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COME IN FROM THE RAIN Ford offers tips for wet season troubles


Fortunately, manufacturers like Ford have equipped their cars with a range of safety features designed to provide optimal driving conditions even during the heaviest downpour. Here are four key pointers for those hitting the roads during these trying times

WITH the Ranger and Everest's 800-mm water-wading capacity, navigating through floods becomes a less anxiety-inducing endeavor. Photographs courtesy of Ford Philippines

As the rainy season rolls into Manila, Philippines, drivers are reminded to be more vigilant on the roads. Challenges like flooding, slick surfaces, and limited visibility require drivers to rely heavily on both their skills and the capabilities of their vehicles.

Fortunately, manufacturers like Ford have equipped their cars with a range of safety features designed to provide optimal driving conditions even during the heaviest downpour. Here are four key pointers for those hitting the roads during these trying times.

First, prioritize clear visibility by checking the condition of your wipers. During a storm, a crystal-clear view of the road is not just a convenience, but a vital safety necessity. It allows drivers to react swiftly, guiding the vehicle appropriately when sudden changes are needed.

Before setting off, ensure wipers are in peak condition to wipe away rainwater — check the blades for signs of wear and tear, remove any debris that could potentially scratch your windshield, and consider a replacement if needed.

To that end, Ford has equipped select models of the Next-Generation Ford Ranger and Ford Everest with Rain Sensing Wipers.

This innovative feature automatically triggers the wipers when it starts to drizzle, removing the necessity of manually activating them during a sudden downpour.

Secondly, focus on maintaining visibility. In rain-soaked conditions, it’s crucial that drivers not only see the road clearly but are also visible to others.

Switching on your headlights is an effective way to boost your visibility and make your vehicle more noticeable to other road users.

Certain Ford Ranger and Everest models offer enhanced visibility with their LED headlights equipped with C-Clamp daytime running lights and LED fog lamps.

Also, keep in mind that vehicle cameras are available on the Next-Gen Ranger Wildtrak 4×4. Next-Gen Raptor, and Next-Gen Everest Titanium+ 4×4, can be crucial tools in challenging weather conditions. These 360-degree cameras provide a comprehensive view of the vehicle’s surroundings, helping to eliminate blind spots.

The third tip revolves around knowing your vehicle’s water-wading capability. Awareness of your vehicle’s ability to navigate through flooded areas can empower drivers to handle such scenarios with greater confidence.

The Ford Ranger and Everest both boast an 800mm water-wading capacity, while the Raptor offers a slightly higher 850mm capacity. However, drivers should always assess road conditions during a storm before venturing ahead.

If the road seems passable, aim to drive at the center, where floodwaters are typically shallowest, and maintain a low gear to minimize water intrusion into the engine and reduce potential damage to the vehicle’s electrical parts.

Lastly, always adhere to a lower speed during wet conditions. Rain and slick roads can impair vehicle traction and maneuverability, so reduced speed is a prudent choice.

Check your tires before venturing onto slippery roads, ensuring the tread depth is apt for the challenging conditions. Ford’s select Ranger and Everest models offer a “Slippery” drive mode, optimizing the engine and transmission to lessen wheel spin and improve grip.

Ford also strongly encourages its customers to visit their local dealers for regular vehicle check-ups and maintenance, especially during the rainy season. These outlets provide access to genuine Ford parts, cutting-edge service facilities, and a team of Ford-trained technicians — all designed to ensure a stress-free driving experience, whatever the weather

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