Sunday, February 9, 2014

How does the technology in today’s vehicles help to avoid accidents?

It’s been said that engineers can build a safe car, but they can’t do anything about the nut behind the wheel. I’m going to assume we all know about the dangers of impaired and distracted driving and just highlight some of the technology that Ford has to help us to avoid collisions.
Adaptive Headlights
Headlamps swivel automatically. Based onvehicle speed and steering angle, it illuminates around bends and curves ahead, increasing driver visibility



Auto High Beams 
this feature automatically controls the high beams It help drivers see better when no other vehicles are around and it helps prevent blinding glare for other drivers if the driver forgets to turn off high beams 



Adaptive Cruise Control this feature provides everything conventional cruise control does, it keeps a constant speed without having to work the brake or 
accelerator pedals. Plus it automatically maintains a comfortable
distance from vehicles ahead.






Blind Spot Information System 
this feature helps drivers change lanes or back out of a parking space
with more confidence:
·   BLiS alerts when a vehicle enters a blind spot (light illuminates on the sideview mirror)
·    cross-traffic alert warns of traffic approaching from the sides while the vehicle is in reverse, such as when backing out of a parking space (light illuminates on the sideview mirror and chimes sound in the cabin


Electronic Stability Control this system combines information from several sensors, including the steering wheel angle, lateral acceleration and yaw rate, to determine when the vehicle begins to lose directional control. When the system senses wheelslip or the loss of traction, it applies braking where needed to help keep the vehicle on its intended path.


Roll Stability Control
this system combines information from several sensors, including the steering wheel angle, lateral acceleration and yaw rate, to determine when the vehicle begins to lose directional control. When the system senses wheelslip or the loss of traction, it applies braking where needed to help keep the vehicle on its intended path




Curve Control this feature is designed to help a driver maintain 
control of their vehicle when driving too quickly into a curve.

Electric Power-assisted Steering                 
EPAS helps deliver improved fuel economy, 

great maneuverability and responsive handling.


   
Forward Sensing System
this feature assists drivers in various parking situations by sounding   a tone when the vehicle gets close to surrounding vehicles and other objects.







Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist         
this feature allows the driver to set and maintain a vehicle 
speed between 3 and 20 mph while descending steep grades  
on various surface conditions




Intelligent 3-blink Turn Signals  
With a simple tap of the turn signal indicator, the intelligent 3-blink turn signal turns off automatically after three blinks. this helps drivers avoid creating a distracting annoyance on the road.

 
Lane-Keeping System 
Driver fatigue and inattention are recurring problems on today’s roads.  Lane-Keeping system can help. this feature can alert the driver, during day or night, if their  vehicle is leaving its intended lane.                                             


   
My Key 
this feature gives owners control of their vehicles even when 
they’re not behind the wheel. it helps promote good driving habits, 
especially for young drivers.








Torque Vectoring Control
it’s a fully automatic system designed to help keep the

vehicle tracking along the driver’s intended path, even when
driving conditions or road surfaces may compromise intention.



Tire Pressure Monitoring System
this feature measures pressure in all four road tires and sends the tire pressure readings to a telltale on the vehicle’s instrument panel when any tire is significantly under-inflated.

Rain-Sensing Wipers
they automatically turn on and adjust the rate of wiper action, depending on the amount of moisture detected on the windshield.




Rear View Camera
this feature displays an image of what’s directly behind the vehicle. 
The image appears in the rearview mirror or on the center stack
 display (if equipped) — helping drivers maneuver in reverse.

Monday, January 20, 2014

All-New Ford Mustang Silver Screen Debut in Need for Speed

How do I make sure the car I’m buying is safe?

How do I make sure the car I’m buying is safe?

It was scary when I drove a tow truck in 1978. The cars back then did not have the safety features of today’s cars. When I came to an accident scene, it was impossible to always tell if and how bad the injuries might be.  Cars and trucks did not absorb the energy crashes very well and very minor impact often caused serious injuries.

The vehicles today are all much safer. Crumple zones are designed to allow the front and rear of the vehicle to absorb energy from a crash and keep it from the passenger compartment. Air bags have been proven to save lives, and now multiple airbags work together to form a safety zone. 



   
                                                     photo from www.autoblog.com

Some cars are better than others. A new care shopper has access to safety ratings printed on the new car window sticker. 

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The ratings come from the industry recognized experts in safety ranking – the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Check out their website http://www.iihs.org/

The IIHS changed the criteria this year making it more difficult for a new car model to qualify for its top awards.

 

IIHS safety awards for 2014 go to 39 vehicles

Twenty-two vehicles earn the Institute's highest safety award for 2014, TOP SAFETY PICK+, thanks to a high level of protection in crashes and the availability of front crash prevention technology to avoid many collisions in the first place. An additional 17 earn TOP SAFETY PICK by meeting the crashworthiness criteria alone.

Congratulations to the 2104 Ford Fusion and the 2014 Ford Focus

In my next blog post, I will explore more of the technologies available on today’s cars that help to avoid car crashes and protect the people inside if a car does get involved in an accident.


If you have any questions or comments feel free to post them here or email me at pat.dunn@inskeepford.com Thanks for reading (as long as you were not reading while driving)

Monday, December 30, 2013

100th Indy Auto Show

100th Indianapolis Auto Show

My family and I just got home from the Indy Auto Show. Detroit, Chicago and LA may have more elaborate shows featuring more concept vehicles, but Indy has a nice show with over 400 new vehicles on display.

Here’s a few things that caught my eye:

Hyundai had a fun display with two cars equipped for surviving the Zombie apocalypse.  (We all know how the Zombies are attracted to us humans, be sure you check the back seat before taking off!)


Jeep did a good job with their display. It included an indoor track to test drive the new Jeeps on a simulated off road track.  (Don’t floor it, the tab will be yours)

The Toyota display had a simulated drag strip to test your response time to a race starting light tree. (It’s always fun to see who has better reaction time between mom and dad.)

State Farm has an interactive display to test your driving skills. (See if you can drive as well as you do on the real road!)

By far, Ford put the best display together. (I know, I am biased, but they really do.)  This year Ford has a vehicle for everyone. My wife, Susie was impressed with the 2014-redesigned Fusion. I liked the Shelby GT 500.  And my daughter Allison wanted the Super Duty F250. The Hybrid Fusion and Electric C-Max were getting a lot of attention.

A big crowd was gathered around an Indianapolis Colt hat robot named Hank. Hank the Robot is interactive and entertained the Humans by talking and joking.  

Ford also had a multi-screen race simulator that car show goers were welcomed to drive.   It is quite amazing, as the simulator moves up and down as well as rotating to simulate actual road driving.



The Indianapolis Auto Show runs through Jan. 1, 2014. Doors are open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day except New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, when the hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., a ticket is only seven dollars, but here’s a money making tip. See one of the product specialists at the Ford display. The will sign you up for to test drive a new Ford at your local Ford Dealer (I recommend Inskeep Ford in Greenfield) You will receive a $ 40 debit card. No purchase necessary.


If you have any questions or comments feel free to post them here or email me at pat.dunn@inskeepford.com Thanks for reading (as long as you were not reading while driving)

Friday, December 27, 2013

What is a dealer documentation fee and what does it cover?

What is a dealer documentation fee and what does it cover?


Also known as "doc fees," these fees cover dealer administrative costs involved with processing title, registration, or any other paperwork, filing, or various clerical tasks that go along with your car purchase. Most Indiana car dealers charge a documentation fee. Doc fees cover the cost of producing, completing and retaining documentation to complete a transaction. Some states set a maximum amount, but most states do not have a limit. Indiana does not regulate doc fees but have communicated to dealers a “safe harbor of $150.00 States that closely regulate fees do not allow a dealership to negotiate the doc fees. In Indiana, these fees are negotiable.  A quick survey shows the average Indiana dealer charges between $174 and $349, but a few dealerships will throw in a couple of car washing if you pay $ 699. In the last few years the actual cost of the needed documentation has gone above the safe harbor of $150.00

In addition to the actual cost of the forms, most dealers pay for computer systems, programming of the documentation and purchase and maintenance of specialized printers, subscribe to a vendor for electronic storage and pay dealership personal to scan and upload the documents for retention. We also are required to maintain a secure and lock facility for document storage. We must produce and provide annual update safeguarding plan and provide employee training. Dealership also pays for secure shredding service. We pay legal counsel to maintain proper, legal documentation.
In finance deal, in addition to the manufactures and bank documentation, the dealer is required to complete and retain

IDOne Verification/OFAC
Risked Base Pricing Documentation
Adverse Action
Purchase Order
State form 46633 – Affidavit
State Form – ST108
Odometer Statement(s)
Privacy Notice
Product Disclosure
Used Vehicles - Buyers Guide
Temporary Tags
Notary public service
Collection and submission of state sales and tire tax

Inskeep Ford also provides vehicle history reports, timely execution of payoff of trade vehicles and timely delivery of title work to the customer.


If you have any questions or comments feel free to post them here or email me at pat.dunn@inskeepford.com Thanks for reading (as long as you were not reading while driving)

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Ford Edge EcoBoost Limited - an honest 30mpg SUV with no compromises


TorqueNews 07/02/2012 -- By Patrick Rall
The biggest complaint with most sport utility vehicles is that many of them offer poor fuel economy and those models that do offer impressive MPGs often do so by skimping elsewhere but with the Ford Edge Limited fitted with the 2.0L EcoBoost 4-cylinder – SUV drivers can have great fuel economy and gobs of modern amenities in a luxurious setting.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Ford Fiesta among KBB's Coolest Cars Under $18,000


HLN (CNN) 06/21/2012
The Ford Fiesta is among Kelley Blue Book’s Coolest Cars Under $18,000. The 2013 Dodge Dart and 2012 Kia Soul also made the list. The Fiesta is $13,000 and made the cut for its style; it gets 38 mpg.