Electronic stability control (ESC) helps prevent a vehicle from skidding – and the driver from losing control of his or her vehicle – when turning a corner, braking sharply or making a sudden manoeuvre. ESC technology automatically activates the brakes to help steer the vehicle in the right direction.
ESC is one of the key active safety systems that are already widely fitted to today’s passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Approximately 80-90% of the cars on Europe’s roads come equipped with ESC technology.
Active safety technology can prevent accidents from happening altogether or at least actively help the driver to reduce the impact of an emergency situation. Active systems give the driver more control in dangerous situations. To that end, various safety systems constantly monitor the performance and surroundings of a vehicle.
Simply put, active safety systems avoid or mitigate an accident pre-impact – so before it happens or contact is made.