How does Vehicle Stability work

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As you may know, every Thursday here on the Wheaton Toyota on the Trail blog we take a more in-depth look into one of the awesome features that are either standard or available in most of today’s vehicles. Considering it’s Thursday, that means it’s time to take a look at another one, and this week we’re looking at Vehicle Stability Control, or as it is known for other manufacturers: Electronic Stability Control. Unlike most of the safety features we’ve been looking at lately, the driver doesn’t have to do anything to make VSC work, it’s just always on and ready to jump into action.

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What is VSC?

Vehicle Stability Control is a passive safety feature that – as we mentioned – doesn’t need anything from the driver. As soon as you turn your vehicle on, VSC turns on as well, and it will constantly be on the lookout for situations it needs to correct. In short, VSC helps to keep you on the correct path, helping to prevent you from spinning out our even rolling over. Rick & Scout’s video at the bottom of this blog will be able to better depict that, but before you watch that we’ll go over how the system works in a bit more detail.

VSC – or ESC if you’re interested in a non-Toyota vehicle – works to make sure you aren’t oversteering or understeering. If they system detects that your vehicle is doing either of these things without you wanting to do them, it will automatically kick in and work to correct the situation by braking individual wheels while reducing the speed.

In other words, in an automobile without Vehicle Stability Control if you hit a patch of rain and start to skid you might try to turn your steering wheel to correct, and that might cause your back end to spin out in a direction you didn’t intend it to. VSC will fix the situation, making sure your back axle stays where it should be and preventing you from spinning or flipping.

If you’d like to know more about how the system works, or which Toyota vehicles comes equipped with Vehicle Stability Control, don’t hesitate to give us a call here at Wheaton Toyota on the Trail. We can’t wait to see you in the driver’s seat of a brand new vehicle.

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