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Seven pillars of certainty

Seven pillars of certainty
(Photo: ŠKODA AUTO a.s.)

A SKODA’s top-class safety is built into its foundations. Here are seven key areas where innovation and technology in the chassis and engine contribute to making a driver safe and secure on the road.

1. Engine design

Making the engine lighter by means of plastic components is good for both performance and safety. In the event of a crash, lighter materials can help ensure controlled deformation on impact.

2. Slip control systems

ESC, or electronic stability control, is all about braking each wheel independently to avoid skidding. It is tailored to fit to the specific size, weight and centre of gravity of each ŠKODA model. ESC is an aid for the driver in both everyday and emergency situations.

3. Engine control unit

The engine control unit is there, among other reasons, to deactivate cruise control when the brakes are used. It also switches of the engine immediately in the event of an accident, and cuts off the fuel supply for safety.

4. Steering

In a ŠKODA, steering isn’t just about pointing the vehicle in the right direction. Of course it’s engineered to be extremely accurate, but also provides feedback on road conditions – and adapts to the task in hand. For example, it allows easy turning for parking procedures, but turns a little tougher in windy driving conditions.

5. Suspension

However good a driver you are, you will sometimes have to make an emergency stop. To do that, the car needs to be in firm contact with the road. The spring suspension, shock absorption and stabilisation system make sure that is the case.

6. Tyres

A pressure control system informs the driver immediately of any leak.

7. Brake system

Of course it’s the most obvious part of a safety system, but the brakes in ŠKODA are designed never to overheat. A sophisticated system of cooling air also reduces braking distance.