How the Ford F150 Dominates Winter Weather
Many times when you are driving in the snow, it’s a slow-and-go struggle to maintain control of your car. But have you ever noticed a Ford F150 or other truck cruising through the snow with perfect control? It’s almost as if there weren’t a flake of snow on the ground. Well here are eight reasons why that is possible.
Locking Rear Differential
In the 2016 F150, this feature electronically locks your rear axle so that power is distributed to the rear wheels evenly. While this might make for a slightly stiffer ride, it is perfect for control in snowy mountain passes in Utah and around the country.
Particularly when you are driving in wintery canyons like those found in Utah, Colorado and Wyoming, four-wheel drive comes in handy. When you lock your Ford truck into four-wheel drive you are not only sending drive power to all four wheels, but you have also shifted into a lower gear with more torque for better control.
Wider and Lower
Of the 2016 model year option, the narrowest Ford F150 is just under 7 feet wide, making it wider than the majority of cars on the road. This enabled the engineers to give this truck a lower center of gravity, making it less likely to tip.
The Bigger the Better
While the 2016 model is lighter than in previous years, it is still heavier than most sedans on the road. How does this help with traction? The sheer mass of the truck and gravity’s pull give it better connection to the ground than a light sedan would get.
Stopping a Roll
The last situation most people want to be in is spinning out of control in a snowy canyon in Utah. The Ford F150 is equipped with aircraft-grade sensors to recognize when the truck begins to drift. If the truck starts to drift, the computers strategically apply the brakes to correct the drift before a roll can occur.
All F150 trucks come standard with traction control. This simply means that there are many sensors and several computers, monitoring what the truck is doing. If your truck senses a drift or a slide, it can correct the problem without any input from you.
Perhaps one of the most reassuring things to know when driving a 2016 F150 is that it earned all five stars in its safety rating. So whether you are in the snowy mountains of Utah or on the sunny beaches of Florida, you know you are in a safe vehicle.