Planning a Fun Summer Cookout

Planning a Fun Summer Cookout

There’s a lot of pressure that goes into planning a fun summer cookout, particularly if you’ve got a big crowd to feed. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to make the planning process go smoothly and ensure that nobody goes unfed or unsatisfied—yourself included.

Limit your guest list

If you’re hosting a summer cookout in the park, you might not need to limit how many people you invite. If you plan on having a summer cookout in your backyard, however, you may want to determine how many people can fit comfortably in your space before you start sending out the invites. Having too many people at the cookout can cause discomfort, so make sure that you have plenty enough space for your guest list and seating to accommodate everyone.

Buy enough food

People come to summer cookouts for the food and stay for the social atmosphere. Failing to provide enough food for all of your guests can quickly lead to unsatisfied guests, so stock up and get extra. Worse comes to worse, you’ll have leftovers for your guests to take home with them, or enough to last you and your family for a few days.

Have games and activities ready

Bringing a few board games, a deck of cards, and music to the cookout are a few great ways to keep everyone entertained once they’ve eaten their fill. Create a playlist of party songs to get attendees dancing. Setting up a table with a simple deck of cards or board game is a great way to generate some activity, or you can opt for yard games like horseshoes or cornhole.

These are just a few of the ways to make sure that your seasonal cookouts are a smashing success that have them crawling back for more. If you want to take your cookout on the go, consider a new Ford truck or SUV from Robbie Roberson Ford to load up all of your goodies and guests in

Essential Road Trip Apps to Download This Spring

road trip apps

The return of warmer weather means that it’s time to fire up your Ford and hit the open road for an adventure. Before you set out, however, you may want to first download these three essential road trip apps to help you enjoy your journey even more

GasBuddy

This app is easy to use and saves you money, which makes it an absolute must for trips of any length. GasBuddy is updated in real-time, so you can always find the best gas prices near you whether you’re close to home or driving across the country. Best of all, it’s completely free to use, which means you won’t have to pay anything to pay less at the pump. What a concept!

RoadTripper

Available on Android and iOS devices, RoadTripper helps you easily plan a route and locate interesting landmarks, cool hotels, and good local restaurants along the way. This is a must-have for drivers who like to get off the beaten path on a road trip.

Spotify

What’s a road trip without the perfect playlist? Spotify gives you access to just about any music you want to listen to, from hip-hop to orchestral. With Spotify, it’s easy to save and curate playlists that will keep things fresh on longer drives and satisfy even the most diverse musical palate.

These and other key road trip apps well help you get the most out of your first big drive this spring. To get even more out of it, why not stop into Robbie Roberson Ford and put yourself behind the wheel of a brand-new Ford?

Spring Car Service Tips

Spring Car Service TipsA new season is coming in fast, which means there’s not much time to prepare your car for the change in weather if you haven’t started already. Spring car service is a necessity for drivers who want to spend as much time on the road as possible, whether it be taking the kids to baseball games or going on a much-needed vacation. These are a few key items to check off your to-do list before spring arrives.

Replace the Wipers

Spring rains are bound to have you using your car’s windshield wipers fairly often. It pays to be prepared, and preparation starts with replacing your windshield wipers for the new season. As a general rule, the windshield wipers should be replaced every six months. Fortunately, a new set of wipers is inexpensive and takes just a few minutes to install.

Change the Oil

Consistently changing your car’s oil is a necessity in optimizing performance. Oil is responsible for cooling, protecting, and cooling vital components within the engine block. Old oil can’t perform its job as well as fresh oil, and after a long winter, that’s exactly what your car needs. Protecting your engine and ensuring that you spend more time on the road this spring is as easy as getting an oil change at Robbie Roberson Ford.

Check the Filters

Your car has a few filters that need to be replaced regularly to maintain everything from proper performance to clean air. Checking the engine and cabin air filters is a simple, yet important task that most drivers can do at home or have done at Robbie Roberson Ford. Simply consult your owner’s manual to see how to check the filters in your specific make and model vehicle, or ask to have your filters checked and replaced if needed during your next service appointment.

There are several additional steps that you can and should take to get your ride ready for spring, from checking the battery to giving your tires a once over. To have all of your necessary springtime maintenance done quickly and correctly, bring your vehicle in to Robbie Roberson Ford.

2019 Ford Fusion Gets New Co-Pilot360™ Driver-Assist Technology

2019 Ford FusionFord has revealed its revamped 2019 Fusion sedan, which gets a new grille, wheel designs, colors, and a sleeker body. But for its aesthetic updates, the big news with the 2019 Ford Fusion is its newest featured technology—Ford Co-Pilot360™, which offers up the most comprehensive and advanced suite of standard driver-assist technologies on the market.

“People tell us they are stressed with crowded roads and more distracted drivers and pedestrians. Our Ford Co-Pilot360 with standard automatic emergency braking and other technologies can help them drive more confidently so they can enjoy the journey,” said Corey Holter, Ford car group marketing manager.

Ford Co-Pilot360 Protect will be the standard suite offered from the base level, featuring technologies such as automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot information system, lane keeping system, rear backup camera, and auto high-beam lighting.

For the Fusion SE and up, Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist adds voice-activated navigation and SiriusXM® Traffic and Travel Link, as well as SYNC® 3 with 8-inch LCD touchscreen. The 2019 Ford Fusion SE and above will also be offered with the Ford+Alexa app, which enables drivers to utilize thousands of Alexa skills; Waze compatibility for enhanced navigation experience; and an embedded 4G LTE modem capable of delivering Wi-Fi for up to 10 devices.

If you’re going to be on the market for a new sedan in the coming months, keep your eyes on this space to learn more about what the 2019 Ford Fusion has to offer—and when you can expect to see it here at Robbie Roberson Ford.

Introducing Ford Co-Pilot360™: More Driver-Assist Safety, Standard

Ford Co-Pilot360™Ford lovers, prepare to love Ford even more. This fall, Ford will roll out its all-new Ford Co-Pilot360™, which is the “most advanced suite of standard driver-assist technologies among full-line brands.” It will be featured on cars across Ford’s lineup, with numerous advanced features coming standard on passenger cars, SUVs, and trucks from fall onward. We’re thrilled that Ford will be delivering the absolute best possible safety technology to drivers.

The Ford Co-Pilot360™ suite of safety features offers the most up-to-date safety technology available from any brand. The suite includes Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keeping System, a rear backup camera, and Auto High Beamd to optimize visibility. Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection will automatically apply the vehicle’s brakes to help prevent or mitigate front-end collisions, and the Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert will monitor vehicles in your blind spot and alert you when you try to change lanes or when backing up.

In addition to these impressive features, Ford will continue to offer new and improved state-of-the-art driver-assist technologies. These technologies include Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go and Lane Centering as well as Evasive Steering Assist. Next year, Ford will add reverse brake assist with automatic emergency braking to help prevent rear-end collisions when backing up.

This is only the beginning of Ford Co-Pilot360™, as Ford will be investing $500 million in the next five years to develop new technologies, and we can’t wait to see what innovative features Ford will offer in the future. To see why the future is so much brighter—and safer—with Ford, stop in to Robbie Roberson Ford for a tour.

Ford 2020 Plans Call for New SUVs, Trucks, More Hybrids

Ford 2020 PlansFord is looking ahead to 2020 as a year of great change: it recently announced that it intends to replace as much as 75% of its lineup in the next two years, dropping the average showroom age from 5.7 years to 3.3 years. Translation: expect more new Fords, more often.

“Our passion for great vehicles is stronger than ever,” said Jim Hackett, Ford president and CEO. “This showroom transformation will thrill customers, drive profitable growth and further build toward our future of smart vehicles in a smart world.”

This new product onslaught will include the launch of exciting new hybrid vehicles. This doesn’t just include the already-announced Ford Mustang Hybrid and F-150 Hybrid, but also hybrid versions of the Escape, Explorer, and all-new Bronco.

Speaking of the Bronco, Ford also revealed that it will have a little sibling—an as-yet-unnamed small SUV for off-roading that Ford President of Global Markets Jim Farley says will help the automaker “reclaim our rightful place as the off-road vehicle leader.”

With respect to on-road performance, it was also announced that the all-new Edge ST will be joined by a high-performance Explorer ST. Ford also announced that it plans to bring 4G LTE connectivity to all vehicles in its lineup by the end of next year.

While Ford’s future is looking particularly bright, the present is no less great. Stop into Robbie Roberson Ford and check out the latest additions to Ford’s lineup, including the all-new 2018 Expedition, EcoBoost, and redesigned F-150 and Mustang.

2018 Ford Safety Ratings

2018 Ford Safety RatingsYou can tell a lot about an automaker by looking at their vehicle’s safety ratings, as a dedication to passenger and vehicular safety as well as pedestrian safety is a necessity for the modern road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) puts Ford models through a series of crash tests every year, and to no one’s surprise, the 2018 Ford safety ratings remain just as high as ever.

2018 Ford Escape

With a top five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA, the 2018 Ford Escape is one of the safest crossovers on the road. Available with an Intelligent Four-Wheel Drive System, the Ford Escape offers more control and fewer surprises.

2018 Ford Edge

Finding a safe crossover for the whole family can be a tough task, unless you’re looking at the 2018 Ford Edge. This popular model earned a five-star overall safety rating, putting it at the top of its segment with available technologies like Lane Departure Warning.

2018 Ford Mustang

If you have your heart set on the world’s most well-known pony car, you have made the right choice. The 2018 Ford Mustang scores exceptionally well, also earning a five-star safety rating in every crash test performed by the NHTSA. Available with a selection of innovative safety features, like Forward Collision Warning, the Ford Mustang is one of the safest muscle cars on the road.

These are by no means the only safe vehicles Ford produces, and by no means the only ones with five-star ratings from the NHTSA. Come have a look (or even test drive a few) here at Robbie Roberson Ford.

Ford Files Patent for Automated Police Car

Automated Police CarRobot police forces are an idea largely reserved for movies, but Ford seems motivated to make them a reality, at least as far as cars go, as the American automaker recently filed a patent for an automated police car. Filing a patent doesn’t necessary mean we’ll see the idea coming to a road near you, but it does show that Ford is open to exploring the possibility.

In theory, the automated police car would be able to issue citations and tickets to vehicles violating the laws and regulations of the road. The car would be able to use roadside sensors and cameras as well as operate independently. If an offending vehicle deserved more than a ticket or citation, the automated police car could follow it.

The police car would be able to wirelessly connect to a vehicle to communicate with the driver. From there, it would be able to determine whether the offending vehicle deserved a ticket or citation.

This latest patent is a sign Ford is taking the next generation of technology seriously. With a goal of building autonomous vehicles by 2021, the American automaker is continuing to utilize all of its resources to develop self-driving technology.

While we here at Robbie Roberson Ford won’t have any automated police cars rolling off our lot anytime soon, we can at least hope to see more advanced systems on our Ford vehicles in the future.

Ford F-150 Diesel Engine Finally Unveiled

F-150 diesel engineThe moment we have all been waiting for is finally here: you can finally place your order for a 2018 Ford F-150 equipped with a diesel engine. Ford announced the F-150 diesel engine will be an all-new 3.0-liter Power Stroke® diesel.

This amazing engine will deliver a best-in-class 11,400 pounds of towing capacity, 2,020 pounds of payload capacity, an EPA-estimated 30 mpg highway, and best-in-class diesel power, with 250 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque.*

“For every truck owner who wants strong fuel economy while they tow and haul, we offer a new 3.0-liter Power Stroke® V6 engine that dreams are made of,” said Dave Filipe, vice president global powertrain engineering. “The more you tow and the longer you haul, the more you’ll appreciate its class-leading towing and payload capacity and how efficient it is at the pump.”

Thanks to the F-150’s military-grade, aluminum-alloy body, Ford engineers were able to invest in new technologies for this diesel engine. This means this engine is designed to tow under grueling conditions, while still delivering great fuel efficiency.

If you have been waiting for the arrival of the F-150 diesel engine, stop by Robbie Roberson Ford today to place your order. The diesel-equipped trucks will begin arriving this spring.

*Final EPA F-150 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel fuel economy estimates will be published this spring.

Winter Events along the Georgia Coast

events along the Georgia CoastIt may be winter here in America, but in Georgia, we still get to enjoy mild weather all season long, so although much of the country of bundled up indoors, that doesn’t mean we have to. In fact, here are some great winter events along the Georgia coast that you should consider attending.

  • Sharktooth Sandbar Paddle. Head to Fort McAllister State Park the weekend of January 20th to join a family-friendly canoe paddle around the salt marshes.
  • Old Time Oyster Roast. The Kingsland Lions Club will be hosting its annual Old-Time Oyster Roast February 3rd from 6-8pm. If you love some good seafood and fun, get your tickets to this great event.
  • Mardi Gras Festival. You don’t have to be in New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras. Head down to Mary’s on Saturday, February 10th for a family-friendly festival that features a parade, food, bicycle tour, 5K, and more.
  • Whiskey, Wine, & Wildlife. This festival can potentially include three of your favorite things—food, good drinks, and animals. This event benefits the Jekyll Island Foundation and takes place February 8th-11th on the island.

If you need a new family hauler before you head out on your winter adventures, come visit us at Robbie Roberson Ford.