Electronic Stability Control

Does it have ESC?: Australian website explaining Electronic Stability Control

Buying a new car (as opposed to an used one) doesn’t happen every day, but if it happens to you, I’d like to encourage you to ensure you get Electronic Stability Control on your new car. Statistics show that ESC, under whichever name you have purchased it, reduces the likelihood of a crash.

The worldwide body that represents motorists, the FIA, has been encouraging politicians worldwide to legislate to make ESC mandatory by 2012. According the FIA, making ESC standard on all cars will only increase prices by US$111.

In many luxury cars and even many family cars, ESC is standard. But in many smaller cars, ESC is an option you have to choose to pay money for. On a Mazda3 it costs $1000, on a VW Golf $690 and it can be tempting to rely on your own skills and experience and keep the money in your pocket.

But please, for your safety, for your children, for the person who buys your car used from you and for the general public, put safety as a priority and choose ESC when you buy your next new car.

For more info on modern automotive safety systems, check out Renault’s global safety page.

Depending on your brand, ESC is known as:

  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP) – Holden, Audi, Chrysler, Mercedes, Saab, Volkswagen
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) – Ford, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover
  • Vehicle Stability/Swerve Control (VSC) – Toyota, Lexus
  • Active Stability Control (ASC) – Mitsubishi
  • Dynamic Stability And Traction Control – Volvo
  • Vehicle Stability Assist – Honda
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control – Subaru, Nissan.

2 Replies to “Electronic Stability Control”

  1. Do you think I should get it install in the excel? Maybe it would get rid of some of the chronic understeer…

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