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.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so we at L&L Motor have been talking about what we are thankful for. One of the big things? Advances in vehicle safety. Here are five vehicles features we are grateful for this year:
When the roads get wet from rain or snow, we are happy to rely on our vehicles’ all-wheel drive systems, which provide or traction. But all-wheel drive is only half the battle — you also need tires that provide adequate grip.
Rearview cameras are now an industry standard — and thank goodness for that. Rearview cameras make it much easier to see when reversing and keep pedestrians in parking lots and on sidewalks much safer.
Forward Collision Warning
This modern safety feature alerts you if you are approaching a frontal barrier, like another car, too quickly. Some cars even have systems that will apply brakes for you if you do not react quickly enough.
Blind Spot Monitoring
Blind spots have long been the biggest pain about driving, but with blind spot monitoring/warnings, you have a better idea of what is around you.
Adaptive Cruise Control
Cruise control is great until the car in front of you inexplicably slows down. Adaptive cruise control maintains a consistent distance from the traffic ahead of you.
Stop by L&L Motor to test-drive one of our new Ford models equipped with some of these safety features.
There are few things worse than driving along, minding your own business when — BAM! — you hit a giant pothole you somehow didn’t see. With potholes becoming such a consistent part of the driving experience, it can be difficult to avoid them — until now. Ford is introducing a brand-new technology that will help mitigate pothole damage — and hopefully keep you from feeling that unwelcome jarring sensation.
The Ford Focus pothole detection technology senses when your Focus’s wheel falls into a pothole. When this occurs, it automatically adjusts the suspension to help eliminate the pothole’s impact on both your vehicle’s suspension and you — all within a single second.
Ford tested the effectiveness of this technology at its Belgium test facility, putting it through the ringer with plenty of awful potholes and road hazards.
“Our engineers are always searching for the roughest roads to really test our suspension to the limit, but more and more we’re noticing that the rough roads are finding us,” said Guy Mathot, Ford Focus vehicle dynamics supervisor. “Potholes are a problem that isn’t going away anytime soon, but with our advanced suspension technology for the all-new Focus, we’ve been able to reduce their impact.”
This new technology will come as part of the Focus’s Continuously Controlled Damping system, so make sure you add this technology to your list when you purchase a new Focus. Stop by L&L Motor to test-drive a new Focus equipped with this innovative feature.
For many people, finding a vehicle with the best gas mileage is a top priority. If you’re wondering which 2018 Ford model gets the best gas mileage, never fear. We’ve gone ahead and put together a quick list of the most fuel-efficient Ford models in each segment, based on their standard EPA-estimated fuel efficiency rating.
Hybrids & EVs
As you might guess from their eco-friendly powertrains, Ford’s Hybrids and EVs happen to have the best fuel economy in the lot. From the all-electric Focus hatchback to the suave-looking Fusion Hybrid, the options are endless. Here’s a look at these models’ fuel-efficiency numbers from highest to lowest:
2018 Ford Focus Electric: 118 MPGe city and 96 MPGe highway
2018 Ford Fusion Energi: 43 mpg city and 41 mpg highway; 104 MPGe city and 91 MPGe highway
2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid: 43 mpg city and 41 mpg highway
2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid: 42 mpg city and 38 mpg highway
Sedans & Hatchbacks
Depending on the size of the sedan and hatchback, you will find that you can still get some great fuel-efficiency ratings. Here’s a look at Ford’s three most fuel-efficient models in this segment.
2018 Ford C-Max: 42 mpg city and 38 mpg highway
2018 Ford Fiesta: 27 mpg city and 35 mpg highway
2018 Ford Focus: 25 mpg city and 34 mpg highway
Crossovers & SUVs
Crossovers and SUVs are great options for family cars. If you’re wondering which of Ford’s models are the most fuel-efficient, though, we’ve found the top three.
2018 Ford EcoSport: 27 mpg city and 29 mpg highway
2018 Ford Escape: 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highway
2018 Ford Edge: 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highway
Ford’s pickup trucks are legendary. Not only do they offer superior power, but they also have some good fuel-efficiency numbers. Here’s a look at how fuel-efficient the popular F-150 is with its standard engine.
2018 Ford F-150: 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway
Test-drive any of these reputable Ford models for yourself when you stop by L&L Motor. We’ll be happy to match you with a vehicle that suits your efficiency preferences.
Ford is joining the ranks of other automakers and Silicon-Valley techies fighting for stakes in the future of automobiles. Jim Hackett—Ford’s new CEO—says he’s implementing changes to make Ford part of this future.
After spending three months on the job, Hackett specified what changes will be coming to Ford. Previously, Hackett led Ford’s autonomous car division before moving up to president and CEO of Ford Motor Company.
The changes affect both the production of Ford cars as well as the types of cars Ford will be focusing its energy on. Ford will further automate its manufacturing to slash costs, as well as invest particularly in SUVs and light trucks by taking away resources from traditional cars. Ford is boldly trying to anticipate what the future of automobiles will look like; investing in key electric power and smart technologies is part of its new venture.
Hackett wants Ford to expand its consumer markets and fight for a place in the future of autonomous cars, as these are looking more and more like the industry’s next step. A third area that Hackett would like to focus on is making Ford vehicles increasingly smart with tech features geared toward easy connectivity and entertainment.
Visit us at L&L Motors to learn more about the innovative heart of Ford.
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.
If 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.