There’s an 'app' for seemingly everything today. I heard the other day about an app that lets you create a picture of yourself with Paris Hilton. Why you would want that, I’ll never know, but as someone who spends quite a bit of time in a truck looking in the rearview mirror at the trailer I’m towing, Ford’s new app seems like a good idea.
It’s a software application—finally I can use the whole word—designed to make it safer to tow or go off-roading in a F-150. Ford estimates that more than 50 percent of its F-series owners regularly tow a trailer so wanting to make these men and women more comfortable while doing so seems like a smart idea.
Ford makes the Truck App available on F-Series’ 4.2-inch LCD display screen. It’s a multi-function cluster-style screen that normally provides information such as fuel economy, vehicle settings and trip monitoring. The additional information will include a checklist that asks drivers to ensure that the ball coupler is connected and locked, that the tongue jack is raised, that the trailer wire harness is connected and that all the lights are operational. It even reminds drivers to adjust the mirrors and make sure the wheel chocks are removed before you run over them.
Owners of multiple trailers can name each one in the application and even store accumulated mileage, plus additional data like trailer brake gain and output.
Maybe you could even name one of the trailers Paris.
Find the app at www.ford.com.