Most drivers don’t know what it feels like when the ABS kicks in. Ideally you prepare for it so you are not surprised from the feel of the pedal if and/or when you ever need it. You should really consider taking your car out on a wet or slippery day on a road without any other cars so you can experience the feeling of the pedal and the way it vibrates when the ABS kicks back, so to speak. Here at Superior Auto Service we have to test braking systems on a regular basis so this is part of our job. The first step is looking checking to see what may come smack you in the back of the head should you stop fast. A quick check of the contents inside the passenger compartment and the trunk allows us to be sure that we won’t do harm to our customer’s car or ourselves. After that we make absolutely sure no one is behind us, brace ourselves and press on the brake pedal as hard as we can and see how the car reacts. If everything is working properly the pedal will vibrate and the car will stop very quickly without skidding. If things aren’t working properly the car may dive or steer to one side or the other, one or all wheels may lock up or the brakes may not have enough friction to slow the car down fast enough to activate the ABS. Your car actually knows the maximum deceleration rate before the tire skids and will activate the ABS prior to the wheel locking up. When you ABS activates it’s essentially like you a pressing and releasing the brake pedal as fast as 15 times per second! Remember the “old days” when they told you to pump the brakes? Those days are long gone. Your ABS is made to allow steering despite hard braking. So brake first, then steer away to keep control of the car.