How Do You Beat Holiday Stress?
NOV
23

It’s the holiday season, which usually means spending prolonged periods of time with family and/or fighting crowds at the malls on Black Friday and beyond. This may lead to an urge to make a gentle kicking motion, but Ford encourages that! Why? Because it’s exactly what you do to open the new hands-free power liftgate on the all-new Escape! That simple motion is all it takes to load the family’s luggage or all the goodies you’ve bought into the cargo area without having to juggle a key and arms full of stuff.

Here are some stats: During the holidays, 87 percent of American adults experience stress when shopping, and auto-related activities have a tendency to induce the most stress. Nearly 55 percent of Americans say that traffic jams, locating a parking spot and getting packages into the vehicle with their hands full are among the top stressful activities.

But the all-new Escape can help you, well, escape, the holiday craziness in various technological ways. For example, there’s the hands-free liftgate we mentioned, as well as Active Park Assist to turn-by-turn directions.

How do you reduce your stress during the holidays? Tell us here at Ford Social, but also submit the tips for a chance to win prizes (including a chance at a hands-free shopping experience) at http://on.fb.me/handsfreeholiday, from Friday, November 25 through December 23, 2011. Six grand prize winners will be awarded a $500 shopping spree and a Ford Holiday Helper to truly reward them with a “hands-free” holiday. The Ford Holiday Helper will assist winners and up to two of their friends with their shopping for a day, from carrying bags to waiting in lines. You’ll also find 10 tips to help you avoid stress during the holiday season.

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44 COMMENTS ON THIS ARTICLE
Brad Barefoot Guess I'm a European at heart. I'm starting to like the new Escape, especially with the hands-free liftgate feature that I see available on the C-Max. I hope this feature will be on the C-Max Hybrid.
2 year(s) ago via
Deborah Wallizer So agree with Lee! The 2013 Escape is downright UGLY! Love my 2010. It goes as well in snow as our 2007 Explorer, maybe even better. Like the rugged look, especially after we put the brush bar on the front. The only thing that's as much fun to ride is the Harley, but that's another story.
2 year(s) ago via
Lee Man, here we go again. I love Ford but who came up with the idea to make the cute, sensible Escape UGLY. We just got back to getting trucks that look like trucks and now the little SUV goes Station Wagon. Looks like maybe another Chevy in my future.
2 year(s) ago via
Cecelia Albano I shop online to avoid the stress of crowded malls and long lines at the register.
2 year(s) ago via
Matt Hamer FORD BUILT TOUGH
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Frieda Patterson Burchell No stress here, I count my blessings and happy to be on this side of the green grass
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Vinny Spiridigliozzi Lots of wine!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Mike Grippo II I go to work and build Escapes everyday at the Kansas City Assembly Plant!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Donny Jay Rosen I jump in my '63 T-Bird Custom with the 428 Cobra Jet engine and yell at the idiots in traffic, lol
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Theresa Knott Erdmann Love the new technology but why make the 2013 look like another cross over. I am on Escape #2 and love them. I gave up being a mini van mom for a reason. (2 Windstars) I guess I will have to find a way to afford a 2012 so I can drive it till it dies. LOVE MY 2011 ESCAPE!!!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Mike Hill We have a 2011 Escape and love it
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Mike Smith I beat the holiday stress by going to the mall parking lot and kick a chevy!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Madey Cool I'm going to the any cool plays. And i take long sleep.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
rc rccoleman I enjoy dining out with a friend, great food and good conversation! I said good conversation...and a lot of giggling!
2 year(s) ago via
Mary Quintanilla Drive my silver 2004 Ford fx4 off road...my baby is my toy!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jamie At Ford Hi Barn Fly, Let us know when your dealership resolves the issues and I’m happy they’re able to help! Have a great holiday weekend, everyone! Jamie Ford Customer Service Division
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Bill Kimsey Beer!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Gabriel Porter I do what James does... Then drive my ford.... (jk)
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Escape...really, I own it and run with it!
2 year(s) ago via
James Graham Liquor ...and lots of it
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Kenny Tillett I have an 2008 ford escape fwd love it, and grate on the beach.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Harold Jones My stress buster: Drop the rear seats in my '05 Escape, load a couple of bicycles in there, drive to some pretty part of Arizona with my better half, and go for a nice ride. Tail-gate picnic afterwards.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Ezekiel Ferrera Their's a solution for that............buy a new car!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Julian Andre Fords always been the best!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Derrick Tyre Hop in the Mustang and cruise at 120. And burn the tires at red light and stop sign. Nothing better than the sound of Flowmasters at high rpms and the smell of burnt rubber.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
David Zink Drive a Ford to reduce stress!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Michael Klempin Don't go near a mall...shopping is for suckas!!! Oh, and drive my 2001 F150 with 486K miles,,,,it keeps going, and going etc.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Kevin J Danker Stay Home!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Thomas Mesko Put the convertible top down on the 'MyStang' and go for a ride. No matter that its winter and cold out. Hey, if Santa can hack it then so can I ;-)
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Becky Marshall I drive my Ford Edge AWD and listen to my music.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Bill Lambacher I don't suffer from stress; I'm just a carrier of the disease.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Dalton Moss Take a spin in my GT 500 Shelby ,wow what a stress relief
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Adam Krug Buy a new car derr
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jack Fazio Bust out my 2004 Lightning and torment the kids in their Rice burners.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Matt Hissim Drive my 2011 f250
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Peter R. Gross By taking another holiday.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Kyle White Take my 86 f150 mudding then track it all in town
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Terry Bree Long Keep wish I had a car to go driving around to relieve my stress.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
I love how my Hybrid Escape handles on snow and ice. That itself reduces stress!
2 year(s) ago via
Darren Lynch Drive my 99 lightning around town
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Terry A. Robertson I take my Procharged 347 95 GT or my Steeda tuned 2011 GT out for a gallop in the meadow :)
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Jennifer Zordan I remember the "reason for the season", and the stress just goes away.
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Brian Gliege Love to drive the King!
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
Brian Houston Get in my 7.3 powerstroke and drive
2 year(s) ago via Facebook
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