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2012 Ford Explorer Long Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer: Safety Aids

March 01, 2012

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I rely heavily on safety aids when driving the Ford Explorer, mostly the Blind Spot and Cross Traffic Alert monitoring systems. It's difficult to see passing cars when trying to switch lanes on the freeway. The headrest of the second row blocks much of the view out the rearmost right-side window. There have been times when I didn't see a car coming up on my right but the little yellow light on the side mirror told me otherwise.

The side mirrors themselves do a good job especially on the driver side, but this car has a huge blind spot on its right side toward the rear.

I also need to rely on the rear-view camera when backing out of parking spots. Even exiting my wide driveway at home is tough. I just can't see. Perhaps if I were taller it wouldn't be so bad but I suspect not. Thankfully, the Explorer's camera gives a wide view which is really helpful.

Last night, I was parked in a diagonal head-in spot near a corner. That corner is notorious for drivers flying around too quickly without regards to the parking spots. On the screen I could see all the way to the street corner. I saw a car approaching the intersection and the Explorer beeped a warning chime before the driver even started making the turn toward me.

A while back I made a short video of the visibility in the Ford Explorer. You can see it here.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 10,807 miles


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