Halloween Safety Tips

October has finally arrived, which means we’re just a few short weeks away from a child-favorite holiday: Halloween. Kids and cars will be out in droves on trick-or-treat night, so here are some Halloween safety tips from us here at Mangold Ford to make this upcoming holiday one to remember.

Wear Comfortable Shoes

Comfortable shoes are the backbone to enjoying trick-or-treat night. Uncomfortable shoes, such as those that are part of a costume, will lead to misery on all parts. Most parents don’t want to carry their young child from house to house as they collect that sweet candy. Forego the princess slippers and stick with a comfortable pair of shoes that the kids can run around in for hours on end.

Avoid Masks

Masks may look cool and seem like a necessity for every Halloween costume, but they have a few unfortunate side effects as well. Masks can reduce visibility and cut off air flow, either of which could quickly become a recipe for disaster. Avoid masks and use face paint or makeup instead.

Stay Warm

Halloween weather can vary, but don’t underestimate the potential cold chill of fall. Dress warmly if the weather calls for it. Don’t forget that you could be walking from house to house for a couple hours! You can always take your jacket off if you get too warm.

Here at Mangold Ford, we hope you have a fun and safe Halloween!

Windshield Cleaning Tips for When Bugs Just Don’t Come Off

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Nothing is more frustrating than coming back from the carwash with dried bugs still stuck to your windshield. The bane of detailers everywhere, insects can not only create a mess, but they can also affect visibility if they accumulate on your windshield. Plus, if you drive long distances, it can be particularly difficult to get them off. Here are windshield cleaning tips to help leave your car’s windshield spotless.

According to Tips.Net, there are some household cleaners that may do the trick. For example, you can make a paste out of baking soda and apply it to the windshield. Simply mix baking soda with water, let it dry on the glass, and wipe off with warm water. Avoid getting the baking soda on the paint, as this may cause damage.

Some detailers suggest degreaser for bugs that leave residue. This is best for the smudges that don’t just seem to come off, especially from particularly juicy bugs. WD-40 makes a special degreaser (make sure you don’t accidently get the lubricant), while companies like Simple Green make less volatile solutions.

For bugs that simply won’t come off, olive oil may do the trick. The oil works best if you soak a rag in it and vigorously wipe the window. The oil will make your car dirty, so it’s best to do this before you head to the car wash. However, when you’re done, your windshield should be clean.

For professional detailing tips or regular service, bring your car to Mangold Ford. Our friendly staff is happy to help with any needs you might have.

Three Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund at Mangold Ford

The majority of Americans receive a tax refund each spring after filing their taxes. If you fall into this group and are looking to improve your car status, here are three ways to spend your tax refund at Mangold Ford.

  • Use it as a down payment. Getting a large tax refund in a lump sum is a great way to fund a down payment on a new or used car. That money plus any trade-in you have will make getting your next car even more affordable.
  • Get some repairs. If you’re happy with your car, but it needs some work, use your tax refund to pay for the necessary work. In addition to any mechanical problems, you could consider getting new tires, smoothing out any dents, or just getting it detailed so it looks, feels, and smells like new again.
  • Accessorize your car. For those of you who really love your current car, make it even more fun with some new accessories. Add some performance parts, get premium floor mats, or upgrade your sound system. The options are nearly endless.

Whether you want to buy a new car or upgrade your current one, visit us at Mangold Ford, and we will take care of you.

Tips for New Drivers

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Here are some tips that will help new drivers stay safe on the road. For more tips for new drivers, give us a call at Mangold Ford!

Whether you’re a teenager who’s just gotten your license or you’ve put it off well into adulthood, driving is a new and scary thing for everyone when they’re starting out. Here are some tips that will help new drivers stay safe on the road.

Driving takes a lot of practice, so don’t think that just because you passed your test you’re an expert. If you can find any further training, like defensive driving courses, consider taking them! You need to be prepared for more driving situations than you encounter during driver’s education.

Second, make sure you know the car you’re driving really well. You need to be able to turn the wipers and headlights on at the drop of a hat, as well as activate the hazard lights, put it in neutral, and more. Familiarize yourself with the distance between the gas pedal and the brake pedal. If there are steering wheel controls or voice controls for the radio, get comfortable using them. They’re much safer than looking away from the road.

Stay out of the far left lane on the highway. You probably don’t need to go 80 miles an hour, and you definitely don’t need to if you’ve just started driving. Always check your blind spot before changing lanes, and don’t touch your phone while driving.

Finally, wait for a day with crappy weather and find a safe place to get used to the feel of driving in rain, snow, high winds, fog, et cetera. You don’t want to drive in rain for the first time in rush hour traffic.

For more tips for new drivers, give us a call at Mangold Ford!

How to Get Better Gas Mileage in Your Car

2017 Ford Fiesta - Eureka, IL
There are many easy ways to improve your car’s fuel economy.

Considering shelling out for a hybrid because you want better gas mileage? Before you give up on your current ride, try some of these tips to get more fuel economy without spending a dime.

Accelerate Slowly: The faster you accelerate, the more energy your car needs to expend in less time. Instead of accelerating quickly, gradually increase your speed; driving isn’t a race!

Coast More Often: You’ll need to accelerate more often if you use your brakes to stop a lot. Instead, trying coasting around turns or “riding the light” (coasting towards a red light so you won’t have to stop before it turns green).

Regular Maintenance Is Key: Okay, so we lied when we said you didn’t have to spend a dime. Keeping your engine functioning at the top of its game as well as keeping your tires properly inflated are only a few things that contribute to getting better fuel economy.

Avoid Rush Hour: The start-stop of bumper-to-bumper traffic is a death sentence for your gas tank. Try leaving a little earlier than usual to avoid the rush.

Clean Out Your Car: When your car weighs more, it needs more fuel to move the same speed. If you have a lot of junk in your trunk, try cleaning it out to reduce the amount of energy needed to move your vehicle.

If you implement these tips in your daily driving routine, you’re sure to get better gas mileage in no time.