GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn -- When you're stopping on an icy road and start to lose traction, what do you do? Some people may just panic and lose control. Others have been taught the useful technique of pumping their brakes, or pushing and releasing the brake pedal several times. While this trick may have kept you from skidding on occasion, it wasn't a solid method and didn't guarantee success. Luckily, pumping the brakes is now becoming unnecessary as all new vehicles have an anti-lock braking system (ABS).
ABS systems control brake pressure and prevent them from locking up. Wheel lockup is what causes your car to skid and lose traction, which as everyone knows is very dangerous. Driving a car with anti-lock brakes enables you to stop faster and maintain control of the vehicle.
In cars without ABS, you would have to manually pump to keep the wheels from locking up, but with anti-lock brakes, the work is done for you automatically, increasing and decreasing pressure when necessary. In fact, it is strongly recommended that you keep your foot on the brakes while stopping; otherwise it will just make stopping take longer.
Stop by Bloomington Hyundai to learn more about anti-lock braking systems. If you want to experience ABS for yourself, take a test drive.