Fall Driving Tips

Fall is a time for hay rides, leaf peeping and pumpkin picking. It’s also a time when road and weather conditions make getting there a little tougher.

Stay safe on the road this season with these smart driving tips.

Don’t brake on leaves. Wet leaves can be as slippery as ice. Drive slowly through them and avoid hard braking. Leaves may obscure lane lines and other road markers, so pay attention to the edge of the road and take care to stay in your lane, advises PennDOT.

Avoid sun glare. On and near the autumnal equinox (which fell on September 23 in 2015), the first 15 to 45 minutes after sunrise and before sunset can make for more difficult driving due to sun glare. The sun perfectly aligns with east/west roadways during this time. Grab a good pair of sunglasses for the daytime, keep your windshield clean and use north/south streets or streets with tree cover when possible, says the National Weather Service.

Use your rain smarts. During fall, many cities see increased rainfall. When it’s raining, be sure to maintain a safe distance from the car in front of you, as the wet roads may be more slippery than usual and you may be at higher risk of hydroplaning. Use your low beams or fog lights (never high beams) in fog conditions, says the Minnesota Safety Council.

Be careful on bridges. As the temperature begins to drop, morning frost can leave icy patches on bridges, overpasses and shaded spots on the road. Slow down.

Adjust your eyes. We lose 1 to 2 minutes of daylight daily after the autumnal equinox according to the National Weather Service. After leaving home or the office and before hitting the gas petal, give your eyes time to adjust to the dark, advises the Minnesota Safety Council. It takes them between 2 and 5 minutes to start adjusting.

Watch out for deer. Autumn marks the beginning of deer breeding season and they will be more active in areas near the road, says the PennDOT. Deer are most active during sunset and sunrise so be extra watchful when driving near the woods and near deer crossing signs.

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Ford Explains the Focus RS’s “Drift Mode”

The Geneva auto show brought confirmation that the new Ford Focus RS will feature what the company is calling “drift mode.” This immediately triggered thoughts of wannabe Hoonigans wrapping their cars, and possibly themselves, around solid objects as they tried to make their own gymkhana videos.

Fortunately, a sit-down with Ford Performance boss Dave Pericak and the division’s chief engineer Jamal Hameedi gave us the chance to find out some more. And the good news for anyone considering letting somebody under the age of 25 anywhere near a Focus RS is that the system reportedly works in conjunction with the car’s stability control system to make you feel like a driving god.

So who came up with the idea of such a compellingly crazy system?

“It organically came through the team,” says Pericak. “We know what our customers love to do, and it was a case of ‘hey, wouldn’t it be really cool to allow someone to have fun, and to use their driving skills, but still have a car that’s able to help when you need it?’ ”

The ability of the twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system to channel up to 70 percent of the RS’s torque to the rear wheels, and then up to 100 percent of that output to either side to enable torque vectoring, makes it relatively easy to persuade the Focus RS into power oversteer. The secret is then making sure enthusiasm doesn’t get the better of limited experience.

“It works in conjunction with the ESC system,” explained Hameedi. “It knows how fast the car is yawing and what you’re doing to catch it. The more you stay ahead of the car, the more the system will let you rotate the car. But if the computer sees you falling behind, your steering inputs not keeping up with the yaw rate, then it steps in and rescues you. We’d say it’s an excellent teaching tool to help develop your skills—it works with you, not against you.”

Yes, it still will be possible to fully switch off the stability control, but Pericak explains that the car will always be far easier to control when left in drift mode. “The limits we’re going to set give anyone enough room to have fun, there’s no need to turn it off. If you’ve gone as far as we’re going to let you [go], then you probably shouldn’t be going any further. It’s like [being] a trapeze artist—we’re going to put the safety net underneath you, but you’re still going to have to go up there and perform the stunts yourself.”

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How the Ford F-150 Raptor Gives You the Best of 4WD and AWD in One Package

One of the main selling points of the Ford F-150 Raptor is its ability to drive over virtually any surface. In addition to the Fox Racing shocks and big BF Goodrich tires, the Raptor has a trick transfer case that combines the best attributes of four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Here’s how it works.

Unlike most normal trucks, which feature a 4WD mode that locks both axles together, the Raptor’s “4 Auto” mode uses a wet multi-plate clutch to distribute power between the front and rear axles as traction demands, just like an all-wheel drive system. So it allows for slip, even on pavement, meaning you can drive it anywhere without the binding and strange behavior of a locked 4WD system.

Of course, you can still put the Raptor into true 4WD by selecting “4Hi” or “4Lo,” which lock the axles together in the traditional sense. So in essence, the Raptor features both 4WD and AWD.

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