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RE: coupe Q braking
Mike Tipton wrote:
"When you "lock" your wheel under hard braking, the law of physic's takes over.
Stopping a car cannot be effective unless the wheels are turning! ABS!!"
Actually, as stated in the owners manual, and experienced on the street: ABS
may actually increase the required stopping distance.
What ABS does is allow you to control what your car does under maximum (panic)
I attended a Polizei driver's safety course. They had some specially modified
BMW's with an ABS on/off switch. I had my 200tqw with this as a standard
I would perform their tests/exercises two (or more) times. Once ABS on, once
ABS off. The ABS did marginally reduce the stopping distance in comparison to
ABS-off. The major difference was in the emergency lane change maneuver.
Scenario: You max brake for whatever reason, then figure out that you're not
gonna stop in time. Watcha gonna do?
ABS on -- that's easy, just keep on braking and move over into the (hopefully)
clear lane. No muss, no fuss, no drama.
ABS off/non-equipped -- Uh oh! I have to take my foot off the brake, then
swerve, then straighten out, then more braking. A much more complicated
maneuver, not easily accomplished without practice.