The OnGuard Collision Safety System found in many of today’s vehicles has many excellent safety features, which can significantly benefit you when you spend so much time behind the wheel.
It’s nice to know that you have a system you can rely on for assistance in the event of emergencies. However, there are some features that many drivers feel are more of an inconvenience than an advantage with this system.
The system can override some of your vehicle’s features, making it undesirable for many drivers, especially RV owners who like to customize their driving experience since their vehicle is also their home away from home.
This article will take a closer look at the OnGuard system and how you can disable it if you choose to do so.
What is the OnGuard Collision Safety System?
The OnGuard Collision Safety System was designed to be placed in vehicles during the manufacturing process to eliminate the occurrence of accidents on the road. If a collision occurs with OnGuard activated, the system could help reduce the effects and the impact of the crash.
What is the Purpose of a Collision Safety System?
The OnGuard Collision Safety System, also known as an accident avoidance system, can help prevent a collision from occurring or help to reduce the effects of a crash. Some safety systems use AI technology, while others use more straightforward tools such as dashcams and GPS.
Whenever the system detects a collision that could happen, it alerts the driver using sound alerts or visuals. That helps the driver avoid the collision before it occurs.
A vehicle equipped with this advanced safety system is capable of detecting objects in its path. It can alert the driver of objects that are close by that are either moving or stationary. There are also several other features that the system offers, such as the following.
Collision Mitigation Feature
The collision mitigation feature is helpful because it can detect possible collisions before they occur. Once detected, it will automatically alert the driver through both audio and visual warnings.
If the driver heeds the warning and takes caution once they are alerted, the collision mitigation feature will not alter the vehicle’s operation. However, if the driver does not react or takes too long to respond, the feature will immediately take slight control of the vehicle.
The system will apply the necessary action that is needed to avoid the collision.
Even if the system cannot stop the collision from occurring, it will help reduce the harmful effects of the accident.
Collision Warning Feature
The collision warning feature causes an alert or other warning to occur when your vehicle is at close range with another car or object. This feature lets the driver know about the potential hazard using voice and visual signals.
It is an excellent feature to have because it will provide you with a warning that keeps you safe and your car as free from dents as possible.
Active Braking Cruise Control
The active braking cruise control feature can help you stay within a safe distance from other vehicles while behind the wheel. This motion-sensing system will slow down your vehicle’s motor. Then, when other cars are at a moderate and safe distance, your vehicle will automatically gain speed.
The system will not control your steering wheel, so despite its ability to prevent collisions, the driver still has a vital role to play while this feature is activated.
Rear Collision Warning
The rear collision warning is a feature that assists drivers and helps them avoid being hit from behind by another moving vehicle. All vehicles with this system will have a rear collision warning activated when they turn their engines on.
The system will also warn the drivers behind you about a possible rear-end collision by flashing the direction indicators on your vehicle.
While you are driving and the system detects your vehicle could be hit from behind, the tensioners in your vehicle will tension the front seat belts. That will automatically activate the safety system.
In some vehicles, the rear collision warning function could also activate the brakes to slow down your speed during the collision so that the crash is not as severe as it would have been without these provisions in place.
How Do I Disable the OnGuard Collision Safety System?
The OnGuard collision safety system can be an excellent add-on for young drivers or anyone who doesn’t feel confident while behind the wheel. However, many seasoned drivers would rather have full control over their vehicles. And there have also been some reports from OnGuard users that the system gave false alarms about possible collisions and the brakes seizing up abruptly for no reason.
Malfunctions like these are just an example of some of the reasons why many drivers want to disable this feature. And that is why we wanted to share these useful steps with you to help you disable your OnGuard Collision Safety System in your RV.
Keep in mind that when you decide to disable your OnGuard system, you will also disable your vehicle’s cruise control feature as well.
Disabling your OnGuard system is fairly simple, and you shouldn’t need any assistance from a professional to complete the task. However, if you have any questions about your ability to do it on your own, you can always contact a local service center for help.
Turn off the Ignition Switch and Shut off the Battery Disconnect Switches
Before you do anything else, this is a very important step. If you fail to do this, you could end up causing some serious damage to your vehicle’s Power Distribution Center or PDC. It may seem like a basic first step, but it’s still very important.
Locate your Power Distribution Center (PDC)
Once you have successfully disconnected your power, you will need to locate your PDC. you can find it inside the front left compartment under the driver’s side window.
If you have difficulty finding your PDC, remember that the front of it is a black plastic box mounted using two thumbscrews on the back wall of the compartment. This should be the same for all vehicles.
Open your PDC
After you have located the PDC it is time to open it. To do this, you will need to loosen the two thumbscrews on the cover. This will provide you with access to the interior board of the device. You should look for Fuse 1. It is a 2A fuse that you can find near the top left corner of the PDC.
Remove the Fuse
The last step is to remove the fuse carefully. Then replace the PDC cover and tighten the thumbscrews. Once that is completed, you will need to turn on the battery disconnect switches and restore power to your RV’s coach.
Be sure to keep the fuse in a safe place so that you can access it easily. If you ever change your mind about deactivating your OnGuard system, you can always enable it once again by adding the fuse back to the PDC.
The OnGuard Collision Safety System may have several benefits, but many drivers do not like that it can intervene and take over the vehicle for you at times. For that reason, we wanted to provide you with information on how to disable this feature in your RV so that you can have full control over your vehicle.
Be sure to consider all the benefits and advantages of the OnGuard system first before you make a final decision on whether you would like to disable it or not.