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Anti-lock braking systems (ABS)

How does anti-lock braking system work?

Anti-lock braking systems (known as ABS) automatically kick in when a car’s wheels start to slip while braking. It stops the wheels from locking up by pumping the brakes quickly, allowing the wheels to grip the road surface better while still allowing the car to be steered.

Related Jargon

How does Electronic Stability Control work?

Electronic stability control (ESC) improves a vehicle's stability by detecting when a car is starting to skid.

What is a traction control system?

A traction control system (TCS), is usually a function of the electronic stability control (ESC) system on cars designed to prevent a loss of grip by the wheels.

What is hill descent control and how does it work?

Hill descent control is a driver-assistance system that enables a car – usually an SUV – to go down a hill off-road without the driver having to use the brakes.

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