Torque Shop: What does electronic stability control do?

What does electronic stability control do?

Electronic stability control or ESC helps keep the car in control during a skid or slide. It uses sensors to determine when the vehicle starts to veer off its path by measuring the steering input from the driver and the actual path of the vehicle.

If it senses a skid, the system can apply the anti-lock brakes to one or all of the wheels to help the car regain control. It may also cut engine power momentarily.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 18, 2015, with the headline 'TorqueShop'. Print Edition | Subscribe