Common Car Maintenance Mistakes Every Driver Should Avoid

car maintenance MistakesToday’s cars run better and last longer than ever before, but even vehicles of the highest quality require routine maintenance. If you’re new to taking care of your own vehicle, be sure to avoid these common car maintenance mistakes that could be doing serious damage to your car.

Failing to check tires

It’s hard to over-stress the importance of keeping your car’s tires in good condition. After all, they’re the only thing between your car and the road. Make it a habit to regularly check for proper tire pressure, alignment, and tread and never take any signs of wear lightly.

Skipping oil changes

Routinely changing your car’s oil is one of the easiest, cheapest ways to keep everything in good working order under the hood. And while it can be tempting to skip an oil change if everything seems to be in good shape, resist the urge to do so! Skipping oil changes doesn’t just wear your engine down faster, but it can negatively impact your fuel economy and performance.

Using old wipers

Wiper blades are inexpensive and easy to replace, so if yours are at all damaged or not working as well as they used to, replace them before you’re caught in bad weather is low visibility. By and large, you should be replacing your wiper blades every six months or so.

The best advice we have to ensuring the maintenance of your vehicle is to bring it into Robbie Roberson Ford when it comes due for a service. We’ll handle the rest!

Four Special Edition Ford SUVs Unveiled in Texas

2019 Ford ExplorerFord is going all-in on SUVs, and it’s reaping the benefits of appealing to drivers with a fresh lineup of exciting new vehicles. To celebrate the incredible growth of its SUV sales, Ford unveiled four new special edition models at the State Fair of Texas. These special edition Ford SUVs include the Expedition Stealth Edition, Expedition Texas Edition, Explorer Limited Luxury Edition, and the Explorer Desert Copper Edition.

Craig Patterson, large SUV marketing manager at Ford, said, “Each of these vehicles is a proof point that Ford takes seriously the need to continuously freshen an SUV lineup that is so popular with so many.”

The Expedition Stealth Edition comes with gloss-black accessories including 22-inch black-painted aluminum wheels, a gloss-black grille, roof rails, hitch cover, running boards, rear bumper skid plates, and fog lamp bezels.

On the Expedition Texas Edition, buyers will get 22-inch wheels, unique Texas Edition badging, an enhanced active park assist system, Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package, and the Cargo Package.

Choose the Explorer Limited Luxury Edition to get 20-inch premium aluminum wheels, Nirvana leather seats, multi-contour seats with Active Motion®, and upgraded leather on the steering wheel and door trim.

Finally, the Explorer Desert Copper Edition comes with 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, Ebony Black leather-trimmed seats and door panels, chrome mirror caps, and copper interior highlights.

If you want to see what Ford’s new SUV lineup has to offer — from the compact EcoBoost to the spacious Expedition — stop into Robbie Roberson Ford.

Things to Do in Waycross This Fall

Things To Do In Waycross This FallWith the cooler fall weather and the colors of autumn all around, it’s time to pile your family into the car and head to some local fall events and festivals. This fall in Waycross, there are plenty of family-friendly events that you won’t want to miss. Here are a few that we recommend.

  • Bark in the Park & Pet Costume Contest – Head to Laura S. Walker State Park with your favorite furry friend on Oct. 6 to take part in a pet-friendly hiking event. Before the hike, there will be a pet costume contest near the park office. Following the hike, you can explore the park’s new dog park.
  • Fall Festival – A fun, family-friendly fall festival taking place on Oct. 20 is also located at the Laura S. Walker State Park. It will feature tons of fall activities and treats, including hayrides and a haunted house.
  • Pumpkin Fest –This annual Pumkin Fest takes place along the historic main street of Waycross, making it a true community event. The festival, which is being held on Oct. 25 this year, offers something for everyone, including pumpkin carving, pumpkin creations, live music, costume contests, and games.
  • Okefenokee Agricultural Fair –Head to the Okefenokee Fairgrounds from Nov. 6-10 to take part in the annual Okefenokee Agricultural Fair, which features livestock shows, local music and entertainment, rides, and more.

If you need a reliable and stylish new ride to get out and about in, stop into Robbie Roberson Ford to check out our fresh selection.

Rumor Has It a Ford Compact Pickup Could Be on the Way

Ford Compact Pickup TruckIt’s been about five years since the Ford Ranger completely replaced the Ford Courier on the global market and even longer since Ford offered a petite pickup in the United States. With the Ranger set to make a return to the United States for 2019, rumor has it that there could be a Ford compact pickup in the works.

Per Automobile, Ford is in development on a compact pickup truck that will slot below the Ranger. This truck would likely arrive by 2022, and it could be based on the architecture that underpins the new Ford Focus. Ford says that it will be “significantly expanding [its] North America lineup with all-new vehicles and entering new segments with fresh designs and white-space silhouettes,” which mainly means building on the success of its trucks,crossovers, and SUVs while moving away from conventional sedans.

Whether this Ford compact pickup truck would readopt the Courier name remains to be seen, but Road & Track reports that Ford has moved to trademark the name with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Ford has not offered any official comment on whether this shall come to pass, but the team at Robbie Roberson Ford would like to offer a comment to Ford on behalf of truck-lovers everywhere: yes, please.

Ford Reveals Plans for Michigan Central Station

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Ford recently revealed that it has purchased Michigan Central Station, the once-grand transportation hub in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood. Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford announced in June that the building will become the focal point of a new campus that will aim at drawing in young innovators as the company continues to focus on electrified and autonomous vehicle development and Smart Mobility solutions.

“Michigan Central Station is a place that in many ways tells the story of Detroit over the past century,” said Ford. “We at Ford want to help write the next chapter, working together in Corktown with the best startups, the smartest talent, and the thinkers, engineers, and problem-solvers who see things differently — all to shape the future of mobility and transportation.”

Ford will acquire at least 1.2 million square feet of property in Corktown on the way to developing a 900,000-square-foot campus and 300,000 square feet of community and retail space and residential housing. Once complete, Ford is expected to house 2,500 employees in Corktown by 2022.

The plan to develop a new campus in Corktown will not impact Ford’s Dearborn Campus Transportation plan, which kicked off in 2016 and is ongoing today. Ford says that the Wagner Place development in West Dearborn and a new driving dynamics lab on its Product Development Campus will open later this summer.

For all the latest Ford news and developments, stop into Robbie Roberson Ford.

Summer Car Care Tips to Keep in Mind

Summer Car Care Tips

Summertime is a season for road trips and exploration, but breakdowns can put a damper on your fun before it even has a chance to get started. While proper service and maintenance are important in any season, the high temperatures in summer make it all the more important to make sure that your car has everything it needs to succeed.

Check your tires. The uptick in the heat index means that your underinflated tires could overheat, which can lead to a blowout. To prevent this from happening, check your tires’ PSI once every month or so to make sure that they are at the recommended levels — while you’re there, check the tread to ensure that your tires are ready for the road.

Stay hydrated. You wouldn’t hit the road for a run on a hot summer afternoon without plenty of water, and neither should you take your vehicle out if it’s lacking vital fluids. Before heading off on a long drive, make sure that your vehicle has adequate motor oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, and brake fluid. Since bugs are also quite common in the summer, top off your windshield wiper fluid just to be safe.

There are so many steps that you can take to make sure that your vehicle is road-trip ready this summer. If you want to make sure that you’re in tip-top shape, stop into Robbie Roberson Ford and let our service experts get you all squared away.

2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Updates Include New Tires, Gurney Flap

2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Updates

The Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 has a long legacy of performance that is seemingly only improved with continued tinkering over time. 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 updates continue this trend of never settling, and the final product is one that Ford thinks should make the man himself happy—wherever he is.

“Somewhere, Carroll is smiling,” said Hermann Salenbauch, global director, Ford Performance vehicle programs. “The new Shelby GT350 is our ultimate track Mustang. We’ve stuck to Carroll Shelby’s original formula for winning championships and made our Shelby GT350 even better with the latest in race-proven aerodynamics, tire, and chassis technology.”

How exactly does the 2019 Shelby GT350 earn such lofty praise? It’s all in the attention to details. 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 updates include new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires with an exclusive tread pattern and unique compound that improve lateral acceleration, acceleration, and braking; new 19-inch aluminum wheels that are rugged and lightweight; and an optional all-new spoiler with Gurney flap that will improve aerodynamic efficiency and increase downforce.

The new Shelby GT350 will also see improvements made to its MagneRide active suspension, electric power-assist steering, and three-mode electronic stability control. With its 5.2-liter flat-plane crankshaft V8, it will continue to be a powerful beast that delivers 526 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque.

Other updates for the Shelby GT350 include an available 12-speaker B&O PLAY audio system by HARMAN, new power-adjustable seats with Miko® suede inserts, and two new exterior hues: Velocity Blue and the oft-requested Ford Performance Blue. And that is how a legend becomes more legendary.

To learn how you can get your hands on the 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, stop into Robbie Roberson Ford.

Best Summer Trips on the Georgia Coast

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Georgia is full of great things to do, especially on the coast. From exploring island beaches to the historic districts of big cities, here’s some of the best summer trips to consider taking on the Georgia Coast.

Savannah

Spend your vacation lodging in a rented historic home in Savannah. Try out many of the local, award-winning restaurants. Go shopping. Try out one of the many breweries, including the sweet, sweet mead at Savannah Bee Company.

Tybee Island

Stay in the charming retro Mermaid Cottages on Tybee Island for a unique experience, along with enjoying the pizza at Huc-A-Poo’s. For a fun event, schedule your visit during Pirate Fest.

St. Simons Island

Delicious seafood, Southern soul food, and retail tourism await on St. Simons Island. Try out activities like exploring the lighthouse museum or watching the sunset atop Gascoigne Bluff, which is located near Epworth.

Jekyll Island

Go kayaking in the nature center, discover Driftwood Beach, and end the night eating and drinking to live music at the Rah Bar on the idyllic island that’ll have you leaving Mr. Hyde at home.

Brunswick

Located near St. Simons Island, Brunswick is known for its Victorian charm and Historic Ritz Theater. There’s plenty of yummy family-owned eateries in the area, and if you’re feeling adventurous, it’s not expensive to spend the night at the Hostel in the Forest treehouses.

These are just some of the many, many things to do this summer in and around the Georgia Coast. If you need a new ride prime for exploring, stop by Robbie Roberson Ford and peruse our selection of new and used vehicles.

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

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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?