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Month: May 2017

Tips for Road Trips with Pets

Tips for Road Trips with Pets

No one wants to leave their dogs and cats behind when they go on a vacation, and a lot of the time, you might want to bring your furry friends along for the ride. But, taking road trips with pets isn’t as simple as sticking them in the backseat and hitting the road, so here are some easy tips that will make you and your pets safer.

One of the most neglected parts of pet travel is making sure the pet is used to being in the vehicle for long periods of time. Take them for a few mini-road trips before you leave, especially if they aren’t a fan of driving.

It’s also important to do your research. If you’re planning to stay in a hotel, you have to find ones that are dog-friendly. You also can’t leave your pet alone in the car, so don’t plan to stop at a lot of restaurants on the way unless you’re going to drop your dog off at a hotel beforehand. Invest in car harnesses or crates that you can use to keep your dog safely in place for the ride.

During the drive, you want to make sure your dog or cat has access to water during the drive. Feed them at their normal times—so if you usually feed them at 5pm, stop the car and give them their dinner and then you can get back on the road. And you have to take frequent bathroom breaks! You don’t want messes in your car, and you don’t want an uncomfortable dog.

For more tips on traveling with pets, give us a call at Olathe Ford!

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Transfer Case Enables Cutting-Edge Terrain Management

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Transfer Case Enables Cutting-Edge Terrain Management

The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor will come with one of the most innovative transfer cases ever, a system that merges all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive that can handle any terrain situation, from icy conditions on the road to off-road desert driving.

The 4WD/AWD transfer case is controlled automatically by the F-150 Raptor’s all-new Terrain Management System, but it can also be controlled with a 4×4 shift to switch manually back and forth between 4WD and AWD. The specially designed transfer case, according to Ford, “employs an electronic shift-on-the-fly system featuring mechanical locks” that lets the Raptor tackle all types of terrain.

The Raptor has been through 2,500 miles of off-road competition testing to guarantee it can handle any type of weather or terrain, and it paid off. The Raptor’s on-demand all-wheel drive system is perfectly designed for daily driving and includes an all-weather mode. The 4WD system is durable and provides outstanding off-road performance. You get the best of both worlds with the Raptor’s Terrain Management System, without sacrificing any quality.

The new Raptor will come with a high-output EcoBoost engine paired to a 10-speed transmission for performance at 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. Find out more about the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor today at Olathe Ford!