About Electronic Stability Control

Only a small percentage of vehicles sold in the United States have them, but it is predicted that in the future more vehicles will have them. They are called Electronic Stability Control (ESC) systems, and are standard on some vehicles but most certainly available on others. When purchasing a vehicle new you can get it as an add-on, or perhaps you never knew your car had them until you had a problem with them that a mechanic needed to diagnose. In the present day you can not get it on a used vehicle, but there is optimism about that changing in the future! Keep reading to learn more about what ESC systems do for drivers!

A Bit of History

In the late 1980s BMW developed traction control to reduce torque in stability critical situations through the engine control system. 1992 is the first year BMW fitted ESC onto all their new vehicles, even their lowest-cost one. 1992 was also the year that Mercedes tried out ESC, and in the early 1990s Ford began trying it out. In 1995 Toyota introduced its vehicle stability control system that was a feature combined with anti-lock brakes and traction control. Nowadays the majority of high-end sports cars and luxury vehicles come with ESC as a standard feature. However, some mid-range pick-up trucks, SUVs and cars automatically come with the feature.

The Importance of ESC

ESC helps drivers to avoid accidents by reducing the chance of skidding or losing control over the car by over-steering in any panic situations. ESC is a feature that can come in especially handy during the Indiana winters, and the folks at a local car dealer, Mike Anderson Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM of Logansport, IN, can attest to that.

How ESC Works

According to studies done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), ESC reduces the risk of a single-vehicle crash by over 50%. ESC brings the vehicle safely back on track applies individual brakes using computer controlled technology. It is a feature that greatly reduces the risk of a car getting into a single-vehicle crash. ESC systems put on vehicles in recent years come with vehicle roll rate sensors, as well as other event-anticipating features, to make it less likely that the vehicle will get into a rollover accident.

Is ESC the same thing as traction control?

ESC and traction control are similar features but not the same. ESC can do a traction control system’s job by sensing a wheel slip and apply needed correction, but sooner than a traction control system will. In addition to performing traction control’s duties, ESC will brake each individual wheel to easily regain control in tough driving situations, doing something that a human has a very difficult time doing!

ESC may sound like it is a complicated feature, but you do not need any extra training to drive a vehicle equipped with the feature. If you know how to drive a car with an automatic transmission, then you know how to drive one with ESC!

We hope that this article has given you some information on ESC, a little bit about its history and what it can do for your vehicle!


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