What is Anti-Lock Braking System?

Your vehicle has many working parts and systems that aim to keep you safe while out on the roads of Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and Carlisle.

There are various active and passive safety features integrated within each vehicle’s design all in place to help drivers and their passengers stay safe. Some vehicles even have cutting-edge technology that allows the car to assist you in a variety of situations. One very vital safety feature in your car though is the anti-lock braking system.

Commonly referred to as ABS, the anti-lock braking system plays an important role in helping you stay safe. Exactly what is an anti-lock braking system though? Our team at Faulkner Mazda outlined below what the role of the ABS is and how exactly it works.What is Anti-Lock Braking System

What is the ABS?

The active safety feature of the anti-lock braking system is designed to let drivers continue to have control over the steering while braking by preventing the wheels from locking up.

By not allowing the wheels to lock up when you brake, ABS gives your tires the ability to continue to have traction and prevent the wheels from slipping, which would cause your car to skid. Doing this will then allow you to still maintain steering control.

The anti-lock braking system is crucial when hard braking is necessary and when the roads are slippery during icy or wet conditions. It will be called upon in common situations like when something unexpectedly gets in your path and you need to quickly slow down and avoid it by veering around it.

How Does ABS Work?

By using sensors to monitor the speed of the wheels, the anti-lock braking system can detect if one or more wheels start to lock up. If it determines that a wheel is beginning to lock, it will rapidly apply brake pressure then release the brake to that specific wheel. It essential is “pumping the brake”, but at a much faster and more efficient rate than a person can do it.

Making Sure Your Brakes are Well MaintainedWhat is Anti-Lock Braking System?

As you can see, the anti-lock braking system does a tremendous job at helping maintain your safety while driving around Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, and Carlisle. This is why it is crucial to stay proactive and regularly have your full braking system inspected.

Getting a professional to make sure all the mechanics of the ABS are in working order as well as checking the condition of the various parts of your brakes can help your car continue to perform the way it is intended to.

If your brake pads are worn or you have low brake fluid, your ABS won’t work at its best ability. Luckily when it comes time to service your car, our technicians will make sure all of these components are being checked. They will also be able to replace any part that is worn with genuine OEM parts.

Let us help you keep your brakes in excellent working condition by scheduling an appointment with our service center today!