ABS or Anti-lock Braking System is a safety feature in most vehicles today. Are you aware of what “ABS” in your vehicle means?
Anti-lock braking systems (ABS) helps in emergencies by restoring traction to the tires. The system helps prevent wheels from locking up, and allows the driver to steer the vehicle to safety.
How does ABS work?
When wheel speed sensors detect locking of a car’s tires, these sensors send a message to the controller which then rapidly apply and release the brakes automatically to keep the tires from skidding.
What does a driver have to do?
Whenever the ABS begins vibrating during braking, the driver should continue to firmly press and hold the brake pedal – then steer the car to safety.
ABS is most effective when the tires are properly inflated and in good condition. The common causes of 4-wheel ABS malfunctions are worn brake linings and air or dirt in the brake fluid.
Most car manufacturers have made ABS a standard safety feature in their vehicles. However, if any specific vehicle does not have either a 4-wheel ABS or the ABS is not working, make sure to pump the brakes when the car begins to skid.