Tips for Driving in Heavy Rain

With Tropical Storm Michael headed towards our area, we are expecting heavy rain and wind this afternoon into early tomorrow morning. To help you reach your destinations safely, we’ve compiled a list of tips for driving in heavy rain.

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  • Install Fresh Windshield Wiper Blades – Make sure your windshield wiper blades are performing at their best. Don’t forget about your rear window Contact our Parts Department to order a new set for your vehicle.
  • Keep a Safe Distance Between Vehicles – Keep a safe distance from the car in front of you while driving. In a heavy rain, hydroplaning may occur. Be sure to leave enough distance for your vehicle to stop suddenly if the vehicle in front of you makes an abrupt stop.
  • Slow Down – The easiest way to avoid hydroplaning in a heavy downpour is to slow down. Leave extra time for you to take your time before arriving to a destination so you’re not speeding.
  • Ensure Your Tires are Safe – Be sure there is enough tread on your tires to give ample traction during a heavy rain. If you’re unsure how to determine whether your tires need replaced, contact our Service Department and let our experts help you.
  • Drive with Headlights On – In accordance with the law in the state of Maryland, you must turn on your headlights if your windshield wipers are running. This not only helps you to be able to see in poor driving conditions, but it helps other cars see you more easily.
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Prince Frederick Ford is a Proud Sponsor of the Calvert Marine Museum

Southern Maryland is an especially beautiful and historic area. From the farming history, to the aquatic scenery, whether you’re visiting or you’re lucky enough to call Southern Maryland home, there is always something educational to do with your family.

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One of our favorite places to visit is the Calvert Marine Museum. Located in Solomons, MD, the Calvert Marine Museum is a place full of educational experiences, for adults and children.

With programs for all ages, from toddlers to seniors, the Calvert Marine Museum has programs designed to help you get the most out of the museum’s exhibits. Some of the museum’s projects include the opportunity to build your own 16 foot canoe, to fit your schedule, small craft center toy boat building, and so much more.

For visiting information visit the Calvert Marine Museum online, and learn why Prince Frederick Ford is a proud sponsor of such a wonderful organization.

It’s Not Too Late to Set a New Year’s Resolution for Your Vehicle

The clock might have already struck midnight on New Year’s Eve, and almost everyone has a plan in place to improve their life, whether with fitness, organization, or even managing finances. But what about bettering your automobile? It’s not too late to set a resolution to keep your vehicle at it’s best this 2018.

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Your vehicle is most likely one of your most valued and relied on possessions, so, why not take every measure to ensure you’re keeping it in tip-top shape throughout the year?

Here are a few ideas for New Year’s Resolutions, specifically for your automobile:

  • Keep up with your routine maintenance. Your vehicle’s routine maintenance is one of the easiest things to overlook—whether it’s not having the time to have maintenance addressed, or the money. Although it’s easy to neglect, it’s also one of the most important aspects of your vehicle’s longevity and can help you save money and time, in the long run. Schedule an appointment with our Service Department to have your routine maintenance addressed. 
  • Keep your vehicle’s interior and exterior clean. Although it’s tough to maintain the cleanliness of your vehicle, especially in the colder months, you may feel better if you do. Having a clean vehicle may help reduce stress, especially if your vehicle tends to get cluttered easily.
  • Keep up with your neglected maintenance. Have a rattling noise that’s been driving you crazy for a while, but haven’t had it looked at yet? Bring your car in for Service, and let our experts help you pin-point the problem, before it becomes a bigger problem.
  • Schedule regular check-ups. Just like your physical health, it’s important to keep tabs on your vehicle’s health. Schedule regular appointments to have your car checked, to ensure everything is in working order.

 

Turning Heads in Southern Maryland: The 2018 Ford F-150

If you still haven’t been in to check out the 2018 Ford F-150, you’re missing out.

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One of our favorite updates to the refreshed 2018 Ford F-150 is the breathtaking new front grille. The new two-bar design delivers a sleek and classy look, closely resembling last year’s Super Duty truck’s re-design.

To compliment the front grille, the headlamps now have an LED accent border, giving it a timeless look, and we quickly fell in love. Additionally, the tail lights offer a similar LED accent border, a sleek update from the 2017 Ford F-150.

The wheels now offer six different designs to choose from, ranging from 17 to 22 inches in diameter, perfect for any taste.

On higher trim styles, there is now a new horizontal applique for the tailgate, giving a noticeable badge, quickly recognized by Ford enthusiasts on the road, and, if that wasn’t enough, the new F-150 badging across the tailgate will stand out among the competition, giving the rough and rugged look that buyers crave.

Finally, the biggest re-design is the available diesel engine on the 2018 Ford F-150.

To check out our inventory, visit us online, or contact us. We know you’ll fall in love, just as quickly as we did.

Family Fun This Fall Around Southern Maryland

Fall is a wonderful time of year here in Southern Maryland. Between the fall festivals, corn mazes, hay rides, spooky haunted houses, and other autumn activities, you’ll find something for everyone, here in Southern Maryland.

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Here’s just a few of our favorite autumn activities, all local to the residents of Southern Maryland:

  • Bowles Farm – With a corn maze, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, barrel rides and the chance for a picture with Sponge Bob, your family will love all that Bowles Farm has to offer. Located in Clements, Maryland.
  • Montpelier Farms – With a corn maze, animals, hayrides, fun activities for the kids, a pumpkin patch, and more, Montpelier Farms has some of the greatest autumn activities, and is located directly off of Route 301 in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
  • Maryland Renaissance Festival – Also in nearby Crownsville, the Renaissance Festival is a favorite among our staff. Travel back in time with your family and immerse yourself in the culture of a 16th Century English Village. Just minutes from Upper Marlboro, your family will love all that the Renaissance Festival has to offer.
  • Fright Fest at Six Flags America – Located right here in Upper Marlboro, Six Flags America holds one of the areas top spooky events, from September 23 – October 29. Enjoy thrill rides, complimented with thrills by day and fright by night.
  • Vampire Manor – Around for 29 years, Vampire Manor has become a favorite autumn activity to those in Southern Maryland. Put on to benefit the Charles County Dive Squad, Vampire Manor is a haunted house, full of monsters, and zombies alike, and is perfect for those chilly October nights!

Fall Car Cleaning Hacks

Your vehicle’s interior can get messy, especially when you have young kids riding with you. Between the food, games, and every day necessities that you keep in your vehicle, it can be tough to stay organized.

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Here are a few tips to help you stay organized behind the wheel of your car:

  • Keep collapsible bins in your trunk to utilize for groceries, or every day essentials. When the bins are not in use, fold them up and store them in your trunk so that they are there when you need them.
  • Keep a coupon organizer in your glove box for important papers such as your vehicle’s registration and proof of car insurance.
  • If you have young children, use a remote control caddy to keep activities, small toys, or non-perishable snacks in, by placing it under their car seat, and draping over the sides of the seat.
  • Use a cereal container as a garbage bin, to avoid having garbage lying in the floor board of your vehicle.
  • Use over the door organizers to drape over the back seats (if you drive a vehicle with a hatch back), to keep every day essentials in, such as wet wipes, tissues, paper towels, etc.

Our Favorite Vehicles for Students

It’s almost the end of August, which means only a couple weeks left until school starts in the Southern Maryland area.

Parents of high school and college students are not only preparing to buy all of the clothes, shoes, and school supplies to get your kids off to a great start, but what about a new car to keep them driving safely to and from class?

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Prince Frederick Ford is the go-to destination for back-to-school vehicles for the 2016-2017 school year. With a wide variety of Ford models, you’re sure to find your student’s new car, for a great price!

The Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus, and Ford Fusion make wonderful first cars. From the unbeatable fuel efficiency to the unmatched drivability, you’ll find a car that makes both you, and your pocket-book happy!

The Ford Fiesta is an attractive sedan, that is a treat in itself to drive. With 28 city miles and 36 mpg highway, how could you go wrong?

Slightly larger, the Ford Focus is also an awesome pick for a first-time buyer. With the newly re-designed style, 27 city miles and 40 mpg highway, you’re sure to love this car. Buyers have the option to choose between three designs, with options of including 15, 16, 17, and 18 inch wheels.

The Ford Fusion is one of America’s favorite cars. The redesigned look of the Ford Fusion makes it a sleek, clean and beautiful choice for a first car. With optional technology such as a rear-view camera, satellite radio, all-wheel drive, active park assist, blind-spot monitoring, heated and cooled seats, heated steering wheel, a navigation system and the amazing lane keeping system, your student is sure to love their new car.

If you’re looking for something a little more spacious, why not try the Ford Escape? This beautiful small SUV is the solution to your problem if you’re looking for something larger but that won’t break the bank in fuel efficiency.

So, what are you waiting for? Your student’s dream car is just a click, call, or visit away!