Winter has arrived. If you haven’t prepared your car for the change of season, it’s time to get on it! Here are some easy tips for getting your car ready for winter that will help keep you safe and warm on the road.
Follow your maintenance schedule
Check your owner’s manual — it has a complete yearly schedule for you to follow so you can keep your car in the best shape possible. You’d be amazed at how much of a difference regular maintenance has on your vehicle’s performance.
Have car problems looked at
If you’re noticing any issues right now, like trouble starting your car or stalling, get it looked at right away, because it’s only going to get worse as the weather gets colder. It’ll be a much bigger inconvenience to get stranded with a dead battery than to have it replaced now.
Replace your wipers and refill washer fluid
Winter driving means dirty, salty, icy windshields, without much or any rain to clean them. Make sure your washer fluid is filled up and your wiper blades are fresh so you can see through your windshield.
Put an emergency kit together
This is vital year-round but especially important during the winter. You should keep water and dry foods in the car, as well as an extra set of warm clothes and blankets, a flashlight, and flares. You should also have a shovel and a bag of ice or cat litter in your car’s trunk; if your car gets stuck in the snow, these items will help you clear a path and gain more traction.
Schedule a maintenance check at Midwest Ford to make sure your car is ready for the demands of winter driving.
Fall is flying by, and the holidays are almost upon us. The holiday season is a busy travel time for all, as many Americans travel home to visit loved ones and take part in festive celebrations. To make holiday travel as painless and stress-free as possible, there are various things you can do to prepare beforehand to help make travel plans go smoothly. Here are some Thanksgiving travel tips.
- Plan ahead: This is the simplest and one of the most important travel tips for the holiday season. Rather than scrambling at the last minute to decide when you’re going to drive or fly home, make plans as far in advance as possible. When you have time to plan in advance, you can plan out the most effective driving route, find the cheapest airfare, or avoid particularly busy airports.
- Avoid the heaviest travel days: The Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Saturday after will be among the busiest travel days of the year. If possible, avoid these days entirely. If you have to travel on these days and you’re driving, aim to leave early in the morning — such as at 6 a.m. —
to avoid the busiest road times.
- Factor in extra travel time: Whether you’re stuck in traffic or stuck in line at the airport, you know that holiday travel typically comes with longer wait times. Arrive extra early to the airport to check in and make it through security, and factor in extra driving time so you don’t feel stressed.
Make sure your car is ready for the holidays, too by scheduling a maintenance check with our trained technicians at Midwest Ford.
Tell most Americans that you’re planning to take a road trip through Kansas, and you’ll probably get that canned, stereotypical response about cornfields. We can hear it now, that grating, enjoy the corn! But, we Kansans know there’s so much more to our state than cornfields (though do we not also have the finest, most shining cornfields in the nation)?
Fellow Jayhawkers, if you’re feeling like the summertime is flying by, pack up the family for a quick road trip through Kansas, and show some love to your favorite state.
Get Spooked in Kansas Ghost Towns
Kansas is chock-full of American pioneer history, much of which you can still see and touch. Take this route starting at Stull in the north and looping around down to Le Hunt in the south, and explore a few of our chilling ghost towns.
Drop Your Jaws at these Kansan Natural Wonders
From the Gypsum Hills to Castle Rock, Kansas is full of stunning natural wonders. Make a weekend of cruising between these gorgeous vistas and spend an afternoon hiking and picnicking — a great time for kids or for a romantic getaway.
Sample the Best Fried Chicken in Kansas
Nobody fries chicken like a Kansan. Take a drive to these eight delicious fried chicken establishments if you like a road trip you can sink your teeth into.
Before you head out to explore the great state of Kansas, make sure your car is up to the task and schedule a maintenance check at Midwest Ford.