Tips for Sharing the Road with Motorcyclists

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Learning to share the road with cars and motorcycles is the best way to prevent accidents.

 

As the weather warms, we’ll be sharing the road with motorcyclists more and more often, and it’s important to know how to drive alongside them safely. More than half of motorcycle fatalities happen in an accident with another driver. Motorcyclists are often harder to see and their movements aren’t as clear from a car, so follow these tips and keep yourself and our two-wheeling friends safe.

First of all, let go of any anger you may feel and learn to accept motorcyclists’ presence on the road. They aren’t going anywhere, and they aren’t there to make you mad. They often change lanes to improve their own visibility to other drivers. Being angry at them makes you drive more recklessly.

Motorcycles often look farther away than they are and don’t appear to be going as fast, so don’t turn unless you’re sure the motorcycle is far from you—or just wait until it passes. Pay attention to a motorcycle’s turn signals—they aren’t self-canceling, so they might still be on when they aren’t supposed to be.

Put more distance between yourself and motorcycles than you would a car, especially in wet road conditions.

If you have anymore tips on sharing the road with motorcyclists please share below or visit us at Jimmy Michel Motors in Aurora, MO.

Three Tips For New Drivers

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Keep the smile on your face and your mind on the road with these tips for new drivers.

If you just happened to get your license, remembering all of the rules and conventions of the road at all times can seem a bit daunting. To help you out, we’ve outlined some of the best tips for new drivers.

Right-of-way may be the most important thing you need to learn to stay safe on the road. Granted, “Yield” signs tell us that others have the right-of-way but many times, there aren’t any signs to tell you who has the right-of-way in a given traffic situation. To expect another to yield when it is your responsibility, and vice versa, can quickly lead to very dangerous situations. Here are a number of situations you should be aware of.

A lot of your education has focused on how to prevent mishaps, as it should. However, you should be fully prepared for a breakdown. You should know that if you cannot get onto the shoulder, or if you manage to get to the shoulder but do not feel safe getting out, do not get out of the your vehicle. Keep your seatbelt on and call for help. The bottom line is that you should make a plan, just in case. Car broken down? Our Service Department can help!

It’s also important to remember, as you begin you driving, that you should never stop learning. Learn from your mistakes! We all get lucky from time to time so use those experiences to be safer in the future.

 

Ford to Launch Interior Visor Light in Police Vehicles

Right now, police vehicles are pretty easy to spot, with distinct light bars on the top of their vehicles. But Ford is making it a little harder to pick out law enforcement from the rest of the crowd, with a subtle interior visor light.

Ford announced that it will offer new, factory-installed front interior visor light bars in their best-selling police vehicles. The interior lights will provide stealth and make them harder to recognize in your rearview mirror.

“Today, agencies typically use aftermarket interior visor light bars that are somewhat bulky and can obstruct the field of vision – especially for taller officers,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford police marketing manager for North American fleet, lease and remarketing operations.

The more low-profile unit is seated at the top of the windshield, so it majorly improves the driver’s visibility compared to aftermarket options.

The dark band at the top of the windshield is also replaced by clear glass when the light is ordered, allowing for full brightness. There are also dimming and auto-dimming options to take the brightness down to 20 percent.

So make sure you’re on your best driving behavior, because you won’t know when a Ford police vehicle is approaching!

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5 Favorite Restaurants in Aurora, MO

 

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Take your family out for a bite to eat at one of these top restaurants in Aurora!

For those days when you don’t feel like cooking in the kitchen, Aurora, MO has some great places to eat. We at Jimmy Michel Motors are proud of our city’s culinary heritage and wholeheartedly recommend these great restaurants in Aurora.

Madison Avenue Bistro

A hidden gem in downtown Aurora, this up-and-coming eatery offers great lunchtime menu options for those working in the city.

Bootleggers Restaurant & Brewery

Set inside an old, renovated bank downtown, this place has refreshing drinks and creative menu items that make for a great dining experience.

Your Pizza Place

Big supporters of our town’s high school teams and some of the nicest people you’ll meet, the folks at Your Pizza Place serve of some of the best pizza you’ll ever taste.

Las Palmas

Often busy but rarely a long wait (signs of a good restaurant), this Mexican café offers huge portions of tasty grub that’s guaranteed to satisfy your hunger.

Aurora Family Restaurant

A warm, welcoming family restaurant with plenty of options to satisfy your whole group, this local favorite is great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Rumors of a New Release Date for the New Mustang

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Ford fans could experience a sooner-than-expected release date for the new Mustang (2016 model pictured here at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show).

Mustang fans rejoice!  You may not have to wait as long before the next Mustang makeover.

LMC Automotive prepared an industry forecast for the Ford Company, and the report suggests that release date of the next-generation of Mustang may have moved. Originally the date of production for the next model was going to be in January 2022. Now it appears as though the new production date will be May 2020.

The codename for the new car may be the “S-650”. The current Mustang is known as the S-550, and the one before that was the SN-197.

Sports cars tend to have longer life cycles than mainstream vehicles, so the movement of the date is significant. There was nine years between the SN-197 and the S-550, but if the new date is accurate, there will be only six years between the S-550 and the S-650.

Ford has not commented on projected vehicle development, so the reason for the potentially earlier production date is unknown. Maybe the popularity of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro has increased the push for a newer Mustang. However, even though the Camaro has been doing well, the Mustang is still ahead in sales.

Although there has not been an official release date for the new Mustang, we at Jimmy Michel Motors are excited to see the next-gen Mustang. For now, we will wait patiently and enjoy the current Mustang (click for our new and used Mustang inventory).

How Power Steering Works – Car Parts 101

The power steering system is a complex but necessary part of any car. It’s possible to drive without power steering, which gives us easy control over the direction we turn the wheel in, but it’s not safe and it’s definitely not fun. If you’ve ever wondered how power steering works, we’ve got a simple guide for you.

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How power steering works is a mystery to many people, but it makes driving much, much easier.

There are several components of power steering systems. One is the rotary-vane pump, which encases a set of retractable vanes that spin inside a chamber and provides hydraulic power to the steering. The engine powers the pump using a belt and pulley. The vanes are what move the hydraulic fluid through the system.

The power steering system remains inactive when the driver isn’t turning the wheel, so it uses the rotary valve to tell it when the wheel is being turned. A metal rod called a torsion bar is connected to the steering wheel and the pinion that turns the wheels, so when the driver turns the wheel it applies torque that turns the wheels.

Ford Freedom Unsung Program Launches Nationwide

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The Ford Freedom Unsung program, an annual program honoring outstanding achievements by black people in a different community across the country each year, is launching nationwide this year with the help of the Tom Joyner Foundation.

The Tom Joyner Foundation, founded in 1998, is dedicated to raising scholarship funds for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Ford officials have expressed excitement at working with the Foundation because of their mutual history of supporting the black community financially and otherwise.

Individuals are asked to nominate a member of the black community whom they consider an “unsung hero.” From these nominations, judges will pick 10 finalists for the public to vote on online. Nominations are due no later than February 14, so if you have someone to enter, do it soon!

The grand prize winner will be chosen March 15 and will receive a trip for two on the 2016 Fantastic Voyage, a cruise organized by the Tom Joyner Foundation for Black men and women with proceeds going to HBCUs.

We’re proud to be a Ford dealership and support the company in this venture!

A Few Of The Many Great Springfield Theaters

Springfield is a remarkable place, for so many reasons. It’s got about as rich a history as any town and it’s a veritable playground for outdoorsy-types. Springfield also happens to feature a number of fantastic theaters. Here are a few of our favorites…

Gillioz Theatre

 This historic theater is almost a century old. If that wasn’t cool enough, the Gillioz is actually located on Route 66! The building itself is a work of art. Built in the Spanish Colonial Revival architectural style, it also features an Egyptian/Art Deco interior. You can catch films here as well as concerts and Broadway productions.

Springfield Contemporary Theater

 Focusing on modern theatrical works, the Springfield Contemporary Theater offers an extraordinarily intimate experience for the audience. The theater only seats 87 people. Front row is only 16 feet from the stage. Located in downtown Springfield, you can catch modern productions like “Hair” and “Xanadu” at this theater.

Springfield Little Theater

 Largely run by volunteers, the Springfield Little Theater is over 100 years old. By far the most popular of all Springfield theaters, the venue entertains up to 60,000 patrons every year. You can enjoy plays and musicals here as well as performances by the Springfield Ballet and Springfield Regional Opera.

Corning Gorilla Glass Helps New Ford GT Lose Weight

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The Ford GT Supercar is getting even lighter due to a partnership with Corning Gorilla Glass on a thinner windshield.

Improving both power-to-weight ratio and weight distribution is a major concern with any performance vehicle. We’ve already seen lots of great innovations that help the new Ford GT stay light on its feet. The use of carbon fiber and aluminum as well as engine placement has already helped the balance and weight of the GT.

The latest innovation to be added to the list has to do with the windshield, of all things. Ford has just announced that the GT will feature a Corning Gorilla Glass hybrid windshield, an industry-first.

A press release from Ford explains how Henry Ford introduced the traditional automotive laminated windshield nearly a century ago. The fact that it is still in use is testament to its genius. This windshield is composed of “two layers of annealed glass sandwiched around a clear, thermoplastic interlayer binding agent.”

The Corning Gorilla Glass hybrid is very different. A hybrid sheet forms the inner layer. The center layer is thermoplastic and designed to absorb noise and annealed glass forms the outer layer. The new windshield is 12 pounds lighter that the traditional windshield.

Check out our Mustang GTs in stock now!

2017 F-Series Super Duty Brings 2,000 New Jobs to Kentucky Truck Plant

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To produce the 2017 Ford Super Duty vehicles, Ford is creating 2,000 new jobs at its Kentucky truck plant.

Ford is investing $1.3 billion into its Kentucky Truck Plant to support the manufacture of the new, aluminum-bodied 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty pickup.

The expansion will include a new body shop, retool machinery to make the truck, and various other upgrades to the facilities—in total, this will bring 2,000 new jobs to the plant.

The plant already builds the company’s F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 Super Duty models as well as the Expedition and Lincoln Navigator. Demand has been so high that the factory was only able to take a one-week break this summer, even after an initial $80 million investment in 2014.

The 2017 Ford Super Duty follows in the footsteps of the 2016 F-150 by moving to an aluminum body, allowing it to save 350 lbs. of weight. Ford used this to fortify the frame with 95% high-strength steel and to make it 24 times stiffer.

With these changes, we expect the new Super Duty truck to be even more popular than the outgoing model at Jimmy Michel Motors.