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Tips for Driving on Sand

Tips for Driving on Sand

Tips for Driving on Sand | Olathe, KSDriving on loose sand is one of the hardest terrains for 4×4 vehicles because it’s so easy to sink into the sand if you don’t do it right. Beach sand is easy—it’s wet and beaten down by hundreds of feet every day. Desert sand is more difficult, but it’s doable if you follow these easy tips for driving on sand.

First of all, you need to put your car in low gear and let some air out of your tires. The lower pressure increases the amount of tire that touches the sand, letting it glide over the sand instead of digging into it.

Somewhere between 12 and 15 psi is good—it’s obviously much too low to drive on pavement, but the softness of the sand means your wheels aren’t going to hit solid ground and bend, so there’s nothing to worry about. But don’t forget to re-inflate them when you get back to solid ground!

It’s also much harder to turn on sand, so don’t take curves too quickly, and make it wide if you can so you can turn gradually. If you start to get stuck, straighten out and get some momentum back before you try to turn again.

If your tires start spinning and sinking into the sand, try to ease backwards and give yourself some kind of traction if you can, like a floor mat or chain. If you’re near fresh water, wetting the sand can help, but don’t use your drinking water!

Remember, it’s safest to do this in a 4WD vehicle. Front-wheel drive is a big no and rear-wheel drive is only a little better.

2017 Ford Driving Skills for Life Tour Kicks Off

2017 Ford Driving Skills for Life Tour Kicks Off

2017 Ford Driving Skills for LifeThe 2017 Ford Driving Skills for Life tour kicked off this month, starting its 14th year helping new drivers improve their skills and learn safety techniques through expert instruction.

The tour started at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, on February 4th, and will continue throughout early spring on March 4th-5th in Arcadia, California, and April 22nd-23rd in Houston, Texas, as well as additional dates that haven’t been announced yet.

Ford Driving Skills for Life focuses on handling, recognizing hazards, speed and space management, and the dangers of driving while distracted or impaired. The program has existed since 2003 and has since provided free driving instruction to more than a million new drivers around the world.

Though many vehicles today come with safety technologies that automatically assist drivers, including Ford vehicles, the global manager of Driving Skills for Life says that driving safety is not just about “downloading the latest app” but about “real-world training and improved decision-making skills.”

The 2017 Ford Driving Skills for Life program has the usual Ford drugged and drunk driving suits that simulate how dangerous impaired and distracted driving is, but it also adds new virtual reality training tools for navigating through traffic circles, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

If you’re a newly licensed driver or the parent of a new driver and want to sign up for Driving Skills for Life, visit the website and see if there will be classes available in your area or register for the online Academy.

2017 Ford Mustang Named the Women’s Performance Car of the Year

2017 Ford Mustang Named the Women’s Performance Car of the Year

The Ford Mustang recently won the prestigious Women’s Performance Car of the Year 2016, beating a whopping 294 competitors. This award is determined by 17 judges from 14 countries, making it an extensive and difficult title to achieve. From looks to performance, everything about the Mustang is appealing to many women worldwide.

According to Ford, the Women’s Performance Car of the Year award was developed due to the rise of women drivers worldwide. In fact, this is the fastest growing demographic when it comes to vehicle purchases. Categories are based on statistical surveys, and they include safety, value, aesthetics, sex appeal, environmental footprint, child friendliness, and more. Though not representative of all women, these categories show what most women car buyers say they look for.

“Ford Mustang is surprisingly loved by women who are after a sexy, sporty, masculine car that turns heads,” said Juliet Potter, Women’s World Car of the Year jury member from Australia. “Combining the car’s silver-screen celebrity status with real-life practicality, Mustang screams, ‘I am in control!’ and delivers the same behind the wheel with above-average grip and suspension.”

The runner-up for the award was the Ford Focus RS, showing just how impressive the brand truly is. The Mustang is certainly a great vehicle for virtually any buyer, but if you want a car that’s truly award-winning, few models top the 2017 Ford Mustang.

Celebrating MLK Jr. Day: How Will You Commemorate Dr. King?

Celebrating MLK Jr. Day: How Will You Commemorate Dr. King?

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is right around the corner on January 16th. This day commemorates the famous civil rights activist, and it was first established in 1986 as a national holiday. In addition to marches and demonstrations, there are several ways to celebrate MLK Jr. Day. Read on to learn about some traditions from around the country, many of which may prompt you to celebrate the day in a new way.

According to NBC, there are several church services and musical performances all across New York City taking place for this. Celebrating MLK Jr. Day has been a long tradition in the Harlem and Brooklyn areas, and you can take walking tours throughout the city. For this year, the Apollo Theatre is hosting a panel titled “Race and Privilege: Exploring MLK’s Two America’s”. As a trained theologian, MLK Jr. is also celebrated in churches across the city.

Philadelphia is home to some of the biggest MLK Jr. Day celebrations, including the Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King. Jr. Day of Service. Over 135,000 people volunteer across the city, ranging from free and inexpensive events, soup kitchens, and help for the homeless, among other things. There is also a reading from “Letter from Birmingham Jail” (one of MLK’s most famous works) at the Eastern State Penitentiary.

These are just a few examples of ways to celebrate MLK Jr. Day. Dr. King is celebrated across the world, including Japan, Canada, Israel, and Europe. We will remember him for who he was, and what he did for the world.

All-New Ford F-150 Raptor Completes Baja 1000, Drives Home

All-New Ford F-150 Raptor Completes Baja 1000, Drives Home

The all-new Ford F-150 Raptor model is one of the most off-road capable pickup trucks in the industry. Because of this, it’s no surprise that a fully street-legal stock model easily completed the 49th SCORE Baja 1000 famed desert race, coming in third place overall.

The Baja 1000, which takes place in Baja California, consists of 850 miles of rocks, potholes, sand, and dust. Taking the F-150 Raptor through this rough terrain was a Foutz Motorsports team, led by Greg Foutz. With Foutz at the helm, the Raptor managed to pull a time of 35 hours, 59 minutes, and 9 seconds.

This time is impressive as is, but what is even more impressive is the fact that the team tossed their tools and spare tires in the back of the race truck and drove it back to their home shop—located in Phoenix, Arizona.

“[The Ford F-150 Raptor is] a race-proven off-road monster that can race off-road an entire weekend, then take you and your friends on a road trip the next day,” Greg Foutz said. “That and the $49,520 stating price make it a clear winner on the showroom floor.”

The all-new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is now available in showrooms across the United States. To see what this off-road-ready vehicle has to offer, stop in to Olathe Ford and learn more.

DIY Christmas Decorations to Spruce Up Your Holidays

DIY Christmas Decorations to Spruce Up Your Holidays

Getting into the holiday spirit is easy if your home looks like it belongs in a winter wonderland. Christmas decorations can be expensive, though. If you really want a festive home, you should consider creating some DIY Christmas decorations. Whether you are throwing a holiday party or merely want an eye-catching—and delicious—centerpiece, there are plenty of options to choose from. Here are some Christmas decorations ideas for your home.

 

Create your own yarn tree. If you don’t have a lot of space for a real tree, or merely want to liven up your entry way, then consider making your very own yarn tree. This decoration is easy to make. Simply cut strands of yarn to the needed height and create paper-circle ornaments out of patterned paper. Attach these options in a tree-like shape and add a beautiful star to the top. You can even use strings of holiday lights instead of yarn to truly get in the holiday spirit.

 

Make an edible centerpiece. Having bowls of candy sitting around the house is a great idea during a holiday party, but you can easily turn this bowl into a gorgeous decoration. Grab a glass cylindrical candle holder and candy wrapped in red, green, and silver wrapping. Alternate these candies in color-coded layers, then add a festive bow to the candle holder.

 

 

Ford’s Wrong-Way Alert

Ford’s Wrong-Way Alert

Every automaker is taking steps towards safer roadways but Ford is the only automaker aiming to make driving on the wrong side of the road safer as well. Ford’s Wrong-Way Alert takes aim at drivers who start driving on the wrong side of the road. Such a technology may seem limited in use but it could save lives.

Ford’s Wrong-Way Alert warns drivers that they’re driving against the flow of traffic with a variety of visible and audible notifications. That technology is great for drivers who, against their better judgement, get behind the wheel while impaired.

The system uses a windshield-mounted camera that can identify “Do Not Enter” and “Wrong Way” road signs. That information is paired with the vehicle’s navigation system. Although it isn’t capable of stopping a vehicle from heading the wrong way, a variety of alerts are better than nothing.

Ford is also looking to create more technology that aims to avoid accidents. The new Evasive Steering Assist works with automatic braking to prevent collisions when the braking system alone can’t stop the car. The new system is activated by a simple turn of the wheel at either city or highway speeds.

We here at Olathe Ford are glad to see Ford putting a greater emphasis on driver safety!

Ford’s Wrong-Way Alert

Ford F-150’s Fuel Economy Improves

Ford F-150’s Fuel Economy Improves

The Ford F-150 has always proved to be the toughest, most durable pickup on the market but it always fell short when it came to fuel economy. The 2017 model brings new improves and features that change all of that. For the next model year, the F-150 will boast a new transmission and engine that increase fuel economy to a more competitive level.

The Ford F-150’s fuel economy gets a bump thanks to the all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine and first volume-production 10-speed automatic transmission. That combination is proving effective with the V6 engine producing more power than the available V8 while increasing fuel economy.

Thanks in part to the improvements brought by the 10-speed automatic transmission, the Ford F-150 sees an increase of one mpg over the previous model. That brings fuel economy to an EPA-estimated 18 city/25 hwy mpg for two-wheel drive and an EPA-estimated 17 city/23 hwy mpg with four-wheel drive.

The second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine rocks out with a segment-best 470 lb-ft of torque. That’s an increase of 50 lb-ft of torque over the first generation.

Ford proved that improved fuel economy doesn’t have to compromise performance in the new Ford F-150.

We here at Olathe Ford are pumped for the new 2017 F-150 to hit the market!

Ford F-150's fuel economy


 

Top 3 Things to Do in Olathe

Top 3 Things to Do in Olathe

Planning a trip to the Sunflower State or just looking to check out the hidden gems in your local city? Whether you’re visitor or resident, make sure you leave no stone unturned with this list of the best three things to do in Olathe.

 

Ernie Miller Nature Center

 

The Ernie Miller Nature Center offers 116 acres of nature for lovers of the outdoors to explore. Miles of trails will keep you busy hiking and birdwatching. Look to the tourist center for educational programs and helpful advice on how to make the most of your time at the Nature Center.

 

Stone Pillar Vineyard & Winery

 

Get a taste of real local grapes at the Stone Pillar Vineyard & Winery. This vineyard allows visitors to taste an array of wines while enjoying gorgeous Kansas scenery. There’s live music each weekend during the summer months, but the fall and winter host their own handful of special events.

 

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site

 

Once a stop along the Oregon and California trails, the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site gives visitors of all ages a taste of a much younger America. Highlights include a working farm and an enthusiastic group of educators in period clothing who bring the history to life.

Top 3 Things to Do in Olathe

Tips for the Best Trick-or-Treat Night

Tips for the Best Trick-or-Treat Night

best trick-or-treat nightIt’s almost that long awaited fall evening that graces us with its spooky presence each year. Halloween is a favorite for anyone with a sweet tooth and a love of dressing up. Before you and the little monsters, ghosts or princesses head out for the evening, follow these tips for the best trick-or-treat night ever.

 

Plan Ahead

 

Deciding which route you will take ahead of time will save you time and keep you on track. Pick a walk that will keep you away from heavy traffic and under the street lamps. Make sure you walk in a loop so that you can cover more ground and make the most of your time out.

 

Stay Comfortable

 

Halloween night can be chilly, so make sure that costumes are as warm as possible. Long sleeves, tights and hats can add to a costume while also adding a little extra warmth. Trick-or-treat night also requires a lot of time walking, so make sure everyone wears comfortable shoes!

 

Save Some for Later

 

Once the actual trick-or-treating is over, celebrate and warm up with a warm cup of hot chocolate or cider. While the kids are sipping on their drinks, the adults can sort through the candy, checking for any tears or punctures in the wrappers. Once every piece has been checked, allow the kids to pick some portion of their candy to eat that night. The rest should be saved for later dates. After all, they should keep something sweet to snack on before the Thanksgiving pies and Christmas cookies abound!