LOCKERS VS TRACTION CONTROL?
IF YOU’RE heading down a steep, undulating hill, a double-locked car can’t be beaten, as it reduces the weight placed on alternating wheels. An unlocked car will lock the brakes and intermittently slide, before grabbing traction as the weight comes back on the wheel. A locked car won’t lock wheels and then slide down the hill, as both wheels are mechanically locked together, acting as a solid unit.
If going uphill, lockers again reign supreme. Traction control waits for the axle to start losing traction before it counteracts by braking the spinning wheel. This takes time, so you’ll always lose momentum waiting for traction control to react – and that might be enough to stop you in your tracks.
However, anyone who has driven a double-locked car will tell you that cornering isn’t its strongest point. On the flipside, traction control is smart enough to operate even around a hairpin bend.