Wayne Cook
February 12, 2010

Classic Ford Safety Upgrades
It's truly a great thing that so many advances have been made in vehicle safety since the '60s. Quantum improvements have been realized in many areas with energy absorbing vehicle structure, three-point seatbelts and air bags being just a few examples. One thing that hasn't changed is the fact that seatbelts are still your first and best line of defense against injury in the event of an accident and your classic Ford car should already be equipped with those. However, beyond seatbelts there are many things you can do to make your classic Mustang or other special interest Ford safer to travel in.

Besides being protected in the event of an accident, vehicle safety includes many things having to do with collision avoidance and operational security. To prepare this story, we asked questions such as: How safe are your travels at night with less than the optimum headlights on your car? If you live in a rainy weather state are those OE drum brakes really the best bet? The list of questions went on and on but the answer was always the same. The best way to avoid being injured in an accident is to not have one to begin with. Obviously for night-time driving the quality and quantity of light that your headlights can generate is a paramount consideration, and nighttime visibility will be a big part of our discussion.

Safety considerations also include reliability, so more questions arise. How safe are you on the side of the road because of overheating or a set of wiped out ignition points? What about tires? If you're going on a long road trip, the type and condition of your tires definitely has an impact on safety during high-speed operation. Our discussion will also include things that are intended to keep you rolling, because there are few things less fun and more dangerous than being stranded beside the side of the road.

The truth is that there are a whole host of things you can do to enhance the safety and comfort of your classic Ford travels. Let's walk around a few classic Mustangs and look at some of the things that you can do to keep out of an accident in the first place.