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.