Tips On How to Use The Traction Control System On Your Vehicle

Tips On How to Use The Traction Control System On Your Vehicle

This post is intended to give you a better idea of the traction control system on your car and how you can use it to help you drive in different weather conditions.

How to use Traction Control System:

Traction control is a nice feature that has become popular on many cars. It activates the anti-lock brake sensors at the wheels to determine whether the wheel is slipping. If one wheel is going faster than the other(s) the brakes engage on that wheel unit to regains traction. It is meant to reduce tire slippage when accelerating on slippery surfaces – however, it does not increase the amount traction on slippery surfaces. Some systems reduce engine power to the slipping wheels which pumps the acceleration pedal. Similarly, anti-lock braking pumps the brakes. Often when your vehicle is stuck in mud, snow, or on ice it may make it difficult to get the vehicle to move with the acceleration or brakes pumping and preventing the wheels from spinning. In moments when you do want the wheels to spin it is advised that you turn it off.

Traction Control Symbol - GB Autos Turning TCS off is easy – it is represented in every car  with a      button with the letters  TCS, ESC, ESP, ABS or by  this image:

Pressing this button will turn off your traction control system.  Turning it off gives you personal control over the way the wheel’s spin. Traction control issue is that one tire slips then the entire car reacts and brakes pump causing an issue of necessary greater control.

Turning it off allows for power to wheels to get you out of being stuck or from losing control in stop and go scenarios (i.e at stop lights, stop signs, in traffic).

Below is a diagram that visually depicts what happens with traction control engaged:

Traction Control - Gb Autos

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