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Anti-Lock Braking Systems: Safety Tip

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Imagine yourself driving to work one morning. The sky begins to turn gray and within just a few minutes you are caught in a heavy downpour. Being a safe and responsible driver, you slow down while turning your windshield wipers and lights on. Unfortunately, the rain storm is about to present you with a challenge as your round a curve only to discover that the wind has knocked down a tree and is directly in your path. With no room to safely maneuver around the tree, you immediately “slam” on your brakes.

What happens next?

If you’re driving a vehicle without the Anti-lock Braking System … commonly called ABS … you may find yourself experiencing an uncontrolled skid. Pushed hard enough, the brake pedal engages your brakes to the point that all four wheels lock into place.

If you are driving a vehicle equipped with ABS, your vehicle will react quite differently to this emergency maneuver. As the ABS engages, you will experience a vibration in the brake pedal. This let’s you know the system is working. As you continue to apply pressure to the brake pedal, the ABS computer senses imminent wheel lock-up and momentarily releases the brakes as much as 30 times per second. This technology minimizes the chances of experiencing an uncontrolled skid. Even better … as your foot continues to apply pressure to the brake pedal, ABS allows you to continue steering the vehicle in the direction you want to go in order to avoid a hazard.
ABS Animation

This “One Second Advantage™” Safety Tip will provide you with valuable information that will detail the proper technique to use during an emergency stop in a vehicle equipped with the Anti-lock Braking System. Using this technique can be the difference between arriving at your destination safely or being involved in a collision.

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