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.
One of the most iconic appearance packagesof the 1990s is back. The 2022 Ford Ranger Splash™ Package puts your personality on full display with a vibrant orange color and unique black body-side graphics that truly pop whether you’re cruising down the highway or parked on the curb.
“Ranger customers love to personalize their trucks — more than 80% customize their Ranger with an appearance package — and with Splash, we’re giving them something exclusive,” said Chad Callandar, Ford Ranger marketing manager. “Every few months, we’re going to roll out another exterior color for Ranger that will be offered one time only and in very limited quantities.”
Splash will come in two different styles: Splash Package and Splash™ Limited Edition. The former will be available for the entirety of the 2022 model year and feature body-side orange and black graphics, special 12-spoke wheels finished in matte black, exclusive seats with orange contrast stitching, and unique carbon grain with tuxedo stripes.
Meanwhile, Splash Limited Edition trucks will be revealed only every few months, and just a few hundred models will be made available. The first of these will be a Ranger Splash – Snow Edition model, which has yet to be unveiled. Make sure tocall Tropical Ford in Orlando, Florida, to be one of the lucky few owners of this truck when it launches.
The 2022 Ford Expedition has launched with a new Timberline series that sets a new bar for off-road capability. It competes directly with the Jeep® Wagoneer and, as you’ll find out, wins that matchup pretty handily.
Ready For Conquest
The new Ford Expedition Timberline comes straight out of the factory with the best available ground clearance in its class. With 10.6 inches of ground clearance, it beats the Wagoneer by 0.6 inches. It also has a better power-to-weight ratio than its rival, in part thanks to a high-output EcoBoost® engine producing 440 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque, and in part because it weighs 4% less than the Jeep SUV.
Deep departure and approach angles, combined with the same Trail Turn Assist feature already offered on the Ford Bronco™ SUV, make the Expedition Timberline a force to be reckoned with when the asphalt runs out. It also has 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler™ all-terrain tires, a two-speed transfer case, and underbody shielding.
The new Ford Expedition has more to offer than just the rugged Timberline model, though. It also has a new Stealth Edition Performance Package and debuts the Ford BlueCruise hands-free highway Driver-Assist Technology. It’s available with a 15.5-inch smartphone-like touch screen and a 22-speaker sound system by Bang & Olufsen.
Truly, the 2022 Ford Expedition means business. Learn more about its features and the Timberline model at Tropical Ford in Orlando, Florida!
 Available 10.6 inches on Timberline trim. Class is non-premium large traditional utility
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.
The Ford Bronco Riptide demonstrates how customizable the all-new Bronco SUV is. Based on a Bronco four-door with the ultra-rugged Sasquatch™ Package, the Riptide adds on must-have accessories like a Bestop® mesh Bimini top, Yakima® bike rack, and RIGID® LED lightbar. The Bronco is one of the most customizable vehicles on the road today with over 200 factory-backed accessories.
Ford makes sure the Bronco Riptide looks ready for a beach day with tubular doors, a bright Velocity Blue exterior, and a durable and stylish marine-grade vinyl-trimmed interior.
“Thanks to the Bronco modular design, we were able to outfit the vehicle with adventure gear that allows for freedom and versatility,” said Bronco Color and Materials Designer Missy Coolsaet. “Whether heading off to the mountains or along the California coast, the Bronco Riptide custom vehicle is ready for adventure.”
The Ford Bronco Riptide is well-suited for Florida adventuring, too. Available through Tropical Ford, the all-new Bronco two-door and four-door are a loving homage to the past that brings the Blue Oval’s reputation for off-road excitement into the 21st century. Wanna see what all the buzz is about with the all-new Ford Bronco? Contact your friends at Tropical Ford and we’ll put you on the path to sunny days.
If you own a small business and regularly put miles on your vehicle for business purposes — or even if you are an employee at someone else’s business and use your vehicle for regular business trips — you should be claiming those miles on your tax returns. But you must be able to prove every mile driven to the IRS, or else you’ll face potential hefty penalties.
Should you take the deduction for business mileage on your
taxes, be ready to prove your mileage in the event of an audit. The IRS accepts
proof in two forms: a daily log kept by you, as long as it has lots of
information, or a mileage app that does the admin work for you.
If you’re creating a log of your business mileage, keep a
journal in your car and immediately log each trip after the drive. You will
need to include the date, your odometer reading at the start and end of the journey,
along with the number of miles you’ve driven, and the business reason for the
trip. It is also helpful to include the starting address and the destination
If you would rather rely on your smartphone, you can download one of several business apps for such a purpose. Many apps even let you log your personal and business miles separately. At Tropical Ford, you can find a massive selection of fleet vehicles to suit all of your small business needs.
Have you been dreaming of driving your own 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500? The time has come to make that dream more tangible by configuring your ideal model using the new GT500 configurator launched on Ford’s site.
By using the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 configurator
online, you’ll be able to play around with different design elements, like
color and stripes, as well as tack on different packages. You’ll then get the
price for the specific Mustang you’ve designed.
For 2020, the colors include Ford Performance Blue, Grabber
Lime, Iconic Silver, Kona Blue, Magnetic, Oxford White, Race Red, Rapid Red,
Shadow Black, Twister Orange, and Velocity Blue. Rapid Red and Twister Orange
come at additional costs. You can also add a painted black roof and/or tape
side stripes in either Ebony, Kona Blue, or Bright White. For an additional
fee, you can get racing stripes in either Kona Blue, Oxford White, or Absolute
The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is available with a few
packages: the Carbon Fiber Track Pack adds multiple exposed carbon fiber
elements and gets ride of the rear seat; the Handling Pack, which can’t be purchased
alongside the Carbon Fiber Track Pack, adds a couple of features, including the
Gurney flap rear spoiler. For advanced interior tech, go with the Technology
Want to see the 2020 Mustang in real life? Take it for a test drive at Tropical Ford.
The beach is the ideal place to go this summer. Do something a little different and truck camp on the beach this year. If you don’t know how to go about truck camping on the beach, here are some simple steps to follow:
Bring your F-150
The Ford F-150 will fulfill all of your towing needs. With a towing capacity of up to 11,800 pounds and a best-in-class payload capability, you’ll be able to bring all your camping equipment to the beach.
Bring the right equipment
A heavy duty tow strap, a vehicle jack, plywood board, a shovel, air pressure gauge, electric air compressor, fire extinguisher, and first aid kit are all essential truck camping equipment.
Be sure to wax your truck and your trailer to protect your vehicles from salt air exposure.
Have proper tire pressure
Make sure to have slightly lower air pressure than normal since you’ll be driving on the sand. Tires should be lowered to as low as 17 psi and as high as 25 psi.
Once you’re on the sand, make sure to take your foot off the gas so as not to drive your vehicle into the sand and put your truck in four-wheel drive.