An anti-lock braking system uses sensors and a series of valves to prevent wheels locking when the brakes are applied. Many crashes used to happen because when the brakes were applied sharply the wheels would stop turning and would lose traction on the road surface, so the driver no longer had any control and the car would just slide. When fitted with an ABS, the car wheels still turn, retaining their grip and so the driver can still steer out of trouble. ABS is often fitted these days with a traction control system (TCS) which means that hopefully accidents caused by uncontrolled skids will one day be almost a thing of the past. An anti-lock braking system mimics the old cadence braking method, which experienced drivers could do but was quite technical and needed absolutely top notch reflexes as well as a lot of practice. Having it done for you by a system linked to sensors on each drive wheel means that even inexperienced drivers now have the capacity to brake safely without disaster. Not many cars now come without an ABS fitted but even so it pays to employ safe practices when driving, leaving plenty of distance between vehicles and paying close attention to weather and road conditions.
Good driving is still the most important safety precaution
Even with every gadget available fitted to your car, safe driving is still the best way of preventing accidents. But even the most experienced and careful driver can sometimes be involved in a collision, because of someone else’s bad driving, inadequate road signage or other outside occurrence. If you or a passenger is injured through someone else’s fault, you may have a claim for compensation. You should seek medical attention after a collision in any event, even if you don’t think you have been hurt – some injuries, especially to the spine, take a while to show themselves.
AAH can advise you 24/7
Sometimes an injury from a car accident can start giving trouble some time after the event. This is why the time limit for compensation claims is set at three years so if you have been injured in an accident which causes problems down the line – perhaps back issues or problems with stress – our expert legal advisers will be able to help you with a claim. With our promise of no win, no fee*, you don’t have to worry about finding money up front so why not call Accident Advice Helpline today to see how we can help?
Date Published: June 15, 2014
Author: David Brown