When driving in slippery conditions, your brakes ABS is a huge safety, but you should know how to use them.
Strict safety regulations stipulate that the anti-lock brake system (ABS) is a standard feature of most cars these days. But at the time, as most people know that their model is equipped with such a system, few understand what it does or how to use it correctly, if happens the situation that requires it.
The braking system uses ABS sensors to determine if the wheel is on the verge of locking during heavy braking. If a wheel tries to lock, then a series of hydraulic valves limit it and reduce the pressure of brake pads to the drive wheel to prevent a skid and allow the driver to maintain steering.
However, ABS will not help you more quickly stop in front of the obstacle that lies ahead. In addition, on very slippery surfaces, remember that ABS does not work, and on pure ice, nothing will stop you, but to crash into a curb or other object. Safe speed is the key to safe driving.
Braking without ABS in an emergency
Most modern cars are equipped with ABS, but older models, like these, which many young drivers use as a first car, are unlikely to be equipped with such a system.
However, drivers can virtually create your own ABS in the car which are not equipped with them. If you going too fast in wet or slippery conditions and trying to stop suddenly, the wheels may lock and the car may start to slide. Remember that a car with locked wheels uncontrollable.
To stop without skidding, rhythmically press on the pedal brake. It emits what makes the ABS system, although not as efficiently. Don’t forget to look where you want the car drove and send him back the wheel. And most importantly – do not panic. Otherwise, in a panic, you just can’t bring themselves to let go of the brake pedal, unlocking the wheels.
ABS: collision prevention
ABS – a fantastic aid driver safety, but only if you know what it does and how to use it in emergencies, which many people do not. A key advantage of the system is that it allows you to apply maximum braking force, but the driver can still control the car to avoid collision.
However, many people in this situation often “panic freeze” and continue to look ahead of them, hold the steering wheel straight and don’t even try to avoid the obstacle. To avoid this, psychologists recommend to shout “brake and wheel”. Saying it out loud should help you to focus your thought process, giving you time to act appropriately so as not to hit the obstacle.
In some situations, the braking distance with ABS is longer than the locked wheels, but a very important aspect of an exit from an emergency is to maintain control of the car. And with locked wheels to do it is simply not possible.
When you apply the emergency brake with the ABS system, then you have to hit the brake pedal and pushing her struggles weakening until the moment when the danger has passed. But this is only the case if the road is perfectly smooth. If during braking the wheel come to a bump, the ABS will unlock all the wheels and the braking distance increases. In this case release the brake pedal and hit it again.