Knowing ways to maintain the best control over your vehicle in slippery and wet road conditions is a vital aspect of car safety. The best way to turn, brake, and even to accelerate in these conditions, is for you to properly activate your vehicle’s ABS, or traction control system. You should know certain facts about these systems that will let you to maintain safe traction required to drive in unfavorable road conditions:
Tip 1 – Car tire Maintenance
Keeping your car’s tires in good condition is necessary if you want your vehicle to maintain its grip on the highway while you are driving. Check the tire pressure on your vehicle often. Also, check to know if there is wear and tear on your tires that might have caused them to become bald, or smooth. This condition is sure to reduce the gripping ability of your car’s tires. If they are too smooth and worn, then it’s time for you to get new tires. Also, keeping your tires balanced and aligned will offer you better control of your car in slippery or wet road conditions.
Tip 2 – Anti-Locking Brakes (ABS) Condition
The Anti-Locking Braking System (ABS) is thought by vehicle experts to be the best control mechanism on your vehicle. Your vehicle’s ABS system is designed to keep it wheels from locking up when its brakes are applied. Generally, wheels lock up when a vehicle’s driver panics or applies too much brake pressure. The reason this can be dangerous is that when you brake in a panic and the wheels lock, you are more likely to loose control of your car. Having your ABS in good condition can prevent your brakes from locking up if you follow proper braking guidelines. If you are not sure whether your vehicle has an ABS system, check your Owner’s Manual or contact your car dealer.
Tip 3 – ABS Use
Research has indicated that many accidents have occurred even with vehicles equipped with an ABS system. Knowing how to brake properly is vital in order for you to maintain the best control of your vehicle. It is also important for you to know that when braking with ABS equipment, you need to apply 100% pressure to the brakes (using all the force you have), without pumping your vehicle’s brakes.
If you have an ABS-equipped car, it’s important to avoid becoming overconfident and relying too much on your brakes. Instead, you should always allow for a safe braking distance, by following other vehicles at a safe distance. If used properly, the ABS system will allow you to steer around a hazard, thus preventing serious accidents.
Ever wonder how you will know whether or not your ABS system is activated? If you feel a pulsating sensation while braking, or if you hear a rattling sound, these are indications that your system is functioning normally.
Tip 4 – Traction Control
Traction control is a system that keeps your vehicle’s drive wheels from loosing their grip on the road during acceleration. This system allows you safely slow your car without skidding or losing control.