Electronic Stability Control
Driving a car in unfavourable conditions is a challenge for a driver. One needs to be ready for various conditions for driving safely. Nevertheless, there are times when human measures and adjustments are not enough. This is where the challenge becomes even more dangerous and may lead to accidents. When driving in slippery or even on icy roads, the risks of slipping and skidding are incredibly great, which might possibly endanger the lives of the driver and passengers.
Today’s modern car makers have the answer for this problem: Electronic Stability Control (ESC). Once driving, this computerised technology detects the occurrence of skids, thus minimizes the dangers which could occur to the driver. For instance, when the driver loses control over the steering wheel, the ESC applies the brakes to affected wheels in order to help gain control of where the car should be heading to. Each wheel has its own brake system for a competent driving. Apart from brake systems, the ESC can also automatically lessen engine power. With lesser engine power, the driver can gain control over the car while driving.
The technology behind Electronic Stability Control was first introduced by Mercedes Benz in 1987 with their traction control systems. In this earlier precursor for the ESC, the wheels were implemented with individual brakes as well as the throttle to maintain the traction of the car to be firm while speeding. By the early 90s, a computerised version was then introduced and was the first one on the globe.
Anti-locking braking systems is the system that is employed to prevent the wheels to stop rotating while the brake is being implemented. Traction control is a device that provides control to the wheels while excessive throttle is being applied by the driver and the road is not able to cope with the rpm being applied. Driver input sensors are crucial devices that provide the necessary information if a possible defect in various parts of the car about to happen. It can detect the direction of the car where the driver is steering to, the rotation movement, the lateral acceleration as well as the car’s speed.
The ESC could cost around a few hundred dollars but it is often not sold as a single unit, which usually sold together with expensive trims, so the cost could sometimes lead to a couple of thousand dollars.
Currently, there are no firm regulations regarding to implementing these devices into every car. The technology has been catapulted to a number of various conditions done by various car manufacturers. The ESC has changed its name several times depending on the car manufacturers or the creator of the technology.
The ESC does not only work on wet and icy surfaces, it could also work well on conditions when acceleration is high, especially when the car moves towards a curve. A great thing about this technology is that it can detect the possible skidding before it becomes a real threat. Government Studies has shown that there was an increase in road protection for the car after the implementation of the ESC.
Yet, federal regulations are being raised now regarding to the car safety concerns. European countries are quickly adapting to this new technology and many of their cars are now integrated with the ESC. Currently in Australia, there is still a consideration of the ESC among the public but implementation on the used car market would have to be pushed forward.
Driving safety in automobiles has been hit with a whole lot of new technologies for increased safety and protection. From airbags, traction control and now with the use of Electronic Stability Control, a driver now will have more capability controlling of the car for safety driving. If you have not yet checked for it, then it would be time to ask your car manufacturer about this system.
Driving on roads can always possess potential dangers. Upgrade your car safety and take advantage of nowadays' modern technology should not be underestimated.