What Is Electronic Stability Control?
Posted on behalf of Greg Coleman Law on Jun 16, 2014 in Auto Accident
Electronic Stability Control or ESC is a new technology that is available in newer vehicles. ESC is a technology that is primarily comprised of a series of miniature computer chips that are operating at the same time that a given vehicle is in motion. While the vehicle is in operation, ESC will recognize any inconsistencies between the steering column and the directions of the tire and make corrections automatically.
For instance, ESC uses speed sensors on each wheel and individual brakes on each wheel to monitor and auto correct steering wheel angles, vehicle rotation and speed. The goal is to help drivers retain control of their vehicles during emergency driving maneuvers. In many cases, ESC systems are also able to reduce the overall power being exerted by the engine.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) requires all vehicles model year 2012 or newer to come equipped with ESC if they are less than 10,000 lbs. ESC systems are geared towards helping drivers remain on the roads and remain in control of their vehicles.
For instance, ESC systems will automatically generate counter forces and braking in individual wheels when the onboard computer detects that the steering wheel direction and the direction of the tires do not match.
ESC BenefitsFuel Consumption & Safety?
Electronic Stability Systems known by brand names such as ESP, Advance Trac and Stabilitrak, can significantly reduce the likelihood of single crash accidents by up to 35 percent.
Additionally, the costs of an ESC system are not astronomical. A basic package can cost less than $1,000. In many cases, the use of ESC on a vehicle will increase the average fuel consumption of the vehicle and thereby increase costs for owners but only in a very minimal sense. ESC packages are cost-effective for manufacturers primarily because much of the technology is an extension of existing Anti-lock brake systems (ABS).
It is important to note that the mere presence of an ESC in your vehicle does not eliminate the need for good driving habits. It is vital that drivers continue to follow posted speed limits and make adjustments to reflect road conditions or weather conditions. Though the use of ESC in a vehicle can give a driver an advantage during an emergency or when treacherous road conditions are present, its presence should not be viewed as an excuse to drive dangerously.
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