Wow! I had no idea I was going to stir up such a storm of controversy with my
For all you GM vehicle owners out there - I did say "GM quality control issues
GM's system may "suck", as Fred so eloquently put it, but that does not change
that the theory behind ABS is sound. It is simple physics - there is less
therefore less braking, at the interface between a sliding tire and the
don't talk to me about "hot racing rubber" - I'm not talking about a nicely
high tack racing tire - I'm talking about a sliding tire that is shedding rubber
particles, generating it's own little patch of roller bearings between the body
tire and the pavement.
The fact that insurance companies don't like ABS is no showstopper, either.
rates will go up, for the exact reason that Paul Kort cited - but the brain
trust in the
insurance industry were also initially leery of ABS because they were afraid
ABS-equipped cars would be rear-ended more often when they stopped quicker than
While it is true that a skilled driver in a vehicle with a braking system in
good nick can
brake as well (or nearly as well) as a vehicle with a well-designed (like
system, face it - that kind of capability is only found behind the steering
about 10% of the vehicles on the road. Like it or not, automobiles are the
system of the masses in the US, and even those who have the reflexes and the
capability need training to develop that skill.
There is no need, however, to bring the subject of airbags into the discussion.
airbags are designed to protect people who are too ignorant to implement a
effective safety device - the seatbelt - from themselves. ABS brakes, when
DESIGNED, allow a vehicle's brakes to operate in their most efficient operating
without the requirement of a high level of skill on the part of the vehicle
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