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Tips For Driving in the Desert with Your Ford

Driving In The Desert | Sanderson Ford | Glendale, AZ

When you’ve got a vehicle like the Ford Explorer, Bronco, or F-150, you feel the call of the weekend. With desert driving so easy to do from Glendale, Arizona, these tips help ensure you always get the most out of your weekend plans.

Make sure your vehicle is ready for the job

You don’t want to try and go out on a desert run in a vehicle that’s not meant to handle the elements. Be sure that your vehicle has four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, the proper tires, and a suspension capable of handling lots of bumps.

Be prepared

Even if it’s your 10th time out, make sure you’ve got all the essentials with you before setting out. A tool kit, emergency kit, water, and spare fuel are all crucial for safe off-roading.

Check the tires

The last thing you want to do is go out desert running and pull a flat because you were running on bad tires. Give your rubbers a visual once over before your trip and make sure they’re in good shape. Need new all-terrain tires? Contact the experts at Sanderson Ford and check out our AZ Custom Shop.

Ready for a desert adventure? Schedule a check-up at Sanderson Ford first to make sure everything is in tip-top shape.

Tips For Camping Out in Your Ford

Tips For Camping Out | Sanderson Ford | Glendale, AZ

Ah, the great outdoors. Experiencing Glendale, Arizona, under the summer sky is magic you have to feel to believe. If a camping trip is in order this summer, follow these tips before you head out in your Ford.

Pack appropriately

Camping is all about preparedness. Be sure you have everything you need, including bug spray, cooking accessories, lighting, extra chargers, and a first aid kid. And don’t forget the tent.

Accessorize

Speaking of the tent, today’s Ford lineup is available with a huge range of helpful accessories perfect for camping. The Ford Explorer has its own lineup of Outfitters Packages with skyboxes and handy tools for all your toys. Several models, including the Ford Bronco, are available with bed- or roof-mounted tents that can sleep two and really ramp up your experience.

Cover your bases

While camping is a lot of fun, there’s still a potential for danger if the unexpected occurs. Before you set out, make sure that people know where you’re going and when you plan to be back. And if you have a Ford vehicle with FordPass Connect™, check in every now and then using the robust Wi-Fi.

Another tip to consider before camping out: Making sure your Ford is as ready as you are. Schedule your next service visit at Sanderson Ford in Glendale, Arizona.

Ford is Best-Selling Vehicle Brand in America for the 10th Year Running

Ford is Best-Selling Vehicle Brand in America  | Phoenix, AZ

For the tenth year in a row, Ford has dominated the American auto industry as the best-selling vehicle brand in America. This year also marks the 43rd year that the Ford F Series has been the best-selling pickup truck in America.

According to a report detailing Ford sales in the last quarter of 2019, Ford truck sales were up over 15 percent from the fourth quarter of 2018, marking the best fourth-quarter truck sales for the brand in nearly 20 years. The Ranger saw its best sales quarter since its 2019 release. In total, Ford sold over 986,000 trucks in 2019.

The fourth quarter of 2019 was fantastic for Ford in plenty of other categories too. Q4 of 2019 was the best quarter for commercial vans since 1978 — that’s over 30 years — and the Expedition and EcoSport both saw significant sales increases over last year. Sales of the Explorer increased a whopping 52.4 percent over the previous quarter, and Mustang sales increased by 20.4 percent.

Ford saw minor drops in SUV sales and a massive drop in car sales, consistent with auto industry trends away from sedans and toward SUVs and trucks. It’s also significant to note that Lincoln, the luxury car division of Ford Motor Company, saw an impressive 30.9 percent increase in SUV sales.

One doesn’t become the best-selling vehicle brand in America for no reason. Visit Sanderson Ford to discover what makes Ford and its cars, SUVs and pickup trucks so great!

Fun Summer Road Trips Near Glendale, AZ

Summer Road Trips | Glendale, AZ

If you’re feeling the need to get away this summer, you’ll find plenty of great options within easy driving distance of Glendale, Arizona. Here at Sanderson Ford, we’ve gathered a few of our favorite road-trip destinations around the Southwest — from outdoor adventures to urban discoveries.

Flagstaff

When the summer heat gets too intense, head up Interstate 17 and experience high-altitude relief in Flagstaff, Arizona. While you’re here, stroll the downtown area to find art galleries, performances, breweries and local dining. Or head to the surrounding mountains and forests for camping, hiking, biking and other outdoor activities. You’re also just a short drive away from the beauty of the Grand Canyon!

Las Vegas

One of the world’s most notorious vacation destinations, Las Vegas offers something for everyone. Hit the Las Vegas Strip for glamorous nightlife, luxurious hotels, dazzling entertainment, unforgettable sights, and, of course, 24-hour-a-day casino action. Moving beyond the glitz, you can enjoy a more laid-back time in the city’s growing Arts District, marvel at the architectural achievement of the massive Hoover Dam, or hike at nearby Mount Charleston.

San Diego

In San Diego, the weather is always gorgeous, the beach is always nearby, and the attractions are always plentiful. If relaxation is your goal, head to one of the city’s many lovely beaches for the perfect mix of sand and sun. If you’re visiting with the family, be sure to check out top draws like the San Diego Zoo or SeaWorld. And if you’re in an adventurous mood, get out and enjoy the great local hiking, discover a new favorite dish in the city’s booming restaurant scene, or spend some time exploring Balboa Park’s exciting mix of museums, performances, and natural beauty.

If all you’re missing for your next road trip is a stylish new vehicle to take it in, visit Sanderson Ford and we’ll get you on the road.

Ford Co-Pilot360™ Safety Features Benefit Drivers

Ford Co-Pilot360™ Safety

Automakers around the world are adding more safety systems to their vehicles, but Ford is beating them to the punch. The Ford Co-Pilot360 safety suite features an impressive number of advanced technologies. Best of all, the safety suite will come standard on all models, starting with the 2019 Ford Edge and Fusion.

“Though our vehicles today are safer than ever, drivers tell us they are still stressed about getting in a potential accident,” said Jim Farley, Ford president of Global Markets. “That’s one reason why we’re making these must-have technologies accessible to millions of customers each year.”

Ford Co-Pilot360 will arrive as a standard feature on the all-new 2019 Ford Edge, including on the high-performance Edge ST variant. It is expected to roll out to every vehicle in the Ford passenger vehicle lineup over time, and Ford expects to make it part of its full commercial vehicle lineup by 2020.

The Ford Co-Pilot360 safety suite includes innovative technologies like Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Information System, Lane-Keeping System, Rear Backup Camera, and Auto High Beam Lights. By making these advanced technologies standard on most models, Ford continues to raise the bar for the industry and maintains its standing as a leader.

To see more of what Ford has to offer in terms of cutting-edge technologies, stop into Sanderson Ford.

 

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?

snapped a selfie

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.

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