I'll agree with both sides on this one. ABS is designed mainly to keep the car STEERABLE during heavy braking. Its designed to help prevent you from hitting something to begin with. Ever driven in snow and SLAMMED on your brakes in a non-ABS car and tried to turn the steering wheel? For those of you who have (like me
), it aint gonna werk! The momentum of the car will keep pushing the car dead straight, even with your wheels turned all the way to one side. Now try it on an ABS equipped car, and it will grab and turn right along with the steering wheel even under heavy braking.
Tamara: How fast were you going down your driveway? You normally have to be going along at a descent speed for the ABS to sense a wheel lockup and kick on. 10-15 MPH isnt really fast enough to engage the ABS. The computer knows your speed, and at somthing like 15-20 MPH its gonna stop you quicker just by locking the front brakes (unless your on snow, which then after sliding a few feet, they do detect and kick in for those of you who drive in snow like me
) In other words, unless your hauling ars down your gravel driveway and SLAM on the brakes, I doubt the ABS would kick in at all. The coputer knows it can stop you quicker just by locking the wheels and at that speed your really not going to be able to steer around anything anyways.
If your following to close to begin with, ABS, Outsteering, etc, etc.. aint gonna help you at all anyways.
As far as hitting the E-Brake
:( I've always been told and found for myself that that is a Baaaaaad idea. With the E-brake on your giving up all hope for a 4-Wheel ABS car to even attempt to help you at controlling your stop. With your foot pushed as hard as you can to the floor on the brake pedal, pulling the e-brake isnt going to make the back wheels stop any harder than the pressure already being applied, its just going to lock them up and prevent any hope of the ABS doing its part. (Awesome way to do donuts in the snow with a FWD car though
There are alot of rumors out there when it comes to this stuff, and I feel pretty knowledgable knowing what I'm talking about or else I wouldnt make myself look stupid and post it. Just this past weekend one of my friends wants me to check how worn his pads were getting, so while I looked through the rim to see how close the wear indicators were, I told him to put the brake pedal to the floor. Hes like "No, I dont want to do that." I'm like, what? why not? "Because I was told you should never hit your brakes that hard by the dealer because you might blow a line." Now what in the **** kind of information is this????????? Its a 2000 Chrysler Sebring Convertible! I told him they are frekin NUTS!! ok, ok, maybe if we were talking about a 1984 Chevy Blazer here with rusted lines all over, but come on people!! If somethings ever pulled / ran out in front of me you better believe my last frekin worry in the wolrd is blowin a brake line!! My foot would be slammin that brake so hard it would be through the floor!