When choosing electrics, customers have a choice of a traditional ‘by-pass’ system or the fitting of a Vehicle Specific Wiring Kit (VSK)
Fitting a Vehicle Specific Wiring Kit is the recommended system for all modern vehicles. They provide consumers with all the benefits manufacturers code into their vehicle management systems to make towing a safe & reliable experience. Many consumers may not be aware of these benefits which are outlined below with full details to be found in their vehicle owners manual.
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Below are some of the safety features you could find in a modern vehicle and why you would recommend a VSK:
Adaptive cruise control (ACC)
Systems use radar to detect other vehicles on the road. Knowing their position and relative speed the system can automatically maintain a safe speed and following distance.
Adaptive high beam
When the caravan or trailer is attached to the towball, the headlights readjust the height of the beam to an acceptable level for oncoming traffic.
The parking manoeuvre is achieved by means of coordinated control of the steering angle and speed which takes into account the actual situation in the environment to ensure collision-free motion within the available space.
Automotive night vision
Infrared sensors can ‘see’ further than the car’s headlights and give you advanced warning.
Blind spot monitor
Side-view cameras, mounted in the front bumper or wing, will give you a clear view up and down the road as you edge out of a junction, even if your own line-of-sight is obscured.
Collision avoidance system (Pre-crash system)
Pre-crash braking to reduce the severity of impact if the car decides a crash is inevitable.
Brakes are applied on the wheels on the side of the vehicle facing the wind.
Driver drowsiness detection
Systems learn driver patterns and can detect when a driver is becoming drowsy.
Emergency driver assistant
Monitors driver behavior. In the event of a medical emergency, if the system concludes that the driver is no longer able to safely drive the vehicle, the car takes the control of the brakes and the steering until vehicle is completely stopped.
The system monitors cross traffic at a road junction. If the system detects a hazardous situation, it prompts the driver to start emergency braking by activating visual and acoustic warnings and automatically engaging brakes, when necessary.
Hill descent control
The vehicle will descend using the ABS brake system to control each wheel’s speed.
Intelligent speed adaptation or intelligent speed advice (ISA)
The system constantly monitors vehicle speed and the local speed limit on a road and implements an action when the vehicle is detected to be exceeding the speed limit.
Lane departure warning system
A mechanism designed to warn a driver when the vehicle begins to move out of its lane (unless a turn signal has been activated in that direction)
Lane change assistance
A visible alert when a car entered the blind spot while a driver was switching lanes, using two door mounted lenses to check the blind spot area for an impending collision.
Pedestrian protection system
A device fitted to the front end of a vehicle to protect both pedestrians and cyclists who are involved in a front end collision with a vehicle.
Traffic sign recognition
Technology by which a vehicle is able to recognize the traffic signs put on the road e.g. “speed limit” or “children” or “turn ahead”.
The system monitors opposing traffic when turning left at low speeds. In a critical situation, it brakes the car. This is a common scenario at busy city crossings as well as on major roads, where the speed limits are higher.
Vehicular communication systems
A type of network in which vehicles and roadside units are the communicating nodes, providing each other with information, such as safety warnings and traffic information.
With constant development by vehicle manufacturers, there are an increasing number of additional functions which a VSK will enable when fitted, including; lane departure warning, tyre pressure monitoring systems, adaptive cruise control, reversing cameras and engine coolant monitoring.