Is your vehicle equipped with ESC?

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ESC, or Electronic Stability Control, is now a standard on every new vehicle sold in the United States. Some would say that this is the best advance in vehicle safety technology since the seat belt. We believe that this is a major new contributor to the safety of your passengers. Experts in the field are saying it will potentially save thousands of lives. Your insurance company may even offer you a discount for having ESC on your car or truck.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimates that if every vehicle on the road had ESC, fatal accidents would be reduced by 10,000 per year. Its 2010 study found that ESC reduces fatal crash involvement on average 33% — a 20% reduction for multiple-vehicle crashes and 49% for single-car crashes. According to these numbers, we agree that having ESC in your car is a great option.

 

How does ESC work?

A small computer checks signals from sensors, about 25 times a second whether the steering input accurately corresponds to the direction that the car is traveling. When it senses the vehicle traveling in the wrong direction, it reacts instantaneously, strategically applying the brakes and reducing engine torque to adjust the car back on the chosen path.

If you have the unfortunate experience of getting into a collision, remember Airpark Collison Center is your premier choice in auto body and collision repair. Contact us if you have any questions about servicing your vehicle.

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