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Glossary of Safety Terms: Brake Assist

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Brake Assist What it is: Brake Assist is included in some ABS systems, and helps the driver apply brakes more fully in an emergency-braking situation. How it works: When the driver steps suddenly and forcefully on the brake pedal, as he or she would in an emergency, Brake Assist aids in the application of the brakes to help ensure the shortest possible stops. What it feels like: Most drivers won't specifically notice Brake Assist in operation, though they might detect strong braking performance in "panic stop" situations. How it benefits the driver: Brake Assist makes the most of the vehicle's braking capability in emergency braking situations, which can shorten stopping distance.