Heavy braking best with ABS

An Automobile Association survey shows nearly 60% of people who have anti-locking braking systems don’t know how to use them.

However, road safety consultant Peter Sheppard says the number who don’t know how to use ABS brakes, is even higher than the AA survey, at 69%.

Both Mr Sheppard and the AA say that if everyone who has ABS, knew how to use it properly, that would save lives.

When I was taught to drive I was told not to jump on the brake pedal in an emergency but to pump it to avoid locking the brakes and skidding.

However, after listening to the audio on the link above I’ve leaned that isn’t the way to make an emergency stop in a car with ABS brakes. Contrary to what I was taught, you’re supposed to hit the brakes hard and let the electronics take over.

One Response to Heavy braking best with ABS

  1. gravedodger says:

    You have posted on a significant gap in the knowledge among all drivers on our roads and that reinforces something that needs remedying.
    Drs, Nurses, police, firemen, ambos and other professional groups have scheduled regular upskill programs available, some compulsory, in maintaining a current status to practise, but with drivers you can get the quallifying status in your teens and have no further assessment of currency or profficiency untl 75 if you stay out of trouble. That tells me the room for ignorance of changing technology, the law and adoption of sloppy habits is too big to be comfortable.
    In the fire service for example we have to be reassessed and revalidated every 5 years or we do not drive the trucks.


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