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What Is Forward Collision Warning?

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If you are researching the safety features offered on new Honda cars, trucks, and SUVs, then you may be wondering: “What is Forward Collision Warning?” FCW is a driver assist feature that will alert you when it detects the possibility of a collision with the vehicle directly ahead of you. Learn more about how Forward Collision Warning can help keep you safe on Waterbury-area roads in this guide from Honda of Watertown.

How Does FCW Work?

It is important to note that rear-end crashes are among the most common types of accidents. The FCW system is designed specifically to reduce the possibility of such collisions. As part of the Honda Sensing® safety suite, FCW adds extra peace of mind when you’re on the Southbury roads. So, how does FCW work?

The Forward Collision Warning system uses sensors located at the front of the vehicle. These sensors scan the road ahead of you, and if they detect that the vehicle in front of you is driving slowly or stopping, the system will immediately notify you using a variety of warning signals, such as:

  • Visual alerts
  • Audio alerts
  • Haptic feedback
  • Quick brake pulsing
  • Mixture of signals

Main Features of the FCW System

The Forward Collision Warning system can save you from a potentially life-threatening accident, as well as help you avoid costly repairs to your vehicle due to a collision. The FCW system includes the following built-in features:

  • Detects vehicles, bicycles, and motorbikes
  • Works day and night in all weather conditions
  • Sensors read up to 500 feet ahead of your vehicle, scanning over 20 times per second
  • Allows for up to 5 seconds of reaction time
  • Does not operate at speeds below 3 miles an hour in order to avoid unnecessary warnings

Learn More About Honda Safety at Honda of Watertown

Honda has made vehicle safety one of its top priorities, and you’ll find Forward Collision Warning as a standard feature on many new Honda models including the Honda Accord, Honda CR-V, and Honda Pilot. Ready to experience FCW and the other Honda safety systems? Contact us to schedule a test drive near Waterbury today!

Honda of Watertown 41.5699347, -73.0993683.