Technology that makes our lives easier or more enjoyable is amazing, but technology that makes us safer? Well, that’s simply unbeatable. Thanks to Ford’s dedication to developing cars and SUVs that couple cutting-edge technology with supreme safety features, it’s no wonder that the 2018 Ford Escape can boast a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Choose to include the Ford Safe and Smart Package on your 2018 Ford Escape, and you’ll feel confident knowing that you’re protected with a lane-keep assist system, automatic high-beam headlamps, rain-sensing windshield wipers, adaptive cruise control, a forward collision warning and brake support system and Ford’s BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) as well as cross-traffic alert. The Safe and Smart package is everything you need to hit the open road feeling protected and ready to take on anything the day may throw at you.
However, that’s not to say that you’ll necessarily feel that your newly licensed teen driver is prepared to face down the many driving challenges that they may encounter, such as distractions from inside the cabin or the temptation to blast the stereo to deafening levels. Ford knows that teen driver’s may have the best of intentions, but peer pressure and the excitement of finally having independence on the road leads many teens to take unnecessary and extremely dangerous risks, which is why they have created MyKey.
Ford’s MyKey allows drivers to program one of their keys to govern the 2018 Ford Escape’s capabilities, which basically means that if your teen borrows your SUV, you can simply hand over the specially-coded key and rest assured knowing that the safe-guards you have put in place will be activated as soon as your teen turns the key in the ignition. Some of the best features of MyKey include the Belt-Minder function, which will sound a six-second chime every 30 seconds until your teen buckles up… and just to be sure they can’t turn up the beat to drown on the sound, the audio also gets muted until the safety belt clicks in.
Teens frequently feel the need for speed, but you can protect your teen against the urge to put the pedal to metal simply by setting MyKey to limit the 2018 Ford Escape’s top speeds. You can stop the car from going any faster than either 65, 70, 75 or 80 mph, and you can also set the SUV to chime when speeds broach 45, 55 and 65 mph.
A few other key features of MyKey include the earlier low-fuel warning, which alerts your teen well in advance of the gas tank hitting empty, and the limited audio volume ability, which limits the speakers from going louder than 44 percent of the sound systems total volume. Finally, any advanced safety technology (such as the aforementioned BLIS system and Park Aid) cannot be turned off if you have programmed MyKey to keep them activated.
Safety should be at the forefront of every driver’s mind, which is why Ford offers it’s drivers a multitude of standard and advanced safety features to protect you and your most precious cargo as you take to the open road.