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Driver's Ed: Are Anti Lock Brakes Better Than a Trained Driver?

Many people are under the misconception that antilock brakes (ABS for short) provide the best possible stopping distances under all conditions. While there are many variables that come into play, the short answer is that a trained and skilled driver can stop a vehicle quicker with conventional brakes than a novice can with ABS.

So why is ABS so prevalent on today's cars? The primary reason is that it allows you to maintain steering control under heavy braking, something that is extremely difficult even for trained drivers. Overall, vehicles with ABS are safer than those without, but it's critical to know that ABS has its limitations. Stopping distances will be increased on rough pavement, loose sand or dirt and snow and ice, so always leave a little extra room when driving on these surfaces.

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