What is the Driver Alert System* in my Ford?

The Driver Alert System can monitor your level of alertness based on your driving behavior. If the system detects that your driving pattern has become irregular, it gives you an audible and visual warning in your instrument cluster to help keep you alert. The warning system has two stages:

  • First, the system issues a temporary warning that you need to take a rest. This message only appears for a short time.
  • If the system detects further reduction in driving alertness, it may issue another warning that remains on the information display for a longer time.

You can press OK on the steering wheel control to clear the warning.

Turning the Driver Alert System On and Off

You can disable and enable this feature using:

  • The information display:
    1. Select Driver Assist.
    2. Select Driver Alert.
    3. Choose On or Off.
  • Your vehicle's SYNC®** screen (if equipped):
    1. Press Settings.
    2. Tap Driver Assistance.
    3. Touch Driver Alert.
    4. Toggle On or Off.

Resetting the Driver Alert System

You can reset the system by either:

  • Switching the ignition off and on.
  • Stopping the vehicle and then opening and closing the driver’s door.


  • Keep the windshield free from obstructions (e.g., bird droppings, insects, and snow or ice).
  • If the camera is blocked or the windshield is damaged, the system may not function.
  • The system remembers the On or Off setting in the information display menu through ignition cycles.
  • If enabled in the menu, the Driver Alert System activates at speeds above 40 mph (64 km/h). When below the activation speed, the information display informs you that the system is unavailable.

Watch the video below to learn more.

Additional Information

What is the Lane-Keeping System?
What is Lane Centering?

*Driver-assist features are supplemental and do not replace the driver’s attention, judgment, and need to control the vehicle. See your Owner’s Manual for details and limitations.

**Don’t drive while distracted. Use voice-operated systems when possible; don’t use handheld devices while driving. Some features may be locked out while the vehicle is in gear. Not all features are compatible with all phones.