Keeping Your Car Cool In Summer

Keeping Your Car Cool

There’s a certain dread that comes with getting back into your car on a hot day. The muggy, thick air and the blazing hot steering wheel are enough to make even the shortest commute home unpleasant. Fortunately, there are some steps that you can take to keep your car cool in the summertime.

Avoid Sun

When possible, parking in the direct path of sunlight, and especially if you plan on being parked for a long period of time. Search for shade, be it beneath a tree, in the shade of a tall building, or in a garage or underground parking facility. This will go a long way toward keeping your vehicle cool on hot days.

Keep Windows Cracked

Keeping your windows cracked just a bit can improve air circulation in your car, therefore keeping your car cooler. When you do crack your window, however, make sure that it’s just enough that nobody could potentially reach into your car and unlock the door.

Cover Leather

If you’ve ever had a car with leather seats, then you know how hot they can get during the summer. To keep your skin from getting burned when you sit back down, purchase seat covers for the summer or put blankets down while your car is parked.

Use Sunshades

Putting reflective sunshades in your vehicle’s windshield will help keep intense sunlight away. This will prevent you from having to deal with hot seats and steering wheels, making your trip home all the more comfortable.

Keeping your car cool is one thing, but what if you need a cool car? Look no further than Friendly Ford, where we’ve got the latest and coolest vehicles that Ford has to offer.

Tips to Have a Healthy Summer

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Summertime has long been considered a time of relaxation, sunshine, fun, and indulgence. However, with a little preparation, you can have a healthy summer while still having fun. Read our tips below to find out how.

 

  • Use sunscreen. While you might want to head to the beach to soak up the rays, you still need to apply a sunscreen with a least a rating of SPF 30. Reapply every two to three hours, especially if swimming.
  • Drink water. The summer sun can easily lead to a hot, sweaty day. This, in turn, can leave you dehydrated. Drink plenty of water or try other healthy alternatives like green tea, coconut water, or even a juicy piece of fruit.
  • Keep exercising. If the high temperatures make you avoid outdoor exercise, considering joining a gym, watching and following along with exercise videos at home, or switching your exercise routine to early in the morning or later in the evening when it is cooler outside.
  • Bring healthy snacks. For your next family outing, plan ahead and pack a cooler full of healthy snacks like yogurt, veggies and hummus, peanut butter wraps, and fruit. This can help you avoid relying on fast food.

What are your favorite ways to stay healthy in the summer? If you need a new summer vehicle, come visit us at Friendly Ford.

What Does Torque Mean?

If you like to know all the specifications of the latest cars, then a term you’ve seen hundreds of times is torque, usually in the form of pound-feet (lb-ft). But what does torque mean? Essentially, torque is the amount of turning power an engine has.

Let’s take the Ford Fusion as a starting example. Its 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine delivers 175 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 RPMs. This means, if you had a one-foot long wrench and applied 175 pounds of pressure, you would get 175 lb-ft of torque. This force is what causes a vehicle to accelerate.

Obviously different types of engines produce different amounts of torque. Diesel engines have some of the best torque ratings, which is essential for pulling power while towing. The 6.7-liter Power Stroke Turbo Diesel V8 in the Ford Super Duty delivers best-in-class torque with 925 lb-ft of torque at 1,800 RPMs.

2016 Ford Super Duty

2016 Ford Super Duty

Torque is a car’s ability to move at lower speeds. With this amount of available power at a lower engine speed, drivers can achieve ideal towing abilities. Whereas in the Fusion, the engine has to turning a lot faster to reach the maximum available torque rating.

Horsepower works directly with torque to deliver speed at higher engine power.

Watch Out for These Vehicle Warning Signs!

Dashboard Warning LightsKeeping track of your vehicle’s health can be as easy as looking at the dashboard, provided you know what each light stands for. While most drivers know the basics, like the battery and tires, other warning lights are less common. That’s where we come in. Here are some explanations of helpful vehicle warning signs you should know.

  • Airbag – Lighting upon initially starting the car, the airbag fault light depicts a large circle in front of a seatbelt-secured driver. While it normally turns off after a brief second, it might stay on and that’s when you need to be worried. If the light stays on, it means the system has found a problem with the airbag system. Take it to a service technician for repair right away.
  • Overdrive – Simply “O/D OFF,” this light indicates that someone in the car has turned off the overdrive system. To turn it back on, simply press the on/off button and worry no more.
  • ESP – A triangle with an exclamation point in the middle surrounded by an arrow, this light indicates there’s a problem with the traction control system. It’s designed to keep you on the road, so professional attention is highly recommended to fix the problem.

How to Remove Scratches from Your Car

Most drivers like to make sure their ride stays in pristine condition for as long as possible. While a few scratches aren’t the end of the world, they can be can a blemish on your otherwise perfect car. Fortunately for you, they don’t have to be. Here’s our advice on how to remove scratches from your car’s paint.

Before you get started, you’ll need to check each and every scratch you plan to fix. Do so by dragging your fingernail over the scratch. If your nail gets caught, the scratch may be too deep to fix.

Once you’ve determined the depth of each scratch, clean them carefully. The last thing you want is dirt and grime caught in your paint. After the scratches (and surrounding areas) are clean, it’s time to get started.

cleaning

Grab a tube of toothpaste and a soft cloth. Dampen the cloth and add a few dabs of toothpaste. Rub the toothpaste over the scratches in small circular motions. The deeper the scratch, the more toothpaste and time this will take.

To check whether the scratch is gone, simply lift the cloth and take a look. If the scratch isn’t visible or you’re satisfied with the result, that’s it. Removing a scratch from your car really is that simple!