For drivers all across the Four Corners, winter means the annual battle with the elements as we drive in snow, sleet, wind, rain and ice. Here at Ziems Ford Corners, we know that the weather in Farmington can be unpredictable at best. Between random whiteouts and black ice, to pothole-scarred roads, winter driving conditions can be a real test of nerves. That’s why we love all the features Ford offers to keep you safe on winter roads and give you the confidence to face the storm, from traction control features to driver-assist technologies. When it comes to winter driving, we could all use a little assistance. Thankfully, there are smart technologies available on select Ford models that can make this annual adventure a little easier.
Intelligent 4WD with the Terrain Management System™
The Intelligent 4WD with the Terrain Management System can be a real game-changer for Farmington residents braving snow- and ice-covered roads. Available on select models, this system allows you to shift on the fly into one of four settings to match the terrain. For instance, 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 crossovers and SUVs, AdvanceTrac electronic stability control (ESC) can give Aztec drivers a much-needed boost of confidence when driving in Farmington’s slippery conditions. This system does two things. First, it minimizes wheelspin to improve traction control when accelerating and reduces sliding sideways and skidding. Then the system uses sensors to monitor the vehicle. It can also adjust engine power or apply selective braking.
Every Four Corners resident knows the pain of warming up your car on a frosty winter morning. But with Ford, you may find that your vehicle is equipped with a Remote Start System. A feature that allows you to turn on the ignition from up to 300 feet away. The remote start feature can adjust your vehicle’s interior to a comfortable temperature before you get inside. Even if your vehicle didn’t come with a remote start feature, you can add a Ford Remote Start System available through Ford Accessories.
The FordPass app can really come in handy during the cold months. If your 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.
The lane-keeping system on select Ford vehicles can help you stay inside your lane, even when visibility is poor. This technology uses a camera to scan lane markings on both sides of your vehicle. The system has three modes: Lane-Keeping Aid applies steering torque to direct you back to the center of the lane. Lane-Keeping Alert warns you through steering wheel vibrations that simulate driving over a rumble strip. You can set the system to activate either the Alert or Aid mode, or both. And Driver Alert sends out warnings in the message center when it detects repeated lane drifts — a reminder to pull over and take a break.
Chances are that if you drive a vehicle with a rear or front-facing camera you feel lost when your visibility is removed. Ford knows taking full advantage of the extra visibility is difficult when road salt, slush or mud 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.
Always safe and alert when driving in Farmington’s inclement weather. Remember that even advanced technology cannot overcome the laws of physics. It’s always possible to lose control of a vehicle due to inappropriate driver input for the conditions. If you want to learn more about Ford’s available safety features and reliability on the road contact us or visit Ziems Ford Corners knowledgeable staff today.