ABS Vs Non ABS Cars - Which Car has Shorter Braking Distance?

by soni2006

ABS cars have shorter braking distance than non ABS cars. This is a helpful car safety technology that saves lives.

ABS (anti-lock braking system) cars have sensors. As soon as the sensors sense that the wheels are about to get locked, the motor releases the brake pressure. Even when you are continuing to apply brakes, the sensor system applies and releases the brakes several times after sensing wheel lock. As a result, your steering wheel remains free and you can steer away your car from another vehicle. Also, as the wheels are free and getting fresh brake pressure many times per second, it increases the brake force and the vehicle stops in a short span of time. This is the reason why ABS cars have shorter braking distance than non ABS cars.

In a non ABS car, the wheels get locked as soon as you press the brakes. As the wheels get locked, the tire starts skidding, either in straight movement or in any other direction. As a result, the steering wheel gets locked preventing you to steer away from the object in front of your car. Also, the car keeps skidding and ends up banging into another car or object.

The braking distance effect or ABS effect works even better in water, mud, snow, sand, and other slippery conditions. The difference in braking distance between a non ABS car and an ABS car is not too much on a dry road, but even if it is just 1 to 2 meters short, it can be a lifesaver. Most upcoming cars are coming with ABS (anti-lock braking system) and EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) which is an even better car safety technology.

ABS shortens the braking distance giving you the opportunity to steer away your car from another car or object. In this way, you can avoid severe road accidents. Because the wheels do not get locked, the stopping distance reduces considerably. According to data logged by some automotive companies doing research on ABS, it has been found that on dry roads, an ABS car stops around 1 to 3 meter shorter than a non ABS car. This gap further increases if the ground is slippery or muddy. ABS cars perform even better in slippery and muddy conditions. ABS cars do not lose their position and you can easily control them without going straight and hitting another vehicle or object.

In a nutshell, ABS cars have shorter braking distance than non ABS cars. Anti-lock braking system helps in stopping safe, remaining stable, and also avoiding collision where stopping to a dead halt is not possible in a given amount of time. The 1 or 2 meter shorter braking distance may not sound much but in a critical situation where the object is not far away from you, that 1 meter short stopping distance can mean life or death for you. So ABS is an important car safety feature. Non ABS cars have higher braking distances and are more prone to collisions.

ABS vs No ABS - ABS Saves Lives But It Is Not Flawless

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Updated: 06/22/2011, soni2006
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DJOY on 01/19/2016

I have proven a number of times that ABS system is far more dangerous on ICE than non ABS system ~ the car will not stop and continues to slide into whatever is in front of it ~ with ABS there is absolutely no way to stop on ice as with NON ABS system you have more manual control to stop on ice! I can prove it!

RD on 01/17/2016

Wheels do not immediately lock upon braking, this is a huge factor. Depending on the ABS system and driver skill, ABS can take longer to slow the vehicle. It's not as simple as "All ABS is better all the time".

That said, systems nowadays are advanced to the point that a new high-end car features ABS that outperforms the best drivers.

soni2006 on 06/27/2011

Thanks a lot tandemonimom for your visit and comment.

tandemonimom on 06/27/2011

I admit I didn't know much about ABS before! Thanks for enlightening me.

soni2006 on 06/22/2011

Thank you so much Digby_Adams and ABS for your visit and comments.

ABS is Anti-Lock Braking on 06/22/2011

Yes you are right soni2006. ABS sensors on the wheels constantly monitor their speed. From the data supplied by each ABS sensor, the electronic control unit calculates the average speed, roughly corresponding to vehicle speed. Comparing the specific speed of a wheel with the overall mean it senses if a wheel is going to lock up. Then electronic control unit sends signals to wheel sensors and avoid them from locking up causing the vehicle to reduce the stopping distance.

Digby_Adams on 06/22/2011

Nice to meet you Soni2006. Very interesting and clearly written article. I actually know what an anti-lock braking system is now! Hmm... wonder what my car has? I picked out the color and my husband picked out everything else. (What a stereotype, we are.) Usually my eyes glaze over in boredom as the technical matters get discussed.

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