Fall Foliage Road Trips in Utah

fall foliage road trips in Utah

New England does not have the market cornered on pretty autumns. In fact, Utah might be the most beautiful place in the country come fall (and all seasons, let’s be honest). Looking for a place to see the leaves change? Check out one of these fall foliage road trips in Utah this year in your new Ford F-150:

Snowbasin Resort

Head to Ogden Valley for some breathtaking views of the changing trees. While out that way, stay a couple nights at Snowbasin Resort, where you can try some delicious beer and barbecue—and free jazz on Sundays.

Mount Nebo Loop

To see beautiful yellow and orange trees reflected in still water, try out this scenic drive.

Zion National Park

Forget Yellowstone. Zion National Park may be the country’s most amazing national park with beautiful views of red rocks and jagged cliffs. While the landscape is sparser in terms of trees, it still does play host to changing leaves — and the tourists have all left for the summer.

The Alpine Loop

This is by far Utah’s most famous fall foliage loop. Start at American Fork Canyon and head to Provo Canyon on this 20-mile loop.

Contact us here at L&L Motor to schedule your Ford’s seasonal service appointment before the holidays arrive.

See How Ford’s SHE-MOVES Mobility Program Is Making a Difference

SHE-MOVES

This year, Ford and the Ford Fund created a new mobility program called Strengthen Her: Mobilizing Ventures for Social Innovation, or SHE-MOVES. The SHE-MOVES mobility program was designed specifically to make a difference in the lives of women and children in South Africa and Nigeria. SHE-MOVES is built around the “Whole-Person Leadership” development, adhering to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, which include Quality Education, Affordable and Clean Energy, Clean Water and Sanitation, Gender Equality, and Good Health and Wellbeing.

Specifically, SHE-MOVES made a difference in Nigeria by awarding a grant to Shuttlers, a female-owned app-based service that helps more than 400 women move around in Lagos, which is seeing tremendous population growth.

In South Africa, SHE-MOVES partnered with the Uhambo Foundation of Cape Town to give children with special needs the mobility they require; the grant to the foundation also empowers caretakers of these children. In addition to the financial assistance, the SHE-MOVES mobility program donated a Ford Tourneo Custom to the organization.

“We are extremely grateful to receive the SHE-MOVES grant and the donation of the Ford Tourneo Custom, both of which will assist us immensely in reaching out to more members of the community and help improve the lives of children affected by disabilities, particularly in the impoverished rural areas,” remarked Uhambo Foundation General Manager Sarah Driver-Jowitt.

Contact us at L&L Motor for more exciting news about Ford’s charitable partnerships, as well as its new 2020 model lineup.  

Ford Unveils Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication Technology

Ford Connected Vehicle Platform

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 Vehicle Platform.

Ford 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.

The 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.

The 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.

Ford 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.

Want to see more of innovative technology, smart driver-assist features, and advanced communication capabilities? Test-drive a Ford at L&L Motor today.

Key by Amazon Offered on Ford Vehicles

Key by Amazon

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.

Tire Maintenance 101

Tire Maintenance

Well-maintained tires are an important part of safe driving. Here’s what you need to know about maintaining your vehicle’s tires.

Proper pressure

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.

Tread depth

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.

Regular rotation

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.

Wheel alignment

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.

Summer Festivals Around Vernal, UT

Summer Festivals Vernal UT

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.

Ashley Valley Farmer’s Market

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.

Fossil Discovery Trail Hike

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.

Here’s How to Get Your Ford Ready for Summer Road Trips

get your Ford ready for summer road trips

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 trips:

Oil Change and Tire Rotation

 Before 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

 Car 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

Before 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 trip.

Contact us at L&L Motor to schedule a pre-trip maintenance appointment for your vehicle.

2020 Ford Escape Is Best-Performing Version Ever

2020 Ford Escape

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.

Contact us at L&L Motor for the latest updates on the 2020 Ford Escape.

Download These 4 Apps for Safe Teen Driving

apps for safe teen driving

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.

MOTIVATE

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.

LifeSaver

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.

Drivemode

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.

Ford EcoSport Makes Parking Easy

Ford EcoSport

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.

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