ESC and ESP is one of the best modern safety features since its introduction in 2014.
Some may think it’s as important as seat belts and airbags because it actually helps in preventing an accident to happen in the first place.
Research have shown that cars equipped with ESP reduce the chances of having an accident by 25%.
ESC and ESP are practically the same thing, ESC stands for Electronic Stability Control and ESP stands for Electronic Stability Programme.
ESC & ESP are a third dimension to ABS (Antilock Braking system) and TCS (Traction Control system).
ESP influences the car in its lateral plane, the system uses sensors that take account of the speed of each tyre and the angle of the steering wheel.
The system regulates the car to stay balanced during turns avoiding skids, in fact research have shown that ESC can avoid 80% of potential skids on the road during turns.
This is because ESC can brake individual wheels independently and this opens up opportunities for other safety features like Brake assist and Hill Hold Control.
Hill hold control is a technology that keeps you in the same place if you release the brakes on a hill start preventing you from rolling back.
Another benefit of ESP is that it monitors the tyre pressure on each wheel and it can tell if a tyre is losing pressure by monitoring the speed of the tyre.
If you notice your DSP, ESP, or ESC light come on, it's a good idea to have it checked out by a qualified mechanic. Head over to one of our centres for a check, you can find your nearest centre here.