What Does Your ABS (Antilock Braking System) Really Do For You?

While you may not know what ABS (antilock braking system) is, it’s vital to your car’s performance. Whether you drive a car, motorcycle, or truck, knowing how your ABS works and what it does for your vehicle will help you appreciate all that it does! 

First introduced as an anti-skid system for aircraft in the 1950s, car manufacturers soon put it to work. By the 1970s, Ford and Chrysler had proved it could be utilized in the automotive industry, and to this day, ABS is present in all modern cars. While ABS is part of the electronic stability control system, put simply, your ABS is a safety anti-skid braking system. It was designed to help while braking and works by preventing the wheels from locking up while you brake. By doing so, your car’s ABS helps to maintain traction and contact with the road surface. 
The ABS does this due to a system of sensors attached to each wheel. The sensors detect when a wheel is about to lock up and stop moving, which forces the system to release the brake for a moment. Your ABS will continually do this and apply the best braking pressure to each wheel when needed to ensure none of them lock up and lose traction with the road. This can result in a pulsating feeling through the brake pedal as you press down on it to help you maintain control and reduce skidding. 
Though it may seem like an unnecessary feature since many older models are bought without ABS, there are several advantages associated with having it. Those vehicles with ABS are less likely to be involved in a fatal crash and have a decreased chance of frontal collisions on wet and dry roads. 
Whether you need ABS servicing or any other kind of auto repair or preventive maintenance, the AutoPro Auto Service team can take care of it! Whatever your auto repair needs, schedule an appointment with AutoPro Auto Service today to keep your vehicle performing at its best. We are conveniently located at 7901 W. River Road in Brooklyn Park, MN.


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