How to Avoid Traffic On A Road Trip

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Knowing how to avoid traffic on a road trip can save you hours!

As summer makes it last gasp, there’s still time to grab your friends and hit the road. But nothing can put a stop to the fun like gridlock. Here’s how to avoid traffic on a road trip!

Use Technology

There’s no doubt that the best navigation and traffic app on the market is Waze. This is because it uses what is called “crowd-sourcing.” Users can report everything from the location of roadkill to the traffic conditions. It’s doesn’t get any more real-time than that! The best part? It’s free!

Plan Your Trip

As you drive to whatever destination you choose, you should remember that big cities at rush hour are to be avoided. If you and your friends are nocturnal, driving at night will help you avoid most traffic issues. Otherwise, plan activities during rush hour so that you can avoid getting stuck in traffic.

Pass The Time Wisely

Sometimes, traffic is simply unavoidable. Help pass the time by having some quality entertainment in order. Create a funky playlist and have an in-car dance contest (without taking your seat belt off, of course). Or download some stand-up comedy shows. Whatever works for your taste.

At the end of day, don’t freak out about traffic. It’s the journey, not the destination, remember? To make sure your car is ready for the tip, visit Paul Heuring Ford!

Ford SYNC 3 AppLink Emulator Software Helps Developers Test New Apps

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Find out what is coming with 3 applink emulator software.

The Ford SYNC 3 Applink Emulator software is all about breaking down barriers. Ford wants to make it as easy as possible for developers to add to the growing library of awesome vehicle apps. At the same time, developers want to be able to easily test their software.

The Emulator software is just that–it emulates exactly how an app would interact with the SYNC 3 system. First, the developer installs it on his or her computer. Then the developer can connect a smartphone loaded with the developing software to their computer and the computer will mimic the SYNC 3 system.

From there, the developer can test how the app will behave under different vehicle conditions, like varying vehicle speeds, location, mileage and temperature. Of course, this is much easier than having a SYNC 3-enabled Ford vehicle handy and driving it every time you want to test your app (Do anyone of them actually do this? If they do, they won’t anymore).

According to Ford, over 15,000 registered users are currently part of the Ford Developer Program. There are a total of 90 AppLink-compatible apps available worldwide. That number is likely to explode with the release of the Ford SYNC 3 AppLink Emulator Software.

The Ford Ranger Set to Return in 2019

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Could the Ford Ranger be coming to us in 2019?

It’s always an exciting affair when an automotive brand announces a brand new vehicle for its lineup. But do you know what is even more exciting? When an automotive brand announces the return of a vehicle to its lineup! That’s why we are so excited about a recent announcement from Ford.

According to Car and Driver, the Ford Ranger is set to return in 2019.

The Ford Ranger, Ford’s smaller model pickup truck, hasn’t been a part of the Ford lineup since 2011. However, Ford recently announced that the truck would be added back to the Ford family beginning in 2019.

What can we expect from the return of this Ford truck? First of all, it should be an affordable truck. At least more affordable than the Ford F-150! This should allow drivers with smaller budgets to have access to a Ford truck.

It is also speculated that the new Ford Ranger could come equipped with a 3.2-liter five-cylinder diesel engine, which would make it one of the most efficient trucks on the market.

Not only will the reintroduction of the Ford Ranger be good for Ford drivers, but for Ford itself, as it will provide them with added competition against their competitor’s comparable trucks.

2019 cannot get here fast enough! Not when we are anticipating the glorious return of the Ford Ranger.

25th Anniversary of the Lakefront Festival

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The 25th year of the Lakefront Festival is here!

Not many festivals last for four days. For that matter, not many festivals stick around for 25 years. However, here in Hobart, Indiana, we are proud to say that our Lakefront Festival is one of the few celebrations that has lasted that long!

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Lakefront Festival, which means that for 25 year, Hobart has welcomed food, fun, and of course plenty of music to its lakeside shores. This year’s Lakefront Festival will span the course of four days, beginning on Thursday, August 18th, and ending on Sunday, August 21st.

Over the course of that time, there will be plenty of fun activities for Hobart community members of all ages to enjoy! For younger participants, the Lakefront Festival has set aside space for an arts and crafts activity center. Meanwhile, older patrons will enjoy the beer garden.

Don’t forget about the food! The Lakefront Festival will host a wide assortment of different food vendors, as well as the Hobart Chamber of Commerce Pig Roast.

But central to the whole festival is the musical acts that come to perform. In the past, the Lakefront Festival has hosted such acts as The Crawpuppies and The Difference, so we are excited to see who performs at the festival this year!

At Paul Heuring Ford, we hope to see everyone at Hobart’s Lakefront Festival later this summer!

New Ford GT Design Wins Award for Sleek, Elegant Exterior

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Discover what the hype is about for the new Ford GT Design.

The new 2017 Ford GT is a work of art—don’t just take our word for it, though. This model recently earned the Gene Ritvo Award for Design and Elegance, a prestigious prize given annually by the New England Motor Press Association (NEMPA) and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. With sweeping contours, a low profile, and breathtaking curves, it is easy to see why the Ford GT design is winning awards.

According to Ford, the award was given after judges from the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) and the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA examined a range of other models. The new GT is made to look elegant and powerful, with a truly unique design. Judges were impressed by the GT’s futuristic look, a style that is both modern and somehow rugged.

“It is an honor to receive this award, an accolade that the entire team behind the all-new Ford GT can proud of,” said Moray Callum, VP of Design at Ford. “The 2017 Ford GT has a revolutionary design that maintains the essence of the original GT40, while making it into a 21st century car. This vehicle truly demonstrates our commitment to performance and innovation in every aspect of our business.”

This supercar features a carbon-fiber design, over 600 horsepower, a subtle spoiler with an air-brake function, and a flying-buttress style. This model not only looks great, but it performs unlike any other model on the market. We can’t wait to see the new Ford GT in action.

Ford Driver Assist Technologies: The Future of Driving

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Learn about Ford Driver Assist Technologies for your everyday life!

Ford is one of the largest automakers in the world, a brand that is constantly setting new standards. This includes Ford driver assist technologies, systems that not only increase safety, but that also help you to be a better driver. From sensors to alerts, Ford driver assist technologies can do it all.

One of the coolest new features on Ford models is Adaptive Cruise Control. According to Ford, this intelligent option uses sensors and cameras to set a safe following distance between you and the car in front of you. Like normal cruise control, you can set a speed; however, this feature also lets you set a distance, making it much less stressful to drive on the highway. This feature even works in stressful stop-and-go traffic.

Curve Control is great for drivers who tend to fly around curves. This feature is capable of rapidly reducing engine torque and increasing four-wheel braking in order to slow you down as you go around corners. Although it only works in dangerous scenarios, you’ll be glad you have this feature the next time you hit a curve going too fast.

Believe it or not, Ford has also developed an intelligent Traffic Sign Recognition system. Using front camera technology, this system can detect speed limit signs (among other symbols) in order to alert you to possible dangers and speed limits. Although only offered in Europe at the moment, we may see this unique technology in the States in no time.

These are just some of the many great driver assist options on the market. Ford also offers features like Hill Start Assist, Active City Stop, Rear View Camera, BLIS with Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane-Keeping System, Forward Collision Warning, Brake Support, and more.


Movies Playing in Festival Park

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Come with family and friends to Festival Park this summer for a movie night!

During the summer, there are a ton of movies that come out in theaters. However, the movie theater isn’t the only place to watch films if you live in Hobart, Indiana! Beginning in June, Hobart’s own Festival Park will host a series of movies Thursday nights at sundown. If you are a big fan of films, then stop by and check out these movies playing in Festival Park!

Inside Out (June 9)

Starting this year’s lineup of movies is Pixar’s animated hit from last year about all the little emotions that live inside our head and how they work together.

Cinderella (June 23)

The Disney princess tale is brought to life with this live-action adaptation of the classic animated movie.

The Wizard of Oz (July 14)

Speaking of classic films, perhaps no film is more famous than this colorful masterpiece about Dorothy’s journey to see the wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (July 28)

The final film being shown at Festival Park is last year’s biggest hit, which continues the Star Wars saga with some brand new villains and heroes!

We hope you are just as excited as all of us here at Paul Heuring Ford for the movies in Festival Park!

Ford Develops the First Mobile Wind Tunnel for Automotive Testing

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Ford is working to better test their vehicles in a more efficient way.

Here in the Chicago area, we know a lot about wind. We also know just how much noise the wind can produce when you are in the cabin of your vehicle! That is why automotive companies use wind tunnels when designing their vehicles. Ford has recently developed a new way to test vehicles using wind tunnels.

According to a Ford press release, Ford has developed the first mobile wind tunnel for automotive testing.

Using two main containers, this mobile wind tunnel can create the same effect as a stationary wind tunnel like the one at Ford’s location in Allen Park.

Perhaps even more impressive is the fact that the entire mobile wind tunnel can be packed away and ready to ship to another location in a single day!

“This project was born from a desire to be the best when it comes to controlling and limiting the cabin noise customers are so sensitive to,” said Bill Gulker, Ford wind noise core supervisor. “And our new mobile wind tunnel saves our engineers time and increases productivity. It’s a fine example of the innovation mindset we’re trying to incorporate into everything we do.”

This is just the latest technology that Ford has developed to make vehicle testing even more proficient and efficient!

Fordpass Spotify App Adds Enhanced Music Experience to Mobility Service

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The Fordpass Spotify app will provide users will more connectivity and access to their favorite music!

Recently, Ford announced the release of the upcoming Fordpass as part of the company’s foray into markets besides automobiles. The brand refers to Fordpass as a new ‘mobility service,’ something to enhance customers’ daily driving experience, and it will be available to both Ford drivers as well as drivers of other brands. Spotify has opted to join Ford in creating this new mobility service, with a Fordpass Spotify app that is said to provide Fordpass members with an enhanced music experience.

Part of Ford’s decision to delve into the realm of mobile apps stems from a recent study stating that Americans spend about 900 hours a year on their mobile devices — and about 25 hours a week listening to music. The company hopes the introduction of a platform like Fordpass to the auto market will be received with the same amount of success and acclaim as iTunes. One of the major drawing points of Fordpass membership, according to company representatives, will be the inclusion of benefits such as loyalty rewards programs in addition to a special mobile services marketplace.

Spotify is the latest Fordpass partner to join the rewards program, providing repeat users with a unique music experience and merchandise. Other brands joining Fordpass in the same fashion include 7-Eleven and BP. In addition, the Fordpass marketplace will offer everything from music to audiobooks, news streaming, sports, children’s programming, and more.

The Fordpass Spotify app is part of the Ford Smart Mobility plan, the brand’s strategy for infiltrating the market of mobile services and providing customers with increased connectivity. The service will officially launch in April, with capabilities such as paying for parking on the go, free access to FordGuide assistance, rewards programs, and the opening of physical FordHub storefronts in New York, San Francisco, London, and Shanghai.

Visit Paul Heuring Ford in Hobart, IN to let us know what you think of the brand new app!

Ford Celebrates Female Workers’ Contributions During World War II

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This year’s Honor Flight was all about the female workers in World War II.

It has been seventy years since the original Rosie the Riveter told women across the nation “we can do it” after a large portion of male workers were drafted into the military during World War II. During that time period, female workers’ contributions to the automobile industry were massive, and Ford celebrated the original ‘Rosie the Riveters’ with a special Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. to tour the World War II memorial and follow with a luncheon on Capitol Hill.

In the 1940s, the auto industry was crucial to the war effort as the main producer of war machines like tanks, all-terrain vehicles, and fighter planes. However, since most of the men were away fighting on the front lines, women had to take the factory jobs left behind, and consequently became heavily involved in the production of military vehicles. Thanks to the contributions of those women, female workers became more and more respected and commonplace, and these original ‘Rosie the Riveters’ were one spark among many that led to eventual civil rights movements and programs that seek equality in the workforce between genders.

Thirty of these female workers left Detroit by air and were escorted to the nation’s capitol, honored with a speech at Capitol Hill. They then posed for photos. One woman, Helen Kushnir, a Dearborn native, said, “They have those signs: `We can do it.’ They should say: `We did it,’” and thanked representatives at the event for allowing her to feel “like a queen for a day.”

In the past, Ford has sponsored up to 10 Honor Flights to celebrate the accomplishments of World War II veterans, and the company has programs in place specifically to honor women and military veterans. However, this year’s Honor Flight was the first meant to honor female workers’ contributions during the war effort in the 1940s.

Visit Paul Heuring Ford to learn more about Ford’s Honor Flights and contributions to World War II!