Back to School Tips for Success

Back to School Tips for Success - school teacher talking to classroom

Want to make the most out of the new school year? Follow these back to school tips from L&L Motor Co. to start the year off right for both you and your kids.

Meet the Teachers

For a successful school year, it’s imperative that you form a relationship with your children’s teachers. These are the people with whom your kids will be spending their days, and you need to feel like you can reach out and communicate with them about any questions or concerns throughout the year.

Start a Homework Routine

Create strict but reasonable homework rules day one with your kids. Set aside a special place in your home where you can keep school supplies like paper and pencils. This spot can be used for nothing but homework and studying. Create a specific school work schedule and routine so that it always gets done efficiently and on time.

Plan Healthy Lunches

The better your children are eating, the more they will be able to focus at school. Avoid lunch items high in processed foods and sugars. Plan ahead with your kids to pick items that are healthy and filled with fresh produce and good proteins. Help your kids prepare their lunches and snacks ahead of time each week so you’ll have one less thing to worry about.

Stay Involved

As the school year moves forward, make time to show interest in what your children are learning. Check over homework and quiz them for tests. Read books with your children who are learning their reading skills. Your school-positive attitude will set an example that will stick with your kids throughout their entire academic career.

What’s New on 2018 Ford F-150?

2018 Ford Police F-150 in Roosevelt, UT
2018 Ford Police F-150.

It’s no secret—the Ford F-150 has been America’s favorite truck for decades now. That’s thanks to Ford’s ability to anticipate the consumer’s ever-changing needs and deliver a truck that’s both modern and classically capable. In sticking with tradition, the new 2018 Ford F-150 keeps the recently added aluminum body and other F-150 standards while adding updates fit for the new model year. Here’s what’s changing.

Exterior

The muscular body of the 2018 F-150 gets a bold updated with a new grille, a new tailgate, and fresh headlights. LED accent lights surround both the high- and low-beam headlights for a distinct design, and separate the upper and lower tail lights as well. The 2018 F-150 also receives an all-new wheel design.

Performance

One of the biggest pieces of news regarding the light-duty 2018 Ford F-150 is the first-ever diesel engine option. Ford has yet to release specifications on the 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V6, but it promises to be a popular option. The revised EcoBoost 2.7-liter V6, the 5.0-liter V8, and the new 3.3-liter V6 will also be available as powertrain options.

Technology

Higher trim levels of the 2018 Ford F-150 can be equipped with the premium Bang & Olufsen Stereo System. The available adaptive cruise-control and the forward-collision-warning system are both more intelligent and more autonomous than ever, providing smarter driver-assist technologies. Plus, the newly available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot can quickly turn the 2018 F-150 into a mobile office.

The new 2018 Ford F-150 is going to be a favorite at L&L Motor Co. We hope you’ll stop by to take this impressive pickup for a spin.

Mustang Line-Lock Feature Added to EcoBoost Models

2017 Ford Mustang

Once you’ve experience the thrill and power that a burnout offers, you will want to do it again and again. Ford is now giving all Mustang owners that opportunity. It has announced that the Mustang line-lock features will come standard on all 2018 Mustang models, including those equipped with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine.

“We introduced line-lock on EcoBoost Mustangs because we didn’t want those customers to miss out,” said Mark Schaller, Ford Mustang marketing manager. “The number of people choosing EcoBoost power continues to grow globally, and with the increased torque and new features coming on the new Mustang, customers will not be disappointed.”

Line-lock, which is a truck-exclusive feature, is used by drag racers to warm up the tires just before the race begins. When activated, line-lock builds up pressure in the front brakes so the driver can hit the throttle and spin out the rear wheels for up to 15 seconds.

In addition, Mustangs equipped with the available 12-inch digital instrument display will get see an animation of a tire throwing up a cloud of smoke when line-lock is activated.

Here at L&L Motor Co., we are excited that Ford decided to add the Mustang Line-Lock feature to all Mustang models. No matter if you choose the EcoBoost, V6, or one of the V8 engines, the Ford Mustang is guaranteed to deliver a thrilling ride.

Ford Driving Dreams Grants Awards $400,000

Ford Driving Deams Grants Awards

Ford recognizes the importance of having a strong education. That is why the Ford Motor Company Fund recently awarded $400,000 in scholarships and grants to the recipients of the Ford Driving Dreams Grants.

These grants were awarded at the 88th Annual League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Convention held in San Antonio, Texas. The funds will be distributed to 10 Councils and LULAC National Educational Service Centers that help students graduate from high school and then pursue higher education opportunities.

These centers are spread across the country from Hollister, California to Washington, DC. In addition, Council #44017 located in South Jordan, Utah will also receive funding.

“Ford Fund is very proud of its collaboration with LULAC. Together we provide invaluable resources to help the councils build a stronger and brighter future for thousands of students in their own communities,” said Joe Avila, manager, Ford Motor Company Fund. “Education has long been a priority for Ford and we remain committed to helping our young people advance in school and reach their academic dreams.”

Since its inception, the Ford Driving Dreams Grants have awarded more than $1.3 million to help students across the United States succeed.

Here at L&L Motor Co., we are proud to be part of a company that understands the value of a good support system and are pleased to see one of these grants going to serve a community here in Utah.

Tips for Driving in the Snow

Tips for Driving in the Snow

Hitting the road for a family vacation during winter is something many families take part in to escape the cold weather. Snow- and ice-covered roads hold plenty of hazards in store for the unprepared and could put a stall, or end, to what should be a fun-filled vacation. Read up on how to handle the roads this winter. Here are a few great tips for driving in the snow from us here at L&L Motors.

  • Four-Wheel Drive – While four-wheel drive will help you get moving on slick roads, there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to stop. Increased capability systems aim to move the vehicle, not stop it. Be prepared to stop at all times and keep your speed in check!
  • Cruise Control – While cruise control is fantastic on dry pavement, it can be detrimental on snow-covered roads. Using cruise control means you can’t take your foot off the gas to start slowing the car down. Instead, you have to hit the brake. That can cause a loss of control, especially on slick roads.
  • Skidding – Drivers who end up skidding tend to panic and that only leads to disaster. Instead, steer in the direction you want the car to go in order to straighten out. Avoiding hitting the brakes altogether as they could result in an even worse situation.

Tips to Defrost Your Windshield Faster

defrost your windshieldWe know how frustrating it is to defrost your windshield. Even with your air on full blast, it can take ages to chip away at the ice, which can cause you to be late or potentially even endanger you on the road if your visibility is poor. Thankfully, we have some great, easy tips for how to defrost your windshield faster than ever.

Use a Bucket of Lukewarm Water

Be careful not to use hot water, which can turn into a powder or crack your windshield glass. Just fill up a bucket with warm water and throw it across your windshield; the ice should become soft enough to use your windshield wipers.

Spray a Mixture of Rubbing Alcohol and Water

Many commercial de-icers use a similar formula, but the DIY method is to put a mix of rubbing alcohol and water into a spray bottle and spritz it across the ice.

Scrape With an Old Credit Card

This requires a little more elbow grease than the other options, but works well for thin ice that can’t be chipped at with a scraper. Turn your defroster on and scrape with an old, expired credit card.

Prevent Ice with a Towel

If you want to avoid defrosting altogether, drape a towel over your windshield overnight to prevent ice from forming.

Hopefully these help you to defrost your windshield or eliminate the need to defrost in the first place.

Ford Reveals Next-Generation Driver Assist Technology

driver assist technologyIf you go out shopping for a new car, you’ll find the majority of vehicles for sale these days are loaded with tons of driver assist technology, whether standard or available, that helps drivers stay safer and more aware while driving. Ford has just introduced a few new next-generation features that expand the advanced safety capabilities of Ford nameplates even further, with systems that include parking assistance, collision avoidance, and even wrong-way alerts.

Parking tech includes cross-traffic alert with braking technology, which detects people and other vehicles passing behind you as you back up out of a parking space. Additionally, enhanced active parking assist parks your vehicle (parallel or perpendicular) without any interaction besides pressing a button. Evasive steering is a new system that automatically steers around slow or stopped vehicles to prevent a collision, while wrong-way alert uses navigation information as well as a camera to detect whether or not the vehicle is going the correct way.

Tons of other driver assist technology is currently in development and will roll out across Ford vehicles supposedly within the next two years, such as Traffic Jam Assist and a spot lighting feature that helps drivers detect cyclists, pedestrians, and animals crossing the road. Ford hopes these features will not only keep people safe but reduce the stress of driving.

Best Hiking Trails in Utah

Best Hiking Trails in Utah
Observation Point as seen from the top of from Angels Landing. By Aneta Kaluzna – Own work

Hiking is one of the best ways to get outdoors for some good, old-fashioned exercise! There’s little equipment involved and going for a hike is usually a free activity. Utah is home to several excellent hiking trails that are perfect for beginners and advanced hikers alike. Without further ado, here are some of the best hiking trails in Utah.

  • Buckskin Gulch – This hiking trail is one for experienced adventurers and will challenge hikers to their very core. This set of narrows is long and deep with few areas that allow hikers to exit. Check the weather before heading out for a hike and be sure to contact the Kanab BLM office for the most recent trail conditions. Bring plenty of water before entering Buckskin Gulch and be ready to feel the burn!
  • Angels Landing – Hikers with a fear of heights would do well to avoid Angels Landing. This day-trip trail is perfect for well-versed hikers and is rarely left vacant. Parts of the route can be dangerous so be sure to avoid hiking in bad weather!
  • Narrows of Zion Canyon – This trail is one of the most well-known in Zion National Park and follows the Virgin River through the Narrows of Zion Canyon. Experienced hikers would do well to bring enough supplies while beginners are advised to take on an easier trail first.

Ford’s Australia Production Ends

Ford’s Australia ProductionFord has been a main player in Australia’s automotive and manufacturing industry for nearly a century, but now the final Ford facility is closing its doors. While other carmakers like General Motors and Toyota are leaving Australia, Ford isn’t removing itself from the country entirely.

Ford’s Australia production had a 91-year run but, with the last model rolling off the Broadmeadows plant in Melbourne, that comes to an end as the year closes. 600 workers will lose their jobs.

The final model to roll off the line was a Falcon XR6 with a V6 under the hood. Nearly 3.5 million Falcons have been built since 1960, making it one of the Australia most popular models. Few Falcons were ever exported to other countries.

The final Falcon will find a home in the Ford Australia Museum.

Ford has cited high production costs, competition, and sheer distance from target markets as the reason for leaving Australia. The American carmaker will continue to service and sell imported models and engineers will design new vehicles to be manufactured elsewhere. In all, Ford will employ 2,000 people in Australia, ensuring that their presence will still be felt in communities abroad.

What Does Torque Mean?

Torque If you’ve ever been browsing automaker or dealership websites and asked yourself, “What does torque mean?” you aren’t alone. While most drivers know what horsepower is and does, torque is a bit more of a mystery to those outside of the enthusiast circle. Here’s a quick breakdown of what torque actually does in your car from us here at L&L Motors.

At its very basic, torque is the ability to do work while power is how quickly something can be reached. That doesn’t help much when it comes to modern engines though but don’t worry. We’ll skip the complicated mathematical equations.

Essentially, torque causes a car to accelerate and the number you see listed on specifications pages is the maximum torque the engine can produce. That number is usually higher than the torque the wheels receive but it’s still very telling about how fast a car is.

Odds are you’ve noticed that larger engines produce more torque but what you probably didn’t know is that the amount of torque produced is caused by the amount of air flowing through the engine.

Once in the engine, the air meets fuel in the combustion chambers where it’s compressed to produce a small explosion. That explosion ultimately results in horsepower and torque. A car with higher torque will accelerate faster than a car with lower torque. The combination of high torque and high horsepower, like that found in the Ford Mustang, leads to a very fast, incredibly powerful car.