A DRIVING expert has revealed a little-known button you should press in four situations to turn off certain safety features.
Toyota Jeff went to his Youtube Channel to explain why the accident avoidance system can actually result in a large repair bill.
Jeff urged drivers to turn off their car’s traction control in very specific circumstances to save money.
Traction control is designed to maximize grip and prevent a vehicle from skidding.
It often works in conjunction with anti-lock brakes to prevent the wheels from freezing or spinning without coming to a stop on the road.
The engine expert said: “If this is such a great safety feature, why on earth would you want to turn off the traction control?”
“The main reason I can think of is, let’s say your car is stuck in mud or ice or gravel or dirt or something like that. Sometimes we want to rock our car back and forth, back and forth. Back up, drive.
“If you turn off the traction control button, you can perform this maneuver to hopefully get out of this chaotic situation.”
Additionally, revving your car or rocking out of a mud patch can damage components like the clutch flywheel or, in many modern cars, affect the calibration of the vehicle’s computer.
Replacement can be expensive, especially on top of the cost of recovering your car if it gets stuck in the mud.
Luckily, you can easily disable your traction control using a button on your dashboard.
Usually it is marked with the letters ASR, TSC, ESC or ESP.
Simply press and hold the button for a few seconds to disarm the system.
This is usually accompanied by a sound or warning message to let you know that the device has been turned off.
Keep in mind that it only works when you hold down the button, as it is designed not to respond to quick taps, so you can’t accidentally turn it off.
Social media Commenters were amazed by Jeff’s advice.
One wrote: “Every automaker should invest in a personable sales rep like you who will go through every single option their cars might offer and post them on YouTube for clear instructions like you did here.”
Another added: “I love it when I find exactly the video I need, simple and to the point.”
Experts from Carwow emphasized that traction control should only be deactivated when absolutely necessary.
said The Express: “It’s an important safety feature that makes the roads safer for everyone, and turning it off immediately increases the risk of skidding.”
“It doesn’t matter how good a driver you are, your traction control system will always respond to a potential skid faster and more effectively than you can.”
“You should definitely leave it on when driving in slippery conditions.”
This comes after another car expert explained how a popular cleaning trick could actually end up costing you thousands.
Meanwhile, a mechanic revealed how drivers are destroying their engines due to a serious mistake.