The Road Ahead : February March 2008
STORY BARRY GREEN ESP, DSC, VDC, VSC, ASC, VSA: just another ladle of alphabet soup or a vital ingredient in a recipe to safer motoring for the masses? According to the latest research conducted by the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC), it is the latter. The abbreviations are acronyms for various versions of Electronic Stability Control (ESC), a driving aid that the MUARC study found to be effective in preventing single vehicle crashes involving loss of control, running off the road and rollovers. In these instances, ESC reduces the risk of passenger car crashes by 27 percent. The findings were even more pronounced in the instance of 4WDs which, with a higher centre of gravity, are considered more prone to single vehicle crashes. The study found that in 4WDs, ESC reduced the risk of the driver being injured by 68 percent. Electronic stability control is helping to cut car crashes. Matter of control features Stability control, which uses electronic sensors to assess the car's trajector y, is considered to be ver y effective in reducing the severity of crashes.
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