Keeping both our staff and our readers up-to-date with driver aids which can protect the motorist in the event of an unforseen occurance on the roads. A story we witnessed recently on the benefits of driving a vehicle fitted with ESC (Electronic Stability Control).
Electronic stability control (ESC) is a computerised technology that improves safety of a vehicle’s stability by detecting and minimising skids. When ESC detects loss of steering control, it automatically applies the brakes to help “steer” the vehicle where the driver intends to go.
Braking is automatically applied to wheels individually, and some ESC systems also reduce engine power until control is regained. ESC does not improve a vehicle’s cornering performance; instead, it helps to minimise the loss of control. According to IIHS and NHTSA, one-third of fatal accidents could have been prevented by the technology!
Why is electronic stability control so important?
Studies have shown that ESC reduced single-vehicle crashes by 34% for cars and 59% for SUVs. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (see link above) estimates that ESC reduces the risk of fatal single-vehicle wrecks by 56% and fatal multiple-vehicle crashes by 32%.
Since 2008, Euro NCAP has been promoting broad fitment of Electronic Stability Control – ESC – by all vehicle manufacturers. Up to 2012 when ESC becomes mandatory for all new cars sold in the EU, each vehicle manufacturer can decide whether or not to make ESC available on a certain model (variant).