How this technology works
Traction control provides the vehicle with maximum traction by preventing wheel spin when driving on a slippery surface. These systems use the same wheel speed sensors as the anti-lock braking system (ABS) to monitor wheel speed and limit wheel spin from excessive throttle applications by braking and/or reducing engine power to the drive wheels.
The system is on when the engine is on. You can turn it off with a switch.
Things for drivers to keep in mind
- Even with traction control, it’s possible to lose directional control on slippery road surfaces
- Traction control can be switched off. This is helpful for situations where some wheel spin is needed, like to get out of mud or deep snow
- The system may allow your vehicle to reach a higher speed than is safe for road conditions
- Your tires should be in good condition and properly inflated
- You should read your owner’s manual to learn about your vehicle’s system, including its capabilities and limits
A car with traction control is able to drive up an icy hill without wheel spin.