The Importance of ABS

While not many drivers know what ABS is, it's vital to your vehicle's overall performance. Whether you drive a car, SUV, truck, or even motorcycle, knowing what it is, how it works, and what it does for your vehicle on an everyday basis can make a world of difference.


For starters, ABS stands for Antilock Brake System. The concept of this was first introduced as an anti-skid system for aircraft in the 50s, so the automotive manufacturers quickly tried to find a way to make it possible in cars. By the 1970s, American auto manufacturers Ford and Chrysler made it work, and to this day, ABS is present in cars today.


The ABS is part of your car's stability control system, and it is an anti-skid brake system. It was designed to assist your primary brakes and prevent your wheels from locking up in unfavorable conditions. By doing so, your vehicle's ABS helps your wheels maintain traction and adequately grip the roads.


The ABS is supported by multiple sensors fastened onto each wheel. The devices help catch when a wheel is on the brink of locking up and releases the brakes. You might notice a vibration on your brake pedal when the ABS is activated. 


Though it may seem like an unnecessary feature because the ABS is not activated every day, there are many benefits of having it in place. Automobiles with ABS are less likely to be involved in a deadly crash and have a decreased likelihood of front-end collisions on both wet and dry roads. 


Whether you need ABS repairs or other brake services, you can count on the brake experts at I-70 Auto Service to take great care of your vehicle. We work to get you back on the road safely in no time. Please call or visit our auto repair shop in Kansas City, MO, today!