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
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
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.