Tips and Tricks for Hanging Christmas Lights

It might seem like the Christmas season is far away, but it’s coming up quickly! For many, their Christmas lights go up the day after the Halloween decorations come down. If you’re one of those people, or you just want time to prepare, here are some tips for hanging Christmas lights.

Safety First

The most important part is your safety. Only use Underwriters Laboratories (labeled “UL”) lights and extension cords, which prove that they’re safe for outdoor use. Also, when getting to the actual hanging part, use a sturdy ladder and have another person to help secure the base of the ladder.

Measure

Before you hang your lights, measure everything! Measure your doorframe, your windows, the length of the gutter – anywhere you’ll be hanging lights. Record those measurements so that you can easily center and position your lights when you hang them.

Focal Points

Where do you want passerbys to look? Your trees? Your front door? Pick a focal point and focus your lights here. Then, frame that focal point evenly with lights on surrounding objects.

Correctly Secure

Secure the lights with tools appropriate for where you’re hanging them. Use light clips to secure lights to gutters, deck clips to attach them to railings, and a light-hanging pole to get them up and around the branches of your tall trees.

For more Christmas decoration tips, feel free to speak with our staff at Shults Ford Harmarville.

Christmas lights

Ford Edge’s All-Wheel-Drive Disconnect Relies on AI for Improved Traction

The 2019 Ford Edge has debuted with a new, innovative technology that will increase safety in all road and weather conditions. It’s called all-wheel-drive disconnect and improves traction while reducing fuel consumption.

So what is all-wheel-drive disconnect? It’s Ford’s first attempt at such a technology and is available on all trim levels of the new Edge, including the Edge ST performance variant. The all-wheel drive technology can intelligently switch between two-wheel and all-wheel drive “in a fraction of a second,” according to Ford, which means your Ford Edge can decide which drivetrain option is better for road conditions at any given second.

How does it work? Artificial intelligence, says Ford. Reportedly, the artificial intelligence can scan for a variety of stats, like road conditions, windshield wiper usage, outside temperature, vehicle speed, and wheel slip to determine whether to engage two-wheel drive or all-wheel drive—and it does it in record time, faster than the human brain ever could, using dozens of sensors.

“The concept is pretty simple, it was the execution that was the challenge,” explained Scott Beiring, Ford driveline applications supervisor. “Shifting between two- and all-wheel drive needs to be fast and seamless enough that the customer doesn’t know it is happening.”

You can test drive the 2019 Ford Edge at Shults Ford Harmarville.

All-Wheel-Drive Disconnect

Complete This Fall Bucket List with Your Ford

Leaves are beginning to change color and fall, and pumpkin spice lattes are back in full force. You know what that means: it’s fall! If you’re looking for something to do with your family this season, we’ve gone ahead and put together a fall bucket list for you to consider.

Visit your local pumpkin patch. Jack-o-lanterns are an iconic symbol of fall, so this bucket list wouldn’t be complete without heading to your local pumpkin patch to search for the perfect pumpkin to carve. No matter which Ford you drive, you will find plenty of trunk space to load up your haul of gourds.

Go explore the fall foliage. It wouldn’t be fall without the leaves changing colors, creating a beautiful landscape across the country – especially near Harmarville. Grab your kids, make some hot apple cider or hot chocolate, and head out on an adventure to see the natural beauty this time of year has to offer. If you happen to have one of our EcoBoost® engines, this is an even better idea – just think of the gas you’ll be saving!

Tailgate before a football game. Football games are the epitome of fall – and what better way to celebrate a big game than with some tailgating? Whether you’re heading off to watch the pros play or you’re attending your kid’s PeeWee league match, load your Ford up with all the tailgating goodies you can get. After all, it does have plenty of storage.

If you are in need of a Ford vehicle, then be sure to stop by Shults Ford Harmarville.

Fall bucket list

2019 Ford F-150 Limited Gets New 3.5-Liter EcoBoost® V6 Engine

The Ford F-150 Limited is the pinnacle of luxury pickups, and for 2019, the Limited model will be powered by the high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine. This ferocious V6 will officially make the 2019 Ford F-150 Limited the most powerful light-duty pickup in America.

With this engine lurking under the hood, the 2019 F-150 Limited will produce 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. The F-150 Limited also boasts a new dual exhaust system.

But it’s not just performance that sets the 2019 Ford F-150 Limited apart. Inside, the Limited trim offers an upscale cabin with premium materials like the Mike® suede headliner, leather-topped instrument panel and door panels, and new Camel Back two-tone leather for the front seats with Active Motion® for lumbar support and soothing massage.

Technology in the 2019 F-150 Limited is cutting-edge. Standard tech features include a 360-degree camera with split-view display and an integrated trailer brake; class-exclusive Pro Trailer Backup Assist™ is optional. The F-150 Limited also features a number of driver-assist technologies, such as standard adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, standard Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, active park assist, and a Lane-Keeping System.

The 2019 Ford F-150 Limited will be available at Shults Ford Harmarville later this year.

2019 Ford F-150 Limited OR 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6 engine

3 Tips for Traveling with Pets

Traveling with pets can be a daunting endeavor – but it doesn’t have to be. To help you prepare for your next trip with your furry friends, we’ve gone ahead and put together some tips for traveling with pets.

Plan ahead. If you’re heading out on a long road trip, it’s likely that you will have to spend the night in hotels as you go. Many hotels, though, don’t allow pets or only have a limited number of rooms that it allows pets in. To ensure your furry friends have a place to stay overnight, make sure you book hotels that are pet-friendly before you leave. Also, plan to stop every couple of hours to give your dog a break and a short walk to help them stretch their legs.

Be prepared. Safety is important, which is why having the proper safety equipment for your pets is a must. Purchase a well-rated travel crate, a pet barrier, or restraint of some sort to help protect your pet in case of an accident.

Make a checklist. You don’t want to get halfway through your road trip only to realize you forgot something important like your pup’s food or your cat’s litter tray. Before you start packing, create a checklist that has all of the essentials on it. Doing so is a great way to ensure you don’t forget anything. Make sure you include everything from food, water, and poop bags to medications, cleaning supplies, and an ID tag if your dog happens to get out unexpectedly.

Looking for a vehicle to keep both you and your pets comfortable? Come check out our model lineup here at Shults Ford.

Tips for traveling with pets

Ford Joins Postmates on Self-Driving Food Delivery Platform

In today’s modern age, it’s as easy as a few taps of your fingertips to get fresh, delicious food delivered right to your doorstep. That’s thanks in part to food delivery services like Postmates. Soon, though, you might be able to get your food from Postmates in an entirely different way – via a self-driving food delivery platform.

Ford has teamed up with this delivery service to begin piloting the self-driving delivery vehicle experience. Right now, the American carmaker is testing the first and last mile of the delivery experience, utilizing vehicles that look as if they’re self-driving – though they’re actually driven by an experienced driver.

The self-driving technology that will go into this program is being developed in separate tests.

When you order via Postmates, your food will be loaded by the restaurant into one of the multiple lockers available in the Ford vehicle. You’re notified of the delivery timing and just need to enter your four-digit PIN code to access your food. This is a similar method that will be used when the self-driving platform is ready.

Right now, the pilot is currently only underway in Miami and Miami Beach – but who knows? Maybe it will make a stop in Pittsburgh sometime soon! Here at Shults Ford, we certainly hope so.

Self-driving food delivery platform - 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid

Best Ford Sedans for Life in a City

When you’re frequently driving in the city, chances are that you’ll want to make sure your vehicle is small, easy to maneuver, gets great fuel economy, and has plenty of technology. Luckily, Ford has multiple vehicles that fit the bill. Here’s a quick look at the best Ford sedans for life in a city.

2018 Ford Fiesta

Maneuvering around narrow city streets and fitting into small parking spaces is a lot easier when you have a small car. That’s where the 2018 Ford Fiesta comes into play. This subcompact vehicle is easy to personalize so that it shows off your unique style, and it also offers plenty of technologies to choose from. For instance, Ford’s SYNC® infotainment system comes standard and entertainment tech like SiriusXM® Radio, a Sony® audio system with HD Radio™, and a Reverse Sensing System are all available. That means the Fiesta isn’t just stylish – it’s also tech-savvy.

2018 Ford Focus

The 2018 Ford Focus combines reliability, a small size, and variety to make it one of the most appealing city cars out there. For those wanting something a bit sportier, you can opt for the performance-oriented ST or RS trim levels. It even has an eco-friendly option in the Electric trim level, which offers consumers an all-electric ride. No matter what you’re looking for in an urban ride, it’s likely you can find a Focus that offers what you need.

Explore our lineup of vehicles at Shults Ford to find the perfect urban vehicle for your metropolitan commutes.

Best Ford sedans for life in a city - 2018 Ford Focus

Top Vacation Spots within A Short Drive from Pittsburgh

Finding the right destination for your next vacation isn’t always easy – especially if you don’t want to drive too far. To make your decision a bit easier next time, we’ve put together a short list of some of the top vacation spots within a short drive from Pittsburgh.

Pro Football Hall of Fame

The Pro Football Hall of Fame is located in Canton, Ohio, which is only a two-hour drive from Pittsburgh, giving you prime access to history of the game and its legendary players. Whether you’re a hometown fan or root for another team, you’re sure to enjoy yourself if you happen to love football.

Seven Springs Mountain Resort

Family fun and adventure is only an hour drive away from Pittsburgh at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie looking to go ziplining on the mile-long Laurel Ridgeline Canopy Experience or merely want to kayak around the resort’s lake and enjoy the great outdoors, this destination has you covered.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater

Architecture buffs will want to take the family out to this destination – Fallingwater, a mountain home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1930s. It’s an escape in the middle of the mountains, built over a waterfall that gives you a sense of being one with nature. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind experience.

The best vehicle to get you to your destination is a Ford from Shults Ford Harmarville.

Top Vacation Spots

2019 Ford Ranger Testing Ensures Its Tough Enough

When you purchase the new 2019 Ford Ranger, Ford wants to make sure you’re getting a pickup truck that’s rough and ready for your next big adventure – no matter where it takes you. That’s why the American truck maker is putting the Ranger through its paces in some of the most grueling testing ever.

2019 Ford Ranger testing has ranged from demanding lab tests to robotic testing – it’s even seen the Ranger being pushed to its limits in the rugged Australian Outback and the heat of the Arizona desert, all in an effort to make sure this all-new truck is Built Ford Tough.

“We torture every component – from its high-strength steel frame to its EcoBoost® engine to its cloth and leather-trimmed seats – to ensure the Ranger is ready for any season and nearly any terrain,” said Rick Bolt, Ford Ranger chief engineer.

Testing first started in the lab, moving to Ford’s Michigan Proving Grounds once the Ranger prototype showed it was ready for the next challenge. At the proving grounds, robotic drivers are used behind the wheels to endure impacts that are so severe, human drivers could be injured.

Once it’s cleared there, its towing capability is tested in the inferno-like heat at the Davis Dam in Arizona and the dusty, harsh off-road terrain of the Australian Outback. After going through this type of endurance testing, you can only assume that the 2019 Ford Ranger will be able to handle whatever you throw at it.

Here at Shults Ford Harmarville, we are eagerly anticipating the arrival of the 2019 Ford Ranger.

2019 Ford Ranger Testing - 2018 Ford F-150 interior pictured

Tips for Memorial Day Camping with Your Ford F-150

Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner, which means it’s time to get ready for your big camping trip to celebrate. If you’re stuck on how to prepare your Ford F-150 for this weekend of fun, then make sure you follow our tips for Memorial Day camping.

Reserve your campsite. Whether you’re heading to a campground or will be hauling your trusty travel trailer to an RV site, make sure you reserve your spot well in advance. Also, print out your reservation information so you have it on hand in a hard copy, just in case.

Get your F-150 ready. Make sure your pickup truck is ready for the trip by putting it through its routine maintenance. Check its fluid levels, lights, tire pressure, and battery to make sure all of it is ready to head out on the open road.

Plan your menu. One of the best parts of camping is cooking over an open fire – or in your travel trailer’s tidy little kitchen. Make sure you think about what you want to eat each day and pack accordingly. Consider supplies like s’mores, hot dogs, burgers, and breakfast burritos.

Pack your supplies. It’s time to use your F-150’s truck bed for what it’s made to do. Get your supplies ready and packed so you can head out on the open road with ease. Make sure everything’s secure in the bed of your truck and weather proof it, if you think the weather might take a turn for the worse.

If you need a vehicle for your big Memorial Day trip, then be sure to stop by Shults Ford Harmarville and check out our lineup of Ford F-150 models.

Tips for Memorial Day Camping with a Ford F-150

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