American’s Know Distracted Driving Is Dangerous, But Do It Anyway

According to a new Harris poll, Americans know that drinking and driving, texting and driving, and other distracted driving is dangerous, but admit to doing it anyway. The real question is if we agree these activities are dangerous, why do we still do it?

According to the poll, a resounding 93 percent of Americans surveyed believe texting and driving is dangerous, and 91 percent of Americans believe reading a text while driving is dangerous. Even though those surveyed know, and agree that texting and reading texts while driving is dangerous, 45 percent have read texts while driving and 37 percent have sent texts while driving.

When it comes to drinking and driving, 94 percent of Americans believe drinking three or more drinks and then driving is dangerous, and 68 percent of Americans believe even drinking just one or two drinks and then driving is dangerous. Unfortunately, 37 percent of those surveyed admit they’ve probably driven after drinking too much.

Besides drinking and texting, drivers are participating in some other pretty odd behaviors while driving. The study found that one in four people have admitted to grooming themselves while driving, another 25 percent said they’ve posted to social media, 19 percent have read a book, newspaper, or magazine while on the road, and 13 percent have watched a video on their smartphone or tablet.

We think it’s time to put down the technology (and the nail clippers and books), and focus at the task at hand. A car can be a dangerous killing machine when not used properly, and we have a major responsibility to ourselves and those around us every time we get behind the wheel.

For more details on this study, check out autos.aol.com.

Really, it can wait.

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Man Creates His Own Classic 1966 Ford Bronco

Anyone in ownership of a pristine 1966 Ford Bronco would have a very hard time bringing themselves to hit a rocky trail or dirt roads in the classic SUV, and for good reason. A 1966 Ford Bronco in general is hard to come by, but if you can find one in good condition, you’d be a fool to take it off-roading.

That’s exactly why Karl Bradley built his own, from scratch. Working closely with Jason Paule of Twisted Customs in Piedmont, South Dakota, to create a work of art that, at first glance, looks just like a legitimate 1966 Ford Bronco.

“Modified Ford Bronco buggies have been done for many years, some cut off behind the doors, some boat-tailed front and rear and every description in between,” Karl stated in a fourwheeler.com article. “Jason Paule and I spent many hours bouncing ideas off each other on where to cut, where to section, and where to stretch. The Mantra for this build was to modify the Ford Bronco body in such a way to keep it proportional and as close to stock looking as possible. Jason spent hundreds of hours making the molds from modified metal panels. Literally, every dimension of the body has been altered from stock.”

The Ford Bronco buggy is made from fiberglass instead of steel panels and Twisted Customs provided the base for the stock chassis. The other major difference between the custom buggy and an actual 1966 Bronco is that the center of the buggy is a full 10 inches narrower and the front and rear are 13 inches narrower.

This rough-and-tumble version of the classic is built for performance, and you better believe Bradley is hitting the trails, and turning heads as he does so.

What classic car would you build from scratch, if you had the opportunity?

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Ford Adds Platinum Trim to 2015 Expedition Lineup

 

2015 Expedition at Cambridge Classic Ford

The Ford Motor Company makes great vehicles all across the board, but there’s always been something special about the brand’s full-size SUVs and trucks. Take the Ford Expedition, for example. On the market since 1996, the Expedition has put together two strong decades of sales while establishing itself as premiere vehicle in the full-size SUV class. As a reward both to the Expedition and to the vehicle’s loyal customers, therefore, Ford has added an all-new Platinum trim to the 2015 Expedition lineup.

The Expedition’s new 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine, with direct-injection and twin-turbocharging technology, actually chugs out even more power than the previous 5.4L offering, while of course being more fuel-efficient as well. Ford has paired this engine with a six-speed SelectShift transmission to pump the SUVs performance and efficiency up to the maximum.2015 Ford Expedition

The Platinum Expedition specifically gets some interior upgrades, like the all-new power-assisted steering feature as well as a redesigned center stack. The redesigned stack provides room for new technological features, like the dual 4.2 inch LCD screens and the rearview camera. These are just a few of the features that make the new 2015 Expedition special; for a full list, come see us at Cambridge Classic Ford.

Ford’s “Lightweight Concept” Sports Fusion-Like Performance, Fiesta-Like Efficiency

At a time when gas prices can spike by 30 or 40 cents in one day, it’s probably wishful thinking to hope that fuel prices will suddenly begin to freefall. But Ford, thanks to forward-thinking, customer-focused engineering, is working hard to prove that our wallets aren’t the only things that can get much, much lighter. Soon, the all-new, lightweighted F-150 will begin production in Dearborn, and now, Ford has revealed the Fusion-based Lightweight Concept vehicle as well.

The Lightweight Concept is a Ford Fusion that has shed between 700 and 800 pounds to make it as light—and as efficient—as the Ford Fiesta. That’s right, Ford has created a full-size sedan that only weighs as much as a compact car. The Blue Oval reached this impressive achievement by replacing basically every single part in the Fusion with a lighter, better alternative. The car’s frame is made of aluminum, high-strength steel, and magnesium. The rear windshield is made of plastic—the kind used in cell phone technology—instead of glass. Many parts on the Lightweight Concept, both inside and out, are made of carbon fiber instead of heavier metals.

All these lighter parts make this Fusion concept a much more efficient vehicle—it’s estimated to get about 45 mpg, about the same as the Fiesta. Even better, this lighter vehicle can coax the same level of performance you’ve come to expect out of the Fusion from a smaller, 1.0L three-cylinder EcoBoost engine.

“Lightweighting our vehicles is incredibly important to us in terms of improving fuel economy and reducing CO2 emissions,” Kumar Galhotra, vice president of engineering for Ford, said. So, it’s no surprise to us here at Cambridge Classic Ford that the brand has more lightweighting plans up its sleeve still. Ford is currently working with Samsung to make a lighter, more efficient alternative to lead-acid batteries as well as researching new ways to bring regenerative braking systems to more vehicles. While, at least for now, the Lightweight Concept won’t see production—all those alternative parts are pretty expensive—it’s good to see Ford remains focused on the future.