Stay Safe All Year with these Winter Driving Tips

Stay safe this season with these helpful winter driving tips

Winter is in full swing, and that means increasingly unpredictable driving conditions. For some, this can be a stressful time to be behind the wheel. With a little bit of planning and maintenance, though, you don’t need to put your life on hold because of the cold. Follow these winter driving tips from Friendly Ford and stay safely on your way all year long.

Keep your tank full

It’s important to fill up regularly during the winter for a few reasons. Not only does doing so reduce the likelihood of a breakdown in ugly weather, but it also keeps your gas pump from freezing. Try to keep your tank at least half full at all times when the temperature drops below freezing.

Monitor your tires

Cold air causes the air in your tires to contract, so it’s important to make sure your tires are properly inflated during the coldest months of the year. To ensure optimal performance, consider getting a dedicated set of special winter tires.

Avoid cruise control

In dry, warm weather, features such as cruise control are convenient and safe, but when the roads get slippery, it’s best to drive the old fashioned way to make sure you’re always in control should you need to abruptly stop or accelerate to avoid a collision.

Finally, remember that sometimes the safest thing to do is wait for winter weather to clear up before hitting the road. If you can’t see because of snowfall or if the roads are extremely slick with ice, it’s better to wait than risk it. Visit us at Friendly Ford to learn more about staying safe throughout the winter a test drive a new Ford today!

How to Clean Your Vehicle Without Washing It

Tips on how to clean your vehicle without washing it.

When it’s cold outside, or you just don’t have the time to run through a car wash, your car can quickly develop the need for a makeover. If you’re looking for a quick way to keep your car clean before your next appointment or obligation, ditch the time-consuming or inconvenient car wash for these quick tips.

Use a Spray Detailer

If your vehicle’s horizontal surfaces – like the hood of the car, for example – have marks on it from bird droppings or dried precipitation, you can easily use a spray detailer and a microfiber towel to clean these spots in sections.

Throw Away Your Trash

It’s easy to get lazy and leave papers, junk mail, food trash, and even clothes in your car. Take a bit of time one day to collect all the garbage and throw it out. If there’s anything you want to keep, bring it inside so it doesn’t get tossed with the trash.

Keep the Glass Clean

You’d be surprised what a different a clear, clean windshield makes. Thankfully, this is fairly easy, as long as you have access to a squegee. Once you clean your windows once, it’s a good idea to keep glass cleaner and a roll of paper towels in your vehicle for touch-ups.

You may not have time to clean your vehicle fully, but if you just need to touch up your ride before you go, then these tips can help you make your car look good until your next wash. For more auto maintenance tips, talk to us at Friendly Ford.

8 Simple Car Care Tips

April came and went with the blink of eye, and with it, so did National Car Care Month.  This month just serves as a reminder of how important it is to keep your car in good health so that you not only extend the life of your vehicle but save yourself money in repair costs. Here are 8 simple and inexpensive ways to keep your car looking and running as good as new.

  1. Check and change your oil. This one is a biggie, nothing hurts an engine more than having old, dirty oil.
  2. Make sure to keep all your moving parts nice and greasy so that they run together smooth and efficiently.
  3. Get a coolant flush at least one time a year. To prevent corrosion, the mix between coolant and distilled water should be 50/50.
  4. Replace your break fluids at least once a year to also prevent corrosion, due to the build-up of moisture.
  5. Change out transmission and different oils. These should be changed according to service intervals.
  6. Wash your car frequently so the winter salt and other grime from the roads don’t eat away at the exterior.
  7. Use a protective wax coating to keep your paint shiny and protected.
  8. When possible, try parking in the shade instead of the sun. Also, apply protective coating to the vinyl and plastic of the interior to keep it looking shiny and new.

If you keep your car happy and healthy in the early years, it will return the favor in the later years by living a long life. Friendly Ford offers great service specials so stop in today and give us a try. You and your car will both be glad you did.