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 Are Five Vehicle Features We Are Thankful For

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:

All-Wheel Drive 

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

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.

Ford Will Reduce Platforms, Add Vehicles by 2023

Big things are coming from the Blue Oval. In fact, just last month, Ford announced that it will reduce platforms for its vehicles. Instead of the nine platforms that currently underpin its vehicles, Ford will soon have just five. At the same time, Ford will add nine new nameplates to its lineup by 2023. That will bring its total vehicle count to 23, which is three more than it currently offers.

So what are the five platforms that will remain? According to The News Wheel, they are the unibody for FWD and AWD, unibody for RWD and AWD, unibody for battery-electric vehicles, unibody for commercial vans, and body-on-frame for RWD and AWD. This decision will help evolve the One Ford Concept that former CEO Alan Mulally originally developed. More importantly, this will save Ford $7 billion and will get new Ford models into dealerships faster.

Though Ford plans to add nine new vehicles within the next five years, it will also be retiring the Fusion, Taurus, C-MAX, Flex, and Fiesta. In doing so, Ford will drop the average age of vehicles in its lineup from 5.7 years to 3.3 years.

“It’s like selling fish and vegetables,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s head of product development and purchasing. “The fresher it is, the better they do.”

For more updates from Ford, contact us at L&L Motor. We can also set you up with a test drive of your favorite Ford model.

Ford Is Paying Driver’s License Fees for Female Drivers in Saudi Arabia

While we fight for equality for women here in America, we must also remember that women and their male allies throughout the world are also fighting that same battle. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Saudi Arabia where, for the first time, women have earned the right to drive.

Ford hopes to make a difference in this monumental policy change. Thus far, Ford has offered special driving courses to female drivers in Saudi Arabia and even bestowed a brand new Ford Mustang to a women’s rights activist. Ford’s latest move is to fund the driver’s license fees for women in Saudi Arabia via its vehicle distributor, Al Jazirah Vehicles Agency Co.

Though it seems small, this is a huge gift from Ford, as getting licensed in Saudi Arabia costs nearly $700. Any Saudi Arabian women who want to take advantage of this assistance need only to submit a receipt for the fees by September 30.

“Ford is committed to delivering the best products, services, and we are in turn committed to helping out female customers in getting the best overall ownership experience in the Kingdom,” remarked Mohammed Al Kraidees, CEO, Al Jazirah Vehicles Agencies Co. “AJVA will pay the cost of obtaining a driver’s license, and we hope that this will further facilitate this process and help more women to get behind the wheel of their dream Ford car as soon as possible.”

We here at L&L Motor would like to congratulate Ford for helping the women of Saudi Arabia gain their driving independence. This time is long overdue.

Three Upcoming Fall Festivals near Vernal, Utah

Utah is an amazing place to live year-round, but the autumn brings us some of the most exciting events statewide. Vernal is uniquely located close to major centers of action, like Salt Lake City and Moab, but also plays host to its own unique events. Here are three can’t miss fall festivals near Vernal this year.

Utah State Fair in September

 The Utah State Fair will be held in Salt Lake City from September 8 to 18. There is no shortage of things to do at the fair, including the rodeo, circus, excellent food, music, and more. You can order your tickets to specific concert events online here.

Pumpkin Chunkin’ Festival in October

What better way to get in the Halloween spirit than this classic event down in Moab, Utah? The annual pumpkin chunkin’ event will be held on October 26 at the Old Airport Runway. The event will include pie eating (as well as lots of other eating from a number of food vendors), wiener dog races, costume contests, kids’ activities, game booths, arts and crafts, and more.

Vernal Community Holly Days Festival in November

 This annual event is free and family-friendly. This year marks the 15th annual festival. Come for the holiday spirit, including gingerbread house contests, a parade of lights, and more. The event will be held on November 23.

For more ways to celebrate the season, contact us at L&L Motor. We’ll be happy to share our favorite pastimes.

Avoid Potholes with New Ford Focus Pothole Detection Technology

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.