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Ford Unveils Its Next Generation of Crash Avoidance Technologies

Crash Avoidance Technologies

When it comes to advanced vehicle technology, there is no name in the industry more qualified than Ford. Ford is constantly developing new technologies to not only make driving more responsive, but also safer. Ford is currently creating initiatives to advance their vehicle’s driving and safety capabilities to a whole new level.

According to a Ford press release, Ford unveiled its next generation of crash avoidance technologies.

Ford vehicles already come equipped with some of the most advanced safety systems in the automotive industry, such as adaptive cruise control. However, the latest batch of Ford technologies is set to make Ford vehicles even safer.

Among those new safety systems is Ford’s cross-traffic alert with braking technology, a systems that not only makes driving safer for the drivers, but also for the pedestrians around them.

“Driver-assist technologies help us all be better drivers because they enhance our ability to see and sense the road around us,” said Scott Lindstrom, manager for driver-assist and active safety at Ford. “Ford’s investment in research and development is paying off by accelerating innovation to expand our portfolio of driver-assist technologies that deliver functionality and performance that customers will value.”

When it comes to making sure that vehicles are safe, Ford is ready to explore new technologies in order to go the extra mile for safety! Check out the latest Ford has to offer at Highway Ford today!

2017 Ford Expedition Safety Features

The Ford Expedition features a luxury-level interior and sleek design by its more than just a top-tier SUV. This family-oriented vehicle offers safety features that provide optimal protection on the road. Built on the top-rated 2016 model, the 2017 Ford Expedition adds a few more safety features that make the roadways even safer for occupants.

The 2016 Ford Expedition earned a top five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While the NHTSA hasn’t given a rating for the newest Expedition, odds are it will be a top score as well.

2017 Ford Expedition

The 2017 Ford Expedition comes stocked with safety features that will leave every driver happy. Featuring a standard rearview camera, the full-size SUV offers a closer look at what’s going on behind the vehicle.

Packing six standard airbags, the Expedition isn’t done yet. The Safety Canopy System adds additional side-curtain airbags complete with roll-fold technology and a rollover sensor. In the event of an accident, the SOS Post-Crash Alert System will make sure the proper authorities respond to your location quickly.

As the icing on the cake, the Tire Pressure Monitoring System keeps drivers informed about the inflation level of all four tires, allowing them to inflate or deflate as needed.

Here at Highway Ford, we’re all about providing the best protection possible and the 2017 Ford Expedition is the perfect example of that!

Parking Lot Safety Tips

Parking Lot Safety

Whether you’re picking up a few groceries or spending the day at the mall, the parking lot can be a dangerous place, especially at night. Thieves keep their eyes open for purchases and unlocked vehicles are easy targets. While locking your car and covering purchases is a start, there’s more you can do to keep your car, and yourself, safe. Remember these parking lot safety tips from Highway Ford.

  • Back In – The easiest way to keep your car from getting any dings, dents, or scratches is to back into the parking spot when you first arrive. Pulling out of the spot is easier than backing out, even with rearview cameras and mirrors.
  • Distance Yourself – Parking close to the store entrance means more people walking by your car. If you have anything of value, it should be kept out of sight. If you forget, one of those passersby could decide to take it for themselves. By parking further away from the store in a well-lit area, you significantly reduce the chances you’ll become a victim of theft.
  • Go Hands-Free – Talking on the phone is a hazard no matter how good of a driver you are. Driving in a parking lot while on the phone is the first step to a fender bender. Many drivers let their awareness go lax once they’re off the main road. Don’t make the same mistake!

Remember these tips to help keep your car and, more importantly, yourself safe.  The most important thing you can remember is to stay vigilant and aware of your surroundings!

Get in Line with Student Safety Month by Learning about School Buses

 

Yellow School Bus

School may be out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean you won’t see any school buses until September. Some schools have a year-round schedule and many schools continue to have summer activities that use buses as transportation. That is why June is recognized as Student Safety Month, and why we want to focus on keeping students safe on the bright yellow school bus.

Here are some facts about school buses that illustrate why taking the bus is the safest way for your child to get to school:

  • Students are eight times safer riding in a school bus than in a passenger car.
  • Only 1% of students killed while travelling to school are killed while riding on a school bus; 58% are killed by a teen driver and 23% are killed by an adult driver.
  • School buses keep students safe with their large size, flashing red lights, well-trained drivers, cross-view mirrors, reinforced sides, bright color, and stop sign arms.
  • School buses save about 2.3 billion gallons of fuel each year by keeping an estimated 17.3 million cars of the road each school day.

This research comes from the US Department of Transportation and the American School Bus Council.

Do you send your kids to school on the school bus? Why or why not?  Tell us your thoughts here at Highway Ford!

Ford F-150 Crash Results Quiets Critics

Ford F-150 interiorThe Ford F-150 is getting attention from all corners. In fact, Ford is going to need a bigger trophy case if this award-streak continues.

Being that the Ford F-150 would be the first aluminum truck in production, there were some initial questions from skeptics as whether the aluminum body would prove safe in the event of a collision. Results from recent tests by the National Highway Safety have certainly allayed all of those concerns.

The 2015 Ford F-150 received the highest crash ratings from the NHTSA in all the F-150’s permutations. According to USA Today, the four-door SuperCrew cab version as well as the regular and SuperCab versions received 5-stars.  Not only is the safety expectation in trucks being met by the 2015 Ford F-150, but this new model is raising the standard for safety in all trucks!

How does Ford feel about the Ford F-150 crash results? Ford spokesperson Mike Levine said, “We’re proud the all-new Ford F-150 is the only full-size, light-duty truck to earn NHTSA’s highest 5-star rating for the driver and passenger for all crash test modes and cab configurations.”

In other accolades, the 2015 Ford F-150 SuperCab Lariat caught the attention of AAA. Their Green Car Guide listed the Lariat as best in the pickup truck category.

Five Stars for Ford F-150 Supercrew: Pickup Earns Top Safety Rating

2015 Ford F-150

When it came to redesigning the Ford F-150, the designers and engineers not only crafted the next generation of the ever-popular pickup, but they also built a truck that continues to keep its passengers safe. The 2015 Ford F-150 SuperCrew earned a five-star rating for Overall Vehicle Safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In addition to using aluminum to construct much of the truck’s body and shedding 700 pounds off the weight of the previous model, the F-150 SuperCrew incorporates 31 new innovations for improved safety. No wonder the pickup passed safety tests with flying colors to earn the highest safety rating the government gives.

“The five-star safety rating is a terrific example of One Ford collaboration and innovation,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president for Global Product Development. He further states:

“Our truck team worked together for years to deliver this accomplishment, using an unprecedented combination of advanced materials throughout the all-new F-150. The 2015 model is engineered to be the safest F-150 ever, which matters to customers who depend on this truck to not only get the job done, but also get them safely home.”

For more information on the features that helped the F-150 earn a top safety rating, please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Highway Ford.  We will be more than happy to assist you!

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