Traction control systems (TCM) are sometimes rather confusingly known as ASR in the manufacturers’ guides. This is from the German for the same thing, Antriebsschlupfregelung but whether German or English it means the same thing – a computer is linked to sensors on the driven wheels of a vehicle that feed back to the ABS system of a car and control the spin of the wheel. Accidents happen in wet or icy conditions because one wheel spins faster than another having different traction beneath it – for example if the nearside wheel is encountering ice in puddles at the side of the road and the offside wheel is on drier tarmac, there will be a significant differential and this is when skids happen. Traction control started off as an extra in very high performance cars but it is now creeping down the market place to lower end vehicles and when it is across the board is likely to have a very good effect on the number of accidents caused by skids. It is important to remember that TCS cannot increase the limits of grip available, just to decrease the effect of driver error or compensate for a driver’s inability to react quickly enough to wheel slip.
Skids are scary and dangerous
When the weather is bad it is very important to listen to advice to drivers given on the TV, radio or online and not go out if advised not to do so. ‘Essential journeys’ do not include popping out for milk! If you have taken all the advice offered and have a car well-prepared for the weather, you can still end up in an accident, especially if not everyone on the road is as careful as you are. In the event of an accident caused by a skid, you may find you are suffering from whiplash or a similar neck injury and should seek medical advice immediately.
AAH can help when disaster strikes
Car accidents strike out of the blue and when they do your life can be turned upside down. If you have been in an accident that is someone else’s fault in the last three years and you needed medical attention you will probably have a good case for a claim for compensation. Call our 24-hour helpline for advice or use our 30-second online test to see if you are eligible. With our no win, no fee* promise, you have nothing to lose and you know you are backed by expert legal representation.
Date Published: June 15, 2014
Author: David Brown