Ford & Airtel partner to promote safe driving behaviour this festive season

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 31 Oct 2018

A screenshot of the video from Ford and Airtel promoting safe driving

According to a recent survey by Ford, one among every four drivers in India either take calls or respond to messages while driving. To address the issue of distracted driving, Ford India and Airtel have joined hands for a campaign that seek to discourage drivers from using their mobile phones while driving and make safety a priority this festive season.

The campaign, involving two impactful videos, feature TV host and actor Kubra Sait. Emulating everyday situations, the video(s) show the protagonist stopping the car to respond to text messages and voice calls

The research also shows that the trend has been consistent over the years with a similar survey by Ford in 2017 reporting more than 50 per cent of Indians using their phones.

“Safety is a top priority at Ford and a reason why we invest in safety features, Driver Assist Technologies and connectivity tools like SYNC 3 to help drivers get home safely,” said Rahul Gautam, vice president, marketing, Ford India. “With our partnership with Airtel for the campaign, we wish to encourage the drivers to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel at all times.”

Shashwat Sharma, chief brand officer, Airtel said, “We are proud to partner with Ford to raise awareness about the perils of using mobile phones while driving. As responsible corporate citizens, both Airtel and Ford deeply care about the safety of drivers and their loved ones.” 

Ford is offering dual airbags as standard across the variant line-up to up to six airbags on top variants. The company has been advocating for safer and saner roads through Ford #Cartesy and 'Driving Skills for Life' programs.

To convey this important message, the campaign will follow an integrated communication approach and leverage all paid, owned and earned media channels including social, digital and mobile platforms.