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Phoenix Trips, Local Style

Phoenix Trips

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Are you heading towards Sanderson Ford for a visit to Phoenix, Arizona? Don’t get caught in the tourist traps. Check out these Phoenix trips that are popular to locals. Be sure to travel in the area’s favorite truck, the Ford F-150, to blend in even better.

 

Roosevelt Row Arts District

 

A day in the Arts District is sure to get your creative blood flowing. Take your time walking down the street and through alleyways where you’ll find all sorts of colorful, photogenic murals. There are plenty of art galleries and boutiques where you can stop in and buy a piece of Phoenix art to take home with you, too.

 

South Mountain Park and Preserve

 

As one of the country’s largest municipal parks, South Mountain Park offers some gorgeous desert hiking. Bring plenty of snacks and water so that you can make it to the highest point, Dobbins Lookout, where you’ll see an unbelievable view of the city and beyond.

 

Arizona Canal

 

The Arizona Canal is located in the Arcadia neighborhood. It’s the perfect place for a walk and some people watching, but you’ll also find some natural wonders like a waterfall and a cave. The walk will surely work up an appetite, so end your evening with dinner at the O.H.S.O. Eatery & Nanobrewery.

Just ask us at Sanderson Ford if you want to hear about more amazing local trips!

Fall Maintenance Tips

Fall Maintenance Tips

Properly maintaining your Ford Edge will significantly extend its lifespan and allow you to get the most for your money. Preventative maintenance is key to keeping more money in your wallet from season to season. While fall is still a few months off, it never hurts to be prepared! Here are some fall maintenance tips for your Ford Edge from us here at Sanderson Ford.

Tire Pressure

Make sure your tires are properly inflated as the weather cools. A car tire inflated to 35 pounds per square inch (psi) can lose one psi every month or for every 10 degrees. The fall tends to make things a little cooler and it never hurts to check your tire pressure as the weather begins to turn!

Tune Up

Getting a tune up for your Ford Edge will only benefit you in the long run. In addition to extending the life of your vehicle, you’ll also enjoy an increase of around 4% when it comes to fuel economy. That’s a good chunk of change saved at the pump over the course of the season!

Brakes

Many Americans choose to travel during summer and that can do a number on your brakes. Make sure to have your braking system inspected as fall rolls around. Replace worn pads and damaged rotors if necessary. Your Ford Edge will thank you later!

Best Places to Off-Road Near Glendale, Arizona

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

Arizona is full of unpaved roads just waiting to be explored in a capable, off-road vehicle. And what vehicle is better equipped than the new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor? This beast of a truck is built specifically to handle any terrain that comes its way. Give your F-150 Raptor a true performance test by visiting one of these off-road sites.

 

Desoto Mine

Why not start with a difficult trail? The 2017 F-150 Raptor can handle it. At Desoto Mine, you’ll traverse some of the most remote backcountry in Arizona, with plenty of steep grades, twisting paths, and creek beds to challenge you. You’ll find this 12-mile trail about two hours north of Sanderson Ford, near Prescott National Forest.

 

New River Canyon

You will love taking on this moderate, rocky, washed-out terrain in your 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor. The New River Canyon trail passes through parts of Sonoran Desert and Tonto National Forest, and is located just 45 minutes north of Glendale.

 

Belmont Mountain

If you’re planning to off-road near Glendale for the first time, this easy trail is perfect for you. The setting isn’t too remote, so help is nearby if needed, but you’ll still get to experience some steep, sandy, and rocky terrains at Belmont Mountain. While you’re there, you can even take a break at Vulture Mine, a ghost town with a preserved gold mine for a glimpse into the Arizona days that existed long before off-roading.

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.

Spring Car Care Tips

Winter is finally gone and that means spring is ready to rumble with warmer weather and plenty of travel opportunities. Now that the harshest season of the year is over, it’s time to give your car the attention it deserves. Here are a few spring car care tips from us here at Sanderson Ford.

  • Wash – Winter has a tendency to lather your car in road salt if you traveled somewhere with snowy roads for the holidays. That will do a number on your paint, among other things, if left untreated. Fortunately, the solution is to take a few minutes and scrub your car until it’s squeaky clean. Adding a layer of wax certainly doesn’t hurt either!
  • Wiper Blades – With spring comes warmer weather and, after a season of colder temperatures, that could cause your wiper blades to show their age. Wear and cracking are the most common problems with wiper blades after winter. Inspect yours thoroughly. You won’t want to get caught in the spring rain with insufficient wipers!

Tires – After winter, inspecting your tires is a must-do safety precaution. The tread is obviously the most important part to check on but your tire pressure is a close second. The colder weather causes tire pressure to decrease and you likely added more air to make up the difference. Warmer weather causes your tire pressure to increase, which means you might need to let some air out. Doing so will improve fuel economy, overall safety, and the lifespan of your tires.

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Why You Need Good Car Insurance

Car insurance is a necessity if you plan on driving in the modern day. Unfortunately, as many as one in eight drivers forego reliable coverage. It’s only once they’re in an accident that they realize they made a mistake. Don’t be portrayed as a fool! From us here at Sanderson Ford to you, here are a few reasons you need good car insurance!

  • Accidents can and do happen. More than six millions accidents occur each and every year according to the National highway Traffic Safety Administration. Even if you’ve never been in one, that’s no reason to forego coverage. If you do end up in an accident, your insurance is there to help you along the way both financially and mentally.
  • The sheer cost is incredible. The cost of an accident is likely more than you think. On average, property damage alone amounts to nearly $10,000. That’s a good chunk of change but it only gets worse. Accidents with disabling injuries amount to nearly $81,000. Insurance can cover some or all of those costs.
  • Most states require insurance. The need for insurance is obvious. Many states require drivers to maintain a minimum amount of coverage. Failing to do so can result in an impounded vehicle, fines, or a suspended license.

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How To Eat Healthy On The Road

Sometimes it can seem impossible to eat healthy on the road during a road trip. The trick is to plan ahead and use technology to your advantage! Here are some tips to help you make it happen…

# 1 – Stock up!

Before your trip, buy plenty of healthy snacks. Humans are creatures of convenience. We are much less likely to indulge in junk food if the car is loaded with all-natural granola bars, fruit, trail mix, nuts, and peanut butter.

# 2 – Use technology to your advantage!

There are lots of great apps out there that you can use to help you eat better on the road. iExit tells you exactly what you’ll find off of any exit. Clean Plates can help you find restaurants that use healthy ingredients.

# 3 – Plan your indulgence!

If you know you are going to cheat, it’s better to do it in a controlled fashion instead of suddenly going hog wild and throwing caution to the wind. Maybe if you really love fast food breakfast, decide that will be your indulgence for the day. Or, tell yourself if you eat well all day, you can bash some fro-yo for an after-dinner dessert.

How do you stay healthy while traveling?

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Remember These Baby Safety Tips While Driving During Baby Safety Month

This month marks Baby Safety Month, and though you baby’s safety is clearly a number one priority year-round, we’d like to take this time to remind you of some basic baby safety tips while driving.

  • Booster seats absolutely save lives, with children properly stationed in booster seats 45 percent less likely to be injured in a crash.
  • Be sure to choose a federally approved car safety seat, and follow the instructions carefully.
  • Never carry an infant in your lap while driving, and never place a car seat in the front passenger seat.
  • Always take your baby out of the car with you, never leaving it behind. Especially in warm weather, vehicles can heat up to a deadly temperature very quickly.
  • Whenever possible, drive with an additional passenger who can keep their eye on the baby in the backseat.

Do you have any other baby safety tips while driving? Let us know your ideas in the comments below.

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Decrease Blind Spots: Properly Adjust Car Mirrors

Even though many cars today come with revolutionary safety features such as backup cameras and lane departure warning systems, there is still another safety feature on every car that is not properly utilized by drivers today—the mirrors.

According to caranddriver.com, “The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) published a paper in 1995 suggesting how outside mirrors could be adjusted to eliminate blind spots. The paper advocates adjusting the mirrors so far outward that the viewing angle of the side mirrors just overlaps that of the cabin’s rearview mirror.”

So are you ready to properly adjust car mirrors to virtually eliminate blind spots? Here are some tips:

  1. Start by adjusting your rearview mirror for maximum visibility.
  2. Adjust your left car mirror by leaning your head over until it touches the window then move the mirror until only the back corner of your vehicle is visible.
  3. Adjust your right car mirror by leaning your head over an equal distance and move the mirror until you only see the back corner of the right side your vehicle.

Follow these steps to decrease your blind spots, and also be sure to come visit us at Sanderson Ford to see our newest fleet of Ford trucks, cars, SUVs, and crossovers, today!

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