Cadence braking and ABS...

Gustav

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Ok, so my new car has ABS fitted, and from what I can gather you are not advised to cadence brake on snow like you are in cars without ABS..

So what do you do? Just stomp on the brakes and hope for the best??

When my cars not in 4 wheel drive, it's rear wheel drive and although I am quite apt at getting out of a skid (lots of practice round here), i'm not entirely sure that I trust the ABS to do it's job. I certainly don't want to be sliding around like a bit of butter in a hot frying pan, especially as I could go off the edge of a cliff in various places round here!!

This might sound a bit sad, but i've never had a car new enough to actually have ABS before, and i'm not sure that I like it! :rofl1:
 

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Just steady, gradually increasing pressure when it trouble is how I do it. We have some rather adventurous road conditions here in Vermont, and it has worked well for me!
 

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Louie, I remember the first time ABS brakes kicked in for me while driving :eek: I had no clue what having "ABS" brakes meant.......brakes are brakes right? WRONG LOL I thought the flippin' transmission or something was falling out! LMAO I am sad to say I came home and told Kevin something BAD was wrong with the car :rofl1:

Anyway, I do believe the owners manual (or the ones I've owned/read) says basically this :
"For optimum braking, keep the brake pedal fully depressed throughout the braking process, despite the fact that the pedal is pulsating. Do not reduce the pressure on the pedal"

Honestly tho, it's a hard habit to shake (cadence braking) once you've driven most of your life on bad roads without ABS (I'm with you). Older ABS are a little more susceptible to you "confusing" the system with cadence braking and can trigger something else (sorry, don't remember what that is at the moment) but newer ABS aren't as easy to confuse, so I guess it depends on what you have. You might want to search around online for your vehicle and others who've had experiences with that vehicle.
 

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^^that. ABS is pumping the brakes for you, much better than you can. Find an iced over parking lot and get familiar with ABS. I was a skeptic at first but after putting it to the test I became a big fan.
 

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