These days, it’s difficult (though not impossible) to find a car that doesn’t have anti-lock braking systems. ABS technology is fairly standard, and not without reason: As far as safety features go, anti-lock brakes are fairly advantageous in a range of situations.
But are there any potential drawbacks to anti-lock brakes, or any points of concern? We’ll weigh both the pros and cons of ABS technology in this post, and end with some final recommendations.
Anti-Lock Brakes: Pros
The main benefits of anti-lock brakes include:
- Enhanced stopping power, particularly on ice. The primary benefit of ABS technology is that it significantly minimizes the risk that your wheels will lock up and cause your vehicle to slide across an ice-covered road, allowing the driver to maintain control of the vehicle and steer out of hazardous areas.
- Improved traction control. Because anti-lock brakes share some of the same infrastructure as traction control technology, it’s easier to have traction control installed in the factory.
- Decreased insurance premiums. ABS technology majorly reduces your risk of collision—and insurance companies know it. That’s why vehicles with ABS technology are a little bit less expensive to insure than those without ABS technology.
- Increased resale value. ABS technology also has the effect of enhancing your vehicle’s value—meaning that, when you go to sell or trade it in, you’ll get a little more money for it.
Anti-Lock Brakes: Cons
In addition to these key advantages, there are also a few drawbacks to note.
Inconsistent stop time. According to some drivers, ABS leads to some inconsistency in how long it takes a vehicle to arrive at a full stop.
Snow and gravel problems. If you find yourself driving amidst ice, ABS can be life-saving. It’s less helpful on other types of surface, though. In fact, anti-lock brakes can make it more difficult to drive your car across snow or through gravel.
Maintenance issues. Finally, note that having ABS technology on your car may lead to some maintenance and upkeep needs, though these are infrequent. Some drivers will need to have their ABS sensors inspected or replaced, though this is usually only an issue for those who drive in really extreme weather conditions.
Is it Worth it to Get a Vehicle with ABS?
It’s important to reiterate that most modern vehicles have ABS as the default—and for virtually all drivers, ABS is something we’d readily recommend. In fact, if you do come across a used vehicle that doesn’t have anti-lock brakes, we’d probably recommend continuing your search and looking for something with better safety features.
Do you have more questions about ABS, or about buying a used vehicle? We’d love to hear them! Reach out to the experts at Get My Auto today.