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Feb 6, 2017

The Importance And Function Of An Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)

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Because many of us rely on our vehicles in our day-to-day lives, whether for work, or to transport ourselves and our families, it is important that they be in full working condition and safe. One of the most important components for ensuring this is your car’s ABS, or Anti-lock Braking System. If your car has anti-lock brakes and you are not quite sure how they work and why they are so important, below is some valuable information for you.

The Importance And Functioning Of An Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)

What Is It?

Your anti-lock braking system is what allows you to maintain steering control when you suddenly and strongly brake on loose surfaces such as gravel, as well as wet or icy surfaces. If your car didn’t have ABS, the wheels would lock up due to the aggressive braking, especially on slippery surfaces, and you could spin out of control. ABS uses wheel speed sensors that calculate the speed of each wheel. If any one wheel locks up when braking, the ABS will sense this, release, and transfer pressure to the affected wheel to prevent it from locking. When the braking system is not working properly, you will see the ABS light on your dashboard.

An anti-lock braking system can be installed on any vehicle that has hydraulic brakes. Many people are mistakenly under the assumption that the “anti” in anti-lock brakes implies that the brakes are not actually being applied, which is not the case. It is simply the application and release of the brakes, sometimes 60-120 times per second, in order to prevent your brakes from completely seizing up in hazardous conditions.

Why Is It important?

These brakes are important for a variety of reasons. If you live in an area that is prone to ice and slick driving conditions or to having loose substrate on the road, then you need brakes that are going to allow you to apply the brakes successfully, while minimizing the risk of your car spinning wildly out of control while doing so. Having anti-lock brakes isn’t just protection for you and your family, it’s protection for other drivers on the road. It also provides you with the assurance that your car’s brakes are going to be there to allow you to stop safely in an emergency.

If you have a hydraulic braking system, but you don’t have anti-lock brakes, consider the above benefits and consider if they wouldn’t be a better choice to keep you, your family, and other people on the road as safe as possible at all times.

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