Monday, April 13, 2015

Establish Safe Driving Habits with Your Teenager using MyKey from Ford

Gresham Ford knows how important it is for your children to buckle up, not speed, remember to fill up the gas take and turn the radio down - we have kids too.  MyKey from Ford allows parents to virtually ride along shotgun.  It helps kids feel secure as they are learning how to drive by promoting safe driving habits, helps to reduce distractions and automatically turn on driver convenience and security features and all with no added equipment or cost.
There are two levels of settings with MyKey: those you can change and those you can not change.  Settings you can change include:
  • Belt-Reminder chimes until both front passengers are buckled up.  The radio will also remain on mute until the safety belts are fastened.  
  • Low fuel warning begins to appear at 75 miles to empty instead of 50.  
  • Explicit SiriusXM Satellite Radio channels are blocked
  • Cannot deactivate certain features (if equipped): active park assist, BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with cross-traffic alert, collision warning with brake support, Forward and Reverse Sensing Systems and Lane Keeping System
Setting you can change include:
  • Limit top speed to 65, 70, 75, or 80 mph - Your choice
  • Configure advisory chimes at 45, 55, or 65 mph
  • Limit maximum audio volume at 44%
  • Set traction control to always remain on
MyKey Helps Keep To Establish Safe Driving Habits
The Gresham Ford Sales Team is happy to help you configure your settings now or in the future.  It takes minutes to set-up and provides you a peace of mind that is truly priceless.  MyKey is an industry first empowers owners to program specific keys with restricted driving limitations allowing a measure of control even when you can't be in the vehicle.  Some business owners have also found this technology helpful when ensure safe driving habits of their employees.  

Developing a responsible teen driver can be challenging but MyKey from Ford and available at Gresham Ford can help.  Keep these tips in mind to help keep your teen safe and responsible.  
  • Limit Night Driving - Many teen crashes take place between 9 pm and midnight.  Beginning drivers initially should be restricted to driving during the day.  
  • Keep it slow - Remember that teens need to stay away from fast-moving high volume traffic until they feel comfortable and ready.
  • Discourage distractions - restrict cell phone usage.  Don't let bad habits begin.  Whatever it is it can wait until you park.  
  • Restrict Passengers - Having more than one passenger in the vehicle increases the chance of risky behavior and peer pressure.  
  • Bad Weather - Prepare your teen for the heavy rain that is so frequent here in Oregon.  Talk about tips and share options when you feel like you can't see due to inclement weather.  
Creating safe drivers is important to everyone and Gresham Ford is happy to help.  For more information about MyKey or other industry first technologies offered by Ford call 503-665-0101 or drop by 1999 East Powell Blvd in Gresham.