Road trips with the whole family are often the best part of summer—especially when you take along the capable and spacious Ford Explorer. However, having so many people and their belongings in a confined space lends itself to messes and clutter. Here’s how to stay organized on your road trip.
Pack smart: To avoid having to dig through all your luggage at a rest stop, pack the things you know you won’t need until you arrive at your destination at the bottom of the luggage heap. Pack each occupant a small bag with the essentials they will need during the car ride.
Collect garbage efficiently: Place a garbage bag in each row of seating to keep trash contained during the drive. Dispose of trash each time the driver stops to fill up the tank or for meals. Spending a little time each stop on cleaning will prevent messes from growing.
Bring cleaning materials: Accidents happen, especially when traveling with little ones. Bring cleaning supplies to prevent stains and clean up sticky fingers. Stick to “clean snacks” (those that aren’t sticky and don’t crumble), and pack waters in a cooler up front. Waters are not only refreshing but useful for cleaning up messes in the cabin.
For even more suggestions on how to minimize the mess during a road trip, contact us at L&L Motor. We’ll also be glad to schedule a pre-road trip maintenance appointment for your Explorer or other Ford model, to ensure that your trip is a safe and smooth one.
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.
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.
Throughout the years, Hollywood has repeatedly turned to Ford vehicles to use on the big screen. Some of the most iconic scenes in movie history feature a Ford model, driven by famous actors in famous scenes. It happens more often than you would think, and we at L&L Motors want to share a few of our favorite Ford movie moments.
When thinking about Jurassic Park, the vehicles the characters drive to tour the park—and eventually use to barrel through the jungle terrain and escape from the dinosaurs—are instantly summoned to mind. These vehicles were first-generation Ford Explorers, decked out with a jungle paint job, off-road lights, and a tough front grille guard. All things considered, we think the Explorer put up a good fight against the T-Rex.
The Big Lebowski
Throughout The Big Lebowski, our favorite Dude and actor Jeff Bridges drives a 1973 Ford Gran Torino—that is, until it is stolen from him. In a hilarious unfolding of events, the Dude subsequently gets his car back, has it wrecked, and eventually sees it go up in flames. We’re proud that a Ford model is central to this cult favorite, although it takes quite a beating.
In this film, Walt Kowalski—played by Clint Eastwood—prizes his 1972 Gran Torino Sport over all his other possessions. After returning from the Korean war, Kowalski worked at the Ford Motor Company in Detroit. Kowalski’s devotion to his car allows him to think about his past and informs the relationships that take shape within the film.
The United States has been celebrating Labor Day since the late 1800s. It was started as a way to recognize all the work American workers have done to create the country we know today. While most of us might spend the day relaxing and having one last summer barbecue, here are a few other ways to celebrate Labor Day.
Shop local. Small, local businesses are the backbone of America. During the month of September (or beyond), try to do as much of your shopping at local business as you can. You might find your new favorite store or restaurant.
Spread love. While many of us get the day off, some people don’t. Bake some goodies and take them to your local fire or police station to show how much you appreciate their hard work.
Take a tour. Find a local farm or factory and schedule a tour to see how the products you buy make it to your home.
Have fun. There are quite a few festivals over Labor Day weekend here in the Utah Valley. Find one you and your family would enjoy and give it a try.
At L&L Motor Co., we hope everyone has a fun and relaxing Labor Day weekend.
Hop in your new car and check out the Flaming Gorge-Uintas Scenic Byway. This 68-mile drive consists of three different roadways, starting in Vernal, UT. Cutting right through the Ashley National Forest, you can experience a range of terrains, winding roads, and scenic views like nowhere else.
According to My Scenic Drives, this route is consistently voted one of the top drives in the region. Sometimes called the “drive through the ages,” you can see what the world was like before settlers arrived. The Byway goes through arid desert, aspen forests, and red canyon rocks, showing you the best of Utah.
Along the way you can see some truly fascinating exhibits and make some exciting stops. The Dinosaur National Monument is one of the prime sources for dinosaur bones in North America. With a visitor center and displays all across the canyon, you can see dinosaurs frozen in time right in the rock wall. Plus, there are scenic overlooks and whitewater rafting in the area.
The Byway will also take you past the Jones Hole Scenic Byway, a route that circles past a 2,000-foot-deep gorge. There is also a massive fish hatchery, hiking, and petrified forests in the area as well.
Whether you are a visitor or a Utah native, the Flaming Gorge-Uintas Scenic Byway is a must for any road trip. Simply get in your car and discover what makes this region so great.
Spotting prototypes is like bird watching to auto enthusiasts, especially those with a need for speed. The latest sighting puts a 2017 Ford GT undergoing road tests for the first time. Considering spotting any form of a Ford GT, old or new, is a rarity, it’s no surprise the latest Ford GT spotting made headlines.
While the spotting doesn’t tell us much, it looks like the GT rides just as low as it looks in the pictures Ford has previously released. On top of that, it’s a little easier to judge just how long, wide, and high the car is based on other vehicles around it.
Ford began taking applications – yes, applications – from potential buyers not long ago in an effort to weed out those who are looking to resell the car. Questions included how active the applicant is on social media, how many Fords they’ve owned, and how often they’d drive the 2017 Ford GT.
Even if someone looking to make a profit does have their application accepted, Ford is also including a legal document that states the owner can’t sell the car for a specific amount of time.
The 2017 Ford GT will feature a gorilla glass windshield, a first in the industry. Under the hood is a 3.5-liter twin-turbo engine that bursts onto the road with over 600 hp thanks to its carbon fiber construction.
Ford Driving Skills for Life is in its 13th year, taking its driving clinic all around the U.S, and to 34 other countries. This program is intended to increase awareness of pedestrian safety, the dangers of drowsy driving, and the risks associated with not wearing your seat belt. But this year, Ford Driving Skills for Life introduces the Drugged Driving Suit.
The Drunk Driving Suit debuted in 2013, but for the first time, the program offers a Drugged Driving Suit, too. Those attending ride-and-drive events will wear both suits to show them just how impaired they can be when driving drunk or high. The suits give students the same effects as drugs and alcohol, like slow movement, reduced coordination, blurred vision, and difficulty with normal tasks.
“Our new Drugged Driving Suit is intended to complement our Drunk Driving Suit, giving students a critical eye into the consequences of impaired driving,” said Jim Graham, manager of Ford Driving Skills for Life. This program offers crucial experience to make students, particularly teens, aware of the dangers of risky driving.
Teens are still the highest victims of car crashes, but with programs like Ford’s, awareness is increased and lives can be saved.
Presidents’ Day is just a few days away! At L&L Motors, we like to take the time to honor one particular United States President, who serves as the namesake for nearby Roosevelt, Utah: Theodore Roosevelt. While old Teddy’s face is up there on top of Mt. Rushmore with Washington, Lincoln, and Jefferson, there may be some things you don’t know about this presidential giant. These are just a few obscure facts about Teddy Roosevelt.
Fact #1: Roosevelt Climbed the Matterhorn
It is a well-known fact that Teddy Roosevelt was an avid explorer. His journeys even took him to the Alps to climb Europe’s most famous mountain.
Fact #2: Roosevelt Was Virtually Blind in One Eye
While Roosevelt was a big fan of boxing, he gave up the activity after a match in the White House left him with a detached retina in his left eye.
Fact #3: Teddy Roosevelt Continued to Give a Speech after Being Shot
If there is any doubt about whether Teddy Roosevelt was our toughest President, the story of how he continued to give a rousing 90-minute speech after being shot should put those doubts to rest!