1. Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
This computer-controlled system helps drivers maintain control of their vehicle when cornering, accelerating or braking. It senses any deviation from the driver’s intended input and intervenes by applying selective brakes to different wheels or reducing engine power to keep the car under control.
ESC is especially helpful in slippery conditions, such as snow or ice, where a driver may not be able to maintain control of the vehicle. It can also help drivers avoid oversteering when cornering and reduce the risk of rollover accidents.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that ESC could prevent up to 10,000 fatal crashes each year if all vehicles were equipped with it.