All About ABS Brakes


Anti-lock brakes (ABS) are all the rage these days -- and for good reason. This nifty safety feature will ensure you can control your vehicle in hazardous conditions by preventing the vehicle’s wheels from locking when you need to brake heavily.

Here’s everything you need to know about ABS brakes.

Why do you need them?

When the wheels lock, they won’t rotate. If the wheels were to lock, the car will begin to slide. If roads are dry or wet and you slam on the brakes, you don’t want the wheels to lock up, or you’ll lose control. You won’t be able to steer the car in the direction you want to go when the wheels are locked. Cars with ABS brakes won’t lock when you apply the brakes.

When do ABS brakes help?

The vehicle’s anti-lock brakes are helpful in situations where you need to brake and swerve to avoid a car, or if the road conditions are wet or icy. In such conditions, the car is more vulnerable to sliding and veering off the road. You’ll be thankful for ABS brakes if a vehicle suddenly swerves in front of your car, an animal darts across the road or the road conditions are bad.

How do they work?

These systems work in one of two ways: All four wheels will have a lock-prevention system or the back two wheels will be prevented from locking. Both types of systems monitor the speed of the wheels and are able to detect scenarios when the wheels could lock. If the potential for wheel-locking exists, the system will activate, and quickly apply and release the brakes on the wheels.

Make sure your next vehicle includes anti-lock brakes. The folks at Park Acura are happy to help you take a look at safe cars that feature ABS brakes.


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