Rollover Crashes are More Common than You Think

August, the most dangerous month of the year when considering auto accidents, is here. So, to continue along our Driver Safety series we wanted to begin this installment by getting you up to speed on the dangers of rollover crashes!

We’ll start out with some startling statistics:

  • There are more than 10,000 Rollover Crashes/Year

  • 33% of all Passenger Fatalities are due to Rollover Crashes

  • 40% of all Fatal Rollover Crashes are due to Excessive Speeding 

Rollover crashes are largely due to driver behavior, meaning this can be prevented.  Two of the top causes include the aforementioned excessive speeding as well as drinking  & driving.  Actually, nearly half of all fatal rollover crashes involve drinking.  Impairment can result from any blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above .00  Even a small amount of alcohol can negatively affect your judgement, coordination, and vision making you more likely to loose control of your vehicle.  

The most common type of rollover is a single vehicle tripped rollover, which happens when a vehicle leaves the roadway and slides sideways, digging it’s tires into soft soil or striking an object such as a curb or guardrail.  The high tripping force applied to the tires in these situations can cause the vehicle to roll over.  

Ford Curve Control, Roll Over Prevention Technology

That’s why Ford  is planning on introducing Curve Control  on 90 percent of its crossovers, SUVs, trucks and vans by 2015. The system senses when you’re entering a curve too quickly, and automatically slows your speed by up to 10mph in approximately one second.

An extension of roll stability control (RSC), the Curve Control system uses sensors to measure the vehicle’s roll, yaw, lateral acceleration, wheel speed and steering wheel angle. It runs calculations based on those sensors’ input 100 times a second, and is thus able to detect when the vehicle is not turning as much as the driver is steering. When this situation arises, the system reduces engine torque and applies precisely-controlled four-wheel braking, to help the driver regain control of the situation.

“Too many accidents stem from drivers misjudging their speed going into curves and freeway off- and on-ramps,” said Sue Cischke, Ford’s VP of Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering. “Ford’s Curve Control technology senses a potentially dangerous situation and reduces power and applies brakes more quickly than most drivers can react on their own.”

Let us know if you have any questions about Curve Control or if you have a Ford with Curve Control tell us what you think of it in the comments section below. 

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