They can have different names. Audi refers to it as the Electronic Stabilization Program and Porsche call it Porsche Stability Management. Whatever the manufacturer’s given title, the description is for the Electronic Stability Control. It allows the ABS (Anti-Lock Braking Systems) systems to improve the steering control of the vehicle by automatically braking individual wheels. Electronic stability control will notice how the car responds to road conditions and can take immediate safety action should a problem start to develop on the pavement. It is an ultimate safety feature for the road, and offers more than just anti-lock brakes. Should there be any problems with this part of the vehicle; repairs have to be done as soon as possible.
The electronic stability control allows the driver to stay on the road in the event of serious accidents. A malfunctioning system may cease to operate and that increases driving risk. A problem that can arise is the system might intermittently turn off while the vehicle is in motion. The sensors might also be experiencing some difficulty. That can be a challenge because the sensors are what detect changes in the car’s motion that may be the beginning of control laws. Repair is not a traditional mechanical maintenance of vehicle. The electronic stability control may require a change in software or an update. That is a relatively easy thing to do but is best done by a trained auto mechanic. It is possible to drive with electronic stability control that isn’t working at 100% capacity, but there’s a very strong reasons as to why the repair work should be done.
The added stability on wet pavements created by electronic stability control has been the primary reason for a substantial reduction in auto accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has estimated that the stability control can save close to 10,000 lives and prevent thousands more injuries from happening on the road. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) notes that vehicles that have an operating control system for stability will reduce the risk of car rollovers and crashes on the highway. Anyone who has driven in stormy weather conditions can understand how serious the risks are in driving under such conditions. Having a control system that will immediately respond to any safety problems is invaluable.
As mentioned above, the actual repair work is not extensive and replacing the transmission is certainly more intricate than working on the control system. The way maintenance repair is done is a marked change from what is been done in the past. Increasingly, cars are moving away from the traditional mechanical systems that Henry Ford and other pioneers designed for automobiles. Everything is becoming more electronic oriented and there is a greater reliance on software that on tool and dye manufacturing. It cannot be denied that the software allows for greater efficiency, and electronic stability control is a safety feature that shows its value when a person has to drive in inclement weather.
The cost of any repairs or servicing of the car that may be needed should be balanced against the cost of having to restructure a car that has been in a serious collision. That is not to mention the possibility of harm done to the driver. A real incentive to have a car that has electronic control system in it deals with insurance. Auto insurance companies recognize the safety benefits of having better control over the ABS systems. This is reflected in a willingness to reduce the rate of premium charged on an auto with such a safety precaution. The monthly savings will result in substantial premium savings over the lifetime of the car.
The newer models of cars are committing more and more to electronic stability control to make the ABS systems of a car that much more efficient. Estimates and projections all point to very serious reductions in the number of traffic accidents and fatalities with these systems in place. It of course has to be realized that such safety in the car cannot fully take the place of good driving. Anyone who is in a storm should be practicing basic safety procedures and adhering to defensive driving tactics. The future will probably show increasing reliance on electronics and software in automobile design. It goes that saying that it will make the ride that much safer.