Winnipeg’s St. James Street. Toronto’s Dufferin Street. Vernon’s Silver Star Road. These three stand among dozens of streets and highways chosen by drivers like you in the Canadian Automobile Association’s annual Worst Roads survey.
The survey highlights roads that are brutal for drivers and brutal for their cars. All are awful in their own ways, but the commonalities are clear: crippling congestion, collapsing pavement, and potholes… lots and lots of potholes.
To ensure vehicle designs are at their best, Ford believes in testing on roads at their worst. That is why – inspired by horror stories like Canada’s Worst Roads – Ford tests vehicles on its own homemade highway from hell.
Drawing on years of global customer surveys, Ford found the worst driving hazards the world has to offer and featured them in a brutal 1.9 km test track in Lommel, Belgium.
There are Brazilian-style speed bumps that can hit drivers with the same G-forces faced by fighter pilots. There are broken Parisian cobblestones that shake every screw, bolt and weld throughout the vehicle. There are Monsoon-battered roads with ruts that could break a vehicle’s steering or suspension. Taken together the track features 100 hazards from 25 countries and massive potholes up to 12 centimeters deep.
But by subjecting our vehicles to this driver’s nightmare, we can ensure they are battle-tested and ready for any challenge.