Here’s How to Really Stay Organized on Your Road Trip

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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.

How to Jump Start Your Car

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Knowing how to jump start your car is an essential part of driving. It’s easy to forget since few drivers jump start a car often. Even with roadside assistance, knowing how to start a dead battery can save time and money. Here’s an easy-to-follow guide to help you jump start your car!

  • Once you’ve parked both cars, pop the hoods and identify the positive (red) and negative (black) terminals on each car’s battery. Do the same for the jumper cables.
  • Attach the positive (red) cable to the positive terminal of the dead battery. Attach the other positive end to the live battery.
  • Attach the negative (black) cable to the live battery’s negative terminal. Attach the other end to a jumper post or unpainted bolt near the dead battery. Watch out for fans and belts!
  • Once everything is attached, start the car with the live battery. Let it idle for a few minutes while slightly pushing on the gas.
  • After a few minutes have passed, try to start the car with the dead battery. If the car doesn’t start, wait a few more minutes and try again.
  • Once the car starts, let both vehicles idle. After you disconnect the cables in the opposite order you attached them, continue on your way.

Does your car need more than a simple jump? Our service department can help!