What Are Anti-Lock Brakes

ABS Light On Car Dashboard

Anti-lock braking systems (ABS) play a crucial role in ensuring a car is safe on the roads, from restoring traction in the tyres to optimising steering in an emergency stop. Below we go into more detail and reveal exactly what an anti-lock braking system is.

What Are Anti-Lock Brakes?

Simply put, anti-lock brakes are designed to prevent your car from skidding when brakes are applied aggressively. For instance, when a driver must undertake an emergency stop, anti-lock brakes prevent the wheels from locking and ensure the driver doesn’t lose control of the vehicle.

What’s more, it’s been found that cars with anti-lock braking systems experience a shorter stopping distance. A typical anti-lock braking system consists of sensors, valves, a pump, and controller.

What Do Anti-Lock Brakes Do?

Anti-lock brakes have been fitted in cars as standard since the 1980s and have dramatically improved road safety. The primary purpose is to protect you during emergency braking situations by ensuring your brakes don’t lock up. When brakes lock up, a car may veer sharply to the left and right.

When Are Anti-Lock Brakes Most Effective?

Anti-lock brakes work best on dry, solid road surfaces. This provides plenty of traction and contact with the road, allowing the driver to apply the brakes promptly and firmly. As a result, the driver is able to brake as quickly as possible, while ensuring they have complete control over the vehicle.

How To Use Anti-Lock Brakes In An Emergency

To use the anti-lock braking system in your car, all you need to do is press down immediately on the brake pedal and keep them firmly applied until the vehicle stops. You may feel the vehicle vibrate, though this is completely normal. You’ll then notice that the ‘ABS’ light switches on, confirming the anti-locking system has been activated.

Make sure you don’t remove your foot from the brake pedal or pump the brakes. This is unnecessary and will disengage the anti-lock system.

Shop Car Parts CTA Button

At Euro Car Parts, we have over 130,000 specialist car parts for every make and model. From anti-lock braking systems to engine oil, browse our extensive range today. We also offer a convenient fitting service – leave your car with us and we’ll have you back on the road in no time.