How to Celebrate the Fourth of July at Home in Pittsburgh, PA

With Independence Day fast approaching and most of us trying to stay at home, you may be wondering how to celebrate the most patriotic holiday of them all without hosting a large gathering or cookout. That’s why we put together this list of creative, fun ways to celebrate Fourth of July at home with your family.

Highlight the Declaration of Independence

While we don’t recommend taking an actual highlighter to the proclamation of our nation’s independence, giving it a dramatic reading could be a fun way to recognize its historical significance. Gathering the family and divvying up passages to read is sure to remind everyone that one simple document can change the world.

Get the kids involved

On the surface, history might seem boring to kids. However, framing a learning experience about the origins of America as a fun game show is a great way to help your children connect with their country’s legacy. You can even introduce Fourth of July-themed treats as rewards for getting the right answers.

Watch a well-themed movie

Sitting down with your family for a movie night — complete with delicious food, naturally — is the perfect way to end a Fourth of July spent at home. You can opt for a classic war film, superhero fare like Captain America, an action flick like Independence Day, or a family-friendly adventure like National Treasure.

No matter how you choose to celebrate the Fourth of July at home in Pittsburgh, all of us here at Shults Ford of Harmarville would like to wish you a happy, safe Independence Day.

Fourth of July at home

Ford Performs Well in J.D. Power’s 2020 Vehicle Dependability Study

J.D. Power conducted its 2020 Vehicle Dependability Study to determine which 3-year-old vehicles gave owners the least amount of problems. The Ford Mustang and F-150 both earned awards for their performances in the study.

The Mustang won in the midsize sporty car segment, while the F-150 won in the large light-duty pickup segment. The high ranking of each model enabled Ford to place third among all the automakers in the study.

“For us, high quality means more than a great experience in the first few months of ownership; it includes a great experience throughout a customer’s ownership journey, and these results affirm our commitment to building high-quality vehicles,” said Linda Cash, Ford vice president of Quality and New Model Launch Program.

Ford managed to jump six spots in the study, thanks in large part to its SYNC® 3 system. The voice-activated communications and entertainment system features an easy-to-use touch screen that’s compatible with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™.  As such, you can make calls to your loved ones, send messages and listen to your playlists while on the go.

The protective and connective technologies in Ford vehicles are just some of the aspects that make Ford vehicles reliable options. If you’re interested in driving a Ford vehicle around Pittsburgh, PA, learn more about the vehicles available at Shults Ford Harmarville by viewing our inventory online.

2020 Vehicle Dependability Study

Tips for Driving Safely in the Rain This Spring in Pittsburgh

With the spring season in full swing in Harmarville, there will be blooming flowers and warmer days, but there will also be an uptick in downpours. Rain can be hazardous while on the road, which is why it’s a good idea to keep in mind these tips for driving safely in the rain.

Inspect your vehicle

Before embarking on your commute, it’s important to make sure all the lights on your vehicle are working so that other drivers can spot your vehicle on the road. You should also check that the tires are properly inflated and have enough tread depth for maintaining traction on slick streets. Windshield wipers are a must when it’s raining, so consider replacing them if they are not functioning well.

Take it slow

Speeding on a wet road could lead to hydroplaning, so you should consider driving at a slower pace. You also want to be sure to leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle ahead of you since hard braking can be dangerous.

Know how to handle a skid

If your vehicle does start to hydroplane, you should avoid the urge to hit the brakes since doing so could make it more difficult to gain control of the vehicle. Instead, you should gently remove your foot from the gas pedal and keep steering in the direction that you want the vehicle to go in, without jerking the wheel.

We at Shults Ford Harmarville offer several vehicles, including the Ford Escape, Explorer, and EcoSport, which are available with all-wheel drive to help you handle slick roads. Visit our showroom in Pittsburgh to check out these vehicles and receive any needed parts replacements.

tips for driving safely in the rain

2020 Ford Super Duty Tremor Gets Integrated Electric Winch

For the first time ever, Ford is offering an integrated electric winch for special variants of the Ford F-Series Super Duty. For 2020, Super Duty trucks with the available Tremor Off-Road Package will be available with a factory- or dealer-installed winch that might come in handy when things get tough off the beat path.

According to Ford, the winch, which was designed by Warn, boasts 12,000 pounds of raw winching power. You will be able to get the winch for the 2020 Ford Super Duty Tremor equipped with either the 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 diesel or the all-new, best-in-class 7.3-liter V8 gas engine.

Ford has strategically placed the winch behind the steel bumper, which allows for optimal airflow and clearance.

“We developed this unique winch in cooperation with Warn specifically to meet Built Ford Tough truck standards for our new F-Series Super Duty,” explained Ron Meredith, Ford truck vehicle personalization planning manager. “Having a winch specially designed to our Built Ford Tough standards gives our hard-working Super Duty customers yet another tool to extend this truck’s capabilities whether at work or on the trail.”

The winch will carry an additional price of $3,000 MSRP and will be available starting the middle of this year. The 2020 Super Duty is manufactured at the Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville and the Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake. The first batch of F-Series Super Duty models have already arrived here at Shults Ford Harmarville, so be sure to visit our showroom to see why this truck is the most capable and most Ford Tough ever built.

2020 Ford Super Duty Tremor

* The Option Package price and monthly payment displayed is for illustration purposes, only. Prices and monthly payments may vary based on features included in package, financing terms and availability. Some Options are not available separately. Not all Options or Option Packages are available on all vehicles. See your local dealer for details.

Ring in Spring at the Best Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh

Though it felt like winter might never end, spring is finally at our doorstep. What better way to celebrate than by spending some time at the best botanical gardens in Pittsburgh? Get outside and enjoy watching flowers bloom as the weather gets warmer

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Phipps is truly a feast for the senses. You can start out by browsing the stunning outdoor gardens before moving on to the Japanese courtyard and innovative green rooftops — including one that grows fresh produce for the on-site café.

If the air is still a bit brisk, pop inside the world-class conservatory for unforgettable sights. There’s a sunken garden, a palm court, a fern room, an orchid room, a tropical fruit and spice room, and even a multi-story tropical forest exhibit that replicates a different region every three years. Adult admission is $20, and children ages two to 18 can get in for $12.

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden

The Pittsburgh Botanic Garden ranks as one of America’s 10 largest botanical gardens with a whopping 452 acres of space, and every inch of space is used to its fullest potential. There’s an incredible amount of floral diversity with several woodlands, a lotus pond, a Japanese garden, and more. For a dash of history, check out the Walker-Ewing-Glass Log House, which was built somewhere near 1790.

If you need a new vehicle to get you back and forth to these beautiful botanical gardens — or if your current ride needs a tune-up — pay us a visit at Shults Ford of Harmarville.

Best botanical gardens in Pittsburgh

Use Your Gift Cards at the Ford Bronco Amazon Store

Did you get a bunch of Amazon gift cards for Christmas? Put them to good use by visiting the Ford Bronco Amazon store. This store has a variety of Bronco-themed merchandise that celebrates the classic off-road SUV and helps get you geared up for its long-awaited return next spring.

“The Bronco fan base is such a loyal one, and they love their Bronco gear,” said Casie Ocan͂a, Ford global brand licensing manager, brand & integrated marketing. “It’s great to be able to corral this merchandise and make it available and easy to buy at one site.”

You can choose from a variety of items including authentic Dennis Carpenter restoration parts for the first-generation Bronco, t-shirts, hats, smartphone cases, and even vintage Bronco parts. If you love miniature versions of your favorite vehicles, you can also choose from a variety of scale model Bronco trucks. You can include your pet in your fandom with pet bandanas for your furry friends.

There will also be merchandise available to celebrate the release of the Bronco R race prototype, which is designed to put the chassis and suspension of the future production vehicle to the test. It went through an intense desert course at the 2019 SCORE-International Baja 1000 in Mexico this past November. The new 2021 Ford Bronco will break cover next spring, and Shults Ford of Harmarville will have all the information you need to make sure you’re one of the first on your street with a new horse. Stay tuned!

Ford Bronco Amazon store

Celebrate the Season at These Holiday Events in Pittsburgh

The Burgh offers no shortage of ways to ring in the holiday season. Here’s a look at three family-friendly, festive events to enjoy in the City of Champions.

Peoples Gas Holiday Market

You don’t have to cross the Atlantic to enjoy a European-style holiday bazaar. Make holiday memories by snapping a free picture of your little ones with Santa Claus, or put your talents to the test at the Holiday Karaoke Contest, where you could take home the grand prize of $1,000. The festivities run daily, from Nov. 22 – Dec. 23.

Highmark First Night

Fuel your creative side with this art-centric New Year’s Eve festival. As the last hurrah for 2019, this spectacular celebration features over 150 events for revelers of all ages. With live music, ice sculptures, and a wealth of kid-friendly activities, the Highmark First Night is sure to help you start 2020 with plenty of inspiration. The event runs from Dec. 31, 2019 to Jan. 1, 2020, from 6 p.m. to midnight.

Kennywood Holiday Lights

When the holiday season rolls around, this old-fashioned amusement park becomes a dazzling winter wonderland.  Boasting nearly 2 million twinkling lights and the tallest Christmas tree in The Keystone State, the Kennywood holiday display is sure to delight visitors of all ages. The park also offers festive activities, like cookie decorating, pictures with Santa, and train rides through a gingerbread village. You’ll be able to experience the magic from 5-9 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from Nov. 22 – Dec. 22, as well as Dec. 26-30. At Shults Ford Harmarville, we’re excited to celebrate the season with our local community.

Holiday Events in Pittsburgh

2020 Ford Expedition King Ranch Brings Texas-Sized Luxury

Among the new updates Ford has revealed for the 2020 Expedition is the return of a much-beloved icon. The Texas-sized 2020 Ford Expedition King Ranch builds on buyers’ love of all things luxury, joining the popular Platinum and Limited trims in the lineup.

Andrew Kernahan, Expedition chief engineer, said, “It’s a great addition to the lineup, growing Expedition’s appeal and personality in Texas as well as with customers across the U.S. looking for Western-inspired style and timeless design.”

The 2020 Ford Expedition King Ranch Expedition offers unique styling that helps it stand apart in the lineup. The exterior features Stone Gray painted running boards, skid plate, hitch cover, bumpers and grille mesh, giving it a slightly earthier feel. Adding to the look are 22-inch six-spoke painted aluminum wheels with dark tarnish-painted pockets and iconic Running W King Ranch badging.

Inside, all three rows of seats are covered in premium Del Rio leather upholstery. The door trim is covered in Ebony Del Rio leather and there is detailed Kingsville stitching on the leather-wrapped steering wheel. The seatbacks all feature the Running W logo for that extra touch of craftsmanship.

Other updates for the 2020 Ford Expedition include 22-inch wheels and new premium finishes for the Expedition Platinum. Want to learn more about the 2020 Ford Expedition King Ranch? Stop into Shults Ford of Harmarville and we’ll tell you how you can get your own little slice of Texas right here in Pittsburgh.

2020 Ford Expedition King Ranch

Best Haunted Attractions Near Pittsburgh

You don’t have to travel far from Pittsburgh to experience a frightfully good time. If you’re looking to scare up some fun this Halloween, check out these delightfully devilish local haunted attractions.

Hundred Acres Manor

At the Hundred Acres Manor, one ticket grants you access to six of Pennsylvania’s scariest attractions. Brave your way through six haunted houses, experience the horror of the Buried Alive Experience, test your wits in the Escape Rooms, and get lost in the black wall maze. After a frightfully good time, unwind with a drink at the Straub Brewery Scream Bar. If you’d like to get in on these thrills and chills, the Hundred Acres Manor is open every evening in October, except for Oct. 1, 7, 8, 14, and 15.

ScareHouse

ScareHouse lives up to its name — ABC News proclaims it “The Scariest Haunted House in America,” while award-winning filmmaker and horror aficionado Guillermo del Toro says, “I could live here!” With that kind of high praise, you won’t want to miss ScareHouse’s heart-pounding Stalked by a Serial Killer Escape Room or the high-impact scares of The Basement. You can experience the nightmare for yourself every Thursday through Sunday in October.

Carnegie Trail of Terror

Looking for a family-friendly Halloween haunt? While the titular trail offers some intense scares, there’s something for everyone at this outdoor attraction. The Carnegie Trail of Terror boasts everything from killer clowns and ghastly ghouls to tasty concessions and a pumpkin patch. The Trail of Terror is located in Carnegie Park, only 15 minutes from Downtown Pittsburgh. You can tour the trail on every Friday and Saturday in October, starting on Oct. 11, from 7-11 p.m.

From all of us at Shults Ford Harmarville, have a safe and happy Halloween!

Best Haunted Attractions Near Pittsburgh

New 2020 Ford Super Duty Engine Is a Powerhouse

A new 2020 Ford Super Duty engine will be available on heavy-duty models like the F-250 and F-350. It’s a 7.3-liter V8, and it is vanquishing the competition.

This new 7.3-liter V8 engine joins two other engines available for the Ford Super Duty models: the 6.2-liter V8 gas engine and the 6.7-liter Power Stroke® diesel V8 engine. The new 7.3-liter V8 variant has already earned recognitions for its best-in-class ratings; the engine delivers 430 horsepower (best-in-class V8 output) and 475 lb-ft of torque (best-in-class gas torque).

“The 7.3-liter is designed for maximum durability in the harshest environments given that our customers live and work in these conditions every day,” commented Joel Beltramo, Ford manager for gas V8 engines, in a recent Ford press release. “This engine has the largest displacement in its class and is designed to provide benefits in key areas like power, durability, ease of maintenance and total operating costs.”

In F-250 models through F-600 models, this engine will be paired with a 10-speed heavy-duty TorqShift® automatic transmission. Commercial models above the F-600 will instead match the engine with a TorqShift® heavy-duty six-speed automatic transmission. The Ford Super Duty is the only truck in the segment to offer such a potent, advanced powertrain among such a wide cast of models. The 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty is coming soon to Shults Ford Harmarville. Call, email, or visit the showroom to learn how you can be the first on your block with one of these wonderful toys.

2020 Ford Super Duty engine (2018 model pictured)
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