Do you feel that? It’s fall! That means very soon all of NW Ohio needs to start thinking about winter driving. Between the occasional whiteout and the slick, pothole-scarred roads, winter driving conditions can be a real test of nerves.
We have five good reasons you can be more confident about driving in winter weather. These smart technology features can help give you a little piece of mind when you hit the road this winter.
Intelligent 4WD with the Terrain Management System
Intelligent 4WD with the Terrain Management System can be a real game-changer for people braving snow- and ice-covered roads. Available on the 2018 Ford Explorer and Raptor, this system allows you to shift on the fly into one of four settings (Explorer) or six settings (Raptor) to match the terrain. If you select the Snow setting, the Terrain Management System limits torque to help reduce tire slippage, while gently upshifting to minimize the possibility of losing traction.
AdvanceTrac Electronic Stability Control
Available on a variety of Ford cars, crossovers and SUVs, AdvanceTrac electronic stability control (ESC) can give you a much-needed shot of confidence when driving in slippery conditions. This system does two things: it minimizes wheelspin to improve traction control when accelerating and helps reduces sliding sideways and skidding. The system uses sensors to monitor the vehicle and can adjust engine power or apply selective braking.
Your Ford may be equipped with a Remote Start System that allows you to turn on the ignition from up to 300 feet away. The remote start feature can help adjust your vehicle’s interior to a comfortable temperature before you get inside. If your vehicle didn’t come with remote start, you can add a Ford Remote Start System available through Ford Accessories.
With some 2018 Ford vehicles, the FordPass app can really come in handy during the cold months. If your 2018 Ford vehicle comes equipped with optional SYNC® Connect, you can remotely start your vehicle using your smartphone, allowing the vehicle to warm up and even turn on the heated seats if your vehicle is equipped with them. You can even schedule start times.
Anyone who has driven a vehicle with rear- or front-facing camera probably wonders how they got along without one. But taking full advantage of the extra visibility can be tough when road salt cakes on the lens and makes it all but impossible to see. First introduced on the 2015 Ford F-150 with front and rear cameras equipped with washers to keep your vision free and clear.
When it comes to winter driving, we could all use a little extra help. Thankfully, there are some smart technologies available on Ford vehicles that can make this annual adventure a little easier. Test drive one now at Thayer Ford before the snow hits!