It’s Tuesday again, which means it’s time to delve a little deeper into one of the prominent features found in many of our Honda vehicles. We’ve been focusing a lot on safety features lately, and that will continue as well this week as we look into a feature that is seemingly exclusive to Honda vehicles, known as Road Departure Mitigation. It is one of the six features found in the Honda Sensing Safety Suite, and the only one that we haven’t looked at yet, so we figured it’d be the perfect subject today.
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How does RDM work?
Road Departure Mitigation is one of the lesser known features found in the Honda Sensing suite, so we apologize for not touching on it before now. It is actually one of the most important, as it works similarly to the Lane Keeping Assist System; however, instead of working to keep you in your lane, it works to keep you on the road completely, avoiding those pesky ditches and shoulders.
Much like LKAS, RDM is able to detect when you are drifting a little too close to the edge of a roadway. While you are within the speeds of 45 to 90 miles per hour, RDM will be able to not only send you visual and audible alerts, but also send vibrations to the steering wheel. If you don’t correct the situation on your own after these warnings, then it also has the ability to take over for you and apply torque to the steering column as well as pressure to the brakes.
Of course, as per usual with these kinds of features, Road Departure Mitigation is no substitute for your best judgment. RDM is not autopilot, so it is no excuse to take a nap or start texting behind the wheel. It is however there for emergencies for you to take advantage of. If you’re interested in finding out which Honda vehicles come equipped with RDM, don’t hesitate to give us a call! You can watch the video below for more information on the Honda Sensing feature.