How anti-lock brakes work and why they could save your life


Vehicle technology is changing so fast it can be a challenge for drivers to keep up. Designed to make driving safer and easier, new technology has tested drivers’ adaptability.

“The level of confusion about features that have been standard in American cars for quite a while was really surprising,” according to Daniel McGehee, director of the Transportation and Vehicle Safety Research Division at the University of Iowa Public Policy Center.


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The university is cooperating with the National Safety Council through the website to provide information to new-vehicle owners on current technology. This includes videos and informational graphics that are entertaining and educational.

The video presented here, “Brakes that Help You Steer,” about anti-lock braking systems, comes from, and is a continuation of a bi-weekly series on this blog. A 30-second quick guide also follows, plus a brief introduction to Rick and Scout, who host the full-length videos.

Brakes that help you steer

Quick guide video

Rick and Scout

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