Safety Feature - Anti-Lock Brakes
by Henry Floyd |
posted 27 May 2017
Anti-Lock Braking Systems (ABS) has been one of the most significant safety advances in driving in recent years, so-much-so, that it is a standard feature on virtually all cars produced today. But how do they work?
With an anti-lock braking system, computerised sensors located at each wheel, monitor deceleration when the brake is applied. The sensor will detect any wheel lockup and trigger the hydraulic system to automatically pump the brakes up to 15 times per second. This reduces the probability of the wheel locking and provoking a dangerous skid.
There was a time when drivers were taught to do this for themselves, it is called Cadence Braking. But the Anti-Lock Braking System now does it automatically and far quicker than any driver could. All the driver has to do is apply pressure on the brake pedal and the ABS system will mechanically cadence brake evenly and smoothly. This will allow the driver to maintain control of the vehicle and shorten the stopping distance.