The importance of anti-lock brake systems

Driving can be hectic in Long Beach. Because it’s so close to Los Angeles, commuters around the area often face constant gridlock while traveling to and from destinations. Unfortunately, regular rush hour traffic can increase one’s chances of getting in a wreck. However, there are safety features in a vehicle that can help reduce the risk of collisions. One of a car’s most crucial safety features is its anti-lock brake system (ABS).

How these systems work

Anti-lock brake systems are active safety features found in most automobiles. They’re designed to help drivers maintain control over their vehicles if they have to stop suddenly. Depending on a car’s make and model, some prevent all four wheels from locking up while others only prevent two. According to a recent report, these systems have helped decrease crashes on wet and icy roads by 35% and dry roads by 9%.

Circumstances where anti-lock brakes are useful

Here are a few examples of how these systems can provide value to drivers:

  • A vehicle suddenly veers in front of another driver during rush hour, forcing them to slam on the brakes.
  • An animal jumps out in the middle of the road and swerving would cause the motorist to crash into an opposing driver.
  • Rainy weather makes the roads more slippery or increases the risk of drivers hydroplaning.

Vehicle safety is a legal obligation

Motorists want to avoid harm out on the road. Under California law, drivers must maintain their vehicles for safety purposes and make sure there aren’t any defects that could harm themselves or others. If California motorists are unsure of how effective their anti-lock brakes are, they may want to get them checked out.