Controlling the safety of your car: responsibilities of electronic safety control

Sylvia Watson

Toyota was the first to introduce an early form of electronic stability control (ESC). They added the “anti-skid” system, but it became popular in the early 90s. Today, we see all high-end models from Toyota, Hyundai, and BMW have variants of skid-control systems. Almost all cars from Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Porsche have ESC in their vehicles.

How does ESC contribute to a car’s safety?

ESC is mandatory in multiple countries. It reduces the chance of a vehicle skidding in heavy rains or on wet roads. Almost all cars with a high BHP have internal anti-skid control mechanisms in place to prevent the loss of control. The system assumes control and assists the driver when –

There is oversteering or understeering during cornering.

The driver attempts sudden swerve to evade oncoming traffic.

There is a sudden change in road conditions. ESC helps when the road is unusually slippery.

The car is running on dirt, sand or a surface that does not provide sufficient traction.

The ESC assumes corrective action when there is a detection of slippage or swerving. It helps the driver resume control of the vehicle and prevents incidents like hydroplaning. Always remember to consult a BMW Shop expert to check your car’s anti-skid mechanism before rains and winters.

Why should you pay more attention to your ESC?

There has been extensive research on the effectiveness of ESC. Here are a few stats that will convince you about the power of the anti-skidding technology in the modern world of automotive:

Cars that have anti-skid technology are 22% less likely to crash at high speeds or treacherous roads.

Regular SUVs, MUVs, and sedans are 38% less likely to meet with an accident due to heavy snow or rainfall.

Almost all cars of popular models (as of 2018) on the road are 33% less likely to hydroplane.

SUVs enjoy greater stability since they are 67% less likely to roll over.

Cars other than SUVs have less than 59% chance of rolling over.

Due to increasing instances of safety and prevention of accidents, the European New Car Assessment Program (ENCAP) has included ESC in their safety tests. Any car that does not have ESC is not eligible for a 5-star rating ever since the amendment of rules in 2009.

What are the common variants of anti-skid technology you may have used already?

ESC is a standard feature in many cars across the world. While electronic stability control is the general name for the technology, several manufacturers use their patented technology under the copyrighted names. For example –

Dynamic Stability Control – BMW, Jaguar, and Mazda.

Vehicle Stability Control – Toyota.

Vehicle Stability Assist – Honda.

Electronic Stability Program – Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen.

Dynamic Stability and Traction Control – Volvo.

Active Stability Control – Mitsubishi.

Vehicle Dynamic Control – Nissan.

Sadly, not all models of cars (even from the listed manufacturers) have the necessary infrastructure required for the installation of ESC. The system involves an intricate array of sensors and signaling mechanism. That partially contributes to the high efficacy and accuracy of the system. That is also the reason the system is highly sensitive.

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