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Maybe you have been shopping for a new or pre-owned car down on the Beach Boulevard of Cars and have seen some vehicles listed as having emergency brake assist. Great! But what does it mean? Let’s check out the FAQs below.

What is Emergency Brake Assist?

This system helps you make the most out of your brakes. When you react to a traffic problem ahead, you will apply your brakes. However, if you don’t get that brake pedal all the way to the floor, your Emergency Brake Assist will kick in and apply the force needed to fully activate your anti-lock brakes, helping to bring you to safe and swift stop.

How Does Emergency Brake Assist Work?

When the vehicle detects that the brake pedal is being used to achieve a sudden stop, the emergency brake assist pushes the pedal all the way to the floor. Keep your foot on the brake in order for your anti-lock brakes to engage if it is needed.

In the early 90’s it was discovered that many people did not actually slam the pedal to the floor even during a panic stop, so their vehicles ended up in more avoidable collisions. Your braking system takes into consideration the amount of force applied and the speed that the car is traveling to determine if it really needs to use the emergency assistance.

I Used My Emergency Brake Assist. Does it Need to be Reset?

After your emergency brake assist is deployed, you might notice that your brake pedal did not immediately return to its usual position. Turn on the engine and press and release your brakes a few times. It should return to normal as the brake fluid is redistributed through the system. If you were in a collision or you have warning lights on your dash, call a tow truck.

Does my car have EBA?

If your current ride was built in the current century, there is a very good chance that it has some version of emergency brake assist, especially if it was manufactured after 2010. While it is not regulated by the federal government as a safety requirement on your vehicle, all the major automotive makes in America include this innovation on most vehicles.

Is it the Same as Automatic Emergency Braking?

With all of the focus on self-driving cars and autonomous safety systems, you might think that EBA is part of those automatic systems.  This is not the case. Automatic emergency braking, which is often featured on many new luxury vehicles, actually uses sensors to detect pedestrians and sometimes other vehicles in the road and will apply the brakes for you to avoid an impact or minimize damage. Your emergency brake assist requires that you apply the brakes in the first place in order to work as expected.

If you would like to learn more about emergency and autonomous braking systems included on your current or new vehicle, ask the sales associate or service manager at your favorite dealership at Beach Boulevard of Cars for a full explanation.

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