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Citation

Williams AF, Wells JK. Accid. Anal. Prev. 1994; 26(6): 807-811.

Affiliation

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Arlington, VA 22201.

Copyright

(Copyright © 1994, Elsevier Publishing)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

7857495

Abstract

Antilock brakes provide the capability for shorter stopping distances and the ability to steer and maintain control during hard braking, especially on wet and slippery surfaces. Owners of late model cars equipped with antilock brakes were surveyed in North Carolina and Wisconsin regarding their experiences with antilocks. The survey results indicated that more than 50% of the drivers in North Carolina and 40% in Wisconsin incorrectly indicated how to brake a car in an emergency situations on wet and slippery pavements in a way that will effectively activate the antilock feature. More drivers in Wisconsin than in North Carolina reported that their cars' antilock feature had been used, but more than 33% of the Wisconsin drivers and 62% of North Carolina drivers said they had never used the antilock feature of their cars' brakes.

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