2014 Explorer Terrain Management System


The 2014 Explorer has always held one of the top positions for an SUV in its class. Now the vehicle is even better than before. One of the most innovative additions to the new 2014 Ford Explorer is the Terrain Management System™.


The Terrain Management System™ allows the driver to quickly shift on the move into one of four settings to match the present terrain. This is achieved by turning a rotary dial on the dashboard. Settings 1-4 are listed below:


  1. is used for normal, everyday conditions.
  2. is for use in mud and ruts.
  3. is for sandy conditions.
  4.  is for slippery conditions like snow, gravel, and grass.


Jonathan Crocker, head of Vehicle Engineering for the 2014 Ford Explorer, decided  that some drivers did not understand the conventional four-wheel drive low and high, and would also benefit from a system that was more integrated and less hands-on. In 2011 the Ford Explorer moved from a rear-wheel platform to front-wheel. The principle behind the move was not simply to engage the rear axle in difficult conditions but to integrate and modify the response of different systems for improved performance.


If you are driving your 2014 Ford Explorer under the normal settings, the Terrain Management System™ moves torque to the front wheels and shifts torque to the rear only as required. This is the most economical setting but still allows the vehicle its four-wheel drive function for the best driving conditions.

Should conditions become more difficult and extreme, one can dial the grass, snow, and gravel setting. For example, this setting can be used when the underlying surface is firm and solid, but the top layer of the surface is loose and slippery. Under this setting more torque is applied to the rear wheels,

The transmission, without the aid of the driver, shifts up into a higher gear, and, at the same time, the engine lessens its torque output at the current throttle condition. This action stops the tires from spinning. Simultaneously, the stability control function keeps the steering straight and true.

In the Mud and Ruts setting, the Terrain Management System™ makes the accelerator more aggressive and, at the same time, desensitizes the stability control. This enables the wheels to spin as fast or as slow as need be.


The Terrain Management System™ really shows its mettle in deep, sandy conditions. In these extreme conditions you simply dial to sand on the Terrain Management System™, and it will automatically disable the traction control whilst keeping the transmission in low gear to power effortlessly out of trouble.


The 2014 Explorer is much improved with the Terrain Management System™. It enables the driver to deal with most on-road and off-road conditions safely and efficiently. It also aids fuel economy and comfort. The system is easy to use, and each setting can be quickly dialed whilst the car is in motion. The dial is in easy reach, and each setting illuminates to reassure the driver that he has successfully made his selection; this is especially useful at night.

Ford Truck Card Contest

Make a card for your truck and enter it into a monthly drawing.

Ford has been building trucks since 1918. The first one was a Model T, one-ton truck. The first F series truck rolled off the line in 1948, and Ford is still going strong and proud today.


All Ford trucks  comes with a silent reminder of a man who had an idea, one which was put to work at a time when the nation was vulnerable. Henry Ford set out to manufacture an automobile made by skilled workers who earned decent, steady wages. He dreamed of a vehicle that was simple to drive and cheap to repair. That and much more was accomplished with the F series Ford truck. To hear and see about all of these vehicles throughout the years would be a treasure, and there are prizes offered for showing off your truck. How great is this!




Regardless of when you bought your Ford truck, whether it was new or used, it qualifies for this contest and can be entered. Be specific in your entry; make your truck interesting. Include why you bought it, where you bought it, what its price was at the time, and how long you had it.  A picture is a must; use it to show what the truck does for you. If it’s a prize possession, all shiny and pristine, or used to climb mud mountains, let it speak for itself.  There is no right or wrong picture. There is no picture too old or too new,  check out the 2014 Explorer Terrain Management System





Initially Ford trucks were for the working man, but over the years they have become a  vehicle that’s great for moms too. Mothers across the country can be seen driving a Ford to haul a batch of kids to soccer, hockey, or ballet.

Ford trucks have also evolved into the very popular SUV. These  Ford trucks are being put to the test daily, doing most of the regular chores Ford trucks would do plus some. You need to bring home a patio set, drop in some garden rocks, or haul a huge puppy to the vet in comfort? Your Ford truck will do it all.




    • Dickies Built Ford Tough Jacket
    •  Built Ford Tough backpack and one work t-shirt
    •  Subscriptions to Sports Illustrated magazine, and one work t-shirt
    •  One work t-shirt and prize package




At the end of the contest, one tough Ford truck owner will win a trip to see his/her favorite sports team play in a regular season road game. This prize includes travel, lodging, and tickets for both the winner and a guest. The game will be at the discretion of the winner.

Distracted Driving Awareness Month


The term “distracted driving” continues to gain national attention as the rate of fatal accidents related to distractions, including texting and cellphone usage during driving, continues to climb at an alarming rate in the United States. During 2012 more than 3,000 people lost their lives in crashes resulting from distracted driving. In an effort to bring awareness to this serious problem, April has been designated as Distracted Driving Awareness Month as a way to encourage driving safety and help curb these fatal crashes. This program, led by the U.S. Department of Transportation in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the National Safety Council, is promoting a simple idea to consider, “One text or call could wreck it all.”

Drivers Most at Risk


Facts have shown that 16 percent of younger drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were found to be distracted while driving. This is a dangerous statistic considering that many of these drivers lack driving experience, a fact that puts them at risk to begin with. Coupled with distractions such as loud music, talking to other passengers in the vehicle, and talking or texting on their cellphone, in many cases these young drivers are an accident waiting to happen. Surprisingly enough, the age group found to have the highest number of fatal crashes related to cellphone usage was the 30- to 39-year old group.

Collected crash data shows that those who multi-task while driving are at a higher risk for being involved in a crash, and the main culprit for distraction is usually the cellphone. In 2009 alone there were almost 31,000 fatal crashes in the United States, involving approximately 45,000 drivers, and resulting in almost 34,000 deaths. Out of these figures, 16 percent of those crashes were attributed to some form of distraction. This signifies an increase from just 10 percent of fatal crashes in 2005.

What’s Being Done to Promote Driver Safety?


While many states and municipalities already have laws in place to address handheld cellphone usage and driving safety, the NHTSA is kicking off their first national campaign directed specifically at cell phones. By promoting “U Drive. U Text. U Pay,” it hopes that drivers will understand the dangers to which they expose themselves, in addition to being ticketed and receiving higher penalties if involved in a crash while talking or texting on their cellphones.

Drivers can do their part for driving safety by putting down the phone while driving and encouraging the younger drivers in their families to do the same. More information on Distracted Driving Awareness Month can be found on the government’s website.