This April – it’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month – the National Safety Council wants you to promise them something: take their pledge against distracted driving and vow to stay 100% focused on the road while you’re behind the wheel.
It’s important to keep your attention on the road when you drive. Why? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that 3,450 people die due to distracted driving each year. Don’t be part of those statistics. Keep your eyes on the road!
But even when you’re not on your phone or using your vehicle’s navigation or entertainment system, your mind can wander, resulting in mistakes that may lead to car crashes. That’s where Honda Sensing helps.
What are the Honda Sensing Features?
Your Honda car or SUV, including the all-new 2019 Honda Passport, can actually help you avoid accidents through a suite of onboard safety features. These features include:
Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)
Honda’s CMBS™ uses a radar transmitter and a forward-facing camera to rapidly calculate how far away an object is and how quickly you’re approaching. If the system senses a crash could occur, it first sounds both audio and visual warnings. Then, if the driver is slowing or taking other avoidance measures, the system applies the brakes lightly. However, if a collision could be imminent, the system brakes hard to stop the vehicle as quickly as possible, even if it hasn’t sounded a warning or begun braking.
Watch this video explanation of how CMBS works.
Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
If there’s a possibility of crashing into the vehicle ahead, the FCW system uses audio and visual warnings to alert you. The system calculates how fast you’re approaching another car and gets your attention to prevent an accident.
Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
Drifting in your lane? The LKAS system uses a forward-facing camera that’s positioned just above the rear view mirror to move the vehicle back to the center of the lane. It uses the markings on the road to determine where the lane is located.
Check out how the new Honda Accord utilizes LKAS.
Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
With a camera and system that recognizes lane lines and markers, the RDM uses audio and visual warnings to warn you that the car is leaving the marked lane. The system can try to gently move the car back into the center of the lane using the Lane Keeping Assist feature, but if that won’t work, the RDM brakes to keep the car from running off the road.
Watch the RDM video to see how this Honda safety system works.
Other Honda safety features include Adaptive Cruise Control, Traffic Sign Recognition, LaneWatch, Blind Spot Information System, Cross Traffic Monitor, and Auto High-Beams.
Which Honda Models Come with Honda Sensing?
By 2022, every single new Honda sold will incorporate the Honda Sensing suite of safety systems. For now, you’ll find Honda Sensing standard on these 2018 and 2019 Honda SUVs, cars, vans, and trucks:
- 2019 Honda Passport Sport, EX-L, Touring and Elite
- 2019 Honda Fit EX and EX-L
- 2019 Honda Odyssey EX, EX-L, Touring and Elite
- 2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E and Black Edition
- 2019 Honda Insight Hybrid LX, EX and Touring
- 2018 Honda Accord
- 2018 Honda Civic Sedan Touring
- 2018 Honda Civic Coupe Touring
- 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback Sport and Touring
- 2018 Honda Clarity Electric, Clarity Plug-In Hybrid & Clarity Fuel Cell
- 2018 Honda CR-V EX, EX-L and Touring
- 2018 Honda Pilot Touring and Elite
Honda Sensing features are available as part of a package on these models:
- 2019 Honda Fit LX and Sport
- 2018 Honda Civic Sedan LX, EX, EX-T and EX-L
- 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback LX, EX and EX-L Navi (CVT models)
- 2018 Honda Pilot EX and EX-L
In addition, several Honda models prior to the 2018 model year have some or all of the Honda Sensing Features. Talk to your Honda dealer to find out if the car you’re interested in has the features you desire.
How Does Honda Sensing Prevent Distracted Driving?
Technologies like the Honda Sensing suite of features can be a big help in alerting you to issues if your attention does wander. Still, it’s important to note that Honda Sensing features don’t stop you from becoming distracted. A recent Consumer Reports survey found that 52 percent of drivers admit to participating in distracting activities while behind the wheel, even when they know it could be a problem.
But smart safety features can quickly direct your attention back to the road if your vehicle is in danger of a collision, so you can take steps like braking that can minimize the impact of a crash or avoid it altogether.
Even with Honda Sensing covering your back, as a safe driver, you should be aware of distracted driving behaviors and take steps to avoid engaging in the use of your phone, GPS navigation, or onboard entertainment system while moving. Will you take the pledge to stay distraction-free?
For more information about Honda Sensing or any other Honda safety features, contact your nearest First Coast Honda Dealers location in Northern Florida or South Georgia. Your chosen Honda dealer will gladly help you pick the safest Honda model, including the latest IIHS Top Safety Picks and award-winners like the Honda Insight, Accord, CR-V, HR-V, Pilot, and Odyssey.
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