Anti-lock brake systems now come standard on most vehicles. Anti-lock brakes reduce stopping distance by keeping the wheels turning during heavy braking, maintaining friction between the road and the vehicles tires. Without anti-lock brakes a driving under heavy braking may “lock up” their brakes causing the car to skid and increasing stopping distance relative to cars with anti-lock brakes.
*If your vehicle currently does not have anti-lock brakes consider upgrading.
It is important for anyone driving a car equipped with anti-lock brakes to learn its capabilities. The most important capability of anti-lock brakes is not stopping. It is the ability to continue handling the vehicle under heavy braking conditions. The following are tips for how to effectively drive a car with anti-lock brakes.
- When in an emergency, step on the brakes harder and stay on them.
- Don’t panic by pumping the brakes. Pumping the brakes will make the ABS ineffective.
- ABS is not designed to stop the vehicle under emergency conditions but to maintain steering control while braking. In this case, veering around any obstacle becomes less difficult.
- The best thing to do is when avoiding obstacles, remember to veer to the right so you can prevent getting hit or hitting oncoming traffic.
- Overconfidence will get you nowhere. Drive cautiously even when your car has anti-lock braking systems.
Source – Crashtest.org