Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Living On The Edge

By Wendy Kam Marcy

I developed a fear of heights when I almost fell over a cliff while trekking in Northern Thailand. That was a decade ago and since then I've been vertically challenged. So when I was invited to take a walk on the wild side and do the EdgeWalk at the CN Tower, I felt my nerves jiggle and cry but I knew that the best way to overcome my fear of heights was a full on immersion.

Did you know that EdgeWalk is the Guinness World Record-holding “World’s Highest External Walk on a Building”?!?!

Needless to say that from 356 metres (116 storeys!) high, I had the best view of the city. From this vantage point, I could see my 36 storey condo which resembled more of a Lego piece. The Porter planes taking off and descending from Billy Bishop Airport looked like mozzys I could have easily swatted, had I leaned over far enough... or maybe not.

The pressure was on as each of us (hesitantly) took turns leaning backwards, dangling, posing like superman/woman and putting our "toes over Toronto". To be honest, after you take those first few steps out, it's not as threatening as it looks.

The 1.5-metre-wide platform is almost as wide as a sidewalk. There was also multiple check points were our harnesses and equipment was checked once, twice, five times to make sure we were safely secured.

So what does this all have to do with cars?

Well Ford Canada just released their all-new 2015 Edge so the theme of the day was all about "living on the edge".

Have you driven a Ford lately? Their vehicles are impressive, fuel efficient and chock full of technology. The best part is a lot of these advanced features come as standard options so the Ford Edge is well worth it's starting price tag of $31,999.

Enhanced Active Park Assist: Look Mom, No Hands!

This is Tamara (WonderMoms) and my favourite feature.

With 12 sonar sensors in the front, side and rear, the Edge scans for available spots and then sheers the car in. Being in the driver seat and seeing a car basically drive itself into an empty spot is the coolest thing - but it does take getting used to. For me, it was hard to resist the temptation of not grabbing the wheel as it was auto steering.

Whoa I'm going to crash into the next car... but of course, it didn't and instead executed a perfect parking job. You do have to keep your foot on the brake though and periodically control the gearshift. The system can also steer you into and back you out of a parallel parking spot. <-- I failed this component on my driver's license exam. Wish I had this Ford Edge back then!

Other features that make life safer and easier on the road is blind spot detection which warns you if a car appears in your blind spot, lane departure warning and I love LOVE the 180-degree wide angle front camera which comes in super handy for crowded downtown driving and congested parking lots.

The all-new 2015 Ford Edge is definitely HUG approved! It starts at an affordable $31,999 and falls into the mid-size crossover/SUV category (although we couldn't tell with the sleek and charismatic exterior). For more information, visit the Ford website.

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