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What Does Ford's Co-Pilot360 System Do For Drivers in Kelowna, BC?

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(Posted on Aug 6, 2021 at 02:00PM by Josh Lew)
<a href="https://skahaford.com/inventory/#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[New%2CFORD%2CEscape-%3EExplorer%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/August_2021/ford_escape_safety.jpeg"alt="A Ford Escape driving on an urban highway with wet pavement behind two other cars"/></a>Ford’s driver assistance technology, also known as Co-Pilot360, is a multi-featured system designed to offer guidance and safety tools. It is available on many models, including 2021 Escapes and Explorers, and it comes with a wide range of functions. Here is a look at some of the standard components. 

Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)

This feature kicks in when the sensors detect an impending forward collision. First, you get an audio and visual warning. Then, if you do not respond quickly, the brakes engage to slow the vehicle before a crash.

Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert

Also known as blind-spot monitoring, this feature notifies the driver when a vehicle is in an area not covered by the mirrors. Meanwhile, the Cross-Traffic Alert system issues a warning if another car is approaching from the side if you are in reverse.

Lane Keeping Assist

This feature issues a warning when the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane without activating a turn signal. It can also take over the steering to nudge you back onto the correct path if needed.

If you are interested in learning more about the Ford Co-Pilot360 features, contact our BC dealership today to inquire about the system and its components. 

What Does Ford’s Side Wind Stabilization Feature Do for Lower Mainland, BC Drivers?

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(Posted on Jul 29, 2021 at 01:40PM by Josh Lew)
<a href="https://skahaford.com/inventory/#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[New%2CFORD%2CExplorer%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/July_2021/Ford_Explorer_side_wind.jpeg"alt="The 2021 Ford Explorer driving on a highway next to a barrier"/></a>Side Wind Stabilization ensures safe driving in breezy conditions. This unique active system is standard on the Ford Transit work van, but it also comes on other models. For example, it is a feature on the 2021 Explorer, which is currently available at our dealership with special financing offers. 

The Side Wind Stabilization works by monitoring sensors on the suspension, wheels, and exterior body 100 times per second. Most of the detectors are part of the Electronic Stability Control (ESC), so these two active safety systems function together seamlessly. 
 
When a crosswind gets detected, the Electronic Stability Control applies appropriate pressure to the brakes on the affected wheel(s), counteracting the force of the gust and keeping the vehicle moving in a straight line. It is powerful enough to help you avoid rollovers during especially strong storms. 

To learn more about this and other safety features and discuss special offers on the Ford Explorer, contact our dealership today.
<a href="https://skahaford.com/inventory/#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[New%2CFORD%2CExplorer%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C4WD%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/July_2021/2021_Ford_Explorer_TMS.jpeg"alt="A 2021 Ford Explorer driving on a snowy road with pine trees in the background"/></a>Ford’s Terrain Management System (TMS) brings extra control to SUVs and trucks, including the 2021 Ford Explorer, which is currently on sale with special financing available.  

The TMS works by adjusting braking, steering angle, and throttle response. It also continuously distributes torque from front to rear and right to left to provide maximum traction.

The TMS has seven selectable modes, which drivers can switch via a dial:
  • Normal provides standard controls in 2WD mode;
  • Grass/Gravel/Snow ensures proper stability and traction on slippery surfaces;
  • Mud provides maximum torque in 4x4 mode;
  • Sand optimises performance on soft ground;
  • Sport brings responsive control on pavement;
  • Tow/Haul offers maximum power when pulling heavy loads;
  • Eco brings enhanced fuel economy for city driving.
The TMS works in conjunction with Ford's 4x4 system, and you select it using the same dial. Except for Normal, which requires 2WD (2H), the traction management tool needs AWD settings (4H and 4L) to work properly.

To learn more about this powerful component on Ford's all-terrain lineup, contact our dealership today.
<a href="https://skahaford.com/inventory/#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[New%2CFORD%2CRanger%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/July_2021/Ford_ranger_ground_clearance.jpeg"alt="A white Ford Ranger four-door climbing up a rocky trail with bikes in the back"/></a>Ground clearance, or ride height, is a critical consideration when purchasing a truck. If you go off-road, drive on bad surfaces, or spend time at unpaved work sites, this specification is vitally important. 

Ground clearance is the distance between a flat, level surface, and the lowest part of the vehicle that isn’t meant to contact the road.  

Cars with low ground clearance, such as sedans, tend to have a balanced centre of gravity, which makes for good handling. However, these vehicles perform poorly on bumpy and rocky terrain, and their undersides are likely to receive damage.  

Vehicles like the Ford Ranger pickup have high ground clearances to perform better off-road. They are also wider and heavier to compensate for the raised centre of gravity.

Another important aspect of ground clearance is the angle of approach and departure. These specifications measure the maximum incline that the vehicle can negotiate when moving forward or backward (without hitting its bumpers). 

To learn about the ground clearance of different Ford vehicles, contact our dealership today. We can also provide information about special financing offers currently available on the Ranger pickup - including the XL, XLT, and Lariat. 

Understanding Ford’s Electronic Shift-on-the-Fly 4x4 System in Lower Mainland, BC

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(Posted on Jul 22, 2021 at 12:01PM by Josh Lew)
<a href="https://skahaford.com/inventory/#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[New%2CFORD%2CRanger%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/July_2021/ford_ranger.png"alt="2021 Ford ranger four-door model parked against a white background"/></a>Ford’s electronic shift-on-the-fly (ESOF) 4x4 system allows you to quickly move into and out of four-wheel-drive mode by turning a dial. This design consists of hubs that lock and disengage automatically through the transfer case. 

One of the main advantages of this system, which comes standard on vehicles like the Ford Ranger, is that you can shift into and out of 4x4 mode while moving.

The ESOF has three different settings.
  • 2H (RWD) – This is the two-wheel mode, which powers only the rear axle. It is perfect for driving on dry pavements.
  • 4H (High 4x4) – This mode transfers power to all four wheels for use in sand, mud, ice, and snow.
  • 4L (Low 4x4) – This mode transfers power to all four wheels with additional gearing to multiply the torque, boosting traction on slippery surfaces. It is ideal for steep inclines, sand, mud, or when towing heavy loads.
To learn more about ESOF vehicles like the Ford Ranger - which is currently available with special financing offers - contact our BC dealership today.

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