pedal to the metal (or just spends a lot of time in the car, commuting to work, running errands, or carting you from point A to point B), why not get her something she can appreciate each time she gets behind the wheel?
Here are some great Mother’s Day gift ideas for car lovers:
Fun seat covers: You can add a pop of color to Mom’s car with a protective seat cover. She’ll also appreciate the practicality, as seat covers guard against spills, rips, and pet hair.
Car mount: Does your mom use her phone to navigate or stream audio while driving, but lament that she has to cram it in her cup holder? Get her a convenient air vent mount for a safe, hands-free experience.
Windshield shades: Keeping the sun from heating up the interior of the car on a hot day is made easy with windshield shades, but why settle for a bland monochromatic one? Find a fun one that fits Mom’s personality, like palm trees on the beach or adorable dogs.Contact us at L&L Motor for more suggestions on ways to shower Mom with appreciation this holiday.
The safest way to take any family road trip is to do it in a Ford. That has never been truer than it will be this summer, when the 2019 Ford Edge arrives at L&L Motor.
The new 2019 Ford Edge safety features include three new technologies standard on some trims but available across the entire Edge lineup. The new technologies include Post-Collision Braking, Evasive Steering Assist, and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane Centering. Post-Collision Braking helps reduce the chance of a second collision after an initial accident by applying moderate brake pressure while Evasive Steering Assist helps you to steer around slow or stopped vehicles, even at high speeds. Finally, the updated Adaptive Cruise Control technology now keeps you at a safe distance from surrounding traffic and keeps the Edge in its lane.
Other standard safety features on the 2019 Ford Edge include Forward Collision Warning, Dynamic Brake Support, the Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Cross-Traffic Alert, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Auto High Beams, Hill Start Assist, Lane-Keeping Alert and Lane-Keeping Assist, AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control and Curve Control, and 911 Assist. Available features include Enhanced Active Park Assist, 180-degree front and rear cameras, and front and rear ultrasonic sensors.
Test drive the 2019 Edge at L&L Motor when it materializes on our lot later this year.
If you are new to the Uintah Basin or are just here for a visit, be sure to add the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum to your list. The museum is located at 496 E Main Street in Vernal, Utah. The park costs $7 a day for adults and $3.50 for seniors and children ages six to 12; children five and under get in free.
The Uinta Fossil Journey exhibit is one the whole family will love. You will start by searching for a stone, then move on to finding fossils, discovering dinosaurs, journeying to the Jurassic, traveling through time, exploring the Eocene, and studying rocks. There are also changing exhibits to explore, and don’t forget to check out the Edaphosaurus exhibit to learn more about dinosaurs.
In the spring (March through Memorial Day), the museum is open daily from 9am to 5pm. Starting Memorial Day Weekend, the museum shifts to summer hours (9am until 7pm) until September 3rd. September 3rd marks fall hours, again from 9am to 5pm. Winter hours (October to March) are from 9am to 5pm. Mondays through Saturday; the museum is closed on Sundays in the winter.
For more suggestions on which exhibits to see at the museum or on other sites to explore in the area, contact us at L&L Motor. We’ll be happy to share our favorite local haunts.
Can it be possible? Could winter really almost be over? While you might feel the urge to go run outside and soak up some sun, you’ve also got to get your car ready for spring before it’s too late. Here are some areas to focus on when the weather warms up.
Check your battery: Winter can be very hard on your battery. Have our professionals test yours to make sure it is still operating properly.
Get a car wash: If you drove in snow or salt on the road, you should give your car a thorough wash. Bonus points if you clean the inside of your car. It is time for spring cleaning, after all.
Get an oil change: You should change your oil roughly every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. An easy way to remember oil changes, especially if you are a frequent driver, is to do it at the change of every season.
Inspect your tires: When you get your oil changed here at L&L Motors, we can also rotate your tires. We’ll make sure they are inflated properly, as winter’s colder weather can throw that off, and we’ll even check the treads to let you know how much longer you have before it’s time to replace them.
This year marks the 15th anniversary of Ford’s innovative program for new drivers, Ford Driving Skills for Life. To mark the special occasion, Ford is offering several program expansions and new technologies to aid in safe driving.
The tour kicked off last month in New Orleans and will eventually be held in 13 cities with 60 different hands-on sessions across the country. Ford anticipates instructing more than 5,500 students in the US, free of charge. The program is also expanding globally to Cambodia, Czech Republic, and Morocco. Notably, Ford will be offering the program to women in Saudi Arabia.
As for new technologies, Ford is now implementing virtual reality to help teach technical skills to new drivers and will also use a new tool to teach the dangers of distracted driving. Adult drivers will recognize the pain of driving in the hangover suit, which mimics the true physical difficulties of driving the day after copious alcohol consumption.
“As we celebrate 15 years of stellar programing to keep new drivers safe, we continue to build momentum with new technologies that help to ensure smart driving,” explained James Graham, global manager, Ford Driving Skills for Life. “Our program is expanding in multiple ways – by reaching more people here and abroad, and by offering cutting-edge technologies that enhance our curriculum. We look forward to many more years of success. And we are proud to be the global leader in training new drivers to keep them safer behind the wheel.”
The Ford Driving Skills for Life will unfortunately not make it to Utah this year. The closest locations to L&L Motors include stops in California and Arizona.
Tailgating is always a fun and entertaining time, but sometimes, cooking for a crowd out of the back of your vehicle isn’t easy. To help make your tailgate party better all around, make sure you follow these tips.
Slice into your hot dogs.
Whether you’re cooking your hot dogs on a grill or on a hot plate, consider slicing them partially through, so they open like a book. This will allow them to not only cook quicker, but also become a great vehicle for tons of ketchup, mustard, and relish – maybe even some cheese and chilli!
Butter the outside of your burger and hot dog buns.
Add a touch of the unexpected by slathering the outside of your bread buns in some homemade garlic butter. Simply add garlic powder and onion powder to your butter, lather it on the bread, and grill them for a delicious extra touch to your tailgating meal.
Get a Ford EcoSport.
If there was ever the perfect tailgating vehicle, the Ford EcoSport would be it. With a number of creative organizational options to store everything from your cooler full of drinks to your fold up chairs, along with a power outlet for your equipment, this crossover is a great tool to have with you on game day.
To learn more about the Ford EcoSport, make sure you swing into L&L Motors for a test drive.
Owning a home isn’t always easy–especially if that home needs a bunch of repairs. Homeownership is about to get a lot easier, though, for the low-income homeowners in the Uintah Basin area, including Roosevelt.
The Housing Rehab/Replacement Home program utilizes money from community development block grants to help rehab roofs, furnaces, and other issues. If the repairs to the home are too expensive, then the program will purchase a replacement home.
To benefit from this program, there are a few requirements. Kendra Hackford, a housing specialist with the Uintah Basin Association of Governments (UBAOG), explained these qualifications: “To qualify for the program, you must own the home, own the land, and have it paid off. If they come in and need help fixing something and we see the repairs are going to cost more than half of what the house is worth, we offer a replacement home.”
If the home happens to be a mobile home from before 1978, the program offers a replacement home automatically.
Each home is purchased using a loan from the US Department of Agriculture. This loan has low interest rates, which makes it easy for low-income families to repay.
Local programs like this make us at L&L Motors proud to be part of the Roosevelt community. If you’re interested in learning more about the Roosevelt Housing Program, visit the UBAOG website at http://ubaog.org/.
Attending local events is a great way to learn more about the community and its issues. Roosevelt, Utah may not be the largest city in the area, but it offers several interesting events that are bound to interest residents and visitors. Here are a few upcoming events in Roosevelt, Utah recommended by us at L&L Motors.
Uinta Basic Water Summit
The Uinta Basin Water Summit is an annual event that offers the surrounding community the chance to learn more about issues in the area. Sponsors will demonstrate how their most recent technologies and products can help solve Uinta Basin water issues. The event takes place on January 17th at a cost of $30 to attend. Lunch is provided.
Wholistic Lifestyle Expo 2018
If you’ve ever wanted to learn about different ways to improve your living, then the Wholistic Lifestyle Expo 2018 is the event for you. Taking place on February 17th from 10am to 6pm, the event is a place for all holistic lifestyle enthusiasts to gather, converse, and learn more about themselves.
The Wholistic Lifestyle Expo 2018 will feature presenters, businesses, and those dedicated to holistic health. Other features include music, yoga, nutrition, personal development, life coaching, and much more! Tickets to this event cost just $10, making it a great bargain for those interested in changing their lifestyle.
If you need a new vehicle to drive through the winter and attend these events, contact us at L&L Motors.
You don’t become as revered and long-lasting as Ford without creating a few icons over the years. As one of the oldest automakers in the industry, Ford has created legendary models, some of which are still around today. We at L&L Motors know of a few famous Ford cars that have been brand milestones throughout the years.
Ford Model T
With a production run exceeding 16.5 million, the Ford Model T revolutionized the early automotive industry. Powered by a four-cylinder engine, the Model T was produced for two decades and effectively jumpstarted America’s interest in vehicles. In all of the brand’s century-plus history, no model has been as influential as the Ford Model T.
You can’t make a list of famous Ford cars without including the Ford GT, the astounding supercar that turned heads and broke records. The streel-legal performance car arrived in 2004 with a 5.4-liter supercharged V8 engine that delivers 550 hp. Unfortunately, it left the market in 2006. A decade later, the model made its triumphant return and is still in production today.
The Ford Mustang was introduced in the mid-1960s and kicked off a craze for an entire generation. The American muscle car brought superior performance to the industry, and its sleek styling certainly didn’t hurt. Today, the Ford Mustang is still going strong with plenty of trim levels and powertrains to choose from.