Monday, March 29, 2010

Don't Pump ABS Brakes!

ABS brakes have been around awhile, but there are still drivers who have not learned what they are and how they work.

Threshold braking is what ABS brake systems do FOR you, therefore, there is no need to pump your brakes. Computer-controlled sensors at each wheel "feel" when that tire is about to slip, and lessen the brake pressure at that wheel to keep the skid from occurring -- hundreds of times a second. You don't skid, and therefore you don't lose your ability to steer. This is the important part. In a panic stop with ABS brakes, you can steer around whatever it is you are trying to miss -- whether it's traffic cones or something else, like a car -- or a kid.

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