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Signs You Need New Tires

Need New Tires

 

Keeping your tires in good condition is one of the simplest yet most effective ways to get the most out of your vehicle. When tires are damaged or low on tread, this impacts your vehicle’s traction. This is especially true when traversing on dry, rough Arizona roads. Tires need to be in excellent shape to perform safely and efficiently.

 

So how do you know if you need new tires? There are several warning signs that will tell you whether it’s time to bring your vehicle into Sanderson Ford for some new tires. Repeat blowouts are one sure sign that you should replace your tires. This problem indicates that wheels should be replaced or repaired, since a bent wheel is likely causing the damage to the tire that triggers it to blow out.

 

Another sign that your tires are worn enough to replace is a change in the smoothness of your vehicle’s performance. Have you begun to notice constant vibrating when you’re on the road? Vibration related to the tires typically worsens at higher speeds. This may be a sign that you have a bent rim, which will eventually cause a flat tire if not replaced. Slight vibrations can also be a sign that a tire has worn down unevenly or has bumps or other damage, which would mean that the tire itself is ready to be replaced.

 

Learn to watch for these warning signs and keep your tires in good shape so you can easily tackle the challenging Arizona terrain.

 

 

 

Sources:

https://drivingtests101.com/articles/do-i-need-new-tires

Need to Check Your Tire Pressure? You Have Three Options.

While some drivers are quite hands-on when it comes to vehicle maintenance, others prefer to leave those tasks to professionals. Both options are more than okay! And sometimes, advanced technology even makes traditional service obsolete.

You can check your tire pressure with a tire pressure gaugeFor example, there are essentially three different ways to check your tire pressure:

  • Your car may be able to tell you on its own. Many modern vehicles come with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, which will tell you the tire pressure of each of your tires with great accuracy. If your car comes with this feature, then the job is already done.
  • You can check the tire pressure on your own. It’s easy to buy a simple tire gauge and check tire pressure from home. You can also visit tire pressure machines at many gas stations, which allow you to both check your pressure and increase it, for a low price.
  • You can hire a professional. Lastly, if you simply don’t want to do it on your own, you don’t have to! Our technicians at Sanderson Ford can check your tire pressure, inflate your tires, and much, much more.

To learn more about tire pressure, or to meet with someone in our service department, give us a call at (800) 729-3501 or simply stop by any time, here at Sanderson Ford.

Have You Snapped a Selfie While Driving?

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We all know that talking on your cell phone and driving is dangerous and that texting and driving is even worse.  But does it get worse than that?  Evidence would suggest so.

A Ford-sponsored survey concluded that a third of 18- to 24-year-old British drivers have actually snapped a selfie while driving.  Through the Ford Driving Skills for Life program, 7,000 surveyed smartphone owners from all across Europe, again between the ages of 18 and 24, and found that young British drivers were the most likely to snap a selfie behind the wheel.  Surprising?  Unfortunately, probably not.

This study went on to observe that the average selfie takes around 14 seconds to take.  That’s 14 seconds that the driver’s eyes are not on the road.  Traveling at 60 mph, that’s the equivalent of traveling over four football fields without glancing at the road.

“Taking a ‘selfie’ has for many young people quickly become an integral part of everyday life – but it’s the last thing you should be doing behind the wheel of a car.  It is deeply worrying that so many young drivers admit to taking a photo while driving and we will be doing all we can to highlight the potential dangers through driver education,” said Jim Graham, who is part of Ford’s Driving Skills for Life program.

These results might be for the UK, but we have a feeling the results aren’t much different in the United States.  At Sanderson Ford, we urge everyone to keep their eyes on the road at all times while driving.  Texting, talking on the phone, and taking a selfie can all wait while you are behind the wheel.

Ford Focus Electric Earns 5-Star Safety Score

Ford Focus ElectricThese days, fuel efficiency seems to be just as important as safety in the features we looks for in a new car.  Fortunately for new car buyers, balancing the two has just become a whole lot easier. The 2013 Ford Focus Electric has earned a 5-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in their New Car Assessment Program.

In order to receive the top rating from the NHTSA, the Focus Electric had to earn a 5-star crash test rating in each of the safety tests performed, including front and side-impact crash tests and rollover resistance.  The EV passed each of the tests thanks to advanced safety features, such as dual-stage front airbags, front-seat side-impact airbags, and safety canopy side-curtain airbags in the first and second rows.

Sanderson Ford is proud to be one of the select dealers to have 2013 Ford Focus Electric inventory, so stop by today to check out this safe and efficient model!

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and across the country, the Department of Transportation has one message for drivers: “One Text or Call could Wreck it All.”

There are many distractions drivers can face behind the wheel. Visual distractions occur when you take your eyes off the road, manual distractions take a driver’s hands off the wheel and onto something else, such as food or drink, and cognitive distractions occur when the driver stops thinking about driving and starts thinking about something else. While there are many ways to get distracted, cell phone use is by far the most alarming, as it requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention.

In 2010 alone, over 3,000 people were killed, and nearly half a million injured, in accidents caused by distracted driving.  Cell phone use was reported in 18% of these fatalities. Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, meaning they are driving roughly the length of a football field, blind, at 55 mph. Drivers using a hand-held device are also 4 times more likely to get into a crash serious enough to cause an injury due to the lack of reaction time.

Now that you know the facts, you’re probably wondering what you can do to get involved and help make our roadways safer. First, you can take the pledge to drive phone-free, encourage your family and friends to drive phone-free, and speak out if the driver of your car is distracted.  You can also share a “Faces of Distracted Driving” video on social media to help raise awareness, download a poster to hang up, and make a company or family pledge to commit to distracted-free driving.

For more distracted driving facts and ways to get involved, visit http://www.distraction.gov.

F150 and Boss 302 Get Cars.com Lifestyle Awards

Ford has a car to fit just about every consumer’s way of life, and the Lifestyle Awards handed out by Cars.com prove they are spot on. Cars.com selected Mustang Boss 302 for Play Car of the Year because, “We’ve liked the Mustang’s blend of raw power and handling prowess. Those qualities have been relentlessly honed in the Boss 302, and we’re suitably impressed.” Additionally, the Ford F-150 won Cars.com’s Work Car of the Year. Editors applauded F-150 because, “If you need your work truck to do double duty, the F-150 has you covered.” It tops the class “because it has stayed fresh and evolved with the market.” Click here for more

Winter Driving Safety Tips

With Christmas travel fast approaching and snow in the Arizona mountains, Sanderson Ford offers a Top 10 list of driving tips to help you and your families stay safe on the roads this season. 

10. DO allow extra time to brush and scrape your vehicle and don’t forget to bring a scraper with you!  With frost in the valley and snow up north, clearing windows is crucial for visibility and removing snow or ice from the top of your car will spare cars behind you from encountering an unexpected snow assault.  DON’T forget to clean snow and ice off your headlights and taillights as well.

9. DO top off your windshield wiper washer with winterized fluid to make sure it doesn’t freeze or crack, preventing you from washing away dirt and salt.  DON’T try to melt ice from your windshield by pouring hot water on it. Using hot water can crack the windshield.

8. DO wash your car when you return to remove salt and dirt from the roadways.

7. DO keep at least half a tank of gas to prevent stranding yourself in adverse conditions or closed highways. DON’T forget to check that all fluids are at proper levels and ensure all tires, including the spare, have the required pressure and tread.

6. DO prepare your car for an emergency.  Make sure you have a blanket to stay warm, proper attire (boots, jacket, hat and gloves) in case you have to be outside for an extended period of time, a shovel, flashlight with fresh batteries and snacks. Keep your cell phone charged.  Be familiar with it’s GPS capabilities in case you need to call for help.  DON’T forget the kitty litter or sand, to use for added traction if your car becomes stuck in the snow.  

5. DO stay aware of what’s around you on the road, including checking your blind spots and keeping an eye out for pedestrians.  DON’T follow too closely. The general rule is the vehicle ahead should pass a road marker two seconds before you. In slippery conditions, it is recommended to double the amount of space between you and the vehicle in front.

4. DO apply even pressure when braking in slick conditions if your vehicle is equipped with anti-lock brakes. Keep in mind anti-lock brakes do not shorten stopping distance, but they do help you maintain control.  DON’T become overconfident in electronic safety features your car may have.   Always test road conditions with cautious driving when the surface area is wet or icy, particularly on bridges and overpasses. 

3. DO turn the steering wheel in the direction of the slide when driving on snowy or icy roads until you gain control.  DON’T apply power or change directions suddenly on snow or ice.

2. DO stay calm if you find yourself stuck in the snow or broken down on the side of the road in bad conditions.  DON’T leave your car unless available shelter is near. If you need to run the engine to stay warm, make sure the exhaust pipe isn’t clogged with snow so the interior stays clear of harmful carbon monoxide.

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DO stay awake and alert behind the wheel. If necessary, take a break and grab a coffee. 

As Arizona residents, we sometimes forget what it is like to drive in these conditions.  Don’t be caught in a bad situation and enjoy your holidays. 

Merry Christmas from the employees and owners of Sanderson Ford!

Thanksgiving Driving Tips

As we move into the holiday season, Sanderson Ford wants to remind those of you who will be traveling to stay safe on the roads!  This Wednesday marks the busiest travel day of the year, so here are 10 tips to make driving a little safer, whether you will be traveling just a few miles from home or hours away and through wintery conditions:

  1. If possible, plan your trip around the busiest traveling days – Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday.
  2. If you will be driving a long distance, be sure to get a good night’s sleep the night before. And, if you start to feel drowsy, pull off the road and rest.
  3. Plan your route, but have an alternate as well.
  4. Designate one passenger to be the navigator.  Driving in heavy traffic or poor weather conditions is not the time to need to check your phone for your route.
  5. Allow an extra hour or two for traffic and/or weather delays.
  6. Schedule regular stops every few hours. It’s good to get out and stretch.
  7. Don’t allow your fuel level to get to E. You never know when you’ll hit traffic, so it is best to fill up once it hits ¼ of a tank.
  8. Keep children entertained with snacks, videos, or other quiet activities to lessen the chances of them distracting you.
  9. Keep your lights on while driving. It increases visibility and makes it easier for other cars and trucks to see you.
  10. Before you head out, take your vehicle in to your local service center for routine maintenance. Have the oil changed, fluid refilled, tires checked, and get a quick overall inspection to ensure that your drive will be a smooth one.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

 

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