Driving in slippery conditions might be dangerous but not with ABS brakes, if you know how to use them.

ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) is a feature of every new car on the market since it has become a legal requirement for all car manufacturers. For those who are not familiar with the system, ABS uses electronics to optimise the braking system. Sensors on the wheel measure when the wheel is on the verge of locking up under braking. If a wheel does lock, hydraulic valves come into place to adjust braking and avoid the wheel from locking up and this allows the driver to maintain steering control and reduce the stopping distance even in harsh weather conditions.

The key benefit is that the system allows maximum braking power when applied and at the safe time the driver will be able to steer during braking to avoid collisions.

When the ABS system gets activated drivers will be able to tell because they will feel the braking system pulsing rapidly under their foot.

However, bear in mind that even with the ABS if you are driving at speed you won’t be able to stop on slippery surfaces so safe speed is the key in this case.

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Avoiding a collision

The ABS is a fantastic feature for safety if drivers know how to use it which most drivers don’t. All you need to do to activate the ABS is to push the pedal to the floor and the electronics will do the rest. Bear in mind that the ABS is not as effective in winter conditions and to maintain low speed in harsh winter conditions to be able to brake in time.