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Pre-Winter Car Care Checklist

Pre-Winter Car Care Checklist
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Planning ahead can save you time and money

With fall in full swing and winter creeping up, it’s time to head to the dealership to check up on some of the things you’ve been putting off and to make sure your car is ready for whatever winter brings.
AAA recommends attention be given to a variety of vehicle components before the colder months strike, including (but not limited to):
  • Battery and Charging System: A fully charged battery can be the difference between getting to work on time and being stuck in your driveway or out in the cold someplace. Your dealer’s service technicians know what to look for and will make sure your battery is ready or give you options if a new one is necessary.
  • Drive Belts and Engine Hoses: Frayed or cracked belts should be replaced. Leaks and loose hoses require action, too.
  • Tires and Tread: Even in regions where snow isn’t an issue, temperatures regularly below 45 degrees F affect rubber not specifically formulated for the cold, which includes “all season” tires, and can reduce tire performance substantially. In these parts of the country, switching to winter tires is recommended. In colder regions, the specially formulated tread rubber of winter tires ensures the best possible traction and handling. Tread depth less than 3/32 of an inch isn’t recommended, and neglecting this can lead to further issues down the road. Keep in mind that tire pressure also goes down as the temperatures get colder, so look on the inside of the door jamb for proper tire pressure levels. Factory trained service professionals can answer your questions and make recommendations specific to your make and model of vehicle.
  • Lights: Make sure your turn signals, headlamps, taillamps, foglamps and other lights are working properly. If a bulb is burned out, the right replacements are in stock to get you back on the road quickly.
  • Wiper Blades/Washer Fluid: As simple as this sounds, being able to see when the weather gets messy is imperative. If you see streaks or spots on your windshield when it rains, you may want to get a new pair of wiper blades. Since they vary by car, stop by and a new pair that’s meets the specifications of your vehicle can be installed. Check your wiper fluid frequently and keep the fluid reservoir filled. Your dealer’s service professionals will also check the fluid level and top it off, if necessary, when you are in for maintenance or repairs.
  • Brakes: When the weather gets sloppy, your brakes play an even bigger role in occupant safety. Bring your car in to make sure all brake components are functioning properly. After a thorough inspection, any issues found will be brought to your attention, and problems, if any, can be addressed.
AAA also recommends you carry an emergency road kit containing the following items at all times:
  • Sand or salt/traction mats
  • Snow brush/ice scraper, shovel
  • Jumper cables
  • Windshield washer fluid
  • Flashlight with spare batteries
  • Cloth or paper towels
  • Gloves, hats, blankets and extra clothes
  • Flares or other warning devices
  • Non-perishable food and drinking water
  • First-aid kit and basic toolkit
  • Mobile Phone with car charger, preloaded with Roadside Assistance phone numbers and, if applicable, account numbers.
These are only a few of the items that need to be checked before you head out this winter. Stop by today for a full inspection, to help ensure your car is running at its best and is ready for anything.
Visit Upper Marlboro Ford for more Service Specials!  Upper Marlboro is located at 5701 Crain Highway Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 or call

Upper Marlboro Ford Offers Safe Driving Tips for National Teen Driver Safety Week Oct. 20-26

Upper Marlboro Ford Offers Safe Driving Tips for National Teen Driver Safety Week Oct. 20-26

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Upper Marlboro, MD, 2013  – In recognition of National Teen Driver Safety Week, Oct. 20-26, Waldorf Ford is releasing a list of safe driving tips for teens, adults and passengers alike. Now in its seventh year, National Teen Driver Safety Week is a time designated by Congress annually to raise awareness of teen driver safety topics and to encourage safe teen driver and passenger behavior.

“We want to help make the drive safer for teens,” said Marc Bortnick. “The importance of safety belt use and understanding the risk of distraction are key examples of topics parents and teachers should be emphasizing with younger drivers routinely.”

Safe driving tips from Upper Marlboro Ford

  • Many states limit the number of passengers new drivers can have in a vehicle. But even drivers who are allowed to carry passengers should focus on driving and keep their eyes on the road when talking. Remember, seemingly simple tasks can be distracting
  • Parents can set a good example by putting down the phone when driving, making only necessary calls using hands-free technology or after safely pulling over
  • Always buckle up and require all passengers to buckle up for everyone’s safety
  • Remember that the faster you drive, the longer it takes to stop. Doubling vehicle speed can nearly quadruple the distance required to stop
  • Don’t drink or use drugs, especially behind the wheel. Under-age use of alcohol and illicit drugs is illegal, and combining alcohol or drugs with driving can be deadly at any age

Distracted driving, a growing concern

Distracted driving is a concern for parents of inexperienced drivers, and Ford’s “Do Not Disturb” feature helps control one risk factor. When paired with Ford SYNC, “Do Not Disturb” blocks incoming phone calls or text messages. Calls are diverted to voicemail and text messages are saved on the device for later viewing. Drivers can still make voice-activated outgoing calls, and SYNC 911 Assist® can still make a call in case of emergency.

Ford and teen drivers

Parents who have a Ford vehicle equipped with MyKey® technology can encourage teenagers to wear their safety belts, keep the radio volume down, watch their speed and pay attention to the road – not their cell phones – simply by programming the teen’s key. It’s an exclusive technology that is available on more than 6 million Ford and Lincoln vehicles.

Ford has also developed a comprehensive driving skills program, with free professional driver instruction, called ‘Ford Driving Skills for Life.” Developed with the Governors Highway Safety Association, Ford Driving Skills for Life is designed to supplement standard driver education programs and has trained more than 500,000 new drivers through free online and professional hands-on instruction. You can find more information, free materials for parents and educators and a Web-based curriculum that includes “The Academy” on

Ford also sponsors the Parent’s Supervised Driving Program, a multistate effort to help teens learn important skills while working to earn their driver’s license. The program is geared toward skill development and expanding the conditions and time teens drive with their parents prior to driving independently.

Parents can learn more about the Parent’s Supervised Driving Program at Information about MyKey technology is available at

More information about National Teen Driver Safety week is available at

Visit Upper Marlboro Ford at  5701 Crain Highway in Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 or call 888-602-9079. 

Ford Motor Company U.S. Sales Up 6 Percent, Outpacing Industry for Best September Since 2006

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Public is invited to visit Upper Marlboro Ford to experience products in-person and with a test drive

Ford Motor Company posts best September sales since 2006

Fusion up 62 percent and Fiesta up 29 percent, setting record September sales

F-Series posts fifth-straight month above 60,000 sales

UPPER MARLBORD, MD, 2013– Ford Motor Company sales totaled 185,146, delivering its best September since 2006 with a 6 percent increase in the U.S., outpacing the industry and marking Ford’s 11th consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases.

“We’re particularly encouraged by the excitement our customers have for the Fusion and Fiesta. The F-Series also keeps delivering, with our fifth-straight month surpassing the 60,000-vehicle mark and continuing as America’s best-selling vehicle.” said Marc Bortnick General Manager or Upper Marlboro Ford.

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September Ford Fusion sales of 19,972 are up 62 percent compared with a year ago. Through the first nine months of the year, Fusion retail sales are experiencing their strongest rate of growth in the west, up 59 percent.  In the southeast, Fusion is up 26 percent.

September Ford Fiesta sales of 5,043 are up 29 percent over last year, marking Fiesta’s best September sales performance ever. Through the first nine months of this year, Fiesta’s largest retail sales market is in the west, which is growing at the fastest rate of all of Fiesta’s markets – up 41 percent.

Posting a 26th consecutive monthly sales increase and its fifth-straight month above the 60,000-vehicle sales mark, F-Series sales were 60,456, up 10 percent.

To see any of these vehicles visit Upper Marlboro Ford at 5701 Crain Highway, Upper Marlboro MD 20772 Call 301-627-5600 or visit