Tips for Driving Safely in the Rain in Orlando

Spring has returned, and that means you can expect a lot of the wet stuff around Orlando in the months ahead. Before you head out during a downpour, keep in mind some key tips for driving safely in the rain.

Take your time

The worst thing you can do when the roads are slick is go too fast. If you are worried about running late, leave 10 minutes earlier than normal to give yourself time to get where you’re going. Driving too fast increases your risk of losing control of your vehicle and can put you in jeopardy.

Know how to handle a worst-case scenario

Say you hit a large pocket of water and your vehicle begins to skid. It’s crucial that you know what to do when your vehicle is hydroplaning. AAA recommends two basic steps: looking and steering in the direction you want your car to go and being very light with the brakes. If you handle this situation coolly, you can get back on the road like nothing ever happened.

Make sure your car is up to snuff

Tackling adverse weather with bad tires, old brakes, or ineffective windshield wipers is not ideal. If your vehicle is due for maintenance heading into spring, be sure to bring it into Tropical Ford and we’ll get you all squared away.

Be safe out there and remember to contact Tropical Ford for all your vehicle needs in Orlando, Florida.

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2022 Ford Explorer Makes Big Changes to ST, Adds ST-Line

There are big changes in store for the 2022 Ford Explorer, arriving soon at Tropical Ford in Orlando, Florida. Namely, the sportiest model in the lineup — the Explorer ST — will now come standard with rear-wheel drive.

Performance enthusiasts have been clamoring for a Ford Explorer ST with RWD since its debut. Now, Ford is delivering.

“No two SUV drivers use their vehicles the same way, so our goal is to meet the needs of as many as possible,” said Lee Newcombe, Ford Explorer marketing manager. “Four-wheel-drive capability is great if you need it, but if you don’t, you shouldn’t have to pay for it.”

And if you want the sporty look and feel of the Explorer ST but don’t need the 400 horsepower its 3.0-liter EcoBoost® twin-turbo makes, you can now opt for the 2022 Ford Explorer ST-Line. The Explorer ST-Line keeps the aesthetic of the ST but swaps in a still-robust 300-horsepower 2.3-liter EcoBoost®.

Other major changes to the 2022 Ford Explorer lineup include the 3.0-liter EcoBoost® becoming the standard engine for the King Ranch and Platinum trims. You can also opt for a second-row bench or captain’s chairs at no added cost, and the Timberline is now available with a second-row bench.

The 2022 Ford Explorer is a great choice if you love to get down and dirty around Orlando. If you’d like to take one for a spin, contact the team at Tropical Ford.

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Check out These Awesome Orlando Lakes on your Next Road Trip

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Incredible weather? Check. Amazing destination? Check. Huge variety? Check. The Orlando, Florida area has all of the ingredients needed for the perfect summer road trip. And now that you’ve for a new Ford to match, you’re all set. This summer, check out some of our favorite lakes near Orlando and get ready to fall back in love with the joy of driving.

Lake Eola

Whether you’re a yearlong resident or just visiting, Lake Eola is an Orlando mainstay, and for good reason. Located right in the heart of downtown Orlando, Lake Eola is surrounded by great restaurants and other fun activities the whole family will love.

Lake Killarney

Located in Winter Park, just north of Orlando, Lake Killarney is the perfect single-day road trip behind the wheel of your new Ford. Bring the whole family and rent some paddleboat for a day of fun on the water or relax with a glass of wine and take in the great view.

Lake Tohopekaliga

Lake Toho is one of the largest lakes in all of Florida and is a famous fishing spot amongst locals and traveling sportsmen alike. Adjacent to the beautiful Brinson Park, you could easily spend days at Lake Toho taking in all it has to offer.

Lake Kissimmee

Another excellent lake for fishing and boating, Lake Kissimmee in Osceola County is a great place to fish, float around, or unwind on the shore. With a public boat ramp, you’re welcome to bring your own boat, but fishing is also great right from the marina.

Ready to begin your next adventure? Find the perfect vehicle at Tropical Ford.