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10 Essential Items to Have In Your Emergency Vehicle Kit

Safety should always be a number one priority on the road. One big way to guarantee this priority is a vehicle emergency kit. Even if you have a vehicle that’s in great shape, you never know what’s going to happen on the road. Breakdowns can happen anywhere, and there may not always be cell phone reception or tow trucks close by. Being prepared is key! But what should you put in an emergency kit? Your friends at Leif Johnson Ford are here to give you the essential items needed to keep you safe and sound during your drives! First Aid Kit – Bandaids, adhesive tape, gauze pads, aspirin, a blanket, non-latex glove, an instant cold compress, scissors, hydrocortisone ointment packets, an oral thermometer, antibiotic ointment packets and antiseptic wipes are all great items to have on hand. Fire Extinguisher  – Make sure it’s for Class B and Class C fires by the National Fire Protection Association. Class B fires involve flammable or combustible liquids, like gasoline, diesel fuel and kerosene. Class C fires involve energized …

Romantic Places to Drive Your Date

Happy Valentine’s, friends!  If you don’t have plans for tomorrow, may we suggest a cruise around town? We’ve rounded up our five favorite romantic places to stop while driving around Austin. What better way to enjoy the day of love making new memories with those you love most?! Mt. Bonnell – This is one classic that never goes out of style. Park your car and walk the steps up to this famous spot. Gorgeous views of Lake Austin and the city make for a charming spot to spend with your love. The Oasis – While the food isn’t the best in Austin, the views are absolutely unbeatable. This Lake Travis area is nearly a world of its own, so if you’re craving something else, there’s plenty of other eats to choose from. Regardless, you won’t miss out on the amazing sights. I Love You So Much Mural – This famous mural is an ideal spot for lovebirds everywhere. Snap some photos and get ready to swoon! Mayfield Park – Though it’s in the middle of downtown Austin, this …

Top 5 Free Apps For Driving In 2018

It’s 2018, which means there is no shortage of great apps to make driving easier and more fun. With so many out there, trying to decide which ones are a necessity can be a little overwhelming. That’s why we at Leif Johnson Ford have decided to find you the best of the best when it comes to vehicle apps in this new year! Waze Waze uses crowd-sourcing to keep you up to date on traffic, accidents road conditions and even police traps. SYNC 3 also now comes with Waze, (Click here to see our recent post for more info on the dynamic duo) making this an app that’s perfect for Ford-users. Pair that with turn-by-turn navigation, the ability to send your ETA to your friends and automatic rerouting and you’ve got one incredible navigation system. 2. Spotify If you ever get bored of the radio and its many ads, Spotify is a must. Users can use the free version for online streaming with ads, or pay $9.99 a month for offline play and no ads. …

Essential Winter Driving Tips

It’s not always cold during Austin winters, but when it is, Austinites are often left feeling unprepared for the weather. Rain or shine, ice or snow, we want you to feel safe on the road. So your friends at Leif Johnson Ford are here with some ways to help you and your vehicle survive even the chilliest of days! Tips for Driving Safe in Winter Weather Make sure your vehicle is winterized before driving. This means having your Leif Johnson Ford service department check the battery, antifreeze, wipers, windshield wiper fluid, ignition system, thermostat, headlights, hazard lights, exhaust, etc. Ensure that your car is running well. Change your oil, check your battery and make sure your gas tank is always full. This will help keep you from becoming stranded in bad weather. Again, your Leif Johnson Ford team would be happy to help get your vehicle into the best condition possible. Plan in advance. When weather conditions are poor, it’s important to always be prepared. Check weather conditions in your area before leaving the house, and always make sure to …

Pros and Cons Of Warming Car Before Driving

This winter has been an odd one for us Austinites. While the weather is always fairly unpredictable this time of year, these last few months have fluctuated even more than normal. The unreliability of 70 to 30 degrees in a twenty-four hour span can be taxing on the wardrobe and on the nerves. Many car-owners prefer to warm their car up by turning it on before driving off. What are your thoughts on this? Does this make for a better functioning vehicle? Yay or nay? Today we’d love to take a minute to answer that exact question. Question: What are the positives and negatives of warming up my car prior to leaving the house?  Pros : Let’s start with the obvious… You’re cozy and WARM during your entire commute. With newer Ford models offering remote start, you don’t even need to step outside to warm up your car. A heated car is as simple as pushing a button from the comfort of your home! Your safety is another reason to warm up your car before …

Using Waze in your Ford thanks to SYNC

Great news! Waze, the popular smart-route navigation system available on Apple and Android, is now being added to Sync 3 thanks to our friends at Ford! Not familiar with Waze? We’d love to explain. Waze allows its users to improve their drive time around traffic, and gives info on accidents, road hazards, construction, HOV lane support and more. That is especially great for days like today, where the weather is below freezing in Austin and #ATXWX road closures, extra congestion and accidents are all-too-common. Winter weather is much easier to combat with the safety and convenience of Waze in your Ford. This community-based app will be available via Ford’s AppLink tech. The Waze interface featured on the in-car central display is powered by your phone, making it both simple and accessible. Ford is the first manufacturer to integrate Waze into its own entertainment system. Now when a phone with Waze is plugged in to your Ford, it will automatically display with voice command, touchscreen controls and overall full functionality on the Sync 3 system.  This …

Five Things We LOVE About The 2018 Ford Expedition

Howdy, friends! Great news – The 2018 Ford Expeditions are finally beginning to roll into our dealership lots! We are SO excited about this, and wanted to share that excitement with you. So we’ve decided to share five things that we are loving about the new Expedition! The Ford Expedition has been redesigned and now offers the same aluminum body as our F-150s. This means it’s about 300 pounds lighter yet stronger than ever before! Tech features such as a wireless charger and a Wi-Fi hotspot help ensure you stay connected throughout your commute. Options such as automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control lane departure warning and lane keeping assist are all available to help keep you and your passengers as safe as possible. This vehicle is SPACIOUS, y’all. Even this third row has plenty of leg room for kids and adults alike. This makes the Expedition a great road trip vehicle with enough room for up to eight people. The Turbo V-6 Engine makes the Expedition a towing-capable powerhouse. There you …