How to Stay Active This Holiday Season

how to stay active this holiday seasonWhether it’s the winter blues or just holiday indulgence, it can be difficult to stay as fit in the colder months as it can be in the summer. Luckily, we have a few ideas as to how to stay active this holiday season:

Get into snow sports

Living in Vernal gives us great access to awesome winter sports, like skiing, snowboarding, skating, and snowshoeing. Try one out this winter season.

Go for a walk

Winter walks can be beautiful and quite cozy when you bundle up appropriately. They’re also a great way to maintain heart health and they don’t require too much stamina. Just make sure the walkways aren’t icy before heading out.

Play active games

f you have kids at home, try playing hide-and-seek indoors or, better yet, get out the old Wii and play your favorite Wii sports.

Take a class

If working out at the gym by yourself just isn’t enticing to you, sign up for a class, like yoga or cycling. Better yet, skip the gym and sign up for a beginner’s dancing or karate class.

Build a snowman or go sledding

Outdoor activities don’t have to be strenuous. Just getting out of the house to make a snowman or go sledding with friends and family will brighten your spirits and boost your endorphins.

 

For more pastimes to enjoy during the holidays, contact us at L&L Motor. We’ll be happy to share more of our favorites.

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.

Which 2018 Ford Model Gets the Best Gas Mileage?

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

Trucks

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.

 

Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas for the Festively Forgetful

From decorating the house to stocking up on candy for trick or treaters, it’s easy to forget the most important part of Halloween: coming up with the perfect costume! Have no fear, though; borrow one of these last-minute Halloween costume ideas from L&L Motors and show up to your costume party prepared.

Scarecrow

You already have the components of this easy costume lying around somewhere: all it takes is an old flannel and some face paint. You get bonus points for some straw to stuff up your sleeves, but no one will blame you if you skip that itchy step.

Christmas Tree

We know Christmas is still a couple months away, but if you unpack you Christmas decorations early, you can easily transform into a Christmas tree for Halloween in just minutes.

Unicorn

A paper cone cup and a rubber band is all it takes to deck yourself out as a unicorn for your costume party. Of course, some glitter will put the finishing touches on the ensemble.

Tourist

If your friend forgot their costume too, go as tourists together. All you need is a camera around your neck and a fanny pack around your waist. Just try not to annoy your friends too badly by asking for directions around the party.

Don’t skip the party just because you forgot to plan ahead. Instead, borrow one of these easy last minute costumes and show up in style.

Last-minute Halloween costume ideas

Back to School Tips for Success

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Want to make the most out of the new school year? Follow these back to school tips from L&L Motor Co. to start the year off right for both you and your kids.

Meet the Teachers

For a successful school year, it’s imperative that you form a relationship with your children’s teachers. These are the people with whom your kids will be spending their days, and you need to feel like you can reach out and communicate with them about any questions or concerns throughout the year.

Start a Homework Routine

Create strict but reasonable homework rules day one with your kids. Set aside a special place in your home where you can keep school supplies like paper and pencils. This spot can be used for nothing but homework and studying. Create a specific school work schedule and routine so that it always gets done efficiently and on time.

Plan Healthy Lunches

The better your children are eating, the more they will be able to focus at school. Avoid lunch items high in processed foods and sugars. Plan ahead with your kids to pick items that are healthy and filled with fresh produce and good proteins. Help your kids prepare their lunches and snacks ahead of time each week so you’ll have one less thing to worry about.

Stay Involved

As the school year moves forward, make time to show interest in what your children are learning. Check over homework and quiz them for tests. Read books with your children who are learning their reading skills. Your school-positive attitude will set an example that will stick with your kids throughout their entire academic career.

How to Remove Paint Scratches

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Getting a scratch on your car, whether on the road or removing items from your trunk, flat out sucks. If the scratch is noticeable, it’s just that much worse. Even if it isn’t too noticeable, once you see it, you can never forget about it. While you can come into our repair shop for major scratches, you can also fix little ones yourself. Here’s how to remove paint scratches.

Before you get started, you’ll want to take a good look at the scratches you’d like to fix. If you can catch your fingernail on them, they be too deep for an at-home job. Additionally, the scratches will be easier to fix the lighter they are. Attempting to fix deep scratches could result in a worse-looking paint job.

Once you’ve identified the scratches you think you can fix, clean them then grab a soft cloth and dampen it. Next, head to the bathroom and pick up your toothpaste. Add a few dabs of toothpaste to the cloth then rub it onto the scratch in a circular motion.

After a few rotations lift the cloth. If the scratch is gone, you’re done! If not, keep going.

Be Wary of These Sneaky Fall Driving Hazards

fall driving hazardsWe’re well into the fall season across the United States. This means beautiful colors almost everywhere you look, fun fall events like apple-picking and pumpkin carving, and some surprising fall driving hazards making your weekend cruise just a little more dangerous. Here’s our quick list of tricky fall driving hazards to be looking out for this season:

Fog and rain. Fall means hurricane season, and hurricane season means wonky weather across the country. Rain can be erratic and, at times, dramatic, bringing with it sheets of solid fog, especially in the morning. When you encounter heavy fog, avoid using your high beams; the light reflects of the moisture in the air and will only complicate your visibility further.

Deer. Deer don’t seem to mind the hurricane-inspired weather of autumn; in fact, they find it rather romantic. Fall is mating and migrating season for deer in America, so keep your eyes peeled for deer as they bound into the road and across the freeways.

Leaves. Fallen leaves, especially after those erratic rains, can make the roads extra slick. Avoid driving through patches of collected leaves on the road if possible. Also, keep your eyes on the road, and not on the beautiful, colorful scenery! Accidents happen when drivers are distracted by the beautiful sights of autumn all around; stay safe and pay attention to the road.

Fall driving hazards may not be as vicious as those you could encounter in the winter, but they’re nothing to take lightly! Drive safe this fall.