So much has been said and written about Porsche safety features. Rightfully so because Porsche models feature some of the most efficient safety features in the automotive industry. But why in the first place is Porsche known for its efficiency in safety, performance and nearly all other salient factors car enthusiasts tend to look at when buying cars? Part of the reason has a lot to do with Porsche has for a long time, embraced innovation. That’s not all though, read on to learn more.
The Antilock Brake System
Any Porsche owner will tell you for a fact that the Porsche Antilock Brake System or ABS as it is aptly referred to, is great in so many ways. The system is designed to prevent wheels from locking during ‘impulse’ or ‘panic’ braking. This makes it easy for the driver to maintain greater steering control even when under pressure, a move that is extremely essential to avoid collision.
Some Antilock Brake Systems also include brake assist. This is yet another innovative feature by Porsche which is designed to sense emergency braking by simply detecting the force or speed at which the driver steps on the gas pedal. The assist therefore steps in to boost the power the driver uses to step on the pedal. The system is vital because under certain conditions, it may activate the ABS within seconds. The bigger picture here is how the brake assist incorporated in the Porsche ABS system can reduce overall stopping distance by getting rid of the delay caused by failing to brake soon or hard enough.
Traction control is pretty much like the aforementioned ABS system. It helps improve vehicle stability and even motion by controlling the amount all the drive wheels can slip each time you apply excess power. It is safe to refer to the system as ‘smart’ because it automatically adjusts engine power output. In some systems, it applies braking force to special or selected wheels during acceleration. Keep in mind though that traction control is mainly found in Porsche models with four wheel antilock brake systems.
Like the name suggests, all wheel distributes power to both rear and front wheels. This kind of distribution maximizes traction. Note though that unless combined well with traction control, Porsche all-wheel drive systems do not prevent drive wheels from slipping especially when you apply too much power during acceleration.
Electronic Stability Control
It comes in handy during extreme steering maneuvers. It is yet again another smart feature by Porsche designed to sense when the vehicle is starting to spin out or plow out. It then steps in to automatically apply brakes to a single wheel. The main objective here is to reduce a crash as much as possible and at the same time, reduce the chances of the vehicle veering off the road.
Point To Note
Responsible driving is at the end of the day, the greatest safety asset you can have. Avoid speed if you can. Then by all means belt up whether you’re driving for a long distance or not. It does not matter too if you’re moving at a low or high speed. Simply belt up.