How to Drive in Extreme Heat July 5, 2018 • by Marianne Matthews

This is a safety article and videos I found reading Automotive Fleet and thought it be good to share since we have been experiencing a little heat wave around the country. Also because someone dear to me is planning a cross country trek as well this year.  so I thought why not remind all I reach with these simple things to do to be safe on the road.

A vehicle inspection is even more important during extreme summer heat.
 - Screenshot via 50 Campgrounds.Screenshot via 50 Campgrounds

A vehicle inspection is even more important during extreme summer heat.


Even if your fleet drivers aren’t heading through Death Valley, Calif., there are plenty of other pockets of the country that experience record-setting temperatures during the summer. Cities that regularly log the hottest temperatures in June, July, and August include Phoenix, Las Vegas, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Miami, Tampa, New Orleans, and Orlando.


Summer temperatures average more than 90 degrees in Phoenix and Las Vegas, according to a study by Current Results that analyzed weather data collected by the NOAA from 1981 to 2010. Another 11 cities average over 80 degrees.

Fleet drivers can prepare themselves for the next heat wave by following these six vehicle tips and these four driving tips to lessen the impact of extreme weather on the company asset:

  • Refill coolant: Make sure your radiator has plenty of coolant.
  • Check hoses for leaks, cracks, peeling, or separation: Fix any problems so that the coolant can flow easily through the hoses.
  • Add ample oil: The hotter it gets, the more important oil becomes, so be sure your vehicle has plenty of clean oil at all times.
  • Check the battery: Ensure the terminal is clean and there is adequate water in it.
  • Check tire pressure often: They need to be checked often for accurate pressure. Summertime brings with it sunbaked roadways that can easily cause wear and tear on tires.
  • Service the air conditioner in the spring: It’s relatively inexpensive to do so, and can save a driver from a brutally draining day on the job if the air conditioner breaks down when the temperature is rising.

Experts also say there are several steps drivers can take to better deal with the heat once they are behind the wheel. Here are a few tips:

  • Use a sunshade: When parking in the sun for any extended length of time, take a moment to cover the windshield with a sunshade. It will shield your dark dashboard which otherwise can get scorching hot and take a long time to cool down.
  • Cool off your steering wheel: When returning to your vehicle after parking in sun, you may be greeted by an extra-hot steering wheel. Use a wet wipe to disperse the heat and cool it off.
  • Choose A/C or windows down: Experts say that if you are driving at 40mph or slower, open windows and no air conditioning is the better option for keeping your vehicle cool. However, when traveling over 40mph, the opposite is true, so shut the windows and crack the air conditioner.
  • Know what to do if your vehicle overheats: Though overheating is uncommon today, if it happens be sure you don’t ride the brakes. Also, turn the air conditioner off and if the vehicle continues to overheat, turn the heat on.

So you do not end up like this on the side of the road.Car-Overheating

Watch the video to learn more about keeping your vehicle in shape for safe summer driving.


10 Months at new Dealership and Position

BANNERS BLDG1Okay it has been ten(10) months since I started here at Ford Lincoln of Queens.  I have got to say it has not been easy as I thought but I also knew coming in I was taking on a big responsibility in building a department from scratch.  It has had it’s up and downs but I am still confident that it will continue to grow.

The People and the ownership have been very supportive to me and committed to making this succeed. Although it is a slow rough road and not one they really like or appreciate they have been giving me great support and have let me know when they are not pleased or things not looking good to them. From my last place of no communication to one that pays attention and talks to you is a great and big help as well as confidence builder that they want to see it succeed.  But in the end I still have to work hard to find and build a solid commercial /fleet customer base.  I have been forwarded old customers with no attached sales rep and even some who are but did not know how or cared to move forward with the client.  All has been a great help to building this department or branch of the dealership. Not to mention that I was fortunate enough to have several of my good customers follow me as well.  To the point of even waiting for me to move in order to give me initial business and show that I worth being here doing this.

I have people from the past location staying in touch and some asking to join me as well.  something I thought I would be able to justify by now but it has not been the case.  As I look at the way it is going I do not think an actual sales person will be needed but instead someone to help with paperwork and coordination may be more appropriate.  To start to this end I will ask about an Intern maybe to help with doing lead follow up and  delivery and installation follow-up as well.

I do know one thing from this and that is that I am so glad I step out into the world and pushed myself to become more than I was at the previous location. A place that I was merely existing and not growing. but here now 2018 may not be financially how I would like but it is challenging and growing my skills and I see the fruit of that coming later.

On that note if your an Not -for- profit, Hospital, or any type of business that uses and has a fleet or trying to figure out if establishing a fleet is practical for your business here in the Great State of New York then give me a call or drop me and letter or Email I will come out and help you figure it out and find the right Ford products to help you get started, continue , upgrade and or grow.

Looking forward to the next note of how I am doing at the end of the year. I am Sure God and my abilities will continue to help me reach my present goals and continue to advance them in to bigger and better goals.builtfordtoughlogo-vectork__preview1

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The Difference Between Being Broke and Being Poor

This is a feeling I have gone through over the years as well. And yes the grocery store or at lunch time at work it became very evident. always grateful when someone couldn’t finish or didn’t want part of their lunch at times.


Words by Erynn Brook | Illustrations by Emily FlakeLongreads | June 2018

Erynn Brook is a feminist and freelance writer who studies media, people, communication and culture.

Emily Flake is an illustrator for The New Yorker, The Nib, MAD Magazine, and New Statesman, among other places. 


Editor: Michelle Legro
Art director: Katie Kosma

Support for this work was provided by the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.

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What’s Wrecking Your Tires?

Since tires rarely self-destruct, there is always a smoking gun, and it’s in your best interest to find it. You do that through failure analysis.

Source: What’s Wrecking Your Tires?

It would have been nice if this very interesting article about tire wear and it’s effects covered how bad wear or failures effect fuel consumption and gas mileage from the vehicle as well.

I asked the question and I hope to have an answer soon.

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What’s the Best 3/4-Ton Work Truck for 2017? – News

THIS ARTICLE AND TEST TELLS YOU WHY I SELL FORD TRUCKS AND WHY THEY ARE THE BEST.  Independent tests conducted to find out real world who is better and or lives up to there hype.  There is a reason Ford Trucks are $! years #1 and this story tells you why.

Source: What’s the Best 3/4-Ton Work Truck for 2017? – News


Hurricane Harvey Could Create 1M Salvage Vehicles

This undoubtedly has to be just the tip of a real big situation. We have Wildfires burning in the west and north. We have not only Harvey but now even Irma to contend with and the vehicle and property losses are just going to keep climbing.

some industries will prosper and some will falter but in the end the Country will be different and stronger and hopefully more prepared for the next natural and or man made disaster that can strike.

Source: Hurricane Harvey Could Create 1M Salvage Vehicles

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Keep Eyes Peeled for School Buses

IT IS THAT TIME OF YEAR,  take a look and this quick video on the subject of school buses and pass it along. show the rest of your neighbors and friends child safety is important.

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I have worked now for the same Auto Groups in NYC for the last 14 years.  I have had my ups and downs with them over the years. The people with in these groups have taught me and mentored me to become a successful and decent commercial/fleet salesperson and as of late a semi Knowledgeable manager for a commercial division of a dealership brand or auto group.  So much so that I had an opportunity to build such a thing for the group with the understanding of having the time to see it through.  A job that can take from 1-3 years depending on how much support is actually given by the Auto group’s senior management in creating the division.

It was the opportunity of a life time something I thought I was not interested in trying to do until it was thrust in to my lap. I attacked with what I knew and the help of my Teachers, mentors and the commercial community to create what should have and was on the way to becoming the most well-known place to come to for any type of commercial vehicle up to 19,500 gvw. I had the ability to help anyone get in to any vehicle from 9 different brands.  4(four) of which are the most sought after in the Country.  But they instead chose to open it all up to their used car departments and retail stores and so destroyed the momentum and the potential for great things and a lot of money to be made.

But the old saying seems to be true “when one door closes another will open for you”.  If your good at what your do and people recognize you for your work and accomplishments you will advance.  I believe that is what has happened to me with in the last few months. My reputation and my work has taken notice in the community both through word of mouth and LinkedIn and some other social media platforms. There by causing me to answer several different request for resumes and interviews for possible open positions. All things over the last 2 years I had ignored or walked away from until now.

Now I decided to listen a little more closely and shop my worth so to speak. and found out that I am a desirable asset to the right places. It felt kind of good to have people interested in you and contacting you for your work history and resume or because friends and colleagues say this is the guy you need to speak too.

After careful consideration I made a decision to go with an Auto group here in NYC although I was approached from as far away as Ohio and Georgia.  So I tendered my resignation effective this Friday  (7/28/2017) to my current employers and to date there has been no contact. something that has helped me get over being nervous about this whole thing and if this was what I needed to do?  Mind you my wife felt 2 years ago it was time.  So in 7  days I will be sitting in a new showroom for Commercial business with a new dealership.  I will be contacting all that I know then to let them know just how to reach me and will be getting to work to become number 1 in the NYC area for Commercial/fleet vehicles.

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Just read a great article and listened and watched the history of this classic owned and restored  car by a family who cared about it’s history.  Take a look at and read and enjoy.

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I read this article By a Steven Lang on how the Auto parts giants are dying off slowly as the Online Parts suppliers come online.   I can see it because you have the ability to order anytime day or night from anywhere and get the parts you need to get the project done, or back on the road after a breakdown.  The only problem I see is when you do have a breakdown on the road and need the parts that day to get back on the road to continue a trip or vacation.  Yes the online presence will be cheaper at times but then again they can be a lot more if they have cornered the market on particular parts or rare parts at times. Read his article below and voice your opinion if you have one.



How can you compete with a business that doesn’t need to make money?

Believe it or not, some of the world’s best companies have emerged victorious from this exact David vs. Goliath scenario. Way back in 1973, an upstart known as Southwest Airlines had to do battle with Braniff; a billion dollar airline that enjoyed a heaping load of regulatory protections from the government. This level of protection was so bureaucratic and strong that Braniff even managed to get a not so small army of lawyers and Texas politicians to temporarily eliminate Southwest’s ability to sell airline tickets.
For those of you who have followed Tesla’s struggle to sell cars over the last several years, this big cartel version of gaming the system hasn’t changed all that much. Thankfully, Southwest developed one hell of an edge.
The 1970s fun, cheeky, and unapologetic advertising helped Southwest weather the storms of the marketplace, but there was far more to Southwest’s success than just smiles, scantily clad stewardesses, and sassiness. Southwest introduced a long list of efficiencies that forever changed the competitive landscape of the airline industry. Southwest became so efficient, that the once protected competitors were forced to change and innovate, or die.
Who won? Pretty much everyone except the Braniffs, Pan Ams and TWAs of that time.How can you compete with a business that doesn’t need to make money?


© Provided by TIME Inc. Editor’s Note: Today’s average fare remains below the $350 level.

It doesn’t take decades for the small to become big anymore. Let me offer a personal example that led to a recent $20,000 boost to my own bottom line. Seven years ago Autozone, Advance Auto Parts and O’Reillys were my top three suppliers of auto parts for my auto dealership along with an auto auction that I operated near downtown Atlanta. I was on the commercial side. So I received some relief over the inflated markups of a walk-in retail customers like you, But my checkbook still got beat up an awful lot due to the lack of competition in the industry.


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All the brick and mortar companies went to great lengths to keep parts prices artificially high. Back then these three companies would furnish different warranties, different parts numbers, and even different name brands from the same suppliers to wiggle their way out of any price matching request. You wanted an a/c compressor or an alternator for less? Good luck! Google shopping wasn’t ready for prime time, and Amazon Prime didn’t provide two-day delivery. Even with a commercial discount, I couldn’t come close to matching today’s online retail prices.
So I paid through the nose until around 2014. Right around then, Amazon Prime became a serious competitor to those who were willing to wait a couple of days for their parts. All of a sudden a $200 auto part became a $100 auto part. Shortly after that Rockauto went into high gear and the price dropped even further.

Within a few years buying auto parts on the internet became capitalism incarnate with junkyards ( and parts specialists (, LKQ Online) offering easy interfaces that let every consumer have same day service for a long list of parts. My waits became shorter, my parts bills became far cheaper, and my business with the auto parts retailers went down by nearly 80%.
What did they do? Nickel-and-dime tactics. A non-stop assembly of hoops and gotchas that made business with them a complete pain in your ‘rear end assembly’. They would price match everyone… but Amazon or Rockauto. They offered discount codes off their inflated prices with cryptic alphanumerics (PART40, TRT30) that would change almost weekly for no reason. If those codes expired, tough luck.
There were certain vehicles that I still needed parts for that day, which involved too much labor time to risk buying used. So I would bite the bullet and pay a premium on a few of those parts. But then I had what can only be called my ultimate “F*** it!” moments. Wrong parts. Hours on end wasted trying to wait for parts that weren’t available. Supposed deliveries that never took place. This non-stop mess of ordering parts happened… every… single… week.
The online world gradually became easier to deal with while the once reliable employees at these stores were replaced with 18 hour a week part-timers who received minimal training and zero benefits. The auto parts stores often competed against their own online operations. This level of crazy is why, today, I go well out of my way to avoid ordering parts from them.

Why did all this happen? Simple. The big three auto parts retailers now have over 15,000 stores. The overwhelming majority of which are within a few miles from each other. Cannibalization of a shrinking audience is never a good thing. That level of overhead is dwarfed by the nearly 200,000 individual parts that have to be constantly shipped, stored and delivered to wherever the most immediate exists.
Three companies performing the same function with the same level of overhead is a recipe for disaster once all three lose their pricing power in the marketplace. What will it take for that to happen? Not that much. It all comes down to one unique service that Amazon is slowly pursuing right now: same day delivery.
Amazon will likely achieve that service within the next three years. It may take a not so small army of well positioned distribution centers that already sell everything from books, to produce, to auto parts, to millions of products that just require boxing and shipment. Or Amazon may produce a buyout of a commercially strong competitor with a premium reputation (NAPA Auto Parts). This would further their logistical capabilities. Amazon can also partner or acquire third-party parts suppliers that already provide same day service (1-800 Radiator, LKQ, maybe even your local junkyard).
Amazon may also be able to launch a ‘Prime’ membership program that offers same day service for commercial customers such as auto repair shops and fleet operators. Or, they can provide tools and diagnostics that allow mechanics to use scanners and online repair guides that are coupled with their Amazon auto parts listings. Think of an Amazon Fire tablet with an OBDII scanner and a reasonably sophisticated diagnostic program. Instead of calling a store and sometimes having to drive out to pick up that part, your mechanic can just do a few clicks and that’s it.
Unless the auto parts retailers can merge, consolidate and innovate on an Amazon level, they’re dead. All three are already on a death spiral and unlike the Braniffs of yesteryear, there are no local bureaucrats that will save them from a free market.




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