To provide the driver a more hands-on approach to increasing vehicle safety, this system gives drivers some handy tools to work with. This department consists of features that allow the driver to be more alert and aware of their surroundings, which means they will be able to make more informed decisions about the safest way to handle various situations. The main system we count on for this is the Honda Sensing suite, which includes plenty of high-tech systems. In addition to those, a few helpful extras include:
Honda LaneWatch – To assist drivers in making informed decisions about safety, Honda LaneWatch provides drivers with a clear view of the right lane directly on the Display Audio touchscreen, helping them determine when it is safe to change lanes.
Active safety features are an extremely important area in overall vehicle safety for the Ridgeline. Every time you start your vehicle up, these special features and systems go to work to ensure optimal safety while the vehicle is in motion. Vehicle stability assist with traction control, an anti-lock braking system, and braking assistance are some common features in this department that make this possible. Other features in this category include:
Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Guidelines – This camera system helps drivers to avoid obstacles or possible accidents by giving them three different views of the back of their vehicle.
Many people may think that because these features are “passive,” the role they play in keeping the vehicle safe is less important than other safety-focused areas on the 2018 Ridgeline, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. While these features do not go into action the second the vehicle starts up, like active safety features, their work is about taking precautions that will help lower the risk of accidents and provide more protection for passengers in the event of a collision. A few features that fall under this umbrella include childproof rear door locks, three-point seatbelts with automatic tensioning, and a LATCH system for child safety seats. Other passive safety features include:
ACE Body Structure – The Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure works to better distribute the impact of a crash throughout the vehicle and away from the passengers to reduce damage from an accident.
Airbag systems – Advanced front airbags, SmartVent front side airbags, and side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor are some of the Ridgeline’s airbag systems that work to reduce injury and add support in the event of a collision.