I would like to thank the inventor of the ABS system.
Without said device, the bus I was driving earlier would be about three foot shorter and spread over bits of the road.
The buses I drive are not small and carry a fair few passengers, (35 seating and a further 30 odd standing) and this was just after schools out, I had a full load including standing, (70% children).
For those people who don't know, ABS stands for 'assisted braking system' and allows the driver to put his foot fully on the break without the risk of skidding and means that you stop quicker and in a shorter distance. Additionally, on some high tech automatic vehicles when the break is pressed sharply the engine will drop a few gears and then the engine will slow you even quicker.
I was driving along a relatively straight bit of road with no other vehicles around when a camper van appeared a few side roads ahead, it indicated right (so it would end up traveling the other way to me) and i watched the driver look left and right as I was approaching.
when I was one and a half bus lengths away from the junction, the f***ing stupid b*****d starts to pull out! he doesn't pull out straight, he curves towards me and tries to cut of the corner...
thanks to ABS I avoided a collision by about 6 inches, all of my passengers got thrown forward as i lost 28 mph in a bus length (12 ton bus + approx 4 ton of people) As a result of reaction I also was leaning on the horn the whole time...
what does the camper do afterwards? carrys on non the wiser.
I was left with the shakes, and multiple passengers with minor bumps and bruises...
If I did not have ABS i would have ended up partly inside the back end of a camper van covered in glass with passengers all over the place.
Whoever invented ABS