The Advantages of an Antilock Brake System (ABS)

January 23rd, 2017 by

2017 Chevy Spark OrangeEvery new car manufactured in the United States has an Antilock Brake System—the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration requires it. You probably have antilock brakes unless you’re driving car manufactured more than a decade ago. This is a good thing! Whether you’re driving a car with or without antilock brakes, it’s worth knowing the advantages of your antilock brake system.

Antilock Brakes: How They Work and Why They’re Important

Antilock brakes have been required in the United States since 2013, but they’ve been common for much longer than that. The first modern antilock brake systems were introduced in the 1970s and they’ve been common ever since.

Antilock brakes are exactly what they sound like—they prevent lockup. When your wheels lockup under heavy braking, it can lead to dangerous sliding and loss of traction. This is especially important during slippery conditions such as snowy or icy roads.

Generally, antilock brake systems combine a traditional hydraulic disc brake system, with a system of electronic sensors that monitor wheel speed. If a single wheel is rotating more slowly than the other wheels, the brake force on that wheel is reduced to stop slippage. The system can also work in reverse—if a wheel is turning faster than the others, the brake force is applied to bring the rotation speed in line with the rest of a car to stop wheel spin.

In some antilock brake systems brake force can be applied and released as many as 15 times per second. This allows a car with antilock brakes to stop much more quickly than a car without antilock brakes. Antilock brake systems are also used to implement traction and stability control systems, with the addition of other sensors. Traction control has been required in the United States since 2013, so any new Chevy model includes both antilock brakes and traction control.

You can see why antilock brakes are so important now. If you’ve been driving a car that’s missing this important feature, then you should stop by Chevrolet of Homewood to try a modern model!

Visit Chevrolet of Homewood Today

Visit Chevrolet of Homewood at 18033 S. Halsted St. in Homewood, IL to find out more about the contemporary safety features offered in modern Chevy cars. If you think your antilock brake system needs service, then make sure you schedule service online now.