Guide to keys

Ford keys do much more than unlock doors and start engines. They’re also equipped with a variety of advanced time-saving features. From the peace of mind offered by setting responsible driving limits to the convenience of remote keyless entry, this guide details how to make the most of your keys’ amenities.

Intelligent access key

Intelligent access technology makes fumbling for your keys a thing of the past. This available feature—which works with push-button start—takes the work out of entering and starting your vehicle. You simply keep the key fob in your pocket or purse. Your Ford will instantly recognize it and let you enter your vehicle and start the engine.

Integrated keyhead transmitter

Integrated keyhead transmitter is a complicated name for a convenient feature. The integrated keyhead transmitter works as a remote keyless entry transmitter for your keyless entry system, which lets you quickly enter the vehicle. It also functions as a programmed ignition key, which lets you lock or unlock the vehicle as well as start the engine.

Securicode™ keyless entry key pad

The SecuriCode keyless entry key pad feature lets you access the vehicle by simply entering a security code on the keypad on the driver’s door.

MyKey®

If you are concerned about putting a new driver behind the wheel of your Ford, MyKey can help give you peace of mind. MyKey helps keep important safety features active while a new driver is in control. It also lets you set vehicle speed and audio volume limits. As MyKey only takes a few minutes to set up, encouraging your son or daughter to drive safely and responsibly has never been easier. Encouraging them to wear decent clothes? That’s going to be a little harder.

MyKey features

MyKey helps encourage responsible driving by letting you:

  • Set the maximum speed limit, up to 80 mph
  • Set the maximum audio volume, up to 45 percent of capacity

When MyKey is active, it:

  • Makes the Belt-Minder® (front safety belt reminder) warning chime sound until the safety belts are buckled
  • Mutes the audio system until the safety belts are buckled
  • Turns the low-fuel light on 25 miles sooner, at 75 miles to empty

Teaching teenagers how to drive

Trusting your teens behind the wheel is a big step. So before you hand over the keys, discuss your expectations for their driving behavior, and for the proper care of the vehicle they’ll be using.

Here are a few things that you can cover with them:

  • Introduce the owner's manual. It’s crucial that they understand the vehicle they'll be driving. But it doesn't have to be dry reading—try making a quiz game out of it. You can even have gas money be the prize.
  • Explain how maintenance works. New drivers should understand that a vehicle can’t go on forever if it's not properly maintained. Well-maintained vehicles work more efficiently and retain their value longer, which could possibly save you money down the line. Make sure they know that they should visit the local Ford Dealership regularly for scheduled maintenance. You can even set up their first appointment for them.
  • Discuss distractions. Most teenage drivers make cell phones, playlists and text messaging a big part of their lives. Make sure they understand to never use handheld devices while driving. If the vehicle they’ll be using features SYNC® technology, teach them how to use the voice controlled features—if they haven’t figured it out already.27
  • Establish an emergency plan. Your teenage drivers should know what to do in case of an accident, a break-in, a road-rage encounter or a breakdown. Make sure they know the numbers for Roadside Assistance, the local police, and your emergency contacts if you can’t be reached. They should also know the location of your local Ford Dealership, in case the vehicle requires towing.
  • Practice defensive maneuvers. Even if your teen drivers have already taken a driver’s education course, make sure they know how the vehicle responds to real-world hazards by practicing defensive driving techniques.
  • Help orient them. When driving with your teens, point out major roads, landmarks and street patterns. Teach them to use maps, and be comfortable with routes before they go out on the road. If the vehicle they’ll be using is equipped with a navigation system, teach them how to use it and how not to be reliant on it—you want them to be able to find their way around without one, too.

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