A Review of the 2020 Ford F-Series
Power, performance, and reliability is something the Ford F-Series has always been known for. Now, the 2020 models are promising even more. Though they have remained silent on just how much torque and power consumers can expect, there are a few things that are a certainty for these new pickups.

More Choices
Along with the Standard 6.2 Liter V-8, Ford is now promising the most powerful V-8 engine in its class: the 7.3 liter V-8. Focused on maximizing reliability and making maintenance easier, this V-8 brings back the push-rod V-8 to the Ford Family and features a cast iron block, variable valve timing, port fuel injection, and a forged-steel crankshaft. The Diesel engine has also received an overhaul in 2020 with a redesigned turbo charger and fuel injector. This Diesel is expected to exceed the power of both the Duramax and Cummins Diesel.

Interior and Tech Upgrades
Though strong and tough, the F-Series have always been known for their roomy, luxurious interiors. The new 2020 version is no exception and they have added new driver-assist technology such as automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assist and the very handy Pro Trailer Backup Assist. It also comes equipped with 4G LTE with mobile hotspot for up to 10 devices.

The new heavy duty 10 speed transmission will replace the six speed unit on the 2020 model, it will only weigh 3.5 pounds more, and it will fit in the same amount of space. To top that off, this one also has power take off to transfer power from the engine to run equipment like snowplows and generators when needed.

Considering the ratings of the current F-series pickups, it is only natural to assume that great things are in store in terms of power and torque for the 2020 models. The new look, updated features, and bigger motors and transmissions already have consumers salivating in anticipation of the power that's in store. As the saying goes, 'the proof is in the pudding', and these trucks have delivered time and time again. The 2020 will be no exception.

Visit Leckner Ford of Woodstock today and speak with one of our Team Members to learn more about the new 2020 Ford F-150 or give us a call at (866) 421-9477 to find out when we will have that car available for test drive. We are just as excited for this new model as you are!

Keeping Your Pets Safe on the Road
Whether it's a trip to the veterinarian's office or travels across the country, you may be concerned about how to keep Fido or Fluffy safe while on the road. Today's pets have a lot more options when it comes to safe travel than the dogs and cats from yesteryear. Consider these tips when taking your pet on a road trip.

Prepare Your Pet for Travel
Just like you would prepare your Ford truck or car for an expedition, you also want to prepare your pets. Start by considering how you plan on traveling with your companions. Due to the dangers of loose pets in a vehicle, it is highly recommended you either crate or use a pet restraint system when driving. Animals left underfoot may distract a driver and cause an unwanted accident and airbags can be lethal to an unrestrained animal.

If you decide to use a crate, introduce this device in your home ahead of your trip. You want to encourage your pet to visit and explore the crate so try putting treats and soft bedding inside and leaving the door open for the first few days. After your pet is comfortable going in and out of the crate, you may start shutting it behind them. You want your pets to consider their crate a safe and secure environment.

If you plan on using a pet restraint system in your car, you may want to start taking very short journeys with your pet in your vehicle as they adapt to the restraint. Since restraints are typically used on dogs and not cats, you should easily be able to teach a leash trained dog the limitations of a pet restraint system, but start slowly with short trips before engaging in a long road trip.

Pack a Travel Kit
You should always pack a travel kit for your pet to ensure their safety. Include an additional leash, collar, current medications and veterinarian records. Keep a small container of their food and an unopened bottle of water on hand as well. In addition to these items, a pet first aid kit may come in handy too. In case of a breakdown or an accident on the road, you will have everything on hand.

Don't Forget-Never Leave Your Pets in an Unattended Vehicle
This may seem an obvious tip, but it bears reminding. Cars and trucks heat up incredibly fast even under mild conditions. Never leave your pets in an unattended vehicle. Arrange for them to stay in any hotels or motels you visit, take them out with you when you need to go somewhere, and if necessary take turns leaving the car in order to ensure your pets don't overheat.

With minor preparation and forethought, you can make trips in your Ford comfortable and safe for your pet. By following these tips, you are guaranteed to have happy travels with your pet.

Come and visit us at Leckner Ford of Woodstock to test drive our most pet friendly cars and find out how to accessorize your cars the pet in your family. Call us at 866-421-9477 and schedule a visit with one of our team members!

Top Ways to Stay Fuel Efficient
When you're at the gas pump the last thing on your mind is "what is the best way to just burn through what I just put in my tank". Although you may not consider yourself to be thinking this way, most people end up driving in such a way. They don't consider all of the factors that burn through gas, or more importantly they don't consider all of the ways to maintain fuel efficiency.

Best Cars For Fuel Efficiency
For most people the idea of getting the most out of your fuel starts at the moment they purchase their vehicle. Those buyers who are looking to get the most out of their car and save the most in the long run often end up at the front doors of a Ford dealership. Ford offers many vehicles with great fuel economy that will provide savings in the long haul. However, even if you don't own a Ford model just yet there are still ways for you to get the most out of your fuel.

Fuel Conservation
How you operate your vehicle plays a large part in how much you are getting out of the gas in your tank. Here are a few tips to help you break bad habits and implement some more helpful ones.

- Drive your car only when you need to and avoid trips in your car that you could make by other means of transportation.

- Drive with your windows up to improve your car's aerodynamics.

- Turn off the air conditioning when traveling short distances. Your a/c requires more power from your vehicle.

- Don't let your car sit on idle for extended periods of time. When you're not moving you're simply wasting your gas.

- Avoid speeding. You're losing gas mileage and risking a ticket.

- Practice steady and consistent braking and acceleration.

Beyond operation of your vehicle, the upkeep and maintenance of your vehicle is essential to remaining fuel efficient.

Car Maintenance
Proper maintenance of your car will not only produce the best fuel economy of your vehicle but also allow you to keep your vehicle around long enough for you to get the most out of it. Failure to maintain your vehicle properly will damage everything you need for your car to function properly and worst of all, waste the money you've invested in the vehicle. When it comes to fuel efficiency there are a few things you can to keep your car in great condition:

- Align and properly inflate your tires. Failure to do this leads to higher fuel consumption, as well as increased wear and tear on tires.

- Change your air filters regularly. Dirty air filters make your engine work harder and almost always results in a poor fuel economy.

- Change your spark plugs when necessary.

In conclusion, your car's fuel economy is controlled by a number of different factors and should be assessed properly to give you the most for what you put into it. After correcting some of your driving habits, it's best to have a professional take a look at your vehicle and ensure everything on your car is up to date and properly maintained to ensure your car will be around for a long while as well as ensuring your money is spent well.

Visit Leckner Ford of Woodstock, in Woodstock Virginia or call us today at 888-431-8053 to get the best out of your vehicle.

Safety Tips for Driving in Snow
Driving in the snow can be quite an enjoyable affair if you take the time to learn and know what you're doing. Fresh snow, with few cars on the road, can make your drab city all the more beautiful as it's painted with a fresh dusting of nature's Gesso and provides a beautiful blank canvas for the imagination. On the other hand, driving in the snow is a learned skill that only becomes enjoyable with experience, patience, and intelligence. And lastly, remember that while you may ultimately become an expert, you're not the only one on the road and may effectively be driving around with a figurative bullseye painted on your car as others may not possess your know-how when it comes to managing snowy and icy conditions. (This is especially the case south of the Mason-Dixon line where people often believe that their Ford 4X4 will stop faster because its acceleration is barely affected, it doesn't.)

Leave Earlier
Perhaps the single most overlooked "tip" that is given to a driver facing snow is leaving your point of departure earlier. You'll read additional tips, but if you can't be, or don't wish to be late, set out earlier. Driving in the snow is no place to be racing to your next appointment.

Whether it's a sales call, picking the kids up from school, or going to the bowling league's playoff game your team made, snow should see you driving slower so add more time. A ten-minute drive may take twenty. Get used to it and plan accordingly. Driving too fast for conditions is the biggest cause of snow-related accidents.

Take it Slow
What's your hurry? Why the rush? Drive slow, it's that simple sometimes. Accelerating, braking, turning are all affected by the snow and they each become markedly easier the slower you are going. Remember that even the ambulance you may need following an accident is going to drive slower so it's best to avoid getting in one. A trip to the emergency room takes a fair bit more time than slowing down by 10-15 miles per hour. Additionally, double the amount of space between the cars you're trailing on the road as braking will take considerably longer than on a dry road.

Learn Your Brakes
The first snow of the year should remind you immediately that conditions are now different. Additionally, you may have bought/leased a car since your last time you drove in the snow. Find an empty parking lot and put in 10-20 minutes reminding yourself how your brakes function in snowy conditions. It might sound silly, but it's only a 10-20 minute refresher course in your new Ford Explorer.

Don't stop on a hill, turn into the skid, don't stop if you don't have to, are all good pieces of advice. But, perhaps the best piece of advice is this....ask yourself do you really need to go out shopping today or is it perhaps best if you let the snowplows and the sun do their work and simply make that optional excursion once the snow has melted?
Following these tips will help you keep you safe on the road. Stop by Leckner Ford of Woodstock or call us at 888-431-8053 for other tips on safe driving in the snow and learn about the other safety features of your vehicle.

Ford is developing a fully electric F-series pickup truck
Ford may not be the first manufacturer that car buyers would think of when it comes to electric cars or even hybrids. However, the company has announced that it will be releasing a fully electric pickup truck. Ford announced the move at the Deutsche Bank Global Automotive Conference. The announcement at the conference caused quite a stir, especially considering that they haven't delved too deep into the market before.

An Unexpected Move
This is quite an unexpected move from Ford. While they have been working on a hybrid version of their F-150 model the automaker doesn't have many other hybrids or electric cars on the market. As it stands, Ford is trailing many of its competitors regarding how many electric vehicles they have on offer.
The president of global markets at the company, Jim Farley, spoke about how the majority of the F-Series will be made electric over the next few years. This includes both batteries electric and hybrid versions of certain models. However, Mr. Farley didn't name which models in the series would be coming out as electric first.

Future-Proofing The Company
While it was an unexpected move, many observers are suggesting that the step will protect Ford in the future from rivals such as Tesla. Even Mr. Farley admitted that it was a surprising move for the brand; however, he also said that the move was a way to future-proof the company. There have been rumors of a Tesla produced pick-up truck over the past few years.

Because of that, Mr. Farley and his team knew that they needed to act quickly to provide a high-quality electric pick-up truck as well. This is mainly due to the impact that Tesla had on the luxury market when they released the first electric luxury car. With that in mind, the pick-up manufacturer should be on their way to securing a sizable portion of the electric pick-up market before it's created.

The announcement of electric F-Series looks to be just the start of a long process for the company becoming increasingly energy-efficient in the future.

When Will The Electric Pick-Up Be Released?
Unfortunately, the company hasn't said when the electric pick-up truck might be released. If it follows the same kind of timeline as the Hybrid F-150, then it could be another few years before the electric pick-up truck is available.

If you want to know more about the Ford electric F-Series pick-up truck, contact us today. While some information isn't currently available, we will be more than happy to speak to you about your options. Highly-trained and friendly staff can also help you with finance options and more. Call Leckner Ford of Woodstock at 888-431-8053.