Inspect your car and drive safely
With the holiday season ahead of us, many are now getting ready to get back on the road for that much-awaited road trip with family and friends. And because we have been cooped up at home for the last two years, it is imperative to take time to check our vehicles before we take them back to the busy streets.
For a safe and worry-free driving experience, Ford Philippines is sharing these safe driving tips that you can take note of before your next long drive.
Check windscreen wipers
Dust, dirt, or rain can reduce visibility dramatically, so make sure you get into the habit of regularly checking your vehicle’s windscreen wipers. If they feel brittle or cracked, have them replaced immediately. Many Ford vehicles have rain-sensing windscreen wipers which can automatically switch the wiper action between intermittent for light rain to fast for heavy downpours.
Your vehicle’s tires are its only contact with the road, so making sure they’re inflated to the correct pressure and have enough tread is vital. Select Ford vehicles are equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), which displays a warning light that indicates significant underinflation in any of the tires. When the low tire pressure indicator lights up, be sure to stop and check on your tires as soon as possible and inflate them to the Ford recommended tire pressure.
Turn on your headlights
Many Ford vehicles feature dusk-sensing automatic headlights that will switch on as the light begins to fade. But if your vehicle doesn’t have dusk-sensing headlights, make sure to switch them on when you notice a decrease in outdoor lighting or at the first sign of wet weather.
Remember to slow down
When on a busy schedule or when roads are wet and slippery, it’s vital that you slow down and give yourself more room on the road for braking (in normal driving the three-second rule applies, driving in wet weather conditions should see that gap stretch to almost 10-seconds). Some Ford vehicles are fitted with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) which is like having an extra set of eyes watching the road, able to apply the brakes if the system detects the driver has failed to respond. Remember that Driver-assist features like AEB are supplemental and do not replace the driver’s attention, judgment, and need to control the vehicle.
Be careful when overtaking
Overtaking at high speeds or on wet roads requires extra caution, and it becomes even more dangerous when you’re around larger vehicles like buses or trucks. These vehicles also have a much larger spray zone and could splash water onto your windscreen as you pass them, temporarily obscuring your vision. The same can apply to oncoming traffic; larger vehicles that hit a patch of standing water on the other side of the road can splash it onto your windscreen.
To reinforce driver and passenger safety, Ford Philippines is helping ensure that owners keep their vehicles in their best condition during the Christmas season. All Ford owners are encouraged to follow their periodic maintenance service (PMS) schedule, where trained Ford technicians use Ford-approved fluids, filters, and genuine parts. This is important if you have not used your Ford for a long period of time.
On top of this, each time you leave your Ford vehicle at a dealership, you will receive your Vehicle Report Card (VRC), offering a comprehensive health check summary of your vehicle’s key wear and tear parts and systems, allowing you to know which parts need immediate replacement.
Ford is also offering an all-in battery package and a new cabin filter on select Ford vehicles to better equip owners for their trips this season. Ford’s all-in battery package, available to customers with a Ford Focus, Ford Fiesta, Ford EcoSport, Ford Ranger or Ford Everest, includes parts and labor costs. All parts of eligible Ford vehicles covered by the promotion automatically come with a 24-month warranty.
Meanwhile, the Motorcraft micronAir proTect Cabin Filter, a premium cabin filter that offers superior filtering functionality at a competitive price point, is also available to Ford Ranger and Everest models (model year 2015 onwards) as an upgrade to the standard cabin filter. The micronAir filter is effective against nearly 100% of allergens of 2 microns size or larger, and against small micro-organisms such as bacteria and fungal spores.
“Road safety remains a primary advocacy for Ford. Our service offerings are designed to keep drivers and their passengers safe as they go back on the road, most especially during the Christmas holiday season. We would also like to remind all our customers to visit a Ford dealership to have their vehicles checked to ensure their optimal performance,” shares Jen Comia-Hernandez, director, Ford Customer Service Division.
Visit your Ford dealership to know more about the all-in battery package and the Motorcraft micronAir proTect Cabin Filter.