What’s New on the 2019 Silverado?
Drivers looking for the top performance and first-class features have, time and time again, turned to the Chevrolet Silverado for their utility and leisure performance needs. A successor to Chevy’s long-running C/K line, the Silverado prioritizes capability and job site-ready innovation. Read the rest of this entry »
2019 Ford Edge ST Performance Specs and What We Know
Our history has been built and shaped by individuals who were accustomed to asking “why not?” This question is usually a response to somebody with less imagination and wonder trying to flat out say you can’t do something. If you’re somebody with ambition, you know just how important these two words are for staving off those who jealously try to shut your boldest ideas down. Read the rest of this entry »
2018 Ford F-150 Diesel Engine Power Specs
If you’ve ever wanted to move a trailer or haul a large load, you know that the more torque you have, the better off you feel. Torque helps turn your wheels against both gravity and weight from a trailer, allowing the vehicle to move smoothly. For big loads, higher torque is a necessity. Read the rest of this entry »
How Much Can the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Tow?
Here at Harbin Automotive, we’re a big fan of the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s great to have a small pickup truck that can provide high levels of utility and performance in a smaller and more efficient package than the half-ton or larger varieties like the Silverado or F-150. In addition to its rogue good looks, the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado is full of comfort and convenience features which make it feel less like a utility vehicle and more like a luxurious, smooth-riding sedan on the road. Read the rest of this entry »
2017 New Year’s Eve Events Near Scottsboro, AL
It’s hard to believe, but Christmas is a week from today and, as is tradition – New Year’s Day is a week later. Here at Harbin Automotive, it’s been a busy busy year and we’re about ready to see what 2018 has around the corner for us. Read the rest of this entry »
SUVs vs Crossovers
If you haven’t noticed lately, SUVs are everywhere. Having all but totally replaced the sedan as the main driver for individuals and families alike, these vehicles offer the practicality of a van, the all-weather performance of a utility vehicle and cost as much gas as a larger car. Simply put, it would be silly to dismiss them as a trend. They’re probably not going anywhere any time soon. Read the rest of this entry »
2018 Ford Super Duty Performance Specs
When it comes to earth-moving productivity and performance, Ford’s Super Duty line of pickup trucks are among the most capable. Their excellence in the field has made them ubiquitous on job-sites across North America. So much so, that there’s a decent chance the building in which you’re reading this was either built or remodeled with the help of a Ford Super Duty pickup truck. Read the rest of this entry »
2018 Ford F-150 Towing Capacity and Payload
The 2018 Ford F-150 represents a bold and exciting new redesign for an iconic American pickup truck. From the more compressed grille on the front of the truck, to the stamped tailgate on the back, Ford has made America’s best-selling pickup truck even more attractive to potential buyers, and those on the fence. Read the rest of this entry »
Have you ever seen I, Robot or Total Recall or Minority Report? Remember those self-driving cars that zip around with no steering wheel while the protagonist sips a coffee or reads the morning newspaper? You might think that is all Hollywood glamour and special effects, a crazy interpretation of the future of transportation.
Ford Motor Company says otherwise.
You see, Ford has been investing time and money in their Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto, California for the past ten years, shoulder to shoulder with America’s tech sphere in Silicon Valley. And, if your mom ever told you to find new friends because your old ones always got you in trouble, the small business, tech wonks in Silicon Valley would be the people she would want you to cozy up to—the so-called, ‘people who are going places.’
In 2016, former Ford president and CEO Mark Fields said, “The next decade will be defined by automation of the automobile, and we see autonomous vehicles as having as significant an impact on society as Ford’s moving assembly line did 100 years ago.”
That’s a tall order.
But, the idea of the best minds in Silicon Valley—the home of the world’s fastest growing and smartest industry—teaming up with the company that practically invented modern manufacturing is certainly worth some serious attention.
Ford claims that they will deliver a functioning autonomous vehicle fleet by 2021. That might seem like another lofty goal. But, consider the lightning fast turnaround for the software engineers that get in, make an App, then run to the bank with their millions. Coupled with Ford’s longtime ability to wow, it would appear the self-driving cars of the future are becoming more of a reality by the moment.
And that future is great for America specifically.
Implementing a wave of autonomous, electric vehicles over the coming decades will reduce commuter accidents, lessen the detrimental impact of our transportation infrastructure on the environment, and will increase our standing in the world at large.
One of the defining industries of modern America is our technology industry. Ford represents a golden age in American economic and innovative power, and Silicon Valley is the shining city on the hill that beckons us into another golden era of human transportation. We are, as a nation, set up for success in this quickly burgeoning, hybrid industry.
As Ford takes advantage of this key moment in autonomous vehicle development, they seem poised to usher us into the actual future. To check out what offerings Ford has available today, be sure to stop by our lot in Scottsboro, Alabama!
Tires: the feet of your car. When was the last time you thought about your feet while you were walking? Unless you have neuropathy or an ingrown toenail or a shard of glass stuck in your heel, you probably don’t actively think about your feet at all. The same thing happens when we drive our cars. We don’t think about the health of our tires until there is something wrong. Now, a random nail is going to plague all of us at one point or another in our driving careers, but there are some crucial, preventative measures you can take to make your tires last as long as possible.
Tire pressure should be monitored frequently. In an ideal world where everyone has all of this free time to do responsible things like checking tire pressure, this would be done before and after every driving session. In the real world, though, once a week would be pretty spectacular. The proper pressure for your car’s tires can be found inside the driver’s side door frame or in the owner’s manual of the vehicle. Maintaining correct tire pressure is important because it allows the car to move with as little resistance from the friction between the tire and the road as possible, in turn taking unnecessary stress off of the engine. In addition, properly inflated tires can save up to 11 cents per gallon of fuel. It might not seem like it, but the pressure of your tires can change dramatically, even on a relatively short ride. A pot hole or a significant change in temperature outside could affect the pressure in your tires in a very negative way.
The next thing you should monitor is the tread on your tires. If your tires are aligned properly and have optimal pressure, the tread should wear evenly across the entire face of your tires—front and back. Any deviation in that wear pattern could mean your alignment is off. A good way to check your alignment is by taking your hands off the wheel while the vehicle is moving on a straight road; if the vehicle drifts left or right, then you probably have alignment issues.
Also, rotating your tires every six months helps spread the wear and tear your tires incur over time.
The last thing you might want to consider is driving safer. Not only will safe driving increase your chances of survival out on the rough-and-tumble destructo-derby that is the American road system, it can also preserve the life of your tires. Going around curves like Mario Andretti, or Dale Jr. or some other awesome leadfoot from history is not okay for your tires. Running up on curbs and sidewalks like a James Bond car chase also wreaks havoc on your tires. Taking your passenger vehicle off-roading over the giant rock boulders in the Badlands of the Dakotas is also certainly not recommended.
Just keep it at the speed limit and between the lines.
For more information on your vehicle’s tires or for any of your tire needs call Harbin Automotive’s tire experts at 256-574-1819.