Dodge’s electronic stability control


Dodge’s electronic stability control

Dodge cars are some of the most sophisticated vehicles on the roads and are more than just eye candies. They come equipped with a range of innovative features that tick all the right boxes.

One of the most useful and popular offerings on Dodge models is electronic stability control. Developed to improve stability, electronic stability control, also known as dynamic stability control or electronic stability program, is an in-built software that works by identifying and reducing any loss of traction. ESC continuously monitors driving patterns. If the system senses a compromise of steering control, it automatically engages the brakes, helping the driver steer the vehicle. Braking is automatically applied to wheels to manage understeer and oversteer.

Some systems are designed to reduce engine power until the driver is back in control. ESC is indeed meant to eliminate a complete loss of balance. The system, however, cannot improve a vehicle’s cornering. Studies by the IIHS and NHTSA in 2004 and 2006 revealed that ABS can help prevent almost 33 percent of fatal accidents. ABS is also mandatory on new vehicles in the US, the European Union, and Canada.

ESC on Dodge vehicles utilizes multiple intelligent sensors that continuously monitor steering and vehicle direction. The system analyzes data related to vehicle rotation, individual road wheel speeds, and lateral acceleration to compare the intended direction to the actual path. The system then intervenes when it detects loss of traction, which can be caused by a number of reasons such as understeer/oversteer, hydroplaning, and skidding. Many systems take command to maintain safety even during high-performance driving. To create torque, the technology first estimates the direction of the skid and then applies the brakes to individual wheels.

ESC is designed to function on almost any surface. It can correct skidding even before the driver detects imminent loss of traction. It is worth mentioning here that the degree of effectiveness of your ABS is directly dependent on the amount of traction between your Dodge’s tires and the road. ABS on cars with worn or inappropriate tires are less effective than those with appropriate tires. ABS is not performance enhancement. Instead of viewing it as a replacement for safe driving practices, consider it a safety feature.

Source: Dodge