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!

Ford Creates F-150 Police Responder

All kinds of different vehicles have been used by police forces across the country, but Ford has decided to add one more body style to law enforcement lineups – the pick-up truck. Ford has taken its best-selling F-150 and designed a pursuit-rated law enforcement vehicle around it, featuring a capable powertrain that allows the F-150 Police Responder to conquer any terrain. That makes it a perfect fit for law enforcement departments such as Border Patrol or fish and game authorities.

The F-150 police truck has an EcoBoost V6 engine that is rated at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. It’s said to deliver 375 horsepower. It’s also modified for all-terrain performance. The F-150 Police Responder is joining the ranks of other popular Ford police models such as the converted Explorer SUV and the Police Responder, based on the Fusion hybrid sedan – the first-ever hybrid law enforcement vehicle in the market. Ford has held the #1 spot in law enforcement sales in the nation for some time, and the addition of the F-150 Police Responder gives law enforcement departments yet another option.

Obviously your average driver can’t own a Ford F-150 Police Responder, but if you’re interested in the power and capability that makes the F-150 such a great pursuit-rated vehicle, stop by Mangold Ford today.

2017 Ford Mustang Changes

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The new-and-improved Ford Mustang.

There’s little doubt that the Ford Mustang is the pony car of choice for drivers who have a need for speed and nimble handling. The popular muscular car saw a major redesign just a few years ago and now Ford is making a new changes for the next model year. 2017 Ford Mustang changes include several price increases as well as a number of cosmetic updates that make this car more attractive.

The turn signals on the Mustang’s hood vents were a nod to the muscle cars of the 1960s but now, with a focus on modern design, Ford is doing away with them.

As for the price, that largely depends on the engine of choice. The V6 Mustangs will see an increase of $770 while the EcoBoost four-cylinder engine models will increase by just $275. Mustangs equipped with a V8 engine will cost $525 more.

The Ford Mustang saw a complete redesign for the 2015 model year, the muscle car’s 50th anniversary. Changes for that model year included an independent rear suspension, the addition of a turbocharged engine that balanced fuel economy with performance, and more.

We here at Mangold Ford are pumped for the arrival of the 2017 Mustang!

Ford Named Best Overall Truck Brand in Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards

For the third year running, Ford has been named the Best Overall Truck Brand in the Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards, dispelling any doubts about what truck brand captivates the most customers.

“Ford continues to give truck buyers what they want: best-in-class towing and payload capacity, a cabin filled with lux and tech amenities, performance that can cause an adrenaline rush, and a low starting price,” the KBB.com editors explained.

The 2016 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards are based on consumer automotive perception data collected from over 12,000 new-vehicle shoppers. The data reveals how shoppers are influenced in their purchase decision, particularly by brand or model familiarity.

Of the eight times Kelley Blue Book presented the Best Overall Truck Brand awards, Ford earned the honor seven times. Time and time again, truck shoppers know that by choosing Ford, they’ll be getting exactly what they seek, and then some. See for yourself at Mangold Ford!

Driving Tips for Saving Fuel

There are lots of ways to save fuel that have nothing to do with driving, including driving less, and keeping good care of your car. But there are also lots of ways to modify your driving style in such a way as to increase your mileage. In fact, it’s possibly the best way to improve your fuel economy. Let’s look at some of the best driving tips for saving fuel.

  • Go easy on the pedals. Accelerate and brake smoothly, taking longer distances to do both. By keeping revs low, this is the single most effective way of improving fuel economy. As a bonus, it’ll also decrease tire and brake wear.
  • Drive slowly. No, you don’t have to be as slow as a snail (though you would indeed save lots of fuel that way). For every 5 mph you drive over 50 mph, fuel efficiency drops significantly. So if you’re used to driving 80 mph on the highway, getting back down to the speed limit will have more benefits other than making you a smaller target for police officers.
  • Manage the A/C. At low speeds, the engine can’t run the A/C compressor as efficiently as possible. Roll the windows down and keep the A/C off. At high speeds, when the compressor is finally running efficiently and open windows generate too much air resistance, do the opposite.

Ford Driving Skills for Life Introduces Drugged Driving Suit

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The innovative Ford Driving Skills for Life recently introduced a “Drugged Driving Suit,” helping new drivers to understand the dangers of driving while impaired. This programs was especially expanded to focus on pedestrian safety, and can even be adjusted to represent drowsy driving.

According to Ford, this tour marks the 13th year for the Driving Skills for Life program, a clinic that takes place across the US and 34 other countries. This wide-ranging program lets new drivers learn invaluable skills they can use later on the road. The “Drugged Driving Suit” is a modification to the “Drunk Driving Suit” that appeared in 2013, helping drivers to understand the consequences of getting behind the wheel while impaired.

“Our 2016 program features some of the newest and most innovative tools available to teach new drivers to be safe and make sound decisions behind the wheel,” said Jim Graham, manager, Ford Driving Skills for Life. “Our new Drugged Driving Suit is intended to complement our Drunk Driving Suit, giving students a critical eye into the consequences of impaired driving.”

Driving Skills for Life will be stopping in Alabama, Arizona, California, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Texas. It will also be in South America, Europe, and Asia. So far, the program has reached a whopping 800,000 new drivers.

How to Avoid Hydroplaning: Staying in Control Behind the Wheel

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With warmer weather on the way, that means melting snow is going to leave drivers with some road hazards, including standing water. Although at slow speeds water isn’t very dangerous, if you are going fast enough, hydroplaning can occur. That’s why we’ve put together a post on how to avoid hydroplaning.

According to Safe Motorist, hydroplaning occurs when a sheet or layer of water come between your tires and the road. When there is more water than your tire can scatter, you begin sliding and losing control. The most dangerous time for hydroplaning is the first ten minutes water comes in contact with the road. That means after a light shower or early in the morning (when snowmelt occurs), you might need to take extra precaution.

How can you avoid hydroplaning? First, keep your tires maintained and properly inflated. Tires have special groves designed to divert water – keeping them in optimal condition increases the likelihood that they will function properly. Look for uneven wear, bald spots, and don’t forget to rotate tires regularly.

You should also just slow down when the roads are wet. Stay away from puddles, and use the middle lanes. Try to drive in tire tracks left by cars in front of you, and don’t use cruise control if it is wet. Also, avoid making sharp turns and slamming on the brakes, both of which increase the likelihood of hydroplaning.

Stay safe and enjoy Spring with these helpful tips!

Ford Scholarship Program Gives Over $400,000 to North Texas High School Seniors

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The Ford scholarship program is giving away over $400,000, with the help of its dealerships in the North Texas area, to high school seniors who plan to study science, technology, engineering, or math in college.

The scholarship program, also known as Ford Driving Dreams, will divide the scholarships up into $2,000 individual awards based on achievements and the personal essay on the subject “What Drives Your Dreams?” The deadline to apply for a scholarship is February 29. The Ford Driving Dreams awards ceremony will take place in May.

Ford Driving Dreams is located in North Texas and works to help students graduate and make college funds available to them, but this is just one branch of Ford’s large philanthropic arm, which donates more than $8 million a year to educational initiatives and scholarship funds. Other Ford groups like Driving Dreams include the Blue Oval Scholars, Next Generation Learning, and the Ford STEAM Lab.

Ford has also contributed to the growth of local communities in North Texas, investing over $22 million in local education programs like school districts and parent groups.

Car Terms Defined: What Is the Difference Between Coupes and Sedans?

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When shopping for a new car, you’ve probably heard several terms thrown around. However, do you know what they all mean? What’s the difference between coupes and sedans? The words “coupe” and “sedan” are frequently used to distinguish between two types of cars, despite the fact most people think they’re the same thing.

According to Automoblog, the easiest answer is that a coupe has two doors and a sedan has four doors. Unfortunately, it’s not quite that simple. In fact, many manufacturers have started using new nomenclatures, including phrases like “four-door coupe” to let owners know what they’re really getting.

A coupe is usually a closed-body style that has two sets, or four seats (in a 2 x 2 configuration). To get technical, a coupe is a fixed-top car with less than 33 cu ft or rear interior volume, which is why people assume it has two doors.

A sedan is large closed-body car, which usually has five seats (in a 2 x 3 configuration). Alternatively, a sedan has more than 33 cu ft of rear interior volume. It is safe to say that sedans are almost always larger than a coupe.

What’s better? Depends on what you’re looking for. Sedans are good if you like more room. Coupe’s tend to be sporty, sleek, and/or more fuel efficient. Naturally, it varies from car to car, though, so stop by Mangold Ford for more information on specific models.

Fuel Economy Tips: Saving Gas in Cold Weather

Winter TiresGasoline is one of our biggest expenses as drivers, so it’s good to know how to beat our estimated mpg, especially in fall and winter. Saving gas in cold weather gets even harder, so follow these easy steps for a more efficient winter.

With cold weather sapping all the heat from your car and the air from your tires, the best thing you can do to avoid the drop in fuel efficiency is do your best to keep the car warm. Keep your vehicle in a garage if you have one, but don’t bother warming up the car for more than 30 seconds. There’s no benefit to leaving your car on for several minutes before you leave! It’s just a waste of gas.

As always, going the speed limit instead of over it will save gas, but this is especially true in winter. Clean snow and ice off your car before you take off, as extra weight on your car uses extra fuel. Finally, check your tire pressure regularly! Your pressure will decrease in winter, which also decreases fuel economy, so refill your tires whenever they’re low.