- The DAC is a special safety system that helps vehicles go downhill in a safer, more controlled way.
- Once the DAC is activated, your brakes will automatically trigger, slowing down your vehicle while maintaining firm traction on the road to prevent it from slipping.
- To activate the DAC, you’ll have to press the DAC button. Don’t hit the brakes or the accelerator because doing either of these will stop the DAC early.
DAC in a car stands for “Downhill Assist Control.” It’s a special safety system that helps vehicles go downhill in a safer, more controlled way. It accomplishes this by applying the brakes to limit the speed at which your vehicle descends. Because DAC is optional, there aren’t a lot of drawbacks that come with using it.
How Does DAC Work?
When the DAC system is active, your brakes will automatically trigger, slowing down your vehicle while maintaining firm traction on the road to prevent it from slipping.
The best part? You don’t need to hit the brake pedal, so you can focus on avoiding oncoming traffic, potholes, rocks, and other obstacles as you drive down the slope.
Why Is DAC Helpful?
Driving downhill at rapid speeds can be dangerous because it increases the risk of skidding when you hit the brakes. Also, letting your vehicle build up speed when going downhill makes it harder to stop it.
Stray rocks and other debris that fast wheels fling can also cause significant damage to your car if they hit the undercarriage. This part becomes significantly more vulnerable when going downhill due to the angle.
Do All Vehicles Have DAC?
No, DAC is not a standard system for all vehicles. It’s common in vehicles manufactured by Toyota. However, this doesn’t mean other vehicles aren’t safe to drive downhill. If your ride doesn’t have this safety system, it simply means that you need to practice braking and decelerating manually as you descend slopes.
How Do You Enable DAC?
Before activating the DAC system, you must stop your vehicle at the top of the slope or hill. Don’t activate the DAC unless your ride is completely still or while its speed is at or lower than 15mph.
Press the DAC button to activate the system. Don’t hit the brakes or the accelerator because doing either of these will stop the DAC early.
After reaching the bottom, pressing the DAC button again will slowly disable it, leaving you free to drive your vehicle like normal.
It’s a good idea to practice using the DAC system in a safe and controlled environment first to get a hang of when and where to use it. You don’t want your first time to use the DAC to be in a perilous location like a dreadfully steep slope slicked with rainwater.
How Do You Disable DAC?
To disable DAC, all you have to do is hit the accelerator or the brakes.
Because the DAC is a speed regulator, adjusting the speed manually will deactivate it, letting your vehicle go downhill at a normal speed. You can also manually disable the system by pressing the DAC button after it’s been activated.
Although disabling DAC is generally inadvisable for safety reasons, it’s a valid course of action when the road is even and clear of any obstacles.
When Should DAC Be Used?
The DAC is best used when there’s a steep slope that would normally require a lot of manual input to descend safely and effectively. It ensures your vehicle will never go beyond 15 mph, giving you total control over your ride as you move down.
What Is the Difference Between DAC and HAC?
DAC helps drivers go down a slope or a steep road, while HAC (Hill-start Assist Control) helps them move uphill in similar driving conditions.
With the help of HAC, performing a hill start becomes significantly easier. It prevents the downhill roll that comes with hill starting, making it easier to go up a steep slope without sliding backward or losing speed.
How Does HAC Work?
The HAC system helps your vehicle go up hills by adjusting the pressure of the brake fluids when you lift your foot from the brake pedal. This slows the reduction in brake pressure, making it easier for your ride to get into a proper hill starting position.
Because the brakes are applied minimally and the torque pushes the vehicle forward, it can go up the slope smoothly and without any complications.
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