DRIVING A FORD IN WINTER IS NOW SAFER

Tuesday 20 September 2016

Extreme weather events are becoming more frequent across Europe, and Ford vehicles now offer Weather-Dependent Lighting technology that automatically improves visibility when the heavens open.

Fords’ adaptive Front Lighting System technology is activated through windscreen wiper activity, ambient light conditions and driving speed. Fords’ Weather-Dependent Lighting technology helps drivers to tackle even more demanding driving conditions by adapting the lighting system to ensure a wider and shorter beam that better illuminates pedestrians and cyclists at the side of the road and reduces glare for oncoming traffic.

One UK study shows that relative accident rates can increase by up to 82% when it is raining. Research also highlights that from a drivers’ perspective, when rain water levels rise above road markings, even reflective markings can disappear under the glare of headlamps.

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In the UK, 2015 was the seventh wettest year on record. Seven of the UK.’s 10 wettest years have occurred since 1998. The U.K. government this month announced that new flood defence plans will anticipate between 20 per cent and 30 per cent more extreme rainfall based on research by the Met Office for the National Flood Resilience Review.

The Adaptive Front Lighting System adjusts the headlight beam angle and intensity to match the driving environment, such as a longer, straighter beam for better visibility further ahead at motorway speeds, or by directing light further into a bend when cornering on country roads. Testing included a purpose built light simulation area and test drives in night-time conditions around the globe.

Ford’s Adaptive Front Lighting System is available for models equipped with high-intensity discharge Xenon headlights – including C-MAX and Grand C-Max, Focus and Kuga – and for models equipped with Ford Dynamic LED headlights – including Edge, Galaxy, Mondeo and S MAX.

Further sophisticated Ford lighting technologies include Glare-Free Highbeam that removes the guilt of accidentally dazzling other drivers, and helps users see more of the road ahead at night. The system avoids drivers having to dip their headlights by simply blocking those rays that would otherwise shine in the eyes of other road-users, and is available for S-MAX, Galaxy and Edge.

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