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Is your car equipped with electronic stability control?

Imagine you’re driving through a patch of ice on a Kentucky highway. Suddenly, your car starts sliding to the right, so you turn the steering wheel to correct your spin, but you turn a little too far. The next thing you know, you’re twirling out of control and about to end up in a ditch. This is exactly the problem that electronic stability control (ESC) was invented to prevent.

ESC helps your car maintain its path in a straight line even when road conditions are trying to force your vehicle into spin, slide or skid. ESC systems employ computer-controlled sensors that take control of brakes, wheels and engine power to achieve this objective.

Since top-heavy cars like sport-utility vehicles and pickup trucks are especially prone to roll-overs, ESC can serve as an essential piece of safety equipment for these cars. In fact, this safety feature has been incorporated as standard equipment in all vehicles since 2012, and it represents one of the advantages of purchasing a newer (post-2012) vehicle.

Consumer Reports has recommended that vehicle buyers purchase cars equipped with electronic stability control. The publication claims the technology saves lives. Nevertheless, Consumer Reports also warns drivers that ESC is not a piece of miracle tech that will prevent your car from sliding out of control: The laws of physics still apply, and these systems do have their limits.

If you were injured in a serious auto collision in spite of having all the best safety features in your car, you might want to consider who could be at fault for the collision. If another party was negligent, you might be able to pursue financial compensation for your car accident in Kentucky civil court.