ABS: They mean completely different things depending on what you’re talking about. But with either topic, they’re nice to have. But for now, let’s stick with the benefits of ABS for your car. Anti-Lock Braking Systems (ABS) make the most of driving, specifically in those moments of panic before a potential collision.
Anti-Lock Braking Systems and How they Work
Anti-Lock Braking Systems basically include a system of components that work to produce “cadence braking” for better traction and steering. Basically, the brakes do not use a steady one stop, but allow the wheels to still move and optimize the distance of stopping. If you’ve heard of Electronic Stability Control (ESC) then you’ll be familiar with this concept already. Stability is key for braking, and therefore, works in tandem with the ABS of the car.
The components of Anti-Lock Braking Systems involve speed sensors, valves, a pump, and controller. These parts all work together in a few different types of ABS designs. The Four-Channel system includes individual sensors and monitoring for each wheel. Typically, this is the best type for most cars. The Three-Channel design incorporates one sensor on each front wheel, and one for both back wheels. The last is the One-Channel set-up, which takes one valve to control both rear wheels and one speed sensor. The last two are typically found on larger trucks.
What it Means for You
Research doesn’t necessarily prove that ABS equipped vehicles are making the roads safer. They do, in fact, increase the driver’s ability to steer while braking hard. Snow and gravel can, obviously, make that difficult at times. But overall, it’s looking like the roads may be (unofficially) safer because of them.