Does Your CAR own ABS system

What is ABS ?

ABS means Anti-lock Braking System. It was invented to help the driver maintain some steering control and avoid vehicle skidding while braking.

Who invented ABS ?

The ABS was invented by Gabriel Voisin in 1929.The German firm Bosch had been developing anti-lock braking technology since the 1930s, but the first  car using Bosch’s electronic system became available in 1978. They first appeared in trucks and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. ABS Systems were later introduced on motorcycles.

How  ABS Works ?

ABS technology uses sensors to measure speed of each wheel to determine if one or more wheels are trying to lock up during braking. If a wheel tries to lock up, a series of hydraulic valves limit or reduce the braking on that wheel. This prevents skidding and allows you to maintain steering control thus preventing the vehicle to loose direction.

Why ABS is important for safe driving ?

When you require to stop the car in emergency situation ,With ABS brakes the braking distance for a car to come to a full stop is much shorter than if there where no ABS brakes.

When you brake hard a car without ABS Brakes the tyres skid and the area of the tyre in contact with the road gets worn out. Frequent use of hard braking on Indian roads lead to the tyre getting worn out in different areas on the tyre and this leads to the tyre getting out of balance and causing vibrations;Hence ABS system increases life of your car tyre.

Also the ABS system prevents the car from turning into multiple directions on application of  immediate brakes.It makes the car stable on application of immediate brakes.

See the wheels on Action with ABS and without ABS –Bosch Technology

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Don’t ignore the dash lights warning sign

Your dash lights are your first warning sign that something could be wrong with your car engine or other components on your car. While some lights may indicate a minor problem, others, such as the low oil light or low brake fluid light need to be treated as a priority.

Dash Light

The first thing to do when you see a dash light flash or pop up is to try not to alarm. Your car is not likely to be on fire or about to break down in the next 5 minutes. Dash lights usually give you a little time to rectify the problem. The color of the dash light can give you an ‘at a glance’ idea of how serious the problem really is.

• Red usually signifies a potentially serious issue.
• Yellow or orange lights usually mean that something will need attention soon.
• Green or blue lights are usually just for information.

Dash Warning Lights – The Really Serious Ones

Dash lights have a mean pattern of popping on when you least expect – usually when you are on that long road trip and miles away from the nearest car repair service center.

Here are some of the more serious problems that will need immediate attention:

Brake warning indicators
• Engine coolant temperature indicators
• Engine oil level
• Engine oil pressure
• Charging system

Of course, the warning lights you have on your dash will depend on your make and model of vehicle. It is best to check your manual if you are not sure.