Tips for Driving in Winter Weather

It’s January, which means snow, sleet, and ice in our area, are pretty much a given. With temperatures forecasted to drop this weekend, and the expected snow and sleet entering our area this weekend, we thought it might be useful to share some tips for driving in winter weather!

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  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Be sure that you gradually ease into the gas or break when the roads are slick, to avoid spin-outs.
  • Drive slowly. Even if the roads aren’t terrible, black ice paired with speed can be a recipe for disaster. Be sure to slow down and take your time when the temperature is below freezing.
  • Increase your spacing between yourself and the vehicle in front of you. Allow for plenty of stopping room, in the event that your car begins to slide.
  • Test your brakes before you get out on the roadway. Come to a few harsh stops in your driveway, before you venture out, to test the road conditions and your brakes with the slippery roads.
  • If you can avoid it, don’t come to a complete stop. If you can safely coast through an intersection without having to come to a stop, or to make a turn, you’re likely to keep traction longer than if you stop completely.
  • Slow and steady wins the race. When faced with a hill, don’t hit the gas too fast and try to gain too much speed. Take your time, drive slowly and steadily until you reach the top of the hill.
  • If you can avoid it, stay inside. Allow road crews to treat the roadways before you get behind the wheel.

Driving in winter weather can be frightening, especially if you don’t do it very often. Take these tips along for the ride, and stay safe, if you can’t stay off the roads.

Contact us today to set up an appointment with our Service Department, to ensure your car is ready for the quickly approaching winter weather!

Waldorf Ford Named in Top 100 For Sales in 2016

Waldorf Ford is excited to announce that for the year of 2016, their New Car sales ranked in the Top 100 among all Ford dealers in the United States, with 2,174 total cars sold in the year of 2016.

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This is the 13th time that Waldorf Ford has ranked in the Top 100 for New Vehicle Sales, and, will be the 10th time that Waldorf Ford has been awarded the Triple Crown Award, given to Ford Dealers with both exceptional sales and outstanding customer service scores.

Steve Raley, the General Manager of Waldorf Ford stated “We’re so proud of our team for reaching such a challenging goal, and placing us in the Top 100 for Ford Dealers around the nation. It’s a huge honor, and we couldn’t be more impressed with our staff. In addition, we would like to thank our outstanding community for trusting Waldorf Ford with your automotive needs in 2016, and look forward to working with you in 2017”.

Congratulations to our wonderful team! We can’t wait to see what goals we’ll achieve with you in 2017!

 

Our Favorite Holiday Recipes

Christmas is only 9 days away! Many families have traditional dishes that they prepare for the holidays, and between the shopping, wrapping, and decorating, it’s tough to find time to find new recipes to bring into your traditions.

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This year, we have you covered! We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite recipes, to give you some ideas!

  • Peppermint Brittle
    • Ingredients:
      • 2 Pounds of White Chocolate
      • 30 Small Peppermint Candy Canes
    • Directions:
      • Line a large jellyroll pan with heavy-duty foil.
      • Place white chocolate in microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave on medium setting for 5-6 minutes. Stir occasionally, until chocolate is melted and smooth.
      • Place candy canes in a plastic bag, or between two pieces of waxed paper. Using a mallet or rolling pin, break the candy canes into small chunks. Stir peppermint into melted white chocolate. Spread evenly in pan, chill until set (about 1 hour). Break into pieces by slamming pan onto counter.
  • Christmas Brunch Casserole
    • Ingredients:
      • 1 Pound of Bacon
      • 2 Onions, Chopped
      • 2 Cups of Fresh, Sliced Mushrooms
      • 1 Tablespoon of Butter
      • 4 Cups of Frozen Hash Brown Potatoes, thawed
      • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
      • ¼ Teaspoon Garlic Salt
      • ½ Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
      • 4 Eggs
      • 1 ½ Cups Milk
      • 1 Pinch Dried Parsley
    • Directions:
      • 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
        Directions:
      • Place bacon in a large skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Drain and set aside. Add the mushrooms and onion to the skillet; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent and the mushrooms are tender, about 5 minutes.
      • Grease a 9×13-inch casserole dish with the tablespoon of butter. Place potatoes in bottom of prepared dish. Sprinkle with salt, garlic salt, and pepper. Top with crumbled bacon, then add the onions and mushrooms.
      • In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs with the milk and parsley. Pour the beaten eggs over the casserole and top with grated cheese. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
      • Preheat Oven to 400 Degrees
      • Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour or until set
  • Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes
    •  Ingredients:
      • 4 Russet Potatoes, Sliced into ¼ Inch Slices
      • 1 Onion, Sliced into Rings
      • Salt and Pepper to Taste
      • 3 Tablespoons Butter
      • 3 Tablespoons all-purpose Flour
      • ½ Teaspoon of Salt
      • 2 Cups Milk
      • 1 ½ Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
    • Directions:
      • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Butter a 1-quart casserole dish.
      • Layer 1/2 of the potatoes into bottom of the prepared casserole dish. Top with the onion slices, and add the remaining potatoes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
      • In a medium-size saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Mix in the flour and salt, and stir constantly with a whisk for one minute. Stir in milk. Cook until mixture has thickened. Stir in cheese all at once, and continue stirring until melted, about 30 to 60 seconds. Pour cheese over the potatoes, and cover the dish with aluminum foil.
      • Bake 1 1/2 hours in the preheated oven.
  • Green Beans with Almonds
    • Ingredients:
      • 2 Pounds Fresh Green Beans, Washed and Trimmed
      • 2 Slices of Bacon
      • ¼ Cup Sliced Almonds
    • Directions:
      • Remove both ends of beans, break in half, and wash thoroughly.
      • Place in a large pot and add water 3 to 4 inches from the top. Add bacon and cook until tender.
      • Remove bacon from cooking water and discard. Remove beans and place in a large bowl, add almonds and toss. Serve Hot.

We hope you enjoy these recipes—share a photo of your finished product with us.

Happy Holidays from your friends at Waldorf Ford!

2017 Ford Fusion: The Perfect Choice for Your Next Car

The Ford Fusion has been around for years, and each year it seems to get a little bit better. The 2017 Ford Fusion is no exception.

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Although the 2017 Ford Fusion is sporty and sleek, it serves perfectly as a family sedan, and it’s fun to drive!

With an estimated 21 MPG in the city, and 32 on the highway, this fuel efficient car is perfect as your daily commuting car, or, for taking trips across-town to see the family.

With a 60/40 split-fold rear seat, front bucket seats, and a smart charging USB port, your comfort and convenience were top-of-mind when Ford released this beauty.

Safety is no issue with the 2017 Ford Fusion. With Driver and Passenger knee airbags, dual stage front airbags, front seat mounted side impact and side curtain airbags, your precious cargo will be perfectly safe, no matter where the road leads you.

So what are you waiting for? Contact us today to set up your test-drive. Treat yourself this holiday season!

Tips for a Seamless Thanksgiving Road Trip

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, along with the busiest travel holiday of the year!

If you’ve traveled on this holiday in the past, you know that planning is key to a seamless, relaxing trip, and we’ve got just the list to keep you organized this year!

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  • Stay Connected – Download the latest travel apps for your phone before you hit the road—Spotify is a great channel for music, Waze will help with traffic, and Citymapper will be your best-bet for navigation!
  • Travel Late or Early – Instead of sitting in a huge mess of traffic this year, leave in the middle of the night, or early in the morning to avoid traffic jams—you’ll get to where you’re going much faster, and your passengers will thank you… especially if you have kids!
  • Pack Wisely – Make sure to bring temperature-appropriate clothing, shoes, and coats, especially if you’re heading north or to the mountains!
  • Have Your Car Serviced – Make sure that all of your fluid levels are topped off, your brakes, lights work properly, and that your car is up to date on all routine maintenance including oil changes and tires. Contact our Service Department to set up an appointment to have your car prepared for your road trip!
  • Have Travel Documents on Hand – Be sure to carry your Insurance Card, Roadside Assistance information, and any other vital information, in case of emergency.
  • Make All Stops at Once – If you have children, it might be challenging trying to travel with the constant stopping for bathroom breaks, food, and drinks, but, if you stop in a place where you can use the restroom, grab a sandwich and a bottle of water, all in one place, you’re guaranteed to save time instead of loading and unloading everyone into and out of the car at each place.

Visit us online to schedule your appointment with our Service Department, to ensure your vehicle is up-to-par for your Thanksgiving travel. Buckle up, and enjoy the ride!

Vehicle Spotlight: 2017 Ford SuperDuty

The 2017 Ford SuperDuty is the perfect truck for hard working men and women that are just looking to get the job done, and it’s one of our favorite vehicles here at Waldorf Ford.

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With 430lbs-ft of torque, a V-8 engine, and 385 horsepower, the 2017 SuperDuty is perfect for any trailer you want to tow or load you want to haul. The 6.2-liter engine and rear-wheel drive makes driving a treat, no matter what condition the road is in. The lightweight aluminum body helps to keep fuel mileage low, while still performing where it needs to be.

The 2017 Ford SuperDuty comes with a 3 year, 36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, 5 year, 60,000-mile power-train warranty and roadside assistance. With coverage like that, how could you go wrong?

With multiple trim styles available both with 2 doors and 4-doors, this truck is perfect for a single person, or for a family of four, and contains all of the same features you love in Ford Trucks.

So what are you waiting for? Contact us today to learn more about the 2017 Ford SuperDuty. We’re sure you’ll love it!

Best Fall Sight Seeing Destinations in Maryland and Virginia

Autumn is an absolutely beautiful time of year. Between the crisp cool weather, the leaves turning every shade of red, yellow and orange, known to man, and the foliage that takes your breath away, no matter where you look.

Maryland and Virginia are known for having some of the best destinations for sight-seeing in our area. Take a look at our list of some of our favorite places to visit in the Fall.

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  • Deep Creek Lake, Maryland—Deep Creek Lake, located in Northwestern Maryland has some of the most spectacular sites during the months of September, October, and November. Take advantage of farmers markets, concerts, antique, car and craft shows, at the Autumn Glory Festival from October 12-16.
  • C&O Canal National Historic Park, Maryland—Located in Hagerstown, Maryland, C&O Canal National Historic Park is perfect for hiking, biking and history exploration among a 184.5-mile-long canal along the Potomac River. The stunning views of the fall foliage will make you want to stay forever.
  • Elk Neck Peninsula—Located at the top of the Chesapeake Bay, Elk Neck State Park and Forest is perfect for water lovers. Dig your toes into the sand and enjoy the colorful forest around you with those closest to you.
  • Ocean City, Maryland—Although it might be too chilly to swim in the ocean, Ocean City is still a wonderful place to visit in the Fall months. Take advantage of the beautiful ocean views, incredible dining options, and shops along the way.
  • The Crooked Road, Virginia—If you love music, this might be your go-to destination. The Crooked Road is a 300-mile voyage through the breath-taking Appalachian Mountains. You’ll see and hear some of the best performers of traditional country, folk and bluegrass music, all without having to travel far to do it.
  • The James River, Virginia—If you’re a history buff, you know that the James River and the James River Plantations are a huge part of our Nation’s history. Take a trip back in time and see the history that the James River Plantations have to offer.
  • Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia—If you’re looking for an educational outing, and a little bit of adventure, a trip to Colonial Williamsburg is for you! Get the best of both worlds with an adventure back in time in the historic town, or, release your audacious side at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

So, what are you waiting for? Pack up your new Ford vehicle and start making plans. After all, fall won’t be around forever.