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.
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!
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!
Driving 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.
The 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.
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.
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!
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.
It’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.
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.
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!
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.