What is Traction Control?

Ramsey Auto group would like to inform drivers about Traction Control an active safety feature and what it does to protect you and your passengers on the road.

Some may wonder - what really is traction control? Learn more about traction control and what is really does to protect you and your passengers on the road.

Traction Control is one of the biggest advancements along the past generation in vehicle safety. 

Traction Control Systems improve the car's contact on the road - traction refers to the vehicle's ability to maintain friction between the car [tires] and the pavement. 

Traction Control deals specifically with lateral [front - to - back] loss of friction during a vehicles acceleration. -  This means when your car accelerates from a stop or quickly speeds up on the road the traction control works to ensure maximum contact between the road surface and your car's tires. 

For Inclement Weather Driving - During wet or icy road conditions traction control will reduce the friction/traction between your tires and the road's pavement. Keep in mind your tires are the only thing that actually touches the road & loss of friction can cause unwanted crashes. 

Traction Control works opposite of ABS system, traction deals with the process of acceleration not deceleration. You may often hear your Traction Control System working, it would sound like a slight grinning sound and feel like the pedal pulsing. 

Traction Control Systems are an Active Safety Measurement on many vehicles that helps keep your vehicle in control all within a matter of a split second. 


Our Ramsey dealerships feel it is important  to educate individuals about vehicle features and their purpose. To learn more about Traction Control as well as other Active & Passive Safety Features on our Ramsey Auto group Vehicles visit one of our Ramsey Auto Group Dealerships on Route 17 or view our website at RamseyCars.com

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