Winter Driving with Ford : the basics and the maintenance.
While many of you will hit the road in the coming days and we announce a cocktail weather in the country, it is important to remember these tips that I received during a weekend with Ford Bromont where we did a return on winter driving skills with Ford as part of their Winter Driving with Ford program. To go, I had the chance to drive an Explorer, similar to the one you can see in the photo just below (the one I drove is at the end).
Basic maintenance of your car for Winter Driving with Ford
Before leaving for winter driving with Ford, we had some tips to make sure the vehicle was optimal on the roads during the cold season. I will not show you photos of the place because even if we were in Bromont, the presentation activity of the vehicle took place in a garage not very sexy, but perfect for the activity
It’s really important to choose the right tires, as recommended by the manufacturer, winter tires in winter, four season / summer tires for the rest. Make sure you have a manometer in good condition on hand to properly measure the tire pressure. and do it regularly because proper inflation helps maximize fuel economy, traction and stability, tire wear and overall life, and safety.
WINDSHIELD WASHER FLUID
Locate the washer fluid reservoir (before you leave) and check the level with the dipstick attached to the cap. Only add washer fluid, never water as the water freezes. And always have at least two bottles of windshield washer in your vehicle.
Placed under the hood and outside the air intake system, or under the dashboard, it is important that this filter is clean and clear to be effective. This check is usually performed during periodic vehicle maintenance intervals. Remember that this filter contributes to the cleanliness and safety of the air circulating in the passenger compartment of the vehicle, this is essential since the windows are rarely open in winter to change the air in your vehicle. vehicle..
Under the hood, the serpentine belt is usually checked by the technician during the service visit. See if it looks worn out and look at the number of cracks per square inch. Why ? A broken belt may damage the engine. And so it is important to detect wear as soon as possible. Replace it sooner than later.
GOOD OPERATION OF HEADLIGHTS AND STOP LIGHTS
Turn on all the lights and lights, including the hazard lights. Go around the vehicle to make sure they all work well.A small check to be done regularly so that other motorists see you well, because if your lights and signals are defective, they will then know your intentions and this could cause accidents.
FRONT AND REAR DEFROSTERS
Make sure the front fan produces hot air at a certain speed. Check that the rear defroster de-icers the entire rear window, because if your de-icers are not functioning properly, you will have trouble seeing outside, which can be a real danger because you will not see other drivers.
Locate the dipstick and measure the oil level. Only use the recommended type of oil at the prescribed viscosity (this information is indicated on the engine oil cap). The oil helps to support the proper functioning of the engine and to ensure its longevity.
Watch for signs of cracking and wear on the windshield wiper blades and on the windshield and if they have these signs, change them immediately, do not be fooled by the windshield wipers, they can literally save you life. Only use brooms of the recommended length for your vehicle, as improper wiper blades can become damaged more quickly and limit visibility and result in poor driving behavior.
STATUS OF THE BATTERY
Batteries designated maintenance-free (ie new generation batteries) are not designed to be open. Check for corrosion (rust) on the battery terminals. Start the engine and make sure it starts properly. You know that the battery is the brain of your car, without it your vehicle can not start, and if it does not work well, it will probably let you down when you least expect it.
Here are some tips we saw during our “training” with the Ford pros, it was also put into practice. All between two or three meals and a night at the Château Bromont graciously offered by Ford.
The basic of Winter Driving with Ford
Following these tips, we tested the vehicles in a winter environment, it was snowing, raining, hailing, in short, a perfect little weather cocktail to practice winter driving with Ford. We practice braking, skidding, avoidance obstacles, in short, a host of chances of the road, all in a secure environment.
To get the best winter driving with Ford, it is important to remove snow and ice from windows, lights, bonnet and roof. You wonder why, it is possible that snow or ice suddenly falls on your windshield when riding at higher speeds. In addition, top up the windshield washer so that your vision is free of thawing and for maximum visibility to see where you are going.
READ THE ROUTE
Be especially careful in cold weather on bridges, in wooded areas and on roads beside rivers and canals as these shaded and near-water roads are more prone to icing.
MAKE MANEUVERS IN GENTLE
Try to execute smooth direction and acceleration commands. Simply because sudden maneuvers can cause slippage on slippery surfaces.
SYNC WITH 911 ASSISTANCE
This feature helps drivers call emergency services operators in three languages and gives GPS coordinates of the vehicle’s position if you have an accident. Note that SYNC is only available in Ford and Lincoln vehicles. If you have another vehicle do this check with your system.
You have to stop suddenly on snow and ice? The best way is to depress the brake pedal fully and hold it down. With this action, the anti-lock brakes will slow down the vehicle faster while allowing you to steer.
It is important to always leave a big gap in front of you when climbing snowy slopes. The reason is quite simple, if you have to stop, you may not be able to start again or your vehicle will back off when you leave.
If you start skidding, maneuver the vehicle in the direction you want to go. And look carefully where you want to go and not where the vehicle is heading. It’s a simple technique that will help you control your vehicle.
If you are stuck in the deep snow, often this is the case when the scraper has passed and you have to move your vehicle for snow removal. One solution – trying to turn off the traction control that will allow you to spin the tires can help you get out of this situation. Remember to activate the traction control again when the vehicle is clear.
START YOUR ENGINE
If a wheel turns in a vacuum, keep the accelerator pedal partially depressed. In this way, Ford’s traction control system will slow down the spinning wheel, improving grip. If you can not get traction, try to keep the wheels oriented in a straight line.
BE PREPARED FOR WINTER DRIVING WITH FORD
An essential, make sure you have plenty of gas, try to keep your car in half of its tank, especially during extreme cold. It may happen that you have to run the engine if you get stuck and you have to keep warm. A flashlight, blanket, cell phone, rope, coat and warm gloves, snow chains and a digging scoop may also be helpful, but the vehicle should always be equipped with appropriate tires. Winter tires offer considerable benefits in winter conditions. And when the temperature gets warmer in the spring, change them quickly, they will be much less efficient on a high temperature roadway and wear prematurely.
Have a good time and have a great holiday season and a great winter. Be careful and check your vehicle before leaving on the road. I leave you with a link to this wonderful Ford ad that I loved and that you will certainly see in cinemas during the holiday season. another way to see driving in winter with Ford.
See our trip to Trois-Rivières with the Ford C-Max.