Modern technologies enable automotive engineers to produce cars with advanced braking systems, which ensure much safer driving. Some of the popular driver-assist safety features car buyers look for are automatic braking, collision-avoidance systems and hill-descent control. But for these technologically advanced systems to work as they should, they need a fully-functioning anti-lock braking system (ABS).

How advanced ABS works

Advanced ABS is an intuitive braking system designed to help prevent a car’s wheels from locking when brakes are engaged under heavy stress. Unlike a traditional braking system that will lock up the wheels and make manoeuvring a vehicle a challenge in such a situation, ABS utilises advanced sensors and emits rhythmic impulses that prevent wheels from locking. This means the driver can maintain better control of the vehicle in the event of extreme braking. The computer-based sensor system has eliminated the need for the brakes to be pumped to decrease speed and bring the car to a safe stop.

How traditional braking systems work

Traditional brakes use a simpler system to slow a car down. Pressing on the brake pedal will lead to the clamps bearing down on the rotors, resulting in the reduction of speed. When traditional brakes are slammed down hard – as they are in an emergency situation – this causes the locking of the rotors, which leaves the driver unable to steer the vehicle. The only option is to skid in the direction the car was headed when the brakes were applied.

The braking system is one of the most critical safety features of a vehicle. It is designed to ensure your safety, as well as that of other road users. This is the single most important reason for your brakes to be in optimum working condition, whether you have traditional brakes or advanced ABS.

Midas is the most-trusted household name when it comes to quality automotive service and brake repairs. If you suspect there is a problem with your braking system, or you’d like to have it checked out, get in touch with your nearest Midas Service Centre or book a service online today.