Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
ESC systems exist under many trade names, including Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Electronic Stability Program (ESP), and Vehicle Stability Enhancement (VSE). ESC is available on many new cars, truck and vans. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is a new technology that helps drivers maintain control of their vehicle during extreme steering maneuvers by keeping the vehicle headed in the driver’s intended direction, even when the vehicle nears or exceeds the limits of road traction. The high number of rollovers especially with SUV’s has made ESC essential to helping to prevent rollover accidents and keeping rollover prone vehicles on the highway.
Need For ESC
When drivers attempt an extreme maneuver (for example, to avoid a crash or because a curve’s severity has been misjudged), they may experience unfamiliar vehicle handling characteristics as the vehicle nears the limits of road traction. The result is a loss of control. This loss usually results in either the rear of the vehicle “spinning out,” or the front of the vehicle “plowing out.” Without Electronic Stability Control (ESC), overcorrecting or over steering is likely for the average driver leading to many rollover accidents.
A professional driver, with sufficient road traction, could maintain control in an extreme maneuver by using various techniques, such as counter steering (momentarily turning away from the intended direction). It would be unlikely, however, for an average driver to properly apply counter steering techniques in a panic situation to regain vehicle control.
How Electronic Stability Control (ESC) Works?
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) uses automatic braking of the individual wheels to prevent the heading from changing too quickly (spinning out) or not quickly enough (plowing out). ESC cannot increase the available traction, but maximizes the possibility of keeping the vehicle under control and on the road during extreme maneuvers by using the driver’s natural reaction of steering in the intended direction. ESC happens so quickly that drivers do not perceive the need for steering corrections. If drivers do brake because the curve is more or less sharp than anticipated, the system is still capable of generating uneven braking if necessary to correct the heading.
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