Electronic stability control
ESC - three letters that can save your life
These days the emphasis in vehicle safety development is on electronic systems that can help prevent an accident happening rather than on measures to reduce the severity of injuries when one does occur. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) was one of the first, and most effective, and will have to be fitted as standard on all new cars from 2014.
Anti-lock braking systems have been around for a couple of decades or more and help maintain maximum braking effort and full steering control in an emergency, without skidding. ESC builds on the capability of anti-lock brakes and makes use of some of the same sensors and braking components.