When you’re driving your Ford, you want to be safe and do everything possible to avoid crashing into another vehicle, motor bike or a pedestrian. Sometimes, there’s nothing you can do to prevent accidents. However, most of the times, accidents can be avoided if people who are driving do everything they are supposed to do when get behind the wheel.
Ford vehicles are equipped with remarkable technology like AdvanceTrac Electronic Stability Control, Adaptive Cruise Control and Blind Spot Information System. These technologies can reduce the likelihood of accidents. However, you still must follow all the traffic rules and be careful while driving to avoid getting into trouble. In this post, we’ll provide a few essential tips to help you avoid accidents while driving a Ford.
1. Avoid Distracted Driving
When you are driving a Ford, make sure to focus on the road. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted by other passengers and by your cell phone. Never talk to other passengers or on call while you are driving. If you’re on a call, you won’t be able to concentrate on the road and are more likely to crash into another vehicle. So, put the cell phone away and keep it on silent mode so that you don’t get distracted by incoming calls. If you do have to attend a call, park your Ford in a safe place and then answer it.
2. Don’t Drink and Drive
If you hit the road after consuming alcohol, you are more likely to get involved in an accident. When you are drunk, your senses are greatly affected and you can’t drive at the best of your abilities. Alcohol impairs your judgment and may also affect your vision. Therefore, never drive your Ford under the influence of alcohol. If you are drunk, ask a friend or relative to drive for you.
In addition to alcohol, drugs like pain relievers, antihistamines, antidepressants, muscle relaxants and anti-anxiety agents should also not be taken before driving. These medications can affect a driver’s ability to react and stay alert to their surroundings. If you consume these drugs, stay away from the wheel for a few hours until you no longer feel their reaction.
3. Keep Your Ford in Good Condition
You can greatly reduce the risk of getting in an accident by keeping your Ford well-maintained and healthy. There are some easy things you need to need to check once a month to ensure your Ford is in top-notch condition. These include:
4. Follow Traffic Rules
Follow all traffic rules including the speed limit. We know you want to take your Ford to extreme speeds, but driving extremely fast increases the risk of accident. Moreover, if the car in front of you suddenly stops, you may not be able to pull the brake in time and even the Ford’ Emergency Brake Assist technology won’t be able to save you. Therefore, always drive your Ford within the speed limit to avoid crashing into other vehicles.
When driving a Ford, make sure that there is enough distance between it and the car in front of you so that you can stop your car in time, if the other driver pulls the brake. Keeping a safe distance can help you avoid rear-ending the vehicle in front of you.
Keep at least three seconds of space between your Ford and the vehicle in front. Pick a stationary object on the road and start counting when the other driver passes the object. If you reach the object after three seconds, it means that you are maintaining a safe distance. If you’re able to reach it before three seconds, you’re driving fast. So slow down and try the same again.
So, what you should do if the vehicle behind you is getting to close? When something follows too close, it can be extremely frustrating. Try to slow your Ford down gradually and allow the vehicle behind you to overtake. Don’t increase your speed just because the other driver is tailgating.
Be Extra Careful in Bad Weather
Driving in snow, ice and heavy rain is much more dangerous than cursing in normal weather conditions.
Bad weather conditions can reduce visibility and make the roads slippery. Therefore, avoid driving in bad weather conditions. However, if the weather takes the turn for the worse when you are on the road,
drive slower, be more careful and increase the minimum gap between your vehicle and the car in front of you. Being extra careful will help you avoid accidents during bad weather conditions.
6. Blind Spots
Make sure to adjust your rear view and side mirror before driving your Ford so that you get a seamless view of the vehicles behind you. It’s important for you to know that you cannot see everything behind you. Your Ford has some blind spots that you must be aware of. These are the points at which you won’t be able to spot a vehicle overtaking you. Therefore, when you’re switching lanes, don’t just look in the rear view and side view mirror. Turn your head to ensure that there isn’t any vehicle in your Ford’s blind spot.
Ford vehicles come with remarkable technologies that can help drivers stay safe on the road. However, drivers must stay careful and avoid distracted driving, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol and follow speed limits to stay safe on the road. All drivers who get behind the wheel should keep in mind the things highlighted above to keep themselves and their families safe from harm.
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