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Get Your Vehicle Ready for Fall at Upper Marlboro Ford

Fall can be a busy time for any family, especially if you have kids. Between the new school year starting, extra-curricular activities, and the busy (and quickly approaching) holiday season, it’s hard to find the time to do anything, let alone prepare your car for inclement weather. Although it’s tough to find the time, it’s very important to do so, to ensure your family is safe on the road.

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Here are a few tips for safe travel when going into the Fall months:

  • Inspect Your Tires: Fall and Winter usually mean slippery conditions. Between wet leaves laying on the road and rain, sleet, and snow in the winter, you’ll want to ensure you have tires with ample tread to ensure you have good traction.
  • Check Lights: Ask a friend or family member to come outside with you while you turn on and off each light to ensure all are working properly. Fall means less day light. Make sure your lights work good while you still have time!
  • Replace Wiper Blades: Fall and Winter mean sleet, snow, rain, and everything in between. Make sure your windshield wipers can get through anything before the bad weather starts.
  • Make Sure Defroster Works: Check the functionality of your front and rear defroster to make sure they’re working properly to avoid having your windows fog up.
  • Check Your Battery: Nothing is worse than being in a hurry on a cool fall morning, just to find out that your car battery is dead. Hook up a battery tester to your car’s battery to ensure it’s in proper working order.
  • Check All Fluid Levels: Make sure you have enough fluids in your car (windshield, power steering, brake, transmission, and coolant). There’s nothing worse than an overheating car when you’re in a rush to get the kids to school.

Our technicians are ready and waiting to help you get your vehicle fall-ready—make an appointment with Upper Marlboro’s Service Department today!

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.

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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.

  • 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.