Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: What precautions should be followed with the antilock brake system (ABS) system?

asked by on

What precautions should be followed with the antilock brake system (ABS) system?

Your car’s anti-lock brake system is designed to help prevent you from locking up the wheels during hard stops, as that can cause you to go into an uncontrolled skid. The system activates during certain hard stops and pulses the brakes on any wheel that is turning faster than the others. However, there are some precautions that should be followed, as well as several important things that you should know:

  • The ABS system doesn’t work well when you’re driving on any surface other than pavement (dirt, gravel, etc.).

  • ABS doesn’t prevent you from hydroplaning.

  • ABS doesn’t reduce the stopping distance. In some instances, it can increase the required stopping distance. Drive cautiously.

  • Driving over potholes, uneven roads, driving with tire chains or cables and driving on snowy or icy roads can lead to less functionality from the ABS.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  • Home
  • Questions
  • What precautions should be followed with the antilock brake system (ABS) system?

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: The car starts but the speedometer and brake lights and most electrical stuff won't turn on but the car runs

Hi there. It is highly likely that you have an accessory switch, relay or fuse that is damaged and causing these components to not work correctly. If you'd like, you can have one of our mobile mechanics come to your...

Q: Brakes not working

Hi. It sounds like you may have a leak in your brake system. I would check the fluid level in the master cylinder and if that reservoir is full, then you may have a bad master cylinder. If it is...

Q: AC thermostat stop working each time the light on the AC button start blinking.

It seems that your air conditioning system has a refrigerant leak. Have the system pressurized again to the correct amount and get a spray bottle with dawn dish soap and water mixed. Then spray down the entire air conditioning system....

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...