Function of safety devices and correct method of use
Function and effects
ABS is an abbreviation for Anti-lock Brake System, and this device maintains stability in the direction in which the vehicle is advancing and enhances the possibility of avoiding an obstacle through wheel operation by preventing the tires from locking (ceasing to rotate) when emergency braking is applied.
Correct method of applying emergency braking in a vehicle equipped with ABS
In order to effectively activate the ABS during emergency braking, the driver must be sure to continue depressing the brake pedal with as much force as possible. When the ABS actuates, the brake pedal may vibrate and a bumping noise may be heard, but this does not indicate a malfunction: the driver should continue to forcefully depress the brake pedal.
Steps 2 to 5 illustrated here are repeated in rapid succession and the vehicle will come to a stop while preventing the wheels from locking. This mechanism maintains the stability of the vehicle in its original direction of travel and retains steerability with the appropriate level of braking force.