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How To How To How to Use Following Distance Indicator

Difficulty Level: Novice  |  Time Required: Two Minutes  |  Tools Required: None  |  Related Parts, Products, Services or Technology: None

If your vehicle has this available feature, Following Distance Indicator displays the following time in seconds between your vehicle and a detected vehicle you’re following to help you maintain a safe following distance.

How to Use Following Distance Indicator to Help Prevent Tailgating

1. Following Distance Indicator uses a forward-looking camera or camera and radar sensors (depending on how your vehicle is equipped) to look directly ahead to monitor vehicles you’re following.

2. To turn Following Distance Indicator on, select the “Follow Distance Indicator/Gap Setting” page display in your instrument cluster. Once you select this, your cluster will display the following time to the vehicle ahead in seconds.  

a. Following Distance Indicator displays don’t show if Adaptive Cruise Control is on, if your vehicle has that available feature.                            

3. If the system doesn’t detect a vehicle ahead or if a vehicle ahead is out of sensor range, the instrument cluster will display dashes instead of a following time.


Safety or driver assistance features are no substitute for the driver’s responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. The driver should remain attentive to traffic, surroundings and road conditions at all times. Visibility, weather and road conditions may affect feature performance. Read the vehicle’s Owner’s Manual for more important feature limitations and information.

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What can affect the ability of Following Distance Indicator to perform as expected?

The performance of the system may be affected by bad weather if it impacts visibility of forward distance to vehicles.

Also, if the windshield behind the rearview mirror or the area in front of the radar sensors are obstructed in any way or not properly cleaned, the system might not perform as expected. Check your Owner’s Manual for the location of the camera and/or radar sensors and more information on how to clean them.

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To find out if your vehicle has this feature, contact your dealer or refer to your vehicle’s equipment list. Please check your Owner’s Manual for more information about features.