Tips for Driving With Your Pet in the Car

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When you pick up a new vehicle from Link Ford in Minong, you will probably pick up something while keeping your pet in mind. Some vehicles are better for taking your pet with you than others. Whether you choose a sedan or SUV, there are ways to keep your pet safe.

Crating

When possible, keep your pets crated in the vehicle. If you should get into an accident, the crate will hopefully hold together so that your pet doesn’t get loose on the highway. It would be a shame for your pet to survive a bad accident only to get hit on the highway. Also, a crate keeps your pet from being thrown into the front seat or into the windshield should you have to come to fast stop or should you hit something.

Seat Belts and Harnesses

Sometimes, it’s just not possible to create your pet. Have fun trying to fit a Great Dane-sized crate in a vehicle, even an SUV. Your best option is to get a harness for your pet. This keeps the pet from sliding around the seat, trying to jump in the front, distracting the driver and keeps your pet safe in the event of an accident. Most harnesses attach to the seat belt.

Look for a harness that has been crash tested, that has a broad padded chest plate, that is compatible with your vehicle’s seat belts, that is adjustable to your dog’s size and that has all metal hardware. Other attributes should include the ability to function as a walking harness and that it has a good seat belt loop.

Car Sickness

If your dog gets car sick, you can still take it with you. Check with your vet about the proper dosages of Dramamine. You just have to remember to give it to the dog about a half hour before you leave. This will keep you from having to clean up any messes in your vehicle.

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A Good Car Wash

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Nearly every car or truck owner wants their vehicle to look as nice and clean as possible. While you could take your vehicle to an automated car wash, there’s no beating a well done hand wash, especially when it’s done by you. No one is going to take more care in cleaning your car then you yourself, after all.

If you’d like to give your car a good wash, but aren’t certain what the appropriate steps are, just read on and you’ll be on your way to having a gleaming car, truck, or SUV.

Wash in Sunlight

Wash in direct sunlight during the day, preferably while the sun is still high and warm. This serves two purposes — 1) it prevents the car from drying prematurely and leaving streaks and splotches on the car and 2) it allows you to see what you’re doing better. A good car wash is in the details, so being able to better discern those details is a step towards a good wash.

Get Supplies Ready and Perform a Check of the Vehicle

You’re not going to want to stop and grab something you forgot once you begin, so lay all of your supplies out within easy reach. This may include a couple of buckets, a ready supply of water, rags, and cleaning solutions. Make sure that your vehicle is water tight before you begin. Ensure that all windows are fully rolled up.

Wash Methodically

With one bucket of soapy water and one of clean water, begin by gently hosing down the entire car, attempting to remove as much dirt and grit as possible. Using a soapy sponge that’s free of dirt, lather the car from top to bottom in small circular motions all over. Periodically rinse dirt off the sponge to keep it clean. Make sure to keep the entire car moist as you go — you don’t want any areas to air dry. Clean the wheels with a brush and rinse the undercarriage with the hose.

Dry and Wax

Dry the car with clean, fresh towels. Once the car is completely dry, you may apply wax to the car according to instructions.

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Child Seat Need To Know in Wisconsin

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September is National Car Seat Safety Month, so it’s the perfect time to address this important topic. No cargo is more precious than your children, so it’s vital that you know how to keep them as safe as possible when they’re in the car. Proper use of the child seat is of top priority, as it is designed to protect your child in the event of an accident. The more properly it is used, the higher likelihood it has of doing its job.

Rear Face as Long as Possible

Rear facing is the best direction for a car seat. Rear facing is 5 times safer than forward facing and can be done up to 2 to 3 years old. This protects the legs better, avoids broken glass from the windshield, and, though the back seat is better, if they have to be in the front it prevents the airbag from impacting the child.

The Back, Center Seat is Safest

The center seat in the back is nearly 50% safer than the side seats. Since rear facing is safer than forward facing, if you have more than one child and one of those children is too old to rear face, put them in the center and your rear facing child on the side to maximize everyone’s chances of coming out of an accident unharmed.

Safety Harnesses Should be Snug and Properly Placed

Safety harnesses and belts should be tight on the body. They should also be placed properly. For your standard car seat, the harness should be up on the infant or toddler’s sternum, just below the collar bone. Make sure that it’s not up on the neck or down on the belly. For a standard seat belt for older children, the belt should go across the shoulder and onto the chest. If it’s on the neck, your child ought to be sitting in a booster seat.

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Recent Ford News

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Ford is always making new headlines as they strive to develop new and better products. Here are some of the recent highlights on some stuff you might have missed.

Consumers can Test Drive 2017 Ford Super Duty at Tour Stops Around the US

“Drive the Future of Tough” is a 29-city cross-country tour that’s been underway since earlier this year and will continue until November 13.

“The new Super Duty takes the heavy-duty truck segment to the next level,” says Doug Scott, Ford truck group marketing manager. “Truck customers can learn how it provides best-in-class towing and hauling, and they’ll get to experience Super Duty’s class-exclusive features from the best place possible – the driver’s seat.”

Participants can enter a sweepstakes to win an all-new 2017 F-Series Super Duty. Details are available at tour locations.

Upcoming stops:

 

  • Sept. 9-18, Puyallup, Washington
  • Sept. 9-25, Reno, Nevada
  • Sept. 13-15, Grand Island, Nebraska
  • Sept. 15-18, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Sept. 20-22, London, Ohio
  • Sept. 21-Oct. 9, Anaheim, California
  • Sept. 24-Oct. 1, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Sept. 30-Oct. 11, Dallas
  • Oct. 6-8, Concord, North Carolina
  • Oct. 13-16, Ormond Beach, Florida
  • Oct. 18-20, Moultrie, Georgia
  • Nov. 1-5, Las Vegas
  • Nov. 8-13, Avondale, Arizona

Ford Sets Sights on Fully Autonomous Vehicle for Ride Sharing by 2021

Ford has announced that they intend to have a high-volume, fully autonomous vehicle for commercial ride-hailing or ride-sharing service in 2021.

To get there, the company is investing in or collaborating with four startups (Velodyne, SAIPS, Nirenberg Neuroscience LLC, and Civil Maps) to enhance its autonomous vehicle development, doubling its Silicon Valley team and more than doubling its Palo Alto campus.

“The next decade will be defined by automation of the automobile, and we see autonomous vehicles as having as significant an impact on society as Ford’s moving assembly line did 100 years ago,” said Mark Fields, Ford president and CEO. “We’re dedicated to putting on the road an autonomous vehicle that can improve safety and solve social and environmental challenges for millions of people – not just those who can afford luxury vehicles.”

 

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