A Look at Advanced Safety Features Today
Safe driving is something every driver should practice every time they are behind the wheel of a car. It’s the responsibility of the driver to be focused on the road, but with noisy or antsy passengers, one can get a little distracted. Not to mention the hustle and bustle of the city can often set a pretty horrible mindset for any driver. Let’s talk about a few advanced driver-assist safety features that make it easier to relax.
Adaptive Cruise Control
Who doesn’t like to be out on the open road? No traffic, the only sound is coming from your stereo, and there aren’t a whole lot of driving restrictions aside from the speed limit, occasional construction zone, and common courtesy among drivers (or lack thereof). What do drivers like to do when on a long strip of asphalt? Put on cruise control so they can relax their legs a bit and let the car control the speed.
It’s a nice feeling only having to steer and not worry about your speed – until other cars start to pop up on the road. With Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), drivers don’t have to worry as much about hitting the brake to stop cruise control when the open road gets a little cramped. Depending on traffic in the drivers vicinity, the ACC system will adjust vehicle speed accordingly. Some vehicles come with Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop. It’s very handy.
On the 2017 Dodge Durango, drivers have Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop available. Like normal ACC, the vehicle will slow down or speed up depending on surrounding traffic while cruise control is on. If for some reason, the car ahead slows down to a stop, or an abrupt stop, the ACC in the Durango will attempt to also come to a full stop. This is easiest when ACC settings are set to keep at least a car-space between the driver and the other vehicle.
On the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, another version of ACC known as ACC+ is available. It’s known as ACC with Stop and Go. Like other versions of ACC, this system will adjust one’s cruising speed and distance based on surrounding traffic. In high traffic areas, ACC+ will bring vehicles to a stop if necessary; in some cases, the Pacifica will start back up again if vehicles in the area start to move within two seconds of stopping. Otherwise, the driver must press the resume (RES) button. In either version of ACC, little-to-no driver input is required unless in an emergency situation.
ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist
Man are parking assist features great or what? ParkSense Park Assist first came out with sensors that alert a driver if they’re getting too close to another vehicle or obstacle when parking. The 2017 Jeep Renegade has ParkSense with Rear Park Assist. This is only good for backing up into a space, but when it comes to parallel parking, it can save your wallet.
Speaking of which, now with Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist, these systems can guide a driver into a parking spot. In some cases, the system will take over automatically, controlling the steering to line up the vehicle. All the driver needs to do is control the gear position, brakes, and accelerator. The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has this feature, making parallel parking, or even backing up into an open parking space, easier than ever.
These are just two of the new advanced features making drivers lives a little easier. What are some you just cannot live without (no pun intended)? Let us know on our social media. We bet there’s a few social butterflies who love Forward Collision Warning (Plus).