Friday, June 12, 2015

Tips to Avoid being a Distracted Driver

With the road trip season upon us, this is a great time to review your driving habits to ensure that you are not a distracted driver.  The media has done a great job of sharing starting statics like this one from "In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involv­ing distracted drivers. This represents a 6.7 percent decrease in the number of fatalities recorded in 2012. Unfortunately, approximately 424,000 people were injured, which is an increase from the 421,000 people who were injured in 2012."

There are many activities that qualify as causing a distracted driving situation.  Essentially distracted driving is any activity that moves your attention from driving and in turn endangers your passengers or those traveling around you.  

  • Texting
  • Surfing with your Cell Phone
  • Eating & Drinking
  • Talking to Passengers
  • Grooming including make-up application
  • Reading
  • Using Navigation System
  • Watching Videos
  • Adjusting Vehicle Controls
Typically the youngest and most inexperienced drivers are at the highest risk for distractions but that doesn't mean that you are immune if you are a driving pro.  Keeping safety in mind when driving can make the all the difference.  Below are a few tips to help you keep safe and focus on driving.  

  • Don't be afraid to shut off your phone.  - Your texts, emails and alerts can wait.  Remind yourself that no update is more important than your safety.  
  • Organize your vehicle - If you are planning to use a GPS, prepare it before you shift into drive.  
  • Let Your Passengers Help - You are the driver, allow your passengers to manage everything else. 
  • Try making your drive time, quiet time - We all need a little more Zen in our life.  Try making your driving time a dedicated quiet time dedicated to driving and decompressing.  
We hope these tips will help you keep safe and help you spread the word.  

Monday, June 8, 2015

2015 Ford Escape SE 4WD for just $209 per month for a 24 month Lease

2015 Ford Escape SE 4X4 Lease at Gresham Ford
Through July 6th 2015, 2015 Ford Escape SE 4X4 with the 201A Convenience Package with Sync & Sound Package are being offered with a 24 Month Ford Credit Red Carpet Lease for just $209/mo. with $2989 Cash Due at Signing | Security Deposit Waived | Taxes, Title and License Fees Extra* Stock# FUB96258 Shown in the above image.   

With equipment Group 201A.  Not all buyers will qualify for Ford Credit Red Carpet Lease.  Payments may vary.  Residency restrictions apply.  Cash due at Signing is after $1,250 cash back (PGM#50302).  Lessee responsible for excess wear and mileage over 21,000 miles at $0.15 per mile.  Lessee has option to purchase vehicle at lease end at price negotiated with dealer at signing.  Take new retail delivery from Gresham Ford stock by 07/06/2015.  See Gresham Ford for qualifications and complete details.  Vehicle shown may have optional equipment not included in payment.  Vehicle shown may have optional equipment not included in payment. 

The Ford Escape is the Smart Utility Vehicle that balances technology, design and engineering with intelligent,intuitive controls.  This compact SUV has been so popular in Gresham and around the Northwest because of its sheer versatility.  The Ford Escape provides customers with the capability they have come to expect from Escape — from a large interior with plenty of storage to the 3500-lb. towing capacity and Intelligent 4WD, Escape is as capable as it is smart. This compact SUV is easy to drive and parks like a car but lifts you above the traffic and provides power to tow too.  

The“Kinetic” exterior design conveys a sense of athletic grace and motion, even when Escape is standing still and has lots of new technology that makes it even more fun to drive.  The available hands-free liftgate is a segment first for Escape and makes cargo loading and unloading even easier.  Any of the Sales Professionals at Gresham Ford are always happy to show off the technology, like the hands-free lift gate, just ask!  Also available is a power panoramic Vista Roof provides a large opening and a nearly unobstructed view for second row
passengers.  You really need to see this sun roof to really appreciate how much light it lets into the cab of the vehicle.  The 2015 Ford Escape also offers a 2.0L Eco-Boost I-4 engine provides V6-like performance as one of the engine choices for this versatile compact SUV.  

Keeping Your Fuzzy Buddy Safe

More and more people are traveling with pets these days. From errands to vacations, there are a few steps to make sure your fuzzy companion is as safe as possible on every outing. Experts believe the best way for your dog to travel is in a certified, crash-tested crate. If a crate won’t fit in your vehicle, or isn’t an option, the next best restraint is a harness or dog- seat belt. Be sure it fits snugly, while allowing your pet to comfortably sit or lay down. Once your pet is properly restrained, here are a few other tips to make the trip more comfortable and stress-free:
• A new toy for the trip will be exciting as well as distracting
• If time allows, exercise your dog before getting in the car
• Stop every few hours to allow your dog to go to the bathroom and stretch their legs

Lastly, for the safety of your pet, be sure to have up-to-date vaccination and medical records with you, as well as a recent photo. And never, ever leave your pet unattended in a parked vehicle especially on hot days like today.  Happy trails!

Tips for Taking Care of Your Tires

Tires tend to be one of the most overlooked, yet important elements of your vehicle especially in the northwest.  In order to keep your family safe, you should check your tires at least once a month, and always before long trips. If you haven’t checked lately, now is the time to take a closer look. First, a visual inspection can tell you a lot about what’s going on. If there are punctures, tears or other signs of damage, bring your vehicle in right away to see if a repair or replacement is necessary. Next, use a tire gauge to ensure that all four tires are inflated to the correct pressure. Lastly, rotation, alignment and balance are also important maintenance issues for tires, typically requiring a professional. Stop in and see our Quick Lane for all your tire needs from inspection to repair to replacement.
Quick Lane inside Gresham Ford

If you already utilize the Quick Lane inside Gresham Ford for your oil changes you already receive a report card detailing the health of your tires.

Quick Lane Tire Care