Question: Can an ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) instead of decreasing the breaking distance actually increase it? If yes, is this its general behaviour, or only in specific circumstances?
Wikipedia claims that on some surfaces (including loose gravel and snow) "ABS may significantly increase braking distance" without, however, explaining this alleged behaviour. The article provides references for this claim, but I could no find any substantiating information in them. Therefore I would like to submit to the community the questions
- whether ABS can actually increase the breaking distance
- and how is it physically possible, that on some surfaces the distance increases while on other it decreases ?
If possible, please back up your answer with citable references.