Those of you from warmer climates may not appreciate this, but I absolutely despise anti-lock brakes. Or as my dad and I both like to call them, “Anti-Stop Brakes.” Maybe it’s because I learned to drive on a vehicle that did not have them. In fact, my current car is the first vehicle I’ve driven that does have anti-lock brakes. I’d rather have brakes that lock when I apply them than brakes that skid me into the middle of intersections for no apparent reason.
We got a dusting of snow overnight last night, and a lot of the less traveled roads were pretty slick this morning. Slick enough, in fact, that I nearly got into an accident. Twice. The first time, I was almost completely stopped at a red light when my anti-lock brakes decided to activate, and I finally stopped sliding mere inches from the bumper of the car in front of me. Seriously? I was practically stopped as it was, WHAT was the point of that?
The second time I was slowly approaching a stop sign and gradually stopping when, once again, the anti-lock brakes took over, I slid halfway through the intersection and narrowly missed hitting a TRUCK that was there before I was. Thankfully he was able to stop! I don’t know, but when I had my cars without anti-lock brakes, I ended up in a snow bank once after making a turn, but I didn’t skid into intersections– my car stopped!
And did you know that you can be driving on completely dry pavement and have the same problem? You know, if you need to slam on your brakes to avoid hitting some obstacle in your path, or you just brake too hard, your anti-lock brakes can activate causing you to hit said obstacle anyways? Ask me how I know…
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