Motorists often do not drink enough during a journey, due to either long stints behind the wheel or the fear of being distracted.

Studies show that drivers who are not properly hydrated make the same number of errors as people who are over the drink driving limit. Experts say we should double our liquid intake to stay safe behind the wheel, and Ford has a unique way of making that happen.

As an addition to the one million miles of cup holder testing on public roads during new model development, engineers also use a “Roller Coaster Test” to ensure that lattes, fizzy drinks and cups of water do not spill while we are on the move.

The test – during which designers and engineers take to Ford’s test track in Merkenich, Germany – subjects hundreds of different cups to 5g forces in their cup holder – equivalent to riding a theme park coaster on a high-speed slalom course before being driven at top speed.

“For drivers, being able to easily reach for a favourite drink is a fundamental part of a comfortable journey. But more than that, staying hydrated on the move helps drivers stay focussed on the road ahead,” said Martin Dawid, manager, Body Engineering, Ford of Europe.


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James Ash


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September 4, 2017