Using Antilock Brakes In Winter Weather

images-35.jpgMost cars today come equipped with antilock brakes, or ABS.  Chances are you have heard about ABS, but you may not know what they actually are.  This is a safety feature that is able to detect if a wheel is about to lock up on your vehicle.  When this happens the hydraulic pressure of the wheel is controlled, like when you manually pump the brake.  This allows you to maintain control of the car.

If you have never used ABS before you might notice that they feel a little different.  For example, you may feel that the brake pedal feels harder when ABS is activated, which is normal.  Also, it is common to feel pulsating under your foot and a noise similar to a motorboat.

Don’t make the mistake of assuming you can stop on a dime just because you have antilock brakes because you will end up having to call for emergency roadside assistance.  You still need to leave ample room between you and the car in front of you.  Also, you shouldn’t pump the brake, but apply a firm, strong pressure.

Driving with ABS is easy if you follow these simple tips.  Also, you will have an added feeling of security while driving.  It is also a good idea to have a road service program for your safety and protection.

Posted on Wednesday, December 24th, 2008 at 6:33 pm In Emergency Auto Assistance  

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