Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) prevents brakes from locking especially when you have to brake suddenly. On the other hand, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) helps prevent skidding (anti-skid) on slippery surface. Sensors are key parts of these systems. Only a scan tool can tell if the sensors are busted or not. If the scan tools detect one or more of the sensors are busted then you can be sure that it has taken down your Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), which eventually takes down the entire Vehicle Stability Control system.
Sometimes you feel a need to check your suspension system (maybe as a result of the lights on the dashboard) and you may find out that the sensors in the suspension system have been damaged; thanks to the combined efforts of bad roads, and poor handling. When bad roads collaborate with poor driving habit (of course, you know that we have some ‘James Bond wannabes on our roads; some drivers just love the sound of tires screeching on tar), the software that run the electronic stability system in your car are probably not designed to operate in such tense circumstances.
So, when you slam the brakes every so often like you’re re-enacting 007’s series, you will sooner than later compromise the vehicle stability control of your car, thus putting quite a number of other components in danger. The vehicle stability control works pretty much like the central nervous system in the human body. And, like the human spinal cord, if your vehicle’s VSC system is at risk your vehicle too may have what’s called auto-stroke!