Looks like we will be having some rain for the next few days. It is best to make sure that you are prepared before you hit those slippery roads. Here are some tips we found most helpful in this situation.
In stormy conditions, it is more difficult to see other vehicles, road signs and the road itself. It is critical to make sure you can see and be seen.
- First and foremost: slow down! It takes longer to stop or adjust in wet weather.
- Replace old or brittle wipers.
- Check your tires on a regular basis. Bald tires significantly reduce your traction on wet roadways, and offer little resistance to hydroplaning. When your tires run over water, the water is displaced and it needs somewhere to go quickly. The best place is between the treads of your tires. If your tires are bald, the water has no place to go and you end up riding on a layer of water, like a boat.
- Stay toward the middle lanes - water tends to pool in the outside lanes.
- Stay at least 2 car lengths behind the vehicle driving ahead of you. The roads are more slippery while wet. If you have to make a sudden stop, you will have a less chance of bumping into the back of the cars in front of you.
- Turn your headlights on even in a light rain, or in gloomy, foggy or overcast conditions. Not only do they help you see the road, but they’ll help other drivers see you. If your car has daytime running lights you still should put them on, so vehicles behind you can see you better.
- When driving through a puddle of uncertain depth, go slow. If it’s deeper than the bottom of your doors, turn around and find another route. Deep water can cause serious damage to a modern car’s electrical system.
- Avoid splashing pedestrians.
- Rain or high humidity can quickly cause windows to mist up inside the car. In a car equipped with air conditioning, turn up the heat and direct the airflow to your defrosters with the AC switch engaged
- Never drive beyond the limits of visibility. At night rainy roads become especially treacherous. The glare of oncoming lights, amplified by the rain on your windscreen, can cause temporary loss of visibility while substantially increasing driver fatigue. In rainy conditions pedestrians, livestock, and wildlife are extremely hard to spot and even harder to avoid.
Please keep these tips in mind and drive safely!
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Lincoln MKS Performance: The available EcoBoost® V8 engine combines direct-injection technology and twin turbochargers to provide the performance of a V8 plus the fuel economy of a V6. EcoBoost generates 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque (with premium fuel) while delivering an EPA-estimated 17 city/25 hwy/20 combined mpg, AWD.
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An article from TotalCarScore.com identifies the top 10 best cars for college graduates, and right up at the top of the class is the Ford Focus. The 2012 Ford Focus pulled several all-nighters studying and scored well on the test for several reasons.
One of the reasons the Ford Focus scored well is the price. We all know how expensive tuition and books can be and that the vast majority of college grads walk off the graduation stage with a diploma and lots of debt. Grads are going to need a car to get them off to that new job and chances are your old high school chariot probably doesn’t have much life left in it. The 2012 Ford Focus is very affordable while you’re working off those student loans.
Focus Performance: Forget fun to drive. Bumper cars are fun to drive. The 2012 Focus has an intense side that comes out when you push the start button. It comes with an all-new chassis and suspension that’s tighter and better than ever, and a new cornering assist system that puts the torque where the traction is. We took some very sweet performance technology and put it at your finger tips. Available spring 2011. Learn More »
Focus Design: If our designers were cubists, the 2012 Focus might have turned out boxy. Clearly, they are not. Instead, they created a shape, and shapes within that shape. The belt line is actually several belt lines, shifting into a Z-shaped pattern that gives the Focus muscular shoulders over its wheels. It’s kinetic design. It makes the car look like it’s in motion even when it’s parked. This is a car that looks coiled and ready to spring. So go ahead. Get in. And start more than a car. Available spring 2011.Learn More »
Focus Technology: Focus has the technological mastery to keep you connected to the rest of the world. The big news this year is the class-exclusive availability of MyFord Touch™ technology.* It’s done for the car what touch did for the phone. A simple intuitive touch screen that lets you control your navigation, phone and entertainment. Steering wheel mounted controls with a display in the cluster right in front of you let you control additional functions without taking your hands off the wheel or turning your head. Oh, but there’s more. So much more. Available spring 2011. Learn More »
*Class is Small Sedans and Hatchbacks
Focus Interior: It’s easy to imagine yourself a fighter pilot driving the 2012 Focus. The cockpit just feels like something you fly, not drive. Everything you need is in there, but it’s hardly dry and utilitarian. It’s a hundred little reasons to say, “ooh.” Available spring 2011. Learn More »
The new 2013 Mazda6 has been rumored to be taking a similar look to the Mazda Takeri that was shown last year and the Tokyo Motor Show. This article from CAR Magazine called Mazda6 (2013) - full scoop on new family car goes deeper into the details.
By Tim Pollard (artist’s impressions by Christian Schulte)
31 May 2012 09:40
Mazda is about to inject some concept car fizz into its 6 range – 2013’s new family car will draw heavily on the swoopy Takeri concept car shown at last autumn’s Tokyo motor show. Only minor details such as handles and mirrors will change, as depicted by CAR’s artist’s impressions.
But it’s not just a sassy new style that makes us sit up and take notice of the new Mazda 6. It’s the second production car borne out of the firm’s new SkyActiv engineering philosophy: carrying on from where the Gram strategy shaved every last ounce from the MX-5, Mazda now builds all its road cars to the weight-obsessed SkyActiv blueprint.
Mazda 6: the Skyactiv tech
It brings a lightweight modular architecture and a suite of clean petrol and diesel engines – which Mazda claims are nearly as frugal as hybrids without a bulky EV battery in sight. The Takeri’s 2.2 turbodiesel spat out 173bhp and 310lb ft, yet Mazda claimed just 104g/km of CO2.
Such cleanliness should be achievable on the new 6 since it’ll sport SkyActiv staples such as stop/start, low-friction components and regenerative braking. Dubbed i-ELOOP, this braking system harnesses energy when you dab the brakes and stores it in a capacitor to run the car’s electric systems. This saves battery drain and is claimed to stretch combined fuel economy by up to 10%.
Mazda 6 lands at the 2012 Paris motor show
Expect to see the new Mazda 6 at the Paris motor show this autumn – pointing to availability at UK dealers early in 2013. Two bodystyles will again be offered – a five-door hatchback or a sleek tourer – and we’d predict prices to kick off at around £18,500 for the base models.
Mazda might be losing money globally, but it’s trying to build its way out of a hole with new product to lure customers away from mainstream brands Ford and Vauxhall – and mid-market types such as Volkswagen and Honda.
The new CX-5 launching this summer is the first of a glut of newcomers: the 6 arrives next and by 2016 every model in the range will have been replaced.
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Today in the AV Ford Show Room, we have the Ford Taurus in Ginger Ale. More information and pictures can be seen at here.
Taurus Design: With chiseled good looks from every angle, the new Taurus appears more aggressive and assertive than ever. Sharp, clean lines accentuate the new hood design, drawing your eye to the bold new grille. You can sense immediately from the design of a great car what you’re about to experience at the wheel. The new Ford Taurus.
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Taurus Technology: SYNC® with MyFord Touch®* lets you customize systems like climate controls and available voice-activated Navigation System, your mobile phone and music library in a way you’ve never before experienced. BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with cross-traffic alert* lets you know when a vehicle is in your blind spot or is approaching when you’re slowly backing out of a parking space. Adaptive cruise control* automatically slows your Taurus when traffic ahead slows down. And there’s active park assist* that takes the dread out of parallel parking. Innovative Ford technology. Making life on the road easier. Learn More »
Taurus Performance: Advanced Ford powertrain technology comes in not two, but three Taurus engine choices for 2013. The new 2.0L EcoBoost® option delivers high 4-cylinder fuel efficiency* while generating V6 power. The standard 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 is now equipped with the performance and efficiency benefits of direct injection and twin-independent variable camshaft timing. And there’s the Taurus SHO with its 3.5L EcoBoost engine and unique sport-tuned suspension system – an exhilarating experience for the driving enthusiast who craves V8 power but desires V6 economy.** Advanced engineering also improves steering and braking to make Taurus agile and easy to control. Learn More »
*Projected 22 city/32 hwy mpg – 2.0L EcoBoost® engine. Ford preliminary data. Pending EPA certification.
** EPA-estimated 17city/25 highway mpg EcoBoost AWD.
Taurus Interior: What does it take to create an interior with outstanding craftsmanship? It’s having an obsessive attention to the generous level of amenities you expect, as well as an exceptional level of quality. It’s going the extra mile – and beyond whenever possible – to exceed your expectations. This is the price of admission to producing a premium-class car. Now step inside the new 2013 Ford Taurus. Learn More »
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Ford is once again showing off its technological prowess, this time by building the next-generation Escape with a next-generation approach to manufacturing—and a team of more than 700 robots. These “workers” at Ford’s Louisville (Kentucky) Assembly Plant are vital to making sure the new Escape meets customer demands for high quality, particular in terms of fit and finish.
For example, some of the robots leverage the latest laser-guided, camera-enabled technologies to discover—and fix—even tiny deviations in body-panel gaps on the new Escape. Not only is the result more pleasing to the eye, but it’s more pleasing to the ear, too, since tight gaps help cut down on wind noise.
“The ability of the machines to register any difference in each vehicle on the line improves our quality by providing a custom-like build,” said Escape engineer Thomas Burns.
The technology also is making a big difference in the paint shop, where 88 new robots apply both paint and sealer to both the interior and the exterior of the new Escape. Now, since Ford doesn’t have to worry about adjusting airflow and climate control for human painters, the automaker can reduce the energy (and emissions) that traditionally go into building a vehicle like the Escape. It’s safer, too, because people don’t have to worry about being in the same room as potentially dangerous chemicals and paints, and they also can avoid repetitive motions that sometimes lead to injuries.
And remember, those robots—and their hard-working human teammates—are already on the job building the 2013 Ford Escape, which is set to reach dealerships this quarter.
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