Anti-lock braking systems, or ABS, exist in most new cars nowadays. Before this technology was introduced in the 1980s, cars would sometimes skid while the driver stepped on the brakes. The wheels would lock up and lose traction with the surface of the road. ABS technology corrected this problem because it prevents any “lock-up” with the wheels. As a result, the vehicle will not skid or lose traction during the braking process. This creates a safer driving experience for the driver, their passengers, and everyone else on the road. And when ABS system has malfunction, the ABS light will comes on in your car dashboard.
ABS is the standard braking system for any vehicle that has wheels. Not only is ABS in passenger cars, it also exists in buses, motorcycles, and trucks as well. Drivers of bigger vehicles, especially pickup trucks, will benefit from ABS because it will add stability to their vehicle which makes steering and braking so much easier. In fact, ABS will let you steer at the same time you are braking.
For instance, a lot of drivers will sometimes “ride the brake” whenever they make a sharp turn without stopping completely first. Before ABS technology existed, you would not be able to do that. ABS, however, allows drivers to brake and steer simultaneously. This is also helpful in emergency situations where you may need to slow down and dodge something at the same time.
ABS is comprised of speed sensors which exist in each wheel of the vehicle. When a sensor detects that a wheel is locking up while the brake is being applied, the system will activate numerous hydraulic valves to limit the braking impact on that wheel. In other words, that wheel will not slow down as fast as the other wheels because of these hydraulic valves. This will keep it moving and prevent it from locking up. The driver can then keep control over their steering.