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Antilock Brakes

Some people aren't used to ABS systems (anti-lock braking systems) and may believe there is a problem with their brakes, especially on slippery roadways. That is, they feel a pulsing sensation when they brake hard. If you vehicle is equipped with ABS, the ABS logo will appear on your dashboard display whenever you start the car.

If you do have ABS, practice using them before you get into an emergency. Try suddenly appying your brakes in a safe place on wet and dry pavement.

Anti-lock brakes have benefits over regular brakes when it comes to vehicle control. They allow the driver to steer during hard braking. When regular brake lock up the driver looses the ability to steer and the vehicle may want to spinout of control if the rear brakes lock before the front, or if braking along a curved road. Since ABS allows the driver to steer, he or she can potencially avoid the collision. It is important not to steer too hard or you may loose control even with ABS.

When your car is equipped with ABS and you need to brake hard:

  • Apply steady, firm pressure to the brake pedal.
  • Steer around obstacles avoiding sudden sharp meneuvers.