It’s easy to take automotive safety technology for granted. Who takes time out of their day to think about the impact of electronic stability control (ESC)? Unless you’ve ever been out of control in a skid or lost traction during slippery or icy conditions, you probably haven’t thought much about ESC. ESC is the technology that improves your vehicle’s stability in the event of a loss of traction. It can detect skidding, sliding or other losses of traction and help to keep your vehicle more stable. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) just issued a press release about the lives saved by ESC on U.S. roadways between 2011 and 2015.
What is Electronic Stability Control?
Electronic stability control, which is sometimes called dynamic stability control, is a computerized technology designed to improve safety and stability for vehicles when there is a loss of traction with the roadway surface. Essentially, ESC detects a loss of traction and steering control and applies brakes to help stabilize the vehicle. It’s important to note that it doesn’t just apply the brakes like a driver does. The brakes can be applied to each wheel independently. This technology greatly improves the ability to straighten out and stabilize a vehicle that might otherwise be out of control. In some cases, the vehicle may also reduce engine power until the vehicle is under control again.
Electronic Stability Control Saves Lives
- In 2015, an estimated 1,949 lives were saved by ESC.
- Of those lives saved, 857 were in traditional passenger cars.
- 1,091 lives saved by ESC in 2015 were in light trucks and vans.
- In 2014, an estimated 1,575 lives were saved by ESC.
- In 2013, an estimated 1,380 lives were saved by ESC.
- An estimated 7,000 lives were saved by ESC between 2011 and 2015.
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