How does the Toyota RAV4 Lane Assist work?

February 1st, 2019 by

Toyota RAV4 Specs and Features 

The Toyota RAV4 is short for recreational activity vehicle 4-wheel drive. It is a great SUV, which delivers a smooth ride, has good hauling prowess and offers formidable off-road driving. It can comfortably seat five people and has 73 cubic feet of storage space when the rear seats are folded. The 2018 RAV4 has 6 trim levels, which are the LE, XLE, SE, Limited, Platinum, and the new Adventure.

The RAV4 has impressive standard features such as Bluetooth, a rear-view camera, and an impressive entertainment set. Toyota’s Entune infotainment system comes with a 6.1- or 7-inch touchscreen. Other features of the RAV4 include a sunroof, LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a 360-degree view camera system.

The Toyota RAV4 has many safety equipment and features to keep you and your loved ones safe while driving. These safety features include forward-collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high-beam headlights. Some of the features that has a lot of drivers excited are the lane-departure alert and lane-keeping assist. You might be wondering how they work, don’t worry we have you covered. Read on to find out!

What is the lane departure warning?

Lane Departure Alert (LDA) is designed to detect when the RAV4 leaves the lane it’s in. The computer system on board detects if this is something the driver did or didn’t do. For example if the driver is switching lanes or the vehicle is drifting because the driver may have fallen asleep.

There are many other situations where the LDA might activate. With all technologies, there are usually limitations. The main one that comes to mind is that the LDA works best on roads with clear lane markings. The LDA system activates when the vehicle is traveling at a speed of 32 miles per hour or higher.

If the alert is spotted and heard, the driver should direct the vehicle back to the center of the lane. It’s important to remember that the driver is ultimately responsible for paying attention when driving. All the technology Toyota adds to it’s vehicles are not a replacement for good old fashioned careful driving. They’re there to assist the driver make the best decision and stay safe on the road.

How does the lane departure warning work?

Toyota’s Lane Departure Alert (LDA) is a game changing feature of the RAV4. It’s like a backseat driver but one that actually helps you more than annoys you. Another cool thing about the LDA is corrective action. The corrective action includes audio warning to alert the driver to get back within the lane markings.

It takes this corrective action a step even further in certain models. The system will actually take control of the steering if there is no steering input from the driver. The entire system is activated by default, so as the driver you don’t have to do anything. Drivers can spot the LDA button on the steering wheel, which has a symbol that looks like a vehicle losing control out of its lane.

How to change the LDA settings

RAV4 owners can change the settings using the same LDA button on the steering wheel. Owners can browse through the LDA menu using the buttons on the steering wheel. Scroll through the menu pages until you see the LDA icon on your steering wheel, and then select it. From here, you can activate or deactivate the Steering Assist feature.

You’re also able to adjust the sensitivity of the LDA system between high and standard. In the menu, you will find an option that looks like a cup of hot coffee. This is the Sway Warning feature, which detects excessive swaying within the lane markings. Vehicle owners can choose to turn this on or off, as well as adjust the sensitivity.

Want to learn more about the 2018 RAV4? Ready to get behind the wheel of one? Contact our staff at Lancaster Toyota for more information or to schedule a test drive today!

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