What is VDC or vehicle dynamic control?
When used in the context of vehicles VDC stands for vehicle dynamic control. It is a vehicle stability system in most Nissan cars helping mitigate stability issues such as over steer and under steer and preventing wheel slippage while driving. Some of the cars that have the VDC system include the Nissan Altima, the Nissan pathfinder and the Nissan xterra.
What does the vehicle dynamic control(VDC) do?
The vehicle dynamic control is an electronic systems that utilizes over seven sensors such as the steering angle sensor, yaw rate/lateral g-sensor and brake pressure sensor placed throughout the car used together with the car computer to determine if the desired control output that has been applied by the driver such as steering to one side or breaking softly is accurately implemented by the car even in case of adverse weather conditions or uneven driving terrain. The system automatically corrects the car variables to ensure optimum handling of the car.
How do I turn the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) off?
The vehicle dynamic control is a useful feature while driving a car in conditions that are adverse to the handling of a car such as slippery muddy or icy roads. However, in some instances the VDC may limit the maneuverability of your car by overcompensating or completely locking out some wheels from your all-wheel drive vehicle and in so doing reduce the chances of getting unstuck. You can turn off the vehicle dynamic control by pressing the VDC Off switch that is located on the dashboard and once the VDC Off light will light up on the instrument panel.
vdc off meaning
VDC off means that the vehicle dynamic control has been disengaged or turned off by the driver. This is marked on the instrument panel by an orange warning light showing a car driving on a wavy road. The vehicle dynamic control automatically turns on every time you switch on the car and you must turn it off by pressing the VDC Off button on the dashboard.
can you drive with vdc off?
yes you can. In fact if your car gets stuck in mud or snow it’s advisable to turn your car’s VDC off to increase your vehicles power output.
VDC light on Nissan
The vehicle dynamic control system is an automatic always on system that is implemented on most Nissan cars such as the optima and Nissan armada. When the VDC light is on it indicates that the system has been turned off and it can easily be switched on by pressing the VDC Off button on the dashboard or turning the vehicle off then on.
Should VDC be on or off?
under most driving conditions the VDC should be on since it ensures that the car handles correctly and guards against problems such as understeer oversteer and wheel slippage in snow or mud. However, in some cases the vehicle dynamic control system can reduce the power output of your car so incase you get stuck in mud or snow its advisable to turn off the vdc.