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Old 01-02-2004, 11:46 AM   #1
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okay so im probably going to be getting a used 01 zx3 focus, after having my 00 zts which i totaled in an accident . my old focus had abs, this new one won't. so any tips or suggestions on how to drive this new focus and not kill myself? i am a relatively new driver and never driven a car without abs so i'm scared that i will skid to my death


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Old 01-02-2004, 11:50 AM   #2
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Try not to lock up the brakes by depressing on the pedal hard like before. Pump the brakes and try to make more gradual stops. Keep a larger distance between you and the car in front or better yet avoid speeding.
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A car without ABS, means you will have to pay more attention while driving.
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My ZX3 doesn't have ABS either and I just press the brake sooner if I need to stop say 10 yards ahead. But like Hotfocus said, pump the brakes. That's what they taught us in Driver's Ed in high school but that was like 7 years ago, so I don't know if they still teach it, but you'll just need to pump the brakes lightly to prepare the car for the stop, then just press them in. I've locked my brakes up though before, so definitely don't stomp on them unless you have to. Good luck!
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Old 01-03-2004, 12:48 AM   #5
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I went from abs to no abs and was worried at first too, like they all said just pay more attention.
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My Focus didn't have ABS, and I never had a problem, never locked up the brakes, ever, even in rainy weather.

All you gotta do is make sure to pay attention, but unless you frequently stopped hard enough to make your ABS kick in in your old Focus, then I doubt you'll have a problem.
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Driving a car without ABS [in dry weather at normal speeds] will be no different than driving a car so equipped. You'll only have to be more aware of a locked up tire during adverse conditions and/or if you're hauling around and have to drill it for some reason -- especially while turning.

If you're into high-speed driving of any kind, learn to threshold brake. A good trick to help you hear a locked up tire is to leave your moonroof or window slightly cracked while driving. Hope this helps.
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Recent studies by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) determine that no significant difference in accident rates exist comparing vehicles equipped with antilock systems to those without antilock systems.

Antilock brakes are designed to give a steering control advantage on a wet surface, but have limited advantage on a dry surface. Traction loss is caused by inappropriate steering, acceleration, and/or braking techniques. Skids may still be produced in a car equipped with antilock brakes on any surface condition.
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What he said.

Cars had "lock brakes" for many many years before "anti-lock brakes" and plenty of people made it out alive. I think you'll find that for the most part there will be no difference. Just like has been said up above, it's the bad weather where you will want to be careful and brake sooner and also smoother, try to avoid hard jabs on the brake pedal.
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