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What is Forward Collision Warning?

What is Forward Collision Warning?

Fourth day of the week, which means it’s about time for us to take a look at another new feature found in our vehicles that you might not fully understand, like we do every Thursday. This week, we’re going to be explaining what exactly the Forward Collision Warning driver-assistive safety feature is, tell you how it helps and how you can use it.

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How does Forward Collision Warning work?

Features similar to Forward Collision Warning have become some of the most important in vehicles today, as the industry turns toward finding ways of reducing the amount of frontal accidents and collisions that happen on an annual basis. Forward Collision Warning utilizes sensors, radars and cameras to scan what is going on in front of your vehicle. Many pay attention to other vehicles and can tell how close you are, some get more advanced and are able to detect other obstacles like pedestrians.

If a vehicle – or anything else when equipped with one of those more advanced versions – is coming up in front of you, and the Forward Collision Warning detects that you might crash into it, it will send you alerts either visually, audibly or sometimes both to warn you about the situation. Like usual with features like this one, Forward Collision Warning is not meant to replace your best judgment. You should still be paying attention to the vehicles in front of you, and everything around you for that matter, but if something you don’t expect happens then FCW will make sure you’re aware.

One thing to note – make sure you clear off the sensors in the winter, as ice and snow can block them and prevent them from working like they are meant to. While some systems work in conjunction with other features that will automatically stop for you if you don’t react fast enough, Forward Collision Warning by itself is only meant to alert you.  If you hear or see the warnings, be sure to brake or steer clear of the obstacle in front of you.

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If you have any further questions about how Forward Collision Warning works, the video below from Rick & Scout at might clear them up. But if you’d like to know which of our Honda vehicles come equipped with this feature, feel free to call the sales desk. FCW is often a part of the Honda Sensing Safety Suite, but not all vehicles come equipped with that. We look forward to helping you get behind the wheel of the safest vehicle possible!


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