Most modern vehicles feature Electronic Stability Control to ensure the safety of their driver and passengers. The system incorporates a range of technologies that improve your control by monitoring the speed of each wheel, sensing the vehicle’s angle and direction (its yaw rate), and detecting the steering angle.
Many accidents happen as a result of the need to avoid an unexpected obstacle, which can cause the vehicle to slide or spin. When you are required to steer sharply, this technology detects the beginning of a slide and automatically applies braking power to individual wheels to help offset potential oversteer or understeer and retain stability. The engine power can also be reduced if necessary.
According to the AA, the risk of an accident is significantly lower for vehicles equipped with Electronic Stability Control. Together with Traction Control, the technology also works to reduce wheelspin in adverse conditions such as icy or wet weather.