If you dont freak out and cram the old brakes then in my opinion they work
much better than ABS do, thats my opinion and you are entitled to yours, I
personally have ALWAYS disabled the ABS and have better stopping luck
because I have FULL control over the wheels.
Just remember that when someone slides through a stop sign in the winter and
hits you, when they get out claiming "I hit the brakes and nothing
happened", than blame the ABS because they couldnt get stopped.
I have driven vehicles where the ABS would dramatically LENGTHEN
stopping distances in poor weather. Especially dangerous when I'd
switch back and forth between identical vehicles, except one didn't have
ABS and one did.
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Interesting, but the newest of these studies is 1994. I'd like to see
I like the statement in the first link that it does not reduce fatalities
and no one knows why. Seems to me, most fatalities are at higher speeds,
head on collisions, cars going into a tree because the drunk passed out at
80 mph. No safety braking device will help in a situation like that.
As you can see from the second study, a big reduction in wet road crashes.
That is where ABS works best.
NHTSA reported that compared with non-antilock-equipped cars, cars with
had about a 20 to 30 percent higher crash involvement rate in
run-off-road crashes, but about a 15 to 25 percent reduced risk of
collisions on wet roads. For both wet and dry road conditions, the risk of
with pedestrians and bicyclists was reduced by 27 percent in cars with
brakes. The net effects were nonsignificant reductions in fatal crashes (2
and nonfatal crashes (3 percent).
It is odd that the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) doesn't have
anything posted that is more recent...unless there isn't much change
over the years.
My guess is (and it's only a guess), if one tends to be a "brake masher"
in panic situations, the ABS would probably be a better choice for them.
If one has learned and has driven knowing how to manually control
skids, standard brakes would probably be best for those people (the ABS
just "gets in the way" of what comes naturally to those people).
I have both types of vehicles and have been driving for 35 years. I've
never experienced prolonged wheel lock or a steering or control problem
in wet or snow conditions. But then I don't mash the brakes either.
Heck, one time back in the 1970's, there were a dozen cars in front of
me sliding and spinning around back and forth across three lanes and
into each other on a snow-covered New Hampshire Avenue (in Maryland)...I
never even touched the brakes (I knew that wouldn't do any good)...I
just steered around the mayhem. I was one of only a few that made it
out the other side unscathed (I still don't know how).
You're not "in control" if the damned thing doesn't stop! I don't know
about a Montana but the ABS on late 80's Dodge full sized vans was
freaking dangerous. Personally I don't think that such an awful system
should have been allowed on the roads, it was that bad. Even a
pitifully incompetent driver could have stopped faster on snow or patchy
ice without the ABS than anyone could with the ABS.
Unfortunately, I can't offer any advice to the OP; I have no idea what
kind of system he has or even if it's a good idea to disable it
(sometimes proportioning is handled through the ABS controller so
disabling the ABS will make the vehicle tail happy under braking.)
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I don't know about Dodge, but I own 2 cars with ABS and I've locked all 4
wheels in both cars on ice or sleet and one time almost slid through an
intersection. I resorted to manual pumping the brakes, ABS must be able for
at least one wheel to have traction in order to cycle.
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