Summer Activities in Hutchinson, KS

As you plan your summer, you won’t have to look far to find fun warm-weather activities. Here at Midwest Ford, we’ve put together a list of our favorite adventures right here in Hutchinson.

Strataca

Cool down this summer with a visit to the Strataca. This salt mine museum take visitors 650 feet underground where temperatures are always cool. Multiple tour options are available, including a Salt Mine Express train ride and the Salt Blast Pass + Salt Safari, which includes all of the available tours.

RV Camping at Sand Hills State Park

Covering more than 1,000 acres, Sand Hills State Park is a popular destination for campers and fishers. The clean, pleasant campground offers hookups and a quiet space to enjoy a summer weekend away from everyday life.

Hutchinson Zoo

Summer is a great time of year to visit the Hutchinson Zoo. This small zoo offers free admission and free parking, so it’s a great way to spend an afternoon with limited time.

Kansas State Fair

Hutchinson is home to the Kansas State Fair, which is always a fun way to celebrate the final days of summer. This year, the Kansas State Fair runs from September 6-15. Join the hundreds of thousands of visitors that come through to enjoy rides, farm animals, live entertainment, and delicious fair food.

To learn more about all the awesome summer activities in Hutchinson, visit us at Midwest Ford!

How to Prepare Your Car for Summer

The summer weather is rolling in, which means it’s time for another round of seasonal maintenance. Here are a few ways to prepare your Ford for summer.

Change the oil

Changing the oil in your car is one of the most important routine maintenance tasks. Old oil can’t lubricate, cool, or protect vital engine components as well as fresh oil can. Check your vehicle’s owner manual to determine how often you need to visit Midwest Ford for an oil change. Thanks to advances in engine oil technology, the 3,000-mile rule is irrelevant. Most vehicles can go anywhere from 5,000 to 15,000 miles between oil changes.

Check the battery

Checking your battery is a great way to start off summer. After all, you don’t want to end up stranded because of a dead battery. Inspecting your battery doesn’t involve a lot of labor and can be done in a few minutes

Start by inspecting the battery for any bulges, bumps, or other deformities. Remove any corrosion from the posts and tighten the connections. If your Ford’s battery is more than three years old, it’s time to consider replacing it.

Inspect the tires

Inspecting your car’s tires for damage helps improve your safety on the road. Keep an eye out for any bumps, bulges, or uneven tread wear. It pays to check each tire’s pressure every week too. As warmer weather rolls in, the tire pressure is likely to increase. If left unchecked, that could lead to a blowout!

To get your Ford ready for the summer season, visit the Midwest Ford service team today!

Get Your Car Ready for Winter

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.

Thanksgiving Travel Tips

Thanksgiving travel tips

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.

Savor Summer with an In-State Road Trip Through Kansas

road trip through Kansas

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.