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Second Annual Ford Musician Awards Celebrate Culture and Community

Second Annual Ford Musician Awards Celebrate Culture and Community

Ford constantly strives to give back to the communities to which it belongs—one reason we’re happy to be a part of the Ford family. Recently, the company sponsored a week of music and celebration for revitalizing downtown Detroit, an area devastated by economic decline over the past decades. This week of music included the second annual Ford Musician Awards.

According to Ford, the week of music included a lineup of singers such as Aretha Franklin and Mitch Ryder, as well as classical music thanks to the League of American Orchestras. The President of Ford’s company fund Jim Vella delivered a speech about the importance of supporting cultural institutions to create stronger communities, culminating in the awarding of $75,000 to five orchestra musicians.

“Detroit’s rich musical history strikes chords with audiences around the world,” said Vella. “We are proud to help bring together a diverse group of music and arts supporters to learn from each other and experience what our region has to offer.”

We at Olathe Ford are proud to be a part of the Ford community. The Ford Fund’s community sponsorships have totaled more than $15 million over the past decade, including a range of music, cultural programs, and events.

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.

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.

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


 

Advancing Ford Smart Mobility: New Shuttle and Bike-Sharing Services

Advancing Ford Smart Mobility: New Shuttle and Bike-Sharing Services

Working with a San Francisco-based shuttle service company, Ford recently developed an integrated transportation solution. One of the major issues drivers face today in urban environments is traffic congestion. In order to combat this, Ford Smart Mobility is expanding its services to provide bike-sharing and shuttle systems.

Certainly, Ford’s focus is the automotive industry; however, the brand is seeking to reduce congestion and pollution in densely populated areas. That’s why the brand has developed the Ford GoBike network, as well as a point-to-point shuttle system. According to Ford, these solutions are meant to complement mass transit by filling some of the gaps between taxis, buses, and subways.

“Cities globally are dealing with increased congestion, a growing middle class and environmental issues – all of which can be alleviated by developing mobility solutions fine-tuned to the unique challenges of each location,” said Jim Hackett, chairman of Ford Smart Mobility LLC. “[B]y expanding our business model to include new forms of transportation – from bikes to dynamic shuttles and more – we are introducing new customers to Ford.”

You can take a dynamic shuttle system—which is on-demand and easy to use—in order to get from point A to point B faster than most public transit. Plus, it’s more affordable than virtually all public transportation networks in the US and EU. Ford also has a GoBike program which lets you share bikes across the Bay Area. The brand is hoping to extend this idea to most major cities in the US by 2018, but for now it’s managed to get 7,000 bikes on the roads instead of cars. Using mobile services, you can register, find a bike near you, and be on your way.

Ford Smart Mobility

Traffic Safety Tips: Learning to Drive Responsibly

Traffic Safety Tips: Learning to Drive Responsibly

traffic safety tips

Driving is one of the leading causes of fatalities and injuries for most young people. That’s why it’s important to teach traffic safety tips to children and young adults, and it’s also a good idea to remind yourself of the basics as an adult. Read on to see some traffic safety tips everyone should follow.

For young children, try teaching the basics of pedestrian safety. Children should understand that traffic can hurt them, that it is very dangerous (try not to scare them, however). Teach them to look left, right, then left again when crossing to instill good habits, and make sure they always cross with an adult (if under 10 years old). Children should know to cross only at crosswalks, and to make eye contact with drivers to ensure they are seen. Most importantly, set good examples by following these rules yourself.

For teen drivers, there are a different range of things to think about. Traffic fatalities have risen significantly in the past few years, according to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). Sit down with your teens to develop a list of limitations and rules. Working collaboratively can help them to feel more invested, and it also clearly establishes rules without sounding authoritarian. Focus on the following:

  • Cell phones
  • Curfews
  • Alcohol/drugs
  • Passenger distractions

Finally, consider safety tips yourself. For adults, texting is often a major issue—don’t set bad examples for others. Also, be sure to remain calm behind the wheel, as road rage can lead to speeding, distracted thoughts, and worse. Always look twice at intersections, as our brains often fail to account for bikes and motorcycles. Last but not least, stay up to date on the latest traffic laws (cell phone rules, for example).

Safe driving from Olathe Ford!

New Ford Focus RS Mountune Performance Kit

New Ford Focus RS Mountune Performance Kit

The 2016 Ford Focus RS is already one of the hottest cars on the road, balancing excellent fuel-efficiency with powerful performance. But now, Ford is making the model an even more attractive option – by offering the Focus RS Mountune performance kit.

 

The Mountune performance kit makes the Focus RS even more powerful, made possible thanks to a high-flow induction kit as well as an upgraded blow-off valve. The Ford Focus RS can already get up to 350 horsepower, but courtesy of Mountune, it can get 375 instead.

 

To some people, this upgrade in horsepower may not seem like a lot, but to put it in perspective: the Mountune kit allows the Ford Focus RS to accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 4.5 seconds.

 

Plus, Mountune created the performance kit hand-in-hand with Ford Performance, meaning it will not alter your factory warranty and you can still get your car serviced at a Ford dealership.

 

Want to learn more or find out what else we have available? Visit us anytime, here at Olathe Ford.

2016 Ford Focus RS

Ford’s Escape the Room Experiences Offer Exciting Clues about 2017 Escape SUV

Ford’s Escape the Room Experiences Offer Exciting Clues about 2017 Escape SUV

Have you ever been to one of those “escape room” experiences? These immersive, themed attractions are becoming quite popular with young people. The experience allows a group of people to work together, as they must uncover clues to escape from a locked room under a certain time limit.

To promote the 2017 Escape SUV to millennials, Ford created its own version of a room escape experience with the help of Escape the Room founder Victor Blake. But instead of solving riddles and uncovering clues about zombies, jewel heists, or national security, these Ford’s Escape the Room games teach participants about the 2017 Escape SUV.

The immersive, interactive game consists of five rooms, with each area dedicated to uncovering facts about the 2017 Escape, from its connected tech to its autonomous features.

Reactions are that the game is a lot of fun and a great way to learn about the Escape. It might be worth the trip to travel to New York City and try the challenge yourself!

Ford’s Escape the Room