What to do if Your Car Breaks Down in Traffic

Be Aware Of What Might Break On This Very Trip

Has it been a long time since you changed your oil? Did you notice a kind of weird whining sound when you pulled out of your driveway? Has that clunking sound been getting louder? These are all things to be mindful of, particularly if you’re driving a car given to you by your uncle who never cleans house even when relatives come over, if your car is a Saturn, or if you have ever bought anything ever off of Craigslist.

The idea is to be mindful and aware, even casually. If your car does suddenly break, it’s not a surprise, and that’s important.

Always Have An Exit Strategy

However, sometimes cars are cruel and they give you absolutely no warning whatsoever that they are about to fail you. Usually our cars do warn us, but we don’t always know how to listen for the signs.

In any case, knowing that disaster could strike at any time, always have in mind that this car could just shut off. Maybe even at this exact moment. When you’re in the far right lane of a highway, you can happily note that you’re next to the shoulder and can easily pull over. When you’re in the far left lane, always keep up your spatial awareness, and know how you could coast over to that far shoulder.

This mindfulness will greatly increase your chill if and when your car breaks down. Being chill is key—so that you don’t have that moment of panic, wildly scanning the road, missing something in your blind spot or changing lanes without signaling.

If you at all can, make your way all the way off the highway. You’ll know if you can, because up until this point you were being a good driver and making note of when the next exit was coming up. Be aware. Be prepared. Calmly curse the day you decided not to take auto shop class in high school.

 

After You’ve Pulled Over

Make your car visible. Turn your flashers on, unfold your triangles (you should really buy some high-visibility folding triangles), and set your flares if it’s dark and dreary and you’re gonna be stuck there for a while. Also don’t leave your car on the far side of a curve, or in a spot thats extra hard to see. Here’s a checklist:

  • Move away from your car. This is particularly true in the winter, say, if you skidded off the road. Somebody else might skid where you did, and hit your car. Don’t stand by it.
  • See if there’s something that’s visibly wrong. Did your battery get disconnected? Did you not notice that you ran out of gas? Is there a plume of steam coming out of the hood? Did one of your spark plug wires come loose? Is an unidentifiable fluid gushing forth from under your car?
  • Call a buddy. We all have a buddy. Somebody who knows your car better than you do. I have three people I can call in case one doesn’t pick up. They help me diagnose problems and they have helped me many times fix minor issues enough to get me home. Did that once involve me getting an electric shock re-connecting a spark plug with jumper cables? Most definitely. This is a key step, because you want an outside opinion on if you can fix this yourself or if you really do need to start making expensive decisions.
  • Call the tow truck. There is no shame in it. I have done it. We have all done it. Sometimes there’s nothing that can realistically be done to get your car back on the road, particularly if your alternator just died, or if you’re on the hard shoulder of I-40 in the middle of the night and you just dropped a valve. I know this from experience.
  • Let a professional figure out exactly what needs to be done. Let someone who knows what they’re doing tell you what’s wrong in order to get back on the road. Listen to everyone helping fix your car, learn something from them, and keep that knowledge in your mind when you’re next driving along, aware of what might go wrong next.

Once you have exited the fast, dangerous highway and made it out of the way of other fast, dangerous moving cars, really, that’s all you need to do. Things get easy from here, because your primary safety is taken care of and that’s what’s important.

Your Surroundings Are Key

The primary goal of these steps is to really, seriously minimize the amount of time that you’re physically on the side of the highway. Everything is a calculation for getting off the shoulder with 18 wheelers whizzing past you. Your call to the tow truck should be as swift as possible, but you should know that a tow truck probably isn’t going to get to you any sooner than an hour after you call. So if you are in a safe placeand able to do a quick roadside repair, like replacing the fan belt on your janky VW, or neatly executing a tire change, go for it.

 

Leaving Your Car On The Shoulder

These are highway-oriented steps, and if you end up broken down out in the middle of nowhere on a rural road, things are slightly different. Obviously the danger of being next to the highway disappears. If you have to abandon your car for whatever reason, there are a few things you can do while you leave it to go get help. Tie a shirt or rag or bag around the door handle, code that you’re going to return to your car, broken not abandoned. Call the police to let them know that your car is at a specific location, and broken not abandoned. And figure out how long your car can stay where it is without getting towed. It might take you some time to get your car back up and running. That’s fine!

We’ve all been there, and it’s no fun. As long as you keep safety in mind and keep your cool, you’ll be fine. Don’t give up! It’s going to be fine.

 

full article: http://adequateman.deadspin.com/what-to-do-if-your-car-breaks-down-in-traffic-1785455444

 

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Ladies Love Their Rides

FORD MUSTANG BEATS FORD FOCUS RS BY ONE POINT TO BRING HOME THE TITLE OF WOMEN’S PERFORMANCE CAR OF THE YEAR 2016

DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 21, 2016 – The iconic Ford Mustang has added yet another award to its trophy case – Women’s Performance Car of the Year 2016.

Up against a staggering 294 competitors, Mustang emerged as the top performance car in the Women’s World Car of the Year awards. The awards are determined by 17 judges across 14 countries – the only vehicle honors in the world granted by a panel made up entirely of women. Mustang’s closest contender was the critically acclaimed Ford Focus RS, with just one point separating the two.

“Ford Mustang is surprisingly loved by women who are after a sexy, sporty, masculine car that turns heads,” said Juliet Potter, Women’s World Car of the Year jury member from Australia. “Combining the car’s silver-screen celebrity status with real-life practicality, Mustang screams, ‘I am in control!’ and delivers the same behind the wheel with above-average grip and suspension.”

 

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Experience the All-New 2016 Ford Focus RS for Yourself!

2016-ford-focus-rs-1-e1475512606126So, you think good things can’t come in small packages? Well, think again. “The Ford Focus deserves a look if you’re in the market for a fuel-efficient compact that comes with an extra helping of style, technology, comfort, =and a fun-to-drive nature,” reports Kelley Blue Book. Take a closer look at the all-new 2016 Ford Focus RS.

With its head-turning style and modern good looks, the 2016 Ford Focus RS has all the right moves. Don’t let its compact size fool you – the Focus RS delivers plenty of athleticism and power. This sleek hatchback features a rear spoiler, optional sun/moon roof, performance tires, aluminum wheels, and a choice of four exterior colors. The Focus RS has an overall length of 171.7 inches, overall height of 58.4 inches, overall width of 71.4 inches, and a wheelbase of 104.3 inches.

The 2016 Ford Focus RS’s well-designed cabin has been the recipient of rave reviews. Edmunds says, “The 2016 Focus has a handsome, high-quality interior that can be fitted with impressive technology features.” Left Lane News reports, “The Old World influence is clearly evident in the Focus’ classy cabin, which charms with high-quality materials and a distinctive design.” Standard features include rearview camera, Ford’s SYNC voice-control system, a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio with premium sound system, and MP3 player. Available features include blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, and the new SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen. Standard safety features include driver air bag, side head air bag, 4-wheel ABS, brake assist, passenger air bag, side air bag, front disc and rear drum brakes, electronic stability control, child safety locks, and traction control.

The 2016 Ford Focus RS is powered by a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine that produces an astounding 350 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive and a smooth six-speed manual transmission come standard. With exhilarating acceleration, agile handling, and top-of-its-class performance, the 2016 Focus RS delivers a truly exciting driving experience.

Yes, the 2016 Ford Focus RS packs a whole lot into a small package. “The RS offers a level of power and performance previously unknown in a domestic compact,” praises Kelley Blue Book. Experience the all-new 2016 Ford Focus RS for yourself: visit City Ford Sales for a test drive today!

The 2017 Ford Fusion Energi puts an end to range anxiety

Interested in making the switch to a plug-in hybrid, but worried about potential range limitations? We’ve already covered a few reasons why car owners are getting charged up over Ford’s hybrid and electric vehicles – now let’s talk about why the 2017 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid is a great option for those who need to go further distances than currently possible with an all-electric vehicle. In short, the Fusion Energi solves one of the challenges typically associated with electrified vehicles: range anxiety.

Ford’s new 2017 Fusion Energi is designed to alleviate feelings of range anxiety by going further in every sense of the word. In a recent survey, we asked drivers how far they think the Fusion Energi can go on one tank and a full charge. They guessed 420 km.* In reality, the Fusion Energi blew right by their expectations with an estimated combined gas-plus-electric range of 982 km. Feeling a little less anxious yet?

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The 2017 Fusion Energi is a plug-in hybrid; that means it uses both an electric battery and a gas-powered engine. In normal use, you can drive the Fusion Energi in all-electric mode until the battery is depleted, at which point the gas-powered engine takes over to get you to your destination provided you’ve got gas in the tank of course. And given that 83% of Canadians say that fuel economy is important to them***, it’s clear that the Fusion Energi is ideal for maximizing distance travelled between fill-ups.

With changes to the hybrid powertrain software and regenerative braking, the Fusion Energi features an estimated total range of 982 km**. Fusion Energi’s all-electric range is 35 km, while the gas engine adds another 947 km of range (based on Government of Canada approved test methods.)

According to Kevin Layden, Ford’s director of electrified powertrain engineering, Fusion Energi gives drivers both the freedom to go gas-free for shorter trips and the fuel efficiency of a gas engine and regenerative braking for longer trips, all at an affordable price. With provincial incentives also available in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, there’s never been a better time to get into a new Fusion Energi.

Here’s to having your cake, and eating it too.

Ultimate F-150 Raptor Canadian Road Trips!

Get out there and experience Raptor in its element. Here’s a quick and dirty guide for where across this great nation of ours you can really put your truck through its paces, from rocks to sand and every mud stop in between.

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Rock Crawl – British Columbia

While the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor looks and feels like a truck built for speed, the methodical and exacting nature of a good rock climb is nothing it can’t handle. Hit the “rock climb” button on your dash and then venture into the wilds of BC’s lower mainland, where some of the best rock climbs in the country are found.

Not only does Rock Crawl mode prompt the driver to enter 4 LOW mode and maximize stability on this trick terrain, it also activates the front camera to allow a clearer view of what’s on the trail ahead.

Spots like “Hamburger Hill” just outside Mission or the foothills around Castlegar, in the Kootenies, provide ample opportunities to gear down and climb!

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Baja – Alberta 

From the badlands in the south to spots like Brule Lake and Athabasca in the north, Alberta offers plenty of varied terrain for those off-roaders looking to get their Raptor into its native habitat.

Baja mode really lets the Raptor shine, offering improved engine response and more linear power for the hardcore off-rod driver.

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Mud/Sand – Manitoba

With more than 110,000 lakes and countless major rivers, Manitoba is the place for mud. There are many locations just outside of Winnipeg, where mud pits await the arrival of your Raptor.

Mud/Sand mode keeps the steering set in comfort mode to make it easier to stay on course, while engaging the vehicle into 4 HIGH and optimizing AdvanceTrac to provide the solid footing you need.

Some popular trails in Manitoba include the Northstar trail (about 300KM from Winnipeg) and Seddon’s Corners, a popular spot among ATV enthusiasts that is much closer to Manitoba’s largest city.

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Sport Mode – Quebec

When it is time for sport mode, head to “la belle province” to experience all your Raptor has to offer on solid ground. Sportier steering feel and quicker shifting makes for “spirited” on-road driving.

Enjoy the winding roads and breathtaking views of the Bas-Saint-Laurent – Gaspésie tour, where you will see Quebec like you never expected.

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Weather – Newfoundland

It’s often said that in Newfoundland, you can experience all four seasons in the same day. We can think of no better place to experience Raptor’s weather mode, which automatically engages the throttle response and shifting schedule to allow greater confidence and handling.

There are many opportunities to get your truck dirty on “The Rock”, with the Viking Trail topping the list as the best way to see the island, reach historic spots, and gain access to some of the many off-road spots across the province.

This list represents the tip of the iceberg. Get out and discover the best places in your neck to learn what your truck can do!

Do you have a great off-road spot you’d like to share? Comment below.

It should go without saying that all drivers must obey local laws, speed limits and any other ordinances as it relates to off-roading, from proper safety equipment to respecting private and protected lands. Always use the buddy system and let someone know where you’re headed in your truck.

Be safe, respect the land, and have fun!