Thursday, December 7, 2017

Tips for Driving in the Snow & Ice

WESTLAND, Mich.,–– If you haven't been outside yet today, let us tell you the news: winter is here! We're expecting our first bit of snow this weekend, which means it's time to break out the warm winter gear and brush up on some winter driving skills. Some love the snow and cold, while others dread it every year. Either way, you'll need to be out on the road at some point to go to work, do holiday shopping, run errands, etc. Equip yourself for the season with these tips for driving in the snow and ice! 


Tips for Driving in the Snow & Ice


First, making sure you completely clear your car of all snow and ice, especially on your front windshield, back windshield, windows, and headlights is the most important thing you can do. This helps to provide you a clear view of the road around you and allows others to see your lights clearly when it matters most! Invest in a good ice scraper/snow brush or even a windshield blanket to make it easier on you.

Second, most drivers who park outside in Michigan believe they need to warm their cars up for an extended period of time (on average 5 minutes). Did you know it only takes about 30 seconds of warm-up for your engine to be ready to go? Your car will actually warm up better by being driven. By idling past 30 seconds your car might be warm on the inside, but you'll be wasting more gas than necessary. Just bundle up and get going!

Third, don't assume anything. If you feel more confident in the snow just because you have 4x4 or AWD, think again! Even vehicles that are built to get more traction can slip and slide in the right conditions. Always look twice for ice patches and take every precaution you would without the 4WD. In fact, winter tires or snow tires will help you car perform better than an AWD with all-season tires.

Next, let's get to the driving tips! 

1. Accelerate and decelerate with about twice the distance you normally would. You want to give your tires enough time to gain the traction it needs to get moving or to slow down. Just remember, everything is slower in the snow.

2. Avoid braking hard or fast. Again, everything takes longer in the snow and quick actions can cause your car to react by slipping and sliding.

3. Increase your following distance. Because everything takes longer, you'll need more distance in between you and the car in front of you in case you need to brake, switch lanes, etc.

4. Continue through a yellow light that's turning red if you need to. If you don't have enough distance to safely stop, it's better to run a turning light than to risk dangerously sliding through the intersection.

5. If your car slides or skids, keep your hands on the wheel and take your foot off the pedal. Unless you're a driving expert, it's hard to properly handle your car in a skid and you could risk involving yourself and others in an accident.

6. Don't use cruise control. When the roads are slippery, you'll want full control of your car's actions. Cruise control won't be able to detect a patch of ice or snow and adjust properly!

7. Slow down! The posted speed limits are only valid for dry pavement. When it comes to your safety on the road, slowing down is imperative. It's better to arrive safe than to risk your life so you can arrive at your destination a few minutes early.


Another thing to consider is routine maintenance! Your vehicle is the most safe when all of its parts are working properly. Check out our winter car care tips online and schedule a service appointment on our website to make things convenient. When you come in for your next oil change, our professional technicians will inspect your vehicle's critical components and bring anything of concern to your attention.

North Brothers Ford is located at 33300 Ford Rd Westland, MI 48185 and proudly serves as one of the premier dealerships in Metro Detroit, and is committed to exceptional customer service! Stop by or give us a call at 888-806-7163, our knowledgeable and helpful sales team will be more than happy to assist you!

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Best Places to See Christmas Lights in Metro Detroit

WESTLAND, Mich.,––It's the most wonderful time of the year! The weather has finally cooled down, we're expecting snow, and most importantly, the Holiday season is here. Christmas is just around the corner and one of many beloved traditions includes viewing all the exciting lights! There are neighborhoods, homes, and places we know to be the best for the lights, so without further ado, here are the best places to see Christmas lights in Metro Detroit:

Hines Drive Lights

Best Places to See Christmas Lights in Metro Detroit

This 4.5 mile stretch of Hines Drive, that goes right through Westland, is packed with interesting Holiday lights that you can see from the warmth of your car! Cars can enter for just $5, or with a new un-wrapped toy on December 2nd, 9th, or 16th. Toys collected on these Tuesdays will be donated to the Wayne County Family Center - what's better than giving back locally this time of year?! The road is open Monday-Thursday 7pm-10pm and Friday-Sunday 6pm-10pm. You can enter in Westland at Merriman Road north of Warren Road.

Greenfield Village Holiday Nights 

Best Places to See Christmas Lights in Metro Detroit

Greenfield Village is not only host to 80 acres of history, but to a Holiday event that occurs on its main street on special nights in December. Their Holiday Night events take place in any weather and include Santa and live reindeer, fireworks, ice skating, rides in historic Model Ts and horse-drawn wagons, and lots of lights! See pricing and more info on theHenryFord.org

Livonia Lights

Best Places to See Christmas Lights in Metro Detroit

At 34836 Bridge St. in Livonia, one home will showcase about 60,000 lights and a large tree that syncs up to Christmas music. All you have to do is show up in your car now through January 1st (Sunday-Thursday 5:30pm-10pm or Friday/Saturday till 11pm) and tune your radio to get the full experience. There are a few other homes in Metro Detroit that do this including 2651 Cherokee Hills Cir. in Waterford, 439 Shady Oaks in Lake Orion, and 3111 Paramount Lane in Auburn Hills - so take your pick!

Campus Martius Park 

Best Places to See Christmas Lights in Metro Detroit


Likely one of the biggest trees you can see this season in Detroit is right in the heart of downtown at Campus Martius Park! There you'll also find plenty of lights all around the ice skating rink, plus great shops and restaurants to enjoy. The family-friendly skating rink is open seven days a week through the Holidays, and Santa will even be making visits! See the Campus Martius schedule online for more information. 


Detroit Zoo Wild Lights 

Best Places to See Christmas Lights in Metro Detroit

The Wild Lights show take place at the Detroit Zoo in Royal oak each year! This year, you can visit on weekends throughout the end of December to walk through the zoo and see large light displays like the photo above. This is a popular event, so ticket pricing varies by hour and day (ranging $10-$16). There will also be visits from Santa, carousel rides, and a Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer 4-D experience for an extra cost. See the schedule and the price breakdown on the Detroit Zoo website. 

Downtown Rochester Big Bright Light Show


Best Places to See Christmas Lights in Metro Detroit


The entire stretch of main street in downtown Rochester is covered in lights, and we mean that literally! Each individual building is decked out in strings of Christmas lights. It's a further drive from Westland, but well worth the trip this Holiday season. Be sure to grab a nice dinner, do a little shopping, and take a stroll under the lights everyday after dusk now through January 7th.


Wherever you're headed, we want you to get to the best places to see Christmas lights in Metro Detroit safely in your Ford vehicle! If you need snow tires installed or routine maintenance like oil changes, battery inspections, etc., schedule an appointment online at North Brothers in Westland. We'll make sure your vehicle is equipped to handle the snow and cold weather and be able to get you to all of your Holiday destinations safe and sound. For more information on what to do for your car this winter, see our Winter Car Care tips! If you're stuck wondering if your current vehicle will be able to get you through the winter, let us know and we'll help you find a great and safe new Ford, like the 2018 Ford Explorer, or used vehicle within your budget. 


North Brothers Ford is located at 33300 Ford Rd Westland, MI 48185 and proudly serves as one of the premier dealerships in Metro Detroit, and is committed to exceptional customer service! Stop by or give us a call at 888-806-7163, our knowledgeable and helpful sales team will be more than happy to assist you!

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Ford F-150 Awarded 2018 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy & Motor Trend Truck of the Year Titles

WESTLAND, Mich.,––It's no secret the Ford F-150 is America's favorite pickup truck. This season, it's picking up some new titles to it's seemingly ever-growing list of accolades. The Ford F-150 has been named a Kelley Blue Book "2018 Best Buy" and was awarded the coveted title of Motor Trend's 2018 Truck of the Year. Here's why:

KBB Pickup Truck Best Buy of 2018: 2018 Ford F-150

Kelley Blue Book gives these awards based on testing to cars who meet their "best bang for your buck" motto. There are 12 vehicle categories which are measured by vehicle pricing, consumer ratings, sales information, and one of the most important factors, the 5-year-cost-to-own price. See the video below for more insight on what each vehicle tested is measured on.




The 2018 Ford F-150 comes in a variety of models to fit every budget and need. It's recently received an upgrade to it's exterior and styling, so whichever model you choose you'll look good on the road. Aside from the base model engine, each option is also backed by a 10-speed transmission, serious towing power, and an almost sporty drive thanks to the aluminum body. 



“For four years straight, the Ford F-150 has taken the pickup truck honors in our Best Buy competition. And, for four years straight, nobody else has come close to toppling it. This year, Ford updated the styling, added a new base engine, expanded the availability of its excellent 10-speed automatic, and promises to add a turbodiesel to its lineup of engines later this year,” KBB.com editors.



Motor Trend 2018 Truck of the Year: 2018 Ford F-150 

Going up against two pickup variants from GM (a Chevy Colorado ZR2 and Duramax Turbodiesel Silverado, and GMC Sierra Denali), the Ford F-150 still took the title. Motor Trend takes many items into consideration when testing and judging the vehicles, which includes maxing out each trucks towing capacity, looking closely at the engines, inspecting interior features, and driving style. Ford's 2018 4x4 SuperCrew Lariat, 2018 4x4 Platinum, and 2018 Raptor SuperCrew took the cake in almost every category. 

"Ford proved its superiority with an impressive range of trucks with a different grille and wheel-tire combo for every taste and ride and handling that have come a long way since 2015." 



Ford recently spent over $1 billion to switch from a steel body to an aluminum body, which cost Ford in sales as well, but it was a part of their larger vision in reimagining a better pickup truck. The loss of weight due to this switch makes for better handling, precise steering, and more fun driving overall. You can see all the specifications and testing information on MotorTrend.com

It was unanimous. The Ford F-150 is Motor Trend’s 2018 Truck of the Year. “It was a pretty resounding win,” road test editor Chris Walton said. “Nothing really came close.”


If you're in search of a new pickup truck, look no further than the 2018 Ford F-150, which has been awarded a Kelley Blue Book Best Buy and a Motor Trend Truck of the Year title. Our team at North Brothers would love to help you find the pickup of your dreams. Whether you need something powerful for the worksite, or something stylish for your everyday activities, we've got a wide selection of F-150 trucks to fit your budget. Shop our 2018 F-150 inventory online or stop by our dealership in Westland for a test drive! We look forward to showing you what the 2018 Ford F-150 is all about.


North Brothers Ford is located at 33300 Ford Rd Westland, MI 48185 and proudly serves as one of the premier dealerships in Metro Detroit, and is committed to exceptional customer service! Stop by or give us a call at 888-806-7163, our knowledgeable and helpful sales team will be more than happy to assist you!

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Get Through the Winter Season with Car Care Tips on NorthBrotherFord.net

WESTLAND, Mich – Winter can be the hardest season on your vehicle. Low temperatures, snow, and ice are only some of the obstacles you could face this Michigan winter. But don’t let the performance or safety of your vehicle take a hit! With the winter car care tips and vehicle maintenance at North Brothers Ford you can make sure your vehicle is prepared with precautionary routine maintenance care. By inspecting and maintaining the components below you can keep your vehicle in great shape through the winter season and beyond.

 Winter Car Care Tips and Vehicle Maintenance at North Brothers Ford in Westland, MI

Tires 

When the roads get slick don’t risk your safety by ignoring basic tire care. Explore this page for tips on how to keep your tires in optimal condition year round by proper inflation, inspection, and rotation. Plus, learn how winter tires are different from all-seasons and why they're a worthy investment!

The last thing you want to worry about this winter is a vehicle that won’t start. Learn about how cold weather affect your car's battery and signs that your battery needs changing on this page. We'd be happy to professionally inspect your battery at your next oil change at North Brothers Ford!

Brakes 

Your brakes are one of the most important vehicle components when it comes to winter vehicle maintenance! With the snow and ice, it's necessary to have properly working brakes. From brake inspections, repairs, and replacements, North Brothers has you covered. Read this page to learn more about signs your brakes need repair.

Oil Changes

Oil Changes are one of the simplest and most important routine services you can do for your vehicle! Making sure your oil is changed during the winter is especially important as the cold weather can make your oil thick like molasses, making your vehicle work harder to run, especially if your oil is already old! Explore this page to learn more and to schedule your oil change at North Brothers.

Snow and sleet often cause vision problems when you hit the road in the winter. Making sure your wiper blades are clearing your windshield well, and your washer fluid tank is full is the easiest way to avoid some of those pesky winter weather windshield issues. Learn more about the signs your wiper blades need to be replaced on this page, and schedule service online.


Here at North Brothers Ford we want you to be safe this winter, and every season. Our team of trained technicians are available to help you get through the cold months without the worry of whether your vehicle is prepared to handle the harsh weather. Our Certified Service Center can inspect, repair, and replace any component necessary. Whether you have questions on brakes, batteries, tires, oil changes, or wiper blades, we are here to help with winter car care tips to get you and your car through the season!

If it's a new vehicle you're looking for to get you through the rough winter weather, we can help with that too! Ford's lineup includes some incredible SUVs, like the 2018 Ford Explorer, equipped with 4WD or AWD and advanced safety features that'll give you the confidence to ride through the snow like no other.



North Brothers Ford is located at 33300 Ford Rd Westland, MI 48185 and proudly serves as one of the premier dealerships in Metro Detroit, and is committed to exceptional customer service! Stop by or give us a call at 888-806-7163, our knowledgeable and helpful sales team will be more than happy to assist you!

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Ford - The Official Vehicle of America's Thanksgiving Parade

Ford - The Official Vehicle of America's Thanksgiving Parade


WESTLAND, Mich.,––Did you know this year's America's Thanksgiving Parade will be the 91st edition?! Ford, the Official Vehicle of America's Thanksgiving Parade will be rolling out a celebration on Woodward Ave. in Detroit on a fleet of Ford SUVs on Thursday, November 23rd.

Each year a new theme is showcased on Woodward Avenue as the parade rolls through on Thanksgiving, and this time, it's about Woodward! The theme is appropriately named "Woodward!! Avenue of Dreams!" in honor of the revitalization of downtown Detroit, including the new QLine. The parade will be led by the all-new Ford Expedition, Ford Explorer, and the newest member of the family, the Ford EcoSport.

If you're a fan of rap music, you might know the name Big Sean. Hailing from the city of Detroit, he'll be back this year acting as the parade's coveted grand marshal alongside one of Detroit's favorite and recently retired news anchor, Carmen Harlan. They will be presenting the parade as a nod to Ford's history of innovation and future in autonomous innovation and smart mobility.

Ford has not only teamed up with the Parade Company, but also Gleaners Community Food Bank to promote feeding the people in our community who need it most. Ford is also again partnering with the Detroit Area Agency on Aging for the second year in a row to assemble meals for their Holiday Meals on Wheels program. If you're interested in giving back this Thanksgiving, you can donate to Gleaners online at gcfb.org!

Can't make it to the parade in downtown Detroit to watch Ford lead America's Thanksgiving Parade? Catch it on WDIV-TV from 10am - 12pm. While your Ford might not be toting a giant float or the star of the show, we do hope it provides you the tools you to travel comfortably and safely wherever you go this Thanksgiving and Black Friday. If you're in need of an oil change before any of your holiday travels, don't hesitate to stop by our Quicklane for fast and courteous service. Additionally, if you're in the market for a new car this Christmas, stop by our dealership in Westland to shop our wide range of new Ford vehicles.


North Brothers Ford
 is located at 33300 Ford Rd Westland, MI 48185 and proudly serves as one of the premier dealerships in Metro Detroit, and is committed to exceptional customer service! Stop by or give us a call at 888-806-7163, our knowledgeable and helpful sales team will be more than happy to assist you!

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Circuit Workouts You Can Do at Home During the Holiday Season

WESTLAND, Mich.,––The holidays often come with a lot of stress. From running around in the kitchen cooking and baking to running around the mall shopping for last minute gifts to trying to coordinate all your family and friends for get togethers. All of the holiday fun can be exhausting, but one of the best ways to keep your energy up and keep your stress down is to get a workout in!



It may seem counterintuitive, but exercise can boost the release of endorphins (the feel good hormone), boost your oxygen intake, and improve your sleep so you can rest up properly for all the holiday activities. Many of us travel out of state or have family visiting, but that doesn't have to get in the way of a good workout! Check out these circuit workouts you can do at home during the holiday season below. We recommend properly warming up before each workout by doing some dynamic stretching and then cooling down by doing some static stretching afterwards to avoid injury and stiffness.

This workout is technically a warmup, set to Demi Lovato's "Sorry Not Sorry" song, but it can be used as a workout, too. Try doing this warmup 3 times, with about 30 seconds to a minute of rest in between each set. If you don't feel like listening to the song three times over, do each move 15 times, instead of the recommended time, as a set. 

Circuit Workouts You Can Do at Home During the Holiday Season


This one is specifically for your core, but will work other parts of your body as well. Don't have time to do each circuit three times? Pick one set of three and do it five times with a little cardio like jumping jacks, toe taps, or high knees, in between each set.

Circuit Workouts You Can Do at Home During the Holiday Season


This mostly-core circuit only takes about 20 minutes, but be prepared to sweat! You'll do all of these exercises back to back and only rest for 30 seconds to a minute in between each set. 

Circuit Workouts You Can Do at Home During the Holiday Season


Have you heard of barre? There are many barre fitness clubs available around Metro Detroit, but you can do some of the moves at home without the actual barre. Try this circuit! If you don't have weights, no worries, just keep some tension in your arms as if you were holding weights.

Circuit Workouts You Can Do at Home During the Holiday Season


If you're looking to build more strength in your arms and upper body, try this workout. Note that this workout does require weights. Make it into a circuit by doing each move 12-15 times back to back as one set, then rest for 30 seconds to a minute in between each set. 

Circuit Workouts You Can Do at Home During the Holiday Season


You don't need a treadmill or elliptical machine to get your cardio in. You don't need to even go outside in the cold for a run! Each move in this workout is recommended to be completed 50x, but you can decrease the number or build a circuit out of this to make it a little different. Do each move 15 times back to back for one set and do three sets total, and rest for a full minute in between each set. See the full instructions and videos online if you're not sure what to do. 

Circuit Workouts You Can Do at Home During the Holiday Season


All it takes to stay energized and stress-free this holiday season is a good workout, and you can get it all done in the comfort of your own home with these circuit workouts! If these options are a little too intense for your abilities, try cutting the number of reps required for each move, or start with just 2 sets instead of 3 for the circuit. Any little bit of exercise can help, so even if you can only fit in a short 15 minute workout into your day, it's better than doing nothing. 

Making a commitment to your personal health should be a priority and so should vehicle maintenance, especially with the winter weather soon to arrive! Be sure to stop by before your holiday travels so you can count on a safe trip, and schedule your next service appointment online. Our expert team of technicians are happy to help with any routine maintenance or scheduled maintenance needs you have at our Service Department in Westland. 

North Brothers Ford is located at 33300 Ford Rd Westland, MI 48185 and proudly serves as one of the premier dealerships in Metro Detroit, and is committed to exceptional customer service! Stop by or give us a call at 888-806-7163, our knowledgeable and helpful sales team will be more than happy to assist you!

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Healthy Thanksgiving Side & Dessert Dishes to Try This Year

WESTLAND, Mich.,––The holidays are right around the corner, and you know what that means: junk food galore! From pies to mashed potatoes and gravy, your favorite home cooked delights aren't always the best for your body. It's great to indulge every now and then, but you can avoid the stomach aches and the need for a big nap after Thanksgiving dinner with a few healthy swaps. Here are a few of our favorite healthy Thanksgiving side & dessert dishes to try this year:


1. Honey Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries and Feta

This dish screams "fall" in a delicious sweet and savory way. 
Healthy Thanksgiving Side & Dessert Dishes to Try This Year


2. Mashed Cauliflower with Parmesan and Chives

Pro-Tip: make this recipe a happy compromise with half potatoes & half cauliflower.
Healthy Thanksgiving Side & Dessert Dishes to Try This Year

3. Cheesy Spinach Balls

These little green-filled guys can be used as an appetizer or a side dish.
Healthy Thanksgiving Side & Dessert Dishes to Try This Year


4. Green Bean Mushroom Saute 

You can appease to picky eaters by doing half of this dish with mushrooms and half without.
Healthy Thanksgiving Side & Dessert Dishes to Try This Year


5. Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussel Sprouts

This dish is full of good fiber! Feel free to get creative with the herbs and spices you use. 
Healthy Thanksgiving Side & Dessert Dishes to Try This Year


6. Skinny Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

You can't beat a healthier version of pumpkin pie and cheesecake in one easy dish! 
Healthy Thanksgiving Side & Dessert Dishes to Try This Year


7. Healthy Apple Crisp 

Pro-Tip: Skip the regular vanilla ice cream and try Halo Top or another ice cream alternative.
Healthy Thanksgiving Side & Dessert Dishes to Try This Year


8. Vanilla Orange Candied Cranberries

These little bites are full of sophisticated flavor that feels like you're eating candy.
Healthy Thanksgiving Side & Dessert Dishes to Try This Year

9. Gluten Free No-Bake Salted Caramel Pumpkin Bars

The name is a mouthful, but this is a great option for those who don't do gluten!
Healthy Thanksgiving Side & Dessert Dishes to Try This Year

10. Maple Vanilla Baked Pears

Most of us choose to do an apple or pumpkin based dessert, but how about giving pears a try?
Healthy Thanksgiving Side & Dessert Dishes to Try This Year


We hope these healthy Thanksgiving side and dessert dishes give you the arsenal to eat better and feel better this year! We're all about healthy alternatives when it comes to fueling our bodies and fun ways to keep our bodies moving all year round, especially when we're preparing for our 5K Fun Run that happens in May. Stay tuned to our blog for some workout ideas you can use to combat the fatigue during the holiday season and for tips and tricks on how to take care of yourself and your car this winter. 

North Brothers Ford
 is located at 33300 Ford Rd Westland, MI 48185 and proudly serves as one of the premier dealerships in Metro Detroit, and is committed to exceptional customer service! Stop by or give us a call at 888-806-7163, our knowledgeable and helpful sales team will be more than happy to assist you!

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