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Precautions for driving safety:

Millions of people die each year as a result of road traffic crashes. Over 30% of those killed and injured in road traffic crashes are aged under 25.

Drivers with limited experience are far more likely to be involved in crashes than experienced drivers as their knowledge and skills are still limited. But even experienced drivers shouldn’t be complacent as learning to drive doesn’t stop with passing your driving test.

Precautions for driving safety:

Millions of people die each year as a result of road traffic crashes. Over 30% of those killed and injured in road traffic crashes are aged under 25.

Drivers with limited experience are far more likely to be involved in crashes than experienced drivers as their knowledge and skills are still limited. But even experienced drivers shouldn’t be complacent as learning to drive doesn’t stop with passing your driving test.

  • DIY check prior to driving
    DIY check prior to driving
    DIY check prior to driving

    Daily checks: check all lights, the tyre pressure and appearance, trace of dropped and leaked oil and water at the parking position, fuel consumption and indicators of the dashboard.

    Daily checks for a long journey, especially for a long-distance travel:

    1) “Five oils and two fluids” (engine oil/braking oil/power steering pump oil/transmission oil/gasoline and coolant fluid of the engine water tank/windshield washer fluid) and chapping and loosening of oil pipe/water pipes inside the engine cabin.

    2) Conditions of all lights, tyre pressure, visual chapping, depth of worn tyre groove, brake pedal and engine operation.

    Daily checks: check all lights, the tyre pressure and appearance, trace of dropped and leaked oil and water at the parking position, fuel consumption and indicators of the dashboard.

    Daily checks for a long journey, especially for a long-distance travel:

    1) “Five oils and two fluids” (engine oil/braking oil/power steering pump oil/transmission oil/gasoline and coolant fluid of the engine water tank/windshield washer fluid) and chapping and loosening of oil pipe/water pipes inside the engine cabin.

    2) Conditions of all lights, tyre pressure, visual chapping, depth of worn tyre groove, brake pedal and engine operation.

  • Importance of the safety belt
    Importance of the safety belt

    Statistical data show that, of all possible fatal traffic accidents, about 45% of dead lives can be saved if safety belts are correctly used. If both safety belts and air bags can be used, 60% of dead lives can be saved.
    The safety belts help secure drivers and passengers to their seats. Safety belts can effectively prevent drivers and passengers against the second collision in case of an accident. Its buffering role can absorb much kinetic energy, so safety belts can alleviate injury to drivers and passengers.

    • If safety belt is not fastened, the air bag has little role.

    Statistical data show that, of all possible fatal traffic accidents, about 45% of dead lives can be saved if safety belts are correctly used. If both safety belts and air bags can be used, 60% of dead lives can be saved.
    The safety belts help secure drivers and passengers to their seats. Safety belts can effectively prevent drivers and passengers against the second collision in case of an accident. Its buffering role can absorb much kinetic energy, so safety belts can alleviate injury to drivers and passengers.

    • If safety belt is not fastened, the air bag has little role.
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    • Frequent check
      Frequently check if safety belts are working properly. Check if belt surface is smooth; if the fasteners of safety belts are in good condition, if the warning tone and warning lights can work normally. Damaged or safety belts not functioning shall be repaired at the Ford dealership immediately.
    • For children
      Safety belts for adults shall not be used by children. A child car seat is strongly recomended.
    • Frequent check
      Frequently check if safety belts are working properly. Check if belt surface is smooth; if the fasteners of safety belts are in good condition, if the warning tone and warning lights can work normally. Damaged or safety belts not functioning shall be repaired at the Ford dealership immediately.
    • For children
      Safety belts for adults shall not be used by children. A child car seat is strongly recomended.
  • Impact of non-original parts
    Impact of non-original parts

    Generally, a car is composed of plentiful parts. All parts are like some small screws. Only after strictly inspected and tested at the factory, these parts can then be assembled onto the car. Poor parts may not only affect their own performance, but also related assemblies and further performance of the whole car, and even affect driving safety. Different parts of a car have different functions, so their design requirements are different (e.g. technical specifications for size/materials/functionality/durability.)
    There are many non-original parts on the market. To list some examples of why original parts are important for the driver’s and passenger’s safety:

    • Headlight
      For a headlight, its brightness must be taken into account. If it is too bright or dark, driving safety will be affected.Headlights must be durable. The reflector panel in an original headlight will not easily wear out to affect the brightness.
    • Transmission shaft
      A transmission shaft is designed to bear a heavy load. Quality of materials and precision shall is important in an original transmission shaft and this is strictly tested. Otherwise, it might fall off while driving, leading to shaking of the vehicle while in motion, which will quickly damage related parts such as wheel shafts and the steering system.
    • Brake pad/disc
      If a non-original brake disc cracks, it will severely affect the driving safety.

    An original brake pad is designed strictly according to requirements of durability, brake performance, noise and environmental protection, and passes strict car match validation. Generally, a non-original brae pad cannot ensure the design and quality, so problems such as ineffective brake due to declined thermal brake effect and abnormal system operation due to the incompatibility between ABS and ESP system, frequently occur.

    Generally, a car is composed of plentiful parts. All parts are like some small screws. Only after strictly inspected and tested at the factory, these parts can then be assembled onto the car. Poor parts may not only affect their own performance, but also related assemblies and further performance of the whole car, and even affect driving safety. Different parts of a car have different functions, so their design requirements are different (e.g. technical specifications for size/materials/functionality/durability.)
    There are many non-original parts on the market. To list some examples of why original parts are important for the driver’s and passenger’s safety:

    • Headlight
      For a headlight, its brightness must be taken into account. If it is too bright or dark, driving safety will be affected.Headlights must be durable. The reflector panel in an original headlight will not easily wear out to affect the brightness.
    • Transmission shaft
      A transmission shaft is designed to bear a heavy load. Quality of materials and precision shall is important in an original transmission shaft and this is strictly tested. Otherwise, it might fall off while driving, leading to shaking of the vehicle while in motion, which will quickly damage related parts such as wheel shafts and the steering system.
    • Brake pad/disc
      If a non-original brake disc cracks, it will severely affect the driving safety.

    An original brake pad is designed strictly according to requirements of durability, brake performance, noise and environmental protection, and passes strict car match validation. Generally, a non-original brae pad cannot ensure the design and quality, so problems such as ineffective brake due to declined thermal brake effect and abnormal system operation due to the incompatibility between ABS and ESP system, frequently occur.

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    • Engine oil and oil filter

    Oil lubricates the engine and absorbs heat, allowing the internal parts to work together properly without overheating. The oil filter helps remove contaminants from your car engine's oil that can accumulate over time as the oil keeps your engine clean. A non-original engine oil may damage the engine if the wrong oil viscosity or a cheap oil filter is used.

    • Engine oil and oil filter

    Oil lubricates the engine and absorbs heat, allowing the internal parts to work together properly without overheating. The oil filter helps remove contaminants from your car engine's oil that can accumulate over time as the oil keeps your engine clean. A non-original engine oil may damage the engine if the wrong oil viscosity or a cheap oil filter is used.

    If the car owner cannot detect the problem in time, this may even lead to loss of the whole engine.
    To maximum the driving safety, it is best to regularly maintain and repair your car at the Ford dealership, because they use original parts all the time and provide professional repair and maintenance services.

    If the car owner cannot detect the problem in time, this may even lead to loss of the whole engine.
    To maximum the driving safety, it is best to regularly maintain and repair your car at the Ford dealership, because they use original parts all the time and provide professional repair and maintenance services.

  • Description of ABS (anti-lock braking system) and brake system features
    Description of ABS (anti-lock braking system) and brake system features
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    The ABS can effectively prevent the wheels from locking to ensure that the car can still steer in case of emergency brakes are needed.
    If the brake pedal is stepped at due to an emergency, the pedal will quickly engage and give out a vibrating sound. It indicates that the anti-lock braking system is triggered to avoid slipping and control the car according to the direction where the car is steered to.

    The ABS can effectively prevent the wheels from locking to ensure that the car can still steer in case of emergency brakes are needed.
    If the brake pedal is stepped at due to an emergency, the pedal will quickly engage and give out a vibrating sound. It indicates that the anti-lock braking system is triggered to avoid slipping and control the car according to the direction where the car is steered to.

  • Instruction of automatic acceleration when the adaptive cruise control is enabled
    Instruction of automatic acceleration when the adaptive cruise control is enabled

    When the adaptive cruise control is enabled, your Ford vehicle will automatically brake and keep a certain distance if any vehicle is detected in front. When the vehicle in front pulls away, accelerates or changes to another lane, the speed will return to its previously set cruise rate. At this time, you may notice that the vehicle may automatically accelerate. The driver should stay alert, control the steering wheel, and operate the system if needed.

    When the adaptive cruise control is enabled, your Ford vehicle will automatically brake and keep a certain distance if any vehicle is detected in front. When the vehicle in front pulls away, accelerates or changes to another lane, the speed will return to its previously set cruise rate. At this time, you may notice that the vehicle may automatically accelerate. The driver should stay alert, control the steering wheel, and operate the system if needed.

  • Anti- Distracted Driving Law
    Anti- Distracted Driving Law

    RA 10913 or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act is a new law that prohibits motorists from using communication devices and other electronic entertainment and computing
    gadgets while vehicles are in motion or temporarily stopped on a traffic light or an intersection. A motorist, as defined under this law, is a person who is driving motor vehicle.
    Do’s
    -Use earphone only
    -Set destination on navigation apps
    -Place phone or GPS in proper locations
    -Use hands free functions
    -Pull over at emergency bays
    -Place the dash cam behind the rearview mirror

    Penalties
    Violators will be penalized with a fine of five thousand pesos (Php 5,000) for the first offense, ten thousand pesos (Php 10,000) for the second offense, and fifteen thousand
    pesos (Php 15,000) for the third offense with a three-month suspension of driver's license. Violations incurred beyond the third offense shall be penalized with the revocation
    of driver's license and a fine of twenty thousand pesos (Php 20,000).
    If you’re buying a new car, look for one that includes an integrated hands-free system. These use bluetooth technology to enable you to operate your phone, ipod, satellite navigation, etc. all hands free.

    Ford Sync is one example of this kind of system.

    RA 10913 or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act is a new law that prohibits motorists from using communication devices and other electronic entertainment and computing
    gadgets while vehicles are in motion or temporarily stopped on a traffic light or an intersection. A motorist, as defined under this law, is a person who is driving motor vehicle.
    Do’s
    -Use earphone only
    -Set destination on navigation apps
    -Place phone or GPS in proper locations
    -Use hands free functions
    -Pull over at emergency bays
    -Place the dash cam behind the rearview mirror

    Penalties
    Violators will be penalized with a fine of five thousand pesos (Php 5,000) for the first offense, ten thousand pesos (Php 10,000) for the second offense, and fifteen thousand
    pesos (Php 15,000) for the third offense with a three-month suspension of driver's license. Violations incurred beyond the third offense shall be penalized with the revocation
    of driver's license and a fine of twenty thousand pesos (Php 20,000).
    If you’re buying a new car, look for one that includes an integrated hands-free system. These use bluetooth technology to enable you to operate your phone, ipod, satellite navigation, etc. all hands free.

    Ford Sync is one example of this kind of system.

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