No matter what kind of vehicle you drive, or are interested in purchasing, it is probably packed full of programs and technologies that you don’t fully understand – or perhaps even realize exist. For that reason, we’ve decided that every Thursday we’re going to give you a rundown of some feature or technology found in many vehicles on the road today, and we’re going to kick it off by explaining the driver-assistive safety feature most commonly known as Lane Departure Warning. In Toyota vehicles like the 2016 Toyota Camry, it’s called Lane Departure Alert and is often a part of the STAR Safety System.
[ READ MORE: What is the STAR Safety System? ]
How does LDW work?
While we would certainly never condone driving while you are tired or the least bit drowsy, sometimes things like that sneak up on you, or sometimes your mind might even drift off to think about whether or not you left the oven on. In this event, Lane Departure Warning will help you realize if you are starting to drift out of your lane. As long as there are lines on either side of your vehicle, sensors and cameras will pick them up and help you stay between the lines by warning or alerting you – visually and audibly – if your vehicle begins to cross over on either side.
As we state when talking about any of these driver-assistive safety features, it is important not to treat the features like autopilot. They are still no substitute for your best judgment, and it does not mean you should start texting while driving. These features are just included as an added assistant, helping to lower the amount of annual automobile accidents and deliver a boost of confidence to anyone sitting in the driver’s seat.
If you have any questions about how Lane Departure Warning/Alert works, or which Toyota vehicles they are available in, don’t hesitate to give us a call at the Go Toyota on the Trail sales desk. If you’d like to understand it a bit more, the video below might help further explain things.