Learn to Use Your
Anti-lock Brakes !
Anti-lock braking systems are designed to let you keep steering while stopping fast. They also generally stop shorter than non-ABS vehicles on slick surfaces. Heres how to use anti-lock braking systems, experts say:
Stomp. Slam that brake pedal. Dont pump it. Push hard and
hold the pedal down. Youll feel the pedal pulsate, and youll hear noise. Those
are signals the system is working and that youre in a real emergency.
The sound and feel often startle people, and their instinct is to let up on the brakes slightly. Dont - That ruins the advantages of ABS.
Steer. Dont freeze at the wheel. Use the nonskid
feature of ABS to steer around the obstacle that made you slam the brakes in the first
place. And experts say this is where people can die if they err continue
steering to a safe place once youre past the obstacle.
People sometimes get hurt, or killed, when they jerk the wheel to avoid the problem and run into another object, nstead of continuing to steer to safety, studies suggest.
Practice Find a big. empty space a church parking lot, for instance
thats icy, snowy or wet and doesnt have curbs or lots of light poles.
Get going about 20 miles an hour and slam the brakes. Steer to prove to yourself you still can. Keep doing it until it becaomes habit to steer when you stomp.
You can set up a cardboard box as a target. Aim for It, nail the brakes. Steer around hard keep steering back ha what would be the normal traffic lane.
When the police show up to find out what youre doing. explain the safety-oriented nature of your endeavor. ABS suppliers and automakers can't imagine an officer arresting anyone for practicing .
By James R. Healey, published in USAToday
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