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.
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.
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.
When the summer heat cranks the temperatures up, it’s important to stay cool. A fun way to keep your family from overheating is to take a dip in one of the pools near Olathe, Kansas.
- Tomahawk Ridge Aquatic Center: A huge facility in Overland Park, Tomahawk Ridge has all kinds of attractions, from kid-sized slides to fountains to canopies for shade.
- Leawood Aquatic Center: This huge swimming pool isn’t a far drive from Olathe, and is worth visiting for the giant fake whale, zero-depth entry into the pool, and well-kept baby pool.
- Olathe Parks: Stay in town and visit one of the four great pools maintained by Olathe’s Rec Department—Black Bob Pool, Mill Creek Park Pool, Frontier Pool, or Oregon Trail Pool.
- Gardner Aquatic Center: Twisty slides, a lazy river with rentable tubes, and rentable areas for pool parties are all winning attractions at this Gardner facility.
- Midwest Aquatics Swim & Scuba Center: Featuring a clean indoor pool with swimming lessons and a shop with all your swimming gear needs, Midwest Aquatics is a favorite among locals.
Another great way to cool off is to enjoy the air conditioning in a new car from Olathe Ford!