ABS: what are anti-lock braking systems and how do they work?

Anti-lock braking systems (ABS) help prevent the wheels of a vehicle from locking when braking heavily, and enable the driver to keep steering (on slippery roads for example).

ABS is one of the key active safety systems that are already widely fitted to today’s passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Approximately 80-90% of the cars on Europe’s roads come equipped with ABS technology.

Active safety technology can prevent accidents from happening altogether or at least actively help the driver to reduce the impact of an emergency situation. Active systems give the driver more control in dangerous situations. To that end, various safety systems constantly monitor the performance and surroundings of a vehicle.

Simply put, active safety systems avoid or mitigate an accident pre-impact – so before it happens or contact is made.

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