I’ve been called unstable before, and I wasn’t happy about it, but it’s not like I flew into a fit of rage because of it (but in all honesty, I flew into a fit of rage over a sandwich prompting the Subway employee to call me unstable). In reality, I’m financially irresponsible, I have no sleep schedule, or really a semblance of any kind of schedule at all—not to mention I’m wildly unpredictable. So I suppose it’s fair they called me unstable. But when I’m in my Ford, equipped with AdvanceTrac® Electronic Stability Control, I’m as stable as a person can be in today’s mad, mad world. I’ve essentially gone from a house of cards to a much more stable structure like the Tower of Pisa. So read on and learn how Ford’s AdvanceTrac® can even make someone like myself stable.
Traction control in some form or another has been around since the early 80s, like David Hasselhoff. Unlike the Hoff, it’s only gotten better and more stable with age. The way that AdvanceTrac® Electronic Stability Control works is fairly simple—an onboard computer takes 150 readings per second from tiny gyroscopic sensors, then sending the proper braking pressure to individual brakes. Like I said, simple! Traction control will keep your wheels from spinning out when you accelerate, meaning your wheels keep their grip on the road. The ESC portion (Electronic Stability Control) will keep you from wildly fishtailing from side-to-side, which is an apt analogy for how most of my life has gone at this point. Only, I don’t need to try and control things because AdvanceTrac® Electronic Stability Control does it for me!
AdvanceTrac® is also often paired with Ford’s Roll Stability Control® (RSC) which works similarly to AdvanceTrac®, reducing power and applying brake force to keep your vehicle from rolling. This is just one of Ford’s many safety features meant to keep you on the road (and safe).
Don’t like stability? Think you’re too good for AdvanceTrac®? Well, I won’t be helping you out of the ditch. But, there are definitely some times when you’ll want to turn it off—such as if you’re stuck in deep snow or mud. It’s as easy as just pressing the AdvanceTrac® button if your vehicle is equipped—if not, you can cycle through your dashboard information menu. Then, just watch the AdvanceTrac® Off icon light up and you can utilize all of your engine power to all four wheels, helping you out of mess that you’re in. If the AdvanceTrac® icon is flashing, that just means it’s doing its job and you may want to adjust your driving accordingly. However, if the icon light is solid there is a problem with your AdvanceTrac® system and you should probably head to the Team Ford service department.
Ford’s AdvanceTrac® Electronic Stability Control may not get your life in total control, but it does wonders for your vehicle. To learn more about this stellar technology, the vehicles it’s found on, or any of the other Ford technology available, give us a call or stop by Edmonton’s favourite Ford dealership, Team Ford.