Do anti-lock brakes reduce braking distance?
- eAnswers...Jun 9, 2014
The safety system which prevents the wheels on a vehicle from locking up while braking is ABS. If used properly they can cut back stopping distance on some dry or wet pavement however the advantage is negligible. But on gravel, snow, ice, or the other loose surface they'll really increase stopping distance. The main purpose of anti-lock brakes is to assist you maintain control of the vehicle throughout emergency stopping situations and not to shorten the stopping distance. It permits you to steer round the obstacle while at constant time laborious braking. The proper way to use anti-lock brakes in an emergency is to step the brakes as hard as you'll be able to and let the system work because it was designed. Don't pump the brakes.
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