With the high numbers of roll over accidents and wrecks with serious injuries and deaths, the auto manufacturers have been slow to incorporate life saving technology that can greatly decrease the chances of a rollover event by the introduction of electronic stability control or ESC. These ESC systems exist under many trade names, including Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Vehicle Stability Enhancement (VSE) and now AdvanceTrac Â® with Roll Stability. ESC is available on many new cars, truck and vans. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) helps drivers maintain control of their vehicle during extreme steering maneuvers by keeping the vehicle headed in the driver’s intended direction, even when the vehicle nears or exceeds the limits of road traction. With the high number of rollover accidents occurring daily, especially with SUV’s, the time for ESC to be standard equipment is long overdue. ESC is essential to helping to prevent rollover accidents and keeping rollover prone vehicles on the highway. In fact, some automotive experts believe that ESC is the greatest life saving device to be introduced since seat belts and is long overdue. Soon all Chevrolet, Nissan, Toyota, Honda, GMC, Isuzu, Dodge, Hyundai and other auto makers will join Ford in making ESC standard in all vehicles.
Recently in September of 2006, Ford Motor Company announced that it would include Fordâ€™s version of electronic stability control called AdvanceTracÂ® with Roll Stability Control on all Ford vehicles by 2009. Ford’s first application of electronic stability control debuted in the 2000 model year. The 2003 model year Volvo XC90 was the first sport utility vehicle to feature standard AdvanceTrac Â® with Roll Stability Control. AdvanceTracÂ® with Roll Stability Control is standard equipment on most 2007 model year Ford Motor Company SUVs and crossovers, including, Explorer and Expedition, Sport Trac, Lincoln Navigator, Mercury Mountaineer, Volvo XC90, Ford Edge, Lincoln MKX and on most E-350 passenger Wagons. Advance TracÂ® with Roll Stability Control will be added standard to the 2008 model year Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner. Per Ford, ESC will be added standard to the 2008 model year Ford Freestyle.
When a driver attempts an extreme maneuver (for example, to avoid a crash or because a curveâ€™s severity has been misjudged), they may experience unfamiliar vehicle handling characteristics as the vehicle nears the limits of road traction. The result is a loss of control. This loss usually results in either the rear of the vehicle “spinning out,” or the front of the vehicle “plowing out.” Without Electronic Stability Control (ESC), overcorrecting or over steering is likely for the average driver leading to many rollover accidents. In fact most rollover accidents in which the police office blames the driver for over correcting or oversteering, will be eliminated with ESC. In a perfect world, all drivers would be professional drivers or highly experienced, with sufficient road traction, to maintain control of a vehicle in an extreme maneuver by using various techniques, such as counter steering (momentarily turning away from the intended direction). It would be unlikely, however, for an average driver to properly apply counter steering techniques in a panic situation to regain vehicle control and prevent a wreck or rollover from occurring.
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) uses automatic braking of the individual wheels to prevent the heading from changing too quickly (spinning out) or not quickly enough (plowing out). ESC cannot increase the available traction, but maximizes the possibility of keeping the vehicle under control and on the road during extreme maneuvers by using the driverâ€™s natural reaction of steering in the intended direction. ESC happens so quickly that drivers do not perceive the need for steering corrections. If drivers do brake because the curve is more or less sharp than anticipated, the system is still capable of generating uneven braking if necessary to correct the heading. ESC saves lives!
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