How to Drive in South Carolina’s Inclement Weather

inclement weather

While the rest of the country is preparing for winter cold and snow, South Carolina is ready for an entirely different type of weather. Since our great state doesn’t typically see heavy snow fall, the major form of inclement weather to be concerned about is the heavy rainfall of the annual hurricane season. From June through November, this season brings high levels of rain, which means you have to know how to drive in inclement weather. When the rain starts falling again, remember these driving tips to stay safe while out on the road.

Slow down. Wet roads make it more likely that your car will hydroplane, causing your vehicle to lift off the ground and drive on a layer of water. This is especially true at certain speeds. When the roads are wet, slow down by at least five or 10 miles an hour. If you find yourself hydroplaning, slow down until your vehicle makes contact with the road again. 

Avoid flooded areas. Judging water’s depth can be difficult. What might seem like a shallow puddle could actually be significantly deeper. Because of this, it’s important to avoid flooded areas. If water is sucked into the air-intake valve and engine, then these components will stop working—and no one wants to be stuck in their car during a flood. 

Feather the brakes. After going through a puddle, it’s important to feather the car’s brakes. This means to tap lightly on them. By doing this, any excess water will be removed from the brakes to keep them in working order. 

Don’t tailgate. If roads are wet, then it takes longer for your vehicle to stop. Because of this, it’s important to leave plenty of distance between you and the car ahead of you—especially at top speeds. The normal distance you should be from the car in front of you at a low speed is about two car lengths. This should be doubled when driving in inclement weather.

Test Driving the 2017 Ford Fusion Sport

Test driving the 2017 Ford Fusion Sport

The 2017 Ford Fusion Sport is one of the most exciting rides you can take in a mid-sized sedan. That’s in large part thanks to one very special engine that once had its home in another Ford favorite, the F-150. The 2.7 liter EcoBoost V6 engine boasts 325 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. Based on these numbers, you can imagine that the 2017 Ford Fusion Sport has quite a kick to its ride.

When you’re test driving the 2017 Ford Fusion Sport, there’s something delightfully surprising about getting comfortable behind the wheel and feeling the power of an F-150. The six-cylinder engine gives this mid-sized sedan an exceptionally quick run to 60 mph. You can choose between automatic and manual mode, depending on your preference, but the manual mode provides quick up-shifts to really give you that Sport feel.

The 2017 Ford Fusion Sport’s four-wheel drive successfully prevents torque steering and has a fine cornering force. Ford’s Continuously Controlled Damping suspension uses sensors to adjust suspension as needed. And while the Ford Fusion Sport works its magic to give a smooth ride with nice handling, active noise cancellation gives you a quiet ride, too. That is, unless you prefer to hear the power of the Ford Fusion Sport’s innerworkings, in which case you can hit the Sport Mode button and enjoy.

Lowcountry Trail Half Marathon and 5k Postponed Due to Hurricane Matthew

Lowcountry Trail Half Marathon and 5k

Note: the Lowcountry Trail Half Marathon and 5k has been rescheduled for October 16, due to the imminent threat of Hurricane Matthew. Palmetto Ford is also closed for the rest of the week.

Runners, put on your running shoes, fill up your water bottle and get ready for one of the most beautiful annual races in South Carolina. The Lowcountry Trail Half Marathon and 5k is back again this October 16 on John’s Island. Walk or run this beautiful organized trek through some of South Carolina’s most breathtaking scenery. The Half Marathon and 5k follow trails that will take you through landscapes of fall foliage, gorgeous old oak trees and enchanting wildlife.

The Lowcountry Trail Half Marathon and 5k both start at 8:30 am on Saturday, October 16, at the Mullet Hall Equestrian Center. Registration for the half marathon is $40 for Charleston County residents and $48 for everyone else, while the 5k is $28 and $34 respectively. Registration runs through October 7.

Friends and family who aren’t participating are welcome to come along for the experience and enjoy the pleasant fall weather while they wait for their runner or walker to finish. At the end of the race, all can stick around to enjoy a celebratory post-race meal and complimentary live music. This race is one of the most scenic and rewarding of its kind in the area. You won’t want to miss it!

Best Drive-In Theaters in South Carolina

best drive-in theaters

There’s nothing like pulling up to the silver screen outside and watching it from the comfort of your vehicle. Nostalgia, great food at the concession stand, and a night out with loved ones make the experience of going to a drive-in unlike anything else. Unfortunately, the best drive-in theaters in South Carolina are all likely to be a decently long drive due to the fact that most of them have been closed or demolished. Still, for the experience, it is every bit worth the inconvenience.  If you’re headed from Charleston to any of these theaters, make a plan for a day trip with the family!

Monetta Drive-In Theater

This theater, about a two-hour journey away from Charleston, almost succumbed to a market shifting away from drive-ins when it was restored in 1999. It is free for anyone 11 and under, and $5 admission for anyone over the age of 11. Keep in mind this theater is only open on the weekends.

Hwy 21 Drive-In Theater

Even further away than Monetta, this Beaufort theater is about three hours away. This one’s impressive, as it expanded its capacity to 500 cars and runs every night, year-round. Weeknights are single features, while weekends are double features.

In conclusion, we’d like to give an honorary mention to the three best drive-in theaters that were once in Charleston, but were closed or demolished: Victory Downs Drive-In, Magnolia Drive-In, and 4-Mile Drive-In. The demand for these theaters may have diminished, but they’re still a great, fun novelty to enjoy with the family.

Classic Restaurants In Charleston From Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives

diners, drive-ins, and dives

Everyone loves Guy Fieri on DD&D! Check out some of the places he visited in Charleston, SC. Taken by Wendy Berry. No changes. Copyright 2007.

TV Food Maps is a site that investigates restaurants seen on TV, and they have a particular section on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives – which, coincidentally, covers the full range of where we like to take our classic muscle cars for a cruise. If you have a nice vintage car and you’re looking for a suitable place to cruise in your old-school Mustang, check out these recommendations pulled right from the site’s TV-approved archives.

Fuel Cantina

Located inside an old, refurbished gas station, this restaurant is championed by a young chef who dazzles with unique fare benefiting from a Caribbean twist.

Early Bird Diner

You can’t go wrong with this one: a mom-and-pop diner inspired by good ol’-fashioned Southern heritage.

Glass Onion

True Southern cuisine rears its deliciously unhealthy head at this restaurant, which features favorites like the pork loin po’ boy or the crispy chicken leg.

Dixie Supply

Another breakfast joint, you might find some creative dishes tucked in between the traditional favorites on the menu, like a delectable shrimp BLT.

Tattooed Moose

This husband-and-wife duo claims they specialize in “all things bird,” so if you like poultry or duck, you should probably give this a shot.

Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives continuously updates as more cool hang-out joints appear on the Charleston, SC map, so keep an eye on them in the future!

Attend the Scottish Games in Charleston This September

Scottish Games in Charleston

Kicking off on September 15th, the Scottish Games are bound to leave a lasting image in your mind. A rather unique event, the Scottish Games feature a variety of activities that span several days. With the addition of live entertainment, the enjoyment factor can only go up. Designed with attendees of all ages in mind, there’s something for everyone!

The Scottish Games kick off with a Scotch Whiskey tasting at Gage Hall. On September 16th, the Tartan Ball offers a classy atmosphere with a live band and heavy hors d’oeuvres (which are reason enough to go if you ask us). After that, the real entertainment starts.

The piping and drumming competition is one of the largest in the southeast. When it comes to heavy athletics, no people perform quite like the Scottish. The sheaf toss, stone of strength, and caber toss will all be performed by both professionals and amateurs. Shortly after, Scottish dancing presents a different take on the culture.

Saturday brings the after-party and Sunday closes things out with the Kirkin o’ the Tartan. Rathkeltair and Carroll Brown will take the stage with live music straight out of Scottish culture through the Scottish Games.

There are games, crafts, and culture for children as well as an appearance by Ronald McDonald. Children will also be able to watch Border Collie demonstrations.

We here at Palmetto Ford encourage you to attend the Scottish Games in Charleston come this September!