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
Oil Change and Tire Rotation
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
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
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
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.
Road trips can be fun, but if you have young kids, they tend to be exhausting. But before you spend money on plane tickets to avoid the car ride, first consider these tips for road trips with kids:
Print Out Games
It’s a classic fix, sure, and won’t last the whole time. But it’ll definitely keep them from asking, “Are we there yet?” for a couple of hours. About Travel provides you with a couple of links to printable games.
DIY Car Sick Bag
Kids can have upset tummies pretty easily, and even if they don’t, they might think they do. Make a do-it-yourself car sick bag with saltines, Gatorade, motion sickness meds, Tums, and Clorox Wipes and a plastic bag (just in case somebody gets sick in the car.)
Car Pulley System
This makes passing things to and from the front and back easy and fun. Tie a rope between the front and back handles on the ceiling of your car, then tie a bucket to the rope ends. Just shimmy the bucket back and forth! See how it works here.
Seriously, never underestimate the power of snacks so you don’t hear “I’m hungry” every five seconds. Pack your own snack bag with plenty of snacks and drinks.