Tip #55 Anti-Lock Brakes

Anti-lock brakes (ABS) are one of the finest driver safety aids – but only if you know how to use the system and understand what it actually does.

ABS prevents the wheels from locking up, ensuring drivers have full directional control, so they can steer to safety around a potential obstacle in the road.

And ABS has little advantage when driving on icy or loose surfaces, so take care in these tricky conditions as ‘speed into hazards’ remains a top safety priority for every driver.


Here’s how to use ABS like an expert; hit the brakes very hard, look ahead where you need to go and steer there. Shout “brake and steer” if that helps your though processes.  Avoid ‘panic freeze’ in a braking emergency – keep concentrating on avoiding the potential collision.

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