Recently, during a driving lesson, my son and I encountered the term ‘ACC’ on the ignition switch of our car. He was curious about what it stands for, and I realized I wasn’t sure myself. Could you explain what ACC means in the context of a vehicle’s ignition system and its functions?
In the automotive world, ‘ACC’ typically stands for ‘Accessory.’ This term relates to the second position on your car’s ignition switch. When you turn the key to the ACC position, it activates the vehicle’s electrical accessories without starting the engine. This mode allows you to use various features such as the radio, windshield wipers, lights, power windows, and the climate control system.
Using these features in ACC mode can be handy, but be mindful that operating them for extended periods without the engine running can drain your car’s battery. If you plan to use the accessories for a while, it’s wise to start the engine occasionally to recharge the battery.
For cars with a push-button start, entering accessory mode might involve pressing the start button once or twice without pressing the brake pedal, shifting to neutral and pressing the ignition button, or simply using a designated accessory button on the dashboard. The specific method can vary depending on your vehicle model.
It’s also worth noting that ‘ACC’ can refer to ‘Adaptive Cruise Control’ in different contexts. This is a separate feature that automatically adjusts your vehicle’s speed to maintain a safe distance from the car ahead while cruising. Understanding the context is crucial to determining the correct meaning of ACC in any given situation.
Stay safe and enjoy your driving lessons!
The Car Middle East Troubleshooting Team