Tips to Winterize Your Car for the Season

As the temperature drops, it becomes crucial to make sure your car is prepared for the treacherous driving conditions it creates. But in many cases, drivers are unsure of the steps they should take to make sure their car is ready for their winter commutes.

  • Check your tire pressure. As winter approaches, make sure your tires are properly inflated and that they are not balding or have excessive wear. Under inflated, as well as over inflated, tires make it more difficult for your tires to get proper traction on the road and can increase the likelihood of losing control of your vehicle.
  • Check windshield wipers and washer fluid. In winter, poor visibility can be just as dangerous as poor roads. Make sure your windshield wipers are in good working order, and that your washer fluid is full. This ensures you can remove any buildup from your windshield while driving.
  • Check heaters and defrosters. Make sure your heaters and defrosters are in proper working order. Not only will you stay warm during your commute, but you can keep your windshields clear as well, improving visibility and leading to a safer driving experience.
  • Keep an emergency kit stocked. In the event that you do lose control of your vehicle, you should make sure you are prepared for the harsh conditions or winter. Keep a supply kit in your car, containing items such as a blanket, extra food and water, a set of warm clothes, flares, and various materials to prepare your car for the weather, such as jumper cables, an ice scraper, and a small shovel. Materials to help you stay warm and potentially get you out of the situation are a must.

Follow these tips and keep a clear head, and you should have no problem standing up to the cold weather and ensuring all of your travels can be safe all winter long!

2013 Ford Fusion Named Top Safety Pick

Earlier this month, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named the 2013 Ford Fusion a Top Safety Pick.

In order for a vehicle to become a Top Safety Pick the IIHS puts it through a series of rigorous trials, including offset frontal impact, side impact, dynamic head restraint and roof strength testing.  The 2013 Fusion received rating of “Good” in all categories, earning it the IIHS’s prestigious honor.

“The new Fusion is another example of Ford’s commitment to the highest standards of safety and we are proud that IIHS has recognized these efforts,” said Steve Kenner, global director of the Automotive Safety Office.

The 2013 Ford Fusion is equipped with a plethora of innovative safety features and equipment to ensure its drivers are as safe as possible, including Ford’s Personal Safety System, eight standard airbags that take in account the size of the occupant, Blind-Spot Information System (BLIS) with cross-traffic alert, Driver Monitoring, Lane Keeping Assist, Driver Monitoring and Active Park Assist.

Ford Driving Skills for Life on the Price is Right

For the first time ever, teenagers ages 15-18, along with their parents, will play on The Price is Right.  The show will highlight to importance of safe driving and the teens will compete for the bonus prize of a Ford Driving Skills for Life event to be held at their high school. The showcase winner of the program will have Kate Voegele, spokesperson for Ford Driving Skills for Life and actress on “One Tree Hill”, perform live at their high school event.

Ford Driving Skills for Life is a program dedicated to teaching teens how to safely operate a vehicle.  Mile for mile, teen drivers are in three times as many fatal collisions as other drivers, and as the summer months begin, learning Ford Driving Skills for Life is especially beneficial.

“Many teens are driving more miles in the summer,” said Jim Graham, manager, Ford Driving Skills for Life. “Teens also drive with other teens in the vehicle, adding to the risk for these less experienced drivers.”

Ford Driving Skills for Life was developed by the Governors Highway Safety Association in 2003, and is recognized at the nation’s most comprehensive driving program.  The program features professional driving instructors, a web-based curriculum and free materials for students, parents and educators.