Lexus Bad Weather Driving Aids – Tips From Our Lexus Technology Specialists

When the weather gets icy, we always recommend staying off the roads if at all possible, but if you must venture out in the freezing cold, the following advanced systems help keep you safe when driving on snowy/icy streets

ECT Snow – Electronically Controlled Transmission (ECT) Snow mode Reduces throttle response for more gradual acceleration on snow/ice to help reduce wheel spin. The transmission will also shift to a higher gear sooner than in normal mode. The road conditions we just experienced were perfect for this setting.

TRAC – Traction Control System (TRAC) uses the ABS  sensors to continuously monitor the rotational speed of each individual wheel. As soon as they detect that one or more wheels are starting to slip, the system instantaneously calculates the best way to restore traction. The engine’s computer control unit then adjusts the throttle accordingly and the Brake Actuator directs the braking force to the most appropriate wheel (or wheels) until traction returns. Only turn off if stuck and need to rock the vehicle to get it out.

VSC – Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) assists you when taking a corner too fast or being forced to brake sharply mid-corner. Sensors continuously monitor and cross-reference speed, steering angle, yaw rate and deceleration. The instant the system detects a loss of control, VSC steps in and momentarily dictates the individual braking force sent to each wheel. It also moderates the throttle until the tendency of the front to run wide (understeer), or the rear to break away (oversteer), is corrected.

If you have any questions about the technology options in your Lexus vehicle operate, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Park Place Lexus Technology Specialists at Park Place Lexus Grapevine and Park Place Lexus Plano.

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