In the last blog, I wrote about the most common causes of accidents. A contributing factor in any cause was driver behaviour, but aside from that there are all manner of reasons any one of us may have an accident. Weather conditions and hazardous visibility can test anyone, even the most experienced Connect Van driver. Other aspects of increased likelihood can be the sheer volume of traffic on the road.
Manufacturers of Ford Commercial and other makes and models are always hard at work to improve safety features on their new vans to help reduce accidents. Here are some of a few that are currently available for driver peace of mind and safety.
- Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
This helps your van’s wheels from locking up when braking. It can help reduce breaking distance as well as improve steering control.
- Electronic brake-force distribution (EBD)
This safety feature is designed to improve stability when conditions fall short of triggering the ABS. EBD will automatically vary the amount of brake force that is applied to each brake to give maximum stopping power. It will also help to reduce the potential for the wheel to lock up.
- Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
This feature will sense when your van is losing grip and will automatically apply braking force to individual wheels, helping to stabilise it.
- Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
This works in conjunction with ABS and reinforces braking in emergency stops. It reduces stopping distances and will apply maximum force when it detects ‘panic braking’.
- Traction control system (TCS)
TCS prevents the wheels from spinning when you accelerate on a slippery road surface, especially useful with wet leaves and other autumnal and winter dangers.