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Question : I JUST read that ESC ( electronic stability control ) saves lives and it's important to look for this when buying a new car.

In your recent reviews of some new models, I do not find this but they all usually have electronic brake force distribution (EBD). Are they the same thing ?

Also, is it important to have side curtain airbags as well ?

Answer : Please remember that whatever the system you have, whether it is ABS, ESC, EDB or whatever soup of letters the car manufacturers like to use, in the final analysis all there is between you and the road are those four patches of rubber.

If you drive beyond the ability of the tyres to grip the road surface, all these systems become meaningless and you will end up in the ditch or against the barriers, hopefully without injury.

So while it is good to have the latest safety systems, you still need to drive sensibly because while all these systems will allow you to drive safer at higher speeds, when you lose control it will also be at a higher speed -- with greater possibility of serious damage and jury.

 
   
 

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