If you ask a Shelbyville used Ford dealer at our dealership, they’ll tell you that most drivers are happy with their test drive. But they might also tell you that a lot of drivers aren’t getting the most of their test drive experience. That’s why today, we wanted to suggest some tips for creating a test drive checklist so you can be sure you’re taking advantage of your time on the road with one of our new or used Ford models.

Like most of the car buying process, thinking about your needs and wants is the first step in building a checklist. Are you planning on using a Ford SUV to take your kids to school, sports, and playdates? Or are you mostly anticipating driving yourself to and from work in a sedan? Are you a road trips kind of person, or mostly sticking to Shelbyville? You’ll want to make your test drive plan based on your answers. Commuters should try driving on roads similar to wear they work, road trip aficionados should try to get on the open highway, and carpool masters will want to experiment with features like adjustable seats and power liftgates.

Which leads us to the next logical step, research. We suggest taking a little bit of time before your test drive to explore the features of the car you’ll be test driving. Maybe you’ve never used Ford Co-Pilot 360 before and want to make sure you check it out on your test drive. Or perhaps you know you’ll be doing a lot of parking in tight spaces, and want to experiment with Enhanced Active Park Assist.

With a little preparation, we think you could have your best test drive ever, whether you’re interested in a heavy duty Ford truck or a 2018 Ford Taurus. Louisville, Lawrenceburg, and other Shelbyville area drivers can count on our staff to help them make the most of their test drive when they visit us at O’Brien Ford of Shelbyville.