When your vehicle comes to a halt on an incline like a hill, pulling away with a manual gearbox can sometimes prove challenging – especially if you’re in heavy traffic, or you need to join moving traffic quickly. If you get the balance between revs and clutch wrong when making a hill start, your attempt to pull away will be dashed as you stall. Not only can this be slightly embarrassing, but rolling back could also lead to an accident in some cases.
You can make this common struggle a thing of the past with Ford Hill Start Assist technology – an intelligent safety system that uses built-in sensors and an on-board computer to detect when you’ve stopped on a hill and supports you accordingly. By maintaining pressure on the braking system for an extra 2.5 seconds while you coordinate engine power, Hill Start Assist temporarily prevents you from rolling backwards or forwards (even when in reverse). You’ll have more time and control as you shift your foot from brake pedal to accelerator, making the perfect hill start easier than ever. It’s also useful when you’re starting off on slippery surfaces.
Hill Start Assist is one of Ford’s safety-enhancing technology features that give you peace of mind. You can enjoy this system and others in the new models such as the Focus, C-Max, Kuga and many more – all of which are on offer at Gates Ford.
To find out more about Ford Hill Start Assist, or any other technology system, contact the Gates Ford team today. You can also book a test drive in a vehicle of your choice to experience it for yourself – we can book you in at your local dealership in Stevenage, Harlow, Bishop’s Stortford, Hertford, St Albans, Enfield, Potters Bar and Woodford.