Making An Emergency Stop With Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) - Automatic
March 19, 2018 at 4:36 PM
When stopping abruptly, it’s crucial that you keep the car from skidding as this will allow you to maintain control of the vehicle. ABS helps prevent the wheels from locking – which causes the car to skid – but some skill is still required in some situations to ensure it doesn’t happen.
Tips for making an emergency stop with ABS:
- Since it’s an emergency, there isn’t enough time to follow safety procedures like checking your mirrors and blind spots. You should, therefore, brake immediately and keep your hands on the wheel to maintain control of the vehicle.
- In all weather and road conditions, apply the brake firmly and keep your foot pressed firmly and consistently on the pedal. The ABS should help keep your car from skidding as it slows. Never pump the brakes in an emergency. Keep the pedal pressed down hard and steer out of trouble. Don't become over-confident in your driving just because your vehicle has ABS brakes.
- Once you’ve stopped, put your car in park and engage the handbrake if you need to stop for a while. Otherwise drive on if the hazard is no longer present.