April Showers Bring May Flowers


Ford has all of the bases covered when it comes to safe driving in the rain: good traction, good wipers, and good headlights.  Read on for the inside scoop on some Ford technologies that will help you drive better in rainy weather.


Some Ford vehicles are equipped with a high beam control system that is designed to detect oncoming vehicles and automatically switch to low beams, before switching back to high beams once the vehicle has passed.  Also, some Ford vehicles have high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps produce about 200% more light than conventional halogen bulbs while using around half the power and lasting around ten times longer.  The headlamps are accompanies by LED lights that provide greater visibility to other vehicles on the road. 


The new 2013 Ford Fiesta has a Torque Vectoring Control system, which is technology usually associated with sports cars.  It enhances the vehicle’s ability to turn corners on slippery roads by helping the front wheels grip and steer better in corners.  Instead of limiting engine power, it uses a gentle brake force when it detects that a wheel is about to lose grip. 


The 2013 Ford Flex has rain-sensing wipers that, when activated, use an advanced optical sensor to detect the intensity of rain or snowfall to adjust wiper speed. They automatically turn on when moisture is sensed.

And with the wonky weather we’ve been having lately, there is always the possibility that you will still have to deal with snow and ice on your windshield even this late in the year.  All Ford vehicles are equipped with Ford Quickclear windscreen technology that melts snow and ice away at the touch of a button, saving you a lot of time and frustration.

Tell us your thoughts on these Ford technologies in the comments section below.

Sources: media.ford.com, at.ford.com

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