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May 10 2013

How ABS Can Be a Lifesaver

What is ABS


Almost every new car these days comes with ABS either as standard or an option in the top of the line variants. Even 2-wheeler manufacturers have recently started advertising ABS in their vehicles. So, what exactly is this popular term ABS?

ABS stands for “Anti-lock Brake System”,  a safety feature that prevents wheel lock ups while braking, something that has resulted in many accidents worldwide. It works synonymously with the car’s regular braking system by pumping them automatically. The system pumps the brakes that allow to safely steer the vehicle to a safe halt.

The system also works perfectly when there is less traction. For example, panic braking on even a wet tarmac or ice won’t skid the vehicle if car is equipped with an ABS system. Additionally, the vehicle will also steer during panic braking and change lanes effectively.

After reading all this, there’s a chance you might start thinking that all this technology might lead to quicker and snappier braking. However, the purpose of ABS is not to provide you with a faster braking system because that’d be meaningless as faster braking comes from how fast the driver’s reflexes are and nowhere close to being related with the braking module of a car. What ABS‘s purpose is to help you in controlling your vehicle in an emergency panic braking situation.

No matter how much advancement is made in the automobile industry, eventually it all comes down to the driver. You still have to be careful while driving, braking, parking, reversing your car or doing regular maintenance of the vehicle. ABS or no ABS, braking will still be a livewire thing, one that you’ll have to perform with concentration. While ABS does help in reducing the stopping distance to an extent on wet tarmac, doesn’t actually mean that you can now drive faster without worrying about the stopping. One still needs to be careful while driving on wet or iced up tarmac.


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