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The Top Benefits of Antilock Brakes

July 30, 2013

Most modern vehicles feature antilock braking systems. The ABS system works to prevent wheels from locking up on slick roads of during emergency braking by pumping the brakes automatically.

Drivers no longer need to pump the brake if the ABS system is functioning.

When tires leave contact with the road surface, the skidding wheel has less traction than other tires. The ABS keeps wheels from skidding as the driver slows the car. They help stop the car faster, and they allow the driver to steer the car during the stop.

ABS Benefits:

Preventing skids

– When cars lose wheel traction in snow, ice, or on rain-slick roads, drivers tend to slam on the brakes. This causes the wheels to lock up. Cars without ABS go into an uncontrolled skid and crash more often. Cars with ABS pump their brakes automatically in a skid, leaving the driver free to steer the car to safety. Antilock brakes save lives by helping drivers maintain control of their vehicle.

Computer monitoring

– With ABS, cars have a computer monitoring every wheel. The computer adjusts the pressure of the brakes to stop the car in the shortest distance possible.

Improved driver control

– Brakes with ABS do not lock up during a loss of traction. This lets the driver keep steering control around obstacles. ABS brakes work against the problems of tire lock up and uncontrolled spins. ABS systems slow the car to the point just before when the wheels up during a skid. Brakes are most effective at slowing the car to the point just before wheels lock up and spin. The ABS system provides for braking while preventing wheel lock up.

Proven safety

– The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) studied many cars with and without ABS installed. They found drivers who improperly used the ABS system by pumping the brakes even as the ABS is doing the same things. ABS allows drivers to steer during a sudden stop, but this leads to some people running off the road and crashing.

Failsafe Features

– Most vehicles with ABS have a fail-safe component to monitor the brake parts. If the ABS fails, the computer activates a warning light and switches the car to a conventional braking system.

Lower insurance rates

– Most states require insurance companies to offer lower car insurance rates on vehicles that have ABS installed. Underwriters have determined that the devices are effective, and that insurance may give customers discounts for having ABS systems on their vehicles.

Resale value

– ABS features raise the market value of the vehicle at trade in time.

Today, nearly every automobile in the US has standard antilock brakes. They have been around for nearly 100 years and were first developed to stabilize landing aircraft. ABS rarely fail. Braking still works even if the ABS does fail on a car. However, lack of ABS results in cars having less traction control. They reduce or eliminate the risk of brake lock-up, giving drivers a better chance to steer out of trouble.

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