The Ford Motor Company has built its legacy upon innovation.
That tradition shows no sign of stopping — at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America’s yearly
conference in Washington, D.C., the automaker unveiled the Ford Connected
showed off two innovations aimed at making the road a safer place for drivers
and pedestrians alike. These devices allow vehicles to communicate with other
vehicles and mobile devices through Bluetooth®, blockchain
encryption, and short-range communication technology.
first demonstration showed a roadside unit that allows vehicles to wirelessly
communicate with cyclists, pedestrians, and other road users. It allows
pedestrians to be notified of oncoming vehicles they might not notice.
second high-tech safety device aims to smooth out the issues inherent at
four-way stops. It gives drivers an easier way to determine right-of-way,
without the frustration of waving a hesitant driver on, while insisting,
“Please, you go first.” Instead, the vehicles will have a conversation,
ensuring smoother transitions and fewer miscommunications.
Connected Vehicle Platform and Product Executive Director Don Butler is excited
about the potential for these innovations. Aside from helping traffic run
smoothly, Butler is excited to gather more data about traffic, construction,
and emergency vehicles, so cities can strategically improve their infrastructure.
One of the newest innovations to come to the Ford lineup is
Key by Amazon. This enables delivery people to deliver packages from Amazon
inside of your car for safe keeping. Amazon’s goal for this service is to help
prevent packages from being stolen from your front porch. This feature is
available exclusively to Amazon Prime members.
The best part? You don’t have to go out and buy a new Ford
to get this functionality. Instead, drivers of Fords from the 2017 model year
and more recent years can add the functionality via FordPass Connect (assuming
the Ford model has that feature enabled).
So how does it work? You will receive a notification when
the delivery is about to occur and when it is complete. The delivery person
will only have access to your vehicle during that delivery period and must
verify that the vehicle has been locked after delivery. You also have the
ability to reroute the delivery (like if you unexpectedly move your car) or
reschedule (like if you will be driving your car all day).
Expect more innovations like this from Ford in the coming
years. For example, Ford is already considering a similar perk: mobile car
washes. This entails exactly what you’d imagine. While you sit in the office or
just enjoy a day at home, car washers will come to your Ford and wash it for you.
Contact us at L&L Motor for more information on Key by Amazon, or to set up a test-drive of your favorite Ford model.
Well-maintained tires are an important part of safe driving.
Here’s what you need to know about maintaining your vehicle’s tires.
Properly inflated tires are critical to your vehicle’s ride,
handling, and fuel economy. Check your tire pressure monthly, and before long
road trips. Always check the tire pressure when the tires are cold — heated
tires may show a falsely-elevated pressure reading.
Tire treads help your vehicle
maintain traction, even in slippery conditions. Therefore, it’s important to
monitor your vehicle’s tire tread depth.
To check the tread depth, flip
over a penny and place it into several tread grooves.
If part of Lincoln’s head is
always covered by the tread, the tires are still safe to drive on.
To get the most out of your tires, have them rotated every
5,000-7,000 miles. This ensures a proper wearing pattern. Consult your vehicle
owner’s manual for the correct rotational pattern, or bring it to our service
department at L&L Motor.
A wheel alignment prevents excessive, uneven tire wear,
improves your gas mileage, and gives you a smoother ride. If your vehicle pulls
to one side, has a shaky steering wheel, or your vehicle has uneven tire wear,
it’s time for a wheel alignment. Also, you should have this service performed
whenever you purchase new tires or suspension parts. Otherwise, have your
vehicle’s wheels aligned every 12-18 months.
If you have questions or need help maintaining your tires, bring your vehicle to our service department at L&L Motor.
Looking to have some fun in and around Vernal? From
neighborhood markets and marathons to rodeo shows and educational expeditions,
here are just a few of the fun summer events coming up in our local community.
At the Ashley Valley Farmer’s Market, you’ll find more than fresh, locally grown food. You’ll also find handmade soaps, artisan crafts, and plenty of live entertainment. The market runs on Saturdays, from July 6 to Sept. 28, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., on 225 East Main St.
Uintah Half Marathon
Get ready to run though Uintah County’s gorgeous red-rock landscape. This 13.1-mile downhill course cuts through the scenic Dry Fork Canyon. Even in the desert heat, you won’t go thirsty — the marathon offers aid stations every other mile. The race begins on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 7 a.m. in Vernal.
USTRC Dally for Dinosaurs
While the event might be called “Dally for Dinosaurs,” this rodeo puts bulls, broncs, and cowboys in the spotlight. This team roping championship features authentic Western thrills and plenty of fun for the whole family. Witness the action from Aug. 2-3 at the Uintah County Fairgrounds in Vernal.
The Canyon Visitor Center in Dinosaur National Monument offers daily, guided hikes from May 24 to Sept. On these 1.2-mile educational walks, you’ll learn about the area’s fascinating fossils and scenic rock formations. Although the event doesn’t require registration, it’s a good idea to bring water, sunscreen, a hat, and a comfortable pair of shoes for the hike. The tour begins at 10 a.m. at the Quarry Exhibit Hall and ends at the Quarry Visitor Center.
Whether you’re looking for family fun or a memorable day out
with your friends, you’ll find plenty to do in our neighborhood. Come join us —
L&L Motor is proud to celebrate summer with the community of Vernal.
School’s almost out, the days are getting longer, and the
weather’s warming up, which means it’s time to get on the road and explore our
country with a good old-fashioned road trip. But is your car, truck, or SUV
ready for the vacation? Here’s how to get your Ford ready for summer road
Oil Change and Tire Rotation
putting long miles on your Ford, make sure it has fresh oil for optimal engine
performance and recent tire rotation for even tire wearing. If you service at
L&L Motor, we can also let you know of any other maintenance items that are
due, and we’ll do a full inspection to make sure your Ford is operating safely
before your trip.
Clean Inside and Out
washes and waxes are important for preserving your car’s exterior, especially
after a winter filled with snow and road salt. But you should also clean out
the inside of your Ford before your trip — and bring along trash bags to keep
it clean during your vacation.
Check the Basics
heading out, make sure that your tire pressure is correct, your windshield
wiper blades aren’t leaving streaks, all your headlights are working, and your
AC is operating correctly. This will save you unexpected troubles during your
Last month, Ford announced that the new 2020 Ford Escape would be the best-performing Escape that the Blue Oval has ever produced.
For starters, the 1.5-liter EcoBoost, which will come
standard on S, SE, and SEL models, will produce 180 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of
torque and enable towing of up to 2,000 pounds. For the first time ever, this
EcoBoost engine will feature cylinder deactivation for more efficient driving.
The other gas engine is the 2.0-liter EcoBoost, available on
the Titanium, which will crank out 250 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. This
engine will also launch the EcoBoost from 0-60 mph in 10-percent less time than
the outgoing 2.0-liter Escape engine and will enable towing up to 3,500 pounds.
The Escape became the world’s first hybrid SUV back in 2005.
For 2020, Ford is offering two alternative-fuel powertrain options; the Ford
Escape will be available as a hybrid or as a plug-in hybrid. No matter which
powertrain the Escape is set up with, Ford estimates that the Escape will
manage at least 400 miles between fill-ups. The standard 2020 Ford Escape
hybrid with front-wheel drive should achieve a best-in-class EPA-estimated
range — more than 550 miles on a single tank.
Are you worried about your new teen driver’s safety behind
the wheel, especially when you’re not in the car to monitor? Then try out one
of the four apps for safe teen driving, recommended by The News Wheel:
Focus by TeenDrive
To use this app, you will also need to
purchase a beacon to install in your car and create an account online. When
your teen’s phone is within 20 feet of this beacon, it will sync with it,
meaning that when the car is in motion, all text and social media notifications
will be blocked. Drivers can still utilize navigation and music apps.
While Focus requires that you purchase a beacon, MOTIVATE
operates just with the app on the phone — and teens may be more eager to use
this one. That’s because MOTIVATE is an incentive app that rewards teens for
safe driving. MOTIVATE pauses app notifications when the teen is driving and
awards them points for prizes for safe driving.
When your teen’s vehicle is in motion, the phone
automatically locks. And if they unlock it? You’ll get a notification so you
can talk to your teen about safe driving.
Currently, Drivemode is available only for Android users. It
uses voice command, reads texts aloud, supports Google Maps, and more. Most
importantly? It turns off notifications.
If you and your teen are starting to shop for their first vehicle, stop by L&L Motor. We’ll help match you with the right Ford model to suit your budget and preferences.
Whether you live in a city or a suburb, the struggle to find
a parking spot for your vehicle is real. Even here in Vernal — especially if
you head into one of the popular businesses lining Main Street — you might find
it difficult to find a spot where you want it to be. The Ford EcoSport is here
to change that. In fact, when you’re behind the wheel of the EcoSport, you
should be able to find what Ford calls EcoSpots — parking spots that are
prefect for the EcoSport’s short body.
Finding fun ways to entertain your children during Utah’s
winter can be difficult — but we have a few ideas for you. Here’s a look at
some fun indoor entertainment centers in Utah that you can take your whole
family to for an exciting day out.
Love is in the air, and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Looking to spend the day with your loved one in a unique way? Vernal residents should try out one of these unique Valentine’s Day getaways in Utah:
Salt Lake City
The capital city of Utah is the epicenter of culture and fine dining. Take your significant other to explore a museum, take in the natural beauty of Red Butte Garden, and enjoy a nice dinner somewhere in Temple Square.
If you and your loved one enjoy “roughin’ it” together, rent a cabin out in Arches National Park in Moab. The views are incredible, and you can quench your thirst for adventure with a day of cross-country skiing at La Sal Mountain before relaxing in your cozy romantic cabin with a hot tub and bottle of champagne.
Are you and your significant other avid skiers? The best place to spend the long Valentine’s Day weekend is in Park City, which is home to three world-class ski resorts, several fine-dining establishments, the Blue Sky Ranch for scenic horseback rides, and a delicious whiskey tasting at the High West Distillery.