The Best Places for Sledding in Pittsburgh

Winter may bring high heating bills and icy roads, but the season isn’t all bad. Sledding is a favorite winter pastime the whole family can enjoy. So pack a sled or two into your Ford SUV or truck and head out to one of these best places for sledding in Pittsburgh.

Blueberry Hill Park and Knob Hill Park

Let’s start in our own suburb of Wexford, Pennsylvania. Two great spots include Blueberry Hill Park, which is off of I-79 and I-279 North, and Knob Hill Park. Blueberry Hill Park has its own designated sledding area—that’s how great it is.

South Park

Sunny Slopes in Pittsburgh is a perfect spot for sledding, whether cloudy or sunny. The area includes three hills, one of which boasts a 1,000-foot-long slope for optimal sledding speed. Of course, all that fun on the way down means a long trek back up for the next go.

Chapel Hill

Head to Chatham University for a sledding legend: Chapel Hill. The slope starts at the Chatham Memorial Chapel and is not too often frequented, making it a great spot for family fun.

Flagstaff Hill

Flagstaff Hill is among the most popular sledding hills in Pittsburgh. In fact, it’s a great spot for tobogganing, mild snowboarding, and a good old-fashioned snowball fight. The spot is near Phipps Conservatory.

We here at Shults Ford Wexford encourage you and your family to enjoy the winter season and all the snow-based fun it delivers.

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Best Road Trip Games for Children

Spending time with family on a road trip is a fantastic bonding experience, but it can sometimes get boring — especially if you have kids in the car. Here are some road trip games for children that are sure to keep passengers of all ages entertained.

I’m Going on a Picnic: Help your kids exercise their brains with this memory game. The first player should begin by stating, “I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing…” filling in the blank with something that begins with “A”. The next person then must repeat the same phrase with the “A” word and then adding a “B” word after it. Continue this until you get to the end of the alphabet.

The Animal Name Game: Begin this game by naming an animal. The next person then has to name another animal that starts with the last letter of the previous animal named. For example, if someone says “seal” then the next player has to name an animal that begins with “L”. Keep going until everyone’s stumped, and remember — you can’t repeat animals!

21 Questions: This classic game is perfect for long car rides. Begin by having a passenger think of a person, place, or thing. Then, the other passengers must ask questions to try and guess what it is. The biggest challenge, though, is that you can only ask 21 questions total. Whoever gets it right gets to begin the next round, and if the object isn’t correctly guessed, the first passenger gets to choose again.

If you are looking for the perfect road trip vehicle, be sure to check out our lineup here at Shults Ford.

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Top Vacation Spots within Driving Distance of Pittsburgh

Whether you’re looking to head outdoors this summer or merely want a low-key weekend, there are plenty of top vacation spots within driving distance of Pittsburgh for you to enjoy. Here’s a quick look at just a few.

Washington, DC

Washington, DC is the place to go if you really want to do some sightseeing on your vacation but don’t want to travel too far (it’s only four hours away). From the White House and the National Mall to Arlington Cemetery and the Lincoln Memorial, the options are endless in this great city. Plus, there are thousands of delicious restaurants to explore if you’re an enthusiastic foodie!

New River Gorge, West Virginia

Considered the outdoor adventure capital of the East Coast and only three hours away from Pittsburgh, New River Gorge is the perfect place to go if you want to spend time outdoors. If you’re looking to take in the natural beauty of the area on a hike or you’re interested in taking on the whitewater rapids of the nearby river, you’ll want to make sure this is the destination for your next vacation.

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

If you’re searching for something a bit more relaxing, visiting Lancaster County—which is about four hours away—is your best bet. Find terrific bargains on beautiful handmade goods, discover the delicacy that is shoofly pie, and enjoy the area’s unique culture. It’s a great way to get out of the city and let your mind rest at ease.

The best way to reach your next vacation destination is behind the wheel of a brand-new vehicle from Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford. Visit us and we’ll help you get ready for your next road trip!

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How to Understand Basketball Brackets: Making Sense of the Tournament

Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the US, and people love watching college tournaments. If you’re excited about the famous basketball tournament taking place right now (you know the one), then you may be using a bracket to help you understand the tournament a little better. So, we are going to help you understand basketball brackets a little better.

A bracket tournament relies on a special type of visual representation called a tree diagram to show how a series of games will be played. This type of “knockout” tournament removes teams from brackets when they lose games, and the winning teams gradually move across the diagram. Many bracket tournaments rely on “seeding” to determine where teams go on the bracket, which itself can be controversial.

According to How Stuff Works, the term “bracketology” has been developed over the years to refer to fans who enjoy predicting winners in the initial round. Prediction like this isn’t possible in many other sports and tournaments. The high-stakes environment makes bracketology fun for everyone involved.

Seeding is the tricky part—it’s usually based on a rankings percentage index, national polls, records, and a few other factors. Only so many teams can be invited, and it’s usually based on a decision from a jury. For teams that aren’t invited, there is no appeals process.

We at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford are currently busy scanning our own brackets, but if you would rather scan a new Ford, just stop by for a test drive.

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Winter Driving Tips

Winter is right around the corner which means it’s time to freshen up on driving on slick roadways! Winter roadways are a different beast to tackle for most drivers but there are ways to improve your safety on the go. Here are some winter driving tips from us here at Shults Ford of Wexford so you can stay on the road this season!

  • Slow Down – It takes longer to stop on slick roadways which makes slowing down and taking your time even more of a necessity in winter. Try to keep a distance of eight to ten second or car lengths in order to give yourself plenty of time to stop. Keep in mind that pulling off a fast turn on snow-covered roads could easily leave you in a ditch or snowbank.
  • Avoid Distractions – Distracted driving is a serious problem on the modern roads and it becomes even more dangerous during winter. The roads can be unpredictable which makes putting the smartphone away even more crucial. Avoid becoming a statistic by making use of steering-wheel controls and voice-recognition software this winter.
  • Don’t Drive – If you aren’t confident in your ability to reach your destination during harsh weather, avoid driving altogether. If you don’t have to go out on the road, don’t. Make sure to watch the local weather report every day as well!

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The Best Fall Maintenance for Your Ford

Fall seems like the milder season nestled in between the two extremes of summer and winter. However, just because there are no immediate threats of dramatic weather, Ford owners should still tend to their vehicle. But fall maintenance for your Ford doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are some quick steps that will make a big difference.

Check Your Tire Pressure

It’s a good idea to keep an eye on your tires at all times. But when the colder weather hits, you should especially make a point of checking them regularly. Cooler temperatures decrease the air pressure in your tires. Plus, you’ll want to ensure that your tires are in tip-top shape going into the winter road conditions.

Check Your Heater

Speaking of that cold winter weather, fall is the perfect time to make sure that your heater and defrosters are working properly. Give them a test run and if anything goes less than expected, you’ll have plenty of time to get it looked at by a professional.

Check Your Battery

Like your tires, your vehicle’s battery is sensitive to the cold. Get your battery tested now and replace it if it looks like it’s on its last leg. It’s best to have a good battery going into winter, as the cold weather often keeps older batteries from starting.

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Tips for Driving Near Bicycles

If you drive near school zones in the mornings and afternoons, and especially if you’re a parent or teen driving to and from school, you need to know the safest ways to share the road with bicyclists. Driving near bicycles can be intimidating, but if you keep these tips in mind you’ll have a safer commute.

You’re going to see a lot of kids on bikes in the mornings, and kids aren’t the most likely to follow all the bicycle rules, so you have to be extra vigilant when driving near them. If you have to go around someone on a bicycle, do it very slowly and give them plenty of space, and don’t get back in the lane until you’re well ahead of them.

Respect it when cyclists have the right of way. If they’re turning or merging into a bike lane, stay where you are to avoid accidentally swiping them. Bicycles are subject to the same traffic laws and responsibilities on the road as drivers, which means they also have the same rights in traffic situations.

But again, kids might not know these rules. If you’re at a red light, a bike might not stop. Adults do this too—a lot of people just don’t know that bikes have to follow the same laws. Just be cautious, and if you see a cyclist on the road, give them a wide berth and watch what they’re doing before you go anywhere.

Cyclists are good for the environment and for traffic congestion, so don’t get angry about having to share the road with them! They may go slower, but in the end if you pay attention and respect their place on the road it’s no big deal to drive by bikes.

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3 Ways to Prepare for Back to School

School may have been out for the summer. However, school cannot be out forever! The beginning of the school year is just around the corner, and the transition back to school can be a tough one for both parents and students. In order to help ease the transition back to class, follow these 3 ways to prepare for back to school.

Set up a Curfew

Summer nights may have lasted far after the sun went down. However, that is certainly not the case during the school year. In order to help your kids prepare for waking up early in the morning to get to school, consider setting up a curfew ahead of time.

Memorize the Bus Schedule

Part of getting up early in the morning involves catching the school bus. Nothing is worse than missing the bus during the first week of school. Therefore, make sure that you and your child have their bus schedule memorized.

Only Buy the Necessary School Supplies

It can be easy to go overboard while shopping for school supplies. However, students who have too many unnecessary supplies may find it difficult to carry all of that equipment around. Only buy the necessary school supplies as listed by your child’s future teacher in order to be properly prepared for the first day of class.

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How to Clean Your Car Interior

Winter is the worst season for making a mess of our cars. Besides all the mud and slush we track into them, we’re probably leaving more trash in them as well—because who wants to go out in the freezing cold and clean out their car? But it’s March now, the weather’s looking up, and it’s time to do some spring cleaning. Follow these tips on how to clean your car interior, and it’ll be spotless in no time!

First, of course, clean out any trash, and then start the real cleaning. Hopefully most of the muck is on your floor mats—take them out and vacuum them or, if they’re really bad, spray them with a hose and set them aside to dry.

Get your vacuum ready—find a long extension cord if you don’t have a plug outside—and suck up all the dried dirt and grime you’ve accumulated in the last few months. Get in between the cracks; leave no stone unturned.

Most importantly after a long winter, clean your windows, and wipe down your dashboard while you’re at it. And don’t use window cleaner on cloth seats!

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3 Top Reasons People Get Pulled Over

Want to avoid getting pulled over and ticketed? It’s easy, right? Follow the laws of the road. Just in case you need some reminding, here are some of the top reasons people get pulled over…

Equipment violations

Unlike speeding, equipment violations can happen simply from neglect. That’s why it’s a good idea to give your ride a once over every once in a while. According to Edmunds.com, things like expired tags and burned-out headlights cause the most citations for equipment violations.

Driving Like A Madman

This comes in a lot of forms. Maybe you make improper lane changes or roll through a stop sign, maybe you make U-turns whenever you feel like it. The bottom line is you drive like you are the only one on the road. This is definitely going to get you cited.

Speeding

But everybody does it, right? If everyone drove their convertibles off of the Grand Canyon like Thelma and Louise, would you do it too? The truth is that it’s not speeding per se, it’s excessive speeding that is going to get you in trouble. Going a few miles over the speed limit usually won’t catch the attention of our men and women in blue but just know that it can.

Save your money, save your time. Drive predictably and follow all traffic laws in a vehicle that is properly maintained.

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