May 27 2011

What are anti-lock brakes?

Category: Automotive


Anti Lock BrakesBefore anti-lock brakes (ABS) it was necessary to pump your brakes in order to keep traction and driving ability during a sudden stop. Anti-lock brakes were designed to eliminate this requirement by automatically changing the fluid pressure on each disc, essentially pumping the brakes for you at a rate of 15 times per second. Most vehicles equipped with anti-lock braking systems have a computer regulated controller that reacts and responds to road condition shifts or sudden stops. An anti-lock braking system not only gives the driver an increase in control but it will also typically decrease the stopping distances on certain terrains. Most new vehicles offer anti-lock braking systems as optional equipment but many car manufacturers and the Department of Transportation are looking into making them a standard feature for all new automobiles. If you are driving a car for the first time, it is probably a good idea to verify if the car utilizes an anti-lock braking system so you’ll know the vehicles capabilities if a crisis should ensue.

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