Driving in the Dark? Ford Philippines Shares Tips to Make Night Driving Safer | Motourismo
Being attentive and staying vigilant to your surroundings when driving is essential, but navigating roads becomes more challenging at night given the compromised depth perception and peripheral vision that darkness causes.
Leading automotive manufacturers like Ford understand this and have equipped their vehicles with driver-assist features and safety technologies which ensure a safer drive at night. Here are tips to navigating road conditions after the sun has set:
1. Headlights are indispensable at night.
Keep your headlights switched on to counter the reduced visibility that darkness brings. It is equally essential as your car horn in alerting other road users to avoid any mishaps at night. Do use your headlights with caution to avoid blinding approaching drivers. In particular, refrain from switching your headlights to high beam which can cause oncoming drivers excessive glare.
The LED headlights installed on the Next-Generation Ford Ranger, Ford Territory and Ford Everest are designed to provide ample visibility in darkness, lighting the driver’s way forward. The Auto High-Beam Headlamps, which are part of the Ford Ranger and Ford Everest’s suite of advanced driver-assist technologies, automatically switch to high beam when drivers are navigating a very dark road with no traffic. Glare-free high beam uses a wind-shield mounted camera to detect the headlights or taillights of vehicles and bicycles up to 800m away at night.
2. Maintain a 4-second distance.
Driving at night makes keeping your distance from the vehicle in front of you trickier, especially with disrupted depth perception that is often caused by moving shadows. As a standard, apply the ‘3 to 4-second rule’ at night which provides guidance that the recommended distance between your car and the vehicle in front of you be kept to 3 to 4 seconds at minimum to give you enough time to react in case the driver suddenly brakes.
The next-gen Ford vehicle lineup -- Ranger, Territory, and Everest -- come with an intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) function with Stop & Go where the system automatically scans the vehicles ahead of you and gives the driver the option to set the distance he would like to maintain from the vehicle in front. The ACC function also gives drivers the option to set the cruising speed of the vehicle.
3. Stay in your lane.
Driving late in the evening often means less traffic. While driving on a road free of traffic has its benefits, it does demand more focus and vigilance from the driver. It is advised to avoid sudden lane switching and unnecessary overtaking as vehicular accidents are more prone at night.
The next-generation Ford Ranger, Territory, and Everest boast of a range of advanced features to ensure the driver gets all the assistance they need to stay in their lanes when they need to, such as the Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Aid and Collision Mitigation System.
4. Remain fully awake.
Driving in the dark can cause drowsiness which significantly increases the probability that an accident may happen. Trick your mind to stay alert with an adrenaline-pumping playlist. The next-gen Ford vehicle lineup is equipped with modern tech features that connect your smartphone to the vehicle’s Touchscreen Display through Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto -- letting you play the best tracks on your playlist to keep you awake.
If you feel that you cannot contain the fatigue, prioritize safety and pull over to the nearest and the safest part of the road for a quick 5-minute nap.
Night driving with the next-generation Ford vehicle lineup is now safer. With the Ford Ranger, Ford Territory, and Ford Everest, driver-assist features and safety technologies have been built into the vehicle design to ensure a hassle-free, more secure night drive.