Put an End to Car Wash Embarrassment- Workarounds for Some Makes and Models Affected by Autonomous Braking Systems
There’s no denying the importance of car wash- it can help keep your car clean, and boost its value. It can also serve as a great opportunity for car owners to take some time off, relax, and pamper the car. Unfortunately, it can also come with some problems, and be a source of embarrassment as well. And the culprit is one of the industry’s best safety technology- the advanced safety and autonomous braking system.
Yes, autonomous braking systems can help secure driver and passenger safety on and off the road, but in a car wash, it can cause trouble, and put drivers on the spot! So what makes this safety technology a nightmare in many car washes around the country?
Autonomous braking system as safety requirement on the road
Thanks to calls for safe and efficient vehicles, most car manufacturers have invested in research and development in the hope of developing new technologies. One such technology is the autonomous braking system, a technology often seen in the luxury car segment. By 2017, this technology is also being adopted in other segments, in the hope of making more cars safer on the road. This technology is also seen in the 2017 Chevrolet Spark, and allows drivers to discover if there are cars in the next lane, and will automatically put on the brakes.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA even gives out a Top Pick safety rating for makes and models that feature this technology. This is the reason why many car makers are eager to incorporate this technology in their cars, in the hope of boosting the car’s value and marketability. Unfortunately, it comes with an intended consequence when your car is at the car wash- the car won’t move.
Workarounds for various makes and models
If you are planning to get a car wash, and you’re concerned about the car’s safety, let the following experiences and workarounds to help you. Remember, car wash is supposed to be stress-free and fun, so know your options.
When writer Jimmy Dinsmore checked in a car wash recently, he found his Volvo XC90 stopping on its tracks. At first, he thought that this was due to the Pedestrian Detection system, and soon found out that this was due to the manufacturer’s Pilot Assist Auto Hold Braking. This feature is helpful when you are moving through a steeped hill, and when preventing accidents. But in a car wash, this can be a cause of concern.
Although Volvo provides instructions on how to turn this off, the information is buried deep in the manual, and can be a problem if there are other cars waiting in the line. (General steps covering all Volvo vehicles are described below)
2017 Kia Cadenza
To turn off the system, you simply need to press the Auto Hold button that can be found near the car’s gear shift. As a Kia owner, it is important to know the location of the button and its purpose.
If you are driving an Acura TLX, simply press the ‘N’ button while the engine is running, with the foot on the brake. Within the next 5 seconds, press the Stop/Start button. Wait for the ‘Shift to Park’ text on the screen, and once displayed, you are given 15 minutes before the Acura shifts to park.
BMW 7 Series
Once you drive the car to the car wash, choose ‘N’ in the selector lever, and turn your car’s engine off.
Chrysler 200, 300
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