Originally Posted by etex211
I'll have to disagree with you here. Antilock brakes save many more lives than airbags do. The best way to not get injured in a collision is to not have a collision in the first place. Antilock brakes prevent multitudes of collisions every day.
Antilock brakes are the single greatest safety innovation in the past century of automobiles.
[we may have to take this outside...]
I don't understand how ABS in passenger cars can be considered a 'life saving' system? Stopping distances are (slightly) longer when ABS kicks in and (theoretically) you can continue to steer the vehicle while the ABS pump is pulsing the brakes.
However, once things turn sour because you were driving too fast for the amount traction available, a collision is inevitable. If the driver didn't lift his/her foot off the brake because the whole vehicle is shuddering, then the impact might be at a lower velocity than if the wheels had locked up.
And airbags only make a real difference for fools that don't wear seat belts.
I'll give you that ABS could be the "greatest safety innovation in the past century of automobiles" since seat belts were first patented in 1885. Nothing beats staying firmly attached to the seat while the sacrificial parts are bent, twisted or torn off during a collision.
I've been in a bunch of collisions (2 where the cars were destroyed) and the only injury I have ever gotten was to my left shoulder when the air bag sent my hand into the headliner.
Being completely surrounded by explosives: Center of the steering wheel, above the window, in the 'B' pillar and the outboard side of all the seats is most disconcerting. But I will live with it since it will make a difference when a distracted/drunk in an SUV slams onto my 2013 Jetta.
As long as I am bashing the latest tech, anyone want to chime in on the automatic braking systems? If a driver lets him/herself get THAT distracted so the car has to brake itself? WHAT ARE THEY DOING ON THE ROAD!?!?!