Crash Test Mommy

I honestly have no idea what I am in for here.

Yesterday I got a back seat look at Ford’s Curve Control technology.

No it’s not Spanx for cars. Curve Control is a new safety technology that helps prevent rollovers when drivers take turns too fast. In our case yesterday at the track that was 55 MPH. My adrenaline was still pumping two hours later! OK so I’ll never be the next Danica Patrick. I experienced first hand what a curve feels like with and without the Curve Control technology, which will be in 90% of Ford vehicles by 2015.

I’ve been attending Ford’s Safety Summer School at their corporate headquarters in Detroit taking a behind-the-scenes tour of the Ford Safety Innovation Lab with other five other bloggers. My husband and I both drive Ford Explorers and my family has strong ties to Ford. I have three uncles who retired from Ford and my mother worked in the employment office at Ford Detroit right out of high school in the 1950s. My dad has an antique 1941 Lincoln that is his pride and joy. It was really exciting to learn more about Ford as a company and about their safety technology.

I can honestly say now I have a new appreciation for crash test dummies. And the things Ford is doing with safety are amazing. I’ll be writing about the technology we learned about as soon as I recover from getting up at 4 a.m. yesterday!


  1. info hot job says:

    This is my first time i visit here. I found so many entertaining stuff in your blog, especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here! Keep up the good work.
    .-= info hot job´s last blog ..Dresser Inc

  2. Jamie says:

    Jennifer, it WAS very exciting and scary. Ford has specially licensed drivers for their testing track so we were in good hands, although I may or may not have shouted out an expletive during the non Curve Control run. 😉

    We also got to personally test their parallel park assist in a Flex and see the new My Key system (great for parents with teens.) It was all pretty amazing. I’m not great at parallel parking so it was wild to take my hands off the wheel and let the car park itself!
    .-= Jamie´s last blog ..Crash Test Mommy =-.

  3. Kaye says:

    Sounds like a blast of fun. May take a day or two to recover. Our Flex doesn’t have the park assist – not sure I would be comfortable with it – but I don’t have to parallel park too often – living in a rural area. Love the My Key though – we didn’t activate it – since I am the primary driver -but a couple of years ago – it would have been great!
    .-= Kaye´s last blog ..The Cake =-.

  4. Wes Sherwood says:

    We really enjoyed hosting you in lovely Dearborn, especially at the test track. And it was very cool to hear about your Ford connections. Please send me any info on the person who worked with your mom and we’ll try to track her down. Maybe we can stage a special reunion? Thank you.


  5. Amy says:

    Sounds like you had a great time! I am quite curious about a car that can park for me! I have actually finally gotten good at parallel parking over the last couple of years.

  6. Blonde Mom says:

    Wes, I really enjoyed my stay. The Dearborn Inn is beautiful! I took several pictures and will upload them this week to my Flickr account. Thanks again for the gracious Ford hospitality! I’ll e-mail you with more info about my mother and her friend. Any information you can provide would be fabulous.

    Amy, the Flex with the park assist option was very cool! We will be test driving a 2011 Ford so if it has that option you may just have to come down and check it out. 🙂

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