| Lyna Mohamad |
WITH festivities just around the corner, many are getting ready for road trips, vacation getaway or a family visit. Driving during this holiday season can be a nerve-wrecking and stressful experience with the traffic, restless children and road works.
In highlighting safety on the road during the festivities and what Ford has to offer, the company through its local authorised distributor Premier Automobiles Sdn Bhd shared a few tips to ease the driving experience and keep you safe as all Ford vehicles are big on safety and come packed with advanced features to make your holiday trips stress-free.
First and foremost, hands on the driving wheel as while driving requires undivided attention. It’s almost impossible to have zero distractions and one of the most dangerous, yet widely practised, habits is using your phone while driving.
When you’re on the phone texting or talking, you will have only one hand steering the wheel and with the combination of multiple family members in the car for a long holiday drive, it is the perfect equation for an accident.
Some may opt for hands-free devices but another option is built-in voice activated technology and this includes the award-winning Ford SYNC® in-car connectivity system that helps to make and receive phone calls and also allows you to browse through the music library on your devices via Bluetooth or USB simply through voice command.
It will also read your text messages out loud so that you can stay in touch with friends and loved ones and all this done while your hands stay on the wheel.
Always keep your car clean as even a small object like a water bottle lying in the car can become a hazard and another behaviour that puts people at risk is piling up the back seat with luggage, which is not only dangerous to you, but also to the drivers behind who cannot see through your windshield that could lead to an accident if your car brakes abruptly.
With Ford, arranging your things in the car has never been easier as Ford’s vehicles offer smart storage compartments to help drivers keep your cars neat and organised, whether it’s the drawer under the front passenger seat that is big enough for a purse or a laptop computer, or a rear passenger bin by the side of the seats, there’re no excuses for things lying around.
At some point, almost every driver has driven whilst trying to fight off fatigue, especially during the busy holiday season when you’re rushing from one place to the next and getting in the driver’s seat while tired is another hazard thus if you are about to set off on a long trip, it’s important to be well rested before you get behind the wheel.
Before going on a trip it’s also good to plan your route and have a few alternatives in case of unexpected situations like road blocks or extreme weather conditions.
Along the way you may find yourself driving on a hilly slope when you detour and again with Ford, it always has your back with its driver assist features, no matter the terrain especially when driving in the mountains, Ford’s Hill Launch Assist is at your side and will temporarily prevent you from rolling backwards when making a hill start.
The system works by maintaining pressure to the braking system for an extra 2.5 seconds, giving you more time and control as you move your foot from brake pedal to accelerator and it’s also useful when you’re stopping and starting on slippery surfaces.
Other ways to drive smarter, says Ford, is to buckle up and do it properly as the seat belt is still the number one piece of safety equipment. Do not neglect it, be responsible and know the speed limits. Also ensure that the tilt and height of all head rests are correctly adjusted as it is important to get comfortable so that you can drive better.
Most importantly, advises Ford, never drink and drive, highlighting that holidays are full of celebrations but the rule is simple, never drink and drive.
Road safety only comes with a smart driver like you. So be a smarter driver simply by following some of these recommendations and make your holiday driving experience a breeze.