An Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) is a type of breaking system that prevents your tires from locking up, when placed under heavy load. When jamming on the break, the break pad will typically grip the rotors too hard, locking up and making it difficult to maneuver. Anti-Lock brakes will pulse, keeping the pads from locking onto the rotors, thus enabling the driver to maintain a level of control.
Traditional brakes do not have the ability to pulse and instead of lock into the rotors. This inhibits the ability to steer the vehicle, since when the tires aren’t rotating sliding straight is the only option. ABS is considered optional safety equipment, but comes standard on most newer vehicles.
Traction control is an option sold along with vehicles equipped with anti-lock brakes. This system helps tires keep traction on the ground during hard acceleration or turning. Traction control almost always works with a vehicles ABS and would not be included on vehicles with standard brakes. Some of the newest technology in anti-lock brake systems allows for detection of slippage, then controls the throttle and braking simultaneously.
Anti-Lock Brakes As Safety Equipment
Previously we discussed how anti-lock brakes can help keep the driver in control of braking vehicle. Well, there have been numerous tests done on how anti-lock brakes can improve the safety of passengers, one of the latest studies was by Monash University Accident Research Center. They found that Anti-Lock Brake Systems reduced the chance of multi-car accidents by 18% and Run-Off-Road accidents by as much as 35%.
So, when buying that next car, whether new or used, consider the added value of a vehicle with an Anti-Lock Brake System. The difference between an ABS and traditional brake systems makes the up charge worth every penny.