Simply put, progressive braking is braking harder or softer as needed. In an emergency, progressive braking can make you less likely to lock a wheel or lose control.
So How Is It Done?
Progressive braking is done by applying the brakes gently at first, then pushing the pedal harder and harder in a smooth transition. This doesn’t mean you can’t brake firmly or quickly but it’s key to make the application progressive rather than simply stamping on the pedal.
Equally important is the smooth release of the pedal. Remember, you can brake much faster than you can accelerate. Thus, the weight transfers while braking (and easing off the brake) are more extreme.
Progressive Braking and ABS
If you have ABS, progressive braking is not as much of an issue in emergency situations. Additionally, a lot of newer cars have brake assist or brake force assist. But still, many crashes are caused by late braking and/or braking with insufficient force.
For this reason, we recommend drivers of all skill levels to attend out Accident Avoidance (AA) Training Course. Training is eight hours; 6½-hours hands-on, and 1½-hours in classroom. Classroom focuses on what’s coming next. No extended road-scene videos or simulators.
Visit the Accident Avoidance web site for detailed information and scheduling.