What happens when to prevent an accident instead of hitting the breaks as hard as you can you put on the reverse gear and go full throttle? Wouldn’t that technically slow down the car much faster while also bypassing systems like ABS?

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What happens when to prevent an accident instead of hitting the breaks as hard as you can you put on the reverse gear and go full throttle? Wouldn’t that technically slow down the car much faster while also bypassing systems like ABS?

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pretty sure the transmission would fall out into the road as you flew into the car in front of you.

All that forward momentum would make your reverse gear explode.

That is if you could even get it to go into reverse.

Instead of wearing down some brakes abd/ tires you rip the transmission out of the vehicle and spend $5000 fixing it…

Transmissions are not designed like aircraft engines to reverse like that… You will literally destroy the gears.. Assuming you manage to get it in reverse at all… There is a reason it tries to prevent that from happening

No. Doing that would absolutely destroy your transmission, so most cars do not allow you to put a car in reverse when it is in motion. This is true of both automatic and manual transmissions:

https://www.autoblog.com/2009/08/20/reverse-transmission/

The weakest link in that situation would be the tires. So, while the wheels would not be turning forward, the tires likely would not be making contact with the road, either as they would be spinning backwards.

Assuming you could do this (a lot of cars won’t allow it), you would probably put a lot of stress on drivetrain components that they are not designed to handle.

Also, ABS isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s been proven that stopping distances are shorter because it keeps the tires from actually locking up which effectively makes them lose traction.

A more appropriate solution would be a system that can apply threshold braking effectively.