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?

A: Your car’s anti-lock brake system is design...

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!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: How do I adjust the rearview mirror?

Having a clear, unobstructed view out the back window of your car is vital. You need to see behind you while you’re on the road, when you’re backing out of a parking space and more. Whether you have a manual...

Q: Brake sinks slowly while at stop

The most common cause for the brake pedal to sink slowly to the floor will be the brake master cylinder internal pressure cup failure. The seals may be worn or sludged up from old dirty brake fluid. I have...

Q: How do I transfer all contacts to the phonebook?

You can add all of your mobile device’s saved contacts to the Bluetooth phonebook, so that you can easily call any of your numbers. To do so, follow these steps: Press "Phone" then "Phonebook" Press "Manage Contacts" Press...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...